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Re: “Polis: Maybe the DA should hand off the Bailey shooting to another agency

This area has had so many indescrepencies when it comes to shootings and officers getting in trouble, then if they are convicted they get no sentence at all in comparison to civilians.....I have said it before and I'll say it again this county has corruption and should be looked into. good job polis!!!

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 08/24/2019 at 1:38 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

To Councilperson Gaebler: What's more important: Working for the people who elected you and working to give them a voice on their parks, an issue that has been in the TOP concerns in this city and affects hundreds of thousands of people--or postponing your European vacation by a few days?
Oh, it's the 23rd. Never mind. You're long gone!
I guess it's silly to think "leaders" should make sacrifices.

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Posted by Sandra Knauf on 08/23/2019 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Council refers two measures to voters to protect parkland

another superb piece of reporting.

Posted by Ruth Obee on 08/23/2019 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Polis: Maybe the DA should hand off the Bailey shooting to another agency

We have a bunch of racist, trigger-happy cops in this community supervised by a mayor and DA who hold similar philosophies and believe that police are never wrong. This is not the first time that there has been gunfire leading to death and injury of civilians, you will recall the shooting of Deputy Micah Flick as a bunch of police officers city And county together tried To arrest a car thief. No outside review, so it continues.....
Good for Gov. Polis calling for what is needed. No, this is not political, its about public safety and the rights of those accused of crimes. Many of these alleged infractions are not punishable by the death penalty, as imposed by local police without a trial.
Why is Mayor Suthers so defensive? It seems to me that law enforcement could benefit from an outside review of their handling of the situation. If all was correct, theres no harm in it.

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Posted by prairie chix on 08/23/2019 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Polis: Maybe the DA should hand off the Bailey shooting to another agency

"I hope that El Paso County takes steps above those legally required to additionally maximize the public trust in the investigation," Polis said."

One of the best ways to maximize the public trust in the investigation is for politicians like Polis to stop sowing seeds of distrust!!!

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 08/23/2019 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Polis: Maybe the DA should hand off the Bailey shooting to another agency

Are you kidding me? All the more reason a third party should turn over the videos to a third party. Dithers is just one of the good old boys.

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Posted by Patty Chavez on 08/22/2019 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Polis: Maybe the DA should hand off the Bailey shooting to another agency

Suthers is 100% correct. Polis should just shut up.

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Posted by Dave Hernandez on 08/22/2019 at 3:16 PM

Re: “City fire department won't get ambulance contract

Kevin123, the CSFD plan was to hire civilian EMTs and paramedics, not use existing firefighters, therefore, your comments are wrong.

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Posted by Gayle Nielsen on 08/21/2019 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Council debates adding new short-term rental requirements

I though BIG GOVERNMENT was not favored in CS.

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Posted by Larry Burke on 08/19/2019 at 2:45 PM

Re: “City fire department won't get ambulance contract

If you would like I can provide you with the IAFF and IAFC handbook on how to successfully take over EMS from an existing organization regardless of their performance. This isnt my first rodeo with this mess.

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Posted by Kevin123 on 08/19/2019 at 7:49 AM

Re: “City fire department won't get ambulance contract

i like how the comment above speaks of these "facts" without any proof

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Posted by Hunter Rowe Von Stauffenberg on 08/18/2019 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Flying W Ranch fencing draws protests

What about the nearby road? Was the City road's department involved at all? Was there an environmental impact statement at any phase of Flying W's return? The Independent has done an incomplete job of reporting. The real story to me is how the City time and again approves fences and other construction that force deer onto the roadways then say we need an expensive ($700 per deer) cull for "public safety" and preventing deer/vehicle collisions. The City Council is like somebody starting fires while yelling for more money for fire fighting. Also, what about the animals that will pass through or under this fence (coyotes? bear?)? Is Flying W going to trap? Once again, City Council has shown they just don't care about the environment. Once again, quality of life on the west side takes a hit.

Posted by Dot1 on 08/18/2019 at 4:20 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

For those of us - - as members of the public - - who are not really smart enough to be trusted to vote on critical or important matters, might be smart enough to understand the discussion at the worksession on the proposed ordinance designed to allow council to become the final voice on sale, transfer, conveyance or disposal of park lands.

http://coloradosprings.granicus.com/player…

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Posted by R Wehner on 08/18/2019 at 10:03 AM

Re: “City fire department won't get ambulance contract

Fire department shouldnt run EMS, and the firefighters doing all the work and running the EMS calls dont want the job. IAFF and IAFC push for EMS contracts in an effort to validate exorbitant budgets, create relevancy, increase union dues, and add boots on the ground. The problem that they face is that EMS isnt a profitable endeavor nor is it a profession that firefighters are typically interested in. FD run EMS systems are expensive to operate, they decrease department morale, they inflate department spending, and they drastically increase department turnover. I want to ride the box today, said no fireman EVER! Funds captured from EMS billing are negligible compared to the costs associated with frequent department turnover and the training to school new Fire-Paramedics. Fire based EMS sounds good in theory but it isnt practical and it always ends up costing money instead of saving money. The IAFC and IAFF need to STOP pushing their departments into EMS. Its a good thing that City FD was eliminated from the RFP process.

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Posted by Kevin123 on 08/18/2019 at 8:57 AM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

WE KNOW where Wayne Williams is coming from and what he is capable of because we have just seen it happen right in front of our eyes in council chambers. Whether or not it comports with his past behavior is irrelevant. Furthermore, within the span of 15 minutes Councilman Williams COMPLETELY REVERSED himself on the subject of whether or not the public is to be trusted with the fate of their own public land. I've been told that the whole atmosphere on the City Council dias has changed dramatically since Williams took his place there - and not in a good way. I don't like politicians in general, but THIS KIND of politician is intolerable.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 08/18/2019 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Airbnbs are commercial properties, assessor says. The fallout could be huge.

I'd also like to add that Assessor Steve Schleiker looks like the shark from finding nemo when he smiles.........

Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 08/17/2019 at 10:11 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

We need a western-themed water park and hotel at Garden of the Gods Park. With a Ferris Wheel. And incentives to make it happen. That should grease right through the approval process!

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Posted by R Wehner on 08/17/2019 at 8:17 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

Hey at least we can put a face to the unintelligent people that are on our city council. Many of them have been there for years because they get no challenger at election time.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 08/17/2019 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Council debates adding new short-term rental requirements

With all the crazy stuff happening in our city / county and THIS is what the morons on the city council want to do......typical B.S.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 08/17/2019 at 7:50 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

Jim:

You are correct in that the matter of selling off park lands never reached the point of being placed on a county agenda! But it damn sure has been discussed !

WILLIAMS PROPOSES SELLING PARK LANDS TO SOLVE BUDGET CRISIS

NOTE: $600,000 profit from sale of Fox Run Regional Park and letting go of Bear Creek Park for $14M

FURTHER NOTE: New park lands of this magnitude are not currently being manufactured! They gone-they gone!

"Likewise, in 2008, Williams, while serving as a county commissioner, proposed selling some of the countys parkland to close a nearly $10 million budget gap. The county went so far as to estimate the county could capture $600,000 by selling part of Fox Run Regional Park and $14 million by selling all of Bear Creek Regional Park"

https://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/vot…

With this level of financial planning and sophistication - does one even remotely think of letting electeds have control over the future of parks and open spaces?

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Posted by R Wehner on 08/17/2019 at 3:24 PM

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