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Re: “Colorado Springs parks report shows good value

Comical and a big, "Duh!"... is the Broadmoor the new headquarters for the taxpayer funded Parks and Recreation Department? Planning the next chunk of historic parkland they intend to give away while assuming a behemoth liability?

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Dana Duggan on 01/12/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Council says no to parks ballot issue

... The City Council long-term has proven pathetic at maintaining city infrastructure whether it is the parks or roads. In the 1970's 1980's and early 1990's the roads and parks were properly maintained with the existing budgets. Our corrupt Council would then drain funds from those two groups - claim to the citizens "Were Broke" and beg for tax increases to cover for them subsidizing developer interests. Our developers/development fees are 70% LESS than the average of the other front range cities. Raise the development fees to be equal to our neighboring cities, fund stormwater with that and leave the parks/road maintenance budgets alone. This council is corrupt to the interests of developers....Let's see how much infrastructure costs they pass to the citizens for the Banning Lewis Ranch/Jenkins development !!

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 01/12/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Council says no to parks ballot issue

Originally TOPS was just for acquisition and then was tweaked to allow a percentage for maintenance of TOPS properties. In 2013, citizens approved a change allowing a percentage of TOPS funds to be used for any City parks. The City abruptly took those funds and reduced the general fund commitment by the same amount. What special taxes like TOPS, PSST, etc do is set up for the City to rob the funds originally dedicated for those purposes. Parks are a role of government and should be covered under the general fund and to the extent allowed by TOPS. It is also important to note that TOPS has a sunset and without continuance, the City will scream bloody murder because they've a squandered much of what was previously dedicated from the general fund for parks. They've gotten accustomed to the extra dollars.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 01/11/2017 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Council says no to parks ballot issue

TOPS should be reworked as the source of money for park maintenance. It was an oversight that all of its funding go towards acquisition, as at some point you won't be able to maintain what you purchased.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by LivesLocally on 01/11/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Save Cheyenne raises money to challenge Strawberry Fields land deal

Heaven help us all Joel, when money trumps a principle. Appreciate the reality check, but faith trumps both. And being on the right side doesn't hurt either :)
Denying people the right to vote just because you want to win is a LOSER.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by doonya on 01/11/2017 at 7:07 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Save Cheyenne raises money to challenge Strawberry Fields land deal

I appreciate what Joel Miller is saying. At the same time, I believe that attitude of powerlessness that has crept into everyday American life is what has caused many of the problems we face. I have seen too many people make a difference to believe that.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 01/10/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Western Museum cuts ties with Haunted Mines after 10 years

After 8 years with the original Haunted Mines crew in a leading staff position, and after 6 years with the museum, also in a leadership position - I second Mr Ducote's comment.

Look at it for the statement it is.

Would WMMI seperate themselves from the donations given by past and present HM volunteers for anything less than a very serious problem with the current Haunted Mines management?

The answer is no.

There is a reason WMMI was willing to forego a donation like that. There is little HM can say in defense.

The management and their treatment of WMMI staff and property over the last two years was attrocious. I have first hand experience and evidence of such.

As far as volunteers leaving due to Angel's 'high standards', that is simply laughable. Angel purged the professional team who built Haunted Mines, and she now sees the consequences.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Casey Pearce on 01/10/2017 at 7:54 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Save Cheyenne raises money to challenge Strawberry Fields land deal

The unfortunate reality is that this group will face an opponent in court who has a virtually unlimited supply of taxpayer cash to fight them. The City has never just said, "forget it...we're out of money to fight this legal battle." This is especially true when the Anschutz Corporation is firmly in the City's corner as they are the beneficiaries of the transfer.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 01/10/2017 at 7:25 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Parks benefit Colorado Springs economically, study shows

"Mo money, mo money, with yo money!"

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jim Bensberg on 01/10/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Parks benefit Colorado Springs economically, study shows

Wow, another study presented that a tax increase will give everybody a raise. Unfortunately studies like these are used over and over and reach the same result those who commission them want with little or no realistic counter point or analysis of the alternative. They get rolled out every time there is a scheme to get voters to intentionally part with more of their money. How much money and staff time was spent developing this marketing tool for another tax increase? Imagine if these same bureaucrats, whose issues are almost always rubber stamped by a compliant City Council were allowed to hike taxes without a vote. Whatever anyone wants to say about Douglas Bruce, TABOR is the only thing between us and California-style runaway taxes. We have high sales tax here, but we can only blame ourselves for voting to do it to ourselves.

The CORA denial is ridiculous. There is no applicable denial under the law because the report is in "draft."

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 01/10/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs wind storm wreaks havoc

Is the Y.W.A.M. compound okay?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sonney Dey on 01/10/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Inmates riot over food

The county jail is a shit hole, filled with corrupt, and ego driven staff, black mold, shit food, and mice feces in the kitchen. How this place hasn't been shut the hell down is beyond me. Somehow this crap gets swept under the rug year after year. Never mind all that though, they'll just make it bigger, as they plan to do in the near future, which is only going to make these conditions worse because they barely have enough funding to keep the current configuration operating smoothly. The new Sheriff is as bad as Maketa for letting this shit continue imho. Instead he'd rather get his 15 mins of fame for dancing in an elevator. Dumb ass.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Danny Boy Van Sant on 01/10/2017 at 1:19 AM

Re: “'Alt-right' agitator Milo Yiannopoulos named LGBTQ Nation's 'Person of the Year'

"Agitator?" Note to Milo: if this rag is using terms like that, then you're doing a fine job.

3 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by John Howell on 01/09/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs wind storm wreaks havoc

The area around our office in southeast Colorado Springs has lots of damage from all this wind. Both sides of the fence in our yard blew over and several shingles from the roof are missing. This is one wild storm!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Aden Hochstetler on 01/09/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “CDOT accelerates I-25 project north of Monument

In case you don't want to look up induced demand, here's an easy explanation. Imagine you regularly wear L-sized pants, and you eat junk food every day and have a sedentary life. Eventually those L-sized pants won't fit you. What's the solution? XL-sized pants! Now you can eat more junk food and move less. Later on, those XL-sized pants won't fit you and you'll need XXL-sized pants. The real solution is not buying bigger pants, it is to eliminate the need for bigger pants. Returning back to the traffic issue, the real problem is that our cities are designed in a way that we need to use our cars for everything.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matt 2 on 01/09/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “More angst over Drake scrubbers

Rivera? that long ago? thanks

Posted by apathetic on 01/09/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Excitment over Coachella reminds the world of Anschutz’s ties to anti-LGBTQ organizations

Yeah, Anschutz one day was so anti-LBGTQ that he funded 200,000 (at least) to anti-LBGTQ groups. Then the next day, he decides he "unequivocally supports the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation"? Wake up, people. Anschutz is a very smart business man. He will say whatever he has to say to line his pockets. But what he says and what he thinks, I'm fairly certain are two different things. He only stopped the outward hate when it was affecting him negatively. I'm sure he will still fund anti-LBGTQ groups through non-transparent corporations and will still do all he can to make sure they hit the non-transparent walls he has put up. He didn't get to be a billionaire by pleasing all the people all the time. He just knew who to please and when. As I said repeatedly about the Strawberry Fields trade, he WILL get Strawberry Fields. And it looks as though he has. Well, the Broadmoor has won the trade. But Anschutz/Broadmoor is potato/potata. The appeals are just a waste of time and money for those that don't have either. Anschutz can play the game as long as it takes.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by independentraghater on 01/08/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “CDOT accelerates I-25 project north of Monument

Induced Demand. Look it up.
Adding lanes doesn't solve congestion. Never has, never will. This will, like all other road building projects of the last 50 years, be an expensive, short-term solution that, in the end, exacerbates congestion, eats land that could be used more effectively, and saddles taxpayers with expensive maintenance bills for the next 25-50 years. It will do little to solve the mobility problem of COS-DEN.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by rt on 01/08/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “CDOT accelerates I-25 project north of Monument

Excellent news for those of us who aren't in defense and can't find good jobs in Colorado Springs! Bustang is useful, but can't get you everywhere in Denver. Colorado Springs was bound to become a bedroom community for Denver soon anyway, given the economic activity there is an order of magnitude greater. For every new restaurant, new office or apartment building in Colorado Springs, there are 10 in Denver.

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Posted by leloupe on 01/06/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Excitment over Coachella reminds the world of Anschutz’s ties to anti-LGBTQ organizations

Anschutz owns the Gazette, so he knows fake news when he sees it.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by atomicbird on 01/06/2017 at 3:54 PM

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