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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.

25 likes, 8 dislikes
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.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by TruB on 10/03/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Kristy Milligan chosen to head Westside CARES

Ms Milligan is a very compassionate person and an excellent administrator.

Posted by Robert Gentry on 09/30/2017 at 2:39 AM

Re: “Kristy Milligan chosen to head Westside CARES

Very good news for the community!

Posted by Robert Gentry on 09/30/2017 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Skorman proclamation recognizes Indigenous People's Day

Dear god. This man will say and do anything to see his name in print.
He blames every problem in this city on the people of this city and yet the ignorant sycophants still flock to his businesses and listen to his worn out white liberal guilt diatribe.

Pueblo good. Colorado Springs bad.
Indians good. Columbus bad.
Gays good. Straight bad.
Undeveloped land good. Growth bad.

Divisive politics is this mans game. It's becoming a worn out record.

Hey Richard! What makes you think that if Columbus wouldn't have discovered America that some other person wouldn't have 5, 10 even 100 years later? How would things be any different? They wouldn't. The only thing you are doing is spitting in people's faces. Divisive politics. It's so yesterday.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Can O'Korn on 09/29/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Cyclists say their lives are at risk from road-raging motorists

If your vehicle doesn't have a license plate, it doesn't belong on the road. I grew up riding bikes when I was a kid, and guess where I rode my bike? On the sidewalk. Streets are designed for cars, and I feel you're putting your life and others at risk by driving anything else down the road.

Posted by steely on 09/28/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Homeless shelters and programs in Colorado Springs

what happened for all the assistance with emergency shelter for families???????? does no one support mom, dad, and child anymore???????? me and my family are homeless and we work but dont have anymore money due to the only family shelter telling us we have to leave for thee months bc we reached the end of our stay!!!!!!!! we just got a housing voucher........dont have any money for applications......credit score shot bc of applications that we were able to get at while still at the shelter. cant go to the other shelter bc we are sober and have a child!!!!!!! colorado springs, help us!

Posted by Jessie Senakievich on 09/28/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

She's also a drunk and makes my kids very uncomfortable when they come to visit.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Stacy Lyn Godnick on 09/27/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

I was asked by a bishop to put let a woman stay with us for 30 days, I agreed to let her stay but now she won't leave, she does not pay anything, we're suppose to go on a family vacation but now can't because we're afraid to leave our house. She's even threatened us because I removed the door to her room, what can I do?

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Stacy Lyn Godnick on 09/27/2017 at 8:42 PM

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

This is all well and good, but missing from the discussion is the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act and a new and draconian requirement EPSO has in place for annual permit renewals. LEOSA is a law that allows qualified retired LEOs to carry concealed firearms throughout the country. The only annual requirement in the law is for officers to pass a firearms proficiency test. There is no requirement for an annual background check.

Imposing such a check is a stealth tax upon retired LEOs and it potentially opens the EPSO to civil litigation. Ironically, civilian CCWs are renewed every five years. Disenfranchising LEOs can become a slippery slope to even greater infringements upon the Second Amendment rights of all El Paso County citizens.

There is a solution: www.angley4sheriff.org

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Posted by Michael Angley on 09/27/2017 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Tim Watkins was shot to death in an area known for illegal activity

sherriff department does nothing to stop the shooting

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by apathetic on 09/27/2017 at 6:48 PM

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

"... its a fair question to ask why so many people feel its necessary to arm themselves while working, driving or shopping."

That, IMHO is a loaded and irrelevant question. Hopefully, I never need to arm myself, but if I choose to arm myself, then that's my decision to make. "Need" has no relevance in a free society.

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Posted by UBG on 09/27/2017 at 1:01 PM

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, noting that inexperienced firearms owners can freeze in tense situations. Even highly trained cops miss their target under pressure, he notes. Most people with CCWs [concealed carry weapons], when they get the permit, theyre doing target practice with nonmoving targets, he says. They havent been trained in handling those kinds of situations. There can be situations where they can make things worse."

Studies in the past have shown that armed citizens hit the intended target more often and miss less often than police do.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Odin on 09/27/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

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Posted by doncorleone112 on 09/27/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “UCCS announces multi-million dollar branding effort

Are you friggin kidding me ?? This looks like another "Live it Up" debacle and black hole of money and time for something that provides no value "what so ever" for the community. Instead of blowing $6M on a waste of PR and Branding, how abut UCCS spend $500K a year on helping to solve the Affordable Housing problem here in Colorado Springs, which will bring a "boatloat" of possible students to your campus who most likely will be the beneficiaries of an affordable house to live in. And the housing technology and enlightened workforce exists here locally to make it happen. Contact me and I can show you how.

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Posted by mschmidt on 09/24/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Homeless population outpaces Springs Rescue Mission's expansion

The cities that develop the greatest homeless programs will develop the greatest homeless populations.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Mike Randall on 09/20/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Cold beauty

Quail Hill MHP are just crooks! I have lived there and watched management threaten people they don't like of losing their homes. They are unreasonable and pick on people for whatever reason. They really are quite crazy with expectations of people in the park. I understand wanting a nice and clean park but this is a trailer park we are talking about! Not the Broadmoor! Last time I understood people lived in trailers due to not being able to afford a home. So expecting them to pay all this money to fix, landscape and even in my particular neighbors notice recement or fix cracked driveway. thousands of dollars for property he only rents (and usually your given 5 whole days to complete) its not gonna happen. Which then gives them power to EVICT! Sick bunch of management! Don't live there!!!! The park is nice and clean but if you don't want them breathing down your neck for everything i don't recommend it!

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Posted by dont like quail hill on 09/19/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Utilities needs land for Williams Creek Reservoir

Perhaps you could contact the Indy and give them an interview so that they might provide their readers with "the rest of the story"?

Posted by Donna Strom on 09/17/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

"Most of the money to be raised by Invest in COS, the vote yes committee, will come from business people and construction contractors, says Rachel Beck, government affairs manager with the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. They understand the link between reliable infrastructure and their ability to do business and economic health,..."

Really?

Here's why this group is eager for CS citizens to bail them out again. You see the lawsuit specifically calls the City out for allowing developers to cut the corners in building drainage. Specifically in Nor'wood and Classic developments--two of the most favored developers and campaign financiers. These developers saved millions in the City-sanctioned shortcuts. Why not let the taxpayers pay for those sins? Notice the deafening silence on how the City will specifically tighten the rules and oversight to prevent these sweet deals to developers in the future. Better to keep giving their friends waivers and then demanding the cash from citizens to pay fines and fix the problems.

The ballot language allows Council to increase the fee for "intergovernmental agreements of the City entered into before June 1, 2016." There is no language limiting the size of any subsequent increase in the fee. None. Even though an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) was "entered into" before 2016, the same IGA can be modified subsequently. For example, Pueblo demands and the City of Colorado Springs acquiesces and agrees to doubling their illegal annual "debt" for stormwater in the future. Council is the sole entity for revising the IGA that was "entered into prior to June 1 2106" and can do so with a a resolution requiring a single vote of Council. Council can then, at the same meeting in which they approved the revised IGA, move on to the next agenda item and with a single majority vote of 9 members, double the fee. In very short order with little or no public process, your individual fee goes from $60 per year to $120 per year.

From the CS Indy article on the EPA lawsuit:

"Specifically, the lawsuit notes the city backed off of requiring detention ponds and other flood-control measures in Cottonwood Creek that would have cost $11.4 million, and instead reduced developers' fees. But that violates the city's discharge permit, the lawsuit states. It also notes drainage violations at First & Main adjacent to Powers Boulevard [Nor'wood] and Flying Horse [Classic Homes] Pond Filing 26 on the city's far north side. In addition, the city allowed seven residential developments to be built without requiring stormwater controls, in violation of its discharge permit and its own requirements, the lawsuit says. Moreover, the city didn't enforce its rules when developers violated the city's stormwater requirements, according to the suit."

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/14/2017 at 9:47 PM

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