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Comment Archives: stories: News: Local News

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

Re: “Officer’s testimony omits prior IA investigation for use of force

That is the caliber of people who Bill Elder surrounds himself with.

And people thought Maketa was corrupt. Ha ha ha haaaa.....

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Posted by Mike Randall on 08/10/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Officer’s testimony omits prior IA investigation for use of force

It's one thing to say that you can't remember or "can't immediately recall" what you had for dinner one night three years ago, but it's a whole other story when - UNDER OATH - a law enforcement officer "doesn't remember" or "doesn't immediately recall" that he was investigated by Internal Affairs. A person just doesn't forget something like that.

And, for big fat Sheriff Bill Elder to play dumb about the whole thing ... ah, not surprised!

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Posted by Asher777 on 08/09/2017 at 11:43 AM

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

I am curious as to what the the Independent thinks the right course of action should have been. Police in uniform would have been accused of harassment, while no police response at all would enrage citizens who don't want people marching in the middle of the street.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 08/04/2017 at 4:14 PM

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

What exactly is the issue here.

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Posted by Odin on 08/04/2017 at 2:13 PM

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

Can we say "po-po overkill"? Pretty typical of CSPD and law enforcement in this town. Heavens, we can't allow protests, can we? Remember when Verlo and friends were roughed up by Po-Po at the St. Paddy's Day parade? Some things never change, but good for attorney David Lane taking up the case......
Glad the group learned of it and exposed the ridiculous police actions.......

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Posted by prairie chix on 08/04/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Air Force takes blame for water contamination, leaves ratepayers with the cost

"confirming the long-held suspicion that on-base activities are to blame for the high levels of PFCs a class of man-made chemicals linked to health issues in the Widefield Aquifer"

That is NOT what they said. They said they confirmed that the fire fighting foam had gotten into the soil, but they could NOT confirm that it was the, or even a, source of the contamination of the aquifer. It remains a POSSIBLE source of the contamination, but there are still other possible sources.

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Posted by Odin on 08/03/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Air Force takes blame for water contamination, leaves ratepayers with the cost

People don't want to face that the government is screwing with our water. The military will never pay to repair this and the town will suffer like Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base NC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zur7J4tgFp…

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Posted by TruB on 08/03/2017 at 9:34 AM

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

I'm not a fan of some of the language used by younger members of Antifa however they have put themselves in between some angry white nationalists and the children of people standing up for LGBTQ in the military. They cover their faces because the conservatives like to make things personal by advertising names and addresses on their iii %'s facebook pages suggesting others should intimidate them in person.

Who are the undercover police in the 3% oath keepers patriots?

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Posted by TruB on 08/02/2017 at 7:42 PM

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