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Comment Archives: stories: News

Re: “UPDATE: Dobson endorses Roy Moore for Senate

Focus on your own DAMN family, HYPOCRITES !!!!

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Posted by Jack Mudry on 12/01/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “The mass eviction at Emerald Towers Apartments is just the tip of the iceberg

Howard Humphrey out of Brooklyn,NY owns this building. He should be charged with elder abuse!

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Posted by emw12 on 11/30/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Dobson endorses Roy Moore for Senate

James Dobson and Focus on the Family received $2,3M from the Koch Bros. So the question is, When James Dobson speaks is he speaking for Jesus or a shill for the Koch Bros?
Supporting a suspected pedophile is not the Christian way. The Koch Bros. want Roy Moore in the Senate so they can get their coveted tax breaks that the unwashed (you) will never get.
Its best to keep in mind that Focus On the Family is a business-nothing more and nothing less.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 11/30/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Dobson endorses Roy Moore for Senate

Are we here in Colorado surprised? NO, because we've watched and fought back for almost 20 years against the heartless cruelty Focus on the Family christians have brought to our state and the negative impact they have had.

For instance just one of many examples, we've had to spend our money to campaign against and defeat Personhood amendments endorsed by Focus on the Family christians from their headquarters and pulpits in 3 elections. No other state has had to do this.

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Posted by kozeelady1 on 11/30/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Thank you for the superb article, Pam. Truly Pulitzer Prize quality. This is exactly the kind of scrutiny this crooked deal deserves.

And, I totally agree with the previous comment. Given the crookedness of the deal and lack of public input, I believe the deal should be undone.

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Posted by Ruth Obee on 11/30/2017 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Don Knight's comments show the total duplicity of his views when it comes to different appraisals done by the City and the Broadmoor. When referencing the 189 acre Strawberry plot (valued at 1.6M) he states that, "the land was staying park land. That's why I didn't object that the values weren't 10 times more". The Bear Creek parcel appraisal however was accepted with an extremely high value (1.4 M for only 9 acres) despite the fact that it will remain park land as well. "The Bear Creek parcel, zoned for single family homes, was appraised as residential lots. The city, however, has no plans to build on the land and will maintain it as a park." Hello Don Knight... don't wring your hands and say there is nothing yo
u can do. It was fraud, pure and simple. And ghost writing an amicus brief? Unethical.
Thank you Pam for a very thorough and well researched piece. Too bad that the council rushed this decision through despite so many unanswered important questions that they themselves brought up during the process. The public is threatened not only with losing a historic piece of parkland, but is clearly on the losing end of the monetary swap as well.

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Posted by katm on 11/30/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Dobson endorses Roy Moore for Senate

this is why religion is dying... this toxic, manipulative, selfish, controlling and abusive fairy tale has become, at its core rotten. they have no problem persecuting gays... because...religious "morality". the kindness Jesus preached has become so conditional, with so many strings attached, that it's just not even worth it anymore for most of these pretend religious.
for a church leader to defend a pedophile... who still buys this crap???

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Posted by happyfew on 11/30/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Banning Lewis Ranch: $49 million in tax revenue over 30 years

The idea that development of BLR will "add $41 billion to the city's economy" is presented as though that is a benefit. It means nothing. That is $41 billion being spent. It doesn't mean our air is cleaner, our traffic runs more smoothly or the average accounting clerk in town is earning more money or is happier.

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Posted by Dave Gardner on 11/30/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Protest songs from alt weeklies around the country, (dis)honoring a year of Trump's presidency

Without a doubt The Independent has hit new lows in every department. I am compelled to pick up a copy every week and cringe while doing so but one needs to know what crap is being fabricated and reported as "news".

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “The mass eviction at Emerald Towers Apartments is just the tip of the iceberg

"employment is finally taking off in Colorado Springs"- another comment by the Indy that defies definition in the real world.
Not mentioned is zillow.com and its family of websites that are indiscriminately "valuing" rentals and houses across the country, sight unseen.
The neighborhoods off of S Nevada in decline or stagnating featuring numerous homeless persons standing around, riding bicycles accosting anyone that happens by is somehow sporting a new eatery with $45 rib-eye steak. This just a quick walk from homeless shelters which in itself is a business, do not kid yourselves. E. Cheyenne Road is still a rough road but cross Nevada Ave and you have smooth driving surfaces on W Cheyenne.
My landlord of many years suddenly wanted to double rent and our employer decides we are too old to be employed so our option is pay rent or eat, heat and light is optional.
zillow.com has uprooted 100s of Denver residents, so many that Denver is looking at rent control. Lifelong residents are forced to move and in-state is not an option. "Upscale" is the buzzword and assessor searches reveal investment companies are buying and over-paying for houses all around me. One house sold for $65k and one year later a Denver investment company buys it for $155k. Just one example...

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “The mass eviction at Emerald Towers Apartments is just the tip of the iceberg

Don't we have another problem in that middle class housing areas will NOT allow affordable housing in their back-yards? So if you have the money and permits, you still get solid opposition.

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Posted by TominColorado on 11/30/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “The mass eviction at Emerald Towers Apartments is just the tip of the iceberg

Fact .... the largest real estate developer in Denver, the Denver Housing Authority. They have built literally thousands of new, affordable units in the past decade.

Sorry Mr Wright you just don't get it ..... and the Springs suffers

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Posted by actionjackson on 11/30/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

The purchase of the property was made with a vote of the people in 1885 (I believe). The decision last year should have been made with a vote of the people. Hopefully, that is what the Court of Appeals will decide. Simple!

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Posted by What's the Word? on 11/29/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Drake power plant shutdown costs estimated

Shut it down early!

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Posted by TruB on 11/29/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Also, thank you Pam Zubeck for your excellent journalism! Your thoroughness and objectivity are rare and truly appreciated! Keep up the outstanding work!

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 11/29/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

"I think some of the public probably will lose some trust in us," Knight says, "and they have the right to lose some trust in us. I hope they realize we as Council were putting our trust in other people, ourselves assuming all the data we were looking at was accurate data."

No, Mr. Knight, it is "YOU" we no longer trust (along with Tom Strand, Merv Bennett, Andy Pico, Keith King and Larry Bagley), not "Us". Fortunately, Mr. King and Mr. Bagley are now gone. No, Mr. Knight, you and those who voted "yes" on the Strawberry Fields "land grab" had the same facts we had, and we smelled a rat from the very beginning! These new revelations only bolster our position.

We do, however, trust Jill Gaebler and Bill Murray (and Helen Collins, now gone) who saw this travesty for what it was and voted "no"! They are to be commended! You, on the other hand, should be ashamed of yourselves...

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 11/29/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

This is progress, a step in the right direction, but what about the appraisal of the land taken from the Cog Railway? I still want to know if the cost of the needed repairs on that section of the Barr Trail were figured into that appraisal. The drainage work, the repair of the erosion damage, the study's needed for those tasks, the removal of rocks in the trail and, the replacement of the fence. I will again allege that this land's value is exaggerated by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Would you pay full price for a car that needed a new engine?

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Posted by Carl Strow on 11/29/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Every council person that voted YES did so knowing that the appraisal was inaccurate.
Even before knowing the appraiser was crooked. We all knew the valuation was BS. They voted yes anyway!
Now vote them out!!

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Posted by TruB on 11/29/2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

In this article Councilman Don Knight is quoted as follows:

Knight now says that action, while it might call into question the open space's true value, isn't enough to scotch the deal. "Council does not have the right to go back in and reopen this," he says.

I wonder if Mr. Knight knows that in addition to revelations of misconduct coming directly from the Broadmoor which are revealed in this article, the following is also true:

One of the written requirements of the resolution which was approved by city council on May 24th of 2016 (The Broadmoor Land Exchange) was completely trashed by both the Broadmoor and the Palmer Land Trust in the course of executing the (also required) conservation easement on Strawberry Fields. The resolution clearly states that the building envelope (that is the area to be commercialized by the hotel and barred to the public) as defined in the resolution itself NOT BE CHANGED. In fact, not only was the building envelope changed, but in the last few weeks markers and surveyors' ground pins have newly appeared which clearly define the boundaries of that altered building envelope. This is in direct defiance of the resolution voted upon and passed by city council.

The stranglehold which the Broadmoor Hotel and Philip Anschutz have upon the leadership of Colorado Springs is intolerable. Regardless of the outcome of the Strawberry Fields court case, I believe that it is time for City Council and the citizens of Colorado Springs to come together in a concerted effort to disentangle our city from what has become an unhealthy and wholly detrimental relationship. While once it may have been so, the Broadmoor is no longer a good neighbor.

I urge each and every one of you to contact your city council person today. Tell him/her that in light of the now proven corruption which underlies the Broadmoor Land Swap, you wish them to take all firm and decisive actions available to them as soon as possible. This is imperative if council hopes to regain the trust of the betrayed citizenry of Colorado Springs.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 11/29/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Drake power plant shutdown costs estimated

About time for the regular calls for the city to sell off Utilities - from the usual suspects: Colorado Springs Forward or one of the large utility users - Chamber-EDC getting a new Chairman of the Board.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 11/29/2017 at 10:53 AM

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