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Re: “Loss of a beloved trail in Jones Park is leading to interesting proposals

It's B.S. that they are taking this trail away for a fish that was only brought to the area in the 1800s, ON THIS SAME TRAIL (which was a toll road at the time). That's completely ridiculous. Relocate the fish to their natural habitat on the Platte river and leave this area alone. It's been used for over 100 years by people for living, hiking, biking, and recreation.

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Posted by Brian Finch on 10/15/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “A proposed change to Section 8 looks to desegregate neighborhoods

SouthEast Colorado Springs is still a nice middle class area. I am sorry about what happened to Deerfield Hills, but other areas such as Soaring Eagles, Miller's Crossing, SandCreek Village and Crestline are filled with nice homes ranging from 150K - 300K. So stop putting down an entire part of the city due to the problems of one neighborhood.

Section 8 can be a hand up to those who will use it as such. I hope that our city officials find ways to make the program work better.

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Posted by Rachel Stovall on 10/11/2017 at 9:27 PM

Re: “City Council grants taxing authority to Nor'wood Development Group

Unfortunately, council appears to be conducting business as usual with the developers. I'm not anti-development however; I have witnessed the use of too many "creative strategies" to advance certain proposals through planning and Council. In these instances, the taxpayers are left paying for the projects long after the developer has moved on.

Pam, thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Joel, Appreciate your insightful comments. The impervious surface comment is spot on. This is exactly what is getting us into trouble with the EPA, etc.

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Posted by Matt Veits on 10/10/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Spring's fleet vehicles of vehicles is wearing out, but a stormwater fee could help

This "fee" isn't about stormwater it is about taking money from one program and applying it to another. So the little mayor is lying again.

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Posted by Withheld on 10/09/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Police are ticketing far more homeless campers than they once did

I've noticed that the Westside pioneer is leading the charge in calling them bums and suggesting that all services be cut off because the editor believes they will fix themselves. People acting like they are OK stepping over dead bodies in the streets and would rather the people they wish to discard would just die. I think people who do nothing and think their words are going to fix the problem are horrific. Most of you are a pay check away from sleeping in the park yourself.

Homeless people don't have garbage pick up. Many of you have never seen the dump sites you good upstanding citizens use around this town.

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Posted by TruB on 10/06/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Police are ticketing far more homeless campers than they once did

If the homeless community throw their trash in your trash can or dumpster you going to call the law? Are you going to threaten them, are you going to have them arrested if they throw their trash in YOUR trash containers? Complaining about the homeless trash, give them a dam place to throw it! The homeless also have normal, natural bodily functions just like any of you reading this. Why do think we don't? We're not allowed in any public places unless we're a paying customer and then your more likely to be told no. What are the homeless supposed to do? When your bodily functions go in motion are the homeless not allowed to function like human beings? Give us porta potties!!! Wasting tax payers money for the homeless to sit in jail learning absolutely no other skills instead getting angrier, more bitter, more rebellious against the City and the public/society leaving you the tax payer providing 3 hots and a cot instead of funding a positive outreach to help people work and house themselves instead of the tax payers housing them in jail, stop giving citations you know the homeless can not pay! (If the date on the citation is even readable). The law enforcement is only going to get a negative reaction without respect and start giving reason to earn a ticket. 3 hots and a cot just ain't the answer! Approve and fund the homeless work programs, provide inexpensive housing. Why is this so dam difficult!

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Posted by Cindy Clement on 10/06/2017 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Spring's fleet vehicles of vehicles is wearing out, but a stormwater fee could help

It might cost $500 to paint a car in Macao in the Domican Republic.

Maaco locally could probably to it for $429.00.

But why when you can buy a new one for $45,000.00?

It's only tax money which is in endless supply.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 10/05/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Spring's fleet vehicles of vehicles is wearing out, but a stormwater fee could help

"Because 2A, if approved, would allow the city to collect fees totaling about $17 million..."

The city already has $17Million in the budget earmarked for stormwater. They told us that wasn't enough to keep up with the projects. We needed this new tax... er, I mean "fee." Now though, even before anyone votes on it, they are preparing to take that $17Million from the budget and use it for something else, and replace it with this new $17M from the tax/fee.

What? I thought the existing $17M wasn't enough? But you are only going to rely on the new $17M and use the existing money somewhere else? So you still won't be able to keep up them, right?

What a joke. The usual shell game with your taxes.

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Posted by Mike Randall on 10/05/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Police are ticketing far more homeless campers than they once did

Wonders who the genius is that decided "fining" the homeless for being homeless would be a good idea. Any money yet or do they get put in jail when they can't pay? Either way, it's a clusterf**k

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Posted by Audrey Hatfield on 10/05/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Police are ticketing far more homeless campers than they once did

Since the above complainants have never spent time in a homeless camp, I'd have to say your opinions are absolute rubbish as well as false propaganda. Most homeless camp alone and those campsites are usually reasonably clean. Some homeless camp in groups, and that's where your trash buildup is. There are many areas in town where once homeless are seen camping, folks go dump their trash and yard debris. Not all trashed areas were created by homeless. If you're not going to be part of the solution, then stop being part of the problem. If you can't spend time at their camp, speak with them....then stop making assumptions about them. There are those whom don't give a shite and trash a given area, that's not most of them. Also, remember how much harder it is to do just about anything...when it takes all day long just to walk to and acquire a single meal, then return to a campsite.

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Posted by Cameron Stone on 10/05/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Police are ticketing far more homeless campers than they once did

My neighbor used to make beef stew for the coyotes, so they would hang around to eat my dogs. I had to kill those beautiful beasts. Stop feeding them downtown YOU well meaning HOLY troublemakers!

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Posted by SvenGoolie on 10/04/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Police are ticketing far more homeless campers than they once did

You put the soup kitchen in elicott, prob solved!

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Posted by SvenGoolie on 10/04/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Police are ticketing far more homeless campers than they once did

Of the 'above commentator' ... how does a grown adult; or young teen; not have some vague ability to bury their bodily waste? Urinate away from the bike path or sidewalk? Properly place trash in a trash receptacle?

Add in the drift around during early AM hours (otherwise they freeze to death in the winter) usually seeking items to ah; 'procure'; because well... IDK. Anyhow; if they lack the clues to at least place rocks on their bodily wastes, seriously?

This really isn't about housing. It is about hygiene. Using Fountain Creek, Bear Creek, Shooks Run, and the waterways as a pre-Roman waste disposal option; eh; these are the things that repulse positivism from the outdoorsy among us.

And as before; if all the areas around these sites were kept clean; that too would go much of a distance towards compassion, love, and respect from the populace. Surrounded by trash might be a mental issue; how putting a person like that into a proper residence would help the surrounded by trash issue? Surrounded in a living room with trash? Trash in a yard? If a person can't dig a hole; and can't put garbage into a dumpster; and providing them with a house is supposed to be a salvation? Society provides room service for none of us. :/

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Posted by Stain K. Hensley on 10/04/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “City Council grants taxing authority to Nor'wood Development Group

So Nor'wood is given access to tax-free municipal bond financing rates to build a project that will, with 100% certainty, be demanding extra police, extra fire resources, put a further burden on the already failing stormwater system, and--as has already been revealed--demand the City parking enterprise to build a new parking structure costing tens of millions of dollars using fees charged to the public who have to park in downtown and Old Colorado City.

And like the Olympic Museum that was criminally and deceitfully touted as a "no cost to us" proposition yet has siphoned trail money and road money to the tune of over $10 million and counting to build the supporting infrastructure, it's also certain that Norwood will be back through their surrogates on City Staff to add costs to the taxpayer disguised as general fund expenditures through public works expenditures for adjacent infrastructure and a demand for additional public safety budget lines to support their profit center.

The massive extension of Utilities into the area will also be a cost passed on to citizens in the form of higher Utilities bills. These line extensions are some of the biggest elements listed for raising utility rates in the annual Utilties budget. Rate payers pay approximately 60% of the cost of these extensions. This percentage is far higher here where the development community influences Utilities decisions as well. Developers are responsible for paying a higher share in places served by private utilities because the private utility shareholders are less easily bilked.

So this is life in Colorado Springs. All this as we ask a residential utility customer living in an efficiency apartment to vote to approve the same $5 per month for a new stormwater tax that the owner of the apartment complex they live in will pay at their McMansion with acres of impervious surface.

And if "this is how we do development here for 40 years" is the best argument, perhaps citizens and City Council should take a look at what that model has done for our City in the last 40 years, particularly in the City's quality of roads and stormwater, parks condition and public safety response times. Not too great of a track record. But...they're back for more and they'll get it. There's a lot of money paid to political consultants to keep the gravy train going and unless you've got the money to compete with it...good luck. C'est la vie.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/04/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Spring's fleet vehicles of vehicles is wearing out, but a stormwater fee could help

Macao will paint that car for $500.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/04/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Spring's fleet vehicles of vehicles is wearing out, but a stormwater fee could help

But the City would rather use it as ad retiring for more taxes.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/04/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Police are ticketing far more homeless campers than they once did

If homeless people had homes, the unsympathetic commentator above would not see all the things he complains about...... pissing and pooping are just a part of life, and without a public toilet (or with locked toilets in our parks), people have to relive themselves somewhere.
Don't blame the homeless for the lack of housing -- blame our City Government (and County) for not stepping up to the plate. And the Urban Renewal Projects they have enabled downtown and on Nevada Ave., will only increase homelessness because they aren't building any affordable housing next to the cutesy shops, restaurants and luxury apartments.

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Posted by prairie chix on 10/04/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Police are ticketing far more homeless campers than they once did

Trash, lots of trash. Never see the transients cleaning the areas they live in.
No problem with how or where the transients are 'staying', but OMG; parts of our city are looking like overturned cans of garbage - add in the occasional five gallon bucket of feces and urine, discarded hefty bags full of unwanted clothes, food packaging, soda cups, etc... often times; within yards of a dumpster or trash can.

If the 'homeless' would be passing more time picking up and cleaning the areas they're staying at, might make for a bit less hostility towards them.

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Posted by Stain K. Hensley on 10/04/2017 at 5:24 AM

Re: “Concealed carry permits in El Paso County double in five years

"Tom Mauser with Colorado Ceasefire, a nonprofit that promotes the prevention of gun violence, wonders if the training requirement for concealed carry is adequate..."

Well Tom, there are now over 46,000 citizens of El Paso County who have permits. Let's take a look at how many of them have been involved in unjustified shootings to see if it is adequate or not. And the answer is? Zero!!! Not one single CHP holder in El Paso County has been involved in an unjustified shooting. The media virtually never reports on that aspect of it, as it goes against their typical biased position against personal gun ownership and this stat just ruins all of their arguments.

Posted by Mike Randall on 10/03/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Skorman proclamation recognizes Indigenous People's Day

Hey Can O Korn - How do you discover something when others already live there?
Vikings visited here way before Columbus. Then Europeans came here and brought their white government. This is how white was established as power. So in a way Columbus day is just another white power day.

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Posted by TruB on 10/03/2017 at 12:49 PM

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