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Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Don Knight's comments show the total duplicity of his views when it comes to different appraisals done by the City and the Broadmoor. When referencing the 189 acre Strawberry plot (valued at 1.6M) he states that, "the land was staying park land. That's why I didn't object that the values weren't 10 times more". The Bear Creek parcel appraisal however was accepted with an extremely high value (1.4 M for only 9 acres) despite the fact that it will remain park land as well. "The Bear Creek parcel, zoned for single family homes, was appraised as residential lots. The city, however, has no plans to build on the land and will maintain it as a park." Hello Don Knight... don't wring your hands and say there is nothing yo
u can do. It was fraud, pure and simple. And ghost writing an amicus brief? Unethical.
Thank you Pam for a very thorough and well researched piece. Too bad that the council rushed this decision through despite so many unanswered important questions that they themselves brought up during the process. The public is threatened not only with losing a historic piece of parkland, but is clearly on the losing end of the monetary swap as well.

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Posted by katm on 11/30/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

And to be attacked in the "comments" is absolute confirmation of the bigotry that abounds here in this city. The fact is that "political correctness" is actually thought control and it is working. "Celebrate diversity" as a motto a while back was actually a call to action, to stage small criminal acts and point fingers at the predicted "perpetrators". You reap what you sow. When all else fails make it up. The more you protest the more you promote.
If you are a homosexual teenager stuck in the wrong body and are suffering from paranoid thoughts of outside aggressors stalking you and you disagree with the history of the world as it is written then hey, it sucks to be you. No bumper sticker can cure you. Maybe a parade might make you happy for a day or two but that's it.
I apologize for nothing but I am sorry to have to be exposed to such childish behaviors and insults based only on my skin color and gender. People who do not talk to me do not know me. Don't go around identifying your imaginary enemies and do not let others aid you in that folly, it's a bottomless pit of despair. Misery loves company.

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

Sounds like Matthew Parkhouse, RN hsn't done much other than complain. Recently I noticed the Westside Pioneer Editor has used issue after issue to label the homeless as enabled bums. The unsympathetic in this town would rather step over dead bodies than give someone socks and a sleeping bag. I thought Matthew might be trying to think a point through until reading his 'additional piece' as onemorevoter which I am sure is not meant to point out that the there are non profits in this town not paying themselves salaries to help the homeless. I'd suggest trying to direct people to a blog would have been more worthy Mr. Parkhouse. Tell people how your 'Arizona plan' would benefit the town.

It is the season to give and I hope while choosing charities purposefully that people will be more emphatic towards the circumstances of others. It would be great if the proper helping hand could manage an apt row (like on Fillmore with easy access to the bus) where people could be helped back on their feet. Most people are a pay check away from being thrown out and won't find a place easily. Bless the friends I have who have taken other family friends in when tossed from their rentals so the landlord could raise the rent.

Maybe our town is 'homeless friendly' but maybe some of the people have jobs. STOP handing out money. The pan handlers are plentiful for one reason. Different people with the same dog on a corner means that is a racket. Government shouldn't have to fix this problem. Another group of people could help shelters with offering support for people who need bus ticket Vs. some day work. People who are critical should go get to know people without having such an attitude. This holiday season stop looking down your nose at people. Say good morning to the person walking through the neighborhood with the shopping cart. I do hand out packs of dog kibble and garbage bags.

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Posted by TruB on 11/30/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Dobson endorses Roy Moore for Senate

this is why religion is dying... this toxic, manipulative, selfish, controlling and abusive fairy tale has become, at its core rotten. they have no problem persecuting gays... because...religious "morality". the kindness Jesus preached has become so conditional, with so many strings attached, that it's just not even worth it anymore for most of these pretend religious.
for a church leader to defend a pedophile... who still buys this crap???

24 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by happyfew on 11/30/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “In-N-Out Burger announces Colorado Springs location; people freak out

We can not wait to enjoy our favorite In-N-Out burgers and fries. Yum

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Posted by Tammy Ray on 11/30/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Banning Lewis Ranch: $49 million in tax revenue over 30 years

The idea that development of BLR will "add $41 billion to the city's economy" is presented as though that is a benefit. It means nothing. That is $41 billion being spent. It doesn't mean our air is cleaner, our traffic runs more smoothly or the average accounting clerk in town is earning more money or is happier.

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Posted by Dave Gardner on 11/30/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Protest songs from alt weeklies around the country, (dis)honoring a year of Trump's presidency

Without a doubt The Independent has hit new lows in every department. I am compelled to pick up a copy every week and cringe while doing so but one needs to know what crap is being fabricated and reported as "news".

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “In the age of #MeToo, a good man is hard to find

I cannot even finish reading this article. I am incensed and almost enraged. The mere simple-minded assumption of something is now proof of guilt?! How are the writers and editors of such insults and dangerous immaturity even employed not to mention published? How can one justify the blanket slandering of half the population?
To imply that every single male is guilty of sexual harassment or about to be is crossing a line that public media has straddled for too long, the line between bad taste and complete insanity. The Independent is publishing writings of a mob mentality and for those who do not know what that is it simply means an angry group that thinks with one mind, a mind that is malfunctioning. This mob though sells advertising space with its lynchings.
The horror of it all is that those coming of age will see this type of writing or "reporting" as normal (they are not even credible allegations) and view the targets as just that, targets, Targets to be attacked and maligned or avoided and it is all bullshit being taught them.

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Stir Coffee & Cocktails’ strengths lie in its coffee shop roots

To quote one of my favorite movies

"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends.

Dont forget many times going off menus is the best

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Posted by Phillipr on 11/30/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “The mass eviction at Emerald Towers Apartments is just the tip of the iceberg

"employment is finally taking off in Colorado Springs"- another comment by the Indy that defies definition in the real world.
Not mentioned is and its family of websites that are indiscriminately "valuing" rentals and houses across the country, sight unseen.
The neighborhoods off of S Nevada in decline or stagnating featuring numerous homeless persons standing around, riding bicycles accosting anyone that happens by is somehow sporting a new eatery with $45 rib-eye steak. This just a quick walk from homeless shelters which in itself is a business, do not kid yourselves. E. Cheyenne Road is still a rough road but cross Nevada Ave and you have smooth driving surfaces on W Cheyenne.
My landlord of many years suddenly wanted to double rent and our employer decides we are too old to be employed so our option is pay rent or eat, heat and light is optional. has uprooted 100s of Denver residents, so many that Denver is looking at rent control. Lifelong residents are forced to move and in-state is not an option. "Upscale" is the buzzword and assessor searches reveal investment companies are buying and over-paying for houses all around me. One house sold for $65k and one year later a Denver investment company buys it for $155k. Just one example...

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “The mass eviction at Emerald Towers Apartments is just the tip of the iceberg

Don't we have another problem in that middle class housing areas will NOT allow affordable housing in their back-yards? So if you have the money and permits, you still get solid opposition.

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Posted by TominColorado on 11/30/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

A theme "trimmed out of my letter" involves the fact that "helping the homeless" has become a thriving industry in our community. When you are a volunteer who supports him/herself by painting houses or doing nursing night shifts to be part of the community effort, your viewpoint is different than when homeless dollars feed the family, pay the mortgage and send the kid to college. You tend to be fonder of the status quo. Unfortunately, the process parallels that of our defence industry. "It really doesn't matter that the airplane barely stays in the air, as long as the factory building the landing gear remains open in our town"..... Our "status quo" of not knowing all of our recipients of support results in enabling of homelessness, the trashing of neighbourhoods around some of the agencies and that "brick wall" separating potentially involved citizens from those who run the show. Wasn't always this way. I personally was responsible for finding and promoting the concept that resulted in the creation of Homeward Pikes Peak. I helped found the clinic at the Soup Kitchen. Could I do this sort of thing now, as the effort becomes more and more "professional"? I doubt it very much. I keep harking back to Eric Hoffer's quote regarding movements: "All ideas start out as causes. They then evolve into businesses. Some go on to become rackets." Where is your favourite non-profit on this continuum?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by OneMoreVoter on 11/30/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “The mass eviction at Emerald Towers Apartments is just the tip of the iceberg

Fact .... the largest real estate developer in Denver, the Denver Housing Authority. They have built literally thousands of new, affordable units in the past decade.

Sorry Mr Wright you just don't get it ..... and the Springs suffers

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Posted by actionjackson on 11/30/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “A cyclist's appeal to drivers

Mostly a good article, but he can't resist adding the propaganda that most cyclists are law-abiding. Yeah right! Easily 95+% of cyclists that I've ever seen evidently think that stop signs and red lights don't apply to them.

9 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by Daniel Tapio on 11/29/2017 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

The purchase of the property was made with a vote of the people in 1885 (I believe). The decision last year should have been made with a vote of the people. Hopefully, that is what the Court of Appeals will decide. Simple!

20 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by What's the Word? on 11/29/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “A cyclist's appeal to drivers

Very well written! It really is true that some people behave as though cycling is the chosen mode of transportation of Satan himself

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rob Lucas on 11/29/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Stir Coffee & Cocktails’ strengths lie in its coffee shop roots

Just want to say, the books are real.

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Posted by Danielle Lavina on 11/29/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “A cyclist's appeal to drivers

Great article and I fully agree with your points. Well done.

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Posted by Gary Nesbit on 11/29/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Drake power plant shutdown costs estimated

Shut it down early!

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Posted by TruB on 11/29/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

perhaps you should apologize for just not getting it... you are clueless in your cluelessness!!!

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by happyfew on 11/29/2017 at 4:00 PM

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