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Re: “Womxn’s March draws political and civic leaders to the Springs

There are indeed fake events up! The information the Independent has provided here is correct- see everyone there!

Posted by Jillian Freeland on 01/17/2019 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Father of inmate says he raised red flags to jail personnel about his son’s mental state

It all comes down to money. Nobody wasn't to fund mental healthcare in this country.

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 01/17/2019 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Womxn’s March draws political and civic leaders to the Springs

I'm seriously confused. In separate places I've seen the so called Womxn's March publicized for Saturday, Jan 19 from 2-5 and also on Sunday, January 20 from 10-1. Clarification would help

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Posted by JPBailey1962 on 01/17/2019 at 1:14 PM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

I attended the hearing. It's clear that the whole annexation issue is a ruse. The Air Force asked for this property to be annexed. The city did not initiate this request. The Air Force did. . There will be no property tax on the Visitors' Center property. The road connecting to the new city annex will remain a private road controlled by the Air Force and the Air Force will have jurisdiction over free speech activities at the location. .

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Posted by Gopher on 01/17/2019 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Reader: Playing the shutdown game

Bob Wyman:

You obviously hate government. There's a word for those who hate government: anarchists.

Throw all the "rogues" overboard if you wish. The result will be a lawless dystopian nightmare. But in your delusional world view, that would be an improvement.

Anger management is a real thing. Maybe you should enroll in a treatment plan for your anger.

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Posted by Bill W. on 01/17/2019 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Reader: Playing the shutdown game

"If we stop all illegal immigration, be prepared to pay $10-$15 for a head of lettuce. " Bill W and you say I have a "fact free rant". S o you are investing in lettuce futures?
Migrant workers here illegally and not quite slaves work for cents on the dollar and send the cash to Mexico. Without these subhumans then citizens could work these jobs but it would have to be minimum wages or more (a bad idea minimum wage is anyway). It will drive up the cost of produce but the employment created for citizens causes the economy to grow, supply and demand and all that you know...
Too many govt agencies and did I say "rogue"? It would fit many of them. "Global Warming" is being blamed for raging forest fires in recent years but as an outdoorsman I could see many areas of forest land that was littered with deadfall pine and a tinderbox. USFS has been in charge of the forests for 100 or so years and the practice of rushing to stop small fires has finally bit them and Smokey The Bear. Their fire/fuel wood gathering and cutting programs were less than a joke wherein I knew of numerous areas the needed sorely to be cleared but they allotted and acre or two with nothing to cut. Natural occurring fires keep forests from doing what they did recently. Especially the Yellowstone fire that burned hot as hell and created firestorms unseen before that time. I could see that Rampart Range 20 years ago would be wiped out should it ever burn and it looked worse every year. Of course it is now a moonscape due to the fire and the incredible amount of fuel to feed. USFS is not working now then that is good. Government is in charge of all disasters but declines blame for them.
Then we have somewhere around 12000 -20000 federal law enforcement agencies. Put ATF at the top of your ROGUE list. How many terrorist does the airport cops (TSA?) catch? None. How much do they steal from passengers? A lot. In tests how many "devices" do they discover on federal agents posing as passengers? None. Or one. do you want precise numbers? look them up yourself chum p
Trump is one of the very few that is working every day but I do not know where Pelosi went... I hear Hawaii and Puerto Rico but To hell I hope and took Schumer with her.

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 01/16/2019 at 8:17 PM

Re: “41 percent of Suthers campaign fundraising comes from Broadmoor zip code

The man needs to go!

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Posted by Audrey Hatfield on 01/16/2019 at 7:17 PM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

This might answer boomer47's question about ownership. The city says the Academy owns the property and will lease it to the developer. Here's the entire explanation from the city about "True North Commons," the development's label, apparently:

"This project includes applications for annexation of approximately 183 acres with associated zone change, master plan and concept plan establishment. Although the proposed annexation does consist of 183 acres, over 125 of those acres are dedicated per the master plan for open space. The overall developable acres will be just over 57 acres. The United States Air Force is the applicant and property owner for these applications and will ultimately remain the underling property owner. USAFA will enter into a contract with the developer (Blue & Silver) in an Enhanced Use Lease which is separate and independent of any city processes. Under the Enhanced Use Lease, the property will be subject to typical property and sales taxes as if the land was privately owned.

"The United States Air Force Academy petitioned the City for annexation on October 23, 2018. This annexation meets the Colorado State Statute requirements for an annexation being heard before a municipality. Since that time the developer has prepared the land use applications required by the City and these have been reviewed by all applicable City agencies. In addition outside agencies including the United States Fish and Wildlife, the Army Corps of Engineers and Colorado Geologic Survey have reviewed the proposed items. All agency comments have been addressed and the proposed applications are moving forward to public hearing.

"All development that will be proposed in the future once annexed will be required to follow the City standard process for development which will include meeting all standard criteria for Stormwater."

But merely annexing the property doesn't add it to the tax rolls if it's owned by a tax-exempt entity, such as the Academy. I would guess that the 57 developed acres will be subject to taxes, whereas the balance of land designated as open space would not be taxed. Hope this helps.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 01/16/2019 at 3:10 PM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

Kudos to you, Joel. That's how many have felt for years about how this city operates and how the taking of future revenue from these projects is why this city can never get ahead. We are always told how "growth is good" - right! and then ask for more taxes to fix our roads, etc. Why the taxpayers always have to help these developers with their projects is beyond me. If the city wants to declare undeveloped grass-land/prairie as "blighted", then they need to start paying more attention to many of our "blighted" residential neighborhoods and declare them blighted also and get something done (i.e. sidewalks, curb & gutter, dead trees, weeds, etc, etc). Many areas of the city are falling apart.
What I'm curious about though is that I understand the city being able to annex "private" property, but the USAF property is deemed a federal reservation just like Peterson, Fort Carson, etc and they don't pay taxes to the city. Is the USAF selling this property to the developer?

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Posted by boomer47 on 01/16/2019 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Jared Polis, and Colorado voters, make history

Speaking of Polis and the state of Colorado; how anyone can win Gov. when their main platform is full day kindergarten really shows how much Colorado has become Colofornia. Denver's Gay Men's Chorus? I don't see how a persons sexuality matters when singing, unless of course your name is R. Kelly.

Posted by Silky Johnson on 01/16/2019 at 9:18 AM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

Annexation is just step 1. Why? Because the City, County and PPRTA cannot collect sales taxes on USAFA property.

Step 2: Declare the entire area as blighted. This triggers State law in place to deal with urban blight situations. It has been twisted to allow open space to be declared as blighted. Under the law, once declared by local officials as blighted, the area can be designated an urban renewal area. Taxes collected in urban renewal areas under state law are allowed to bypass the City, County, PPRTA and even D20 School District coffers.

Step 3: Hijack the many millions collected in City, County, PPRTA and D20 taxes and transfer them to the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority or URA. This agency serves as a conduit or what I call a money laundering agency to take public funds and transfer them to private development interests. The URA will transfer dollars and even get municpal bonds (debt) to assist the developer. So, tens of millions in local tax dollars will be collected to assist the private profit center development.

Far fetched? Hardly. Colorado Springs City Council just approved $51.9 million collected as City sales and property taxes to be transferred the URA (and then to private development interests) for building private development in SW Downton (http://www.informcos.com/cscctif.html). The El Paso County Commission approved the transfer of $44.5 million in County sales and property taxes to the URA for that same private development (http://www.informcos.com/bocctif.html). The D11 School Board approved the transfer of $119 million in D11 school taxes to be transferred to the URA for that same private development. This new USAFA annexation project will transfer tens of millions more in local tax dollars to private development.

The City sales tax office and the County Tax Assessor appear to be working overtime to collect sales and property taxes from citizens for private development. These public hearings are for show. Every city council member already knows how he or she will vote. And my guess is that they would not be conducting the dog and pony show of public hearings if there was not a majority in support.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 01/16/2019 at 7:21 AM

Re: “41 percent of Suthers campaign fundraising comes from Broadmoor zip code

What else would you expect from Little Johnnie Suthers (aka Mayor Anschutz)?

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Posted by John Spengler on 01/15/2019 at 11:18 PM

Re: “41 percent of Suthers campaign fundraising comes from Broadmoor zip code

You were expecting something different? The situation of who controls Colorado Springs/El Paso county couldn't be more obvious, and has been that way for decades. No "conspiracy" here, now move along.
(i do hope the sarcasm is completely clear)

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Posted by gregaj7 on 01/15/2019 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Strain review: Quantum Kush

Is it available locally? Usually what you review is not in Colorado

Posted by Pat Farrenkopf on 01/15/2019 at 11:49 AM

Re: “The national emergency

Springer:

"You won't allow your identity to be vetted; and you haven't had your shots; and you may or may not have a horrific criminal record. "

Red herring. The "caravan" is willing to cross at a port of entry and be vetted for all the things you mentioned. As for those who illegally cross somewhere else, the numbers are WAY down from their previous levels. So are apprehensions at the souther border.

https://www.factcheck.org/2018/04/the-stat…

Crime statistics for those apprehended at the souther border are also WAY down.

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/cbp-enf…

In FY 2018, 396,579 people were apprehended illegally crossing the southern border. 6,259 of those apprehended has criminal records. That works out to about 1.6%. A random group of Americans has about 6.5% citizens with a felony record. That's nearly 5 times the number of those caught crossing our southern border.

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/sw-bord…

So yeah. None of us take in total strangers. But given a choice between taking in an unknown American citizen or someone caught crossing our southern border, you'd be statistically wise to take the latter.

Your post, though, is based on a bogus presumption. Nobody is forced, nor expected, to take strangers into their homes. For you to posit otherwise is a a false diversion.

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Posted by Bill W. on 01/14/2019 at 5:12 PM

Re: “The national emergency

Time for some of the endorsers of this articles views to put word and opinion to reality.
Open your own doors; and allow the illegals access to your own homes.

"Hi. You won't allow your identity to be vetted; and you haven't had your shots; and you may or may not have a horrific criminal record. Come on in; make yourself at home".

This rarely; very, very, very rarely ever happens. Of course; others are supposed to be opening their doors; but never ever ever never the proponents of the 'open access everywhere' ideology.

As an example; Clay Jones most certainly has Zero illegals living with him.

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Posted by Anthony Springer on 01/14/2019 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Hunters, hikers and anglers can't access millions of acres of public land

This is a nice article. It is a little bit far from home.

I am uncomfortable accessing the Concrete Couch's "Quarry" experiment - that part of Colorado Springs is ruined for years to come.

A hundred people were granted access to land; and not provided porta-potties or basic sanitation access. Trash and debris blew all over the surrounding neighborhoods; and the vegetation in the area was either trampled to dust; or cut down and burned.

I care for these far away places; but will there be any local actions taken by the Concrete Couch to repair the damage that they enabled to our local outdoor areas?

Posted by Anthony Springer on 01/14/2019 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Reader: Does pay equal performance?

I agree 100%.

Strange thing is: the 1% talks about wanting to close the income gap. Every time there is a stab at that, they complain about the resulting inflation. They are right, of course. So the answer is not to raise up the 99% but, rather, to lower the 1% to what the free market would actually dictate. Anyone who thinks all of them have earned what they have, or that it is the result of free-market forces, is delusional. Make it merit-based and tax the shit out of that which is not.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 01/14/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “The national emergency

Mr. Duffet's ignorance is only exceeded by his arrogance, and his vanity is only exceeded by his vulgarity.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 01/14/2019 at 12:36 AM

Re: “The national emergency

Looks like the nazi's at the independent are stirring up shit again.

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Posted by Ed Duffett on 01/13/2019 at 6:10 PM

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