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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'


That "eventual legal fight" is now happening!
Please support the Strawberry Fields legal fund at 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.

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

Re: “John Venezia Park to open in Briargate

Hi, can the writer please clarify this dollar amount?
"Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), funded by the Colorado Lottery, also contributed by awarding a $350,00 grant specifically for the playground..."

Posted by KT80246 on 07/05/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “John Venezia Park to open in Briargate

A $ 13 Million Park in Briargate, in John's Honor would make him laugh and then feel a sense of Joy over the
realization that it all (Briargate) succeeded so wonderfully well. His vision and confidence in the Future
of Colorado Springs, made John Venezia a lynch-pin for development in the late 1970's and now he is
remembered with a lovely City Park to celebrate recreation and family.

Thanks to the Park Dept, and John !

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by frank1946 on 07/02/2017 at 2:50 AM

Re: “Terry Maketa trial begins

Terry: Orange is the new black. It'll look good on ya.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 06/29/2017 at 4:04 PM

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

People must understand that the Koch Bros are the main financiers of the GOP. Charles and David Koch have a burning hatred of all unions, especially unions of government employees. Collective bargaining of public employee unions is about the one thing they hate the most. Recall how they backed Scott Walker for Governor in WISC who later changed WISC law to end collective bargaining by WISC public employees.

It was the Kochs who financed Mayor Steve Botch who promptly paid them back by firing city auto mechanics and contracting out that work to a British firm (Serco) that employs city councilor Andy Pico.

You can bet Mayor Struthers and GOP in this town will fight to the death against collective bargaining by public employees; they have to earn their blood money from the Kochs.

When Mayor Botch did the deed on our auto mechanics I warned you that our fire and police unions would get screwed over too. Well, here it comes...

If our residents expect a safe and well functioning city then we have to pay for it, and that means slightly higher taxes and killing the deadly TABOR laws.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by OldCrank on 06/29/2017 at 4:01 PM

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

poor people, old people in nursing homes and the disabled don't deserve health care... and I am sure these people's religion think the same!!!

isn't that what jebus said... get what's yours and screw your neighbor

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by happyfew on 06/29/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Disabled people to Cory 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 Cory 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.

0 likes, 12 dislikes
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!

25 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by RescueFF on 06/28/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Disabled people to Cory 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 !

6 likes, 52 dislikes
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

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