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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

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

"...a test that wasnt properly normed for gender and age..."

The demands of the job aren't "normed" for gender and age, why should the test be? If an officer has to chase a suspect for a distance, it shouldn't matter how old their backup is, or what their gender is, they should be in good enough shape to run as well, and keep up.

Jobs like law enforcement, firefighting, paramedics, soldiers, etc., need to by physically fit throughout their career.

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Posted by Mike Randall on 08/29/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “New transit hub proposed near Olympic Museum

Can anyone in our government just make a decisions. Way back in the late 90's I was working at a print shop on Nevada that backs up to Pueblo Avenue, which is just a parking lot, and they were telling us that road would become the new transit station. Just make a decision already. If Kiowa and Nevada is so bad, why has it been the hub for 20 years? Geez. ZERO LEADERSHIP.

Posted by Bryan Williams on 08/27/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “New transit hub proposed near Olympic Museum

You mention, but fail to identify, the property's owner. I'm guessing it's David and Chris Jenkins?

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Posted by Jeff Hirtle on 08/27/2017 at 9:44 AM

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

"For some reason, under Bach enforcement got worse, Murray says, adding that the city ignored stormwater requirements to the advantage of the developer."

This wasn't a Bach problem. This has been a philosophical problem of Colorado Springs City Councils for decades. The City has historically thrown money at pet projects, without asking for any kind of voter approval or input, such as $50Million in tax incentives for the USOC, beautification projects, etc., money that could have been used for critical needs such as public safety, streets, stormwater infrastructure, etc. Then, the city claims they don't have enough money and asks the taxpayers for special taxes.

The only thing more regrettable than this shell game the city leaders have played is the lack of concern by the voters who have routinely re-elected the same people over and over and fallen for these new taxes.

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Posted by Mike Randall on 08/25/2017 at 10:07 AM

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

To answer the question, the "CITY' is OWNED by developers through campaign finance and other means of unscrupulous influence. It is soooo obvious that it hurts.... Meanwhile, the city continues to allow shoddy work to be done on stormwater projects under their scrutiny.

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Posted by Kerri Olivier on 08/24/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Utilities customers to get TABOR refund

Oh man I've got so many cool plans for my $12.79, like burying the power lines on south Academy, or upgrading some of the electrical boxes on my block!

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Posted by Matt 2 on 08/24/2017 at 8:36 AM

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

"History tells us that drugs like this tend to lead to addiction." Really? What history? There's good long-term research to show that opioid treatment is highly effective for both acute and moderate-to-severe chronic pain, is completely safe under medical supervision, and does NOT lead to addiction. A 2010 Cochrane review examined 26 studies involving nearly 5,000 patients and concluded that opioid therapy yielded a clinically significant reductions in pain for everyone, and that addiction occurred in only 0.27% of cases (13 people out of 5,000).

Another study of more than 39,000 Ontarians post-op found that opiate use extended past twelve months in only 0.4% of them, and these 0.4%, having had notoriously painful thoracic surgery, were probably still on an opioid a year later for pain, not to get high. So much for those stories we hear day after day about the young man with all his life ahead of him who gets a wisdom tooth extracted, gets addicted to the seven-day course of Percocet his dentist sends him home with, becomes a street addict, and dies of an overdose. All because of seven Percocets. Wow.

Pain specialists put addiction rates from medical exposure to opioids at between 0.4 and 0.9%, and at zero when patients are screened in advance for addiction precursors.

This was a good story until we got to the place where the reporter recycled the same tired myths. If you had untreated or undertreated severe pain, J Adrian Stanley, how would you feel to know that your treatment -- that is, no treatment -- was based on an old wives' tale? Please, do your research!

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Posted by Bob Haagensen on 08/24/2017 at 8:31 AM

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

So IF I understand the article, several developer's neighborhoods are the worst offending areas? The "pollution" is debris and dirt from storm waters?

Is this then poor planning from the past? An over population of our region?

How does Pueblo or Denver deal with this?

Thanks in advance for the information, Dave :-)

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Posted by William David Beadles on 08/24/2017 at 3:57 AM

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

typical teabagger mentality around here when they voted to end the stormwater fee. save a few pennies now and end up paying hundreds of dollars later on. thank goodness we have a rational council now so we can get to the bottom of this. why not work with EPA and CDPHE instead of fighting a losing battle. freaking teabaggers!!!

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Posted by happyfew on 08/23/2017 at 1:50 PM

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