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Comment Archives: stories: News

Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

Mitigation through selective thinning is an important tool in managing our public lands. The problem I see is that these public agencies that handle the process sometimes cut too deep. Rather than giving the forest a nice selective "trim," and perhaps thinking they might not get a chance (or the dollars) to thin again for another 25-50 years, they sometimes end up giving the forest more of a "buzz cut."

What I see in the slideshow pics looks fairly good. However, I cannot imagine what they were thinking in planning to thin such a lush riparian spring area (in that last 8 acres or so). Thinning across the landscape should not be universal. North slopes, for example, are expected to be more naturally lush. And while montane pine forests often saw natural underbrush clearing ground fires and are better candidates for manual selective thinning today, the subalpine spruce / fir forest instead experiences "stand replacing" fire events every 200-400 years, and thinning in the subalpine should be limited. Unfortunately sometimes this ends up not being the case.

In this case, kudos to the city for pulling back on thinning the Stratton Springs border. That appears to be the right call. There is balance to be found. We can both care for and protect the beauty of our public lands.

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Posted by Zen on 05/24/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “More than three years after Waldo, our overgrown forests still threaten the city

This is all BS. If they are stupid enough to remove trees from hill and mountain sides, they deserve the mudslides that are going to come. People are going to die. A lot of those trees need fire to propagate too. Don't be idiots. Leave the trees alone. On a side note. If you move to an area that is prone to fires, you're stupid and deserve to die. Just like the morons who move on to a flood plain. Try using some common sense. Nature works in the correct way, and human involvement usually ends in screwing things up. Leave it all alone.

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Posted by Mike Meadow on 05/23/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “District 11 will ask voters again for a tax increase in November

Based on the size of the recent back door tax increase, a.k.a. El Paso County's increased property tax assessment, this group should have 8% more funding next year without doing anything.

Posted by CSIndyReader on 05/23/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

we spend billions on elections for what, could be used better.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Development defectors

if they never built another house in colorado i would be happy.

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “When dad is a pedophile

This guy is one sick puppy, I would say its a good idea to supervise him.

Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “District 11 will ask voters again for a tax increase in November

they just raised my property tax, maybe you can use that?

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Posted by rocket625 on 05/22/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Morris Dees on the legacy of his Southern Poverty Law Center

wow you must really hate them to make all that crap up. on that page you promote the KKK and called them pro-christian groups with family values???? what in the nine hells is wrong with you? i can see why you have no profile . and yes racist crimes have gone up under the trump admin....is it his fault? not directly but he did contribute.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 05/22/2017 at 1:40 AM

Re: “District 11 will ask voters again for a tax increase in November

I don't think they really know why the previous measures were defeated, thus this campaign isn't likely to end any differently. It makes me wonder how much research they did with the voter base. Nevertheless I won't be voting for any tax increase that contains unnecessary spending. A one-time bond issue for SPECIFIC building renovations is supportable, but a permanent mill levy increase for more feel good social programs is something else altogether.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 05/21/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Indy joins newsrooms nationwide to report on hate with your help

"If hate is wrong..." Is it wrong to hate evil?

"...and is implied to be an exclusive Right-Wing trait..." Who is implying that? I am not a right winger, but I do hate Nazis and Nazism, and I am proud of it.

"...why are so many speaking and writing with such venom and vitriol about the president?" Why are so many racists and Nazis supporting the president?

"Is that not enough to take a closer look at who might commit a hate crime?" I prefer looking at who has actually been committing hate crimes to idle speculation.

"Of course it is." Seems you have at least one supporter.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/20/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Is burlesque sex work?

Burlesque is a form of entertainment, an art from like dancing. It is not sex work. I've enjoyed the shows put on the local troupe called Peaks and Pasties with gorgeous costumes and tastefully done. Go see for yourself at this link: http://www.peaksandpasties.com

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Posted by OldCrank on 05/18/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Is burlesque sex work?

Can you be arrested for burlesque? Yes, but it is highly unlikely and the charge wouldn't be prostitution. if a burlesque performer was arrested for a performance the charge would be along the lines of something to do with obscenity or public indecency.

The terminology 'sex work' and 'sex worker' was introduced to battle the pervasive stigma associated with prostitution and prostitutes. It was also thought to be a way of humanizing and legitimizing the trade and vocation. However, whoever coined that term wasn't thinking of how it might be misused or how it could derail important work by confusing the issues- which the above article demonstrates.

Now, years later- in some regions, particularly America, it has become a 'catch all' phrase. Basically anything to do with erotica and the exchange of money, whether sex is involved or not, whether the vocation is criminalized or not, can be described as 'sex work' in the eyes of many.

Some take the label as a show of solidarity. A nice gesture, but how does this add up in terms of activism, the fight for decriminalization and the movement seeking to establish access to human rights for people working in the criminalized sex trade?

I am an erotic service provider.

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Posted by Domina Elle on 05/18/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Is burlesque sex work?

The term 'sex work' or 'sex worker' is very loosely used in the USA. Prostitute on the other hand- wouldn't encompass everything that 'sex worker' often has. Many in the adult services and performances arena use the term sex worker even though they aren't providing sex and aren't criminalized. Others don't want to use it for that reason. I personally prefer 'erotic service provider' a terminology coined by long time prostitute and human rights activist Maxine Doogan who founded the Erotic Service Providers Legal Education and Research Project as well as the Eroric Service Providers Union. It more accurately encompasses any and all vocations and services which span a spectrum in the adult industry. Burlesque could easily be considered an erotic service, but SEX work? I don't think so. Could you refer to a burlesque performer as a prostitute? I wager most would say NO. A burlesque performer is a burlesque performer. If the performer is also providing sexual services as a prostitute, that would be another vocation all together. A prostitute who also performs burlesque. Erotic service provider would cover it all even when they are taking it off.

LOVE to my sisters and brothers in the erotic services industry!

Support the case to decriminalize consensual erotic services: http://decrimnow.com

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Domina Elle on 05/18/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Former Colorado Springs reporter named as finalist in prestigious contest

Hobbs shouldn't have trouble competing against young reporters at the Washington Post, as the Post no longer employs any reporters. All they have left are opinion piece writers and click-bait headline editors.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 05/18/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

very well written article! the poor poor persecuted religious freaks... these holier-than-thou fools want their tax exemption and also the ability to snub their self-righteous noses at the rest of us intelligent and patriotic tax payers

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Posted by happyfew on 05/18/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

I'm sure Jim Daly appreciates the easing of the Johnson Amendment as much as he appreciates the $2.3 M Focus on the Family received from the Koch Bros for their political arm. (Denver Post). So does this mean that Focus on the Family (a business) has the spiritual welfare and needs of the Koch Bros. come before the needs of their flock? Do all followers of Focus on the Family support the voter suppression laws that are advocated by the American Legislative Exchange Council (a Koch funded political group)? Does Focus on the Family support voter surpressuon through its political arm? Do you think Focus on the Family really believes in the teachings of Christ when they are a mouthpiece for the Koch Bros.? When Jim Daly advocates for a candidate or piece of legistion in the halls of government or ballot issue, is he avocating for this flock or the Koch Bros.? Will Focus on the Family allow opposition to their position (KB) to be spoken at the same time? How does a front group for the Koch Bros. qualify for tax exempt status? Questions that need to be answered.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/17/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “LGBTQ people change the burlesque landscape and find outlets for their identities

Just correcting my name... It's Viva Valezz! (not Valdez) - thanks so much for including me in this piece. Wonderful!
Though Mr. Valdez and I could be distant naked cousins! ;)

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Posted by Andrea Varela on 05/17/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Mixed blessings

Sometimes it's frighting when people say things like he is a man of God but has never proved that his sons was raised back to life . He should go out of his way prove it happened. If he does not prove that one thing he is a feud and a lied about the whole thing. Does that then still make him a Man Of God .........I don't think it squares up with what Jesus said Let your yes mean yes . One lie leads to another you cannot trust a double minded man .

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Posted by Grame on 05/16/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Wommack's pathway to prominence

If I was Wommack I would be shouting the fact of my son being drought back to life, I would have a link on my website linking it back to all intuitions who had knowledge of it or reported it ,like the hospital ,news reports on local tv or radio,because raising a person to life is not a common event and word gets round in a small town .Links to Doctors who treated his son before and after the event ,As Jesus said to the lepro go and show yourself to the priest and offer offerings .I am sure he just did not walk out of hospital and no one even challenged him.If he just walked out there must be a person responsible for the morge they would be missing a dead body some sort of paper trail would be out there .As I said if I where him it would be front page news on my site backed up with times and dated and witness reports etc. If my son got raised to life it would be a big talking point in my small town for years.

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Posted by Grame on 05/16/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “UPDATE: John Suthers on short list to replace Comey as FBI director

He sure isn't on the Tall list!

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Posted by Donald T Rump on 05/16/2017 at 7:41 AM

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