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Re: “Colorado Springs' 2C road measure takes some heat

Councilman Bill Murray is right in asking for a longer warranty and he's also right that the city will never get ahead of the problem and mathematically it's impossible. The city will re-surface (note not re-build) 215 lane miles this season. Divide 215 into the total lane miles of the city and you'll arrive at the total numbers of years it will take to do one cycle of re-surfacing and not re-building roads. This will be longer than the life of the current tax and if extended, longer than the next tax. Also, that works out to $232,558/lane mile. Kind of pricey isn't it?
According to the Federal Highway Administration a two year "warranty" is the MINIMUM with no performance. In other words, the road can fail at anytime because a performance warranty was not required. Performance warranties begin at increments of 5, 10, 15, or 20 years. Detroit requires a 20 year performance warranty. The Europeans are going for 35 years. Why isn't Colorado Springs requiring a 20 year warranty?
I can understand the mayor's desire to stretch the dollars but what is gained if after year three the city has to go back and redo the roads of year one? i.e. No. Nevada between Fillmore and Garden of the Gods.
The question that arises now is, "Did the mayor get bad advice regarding road warranties or did he buy into a "tradition?" i.e. "We've alway done it that way." or "Two year is industry standard." If so, the driving public (aka taxpayers) got taken for a ride.
BTW The Centinnial extension is being built in a slide area. Look for that road to be a maintence nightmare because a 20 year performance warranty will not be part of the specifications.

Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/21/2017 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

The US Air Force has no mission. We spend gigabucks training people to do little or nothing to maintain our national defense. The Air Force jumps to address scandal after scandal because the troops are bored with nothing to do. Fold the Air Force back into the US Army from whence it came and we can save gigabucks scaling down an Air Force with nothing to do into an Army with lots to do. The only folks firing weapons at an enemy in the Air Force are the drone pilots sitting in air conditioned cubicles.

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Posted by Chinook Pilot on 07/21/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Whirlyball closes for repairs after extensive water damage

Last I heard is they'll be reopening in September. Super bummed, I only made it out there once and wanted to go back this weekend. Hope they had good insurance!

Posted by Matt 2 on 07/21/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

Kitty, You're exactly right. Stand by, everyone, for the demonization of everyone involved in the effort to shed light in this corrupt institution, just like they have done to the victims.

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Posted by Pat Re on 07/21/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

Davis, The only post without facts was yours. I wondered how long it would take for the 'pro-rape' team to rear its ugly head. Congratulations - it didn't take long at all.

You are so far on the wrong side of this issue you can't even see the truth from there.

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Posted by Pat Re on 07/21/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Colorado Medicaid changes its policy on opioid drugs in response to crisis

What these government and agencies are doing is faulting chronic pain disease patients and our physicians for the overdoses and deaths of addicts.
With 100 million people who have a chronic pain disease, patients who become addicted to their medications is actually very low [.02-.6%]. We have legitimate prescription medications for diseases. The crisis is they are targeting patients and physicians. Physicians who still are trying to treat our chronic diseases. They are not allowing our physicians to treat us humanely, effectively and to the best of their ability. They are trying to doctor us all, without having a medical license. They are policing our physicians.
They need divert their efforts, from legitimate patients, to focus on the illegal fentanyl and heroin manufacturers and distributors, also, methamphetamine, cocaine and all other illegal drugs.
This distorted thinking and the false presumptions, that the cause of the opioid epidemic, is due to the overprescribing of much needed and beneficial medications, is causing havoc among physicians and patients. The hands of our physicians to treat us are being tied, due to the unfed imental and unfair laws they are trying to force upon them. We have our privacy invaded. There is no longer patient/doctor confidentiality.
The reports are stating how the number of prescription opioid medications have dropped, fairly significantly. Overdose deaths are on the rise. Logical thinking and knowledge at this point would tell you, this system is not working. It is the use of ILLEGAL opioids that are fueling this epidemic. Nowhere in the studies, headlines, reports or bills, are there talk, discussions or input, of the effects these laws will have on chronic pain disease of our physicians.
We pain disease patients are being abandoned, discriminated against and left to suffer with debilitating pain due to the stigma and laws being passed to condemn us and our physicians.
This targeting is wrong, it's discrimination against legitimate chronic pain disease patients, who use our MEDICATIONS responsibly.

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Posted by Candi Simonis on 07/21/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

Clearly using falsified records and mental diagnosis to control the narritive and provide a cover for the rape culture that seems to be a way of life at Air Force Academy. A whole system designed to discredit survivors and discourage reporting to protect attackers alnd obscure the Academy's real record of sexual assault means the institution itself is rotten. This is not a case of a few bad apples. This policy comes from the top. This fish stinks from the head.

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Posted by Dawn S on 07/21/2017 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

The Academy continues to mistreat victims, and is now mistreating these whose job it is to care for and support them? What was reported in these articles is likely the tip of the iceberg, there is likely much more harm being done., all in the name of keeping the highly polished reputation of USAFA intact.
USAFA will justify their actions of course, and discredit the victims and those who speak up to support them rather than admit their wrongdoing, and fix what is so broken.

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Posted by Kitty Genovese7 on 07/20/2017 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

Mr. Davis,
You are incorrect in all your commentary. Per the FBI sexual assault is falsely reported no more than any other crime with about a 6 percent or less percent rate of false reporting. Your assertion regarding military rates of false reporting are not true. No such studies exist that show any findings of higher rates of false reporting in military populations.
The author has no "spin" on this article other than factual reporting. She has verified her story with carefully researched facts. This is a well written and thoughtful article..
Here is a researched fact for you, victims of sexual assault are frequently misdiagnosed with personality disorders. This often happens due to therapists who are not familiar with symptoms of trauma or the neurobiology of it., as well as intentional diagnosis given to have military members who are victims discharged from active duty. Neither of those are good outcomes. Thankfully there are therapies that are very effective in treatment of sexual assault and military sexual,assault,assault trauma., but it takes a skilled and educated provider to do so.
Thank you for your commentary as it is an opportunity to dispel misconceptions , myths, and untruths that are prevalent.

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Posted by Kitty Genovese7 on 07/20/2017 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

Correction: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR).

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Posted by David Mullin on 07/20/2017 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

Mr. Davis,

You have made a very strong accusation: "Study, after study, after study shows that the vast majority of accusations of sexual assault, especially in a military context, are false accusations."

The implication of that statement is that the premise of the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention (SARP) program is fraudulent. To make such a public claim, I challenge you to produce three citations of quality academic publications to support your allegation.

You have also claimed that "complaining accusers were diagnosed with personality disorders. This is significant." Did you not carefully read the articles? These diagnoses were made without proper evaluations. You publicly condemn these individuals without any valid evidence of their mental health. That is incredibly irresponsible and cruel.

You are the manifestation of the hatred and hostility that these victims face. No wonder they are petrified to come out publicly.

How far are we from the days when it took one person to accuse another of insanity to lock them away in an asylum?

R. David Mullin PhD CPA

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Posted by David Mullin on 07/20/2017 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Sopra opens with small plates, expansive wine list

The very fact that you don't display your wine list,tells me your wine list SUCKS...I HAVE EATEN AT YOUR RESTAURANT BEFORE.HAVEN'T BEEN BACK,DUE TO YOUR SHITTY CHOICES.YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT WINE,AND THE RELATIONSHIP WINE HAS WITH FOOD.YOUR FOOD IS A SMALL STEP ABOVE FROZEN FOOD,YOU GET IN A SUPER MARKET.I AM SICILIAN,I KNOW GOOD FOOD,GREW UP IN BROOKLYN,NY,BEEN TO ITALY 5x'S,SO DO NOT THINK FOR ONE FUCKING SECOND,I DO NOT KNOW WHAT ITALIAN FOOD IS...MOST AMERICANS EAT BLAND BORING FLAVORLESS FOOD,WHICH YOURS IS...GOOD LUCK,SELLING YOUR FOOD AS ITALIAN,TO IGNORANT AMERICANS...

Posted by Vinny Garofalo on 07/20/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Section 8 voucher program applications reopen for lottery

What's the point in a voucher lottery when there is no affordable housing and the voucher promotes housing discrimination,racial profiling,and homelessness,equal opportunity housing means nothing when you are disabled living on section 8 and have a family,my house is being sold,we lived here 3 years,invested money in the yard ,because there was nothing but dirt and high weeds,we took care of the house as though it was ours, never ever late with rent and now no one will rent to us,I am stressed out to the max,we have money to move,but no one will rent to us.I can't sleep and barrel eat,I don't want my family to become another homeless statisic.

Posted by $wag on 07/20/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

Well, I guess you don't really need honor and respect to be a drone pilot

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Posted by syntax error on 07/20/2017 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

This article is a demonstration of paranoid delusions on the part of the author.

There is not one single fact in this article that is not contaminated by the author's political "spin."

Study, after study, after study shows that the vast majority of accusations of sexual assault, especially in a military context, are false accusations.

Note that the complaining accusers were diagnosed with personality disorders. This is significant. People with Narcissistic personality disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder are highly likely to make false accusations. This is a scientific fact.

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Posted by John Davis on 07/20/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Reader: The timing of the movement couldn't be better

DNC Rigging the Primaries, simplified
Mom and Dad: Hey kids, only 1 of you gets a playstation for xmas but they are expensive. We are asking both of you to pitch in 50 bucks to help out with the cost. (Timmy and Jane both hand over 50 bucks each)
Mom and Dad: We decided to give Jane the playstation before we even asked for the 50 bucks. Here you go Jane.
Timmy: That's not fair, can I get my 50 bucks back, or can you guys at least apologize?
Mom and Dad: No. You get neither. But next year we are giving one of you an xbox 1 and those are expensive too. We really really want you to pitch in 50 bucks again.
Timmy: I need new parents.

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Posted by Paul Saindon on 07/20/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Trying for single-payer health care in Colorado

The plan in Grand Junction, CO that you're referring to does NOT replace insurance. In fact, if you READ the details, they tell you that you WILL NEED insurance along with your $79/month "membership" in the clinic. This plan does NOT COVER specialists, hospitalization, emergency room visits, and a host of "other healthcare services". In addition, it appears that you may NOT get in to see a doctor right away - they limit the number of patients each physician treats. Glad it's working for you.

THINK - READ THE DETAILS!!

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Posted by MargRita W on 07/20/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Penrose Hospital workers banned from parking in the Old North End

So what happens when you have a to see the doctor tha'ts office is in the hospital?? What we get a ticket then or are we still have to take the shuttle???.

Posted by Geneva Vaughan on 07/20/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Colorado Medicaid changes its policy on opioid drugs in response to crisis

Avoiding Opiods and Tylenol: These are some reasons that marijuana is popular for pain relief.

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Posted by billd on 07/20/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

I know there will be an avalanche of criticism for this article but the truth needs to be told.
I had a cadet at USAFA and know lots of inside stories that were never revealed. The stories were terrible--i.e. sexual abuse and rape between cadets and staff, drugs, guns, violence, favoritism toward athletes and more. I also know how the so-called counseling is a trap that forces cadets out of the Academy. One female cadet with a very high GPA was told she could graduate but would not be commissioned because she took a low dose antidepressant had an eating disorder. Her eating disorder was dieting.
I want to respect and hold USAFA in high regard but they must change and clean up their act.

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Posted by R. Smith on 07/20/2017 at 12:59 PM

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