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Re: “Reader: Don't be fooled by the BLR agreement

There is nothing Conservative about not paying your bills and a lot of supposed Conservatives have forgotten that. This situation should be a red flag warning of what the supposed Conservatives in Washington are doing currently.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Larry Burke on 12/07/2017 at 11:48 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Venetucci farmers laid off as contaminated water spoils finances

I would hope any of the donors or families considering leaving their properties in the "care" of Pikes Peak Community Foundation are paying attention to how PPCF Board is, to say the least, unethical. Look at Aspen Valley Ranch in Woodland Park. I would be interested in knowing who all makes these decisions, their names, their ties to developers, politicians, etc. It's always about money. Selling off Aspen Valley Ranch, which is self supporting, how can this foundation be trusted to manage the money? They obviously don't care about what Venetucci Farm means to the community. I would love to see this board held accountable for how they have spent the money they are responsible for.

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jeralee Gonzalez on 12/07/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Ex-officer says he witnessed order to notarize deputy oaths

@Holmes......
Just curious, is this the huge disappointing news that you could couldnt share....... hhhmmmmm, feel free to prepare me for more disappointing news lol..... looks like the truth about Evil Elder and his corrupt command staff is coming out :)
Great job Pam! Keep up the good work!!!

11 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by John D on 12/07/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Venetucci farmers laid off as contaminated water spoils finances

Of course PPCF laid them off two weeks before Christmas, I would expect nothing less from the deplorable degenerates that now make up the board of the Foundation.

This was never about "public safety" or the water.

It was only ever about the Foundation wanting to get rid of Venetucci Farm and destroy that legacy.

The entire local food and business economy was horribly negatively affected by this closing. That will be felt in our community for years to come. And that's not even talking about all of the small family businesses, programs and initiatives that were destroyed when the Foundation ended its fiscal sponsorship program.

The entire board and everyone even remotely involved in the community foundation should never allowed to influence a single other decision in this region, and the entire lot of them should be ashamed of themselves.

They are all horrid people who only have their own egos in mind, not the good of this community.

22 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Concerned Voter on 12/07/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Ex-officer says he witnessed order to notarize deputy oaths

Larry Borland is a lying POS. Bill Elder is a lying POS. Both of them belong in jail (along with some others like Jackie Kirby).

Thank you Rick Dietz and thank you "Lt. Doe" for having the courage to step forward. Thank you Pam for this article.

As a friendly reminder ... KARMA's a bitXh!

I LOVE IT!!!

13 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Asher777 on 12/07/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “El Paso County Retirement Plan mulls request for extra retiree payment

REALLY??? Try being a low wage employee that will only get $1000 a month in social security benefits after working over 30 years here in the low wage paying Colorado Springs. These City/ State employees are so fortunate to get $18K a year in benefits, when so many other hard working full time employees wont get nearly as much. I worked as a Professional Photographer without any medical or paid leave for 7 years with a local business that barely would pay a living wage before being terminated to cut her employee budget since I was one of the highest paid employees under management at $9 an hour in 1997 so she could sell her photo lab business at a better equity rate .

On my current job, I barely get a raise every year and it hasn't kept up with the cost of living for the past 5 years. And if you couldn't afford to buy your own home when prices were low, the rent on a one bedroom apartment is now more than my mortgage on my two bedroom home. Maybe if Former Mayor Bach didn't give away millions to his buddies to retire, there would be more in the city budget to give you a raise. Good Luck with that!

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by guruD on 12/07/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing helps veterans in recovery

Thanks for writing this article and for getting part of my story out there. I hope it helps others who are struggling.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by BradyB on 12/07/2017 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Jeremy Facknitz’s sound advice

Be proud of the fact you have good enough taste to like Phil Collins solo work! He was the dominant musician of the 1980s and is a consummate drummer, singer, songwriter, actor, producer and seems to be an all around great guy! He could do much worse!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kelly Bezzy on 12/06/2017 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Reader: Thanks for passing your mistakes to my generation

What happened to the Conservative principle that you pay your bills? Also, with corporate profits at near record high and corporate taxes collected as a % of GDP at a near historic low, why give the Corps the lions share or the benefit?

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Larry Burke on 12/06/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing helps veterans in recovery

Any and all exposure we can get to promote this awesome organization is appreciated. Thanks Colorado Springs Independent for the article!

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Posted by DaveB on 12/06/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Reader: Thanks for passing your mistakes to my generation

It's true. There's gonna be a Huge deficit that me and my kid will have to eventually pay for. Also, the inherentance tax breaks will ensure that the wealthy of the future are born into it rather than actually work their butts off to build their own wealth (FYI the vast majority of rich people in the US inherited their wealth).

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Random Citizen on 12/06/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Reader: Thanks for passing your mistakes to my generation

It doubles the standard deduction by eliminating all the other deductions. It also expires in 10 years (the tax cuts for the rich do not expire). Do not mistake a short term gain for a long term solution. It truly is the younger generations who will be paying for your temporary benefit.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Thomas Cole Andreas on 12/06/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Reader: Thanks for passing your mistakes to my generation

It doubles the standard deduction from 14 to 28k. If you cannot see the obvious benefit that gives to working class people, then you are probably reading too much huffpo.

6 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 12/06/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Reader: Thanks for passing your mistakes to my generation

Shenanigans, quit blaming; its not always someone elses fault. Crawl down off your cross, take the wood, build a bridge and get over it

5 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Rick Foster on 12/06/2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “El Paso County Retirement Plan mulls request for extra retiree payment

"Mark Lowderman said, I dont think we leave our retirees in the dust.

Really? How can anyone retire on around $18,000 a year? I never realized it was that bad!!!

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Mike Randall on 12/06/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Tyler Walker added to 'Brady list'

Any reason why the list can't be published with the article? Would be nice to know how many on the list are still working in law enforcement!!!

Posted by Mike Randall on 12/06/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Reader: Red light cams don't address the underlying problem

Synchronizing of the lights can only be done in one direction at a time and any changes in traffic volume due to events, side traffic, etc can completely disrupt them. Traffic is a very dynamic grid system with an added dimension of time. Trying to sync the lights on one road is bad enough, trying to sync them on multiple, interconnected roads is order of magnitudes more difficult.

You want to fix the traffic problems, put the phone down and don't touch it, not even at stoplights as ANY manual data entry (IOW doing anything which requires more than pushing one single button) is illegal even at stoplights. That includes reading/sending emails, texting, playing on social media, taking pictures, looking up directions, etc.

Every stoplight you pull up to, take a look around and you will see drivers with their heads down, illegally playing with their phones. They, when they get a green light, they aren't ready and because of them, fewer people can get through the green light. That, in turn, makes people upset, so they try to beat the red to squeeze thru during the cycle.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Odin on 12/06/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing helps veterans in recovery

Thanks for running this story! It's now a national story!

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Lynwood David Sumner Jr on 12/06/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “People of color face disproportionate challenges and stigmas in accessing mental health care

-----People of color face disproportionate challenges and stigmas in accessing mental health care

You may remember when we as willingly attached that term to rape. Curiously we are doing it again. I do not recommend doing it.

Posted by HaroldAMaio on 12/06/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Tyler Walker added to 'Brady list'

The cop should have the same think happen to his daughter, wife or mother (unless he already has done it to them himself) and every other cop on that floor should have this happen to their own family members. What no one seems to understand is that these pieces of crap are so out of control and except for surveillance held unaccountable for their actions They are immune to prosecution....look it up. As outlined by the Supreme Court in Harlow v. Fitzgerald, 457 U.S. 800 (1982), qualified immunity is designed to shield government officials from actions "insofar as their conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known". The problem is proving it. The government has made it difficult to tear down these walls called immunity because it favors them also, the prosecuters, the judges, any public official. The only reason this woman was not raped as she lay on the floor bleeding was because of the video camera's. Cops love hiding behind that Thick Blue Line and it has to stop. Remember, that could be your wife, daughter or mother lying on that floor and maybe there won't be a video camera recording them for their safety.

Posted by Tornado Jim Belino on 12/06/2017 at 8:36 AM

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