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Re: “Families of children with disabilities face a new challenge — Medicaid cutbacks

I work as a Parent CNA in Colorado. I am a single mother, and moved myself and my disabled son here specifically for this program. There are a few important things I need to point out. Firstly, this reimbursement rate is first paid to the Home Health Agency. Within that, they receive part of that rate, and the CNA would receive part of that rate. I make a much higher rate than $12 an hour, and although I am not allowed to disclose my rate, I can say.... shop around. Secondly, she said their hours were cut. That is not due to the State of Colorado. That is solely due to her agency. What I learned before moving here was that these agencies are extremely competitive. Interview with multiple agencies to get a feel for their level of professionalism and experience. The Pediatric Assessment Tool appeared to be up for interpretation, and one agency may qualify the child for 6 hours of care per day, whereas another agency may be more thorough and versed on the Tool, and the child actually qualifies for 8 hours per day. Be your own advocate, and absolutely, be your child's advocate. Also, the income is tax exempt. If you qualify for 7.5 hours per day of care, thats 12.5 hours per week of overtime because you get paid for weekend work as well. Thats take-home pay at time and a half. The reason the state of Colorado chose to make this income exempt is because if they didnt, the income would count against the child's SSI and Medicaid limits. What that means is, the child gets to keep their SSI and Medicaid benefits in order to qualify for the many wonderful Medicaid Waiver programs offered in this state as well. Colorado ranks as one of the top states in the country for medically fragile children. Frankly, I think the rest of the country should follow suit. As a single mom with no family, I can say I know how hard it is to provide, but this state has not only enabled me to do so, but has given me an excellent income thus awarding me the opportunity to provide a better life.

Posted by saa5886 on 05/21/2018 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Reader: This is horsesh*t

Personally, I'd rather wade through horse shit than breath carbon monoxide and other vehicular emissions. Hell, it's just organic herbivore poop. Grass, if you will.

I can tell you about the defiance of a law of physics I once witnessed: I was a horseback looking at a hiker below me as we passed. Somehow she managed to look down her nose at me. I still can't figure that.

Anyway, if'n I ruled the world, every metropolitan area would be surrounded by a parking lot. When you arrived at a city, you'd mount a horse or carriage and move about the city that way, or on a bike, or a'footback. Of course if I ruled the world there would only be about a million people in it. So there's that. LOL!

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 05/21/2018 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Western Jubilee's Scott O'Malley turned a childhood fascination into a larger-than-life legacy

Love this venue. You can't help but feel at home here. Colorado is lucky to have Scott and his crew to bring top entertainment to the region.

Posted by suzireaves on 05/21/2018 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Reader: This is horsesh*t

Horses are allowed only on specific trails... if they disturb you that much stay off the trails they are allowed on. they also have right-of-way on the trails... so you should be letting them pass not trying to pass them on narrow sections. I enjoy biking but know quite well that bikes cause as much damage... or more, for overall trail damage. typical "only my concern matters" attitudes these days. what a bunch of miserable whiners!!!

so much for live and let live...

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Posted by happyfew on 05/21/2018 at 1:10 PM

Re: “CSPD red light cameras revived

Interesting. Didn't see one during my recent vacation to my old stomping grounds in Southern California. Once known as the Red Light Camera capitol of the world. Which included Temple City, El Monte, Rosemead, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monrovia, Arcadia, San Marino, and a trip to San Juan Capistrano. None in Las Vegas either. Like most of us, I try my best not to run red lights. However with the red light camera lights in place; one close call could cost you. Not to mention how stressful it can be wondering if you actually blew that light or not when that camera light flashes.

For you Dudley Do Rights out there; be careful for what you wish for. You may end up being one of the unlucky ones.

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Posted by RadicalRaul on 05/21/2018 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Reader: Were you trying to stir up some class warfare?

Great letter Tony. I agree the efforts by Penrose Hospital to be a good neighbor should be applauded.

Posted by BSully on 05/21/2018 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Reader: This is horsesh*t

Horses are often a nuisance on public trails. Huge amounts of urine are a threat to streams and springs. Hikers can be endangered trying to pass horses on narrow stretches of a trail, and of course the smell and fly attracting dumps that they leave behind. I have been offended by the use of horses on trails at Garden of the Gods during the winter months for years, I hope your dignity and nose recover soon!

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Posted by Carl Strow on 05/21/2018 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Western Jubilee's Scott O'Malley turned a childhood fascination into a larger-than-life legacy

Love Western Warehouse. Scott OMalley is a real treasure and an icon here in Colorado Springs. I always feel like a welcomed family member when I go to concerts here. Best wishes and keep on strumming, Scott!

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Posted by R. Smith on 05/21/2018 at 10:29 AM

Re: “CSPD red light cameras revived

Yellow lights are not supposed to be a last call where six cars hit the gas to try and get through on a prayer. They are meant to alert you to slow down and prepare to stop.

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Posted by Matt 1 on 05/21/2018 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Reader: Stop subsidizing the behaviors of the homeless

And did this homeless person then have a home? And everything a person needs in order to work? Was the homeless person still having elevated cortisol levels from the stress of being homeless?

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Posted by Compassion on 05/21/2018 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Reader: This is horsesh*t

I used to show saddlebreds when I was a kid and today I wish I could afford one.

I organize mountain bicycle races here in Pikes Peak Region and have done so for decades. My venues have included City, County and State Parks as well as private property. Permits are usually around $400 and have all kinds of rules and regulations. I am proud to say that these are my parks and trails, too. My staff and riders respect oue trails and we leave them clean and safe when we We are welcomed back by our Parks each year.

The bigest problem we have had over the 100 races produced are the horse owners and for so many reasons.

Andy Bohlmann
Colorado Springs

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Posted by Andy Bohlmann 1 on 05/21/2018 at 3:14 AM

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: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

I own a drone and plan on using it when and where I can. Im aware of National Park rules and consider the safety of wildlife a top Priority. What I dont care for are Bullies like Take a Hike Bob whos use of stinking this and that trys to belittle others by his purest views. Yes Bob theres a time and place but Ill decide when to leave the drone at home and do not need your advice. Just like you, the drone is a tool, one I find useful in photography and filming.

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Posted by WildWillyCO59 on 05/20/2018 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Reader: Climate change isn't too big to tackle

This is a fabulous letter from Andrea Storrs. We must implement a Carbon Fee and make this a better world for our children.

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Posted by Sacred Earth Foundation on 05/20/2018 at 2:03 PM

Re: “North Cheyenne Cañon plan challenged, appeal to be heard by Council

Bensberg apparently hasn't read the plan. Rerouting the entrance roads, moving the picnic pavilion, charging fees, shuttles, are no longer part the plan. Some of that was left as "future ideas" that will take further public hearings and park board action to approve, but they're not authorized by the plan. Basically, the small group of noisy objectors (disgruntled land exchange opponents) have gotten what they asked for, but they're not interested in making a good plan, just in griping. Well, it's important that they keep the "controversy" going, they have lawyers to pay... The appeal of the plan by Bensberg is probably going to fail, since "I don't like it" isn't a valid reason to object.

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Posted by jrbd on 05/19/2018 at 9:11 AM
Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 05/19/2018 at 2:15 AM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

I brought several issues to his attention and I received no response from him. After several months of attempting to solve issues w/ little help or resources, I found another job and resigned. My position was not filled for the remainder of the school year. Now there are two posted positions for the position I held for over 5 years. With so many children and families in the district who need the extra support, the district needs to support the people who provide this support a lot better. Or they will continue to lose good employees like me who really care abt people.

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Posted by bluegirl on 05/18/2018 at 8:43 PM

Re: “North Cheyenne Cañon plan challenged, appeal to be heard by Council

I, and probably most of the Springs taxpayers, was unaware of the meeting. I'm certain that if the Parks Board polled the residents of the Springs to find out how many were in favor of getting rid of places to picnic, the measure would have been crushed by a huge margin. There's just not enough time to play the game of whack-a-mole that the City has got going now. to stop the bureaucrats from messing up our home.

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Posted by Sojourner on 05/18/2018 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Reader: No good deed...

For my part, I would like to congratulate Mr. Panure. He has learned a valuable lesson the hard way, but it has not made him bitter or dissuaded him from pursuing his goals. Embarrassing as the incident was, he owned up to it. I say he is no longer a dewy-eyed novice, and well on his way to achieving something.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/18/2018 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Reader: No good deed...

Mr. K, agreed. My o.p. was about my little guilt, stemming from my J/C upbringing (though I'm sure others may apply) and had nothing to do with anyone's filth or residential status.

Posted by Huck Mucus on 05/18/2018 at 3:47 PM

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