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Re: “Disabled people to Corey Gardner: Our survival depends on Medicaid

Wow!! Looks like a massive crowd in the picture. Senator Gardner--The people are with you. VOTE YES.

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Posted by Chris Schaller on 06/28/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Springs firefighters look to petition a collective bargaining measure

frank1946, who responds to the fires in Colorado Springs? That's right, firefighters! I haven't seen anyone else putting out the fires. 0 likes and 18 dislikes, looks like frank1946 is a popular guy!

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Posted by Ely Slade on 06/28/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Disabled people to Corey Gardner: Our survival depends on Medicaid

Enough of the wild hysteria! This plan would NOT affect the people depicted in this lying hatchet piece. It might affect able bodied people who choose not to work, but they need affecting. Senator Gardner, please vote YES.

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Posted by John Howell on 06/28/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Springs firefighters look to petition a collective bargaining measure

Frank1946...You are an idiot and have absolutely no clue what you are talking about!

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Posted by RescueFF on 06/28/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Disabled people to Corey Gardner: Our survival depends on Medicaid

They don't look disabled to me,..................just the opposite !

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Posted by frank1946 on 06/28/2017 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Springs firefighters look to petition a collective bargaining measure

$ 70,000 for a Firefighter who makes mostly Medical Alarms (5 % are actual Fire Alarms) should be allocated
to the Memorial Hospital or Obamacare ?

Taxpayers aren't getting Fire Protection, they are paying for Healthcare !

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Posted by frank1946 on 06/28/2017 at 5:18 AM

Re: “Commissioner Littleton proposing planning for the worst

BTW, Commissioner Glenn wants to not only merge the Colorado Springs and El Paso county OEMs, he wants to make a regional one. I am not sure he really understands what he is asking for. He does not seem to understand the current levels of emergency management and I doubt very much he has ever taken any of the online and free FEMA courses regarding the Incident Command System, the National Incident Management System, or National Response Framework. He probably does not understand the very different roles that an Emergency Operations Center plays as compared to an Incident Command. Nor does he seem to be aware of the fact that there are already local, county, state, and FEMA offices or that the state is already divided into 9 different "All Hazards" regions (El Paso and Teller falling in the South Central Region) each with their own dedicated state emergency coordinators. To me it simply reeks of a power grab.

Posted by Odin on 06/26/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Commissioner Littleton proposing planning for the worst

Amateur radio (ham radio) may seem "old school" and "quaint" to some, but it can actually be very high-tech. Most people think of it being something old men do and that it involves just talking on radios and sending Morse code. While those are still done, it is a heck of a lot more. With the digital modes, hams can even update Twitter feeds remotely via their radios. Emails? Piece of cake. Satellites? Had them since 1961 and hams basically started the CubeSat movement of small, light satellites. Video? Yep, hams do that too. They also do microwave transmission and meshed networks.

The great thing about amateur radio is that much of it is not tied to the local power or communications grids -- it can operate all on it's own when those systems go down or are congested. Meaning, when 911, phones, text, and data lines get congested or go down, amateur radio still works. Granted, at least in the old days, the local telephone switches were required to have 8 or 12 hours of battery back-up, generators, and a refueling plan, and the old school phones were line powered by the local switch, but almost no-one has a line powered Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) phone anymore. Most people have cell phones and internet based phones (essentially VOIP). Some cell towers have generators and batteries, but not all, and though cell companies have deployable comm assets, they don't have a lot of them. A major blow to their infrastructure would over task those assets.

A CME might impact some RF transmission, especially HF, for several days, but its impact on VHF and UHF doesn't last all that long. It's biggest impact would be on the power grid, which could take months to fix since there are not enough critical spares and many parts have to be made overseas and on request. CMEs hammer power lines due to the very long conductors. EMP is a different animal altogether (the doomsday preppers make me cringe when they do not understand the differences and when they misunderstand the different ways needed to protect against each) and is unlikely unless someone starts throwing nukes around (we are the only country which has demonstrated the ability to make a solely EMP weapon). EMP effects on RF will be fairly short lived.

There are already numerous national and even international groups who do disaster and emergency amateur radio communications including the American Radio Relay League's National Traffic System, the Radio Relay International, the ARRL's Amateur Radio Emergency Service (very active in El Paso county), the Military Auxiliary Radio Service, etc. Adding yet another group is probably not the answer.

Plus, a lot of ham radio operators simply are not interested. They don't want to do the practice and make the commitment to be involved. You'd be lucky if you got 10% of the hams in El Paso to sign up and only about 20% would every bother to do practices, get training, and do exercises. That is about how it works out for other volunteer groups, even the aforementioned ones.

The doomsday prepper types are interested, but most hams don't want a lot to do with them. That has been one of the problems getting Lighthouse launched (Peggy has been trying unsuccessfully to launch this for three years that I remember) is that Peggy has fallen in with that crowd. Nothing against readiness and basic preparedness, but the doomsday crowd takes it to a whole 'nother level.

Most telling to me though, is that Peggy has only taken cursory interest into getting her own ham radio license. If 8, 9, 10 year olds can pass the test (Morse code is not required) and this is so darn important to her, why has she not gotten her license despite pushing Lighthouse for several years now?

Posted by Odin on 06/26/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Cindy Aubrey named CEO of Pikes Peak United Way

There seems to be a rather incestuous relationship between local government and these highly paid positions at 'non-profit' organizations. The pool of qualified individuals must be incredibly small for this trend to continue, no?

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Posted by Jeff Hirtle on 06/25/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “City regulations on fire pits haven't triggered citations in recent years

Rather than focusing just on fire pits it might have been more instructive to look at the effectiveness of city-wide code enforcement in general. I sometimes see code enforcement people looking at eyesores and other issues around town, but never see any of these problems actually get addressed.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 06/23/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “El Paso County Democrats say redistricting favors Republican commissioners

Glen lost his senate bid. he has nothing in common with downtrodden minorities in Co springs.

Posted by apathetic on 06/22/2017 at 11:02 PM

Re: “A 2015 Ponzi scheme continues to take tolls on uprooted area families

The ponzi scheme allegations where never argued before the court and never were allowed to be defended as the fraud charge by the Securites Commission was dropped. All the victims of this mess (buyers, sellers, private lenders) came from actions and inactions of the receiver and then the bankruptcy trustee continuing to default on all buyer/seller/lender greements and claim all agreements are invaild... knowing that few of these folks have the ability or financial means to defend their rights and interest. The victims above clearly state the problems began with the receivership. Its a nightmare that even anyone with all the facts still can't understand the motivations of the state actions. Who benefits? - Richard

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Posted by richardroop on 06/22/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “City regulations on fire pits haven't triggered citations in recent years

Pam, as always, I greatly appreciate what you do for our community as an investigative journalist. Although the fire issue is my greatest concern, I just wish you had also mentioned my neighbors egregious encroachment on our City Park land upon which their fire-pits reside...

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 06/21/2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “City EPA lawsuit costs on the rise

RAISE THE DEVELOPERS IMPACT FEES ! Since the City Council and County Commissioners have been on the POCKETS of developers for over 50 years, developers impact fees are 70% LESS than the average of the front range cities. If someone with courage raised them to equal the other front range cities that would be an increase of $15k-$20k/residence. More than enough to pay for all stormwater issues (CAUSED BY DEVELOPMENT ONLY) and improve the roads to the better standard they used to adhere by. But you can bet Suthers will stay in the pockets of the developers and billionaires in town and screw the general population .... that's his pattern!!

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Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 06/16/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Suthers criticizes mayors opposed to Trump's decision on climate accord

Really?! Is Suthers hoping to wrangle another appointment consideration from baby cheeto if he sucks up? Dumbass.

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Posted by emilydianebailey on 06/14/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Baby's death highlights requirements, or lack thereof, for death investigations

Cuzzin Kealii, I did not even know you was going thru all this brah! What a horrible thing to endure concerning baby Lincoln! Auwe! I can only pray that you & your family find peace & comfort in God's hands now that baby is with our loved ones in heaven. Aloha me ka pumehana & ahui hou, Beauty

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Posted by Bea Fruean on 06/14/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Baby's death highlights requirements, or lack thereof, for death investigations

"King is nagged by guilt and uncertainty. 'I feel bad,' King says, suppressing tears, 'because I made the decision to take him to the hospital. I have to live with that guilt.'"

Mr. King, I know your pain - many parents feel rue and regret after having taken their child to Children's.

I have written extensively on my blog about what happened to our family after things got botched at Children's Hospital/Memorial. I'm glad the King story has garnered media attention. The only way to ease the guilt and pain is for parents to tell their children's stories, and make their voices heard.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 06/14/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “El Paso County Coroner's Office data points to troubling problems with drugs, suicide

It is customary to report these types of statistics on a per capita basis in order to be able to properly compare them over time and with other cities. Colorado Springs' population growth since 2007 has been enormous, thus you would expect the raw counts to be greater in 2016 as almost 75,000 additional people now live in the area.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 06/14/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Baby's death highlights requirements, or lack thereof, for death investigations

SPYDRA1....

I agree with your comment 100%. We've been asking the same questions as well and gotten unanswered response. And yes.... Kudos to Pam for sharing our sons story.

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Posted by William King on 06/14/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Baby's death highlights requirements, or lack thereof, for death investigations

Interesting that this story ran in the same issue as "The 'teachers' in this lab are dead." (https://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/the… 6/14/2017)

Think about the "teaching hospital" that is UCH/Children's Hospital: doctors-in-training, *practicing* on pediatric patients...and burying their mistakes. There are MANY questionable instances at this hospital, enough to fill a book; kudos to Pam for shining a light on this single chapter.

I'd like to know more about the gastrointestinal fundoplication procedure, and why it was deemed a reasonable approach to treating what was presenting itself as a type of breathing disorder/apnea.

I'd like to know more about the big pharma-funded clinical research studies occurring at UCH/Children's -- how many medical experimental procedures are being performed, and are parents truly giving their fully-informed consent?

I'd like to know more about UCH's $35M taxpayer-funded EPIC records system -- how's that workin' out for them? (https://www.uchealth.org/today/2016/08/30/…)

I'd like to know more about the obvious oversight gap and conflicted interest of the hospital performing its own autopsies, as mentioned in Pam's story and the one linked below.
(https://www.propublica.org/article/without…)

I'd like to know more about the hospital's relationship with the El Paso County Department of Human Services, and how they collude and canoodle to cover up and conceal medical errors by way of foisting unfounded allegations of medical neglect against parents with questions.

I'd like to know more.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 06/14/2017 at 9:01 AM

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