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Re: “Aram Benyamin: Utilities is creating a bright energy future

Defending Drake does not seem like a good start to his tenure.

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Posted by Sam Jolman on 02/14/2019 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Aram Benyamin: Utilities is creating a bright energy future

Is the '.. 30 day average..' a rolling average or specific to period such as a month? Is it simply a measurement taken at a specific time of day or can the Utility use any measurement taken at any time of a given day to report the emissions? It seems to me that our Utility would want to use the most accurate assessment possible to assure us, the customers, that the air is not being contaminated. When public officials start using number reporting systems that are most favorable to the organizations operations rather that the health of its community we should be suspicious.
The devil is in the details. We should use the hourly data even if the AQCC is not requiring it. That would be an example of excellence in customer service.

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Posted by Jim Mullen on 02/13/2019 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Aram Benyamin: Utilities is creating a bright energy future

"We enjoy some of the best air quality among all Colorados cities." that why the EPA ranks our air as "unclassifiable" and we came close to violating federal ozone standards last summer?…

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Posted by Nicole Rosa on 02/13/2019 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Climate change is increasingly damaging human health

Jim B:

"Absolute poppycock."

Absolutely useless post. If you disagree with something specific, please explain. If you're just here to insult others, find a different sandbox to play in.

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Posted by Bill W. on 01/04/2019 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Climate change is increasingly damaging human health

who can believe all those educated scientist and all their facts?... I prefer to believe some boob on the radio with a high school degree...

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Posted by happyfew on 01/03/2019 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Climate change is increasingly damaging human health

@Jim Bensberg, what about this essay is "poppycock"? I'm happy to clarify any arguments that are perhaps unclear.

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Posted by jafox on 01/03/2019 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Climate change is increasingly damaging human health

Absolute poppycock.

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 01/03/2019 at 12:44 AM

Re: “Climate change is increasingly damaging human health

what about the chemtrails

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Posted by David Reining on 01/02/2019 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Dueling transit funding initiatives may both fail on Nov. 6

Also, I would like to know why I never saw ONE petition gatherer in Colorado Springs for any initiative? I shop at either King Soopers, Walmart or Target several times a week in the north end and I never saw one of them at any of these stores during the summer. Where do all these signatures come from to get these things on the ballot? Amendment petitions must get at least 2% of their signatures from each voting district.

Posted by boomer47 on 10/03/2018 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Dueling transit funding initiatives may both fail on Nov. 6

I don't understand the rational of asking for a sales tax increase to fund the state roads. Why should someone who doesn't drive or drives very little (i.e., the disabled, elderly, rest-home or assisted living folks, etc) have to pay for roads? This should be done thru an increase in the gas tax or registration fees (if you think you need it), or maybe the state legislators can just "slip in" another FastTrack fee without voter approval. Also, 15 percent of the "Lets Go, Colorado" initiative , sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, will go toward comprehensive transit and other multi-modal projects - that's a "dog-whistle" for the Denver light-rail system. I'm still mad about how the majority of the state got screwed over by Referendum B several years ago. One billion dollar bond issue for roads that almost 90% went to the Denver area.

Posted by boomer47 on 10/03/2018 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Dueling transit funding initiatives may both fail on Nov. 6

Isn't it interesting that Jon Caldera, who is a Sean Hannity wannabe, who created his own institute to call himself director is spoken of so differently than just another protestor. Caldera is of the tea party. He misinforms the public. He is a show boat like Alex Jones. Jon could be a local colorado watch dog except that he realy only cares about promoting his brand. Then there is his trouble with the truth.

Can't trust Hazlehurst either because he seems to promote what ever the Mayor and the republicans are doing. Along comes Colorado Concern with their Oil and gas Industry money. There is a push from republican funded groups like them to make it difficult to pass ballot issues. They supporting raising the bar.

It is especially important this election season to ignore all TV and radio ads because there is no truth in advertising at all. When a ballot measure isn't liked it should make you examine it especially if Suthers is upset because it isn't his latest new tax initiative.

Posted by TruB on 09/16/2018 at 9:17 AM

Re: “El Paso County needs a needle exchange

Well dude; there are plenty of needles to be picked up in and around a lot of the cities parks; go at it; lead the way.

Posted by NIMBY McSuede on 08/14/2018 at 4:49 AM

Re: “El Paso County needs a needle exchange

I love you guys, but... I can't be chasing every kid screeing down high drive with a bungee and a helmet.
Every single person who shoots up KNOWS they might die! Many do. This is reckless maniacal behavior! It is good to bury them, as an example to the rest. Sooner the better. Let them rot a few days in the driveway to send an accurate message to the kids.

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Posted by notfersissies on 08/01/2018 at 8:56 PM

Re: “El Paso County needs a needle exchange

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Posted by sherio on 08/01/2018 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Parks belong to the city’s citizens, not tourists

John we could decrease traffic in GOG by building a trolley again. We need to direct our tourists where there need to go, and it`d be nice to do it without cars. Also, work on a trolley system would make a lightrail to Denver more practical, as intra and inter city transit systems rely heavily on eachotherfor success. As for citizen parks, the bathrooms at Memorial Park/Prospect lake have been closed for years now. That is a community park and there are many like it in the city. The city does what it does with them and they are great parks, but still lacking in basic necessities. Good question John. So let's start asking g about this City of Chumps Olympic Museum!

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Posted by KyleJS on 05/20/2018 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Parks belong to the city’s citizens, not tourists

Open to the public does not translate to unlimited access. Restrictions already apply - for example, you may not enter the areas near the major rock formations unless you are a climber with a permit. Most reasonable people agree that this is both necessary and reasonable to preserve the park.

To quote RMFI:

"Given the park's relatively small size (1,300 acres), the visitation density far surpasses any similar site in the region. Decades of high use have taken a heavy toll on the park, leaving the natural integrity of the Garden of the Gods at serious risk."

During peak season, the parking already available fills the park to densities that feel more like a music festival than natural park. Are we meant to accommodate even more guests, even if this means sacrificing more valuable land to cars? What about our duty to protect and preserve the Garden for future generations?

In my opinion, far too much ground has already been given up. This is one of the most beautiful sites on earth, and yet we feel obligated to let loud, polluting cars (and motorcycles) idle through it while the drivers take shots for instagram from behind the wheel. The central garden is paved over and plaques bolted to the beautiful sandstone! Rather than pave another parking lot over our paradise, maybe it's time to consider that cars aren't people, and nobody guaranteed vehicles the right to go anywhere in the Garden.

Dig up that ugly blacktop and let the people enjoy their Garden.

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Posted by Jason R on 05/17/2018 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Parks belong to the city’s citizens, not tourists

Try Lewiston, Idaho next door to Clarkston , Washington.

The big rivers of the Northwest drain to the area. Snake river w Hells Canyon, the salmon river-three hundred miles w/o a dam, and the Clearwater. 30 miles from Washington State U and U of Idaho.

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Posted by What's the Word? on 05/16/2018 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Parks belong to the city’s citizens, not tourists

well it is beginning to feel like, for me at least, that if you are not from someplace else or homeless - you have no rights in Colorado Springs these days. When public easements, sidewalks and open spaces are turned into unsanitary homeless camps and every natural park and attraction exists only to make a profit for someone else - tell me what is left? Certainly not a place where ordinary people want to come and raise a family.

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Posted by rms on 05/16/2018 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Parks belong to the city’s citizens, not tourists

Stratton saw Cheyenne Canon as a place for the working class to recuperate from its labors, not as a tourist attraction. To that end, he built an inexpensive street-car line out there and a pavilion for dances, picnics, etc. I have no problem with the idea that Colorado Springs was built for tourists but let's keep our facts straight.

In fact, one would be hard put to find anything Stratton built with the tourist trade in mind. He thought it was important to take care of the poor elderly and orphans of what was then El Paso County (now El Paso and Teller counties).

I am pretty appalled at the idea that everything in the city has to be for sale. Meanwhile the city expands at lightning speed to the east. Services are needed there, particularly in the southeast, rather than accommodations on the west side for the tourism business. Yet there seems to be little concern among the powers that be.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 05/16/2018 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Parks belong to the city’s citizens, not tourists

Long before 1981 and advent of Airbnb...Colorado Springs was founded by General William Jackson Palmer as a tourist resort town.

The city has a long and colorful history that is steeped in tourism. The city was junction for 7 railways and railroads brought tourists here from across the U.S. and abroad attracted by the area's natural beauty and climate.

Funding for many of our parks that we enjoy today originally came from Spencer Penrose, William Jackson Palmer and Winfield Scott Stratton.

Garden of the God's was gifted to the city of Colorado Springs by the children of Charles Elliot Perkins in fulfillment of his wish that it remain open and free to the public. The key word is public. Not residents of Colorado Springs. Garden of the God's was gifted so that is may be enjoyed by the public. Can you imagine if that land were privately held and no one except the owner could enjoy the beauty of that park?

We are all fortunate to live here and should be mindful that tourists have been welcomed to Colorado Springs by many many generations before us...long before 1981, even before 1881.

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Posted by PikesPeaker on 05/16/2018 at 11:17 AM

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