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Re: “Everybody bikes, or can

Beautifully said Carrie!

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Posted by Michael Rigney on 05/24/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Long live the landline

The FCC should remove the universal access fee. It has been since 1996 and meant to ensure all parts of the US have internet access. That should have been accomplished by now. I'd like a landline for emergencies. Remember back when the phone companies were going to allow a home phone # that rang in your house and you'd be able to pick up your cell and leave home with your home phone. Most of these internet phones all go out if the electric or internet goes down. A landline had a dial tone even in a blackout.

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Posted by TruB on 05/24/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Cannabis and skin cancer

We need to figure out what's actually happening with the cannabis we're consuming! That's the next step! I just found a vape that is trying to track all of that check it out. www.gofire.co/beta

Posted by Megan Dooley Fisher on 05/24/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Survey: Marijuana not a driving factor for rising homeless population

HUD can say what they want and maybe they are right on paper. What matters to the local population and tourist is perception. Lets look at where Colorado Springs families and tourist go. (1) Downtown used to be a very clean and nice place to go walking and maybe get a bite to eat or a drink with friends. Now the sidewalks are filthy, homeless gather on corners and do what ever they do when they are hanging out. I have traveled around the world to cities like Berlin, Frankfurt, Panama City Panama, Seoul S Korea, and allot of major cities throughout the U.S.. When city streets are filthy and they look unsafe to families, it hurts businesses and the tourism trade in our city. (2) Manitou Springs is another family and tourist destination. I can say their sidewalks are definitely cleaner than downtown and the crowds of homeless are smaller. If people don't feel somewhere is safe to take their kids, they won't go. Tourist look at our city and see the dirty and unkempt areas of our city they won't come back or recommend it to their friends. Again HUD can make it all look good on paper but when you've lived here forever and have seen the changes, its perception that matters, not what HUD tells us.

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Posted by John Place on 05/24/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

I omitted the all important reference .... my post is meant to address that made by SteveJohnson1.

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Posted by Mur on 05/24/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

Your comment, like the mitigation, goes too far. When the person in charge admits that the crews "went a little crazy" you are hardly on solid legal ground when you defend their actions.

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Posted by Mur on 05/24/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

I live adjacent to the Stratton Open Space and fully support the fire mitigation that is taking place. I've seen first hand the devastation that has occurred in Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, etc. over the past years.

If the fire mitigation is not finished, I will legally respond to Kent Obee and others, in a court of law, and hold them personally responsible for any damages to property and loss of life due to potential wildfires that could have been prevented. Kent Obee and others need to think twice when they are more concerned about their afternoon hike versus the risk of life to other who live in the area.

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Posted by SteveJohnson1 on 05/24/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

Mitigation through selective thinning is an important tool in managing our public lands. The problem I see is that these public agencies that handle the process sometimes cut too deep. Rather than giving the forest a nice selective "trim," and perhaps thinking they might not get a chance (or the dollars) to thin again for another 25-50 years, they sometimes end up giving the forest more of a "buzz cut."

What I see in the slideshow pics looks fairly good. However, I cannot imagine what they were thinking in planning to thin such a lush riparian spring area (in that last 8 acres or so). Thinning across the landscape should not be universal. North slopes, for example, are expected to be more naturally lush. And while montane pine forests often saw natural underbrush clearing ground fires and are better candidates for manual selective thinning today, the subalpine spruce / fir forest instead experiences "stand replacing" fire events every 200-400 years, and thinning in the subalpine should be limited. Unfortunately sometimes this ends up not being the case.

In this case, kudos to the city for pulling back on thinning the Stratton Springs border. That appears to be the right call. There is balance to be found. We can both care for and protect the beauty of our public lands.

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Posted by Zen on 05/24/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “More than three years after Waldo, our overgrown forests still threaten the city

This is all BS. If they are stupid enough to remove trees from hill and mountain sides, they deserve the mudslides that are going to come. People are going to die. A lot of those trees need fire to propagate too. Don't be idiots. Leave the trees alone. On a side note. If you move to an area that is prone to fires, you're stupid and deserve to die. Just like the morons who move on to a flood plain. Try using some common sense. Nature works in the correct way, and human involvement usually ends in screwing things up. Leave it all alone.

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Posted by Mike Meadow on 05/23/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Downtown dive to reopen with new identity tonight

I love to visit there.

Posted by custom playingcard on 05/23/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “District 11 will ask voters again for a tax increase in November

Based on the size of the recent back door tax increase, a.k.a. El Paso County's increased property tax assessment, this group should have 8% more funding next year without doing anything.

Posted by CSIndyReader on 05/23/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Reader: A civics lesson courtesy of American politics

You forgot 2.5: Bill is sneaked in to must-pass legislation as a rider.

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Posted by jy3 on 05/23/2017 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Trifecta bares it all onstage

I'm sorry but these women aren't queer. They are married and straight and a poor choice for the Independent to display them as a representative as a LGBTQ burlesque performer.

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Posted by aquastar99 on 05/22/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

I have been saying for years that a continuous light rail from the Springs to Denver, even Ft. Collins, would be huge. Think of concerts, events, games, connecting to UnionStation, also with a connection to the airport. More jobs, less I25 congestion. It'd be great for University students to commute to Denver, too.

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Posted by rosi on 05/22/2017 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Reader: Free speech is for everyone except Christians

Yes Clearly seeing it With the freedom comes responsibility. You cant yell fire in crowded room. It hurts others. Also you should not talk about your religion and expect respect if your not willing to here others and afford them the same respect. Freedom of speech is granted to all of us not just those that claim to be Christian for there own benefit.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 05/22/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

Gee wiz. "like solving obesity with a bigger set of pants". We need to stop the backwards thinking of the well-intentioned older generation which refuses to consider the innovations of the newer age. Wasting millions of dollars on an infrastructure which is already outdated- bad, bad idea, but the norm for COS. How about a common sense idea like a light-rail? How about actually moving towards an awesome solution to the problem? How about recognizing Denver and the region as one of the fastest growing areas of the country, and moving to address the issue like a modern city would? Gee wiz the leadership and influence of this area are simply as backwards as can be.

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Posted by KyleJS on 05/22/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

we spend billions on elections for what, could be used better.

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “The resurrection of Midnight Oil

I wish INSX would get going

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “13 authoritarian jokes on America

#2 protesting Trump isn't a crime starting fires and breaking windows is.

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Development defectors

if they never built another house in colorado i would be happy.

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:16 AM

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