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Comment Archives: stories: News: Local News

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: “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???.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
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.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by billd on 07/20/2017 at 1:01 PM

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

Any state, city, or country that thinks legislating what goes on between doctors and patients is going to stop addicts from abusing substances in completely insane! It's like blaming the person who sells beer at the liquor store for an alcoholic's behavior! If an addict wants to find a drug or other substance or activity to chase a 'high' (food, shopping, sex, all can lead to addictions, should we regulate those via government controls too??) with, they will simply try and find something more readily available, or take more risk when the safer alternatives that were there no longer are! The only people you are TRULY hurting are people who will be bedridden in pain after surgery because the doctor needs to give them a month worth of pain meds, but can only give them a week! You are already causing an American Holocaust among people with severe chronic pain who used to be able to work, care for their children and homes, and have some measurable quality of life. That has been stripped from thousands of people. They are losing their jobs, their homes, their independence, and even their lives because you are legislating what should be between doctor and patient!

16 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Suzanne Springer-Casey on 07/20/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Stormwater ballot measure lacks strong public support

Republicans in this town love to claim that it is liberals who keep people slaves with taxes. Then they allow their republican mayor to increase taxes unless it is for their schools. I wonder some days about the collective IQ of a group of people who don't ensure that developers are doing quality work, watching the contracted who repair roads or even the utility company who does work and then roads collapse.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by TruB on 07/19/2017 at 6:04 PM

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

the long term side effects of tylenol are more serious than many diseases,this is a bad idea and potentially life threatening,,and synthetic drug may have amultiplicity of fatal side effects now just what the do gooders are trying to prove..I don;t know but,some of them should trade pain levels with cancer patients for awhile.addiction deaths are for the largest percentage occurring on recreational users(95%).Patient perscribed opoids are done so for a reason. Let the doctor decide and stay out of what is not your affair

16 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Terry Bigler on 07/19/2017 at 10:29 AM

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

What about the license plates that are getting stolen from the expo center and the hospital saying "it isn't our problem"?

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by concerned citizen 1234 on 07/17/2017 at 8:55 PM

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

Penrose is causing a huge safety issue with its employees by making them park off campus. They are not monitored 24/7, and the shuttle buses stop running at 11pm. What happens when someone is on call and needs to come in for an emergency? Are they forced to pay 3 dollars to get to the hospital quicker? We need to response and be present for the emergency asap. A shuttle bus causes delays in patient care. Or what happens if someone stays late past 11pm to complete patient care? Management tells us to call a taxi, and we will be reimbursed. That's a terrible system. You've to tip a taxi driver too - who will pay that - Penrose? I doubt it. No one is thinking of the patients with these decisions!

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by annoyed_employee on 07/17/2017 at 8:48 PM

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

Definition of tony per Merriam-Webster
tonier; toniest
: marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style tony private schools

First Known Use: 1877
Definition of tony
tonier; toniest
: marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style tony private schools

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gummie on 07/17/2017 at 4:07 PM

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

They shouldn't be allowed to punish their employees for parking in legal locations unless that employee is on the clock. Last I checked, getting to work was an employee's responsibility, and trying to regulate something that happens off your property in any way should be considered a violation of the work life/home life separation. Roads are built and maintained with our tax money and there are already laws preventing people from blocking driveways. The hospital should either pay it's employees to ride to work on its terms or stay out of people's pre and post work lives. I'm waiting for the first employee to get in trouble for visiting a home or business near their work and parking on the street only to have the "parking police" dock their pay.

13 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Njordomir Civson on 07/17/2017 at 1:46 PM

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

Samantha, What is a "tony neighborhood"?

Also, you might want to look at a map of the area around Centennial & Fillmore Street. Th new hospital will be on the WEST side of I-25 in close proximity to Kissing Camels neighborhood. The satellite lots they are using are on the EAST side of I-25. This is the information that was shared with the neighborhood by Penrose:

"Penrose Hospital Implements Stricter Parking Policy to Alleviate Neighborhood Parking
On June 1, 2017, Penrose Hospital will implement new and improved changes to their employee parking policy. These changes are designed to create more parking spaces for visitors/patients and to provide a streamlined accountability system for those who park illegally on campus and in the neighborhood. Employees will now have six free shuttles to ride to and from work, but in order to park on campus, they will need to pay. The Parking Garage Levels 3 5 and the parking lot at the corner of Jackson and Cascade Avenue will be $3/day. Hospital employees can still park for free, first come first served on the hospital curbside of Cascade Ave. or Nevada Ave. As always, our policy states that parking in the neighborhood in front of homes and businesses is not allowed.

The new plan employs a full-time parking manager, Monday Friday, who will monitor parking on the hospital campus from 7:30am 6pm, issue tickets for illegal parking and respond to calls from neighbors who have a hospital employee parking in front of their home. The plan includes stricter ramifications for illegal parking which includes, 1st offense, - written warning, 2nd offense - $250 deducted from paycheck/final written warning, and 3rd offense termination. If you see a hospital employee parking in the neighborhood, please call 719-776-PARK (7275) or send an email to PSFParking@centura.org."

Note that the policy against parking in front of homes and businesses was already in place and that parking on the hospital curbside on Cascade and Nevada is still allowed . Penrose deserves credit for responding to the concerns of neighbors and implementing a policy that deters their employees from parking in front of homes and businesses and leaves plenty of convenient parking on campus for the patients and visitors. This is an example of a institution working to be a good neighbor and I think their efforts should be applauded not criticized.

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Bob Sullivan on 07/17/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “John Venezia Park to open in Briargate

There are half a dozen people named John Venezia in Colorado searches. Who was/is he? Where can I find out more information?

Posted by Bri on 07/16/2017 at 7:34 AM

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

I'm sorry, but who wrote this? And why talk to a husband of a contract employee? Me, being a "lower paid employee", have no issues riding the shuttle or felt unsafe in the past 2 years of working here.. It's actually nice down time where I can chat with other employees about all the great things with Lincoln school we enjoy, check social media or just relax since I don't have to do the driving. Not to mention the shuttle drivers are awesome, friendly and do a great job. It's a small price to pay, parking offsite, to allow much needed space for patients who are here to receive care- which is why we all work here right? And we shouldn't park in neighborhoods- I guarantee you'd be upset if a ton of cars where parking in on your street or in front of your house constantly. It's annoying right? Let's put ourselves in the shoes of the patients and our neighbors and stop being selfish. Most work here because we believe in Penrose-St. Francis and want to be the best we can be. Not to mention I've ridden the shuttle many time with executives or as you'd call them "higher paid employees". Sounds like you went solely off the gripe of one husband, not truly understanding the reason, the need or employees thoughts. I typically like all the Indy articles and views, but you blew it with this one. You're no better than the rest of the media using words to grab attention and building a story off half truths.

13 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Lindsey C on 07/13/2017 at 9:40 AM

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

Employees of the Hospital have been parking on Public Street since Penrose opened in 1959.

Same pattern over at CU Memorial, I once lived in the "North" End of our City, feel better now that
I am gone !

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by frank1946 on 07/12/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Appraisal process accelerated for city's Strawberry Fields 'Disposal Project'

Update:

That "eventual legal fight" is now happening!
Please support the Strawberry Fields legal fund at www.savecheyenne.org. the results of this case will reverberate across our nation in every state and every city now being besieged by private takeover of public lands.

Posted by Donna Strom on 07/12/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

The online Gazette has a point/counterpoint (will be published in the Sunday paper) titled "Should CSU increase its payment to the city?" Steve Durham says No and Steve Schuck says let's talk about it first. Because the citizens are the owners of CSU, PILT should never have been instituted and increasing PILT is going from bad to worse. Durham makes the point that when PILT revenue goes into the General Fund, the dollars are spent on whatever the politicians want to spend it on, which means dollars are then available to give to developers instead of funding stormwater infrastructure and other essential needs.

Developers are incapable of developing anything without using the citizens money. And politicians are incapable of being honest with the electorate about what the tax or fee or ill gotten gains will fund because the citizens, being unreasonable as well as dummies, may say No to a tax increase. Let the mayor and Council members know what you think about accepting an additional tax burden via an increase in your utility bills while the politicians go on their merry way transferring tax revenue from the citizens to the developers.

allcouncil@springsgov.com
jsuthers@springsgov.com

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by curious on 07/08/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

Colorado Springs is no longer conservative. City Council wants to circumvent the public by increasing fees instead of providing "true oversight and accountability" for the revenue currently in place.

The biggest fallacy in local government is citizens evaded by City Council. We now have an increased COMCAST fee so we can divert money to the general fund. 311? Folks...everyone in the Springs has an IPhone or access to a computer to obtain services.

PILT....Payment in lieu of taxes. Never mind citizens voted to have the PILT phased out over eight years and it was supposed to go away this year. Instead we will go through the Utilities Board and increase the PILT illegally diverted to the city general fund.

Look forward to an increased LART (Lodging and rental car tax). Never mind the LART revenue has increased significantly over the past year. Don't be persuaded by the LART increasing taxes on tourists. The last survey showed 60% of the LART taxes are provided by locals renting cars and putting their relatives up in hotels. Check out how much money is now diverted to capital projects such as the downtown USOC museum (citizens told it would be privately funded ) and the Summit House.

Be more involved with city government and don't be a sheep!

14 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by LadyLiberty on 07/06/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

Ponder what this really is: every kilowatt hour and every cubic foot of natural gas you buy as utilities customer has a fake fee attached to it so that "surplus" in utilities revenue is generated. Think about that. The law (or the statist interpretation of it) allows surplus revenue to be transferred. So the City rigs the game to charge you higher bills to make sure that a pre-determined "surplus" is available to fund the City. I'm disappointed that PICO has not pushed back 100% on even the idea of raising Utilities rates by any amount to fund the City. If that's not a tax, what is?

13 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 07/06/2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

Re: "300's author conservative activist, former state representative and convicted tax-evader Douglas Bruce." --------- In another indy article, a commenter wrote that the amount of tax due for which Bruce was convicted was not millions, not tens of thousands, but $129! If this is correct, then it seems to me that, at the very least, the label of tax evader is unfair. Why not just refer to him in his present role - one that he has performed for decades - which is that of conservative activist.

All I know about Bruce is what I read in the Gazette and the Indy, but the persistent reference to him as a convicted tax-evader and felon makes me suspicious of the motives of the media and makes me consider the reasons for their character assassination. Furthermore, the media treatment leads me to admire Bruce's courage in continuing - despite the hostility - to publicly defy politicians in his efforts to promote transparency in govt and protect the rights of the citizens regarding taxation. And for this he has my appreciation and support.

14 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by curious on 07/05/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

Looks like another back-door tax increase is on its way. Let's hope the council doesn't cave as easily as they did on the Comcast issue.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 07/05/2017 at 1:58 PM

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