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Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

So much for Separation of Church and State. Does that mean people will be forced to switch Churches if they don't like the political candidate that their minister says they should? No one goes to Church to hear politics. That should be the one place that remains neutral. I'd get up and walk out if the head of some Church tried to tell me who to vote for!

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Posted by mbomcar on 05/11/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

How to stop the developers from creating a system (such as the DDA) to benefit themselves and then milking that system? The City Council has the power to say No to the developers. Is educating the City Council the answer? Is that doable when the Council doesn't listen to the citizens, because, supposedly, the citizens are not experts (as opposed to the City govt bureaucrats who are experts) and the citizens don't know (probably because much of the process is kept secret) or understand what's involved in the very complex and complicated economic development proposal under consideration. And, ultimately, it is the Council, which has been elected by the citizens to decide on these matters, supposedly for the benefit of the citizens, who are empowered to make the decisions which benefit, not surprisingly, the developer. So . . . how to keep the foxes out of the henhouse?

And thanks to Miller for his excellent and knowledgeable analysis and commentary.

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Posted by curious on 05/11/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Well, this is exactly the scenario that was probably hoped for by the owner. You see, a first lowball tax bill followed by a subsequently much higher tax bill results in a higher "tax increment." This property, by vote of a compliant City Council, was included in the "Downtown Development Authority" (DDA)--even though not geographically contiguous. Few understood what their vote really meant (at least I hope they didn't). The DDA is a special district in which 100% of the City property tax increases collected do not make their way to City coffers, but instead to DDA coffers.

So the increases paid in property tax go to fund special priorities of the DDA. The decision as to exactly what special priorities get funded rest with the DDA board. Coincidentally, the owner of the hospital serves as a DDA Board member. The DDA recently announced a $1 million donation to another "priority" of the hospital owner, the City for Champions Museum.

For most residents, when you pay higher taxes, they go to the City to never be seen again. In this case, even though the owner will see higher taxes, there is a high likelihood the increased taxes will end up coming right back into a project he backs within the DDA.

Must be nice.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 05/11/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

Actually, School Teacher 2014, as long as you're talking about reading things correctly, you may want to go back and first read what Ms. Walker is quoted as saying, and then read the actual letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists to which she is referring. She does not claim that 1A establishes the wall of separation, only that the founding fathers were explicit in their intent to create that wall for the benefit of both the religious community AND the government that is representative of all of the American people. It would appear your righteous indignation is misplaced.

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Posted by Je Ng on 05/10/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Olympic museum to break ground

Why Colorado Springs will always be in Denver's shadow: Outdated decision makers that would waste $75M on a turd (i.e. Olympic Museum). The city already wasted half of that total ($35M) keeping the Olympic admin offices local (I hear children from across this nation begging their parents for a trip to the Olympic administrative offices)! Can we clear out the old money think tank and liven this town up?!

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Police pick up the pace on response times

Stop letting the developers run rampant. Not only can't the road infrastructure in this town keep up, neither can the CSPD hiring processes (especially since hitting 1 cone during driving training disqualifies you from the academy).

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Really like how they purchased it for 50k, then donated a million to avoid the taxes. If the Independent wouldn't have pointed it out it would have gone unchecked.

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Deducting the cost of cleanup before a cleanup ever occurs is a scam waiting to happen. If you want to use a clean-up incentive as a means to expedite reclamation of urban renewal sites it should be done ex post facto.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 05/10/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Hmm, sounds a lot like the downtown land exchange between the city and the Jenkins clan, where land values were lowered because of a supposed 'cleanup'. I estimate the city has helped the Jenkins clan get at least $2 million in tax deductions in two deals. Ka-ching!

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Posted by leloupe on 05/10/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

Deb Walker misstates the 1st Amendment, which does NOT call for the "separation between church and state." I recommend she read the 1st Amendment and quote it properly. Her statement is the standard incorrect statement made by those who normally have issues with religious freedom.

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Posted by School Teacher 2014 on 05/10/2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

Spiritual Law is important in the History of Civilization....................some Politicians find it annoying and a hindrance
to Governments.......................Trump did the what is necessary, remove legal assertions from Officials that Religious
Communities should not have a voice in public affairs .

God Bless Trump !

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Posted by frank1946 on 05/10/2017 at 6:47 AM

Re: “KRCC's cancelled "Wish We Were Here" radio show honored with Edward R. Murrow Award

Way to go Tammy Terwelp! You've made so many "tremendous" decisions at KRCC as of late. So many, in fact, that I no longer support you folks...

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 05/09/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “KRCC's cancelled "Wish We Were Here" radio show honored with Edward R. Murrow Award

The Universe certainly has a sense of humor about balance and handling injustice.

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Posted by Patricia C Mulkey on 05/09/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “KRCC's cancelled "Wish We Were Here" radio show honored with Edward R. Murrow Award

stupidest decision ever.

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Posted by suesun on 05/08/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “KRCC's cancelled "Wish We Were Here" radio show honored with Edward R. Murrow Award

...penny wise, pound foolish...

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Posted by Boomer49 on 05/08/2017 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Mayor John Suthers warns against 'sanctuary city' policy, Green party pushes ahead

Mr. Suthers should know that ICE can come in to *any* part of the nation, period. There is *no* "sanctuary" from that.

What right-wing racists want is to appropriate city and state resources to carry out a federal function. That is the kind of thing "conservatives" have called an "unfunded mandate" on other issues. But not on this.

It is destructive because this war on law-abiding immigrants will increase crime because crimes won't be reported by those who fear police will reported them to ICE.

Besides, the U.S. farm policies and NAFTA *created* the illegal immigration problem by wrecking the livelihood of millions of Latin Americans. See "How NAFTA and Farm Policy Subsidies Created the Illegal Immigration Problem"
http://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/…

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Posted by scubafox on 05/05/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Homeless shelters and programs in Colorado Springs

Hello I am about to become homeless with my one year old daughter because since I came to Colorado springs I have not been able to obtain work due to the fact that I cant get child care for my daughter and I have a family that has been keeping us while it has been cold but I have to find space for me and my daughter and child care so I can get to work and start an active life with my kid.

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Posted by Devonire Horne on 05/04/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Air Force to UCCS? Concerns over a chancellor finalist

Another person that would have been a better candidate is William J. Lennox Jr. He is a former West Point superintendent. Also, he received a PhD in English from Princeton and is a current civilian university president.

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Posted by Colorado Commentator on 05/04/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Air Force to UCCS? Concerns over a chancellor finalist

If CU wanted to consider a well-qualified candidate who is a USAFA graduate who received a Rhodes Scholarship, they should have encouraged Christopher B. Howard to apply. He came back from Oxford with a doctorate. He came back from Harvard with an MBA. He is a civilian college president. There are many much better qualified women in higher education who should have been in the application pool. The consulting recruitment firm, DHR International, should have done a better job. This is a wasted final candidate slot by the search committee.

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Posted by Colorado Commentator on 05/04/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Air Force to UCCS? Concerns over a chancellor finalist

Politics, personalities, but not principles...
Such is post-modern Amerika and its fascination with subjective morality and alternative truths.
And those who dare dissent invoke the critics' 10 year old response of name calling "racist" being the least offensive term so far.
I love it when the fraud is exposed, not that any learning is accomplished.

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Posted by Moxy on 05/03/2017 at 2:02 PM

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