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Re: “I-25 Gap Coalition formed to spur widening project

And we need to lobby the General Assembly to re-up the State's Economic Development Commission corporate welfare program for the members of the coalition to receive millions in taxpayer subsidies so they can then convene a study that show raising taxes is the only way to get the project paid for.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 04/28/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “I-25 Gap Coalition formed to spur widening project

Wait! Wait! We first need to waste $100 million on a couple studies that tell us what we already know. Then we need to find a contractor that will spend $500 million on 40 miles of pavement and four bridges.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 04/28/2017 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Gen. Michelle Johnson announces retirement

Lt Gen Johnson, why is she removing anything that says Falcons. Facilities are told to remove anything that says Falcons. Mascot?

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Posted by Robert Webb on 04/28/2017 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Gazette reportedly lays off newsroom employees

The Gazette appears to be undergoing some sort of identity crisis. Oh sure we still see plenty of "old boy network" pieces that throw out the usual pro-developer/pro-mayor spin, but they are also now carrying the occasional leftist piece from the Washington Post. Their latest editorial hire is also a die hard progressive, which on the surface seems like a good way to shake some bats from the belfry, but it probably isn't going to be good for circulation in such a conservative area.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 04/27/2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “More on fatal crash involving El Paso County GOP chairman

Dave H: Give me a break. You apologists all act as if the man killed was a hardened criminal and deserved what he got for jaywalking. Try getting that kind of a dent on you sub by banging your head. Day one of drivers ed classes state pedestrians always have the right of way.

The way you talk makes it sound like we should all be gunning it for jaywalkers to clean up our city. It's absurd. Had anyone besides the well-connected chair of the GOP--who made it a point to tell officers he had met with the DA the night before the accident--the perp would be awaiting trial on the recommendation put forth by the CSPD.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 04/27/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Trump to skip Air Force Academy graduation

Spot on indigogirl! But, Pam HATES republicans and conservatives and will never pass up a chance to try to put a negative and even dishonest spin on anything they do.

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Posted by Dave H on 04/27/2017 at 3:35 PM

Re: “More on fatal crash involving El Paso County GOP chairman

Modern vehicle bodies dent VERY easily. And honestly, a dent like that does not take very much force at all. To say "with such speed" falsely implies he was moving very fast. Pretty shoddy reporting. But, since we know Pam's political slant, this is to be expected.

What Trevor Dierdorff was doing was perfectly legal. What Mel Tolbert was doing was illegal. Had Mr Tolbert followed the law, Mr Dierdorff would not have hit him. Any charges filed against Mr Dierdorff were only due to the collision, which again, had Mr Tolbert followed the law would not have happened, while Mr Dierdorff was following the law. And that is why the charges were dropped.

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Posted by Dave H on 04/27/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “4/20 in the Springs was chill, same can't be said of Denver

It's a stupid event that should be done away with! If people can't behave like decent adults, then stop rewarding them with this inane celebration. Their childish behavior gave Denver a black eye, and a lot of filth. When are we going to stop pandering to these people?

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Posted by mbomcar on 04/27/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Gen. Michelle Johnson announces retirement

Sounds like there has been some behind the scenes dealing going on here. All the more reason to look for someone outside this area.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 04/27/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Chernushin suicide saves assets from bankruptcy

Pam Zubeck: How do you "complete" suicide?

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Posted by independentraghater on 04/27/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Gazette reportedly lays off newsroom employees

Whiny Wayne Laugsen bills himself as the 'op-ed' board. Must be lonely up there in Gazette tower, eh, Wayne?

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Posted by choe on 04/27/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “City for Champions hits snags, generates controversy

"The study also reported the stadium and arena would cost $74 million to build. State RTA money would provide $14.35 million, operating income revenue bonds could add another $10.7 million, and local incremental tax money, $21 million, the study said. That leaves a $28 million funding gap."

It's deceptive to the core and frankly a lie for Suthers to say the shortfall is only $28 million. First of all, the plan approved by the State puts the cost at $93 million. Even if the cost went down since 2013 (very unlikely as construction costs have skyrocketed), the 21 million in "local incremental tax money" is also taxes collected as City sales and property tax and then diverted from the general fund that pays for things like public safety, roads, stormwater and parks. And that's all in today's dollars--add the cost of financing planned for C4C (a factor of 2.38) and we're up to $117 million in payments made by local taxpayer dollars on top of the $27 million in state taxpayer dollars that should be funding things like widening I25.

Keep your eyes open, Colorado Springs--your duping and double cross radar should be on full gain and pointed toward City Hall and the City Administration Building and Tejon Street. The City hasn't officially cancelled the stadium project with the State and still has an obligatory agreement to build one unless they do so.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 04/27/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “City for Champions hits snags, generates controversy

In addition to using taxpayer dollars to pay for the bridge, tax dollars will also be needed to build the parking garage adjacent to the Olympic museum, a garage that will lie under Jenkin's proposed skyscraper condo building. Giving developers tax dollars to help them build condos and whatever in urban renewal areas, tax dollars that are in addition to paying millions for infrastructure for their developments are, regardless if it's legal, a misappropriation of public funds. Using tax dollars for economic development results inevitably in needing to raise taxes to pay for roads, parks, fire and police, etc, since the dollars intended for these vital govt functions was given to the developers. A truly visionary developer will find a way to make his dream schemes happen without fleecing the citizens, many of whom have no interest in living in or "revitalizing" downtown.

http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/city…

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Posted by curious on 04/27/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation plans overhaul of Norris-Penrose Event Center

Recognizing that not everything in the world is somehow connected to The Broadmoor Land Swap of 2016, one cannot help but see an interesting thread buried in this article. If the right of first refusal (a title restriction) can be undone in this case, what does that say about the highly-touted, iron-clad right-of-first-refusal which was placed on Strawberry Fields?
The inclusion of that title restriction was used by both the city and the Broadmoor to reassure the public and help sell
their deal. Just sayin' .........

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Posted by Mur on 04/26/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “More on fatal crash involving El Paso County GOP chairman

It doesn't take a lot of force to dent the bodywork of a newer model vehicle. I doubt the velocity of the SUV would be considered excessive enough to be described as "such speed". That being said, Trevor Dierdorff was certainly at fault, and "careless" would be an excellent description of his actions leading to the accident.

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Posted by Richard M. Shirley on 04/26/2017 at 6:37 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Cleanup costs for Colorado Springs downtown land: $4.4 million

To be clear, Richard Skorman wasn't rude and didn't "shout down" this person or anyone. He allowed her the full amount of time allowed anyone else and then told her she was mistaken in some of the comments she made. The video is available on the city's website if you'd like to view it and make your own judgment.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 04/26/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Gazette reportedly lays off newsroom employees

Ms. Zubek:

I know some other former Gazette employees, dedicated professionals, who have left the paper. None that I have run into regret their decisions.

I'm sure your decision to leave the Gazette was a difficult one, but your contributions to the Independent and to journalism in this city justifies the change. We benefit weekly from your writing; I doubt you would have been able to do the same at the Gazette.

So...thanks. Your work is much appreciated.

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Posted by Bill W. on 04/26/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation plans overhaul of Norris-Penrose Event Center

Went to the rodeo ONE time. In 2005. All was fine until it was over and the event turned into an evangelical sermon. If I want a sermon I'll go to church. Never went back to this place. Never will.

I do hope they improve the facility. The one time we went a storm came up and the unpaved parking lot became a dust storm with all the wind. Dreadful. Nothing like a 3rd world experience in the world's only superpower. If that's the best we can do then sell it to China and let them invest it.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Aviation Museum announces big plans for new facilities

Great idea to expand the airport location. This should be the end of anything downtown, other than a bus stop to ferry people to and from the location. Why not use City Hall or City Auditorium as the bus gathering point for museum goers. Why not have Gray Line run the tourist buses like they do in 'major' cities. There is no shortage of good solutions; sadly there is no shortage of bad ideas foisted on taxpayers by the in-crowd in every city.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Gazette reportedly lays off newsroom employees

The uber rich love buying papers so they can spread their lies, like the biggest lie of all: Tax cuts pay for themselves. Ask Kansas how that's working for them under their version of GOP's voodoo economics.

Too bad the Gazette didn't let go of the flaming ideologue who writes their insipid editorials. Who needs Alex Jones when you have the Gazette's bizarro mouthpiece.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:43 PM

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