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Re: “Don't fix AFA chapel, dismantle it

While I don't like the hierarchy of religions implied by the design of the academy chapel (protestant on top, catholic, Buddhist, and everyone else in the basement), it is a beautiful and awe inspiring piece of architecture that should be preserved for its aesthetic departure from the otherwise square monotony of the Air Force Academy.

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Posted by rangesaf on 10/13/2019 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Short-term rental rules penalize hardworking people

But really: Please allow me to respond to your listed points...

1. We pay our taxes and are home owners. We claim our income and pay taxes on it already. We purchase goods that are taxed as well.

But really: You are operating your home as a hotel, which makes you a for-profit business and your home a commercial property, taxes should reflect that change in status.

2. We purchase goods that are taxed as well. We buy from local stores, vendors, and contractors and help our economy thrive.

But really: As a business those costs are deductible from your annual tax bill. We, your businesss neighbors, dont have that luxury until we sell our homes and maybe deduct the costs from capital gains. A high number of short term rentals in a neighborhood diminishes those gains in reduced resale value.

3. We invest greatly in our homes and make our neighborhoods a better place to live. Our guests write reviews. If our places are not clean, safe, and a pleasant place to be, our ratings fall and those places lose their potential guests.

But really: Your guests are transient, they dont have a vested interest in our neighborhood, and are not, by definition, members of this community, and unless you live on the property, neither are you.

4. We increase the tourist economy in Colorado Springs by allowing many to come to visit that may not otherwise be able to afford it, as we keep our prices low, and do not have a sneak tax placed on our lodgings, as sadly, do our counterparts at the hotels and motels.

But really: that sneak tax you dont pay funds many of the tourist attractions and city improvement projects that make this city more attractive to your guests, and is probably an unfair advantage over your competitors in the hospitality business.

5. More than 1100 of us have applied for and gained permits at more than 100 dollars each to follow the rules. But we do not get to see the benefits of those dollars. Instead people are paid to hunt us down, and see if we are in compliance. This irony is depressing.

But really: The irony is your complaint about a mere $100 permit fee for your no-tell hotel, thousands less than the average commercial hotel or motel has to pay to be in compliance with regulatory requirements.

6. We are not big shots from other places buying property, and I know each of you actually know this. We are the little guys trying to make ends meet, pay for retirement, and working two jobs. Thus, we are less a burden on society.

But really: That seems like a huge assumption and it may possibly be true if you are renting a room or a basement, but most of you providing this service are using a second or third (possibly more) residence. That is not the common financial situation of the little guy trying to make ends meet, that is the landlord turned hotel/motel owner getting a free ride through a loophole in house rental laws.

7. There are more reasons but to save space But really: couldnt think of anything else.

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Posted by rangesaf on 10/12/2019 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Is this the same Jessie that commented in the Gazette;
"So for the actual toxic materials residing in GHM: The author referenced carcinogenic materialsthe only one being Cyanide (which is gone, cyanide evaporates within 48 hours of oxygen exposure)."
I'm not sure I'd trust the research that went into this type of a statement.

Sanders trusts the developer and the experts paid for their opinions, all of whom will be long gone if and when the residents cancer rate rises or the houses on that old spoil pile start slipping over the hill.

I understand the people at GHM don't want their property value to decrease. " A Gold Hill spokesperson reportedly disagreed with the concerns and said the developers own testing found the soil to be safe and stable."
Imagine, a company, hired by the developers, concludes everything the developers have been saying is fact.

Good luck.

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Posted by TruB on 09/25/2019 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Oh, Greg. I hope you enjoy your home and neighborhood as much as we do (in GHM by the way). I don't think anyone who lives outside of this neighborhood should worry about it so much. We are doing just fine!

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Posted by Beth Porto on 09/12/2019 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Greg, our house is actually 20 feet from our neighbor to the south and we love it! The GHM community was designed so that my open side is on our neighbor's closed side. It's perfect! And as a busy family who owns a local small business we bought here because we didn't want a big yard.

Also, as anyone who knows my husband will tell you he's an expert researcher (he even researched & diagnosed his own very rare cancer -- which he had BEFORE we moved to GHM) and he did a ton of research before we purchased our home in GHM. We are 1000% confident in our decision and actually love that GHM has reclaimed this land and turned it into the best community in Colorado Springs!

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Posted by jschell on 09/12/2019 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Hey, Greg, no worries if you don't like a close-knit, new urban (look it up, Greg) walkable neighborhoo where your neighbors are your friends and your kids run and play together on the green streets (also look up "playborhood"). The design is very intentional and we moved here to raise our kids because of it. But no one asked you to move here!

However, you, like the Gazette "reporter," should really do your homework before you cast unfounded aspersions based on your ignorance. As you can see from this thread, many of my neighbors in Gold Hill Mesa HAVE.

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Posted by apostasy on 09/12/2019 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

For those of a certain age Gold Hill Mesa cannot help but evoke a certain 1962 Malvina Reynolds song. That said, different folks have vastly different sensibilities. I have no quarrel at all with those who choose to live there and wish them long lives and good health. As the trees continue to grow the eyesore quality of an unbroken sea of rooftops signaling homes built far too close together slowly diminishes. Still, how can you not believe that the houses are that close to one another in order to maximize profit for the developer? And if the developer will do that for monetary gain, what else might that same developer do in terms of safety?

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Posted by Mur on 09/12/2019 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Welcome Jessie! It was great meeting you last week. We did our research too. Having been here from Peregrine 2.5 years ago, we have had 0 issues with our home and don't know anyone who has. Hi-Point built our home and has come back to repair all of the minor issues we've had. We love Gold Hill Mesa!

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Posted by Marie Baehr on 09/12/2019 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

I hope that you REALIZE that the streets you mention: Silver Mine, Cold Claim and Pyrite Terrace ARE NOT in Gold Hill Mesa - those streets are in the neighborhood to the south of us in the Crown Hill Mesa Subdivision. Being a concrete construction company owner for over 31 years, I do believe much of the issues with the streets they have over there are due to a lack of proper compaction of the soils after the city utility lines were installed. There are other areas in CS (not on the west side) that have the same issue with their streets. I have friends that have homes in the Crown Hill Mesa Subdivision, namely on Silver Mine and they have owned their (20+ year old) homes for 10+ years now and they have had NO ISSUES with their homes. Neither the streets or the homes are "sliding" down the hill as you state. My mother was a resident at Brookdale Bear Creek, which is built up on the hill on 21st street and Lower Gold Camp and that building has been there for many years and is very solid. I have been in that building many, many times and have seen no structural issues inside the building or anywhere on the property. I live in Gold Hill Mesa, and have since February 2008 and I have had ZERO issues with my home! WE LOVE LIVING HERE - the close proximity to our neighbors is wonderful as we all have been able to get to know one another - it's like having a big extended family! Most of us have become to close (relationship-wise) to our neighbors! As a close knit community, we often look after each others children and pets, we take care of our neighbor's trash cans and mail while they are away and most of us even know our immediate neighbors garage door codes or have keys to their homes if we need to put their trash can in the garage or to close their garage door if it gets left open. There are many big groups of us that all go out to dinner together, hosts parties at each others homes and even vacation and spend Holidays together!! We also rally together when one of our neighbors has been ill/had surgery to provide them with meals or just a helping hand. We help one another with construction projects and moving. If a neighbor needs a ride to the airport or to borrow a ladder or jumper cables - neighbors step up to help. Our previous neighborhoods of 20+ years sure were not like that! We all LOVE the closeness (in proximity and in relationships) and will thoroughly enjoy living in Gold Hill Mesa in our "cookie-cutter, yuppie houses" (as you refer to them) for many years to come! I wouldn't wan to live anywhere else!!!

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Posted by LeeAnn286 on 09/12/2019 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Please go ask the dozens of health care professionals who chose to raise our kids here. Im a former army Nurse, my wife is a retired Army Nurse Practitioner, feel free to drop by and discuss why we chose to raise our three boys here. Hold Hill Mesa is the PERFECT place to raise a family!!!! Come look at all the kids playing outside. Paradise!!

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Posted by Tony Heinz on 09/12/2019 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Greg, we LOVE our walkable master planned community! Out developers did the hard work to make Gold HIll Mesa mitigated so we have the most stable ground to build. Drive through it one evening and see the vibrant community we have built. Weve heard the sky is falling garbage for years. Guess what? Were as popular and successful as EVER!! Please go hate somewhere else. WEST SIDE is the best side.

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Posted by Tony Heinz on 09/12/2019 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Very well written Jessie. Id like to invite anybody to our concert this Saturday at 400 at the community center. We have set up a tent with Ask a Resident sign so anyone with concerns can come talk with locals. If you have kids bring their swimsuits as the infamous MEGASLIDE will be up and running. (Big slip and slide).

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Posted by Tony Heinz on 09/12/2019 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Great points, Jessie! As a new homeowner myself I appreciate you stating what I took for granted just based on the Builder's reputation. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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Posted by Terri Cotter on 09/12/2019 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Just because your house isn't sinking or sliding, doesn't mean that the rest of the neighborhood is stable. Take a drive down Silver Mine Drive, Gold Claim Terrace, or Pyrite Terrace and you will see how badly the roads have buckled. Those homes are less than 20 years old yet the neighborhood is sliding down the hill. And congratulations for not being sickened by the poison soil up there...yet. People are really in denial about living in Gold Hill Mesa, but hey, go for it. If you like being about a foot away from your neighbor and love cookie-cutter yuppie box houses, then it sounds like that's your kind of neighborhood!

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Posted by greg1 on 09/12/2019 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Despite reports, Gold Hill Mesa is a fine neighborhood

Thank you Jessie for doing your research and fact finding. As a homeowner for 8 years now, I can tell you and the community that my house is not sinking or heaving, and my family has not fallen ill due to material in the soil. I wish the person who started these rumors and inaccuracies would have done his research from 2019, not minutes from a 2016 meeting. We look forward to having you join our neighborhood!

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Posted by Samantha Briggs on 09/12/2019 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Butte Theater severing ties with Cripple Creek means end of programming

So sorry to hear this! I sure would like to know the reason for this unfortunate decision.

Posted by SG 1 on 09/10/2019 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Letters: Protect our parks

Mr. Williams, a professional politician, at the county was part of a local government entity that had the option to approve or deny a citizen-driven petition going to the ballot.

As a city council member, he has not that luxury.

As part of the 'checks and balances' to protect the public from people like Williams is the fact that if a citizen-initiated petition meets all the legal requirements and meets or exceeds the number of required signatures - the city must place the measure on the ballot.

"---this devaluing of our work is beyond discouraging."

This need not be "discouraging" but a red flag calling for active citizen pursuit and involvement.

Mr. Williams has yet a lot time in office remaining to cause harm to the region.

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Posted by R Wehner on 08/28/2019 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Letters: Protect our parks


David Siegel .... not Daniel Segel

Posted by Donna Strom on 08/28/2019 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Letters: Protect our parks

For the record

The unnamed councilperson who introduced two options without review by the committee is Councilman Wayne Williams. He was not a participant in, nor did he attend committee meetings.

The complete roster of attendees and participants in the committee are as follows - in alphabetical order:

Susan Davies

Jeff Greene

Britt Haley

Linda Hodges

Rebecca Jewett

Sarah Johnson

Jim Lockhart

Wynetta Massey

Kathy Meinig

Bill Murray

Lisa O'Boyle

Kent Obee

Karen Palus

Judith Rice-Jones

Hank Scarangella

Kurt Schroeder

Daniel Segel

Amber Shanklin

Richard Skorman

Mark Smith

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Posted by Donna Strom on 08/28/2019 at 12:19 PM

Re: “The problem here is hate

Hillary belongs in prison? On what crime, what charges? With all the investigations that she has endured, why has no law enforcement agency indicted her or found any evidence of criminality? Think about the reality before you make such baseless statements.
In contrast to your beliefs, the actual evidence is that Trump associates are going to jail for lying and corruption on behalf of Trump. Michael Cohen is serving a 3 year sentence for paying off Trumps mistresses in a scheme to keep them quiet. Mr Mueller found 10 possible incidents of obstruction of justice perpetrated by Trump, but he was not indicted because he is at this time the POTUS. He left it up to Congress to investigate those incidents, where the Republicans have repeatedly refused to cooperate and turned the investigation into a political mess.
So contrary to what you believe (without any evidence) the facts show that the criminality is on the Trump side and those are the folks who are already in prison, with more to follow if the House is ever able to investigate the evidence contained in the Mueller report.
Dave, do yourself and Hispanics a big favor by voting NO on Trump next time.

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Posted by prairie chix on 08/25/2019 at 8:49 AM

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