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Re: “Sen. Cory Gardner is nowhere to be found during July 4 recess

Scared little child! What a waste of "representation". He represents ONLY the bidding of his inept Master...Drumpf!

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by mbomcar on 07/07/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Sen. Cory Gardner is nowhere to be found during July 4 recess

I received a form letter reply in regards to healthcare issue. I could have written Ryan, McConnell, or a variety of GOP and gotten the same. I noticed in WH photo ops he is moving up the food chain in being seated nearer to Trump...

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by sandra hatch on 07/07/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “City says "no" to firefighters' pursuit of ballot measure

Collective bargaining is just that. It doesn't mean that management will have to give in. It just means the organization now has a voice. One that can be used to share in the development of the city from the experience of the employees doing the job and the city officials.
I stand with IAFF 5, and as a citizen I won't be voting in the current leadership again that doesn't support this. Sorry Major Struthers your true colors are showing through and they are very black indeed.
I have spoken with jail guards that they too didn't much like how you treated them as employees either.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by CO Springs citizen 80923 on 07/07/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Reader: Millennials don't know what to do with power, or don't care

We all know who would buy those votes and it ant the boomers who doing well enough just to pay our own way. Personally I think my generation blew it and Im a boomer. All the free love and community gathering of the 70s went straight in the toilet once we got hungry. Once we figured out that we were doing without a comfy bed, a roof over our heads or a car to drive we got off our butts went to work and figured out that the system had to have action in order to move ahead and have those things.Our parents were not buying those things for us. Same with voting and service to our country. But we didnt teach our children the lesson we learned. There was a letter last week advocating the rich pay for it all. Reality is you dont pay taxes how can you have a say in how things get done. Do without for a while and guess what they will get off there asses and do whats needed. She said her life wouldnt change much well guess what once your toilet dont flush, the lights dont come on or water dont flow out the faucet your life changed. Cant or wont crap in the woods without paper for long. Need is the key to get a person off there backside. The cool thing about our Country is if you want it or need it you go find a way to earn it. Trump is one of the greatest gifts Russia ever gave this Country hes going to take enough from the common people (who are paying for it)and that it will cause a huge rise in voting next election.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rocky Smith on 07/07/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Poll: Springs voters would approve new fee for drainage control

"Stormwater control is a legitimate infrastructure duty of government." I absolutely agree and the priority of our City resources should be focused on the legitimate role of government.

I don't spend $5 at Starbucks. Neither do many citizens who live on a fixed income. And if they did, why should the government be able to commandeer their coffee money?

The first thing the City must do is stop the bleeding. No doctor would perform heart surgery while the patient is hemorrhaging. Stop the bleeding by overhauling the City's standards for stormwater and road infrastructure in new developments and enforce the existing standards so that the problem doesn't exponentially grow with new development. We heard over and over that the roads were in bad shape because our taxes were too low, but the warranty for new roads in new developments remains at 2 years when other communities demand higher quality and when the Federal Highway Administration recommends a minimum warranty of five years. The same lack of accountability holds true for stormwater infrastructure.

The City has no business to even consider knocking on citizens doors and asking them to open their wallets until the Council and the Administration can assure citizens they have fixed City code to ensure new developments have adequate drainage infrastructure size and quality and that the existing downstream infrastructure can be upgraded to accommodate the increased runoff with developer fees.

To provide a scintilla of credibility to the Citys commitment to PERMANENTLY fix the stormwater funding problem and present a reasonable narrative that adding a new tax or fee or whatever they want to call it is the last resort, the other thing the City should do is to cease, by ordinance, any future handouts of City sales and property taxes in the form of tax increment financing for private projects. The City is taking over $10 million per year in City sales and property taxes and instead of letting those dollars fund role-of-government needs like stormwater, public safety and parks, they are handing out the dollars to their favored developers to assist them with "urban renewal." All but one of these projects has literally provided funds to subsidize what should be sunken costs for project developers. Council is on the precipice of approving yet another such project in Southwest Downtown to dispose of City tax revenue for 25 years. If SW Downtown developers truly believe in the free market (and I hope they do) and they feel strongly that there is a market for what they want to do in SW Downtown, by all means build away. But do so while accepting the associated entrepreneurial risk instead of asking taxpayers to fund that risk. The City cant continue to use tax dollars for corporate welfare and then then cry the blues over and over that they don't have enough money to perform their essential roles. In another example of this epidemic of distrust, it was recently revealed that $6 million have been pledged from the City's available trail and transportation dollars to provide infrastructure for the Olympic museum. That revelation was uncovered after promising for four years that no local tax dollars would be used for the project. We're also making annual debt payments of over $2 million per year to fund the handout to the USOC. That debt was illegal under TABOR, because voters were not consulted before entering into the debt. To avoid the TABOR vote, City officials renamed the amortized annual payment certificates of participation instead of debt. There is a credibility problem here that runs deep and continues to run wild. Yet we keep believing the false narratives and forget the broken promises with the extra taxes that were bait and switched after passageTOPS, PSST, 2C, PPRTA.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 07/07/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “CSPD Citizens Academy accepting applications for fall 2017

Pam Zubeck,
You of all people should attend ASAP. Maybe then you'd develop an appreciation (and have credibility) for what law enforcement deals with on a 24x7 basis.
All law enforcement past present & future!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Holmes on 07/07/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Poll: Springs voters would approve new fee for drainage control


"So, why would you want to pay a tax to handled someone else's water that you have no control over?"

Because if you don't, you may have to spend a LOT of money to repair your property after the stormwater floods your neighborhood.

Not going to happen to you? Maybe not. But if you're in a location with uncontrolled or poorly managed storm water, your property value will diminish accordingly.

But you could really use that $5.00/month, right? Save it up long enough, and you should have plenty to cover the cost of flood damage someday.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bill W. on 07/07/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Reader: You're the one who wants your lifestyle protected, so you pay for it.

The largest portion of my local property tax goes to fund education for children that aren't mine, but I would gladly pay more to send Rocky to a remedial English grammar class.
It's about being a community and making choices as a community to create infrastructure and services that benefit the community. I've never met anyone who wanted to be poor, and certainly never heard of anyone made poor by paying taxes. If we were as concerned about the 19 to 25% usury interest rate we pay on credit cards as we are about trying to knock 0.005% off a 15 to 18% effective income tax rate, we would all be banking a lot more cash.

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Posted by rangesaf on 07/07/2017 at 6:25 AM
Posted by Mike Offutt on 07/06/2017 at 11:02 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

Thanks for the feedback. Actually, I know why I'm getting the dislikes - 309 so far - and it has nothing to do with "self centered small think ideas", aka TABOR, which applies the brakes to politicians "big think ideas", like helping developers "revitalize" downtown by building a stadium and helping developers build shopping centers that pay nothing in sales taxes to the General Fund and helping developers build huge housing projects on the far eastern edge of COS that receive millions of taxpayer dollars for infrastructure. etc etc etc

In his email to Bruce, Carey, in a scathing personal attack, verbally assaulted Bruce for being "uncaring". Uncaring! Geez, thats a high crime, not a misdemeanor. Anybody who's caught being uncaring DESERVES a severe tongue lashing, if not a week or two in the hoosegow. The reason I've received 309 dislikes is because I've not jumped on the self-righteous bandwagon and heaped scorn on this uncaring Public Enemy #2. I don't care if Bruce is uncaring. I care that Bruce is doing what the caring citizens are not doing, and that's paying attention to what the politicians are doing and holding them accountable.

5 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by curious on 07/06/2017 at 10:21 PM

Re: “MRFF files supplemental complaint against critics of AFA commandant

Let's see if I have this right. O7 outranks O3 and O7 outranks O5. What's the problem? Simple solution is both the O5 and O3 should be brought up on insubordination charges regarding a superior officer, a court martial convened, the O5 reduced in rank, loss of pay, and retired, the O3 reservist reduced in grade to O1 and given a less than honorable discharge. Problem solved.
If this protocol is followed, there is a good chance another officer(s) will not put their career on the line.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/06/2017 at 8:37 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

Some people say Doug Bruce fell outta Any Rand's arse...I always thought it was a mean-spirited rumor, but.....

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Boomer49 on 07/06/2017 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Sen. Cory Gardner is nowhere to be found during July 4 recess

Haha, Bill. I actually brought a blank check to the office, wanting to know what it costs to meet with him.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Candi Frank on 07/06/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Reader: County Dems are underrepresented

"none of the five commissioner seats in El Paso County is occupied by a Democrat"

Commissioners, like all elected officials, are elected by geographic districts, not by political party ratios.

"not one district is even competitive for a Democrat to run in, much less win"

Districts are laid out by geography and population, not by party density.

What you are really advocating is gerrymandering based on party density.

"The best way to address the Democratic threat is just to redraw the lines,"

The BOCC meeting I went to and the Clerk and Recorder website had plenty of maps and gave very solid reasons why the redistricting was happening and why the proposed changes were being made. They had everything to do with population growth and geography, balancing the number of people per commissioner (which is long overdue), and nothing to do with political parties.

"Perhaps if there had been a Democrat county commissioner, he or she would have smelled "the rat in the henhouse" and stopped Maketa before he was allowed to become a liability to taxpayers."

Highly unlikely that such a person would have done any such thing.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Odin on 07/06/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Poll: Springs voters would approve new fee for drainage control

Stormwater control is a legitimate infrastructure duty of government. There is no debate; the need is great. Still, at 51%, after the anti-tax crowd fills the airwaves with their propaganda, this is likely to fail.

It's $5.00/month for residents. Less than most spend at Starbucks for a single cup of coffee. Are we really that greedy and short sighted?

If you won't fund stormwater, what's next? Fire department? CSPD? Schools? There may be a quicker way to make developers and entrpreneurs flee El Paso County, but strangling infrastructure investment will work. Who wants to live in a community that refuses to maintain, much less improve, the basic infrastructure?

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Bill W. on 07/06/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Sen. Cory Gardner is nowhere to be found during July 4 recess

Mike Randall:

You didn't include a $100 donation in the email? I think that might be the problem.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bill W. on 07/06/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Sole Junkie embodies the Renaissance man spirit

Can't wait for show it's going to be amazing.

Posted by Delishia Finley Cedre on 07/06/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Reader: County Dems are underrepresented

rw shoemaker,

"The KKK had a hold on the city and county, and even the state, to the point that there was at least one KKK governor of the state at one time. "

Not the city.…

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Odin on 07/06/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

Wow. This Bruce douchebag really just does not get it, does he? No wonder he ended up in DISGRACE, IN PRISON.

No. Wonder.

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Posted by Liza Null on 07/06/2017 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Reader: County Dems are underrepresented

I agree with your sentiment, Cindy. Unfortunately, El Paso County has a long history of being "conservative." Steel mill owners lived in Colorado Springs, the workers lived in Pueblo. Mine owners lived in Colorado Springs, the workers lived elsewhere. The KKK had a hold on the city and county, and even the state, to the point that there was at least one KKK governor of the state at one time.

Massacres of striking workers cloud our history. The monied interests in El Paso County still control the city and county. Nothing is done without their approval. The city fathers saw fit to attract evangelical/fundamentalist businesses to the point of the city becoming known as the Evangelical "Vatican."

Most democrats moved here from other places. The party has no real power, and never has in El Paso County. Even though the state has had several Democratic governors, Colorado remains a right to work state.

Only Barack Obama's candidacy in 2008 stirred the Democrats we have to show up, attracting more than 12,000 to the local convention and overwhelming the accommodations. Although Colorado has become a purple state, El Paso County, being the most populace county in the state, keeps it red by a landslide. It will be a long time before the powers that be care what the Democrats want here.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by rw shoemaker on 07/06/2017 at 3:47 PM

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