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Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

Dear R Wehner, who the heck are you?
Asking questions is now 'inappropriate' until someone has marched down to the mayors office for an appointment? If you are so well informed then answer the dudes question.
You are just rude without making a point.

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Posted by TruB on 06/02/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

I thought the reserves were for emergencies and unplanned disasters not a way to fund day to day operations because they used unrealistic growth projections. Then why did they wait a year to tell the public conveniently when it is time to begin planning the 2018 budget. Oops we made a mistake. Where is their accountability? Do they not have to report budget indicators on a monthly or at least quarterly summary and report it to the auditors? Who is getting dinged on their performance review for this? This is not transparency.

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Posted by rms on 06/01/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

I find it interesting that many people from the south call the civil war the war of northern aggression. Who attacked who at Fort Sumter? If you guessed the North you need to go back to school. As far as old monuments are concerned, if the powers that be decide that getting rid of old symbols of rebellion will help calm people's obsessions with that rebellion I say melt them all down. Their is not one civil war statue that is worth someone's life. The war is over, get over it.

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Posted by Albe Johnson on 06/01/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Maybe to some the flag represents non-emotional history, but as long as people do stuff like flaunt it from their pick-up truck as they chase pedestrians down, yelling racist chants, it has no chance of losing its terrible connection. It's up there with the swastika now, which was an ancient design used thousands of years prior to the creation of the Nazi party. Just too many ugly people associated with these pieces of "history".

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Posted by Lenora McAndrews Degen on 06/01/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Let's take down Martin L King's statues. JFK's. Let's strip all history away. Let's burn the books on the south and the civil war.

Let's tear down Vietnam War Memorial. Lincoln's Memorial, the Washington Monument.

It's all the same folks. You opinion doesn't trump mine. Your rights are not higher or mightier than mine.

The vast majority of the comments here are wearing away the Freedom of Speech.

Maybe more tolerance folks.....

Dave :-)

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Posted by William David Beadles on 06/01/2017 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Hmmm, but you seem to be ok with the revisionist history of not even using the actual confederate flag as your historic symbol. Instead you rewrite history and use the Virginia battle flag as the confederate flag.

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Posted by Bryan Williams on 06/01/2017 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

You say that, but the monuments in new orleans have quotations about white supremacy on them.

The war was about state's rights, to free labor.

The flag is largely a symbol of hate.

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Posted by Steven Alexander Shaver on 06/01/2017 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Its got more to do with the groups that have adopted those symbols as there message of hate and bigotry that make them repulsive to many Americans in this day and time.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 06/01/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Charlies Manson was also part of our history. Do you celebrate him? The confederates lost, just like England, Mexico, and Germany.

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Posted by te on 06/01/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Transgender Air Force Academy cadet in holding pattern after graduation

Let Them Serve.
The Academy led them on when they allowed entrance and now points out a rule against them serving.

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Posted by TruB on 06/01/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

For a "Daughter of the Confederacy," you seem to know remarkably little about it. You celebrate a flag designed by men who decided that owning their fellow human beings was more important than maintaining the integrity of these United States. It's a symbol of treason, hatred, and inhuman cruelty towards one's fellow man.

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Posted by thetruth1 on 06/01/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Diana Belles sounds like the history revisionist since she is wrong about what schools have been teaching for 150 years. To bad you didn't do anything to explain your position other than to tell people they are wrong.
Just yelling WRONG doesn't even work for #45.

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Posted by TruB on 06/01/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

Mr. Gonzalez, Jr.

Would it enhance the feelings of competence the public has in local leadership if you had sought qualified and exact answers to your question prior to inserting yourself in City business and jumping into the process not having the knowledge required to do so?

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Posted by R Wehner on 06/01/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

So, did this revenue shortfall occur in 2016 or 2017? If 2017, why did they not simply reduce how much money the TABOR retention would be for the city (6-3.4 = $2.6 million eligible to keep from TABOR excess that the residents approved for stormwater and NO need to take from the reserves)? Or am I confusing different things?

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Posted by Longinos Gonzalez Jr on 06/01/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

since when do racist rednecks opinions matter in a civilized society. crawl back under the rock you came from and take your racist flag with you. now these fools are trying to confuse the ignorant's with alternative history... not gonna happen.

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Posted by happyfew on 06/01/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Hogan Lovells racked up $3.5 million in fees during Mayor Bach's four-year term

if only we could have told the rest of the country how bad it is to elect a developer with no political experience. old botch and p***y grabber gump are much alike in that they care more for making their buddies rich than doing anything for the regular citizens.

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Posted by happyfew on 06/01/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

So, how much did we pay which consultant to calculate future population growth?

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Posted by rangesaf on 06/01/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Diana, you can't possibly be for real. No one is really that ignorant about US history. My grandfather's cousin, Brigadier General John R. Jones, was commander of Stonewall Jacksons 2nd brigade. He made no apologies for his views on slavery and advocated the violent overthrow of the evil United States to his students at his military school in Maryland. They were traitors, to this country, to the constitution, and to the cause of the revolution. They should have had their lands confiscated, their money taken, and been put to forced labor to repair the damage they caused, because they were the losers of that war, and they surrendered unconditionally. But Lincoln didn't see that as helpful in getting the country back on its feet and allowed the "South" to rebuild and become economically viable again. That they decided to build monuments to their losing cause and glorifying a symbol of enslavement was their attempt to rewrite history. It might make you angry that there are those who see removal of these monuments as a step in the direction of healing the divisions that still exist in this country.
I had 25 ancestors fighting for the Union and 16 for the confederacy. The survivors helped each other to heal, becoming founders and builders of churches and helping to rebuild the farms and plantations of middle Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. THAT is the history of the war.

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Posted by rangesaf on 06/01/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

"When the mayor [John Suthers] recognized this back in the fall [of 2016], he told the department heads to cut spending and save money..."

The question then becomes why didn't the City tell citizens this tiny little $3.4 million prediction error occurred and that the fund source of what they asked citizens for was not excess, but would instead partially come from reserves? If they knew enough to tell departments and didn't tell citizens, that's an integrity problem (a lie by omission) when you're pushing the TABOR retention ballot initiative.

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