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Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

Chief Carey put himself high on the "will never have to buy his own beer ever again" list with this one.

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Posted by Jason Gray on 07/03/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

Good for you Chief Carey! Everyone is tired of Mr. Bruce and his nonsense!

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Posted by David Shammy Nelson on 07/03/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

Chief Carey was my boss for many many years. I have always thought the world of him as a person and my boss. Chief Carey has always called it the way it is. And that is so true with this memo....... could not ask for a better police chief!!!!! Doug Bruce is an absolute idiot moron that has done nothing but destroy our city....... Chief, please keep up the good work...... I absolutely love being retired so I can say things that are true and heartfelt...

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Posted by Frank Negley on 07/03/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

While Mr. Bruce is entitled to his opinion, I'm thankful that most people don't feel that way. My granddaughter might not have been found in time if not for the help of concerned citizens. Thanks to all of the people involved in finding her.

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Posted by Teresa Beasley on 07/03/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

Way to go Chief Carey!What a perfect response. We could use more quality, strong willed leadership in public service that is willing to stand for what is right. Nice work.

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Posted by Mike Phillips on 07/03/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Sheriff race shaping up in El Paso County

Mr. Bernson, I was intrigued by your comments, so I looked up Mr. Reid’s website. Impressive credentials, I will vote for Mr. Reid. I am including the web link for your convenience http://www.jimreidforsheriff.com/

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Posted by Brian Jackson on 10/02/2013 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Sheriff race shaping up in El Paso County

Reid is right - he's "the guy," the right choice to succeed Sheriff Maketa!

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 10/02/2013 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Sheriff race shaping up in El Paso County

I think Jim would brings another dynamic to the Sheriffs Office besides law enforcement. With his vast knowledgement in the fire service and homeland security among other things he could bring more understanding from the top law enforcement officer in the County when it comes to dealing with large scale events as we have had in the past several years.

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Posted by Carl Tatum on 10/02/2013 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Sheriff race shaping up in El Paso County

I'm glad you asked that question, Roland. Having worked with both Sheriff Maketa and Commander Reid, I believe I have a unique perspective on the job. The Sheriff's duties comprise much, much more than traditional law enforcement. Reid is a leader, and leadership is the most important quality I look for so that we can continue the programs Maketa has implemented in El Paso County. I hope you agree.

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 10/03/2013 at 6:20 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

So - Bruce sent the emails to the Independent hoping to drum up some sympathy and support. Hmmm, looks like that backfired brilliantly. #epic_fail

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Posted by Stephen Mitchell on 07/03/2017 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Sheriff race shaping up in El Paso County

I also asked my friends in the ‘Know’ about Mr. Reid as sheriff candidate, it turns out Mr. Reid is quite highly respected as leader and professional in emergency operations and services. I found he is very highly regarded as an honest straight shooter. I have signed up as a supporter on Mr. Reid’s website. Mr. Reid please email me and let me know how I can be of service to you in your campaign for Sheriff.

Mr. Bensberg, THANK YOU for your service to our community, and enduring some voters wrath especially when they use fake names.

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Posted by Brian Jackson on 10/04/2013 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Sheriff race shaping up in El Paso County

I have to say, I am getting very intrigued by this thread. So, I started talking to some dear friends in the ‘Know’ to get some background about this Race. Apparently it starts with Mr. Todd Evans (currently the Police Chief for the City of Fountain), He ran against Sheriff Maketa in 2012. Evans dropped out of the Race citing health reason (usually political speak for ‘I don't want to get my Butt kicked). Evans recruits Mr. Bill Elder to run as the front man for Sheriff in 2014, because he Evans bowed out in 2012. The ‘Talk’ is with folks in the ‘Know’ is Evans will be Elder’s Undersheriff for one Term, and then he Evans will run for Sheriff. A grand deception apparently engineered by Evans and Elder, but really Evans is in-charge.
I also visited Mr. Elder’s web site (Not impressive) looking at the supporters list. I did not find Mr. Patrick Pine nor Mr. Mark Brown whom have been posting on this Thread/Blog.
I also did a special search on the internet. My conclusion is they are fake names, a cover for a very deceptive effort on behalf of the Evans/Elder campaign for sheriff.

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Posted by Brian Jackson on 10/04/2013 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Sheriff race shaping up in El Paso County

I also became aware that Miss Sarah Jack a respected, highly regarded long time successful republican Campaign Manager is the Evans/Elder’s Campaign Manager. Miss Jack, is rumored to be an item with highly respected, regarded and effective State Representative Mr. Bob Gardner (District 20).
I would hope with the position and status Mr. Gardner and Miss Jack hold in the community, they would not be willingly associated with the Evans/Elder grand deception.
The striking irony is the Evans/Elder Duo are running for the position of Sheriff. A position of high integrity and honesty. These two do not fit there, and please look into this further (Indy).

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Posted by Brian Jackson on 10/04/2013 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Can Air Force Academy cadets become parents while enrolled? Apparently so.

This article is completely one-sided and misinformed. First of all, having a dependent is disciplinary, and unrelated to honor. Secondly, the rules state that you cannot have dependents - therefore by relinquishing your parental rights you meet that standard. Third, how could USAFA possibly enforce this standard in the same manner for both males and females?! Of course females who choose to keep their baby have to take a leave of absence, they would be unable to meet their duties as cadets while carrying a baby to term! It would be a waste of the "taxpayer dollar" to allow females to skirt required duties while they're pregnant. Males physically are not constrained in the same way expecting mothers are. Both male and female have the option to stay or to leave. Yes, women who don't want to take leave will have to give up their baby. That is not an Academy problem, it is biological. By your logic, cadets shouldn't have relationships for four years so they can reap the "full benefit of the taxpayer dollar." This idea is absurd, REAL LIFE happens and Cadet Sutton will probably learn a lot throughout this experience. In all likelihood, this will allow him to help future airmen who find themselves in a similar circumstance. Lastly, "them" moving into the new apartment in August doesn't mean that Cadet Sutton is living in the apartment. Cadets are in fact allowed off base when authorized, and many choose to spend time with local friends, families, and sponsors. Him visiting Amanda on the weekend is no different than Cadet X staying at a hotel over the weekend with his/her family when they're in town. I promise, restricting cadet access to having meaningful relationships outside the Academy HURTS their ability to create meaningful relationships as officers.

Cadet Sutton's education costs roughly $400k of the taxpayer dollar. This is a drop in the ocean compared to the money the Air Force spends on a daily basis, so if you're concerned about the federal budget I would suggest you write your senator and propose an alternative to the use or lose policy which we operate in.

Most of all, I suggest you look in the mirror and imagine being Amanda or Cadet Sutton. Of all the things they should be dealing with right now, you blogging their personal lives should not be one of them. I pray for your empathy, and their strength, focus, and growing love during this time.

Sincerely, '16

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Posted by seriously? on 07/10/2017 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Mixed blessings

this article was so taken out of context....journalistic integrity? so much for "liberal" tolerance- Mr Wommack has given away millions in free product and excepts any size donation on 95% of his products. His total foundation of teaching is grace and love for everyone- article could have said that he also was intolerant of adultery, liars, thieves, murders, gossipers, child molesters, also... as he doesn't focus on any ONE sin- you will find any mention of gay lifestyle less than 1% of what his ministry teaches- unlike the article making it sound like he is like those kooks in Topeka, KS. To say the gay community doesn't have higher case of health issues is factually wrong- research cases of anal cancer in gay community as proof of health related issues. I have seen HIV kill two friends.. I lived a immoral life that was killing me... it was the truth that I had a choice and could be free from my addictions and immoral lifestyle that set me free..thru Jesus. .. also know your research to say Andrew Wommack is fundamentalist, he is not that brand of Christianity- and to say so, is unintelligent and ignorant. Andrew Wommack has brought thousands of dollars to this community that eat and sleep..pay sales tax, employs hundreds that do pay local taxes, He also has given back to the community to help homelessness and pregnancy resource centers. To lump all into one basket is very non open minded.... that those in left love to preach.... why hate the hypocrite you see, when there is one you see in the mirror.

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Posted by SarxsNoMore on 11/19/2011 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Peterson AFB launches commander investigation into religious display

Separation of Church and State means that the State will stay out of the business of Religion, not the other way around. The term came from Thomas Jefferson, and is not in any of the official documents of the founding of our country. The intent of the writers of the bill of rights was to assure the State never adopted an approved religion, not to limit those involved with the state from practicing their own religion. To remove this bible is tantamount to making the State Religion Atheism...

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Posted by Tom McMinn on 08/19/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Mixed blessings

I've lived just outside of Woodland Park for over 20 years. seeing many changes - . It has grown from a small town to a real "City" with all ammenities. We liked the small mountain town but life is ongoing change. Those who think they can keep all growth out are deceived.

I see this as good growth, not only helping to keep a large parcel of land mostly intact but bringing good, law abiding citizens into the area who will increase the tax base.

Those calling Wommacks Mininstry one of "hate" or "non-tolerance" do not know what's taught. Emphasized is love for one another including gays. Quoting the Bible and history or showing stitistics as to how a particular lifestyle shortens life, is not hate. It 's love & concern.

Those labeling people as "haters" due to a beleif system of love, act of fear and their own intolerance. (Understand - that is what happened in Germany with the nazis) & what caused the holocaust. True hate is born of fear. Reading these comments, (often written in ignorance of the facts) it seems we have many "Haters" in Woodland Park - - but I see none from this Ministry.

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Posted by POST on 11/19/2011 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Mixed blessings

Before I make my post, please let me allow me to describe a bit about myself.

I used to hate my own family members: my dad, my mom, even my handicapped brother and little sisters. I was also homosexual and sexually immoral with women, sleeping with every beautiful women I could get my greedy hands on. I was so bad with sex, that I literally could not go to sleep at night unless I had sexual intercourse with a woman, even if that woman was a complete stranger.

Now, just like a lot of people who end up in the kind of lifestyle I was in, I did not plan on growing up to be such a bad person that I would hate my own family and be a sex addict, sleeping with people I had just met on a regular basis, and turning to prostitutes each night just so I could get high enough on sex to be able to fall asleep. Most of all, I never imagined as a child that I would grow up to be someone that was so evil, that when I looked in the mirror, I was ashamed to look at myself, and I hated myself. I never imagined that I would hope on a regular basis that somehow I could muster enough courage to go through with committing suicide or that God would just kill me in my sleep so I could escape my life.

But unfortunately, like most people who end up in evil lifestyles, I was taught to hate as a young child by my father and by others in my life. I know now that he truly did not mean to teach me that, but because of his not being able to understand in his heart that Jesus loves him, he hated himself, and he transferred that hate to me. He choked me until I was unconscious when I was 7 years old. I watched him beat my mother. He destroyed a tv with a hammer as my mom, my little siblings, and I were watching it, and afterward, as he stared at us with violent rage in his eyes, I truly feared that he was about to start beating me and all of us to death with the hammer. Like most people who don't have a dad who loves them, I got in with the wrong group of guys in high school... basically a "gang" mentality. The abuse and hatred I suffered at the hands of those boys was horrible. I became to believe that I was worthless. I began to hate everyone, just as I had been hated on by so many people.

One day, Andrew Wommack was teaching on t.v. that the Bible was written by former murderers...by men like Moses, the apostle Paul, King David, etc.... so "how could anyone think that God couldn't love them and use them, if God loved these murderers and even used them to write much of the Bible." He began to talk about how the Good News of the Gospel in the Bible is that God loves us unconditionally, no matter how bad a person we have been, even if we have been a murderer, and that the Bible being full of stories of God forgiving and using murderers proves that fact. He said something like, "how anyone could believe that they have to perform and do right for God to love them is beyond me, seeing how He has shown such love to such bad people."

After Andrew said that, something began changing in my heart. I began to realize that there was hope for me, despite the fact that I was such a horrible person that I would murder my own family members in my heart with my hatred. Before this time, I figured I would just die and go to hell someday, and never have a happy life...that I was just the most unlucky person on earth to have been brought into this world, lived the most horrible life, and then just have to die and go to hell because I knew I was not a good person. I knew that no matter how hard I tried to be good now, it could never erase my past and the things I had done, or the hate and violence that was in my heart. But now, after listening to this message by Andrew on t.v. that the Bible taught that God's love for me us unconditional, I began to seriously desire a relationship with Jesus, who Andrew said loved me unconditionally and would completely forgive me based on His grace, not based on my good works or performance. This was a breath of fresh air to me, and honestly gave me motivation to keep living instead of giving in to suicidal thoughts and just going ahead and ending my life. It gave me hope, which I am forever grateful to God for Andrew helping me to have. I remember also Andrew's testimony of how he first came to understand the grace of God...that God gave him a realization of how evil he personally was, but that God loved him unconditionally anyways and had forgiven him through Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross.

Since that time, God has done a similar work in my life to what God had done for Andrew... I saw how evil I was in the sight of my heavenly Father who loved me... It was not that God made me feel bad about myself, it was that He showed me that He is my loving Father, I could feel His love for me personally, despite the horrible person I was, all over me in the depths of my heart, and that holy love revealed to me in a very personal way how much of a sinner I was, and the horrible evil that was inside of me, that I would hate my own parents and family. I saw that it was only God's unconditional love and grace that He would love me, and because of such powerful love, I repented of my hatred and asked Him to forgive me, gratefully confessing what I sinner I truly was, because I was so grateful to let His love and grace come into my heart and wash me and forgive me of my hatred and sin.

I truly thought that there was no hope for me after I once again sinned with sex outside of marriage just a few days after the experience I just mentioned, and woke up the next day feeling more hopeless than I had ever felt. It was then that Jesus Christ came to me personally by the power of His Spirit and told me that He forgave me of what I had done, and not only that, but that He forgave me for all of the sexual sin I had ever done. He told me to fast and pray, which I am now doing, because I love Him and want to do whatever He tells me to do. Not only that, but another time in my life, about a year before all of this happened, a couple of nights after I had performed homosexual acts, Jesus came to me by the power of His Spirit (which is a Godly presence that feels like pure love) and reached His hand inside of me and healed me of homosexuality. Since that day, I have not been a homosexual! And I am so thankful for that! Also that day, He healed me of some of the worst pain of my life, which was losing my only friend, my best friend in the world, my brother Dylan, to mental illness when I was 14. And the truth is, at that time when Jesus healed me of homosexuality, I still hated God. I still hated my family, even my brother, and I still hated Jesus. Yet He did all of this for me.


So, now that you know who I am, I will make my comment on this article to the point:

Is Andrew Wommack perfect? No. But neither are YOU! No one is, except God. Do I feel that he may be a bit judgmental towards gays or other types of sinners at time? Yes. But, as a former gay, I would have rather had a man showing that he cared enough about me to tell me that what I was doing was wrong, and to try and help me (even if he wasn't helping that much because he wasn't loving enough and a bit judgmental), than to just let me keep destroying my life and not doing anything at all to try and help or speak up about it. It is the thought that counts, even if the person is not perfect in their helping.

Jesus said in the Bible in Mark 9:39-40 (KJ3 literal translation): "...there is no one who shall do a work of power in My name, yet be able to speak evil of Me quickly. For who is not against us is for us."

Andrew did a work of power in the name of Jesus when he spoke the word of God to me and gave me hope to keep living and not kill myself. To me, to give someone hope who is hopeless, and to help them believe that God can love them, is a greater work of power than raising someone from the dead. So according to Jesus, Andrew is for Him, even though Andrew is not perfect.

I think everyone on here coming against Andrew should be ashamed of what they are doing, because they are coming against someone who is for Jesus, and that means they are coming against Jesus.

Sometimes shame is a good thing, because it shows us that what we are doing is wrong, and we need a good change in our lives for the better. If I had never felt shame over being a homosexual, my sexual immorality, or hating my own family members, I think I would have been too prideful to let Jesus heal me of those horrible things that were destroying me from the inside out.

I hate that shame is always associated as a bad thing in or modern society... feeling Godly shame can help you to get your life turned around for the better!

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Posted by jmet on 10/19/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

I have not lived in the Springs for 25 years, and yet I know of Doug Bruce. He is a pompous ass. Anyone who objects to Amber Alerts just got put on Santa's Permanent Naughty List. AttaMAN, Chief Carey!!!

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Posted by Tish Hartwick Taylor on 07/03/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

I am a former CSPD Officer and met Chief Carey once. I found him to be warm, personable and VERY professional. I was also proud that he was the representative head of the department I served between 1972-80. Chief Carey was right on target with his comment to Mr. Bruce and he deserves the public and council's continued support.

Sgt. Ron Stallworth, Ret.
Utah Dept. of Public Safety
Former CSPD Detective

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Posted by Ron Stallworth on 07/03/2017 at 7:41 PM

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