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Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

I am another lead organizer for COS CAN. I do not share the belief that guns are an olive branch or that progressives need to arm themselves.

Political rallies and protests are already a fraught environment, and open/advertised carry of weapons sends a very strong and deliberate message of willingness to commit violence. I dont think appearing threatening will result in the social justice the progressives have been pursuing.

By all means, defend yourself or feed your family. Dont scare people on purpose.

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Posted by Jillian Freeland on 09/27/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

It is hard to have an honest back and forth debate when one side does not believe in facts, truth and reality.

It comes down to one thing... weak people let hate guide their politics... whatever side you are on, don't be weak.

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Posted by happyfew on 09/27/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

I see that it's now a "semi automatic rifle" when a communist is holding it.
I guess some animals really are more equal.

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Posted by Craig G on 09/27/2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Concealed carry permits in El Paso County double in five years

"... its a fair question to ask why so many people feel its necessary to arm themselves while working, driving or shopping."

That, IMHO is a loaded and irrelevant question. Hopefully, I never need to arm myself, but if I choose to arm myself, then that's my decision to make. "Need" has no relevance in a free society.

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Posted by UBG on 09/27/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Concealed carry permits in El Paso County double in five years

"Tom Mauser with Colorado Ceasefire, a nonprofit that promotes the prevention of gun violence, wonders if the training requirement for concealed carry is adequate, noting that inexperienced firearms owners can freeze in tense situations. Even highly trained cops miss their target under pressure, he notes. Most people with CCWs [concealed carry weapons], when they get the permit, theyre doing target practice with nonmoving targets, he says. They havent been trained in handling those kinds of situations. There can be situations where they can make things worse."

Studies in the past have shown that armed citizens hit the intended target more often and miss less often than police do.

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Posted by Odin on 09/27/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

"City Economic Development Officer Bob Cope said the project will generate millions in tax revenue, add 5,000 jobs and add billions to the city's gross metropolitan product." Really? This sounds like the pitch that was made 3 years ago by City Leaders promoting C4C who want to build a stadium next door to the Olympic Museum. I wonder if this is the new scheme to get that cotton-pickin stadium, now moribund, off its deathbed and up onto asphalt.

"The intent of the redevelopment area is to . . . stimulate development and redevelopment throughout the entire city," said Wysocki. Really? The last major area redevelopment project - University Village Colorado - on N . Nevada, across from UCCS, has so far failed to stimulate ACTUAL (as contrasted with visionary plans) development, other than what's happening on the UCCS campus. And UVC has failed so far in being a catalyst to attract major companies to relocate to COS. But then, would any realist expect a shopping center to accomplish this goal?

Worst of all, all of the City sales tax generated by UVC goes to pay down the 30-year bonds issued to build the infrastructure in and around UVC, and none goes into the City general fund. By the time the bonds are paid off, UVC may be moribund itself. COS is not Denver, nor will it ever be, regardless of how many skyscrapers Jenkins builds. Let's figure out who we are and what WE - not the developers - want our City to be.

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Posted by curious on 09/27/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

Mr. Joseph is correct in some ways. But let me correct the tone of some of his comments. It is not a "guise" of user pay; it is the City's policy in its general fund and utilities and has been for 40 years. Also, most of the developers are "community" developers and recognize that it takes revenues to maintain the improvements that they develop and have actually supported most tax increase proposals for the public sector because it takes money to maintain those facilities.

It is not "undemocratic" since the tax structures are all disclosed at purchase and so consumers are making informed market decisions and therefore vote with their pocket book, Some of the improvements and activities that are funded by districts include park construction and maintenance and other city functions that the City is not paying for as they do in other parts of town.

So the resulting situation for a now middle aged city is different than the challenges faced in earlier times. Our infrastructure is aging, our development patterns affect costs of maintenance, some neighborhoods could use investment in infrastructure to improve their property values and future viability. Those are the challenges of today. Mr. Joseph outlines some of those challenges correctly.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/27/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

Non violence is non negotiable.

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Posted by Bill Burns on 09/27/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

It just makes me sad to see that Americans are training and preparing themselves to potentially shoot other Americans. I wish things didn't become so divisive after November 2016.

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Posted by Matt 2 on 09/27/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

The problem with special districts is that, while they may provide a mechanism to fund improvements within a defined area, they tend to balkanize efforts to deal with city-wide public facilities issues. Norwood and other developers will almost always argue against general property tax ballot issues, claiming they (through their districts) are already paying enough in "taxes." Under the guise of "user pay," they appropriate a part of the city's tax capacity and redirect it toward private profit, often ensuring that they earn (i.e. profit from) the interest on any bonds issued for infrastructure. Plus, the districts generally are set up so the developer controls all district operations and decision-making, with no meaningful input by any subsequent property owners, a fundamentally undemocratic structure.

Colorado Springs has a ring of special districts for most new master planned developments on the periphery of the city, and a large, mature "inner ring" of residential and commercial areas that: 1) could never put together a district due to fragmented property ownership, and 2) as a result will always be underfunded regarding the maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure and public facilities and services. Given the trends of development in this community, before too long those mature areas will be urban wastelands, underserved and physically deteriorated.

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Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

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Posted by doncorleone112 on 09/27/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

Mr. Walker makes a valid point that is not unique to Colorado Springs but common to many if not most of the cities in the United States: Cities do not have the cash on hand to develop infrastructure for new development to meet demand for business, commercial and residential needs of the future. It is developers who have the financial strength and borrowing potental and willingness to accept risk in order to build streets, curbs, gutters, parks,and lay in water, sewer, gas and electic infrastructure for what they 'hope' to be increased future demand.

What I think COS is missing is the professional level and competence of a real economic develop organization with seasoned and experienced staff with an actual track record of success - Perhaps thought should be given during times like now - - when the city is having a 'Sugar High' over the excess revenue being generated to devote a portion of that excess revenue to fund, out of city and county revenues - an effort to build up an organization that can actual work to overcome those challenges that keep major national firms from locating in COS and to be more effective in marketing to the large site-consulting firms who work to find suitable locations for headquarters, manufacturing and research/development firms who have expansion plans actively being pursued.

The city and private sector maintaining economic development staff who are not seasoned nor experienced - because of budget restrictions - - resulting in failure to attract major firms, or have the ability to push for local business start-ups may prove to be short-sighted. Sometimes it pays to put people in the cockpit who have actually flown before. Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver seem to be gaining the most by COS hiring local real estate people in way over their heads in the Economic Development field!

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Posted by R Wehner on 09/27/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

There is a fundamental misunderstanding by many on this issue. This is a tax ON THOSE PROPERTY OWNERS, not everyone in the City. Council is not giving away tax money, it is property owners agreeing to tax themselves. This does not cost a worker at Walmart or impact the cost of housing in the region or restrict young entrepreneur's opportunities. This taxing authority is contained only on those properties. And I might point out that Powers Blvd. and Constitution and Marksheffel and Woodmen Rd east of Powers were built to benefit the public with the same mechanism. It is for the public's fundamental infrastructure that the general public does not then have to build; as Councilwoman Gaebler points out, it is not for private buildings, homes or businesses.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/27/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

This is sickening! Is the City Council so jealous of Denver and desirous of having skyscrapers that it will give $325M to Jenkins/Norwood? How to explain this giveaway to workers at Walmart who are hoping to work extra hours during the Christmas season, or low wage earners who are hoping developers will build housing they can afford, or young entrepeneurs who are hoping the City will not put roadblocks in their pursuit of innovation, or young grads who are hoping to stay and live in COS and obtain jobs that pay more than what they can get by moving to L.A.? Is the Jenkins/City collaboration the new Satan it appears to be?

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Posted by curious on 09/26/2017 at 7:12 PM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

what could go wrong? I mean look how special taxing districts paid for the expansion of Powers...ok, bad example...look at the building of Sky sox Stadium...ok, another bad example...Constitution and Peterson widening...
I give up...

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Posted by carolyncathey on 09/26/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Utilities Board agrees to add more solar after colorful public comment

Hey, folks... Keep it civil, OK? You sound like a bunch of howler monkeys on speed. Yours very truly, MJMeade, CSIndy comment wrangler

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Posted by Mary Jo Meade on 09/26/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Former County Democratic Party leader forms new club to keep politicking

Hey, folks... Keep it civil, OK? You sound like a bunch of howler monkeys on speed. Yours very truly, MJMeade, CSIndy comment wrangler

Posted by Mary Jo Meade on 09/26/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The moms who want autism to qualify for medical marijuana

I will read more about this bc i have not heard about it helping autism my 14 year old was diagnosised when he was 5 and its been a long rocky road so this is truly amazing if it really works.

Cherielynn

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Posted by Cherielynn on 09/25/2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Former County Democratic Party leader forms new club to keep politicking

Seems like you've always been stepping back, Dave. You're a keyboard warrior and a complainer, not an active part of the local political movement, so mind your own business.

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Posted by yellowdogdem on 09/25/2017 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Utilities Board agrees to add more solar after colorful public comment

$107? For a solar farm? That's a smoking hot deal. Sign me up.

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Posted by Bill W. on 09/25/2017 at 1:21 PM

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