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Comment Archives: stories: News: Local News

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

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

Instead of spending money on defending the indefensible, how about CS just creates and executes a plan?

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Posted by thewindcriesmary on 08/23/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Looking for common ground on sidewalks downtown

I call BS. Seems like a cliche thing to say to gain sympathy. People, especially Catholics and christians are so gullible and so easily taken advantage of...like the catholic that commented here. Guess what dummies? Many of these so called homeless actually choose the lifestyle because it is easier than having to work. Many are smart enough to have a good story that pulls at the heart strings and immediately guilts you into feeling sorry for them. There are really sick people with mental illness that live on the streets and it pisses me off that completely capable people are choosing this lifestyle and draining resources from those that actually need them. You can't help others if you can't even help yourself. I was raised Catholic, school and all and I can tell u that Catholics are taught to LOVE everyone, especially the outcasts. We took in a gay student because he was rejected by his parents and no, he wasn't Catholic. I am all for helping those in need but we need to stop being so gullible and such suckers. And stop beating up on Christians. There are a lot of horrific acts being carried out in the world right now and it isn't at the hands of Christians. The Palestinians and Israelis are practicing tribalism, the oldest form of racism and are dead set on killing each other and bringing the rest of the world down with them.

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Posted by 2B free1000 on 08/20/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Suthers criticizes mayors opposed to Trump's decision on climate accord

Standing with the president on this issue is deciding against science (and it's real, proven, science, regardless of claims from the chief birther), against the opportunity to develop solutions, and against new industries and trade, against the very people a Mayor is elected to represent.
The destructive effects of climate change will not be mitigated by waiting on decisive action from a our national leaders, but by an overwhelming multitude of communities deciding to find solutions and to mutually benefit from them.
Because all of us are smarter than the few, or the one of us.

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Posted by rangesaf on 08/17/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Jaywalking case exposes law enforcement embedded in far-left group

The "far left" opposite the "far right", privatize-everything libertarians (represented by the Gazette) would be state-own-and-run-everything communists ... which would be "state capitalism".

Turns out that "Much of What's Called Socialism is Just Pragmatic" ... that is, it *works* thanks to policies that correct for the failures and weaknesses of "invisible-hand", "free market" capitalism.

That should, one would think, make them be seen as independent of either the economic left or economic right. That they're not seen that way is because the economic "free market" right ignores, and mostly even denies, these failures & weaknesses.

Some of those weaknesses & failures are the economic effects of negative externalities, tragedy of the commons, positive externalities, inelasticities, long delays, path dependence, adverse selection, escalation, the attractiveness principle, game theory, monopoly & oligopoly (& monopsony) effects on competition, Net Present Value (NPV) calculations, and Cost-Benefit Analysis.

http://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/…

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Posted by scubafox on 08/11/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Broadmoor neighbors question city’s oversight of drainage problems

It is weird that the broadmoore neighborhoods don't have sidewalks. The rest of the city has to fix cross walks to ensure they are handicap accessible. I hope the city realizes that these residents are able to put up a fight because they have $ to do so while the rest of the town is forced to live with what ever the City rubber stamps.

This city council is so afraid that builders will not infill that will allow anything to be built.

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Posted by TruB on 08/10/2017 at 10:29 AM

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