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Re: “TABOR author on question 1A

Thanks Mr Bruce for writing the piece. On my own I had figured out this was something to vote no on. Many dont realize I-25 is not a local issue. (Though the traffic issues are local!)
The underlying point is that politicians are merely, illegally, grabbing more money. Its like giving heroin to an addict, they always want more and will lie, cheat and steal to support their habit.

Dave :-)

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Posted by William David Beadles on 11/04/2017 at 3:46 AM

Re: “TABOR author on question 1A

Interesting to note that the guy supposedly selling his snake oil to the gullible had his charity cleared by the IRS in the original tax trial but the TABOR hater judge in Denver would not allow the fact into evidence!

It's not the job of citizens in Colorado Springs to fund I-25. We should not be overriding the State Constitution with a local vote! Vote "NO" in November.

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Posted by RM Lady Liberty on 11/03/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “TABOR author on question 1A

Sheri:

Yup. That's him. Still selling his snake oil to the gullible.

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Posted by Bill W. on 11/03/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “TABOR author on question 1A

Isn't this from the guy found guilty of money laundering, attempted bribery, and tax fraud then violated his probation? Yeah... no thanks.

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Posted by Sheri Powers on 11/03/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

Please research Walter Burien and CAFR before casting a ballot for that "Fee". The systems of governance (municipal corporations) have been lying to the populace about taxation for way too long. The CAFR reports all the commerce and investments involved. Taxation could be eliminated, if the CAFR funds are used instead.

Posted by gregaj7 on 11/01/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

Vote NO if you want Pueblo and Pueblo County to take COS to court, as they should, for not living up to COS' obligations to address stormwater problems that affect Fountain Creek from COS to Pueblo.

We in the Arkansas Valley are tired of Springs voters who continually vote to shortchange themselves and everyone downstream on the stormwater problem.

I shouldn't say "We" however. I live in COS now, and I voted YES!! Freeloaders be gone!!

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Posted by Russ Johnson on 10/30/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

The focus of the EPA and CO Dept of Health lawsuit is on the Citys failure to follow its own rules when approving and overseeing developer stormwater infrastructure. In one case, the lawsuit details an $11.4 million shortcut provided to developers (see entire lawsuit complaint):
The Cottonwood Creek DBPS estimated [a] total cost reduction of approximately $11.4 million (January 1992 dollars) by eliminating the proposed detention ponds and associated fees, and reducing the Cottonwood Creek Drainage and Bridge Fees. [charged to developers]

Much more at www.NoOn2A.com

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/30/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

Thank you, Mr Rusinak.

www.NoOn2A.com

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/30/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm confident I'll be voting "no"

oh ya um big fat NO!!!!

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 10/30/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Reader: Manitou needs an explination

Keep Manitou Weird Again! Also most elections are run this way, not really that crazy.

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Posted by Matt 1 on 10/28/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Reader: Manitou needs an explination

Explanation can't anyone spell anymore?

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Posted by Shannon Simmons on 10/28/2017 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

Rick, Ive lived here 41 years, my aunt and uncle since 1946. The changes have been numerous, not all good. I cant disagree with you; people have lost pride in themselves and community.

Dave

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Posted by William David Beadles on 10/26/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “A message from Mayor Nicoletta

Aimee Cox wrote a brilliant letter to the editor that appears in today's edition of the Indy -- I don't know why it's not posted here online (you can read it in the "Digital Edition" linked below). In her letter, Ms. Cox explains quite clearly why Manitou doesn't need "dark money" injected into its politics. Interestingly, Nicoletta above doesn't disavow or disown the the "Centrist Project's" attempt to buy, and own, her. Because she will be in their debt. It's easy to say "put politics aside" when secret, dark money is controlling her "politics."

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Posted by Scott Dreher on 10/25/2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “A message from Mayor Nicoletta

Checkout the full story tomorrow in the Pikes Peak Bulletin on who is the man behind Denver money funding Nicole Nicoletta Mayoral Campaign: Nick Troiano The Centrist Project! Nick is the new Ghost Story for 2017.

Posted by Emma Crawford on 10/25/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “A message from Mayor Nicoletta

Why has the Independent mis-reported the Manitou race? Why have they backed Nicoletta in this race(THE WORST MAYOR IN A CENTURY) ? For one reason only JOHN WEISS THE OWNER of the Indy has a hard on against Ken Jaray. It's been disgusting for the Springs community to watch Philip Anshutz buy the Gazette and tilt every article for his personal agenda with no fair and balanced reporting, and now YOU JOHN WEISS have done the same thing to the Indy. Nicoletta is the worst public servant we have ever seen in Manitou. She is ignorant, so rude but has definitely graduated from the "Kelly Anne Conway School of alternative facts". The Indy (that owns the Manitou paper let her misrepresent WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON in Manitou every week with a column in the Pikes Peak Bulletin (which they own). She has refused to meet with the public on simple issues many times, has used the Police to enforce her ridiculous "rush to spend" agenda, it has taken her years to realize Manitou is a HISTORIC town when it comes to a simple repair on a historic bridge . When the citizens whom built this town wanted a meeting for a simple tree issue she called us "entitled" ( the group consisted of prior Mayors, council people, activists and caring folks). Her answer to people meeting was to pass an ordinance so 50 people meeting now need a permit and insurance to meet and protest. When informed citizens questioned the value of a $500,000 RETAINER contract with an out-of-state engineering firm she shut down public comments and threatened to have the police escort informed citizens from city hall.
DEMOCRACY IS CURRENTLY DEAD IN MANITOU , while Nicoletta has claimed "I've made Manitou Safe" Heroin is being dealt on the streets (read our police beat). She has wrapped a park in a steel fence to keep EVERYONE OUT , the only park in Colorado to do so.... a knee jerk reaction to one fight. Like Trump she has claimed to have "Fixed" everything , she Fixed the traffic issue, while this year due to her and staffs negligence Manitou has been a cluster "F" of traffic for a year and expect that for many months more.The outrageous spending agenda with out-of-state groups that have too close a relationship with specific out of tune staff have turned Manitou into a "FEMA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX" . Nicoletta has been so uncaring and non-responsive to listening to ALL public groups. She championed a "NO TOLERANCE" policy that was so misguided the Police department had to tell her it was WRONG and unworthy of their efforts. Spending is out of control on a monthly basis with Nicoletta and her team, and I ask you fellow citizens ..... should someone whom has been on food stamps recently be anywhere near a $11million dollar budget ...no way. Nicoletta has let down the community AND SO HAVE YOU JOHN WEISS , SHAME ON YOU JOHN you are out of touch with Manitou. Nicoletta has soured the community more in one term that I have never witnessed in my past 42 years in town AND THE INDY WANTS TO GIVE HER 2 MORE YEARS NO WAY. Folks it's time to say NO MORE NICOLE , time to move forward with compassion and intelligence which Nicoletta has none of !!

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Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 10/25/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

The author is right, anyone can walk down Shooks Run and see how bad it is. It's not just McDonald's wrappers and big gulp cups, it's piles of clothing, feces, AND food wrappers. The homeless population here has grown exponentially over the past few years. 10 years ago you'd never see anyone camping in the parks. Now we have "resident" 20 somethings living in the local parks. It's hard to help someone who is openly smoking weed or going out of his way to intimidate women/elderly/disabled people, or who is stealing from my yard. I can't let my 11 year old daughter walk to the playground because of all of the creepy people who call Shooks Run park home. I've been threatened and accosted multiple times over the past few years.

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Posted by Random Citizen on 10/24/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

Neh, not buying any of this. People drifting all over the place; least they can and should do is be picking up as they go along.

Dorchester park has a three yard commercial dumpster. And, trash all over the place. Yes, the wind does blow stuff out of the dumpster; put it back in and close the lid. Happens to homeowners when the raccoons get into our bins; stop; clean it up; move on. Stop with the OMG the wind! OMG the city doesn't pick up the trash bags we leave on the bike path and the police told us we could do that and then nobody picked it up and but the police told us we could leave it there and blah blah blah. We no can pik up trash! Just stop. The excuse train needs to stay back in the shed. Now!

All the stuff came from somewhere. Easy solution :0 Pack it in, pack it out. This has worked for outdoors people quite some time. The fast food cup came from somewhere; take the empty back. The plasticware came from somewhere; take it back. All this crap that is all around the campsites; it all came from somewhere. Take it back. All the unwanted and abandoned all over the place clothes came from somewhere; take them back. There are no complexities involved in this concept.

If somebody is so damn tough and ingenious that they can live outdoors in Colorado year round; yet they can not handle this concept of take trash : to trash container ... eh; ummm; seriously? And the blame goes to where? To who? To what? To people that are sick of it and write an editorial? Really? "You wrote a letter and this is your fault". Uh, I too want a medium rare steak, loaded baked potato, salad, and a coke. Awww crap; you mean I have to earn this stuff by living properly! That's not fair!

"Hi. I live outdoors. In Colorado. Nope, can't handle this put the trash in the trashcan stuff. Too difficult for me. Just can't figure that one out" #Fail.

"The police will arrest me if I put an empty soda cup and a hamburger wrapper into a residential neighborhood trash bin". What is this crap? How does somebody even write bs like that. "I can't do anything with my trash because I'll be arrested if I put it in somebodies trash can" Pfffff. Next excuse; please.

Antlers park has three trash cans, usually overflowing; with the plates cups and napkins that people are charitably fed on there. But somehow; there are also the same plates cups and napkins all over Antlers park. Why? Why can this stuff not be taken away by the people providing such a generosity to the people that partake of it? Do none of the people of Antlers know how to simply do a jump up and down on the overflowing trash cans?

If the community of homeless can't figure this stuff out; and people don't like it; good Lord; don't blame the rest of the populace for having a problem with the environment of trash that seems to typify 'homeless'. Most of the discrimination against the homeless is an item that starts with the homeless, and it needs to be ending with the homeless.

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Posted by Stain K. Hensley on 10/23/2017 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

Rick Snyder- I've walked around this town for 20 year unarmed and still go downtown at night for music. I spend a great deal of time downtown and find people over exaggerate their issues with pan handlers and people laying on side walks. I think you over exaggerated your interaction with the police.
LMAO - that you wrote in to claim you are left leaning. I live near a park and the college and HS kids all with nice cars and homes leave their trash every night. The people park and eat their lunch leave their fast food containers.

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Posted by TruB on 10/23/2017 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

Unfortunately, the writer of this letter reveals exactly the lack or respect towards the poor and homeless that puts the lie to the title "I want to live where people respect each other and the environment ". Calling less fortunate people bums and treating them like they are somehow less human is not respectful and does nothing to move forward what should be a very important conversation in our community.

Why is there trash everywhere? maybe because the city has removed many of the trash cans from the parks and areas downtown where the homeless gather. Why do homeless people go to the bathroom outdoors? Perhaps its because there are almost no public restrooms available anywhere. Businesses are restricting use of the restrooms to customers only or even closing them to the public altogether. The city has been keeping bathrooms in the parks locked and without other alternatives, where exactly are the homeless to go. Why are there so many homeless people in the first place? Perhaps we should look at the loss of high paying jobs over the last ten years and the dramatic increase in the cost of housing over the same period.

Additionally, what are the current viable alternatives for homeless people to panhandling? As a city, we need to explore creating low barrier work opportunities for homeless people as an alternative to panhandling. Perhaps we could find a way to pay homeless people to clean up our parks and open spaces. carrying a gun is no more the answer than giving money to a panhandler is the answer. We need to find ways to provide for the basic human needs of our most vulnerable populations and find alternatives to panhandling that serve to make our neighborhoods safer better places for everyone.

Some people in our community are working to find answers to these questions instead of complaining about them. One such program can be seen at http://www.hisurbanpresence.org/uplift-.html. By working together and learning to really respect every part of our community, we can truly turn this city into a place where everyone is valued and treated equally.

Edwin "Pastor FedEx" Aldrich
Executive Director,
His Urban Presence Ministries

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Posted by Edwin Aldrich on 10/23/2017 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

My kids pick up trash on our way to and from the park in our neighborhood off Circle Drive . We also volunteer to assist the homeless and shut-ins. I'm far more concerned with the apathy towards the homeless and families in poverty than in the problems homeless people cause. I've given free haircuts and food to the homeless and have only had one negative experience versus the many negative experiences I have had with rich people. I'm a 28 year old woman and have no need for a weapon. Maybe the writer should befriend a homeless person and use his writing skills to assist a homeless person in completing a resum. Having been homeless in the past, a helping hand was all it took to get me back on my feet.

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Posted by Mandy Riggle on 10/23/2017 at 4:41 PM

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