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Comment Archives: stories: News: Local News

Re: “Utilities needs land for Williams Creek Reservoir

This article is frustrating because y'all don't know half of the truth. As an owner of most of that acreage, I can tell you that this is barely a glance at the truth of the situation.

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Posted by Emily Green on 09/14/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Ponds near wells were used as disposal sites for heavy metals from solar manufacturing

DWT knew this was happening and kept the man responsible on staff. I never heard of him getting into one bit if trouble during this incident. He sure kept his job. He was an employee trying to.do this in the side. Diamond Wire dug into the ground removing the foundation of the building on Murray Blvd and built baths in the ground where chemicals seed into the ground. They cemented hem shut and left the building with no clean up. They had employees drive the chemicals on I-25 in uhaul trucks with barrels full of chemicals. They did not have any permit to transport these chemicals. This could of caused great contamination or an explosion. They do not care about people nor the environment. They are out for themselves. Letting everyone breath poison and provide no protection. I suggest any employee having a complete health check because they probably have damage from he chemicals. There is no doubt nepatism played a part in the pond pollution. Any other person would of been given a prison sentance. I bet I can connect these dots. Diamond Wire is toxic. Physically and mentally!!!

Posted by DiamondWireSucks on 09/13/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

The proposal is more fair than this article portrays it: natural groundcover is absorbent, pavement is non-absorbent, therefore it is reasonable that owners of lots of pavement should pay more to cover the costs of stormwater. The flat per-property fee is necessary because the biggest owner of paved spaces is us, the people of Colorado Springs - we own more than 5,600 miles of paved roads!

If you want to find something truly unfair in this bill, then you should protest the fact that it does nothing to incentivize smaller parking lots, fewer lane miles, and limits on development to the east. As it stands, this bill addresses current problems, but doesn't stop the issue from recurring in future decades.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by David E on 09/13/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs’ neglect of its stormwater system leaves huge caverns citywide

This is a good article and an important point that many people miss: Colorado Springs needs to spend more on stormwater because we failed to in the past. If anyone wants to see another dramatic example of a deep canyon studded with protruding pipes, try hiking the drainage along the northern side of Pulpit Rock Open Space.

Regardless of how you feel about the current proposed stormwater measure (it has issues), we should all be able to agree on the undeniable fact that we have a major stormwater problem that needs to be addressed.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by David E on 09/13/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

This shows that council did not think through this TAX increase and it is badly worded and should be voted against. Just saying Doug Bruce doesn't believe in it should not be enough to get this TAX INCREASE correct.

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Posted by TruB on 09/13/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Pope Francis Makes Everything That Donald Trump and Steve Bannon Say Sound Stupid

The pontiff has positioned himself as the voice of reasonand of scienceto confront Trumps erratic and destructive instincts. BARBIE LATZA NADEAU 09.13.17 1:00 AM ET

Lately, Pope Francis has been bluntly anti-Trump, essentially shooting down almost everything the American president says with, well, logic. Francis then went on to say that the worlds leaders can decide how they deal with the planet, but history will judge those decisions.

Climate wasnt the only issue dear to Trumps heart that Francis frowned upon. The pope has been throughout his papacy a loyal advocate of migrants and refugees, and also a servant of the poor, offering facilities on Vatican grounds for the less fortunate and speaking out in support of open migration whenever possible. When asked about Trumps suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA, Francis simply said he wished the president hadnt done that.

I think they should reconsider, Francis said, according to transcripts of the in-flight press conference. I hope they rethink it a bit Because I heard the U.S. president speak: he presents himself as a person who is pro-life. Francis went on to say that splitting up families is in direct conflict with anyone who truly sees himself as pro-life.

If he is a good pro-life believer he must understand that family is the cradle of life and one must defend its unity, Francis said, leaving little open to interpretation about what he thinks of the American president.

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Posted by guruD on 09/13/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

Do you think voters will approve the stormwater fee in November? A one question, anonymous 'QuikPoll'.

Thank you.

https://goo.gl/forms/2qVlFBHK2xYZkDhp2

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 09/13/2017 at 1:51 AM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

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Posted by Leanne Ponder on 09/12/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Mike:

Nope. Not politics.

Tax exempt entities can't endorse candidates. If they do, that violates the tax exemption.

To the best of my knowledge, no organization has ever lost its tax exemption for political activity. So the answer to your question (will they LOSE their exemption, the answer is unquestionably NO. Even if they engaged in political activity, there's ZERO chance they would be punished for it.

Posted by Bill W. on 09/12/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

@guru D.

I've argued for years that Focus on the Family should lose their tax exempt status. They do hide behind a "separate" entity for their political activities, but in reality, it's all the same.

@Bill W.

Yep, typed it wrong. Meant to ask if they are going to give up their tax exempt status. If you don't call what they are doing being involved in politics, then what do you call it? The only reason they are housing these folks is because they are illegal aliens and the church does not agree with our immigration laws. That's politics.

Posted by Mike Randall on 09/12/2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Mike:

"So, since they are now becoming a political organization and not just a church, does that mean they are going to give them their tax exempt status?"

Do you ever read your own posts?

No. They are not "going to give the their tax exempt status." It's a church. It's already tax exempt. You wanted to ask whether they're going to lose that status, but you screwed it up.

It's OK with me if churches that get into politics (which is not the case here) lose their tax exempt status. That would keep a LOT of evangelical Christian churches from spouting far right causes from the pulpit.

But we know that's NOT going to happen.

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Posted by Bill W. on 09/12/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Interesting that Mike Randall isn't upset that "Focus on the Family" acts as a political organization for about the past 25 years, costing our state millions with their "Amendment 2" anti-gay legislation, and even consulting with the VP on policies on LGBT and the military, family, jobs, and against Planned Parenthood which serves the community with health issues. What about that?

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Posted by guruD on 09/11/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

So, since they are now becoming a political organization and not just a church, does that mean they are going to give them their tax exempt status?

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Posted by Mike Randall on 09/11/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Trub, if you will read through the article rather than a very rushed scan, you would learn that he does indeed already have a lawyer.

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Posted by Jean McIntosh on 09/07/2017 at 12:33 AM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

It is nice the church is helping out the family who sounds like thy need free day care.
What do these volunteers do about getting an attorney or helping with the documents for the family to not worry about deportation. I love that people want to help. Sometimes we get caught up in need to feel you are doing something and overlook the actual need which is an Attorney specializing in immigration.

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Posted by TruB on 09/06/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “City appeals ruling that CSPD testing discriminates against women

"evidence presented at trial shows female Officers passed the 2014 PAT at 82.65 percent the rate of male Officers, resulting in no legally significant disparate impact and no basis for claiming the PAT discriminates against female Officers."

Courts have typically followed the "(Less Than) 80% Rule" in determining whether illegal job discrimination has occurred, so if the female pass rate actually was 82.65% as stated in the article, the plaintiffs haven't established a prima facie case of illegal discrimination, and the suit would normally be dismissed.

However, there's a wrinkle in this case.

Judge Matsch seems to be questioning not just the pass/fail ratios of women vs men, but whether the test actually predicts officer job performance. That is, do officers who score higher on the test actually perform better on the job? While the test might APPEAR to predict job performance on the surface, does it ACTUALLY do so? Do officers who score lower on the test actually perform lower on the job? And do officers who score higher on the test actually perform higher on the job?

The CSPD will need to produce some actual, objective evidence demonstrating such a connection. If not, it really doesn't matter what the women scored or the men scored: we don't know how the scores relate to what we're interested in (i.e., job performance) and in fairness, the test scores shouldn't be used for personnel decision-making.

Posted by Donald Campbell on 09/02/2017 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Springs faces uphill slog in the EPA lawsuit alleging stormwater system neglect

Coincidence or Curious: the traffic "cone zone" follows the storm water path and is exactly in the America the Beautiful Park Axis. Wonder what all's going on down there.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/20…

Posted by Spydra 1 on 09/01/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “City says it’s making an effort to coordinate road closures

Curious or Coincidence: the "cone zone" follows the storm water path and is exactly in the America the Beautiful Park Axis. Wonder what all's going on down there.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/20…

Posted by Spydra 1 on 09/01/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Opioid limits are hurting some, who say they need the drugs

As a person that has had 2 spine fusions- both failed/ non-unions, I feel I can speak intelligently to this.

1) If this poor man had a few beers while on his meds- unreasonable. Why? We all need to have a life and if you go to an event or what have you and you are WELL AWARE OF YOUR MEDS AND EFFECTS, you can have a beer or 2. I realize that goes against the grain but it's completely true. ALSO- I have had to deal with it myself after catching hell for some wine at a retirement dinner for a close friend. I was threatened and will be tested constantly now. Pathetic.

2) Part of the issue, as mentioned, does seem to tie into new restrictions that are being done "under the table". I have new forms to fill out like asking whether I go to the ER to get more meds. Ridiculous. I understand these are dangerous medications, I understand no one wants to be held accountable which is unlikely, and I realize insurance has a bit to do with this.

3) No one should take a risk that they don't completely understand, can affect their family, and moreover- others like driving. That is very important.

All being said under #3, if this man is aware of his body, is very careful, and is not what most of us would consider abusing the meds- I think let this man be able to treat his pain as needed and of course under a doctor's understanding care and he must understand the risks.
Risks exist with opioids as they do with many medications. The best doctor is the patient in the sense he/she should be aware of how things affect them. ESPECIALLY after a long term (consider years) of observed and reserved usage.

Do not force people to suffer. I fear due to the epidemic of heroin and other newer synthetic meds/analogs that people of true need will now need to suffer.

If we as a people can pass laws that allow people with severe issues to "call it quits", then those in high level of pain that cannot function due to that should be able to make their own choice within reason.

Whether we need to have folks sign off on liabilities and such- so be it. I do think it should require a mental testing and such as you don't want to give something of great strength/addictiveness/danger to just anyone.

Who are you to judge what someone's pain threshold/levels are? These medications when handled by MOST doctors are not handed out like candy to begin with. Exceptions? Of course. There always will be outliers and thoes that look to benefit illegally.

MEANWHILE- people that are truly hurting and perhaps for long terms/life must suffer? I know how it goes and it's not right. Don't punish those in true need by the random actions of those that are outliers.

Until you've been there (severe constant pain suffering), you will never possibly understand all the facets one goes through with major pain issues.
I can assure you that I wish I did not suffer through 2 spine fusions that failed and whatever caused it to begin with.
Walk a mile in my shoes. Wait, walk a half of block in them....

Give those that truly suffer a break and don't rule them with an iron fist or be that Sister Mary Elephant, lol.

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Posted by Techpertise on 08/30/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Recent stunts suggest anti-”alt-left” propaganda campaign just got local

Good work here. As other journalists from area newspapers do read your work hopefully they will be inclined to reach such a level of investigative reporting. Hats off to you!

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Posted by William Rodriguez on 08/30/2017 at 12:50 PM

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