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Re: “Balloons will launch, gas rate cut expected, needy could be drug-tested, and more

re: Balloons :
So, Scott Appelman is going to shock and awe us for $90,000 by bringing in really cool shaped balloons (which we already attract) and events between and after the balloon launches ,like a food truck competition, well hell there is a brilliant idea! The trucks are already all parked together 1 mile away daily at platte and Nevada, this stuff is Genius!!! really? maybe a car show? brilliant. and it had a name Colorado Springs Colorado Balloon Classic and was a great event with 38 year history!, no the mayor and facebook and the news media want us to name the Balloon event and it must have the name Colorado springs in it , how stupid are we? "The New Colorado Springs Balloon fest and Car Show , now with food truck wars" yeah thats a better name than "Balloon Classic"! I can't wait to see just how much more fabulous it will be for our $90k investment.

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Posted by Dan LaChappelle on 02/04/2015 at 6:50 PM

Re: “People are driving stoned, more are taking buses, Ute Valley just got bigger, and more

The Bus Service and PPCC need to pull their heads together and put a route in at the Rampart Campus. It makes absolutely ne sense to schedule degree required classes where there is no public transportation. The alternative is to cancel classes at Rampart, forcing more traffic on the roads to the Centennial Campus.

There are degree specific, non core, non online classes that cancel for lack of enrollment. Get it together, folks. Especially since you've got the OK to offer 4 year degrees.

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Posted by Liz Anderson on 02/04/2015 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Balloons will launch, gas rate cut expected, needy could be drug-tested, and more

Our town with an airport is missing out on BILLIONS of dollars in revenue . But I would like to see a socialist solution for the pot of gold, that is legal marijuana. How about everybody is required to grow 16 plants,outside, where plants belong, to be surrendered to the city. The city gives jobs prepping the organic matter to be sold at the CITY AUD for what ever the world price is, ( Denver average, Washington , Oregon , or DC) we sell it for half, to be sold in increments of twenty dollars a bag. At the same time, Jack up the gas tax to 10cents per gallon to be sunsetted when the roads get fixed. In order to purchase the cheap pot, visitors need to buy it from the central location that is the CITY aud? only buy it in $20 increments, so naughty people from out of sate cannot buy it up all at once. Also, host world class acts at the auditorium , three shows a day, so the visitors have something else to spend their money on when they are in line . The visitors will pay for the gas tax, which will pay for the roads. Our reward for growing and surrendering 16 plants will be a solar panel system, to be installed immediately on all customers of CSU. If customer lives in apartment, then a solar collective will pass on the savings to the CSU customers who grew the weed. When they leave town, the solar panels get surrendered to the city. Then we will make our emissions goals for the coal plant, due to less use of the facility. Having solar panels will create jobs in installation, maintenance , re wiring your house, and of course the best benefit will be cheaper electricity, cleaner air, and visitors paying for our streets! All can be done in two years time. Oh yeah, if you don't wish to grow, assign the task to someone on the books who needs a job at the colorado Coloradoworkforce. It would be nice to clear the books, and give everyone hospitality jobs too! It has to be done this year, or will loose the novelty. I am sure the alcoholic community would like to see their bars filled too. It is so depressing to go to these restaurants, and see them be mostly empty on most nights. The hospitality industry could sure use a boost! So if we host the world , for two years, we could get their revenue to pay for our solar panels. We could call it HELP GREEN COLORADO SPRINGS! If everybody planted their seeds in May, and have the visitors start showing up in October, when it is harvest time, by next year we should have all our roads paid for by visitors, and locals who buy gas. Locals will be saving thousands on utility bills over the course of twenty years, so everybody should be on board.

Road raging roads of a broken Colorado Springs . Time to dismiss all members of city council if they cannot understand how to budget for potholes. Hey ,guess what? It snows in the winter, and they're surprised there are potholes when they do nothing? Hahaha next winter there will also be potholes. They need to get fixed every year , or we will be paying more for broken axles, and loose struts and shocks. Is it mayor Bach's own way of an income stimulator? Perhaps people should not purchase new cars until the roads are fixed. Boycott motor city until the roads get fixed annually?

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Posted by Tanya Medina on 01/30/2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Chop your own tree, lawsuits on the way, solar's hot pace, and more

Lawsuit on the way: Each district or county needs to take care of their own mitigation. This is not the springs problem, you have fountain, security, and lot's of empty space in between. Who ever was dumb enough to agree to that should go pitch in for the people down stream.

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Posted by B.B. on 11/28/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “More mergers in local health care, Utilities pitches rate increase, and more

Current utilization of preventive services is about 60-70% of what is clinically suggested in PPACA.

Posted by JEngdahlJ on 11/13/2014 at 8:12 PM

Re: “County: Maketa guilty; lobbyist revealed secrets; stadium backers hire full-timer; and more

City council president King wants to build the C4C downtown stadium. And so do 4 other council members who, along with the mayor, want to spend $200M of local sales tax revenue on a stadium rather than spend taxpayer dollars on legit govt services such as police, fire, roads, parks etc, or on storm water, which WILL require new taxes. If YOU want the mayor and council members to pay attention to YOU, then sign the stadium petition. And there's something else you have to do. More info at…

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Posted by curious on 11/11/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “County: Maketa guilty; lobbyist revealed secrets; stadium backers hire full-timer; and more

The Sunday Gazette editorial says C4C will create jobs. And so it will. Laura Neumann, the mayor's former chief of staff, has been hired to work on the stadium project. In spite of evidence to the contrary, the mayor continues to tell the public that the stadium is just an idea. But the mayor's idea is not one among many, but one among one. The mayor and City Leaders have no other ideas about how to "fix" the URA except to build a stadium and then erect skyscrapers. You wouldn't know from reading the Gazette, but the people have ideas, ideas that the mayor is not interested in considering, he being so fixated on building a stadium.

Neumann's primary objective is to locate additional public financing sources which do not require a mandatory vote of the citizens. This objective is non-negotiable because the mayor will not permit the purse-pinching non-visionary citizens to vote.

At tomorrow's City Council meeting, they will vote on whether to support the citizens or whether to allow the mayor to do as he pleases with OUR tax dollars. Email council at

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Posted by curious on 11/10/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Youth riot again, GMO battle lopsided, another city severance deal

xcellent selection of quotes
“Indeed, the use of more
precise technology and the greater regulatory scrutiny probably make them even safer than conventional plants and foods; and if there are unforeseen environmental effects - none have appeared as yet - these should be rapidly detected by our monitoring requirements. On the other hand, the benefits of these plants and products for human health and the environment become increasingly clear.”
--European Commission, Press Release of 8 October 2001, announcing the release of 15 year study incl 81 projects/70M euros, 400 teams (
and )
“The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies…”
“…because the technique is so sophisticated, in many ways it is probably safer for you to eat GM products - plants that have been generated through GM - than normal plant foods, if you
have any sort of reaction to food, because you can snip out the proteins that cause the negative reaction to certain parts of the population."
--Sir David King, Chief Science Advisor, UK. The Guardian Unlimited, 27 November 2007
“In contrast to adverse health effects that have been associated with some traditional food production methods, similar serious health effects have not been identified as a result of genetic engineering techniques used in food production. This may be because developers of bioengineered organisms perform extensive compositional analyses to determine that each
phenotype is desirable and to ensure that unintended changes have not occurred in key components of food.” (p. x).
--National Academy of Sciences, 2004. Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods: Approaches to Assessing Unintended Health Effects. National Research Council, Washington DC. 256pp.
ISBN 0-309-53194-2.
"…in consuming food derived from GM plants approved in the EU and in the USA, the risk is in no way higher than in the consumption of food from conventionally grown plants. On the
contrary, in some cases food from GM plants appears to be superior in respect to health."
--- Union of the German Academies of Science and Humanities. Commission Green Biotechnology, InterAcademy Panel Initiative on Genetically Modified Organisms. Group of the
International Workshop Berlin 2006. “Are there health hazards for the consumer from eating genetically modified food?”
“If we look at evidence from [more than] 15 years of growing and consuming GMO foods globally, then there is no substantiated case of any adverse impact on human health, animal health or
environmental health, so that’s pretty robust evidence, and I would be confident in saying that there is no more risk in eating GMO food than eating conventionally farmed food.”
Anne Glover, Chief Scientific
Adviser, European Commission, 2012
“GMO products have been tested to a particularly high extent and are subjected to rigid legislation control.”
--Commission on Green Biotechnology, Union of the German Academies of Science & Humanities, at
“Food from GM Maize is more healthy than from conventionally grown maize… samples with the highest fumonisin concentrations are found in products labeled ‘organic.’ ”
--Commission on Green Biotechnology, Union of the German Academies of Science & Humanities, at
“…the dangers of unintentional DNA mutation are much higher in the process of conventional plant breeding…than in the generation of GM plants. Furthermore, GM products are subject to
rigid testing with livestock and rats before approval.”
--Commission on Green Biotechnology, Union of the German Academies of Science &
Humanities, at
“Whereas for conventional varieties there is no legal requirement for allergy tests of their products, for GMO products, very strict allergy tests are mandatory… For this reason, the risk of GM plants causing allergies can be regarded as substantially lower than that of products from conventional breeding.”
--Commission on Green Biotechnology, Union of the German Academies of Science & Humanities, at
As for claims of “unexpected effects” – to date there are none reported, and “According to present scientific knowledge, it is most unlikely that the consumption of …transgenic DNA from approved GMO food harbors any recognizable health risk.”
--Commission on Green Biotechnology, Union of the German Academies of Science &
Humanities, at
“There is abundant and accumulating evidence from extensive worldwide experience for benefit, and lack of evidence for environmental or human health risk associated with GM crop technology.”
“There is compelling evidence that GM crops can contribute
to sustainable development goals with benefits to farmers, consumers, the environment and the economy.”
European Sciences Advisory Council 2013 report-Planting
the Future;
“The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion:
consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques.”
“Several current efforts to require labeling of GM foods are not being driven by any credible scientific evidence that these foods are dangerous, AAAS said. Rather, GM labeling initiatives are being advanced by “the persistent perception that such foods are somehow ‘unnatural,’” as well as efforts to gain competitive
advantages within the marketplace, and the false belief that GM crops are untested.”
American Association for the Advancement of Science 2012…

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Posted by Robert Wager on 10/17/2014 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Lamborn draws fire again, stormwater pros and cons, oil and gas panel starts

the tea panties relentless attack against the true americans who live in springs to have a voice is humiliating to our beautiful city...the good ol boys (bach,lamborn,,littleton...etc) are going to hit karma head on one day and the huge heap of b.s. that comes piling out...well even maketas press secretary couldnt shovel fast enough..and now the "pulitzer prize " winning gagzette is banning comments again..(unless your rev. faltz..butt kisser extraordinaire..)as a democrat I say vote Makepeace and get this city back to way less batshilt crazy..and thanks indy for proving where the real journalists work

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Posted by harley883 on 10/04/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Lamborn draws fire again, stormwater pros and cons, oil and gas panel starts

Doug Lamborn is guilty of sedition at the very least, and most probably treason against the United States. Trying to subvert the safety of the US Military during an active air war can be construed as nothing else. And all because the President is of a different party and different skin color.

Lamborn and any other Tea Party Reps who can be proven to have done what Lamborn has confessed to, should be arrested and brought up before a military tribunal since that is their preference. If found guilty, then sentence should be carried out immediately, just like they prefer for others.

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Posted by Arval Becker on 10/01/2014 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Gazette gets new editor, Jones Park decision looms, and more

I also dropped my subscription to the GT Online. I'd rather read the Indy anyway, but for local and state daily news the GT was convenient and the cost wasn't too bad. I was notified three weeks ago about the online cost increase -- they want over $100 per year for online access -- ridiculous!

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Posted by COnative59 on 09/18/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Gazette gets new editor, Jones Park decision looms, and more

Thank you for the ability to read these for free. No longer reading The Gazette on-line.....

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Posted by Flojo on 09/18/2014 at 5:53 AM

Re: “Lamborn won't debate, sheriff term limits go to ballot, UCCS keeps expanding, and more

News opportunity for the Independent:

So the local rag, "Gazette" has now gotten greedy. If you don't pay them you cannot read more than just a few articles per month.

The Independent ought to step up its coverage of just local news.

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Posted by billd on 09/15/2014 at 4:25 AM

Re: “Clerk's office to run ads, Jenkins promises land, more

Can't wait to see how the Clerk's office will run ads that do not mention Wayne Williams' name. He IS the Clerk, after all. Didn't another local elected rep incur the wrath of ethics watch groups for 'public service' announcements while the guy was running for the office responsible for the announcements?

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Posted by goldsabbath on 08/27/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “BLM starts Carson study, Broadmoor boosts Lamborn, Gazette gets paywall, and more

Broadmoor and the shady El Pomar, so called non-profit foundation helps advance republican agenda for a reason. Without the foundation they would not be able to avoid paying taxes and funneling money into Republican campaigns and superpacs that are interested in one thing, profit for corporations like Broadmoor and keeping Springs residents and America in economic slavery. When El Pomar donates money its with a GOP agenda attached, it is in charge of Broadmoor's image and is very influential with local judges and government. You will be surprised what free rooms at a 5 star resort can get you. While they have countless lavish banquets at our cost (most of which are written off as business expenses) and their managers fly overseas to find new foreign employees, Colorado residents will continue to get screwed in more ways than one. Wanna be an elitist? Go to the Broadmoor.

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Posted by WuTangClan on 08/21/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “BLM starts Carson study, Broadmoor boosts Lamborn, Gazette gets paywall, and more

Some might say that the Organizers of the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent are interfering with the incline enthusiasts.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 08/14/2014 at 11:07 AM

Re: “BLM starts Carson study, Broadmoor boosts Lamborn, Gazette gets paywall, and more

The BLM will rubber stamp anything Fort Cartoon wants to do in spite of crashing on Almagre which could start a fire that burns the town to the ground. When the Broadmoor promotes LAMEborn it's Anschutz telling us how to vote and when the GAGzette tries a paywall for people to comment it's more cowardice to stop the critics after they tried facebook login and found that many more critics had a facebook account than the violent shills that ruined their comment section. They actually had a policy that no groups could comment even if they had a facebook page and CSaction was the only group commenting. Cowards afraid of the truth.

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Posted by CSaction on 08/14/2014 at 7:16 AM

Re: “BLM starts Carson study, Broadmoor boosts Lamborn, Gazette gets paywall, and more

This sounds like another rubber stamp procedure masquerading as an independent study.

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Posted by Gopher on 08/13/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Assessor fined, Pride Fest a go, Broadmoor to buy Norris Penrose, and more

Thank you Mr. Anschutz for purchasing the Norris-Penrose EVENT CENTER and the 10K seat STADIUM. Now the taxpayers of COS won't have to squander future sales tax revenue building the downtown STADIUM/EVENT CENTER component of C4C. Including the World Arena, COS presently has an overabundance of STADIUM/EVENT CENTERS.

Are the VISIONARY mayor and "city leaders", those gentlemen who are so eager to build a STADIUM/EVENT CENTER downtown, aware that Norris-Penrose was formerly owned by the county - aka taxpayers - but had to gift the property away because it was losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and it badly needed repairs and upgrades. This is a cautionary lesson in what happens when you build it and they DON'T come.

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Posted by curious on 07/17/2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “The PERA saga continues, trails reopen, and more

Amazing how the City Council can't spare $50,000 for an MJ ballot issue, but seems to have no issue with risking tens of millions of dollars in punitive damages in the PERA issue.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 06/25/2014 at 10:54 AM

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