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

Curious- You are getting the dislikes because your words convey the same self centered small think that Bruce and his ideas nearly killed this city with.
The city is moving forward.

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Posted by Larry Burke on 07/06/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Poll: Springs voters would approve new fee for drainage control

What I really want to know is: has the city stopped granting infrastructure waivers to developers? If not, lets fix that first.

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 07/06/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Poll: Springs voters would approve new fee for drainage control

Ballot question. "Without raising taxes..." It should say "Without calling it a tax and instead referring to it as a fee..."

Is that like saying: "Water is not wet, it is just highly viscous?"

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Posted by R Wehner on 07/06/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

Colorado Springs is no longer conservative. City Council wants to circumvent the public by increasing fees instead of providing "true oversight and accountability" for the revenue currently in place.

The biggest fallacy in local government is citizens evaded by City Council. We now have an increased COMCAST fee so we can divert money to the general fund. 311? Folks...everyone in the Springs has an IPhone or access to a computer to obtain services.

PILT....Payment in lieu of taxes. Never mind citizens voted to have the PILT phased out over eight years and it was supposed to go away this year. Instead we will go through the Utilities Board and increase the PILT illegally diverted to the city general fund.

Look forward to an increased LART (Lodging and rental car tax). Never mind the LART revenue has increased significantly over the past year. Don't be persuaded by the LART increasing taxes on tourists. The last survey showed 60% of the LART taxes are provided by locals renting cars and putting their relatives up in hotels. Check out how much money is now diverted to capital projects such as the downtown USOC museum (citizens told it would be privately funded ) and the Summit House.

Be more involved with city government and don't be a sheep!

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Posted by LadyLiberty on 07/06/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

Ponder what this really is: every kilowatt hour and every cubic foot of natural gas you buy as utilities customer has a fake fee attached to it so that "surplus" in utilities revenue is generated. Think about that. The law (or the statist interpretation of it) allows surplus revenue to be transferred. So the City rigs the game to charge you higher bills to make sure that a pre-determined "surplus" is available to fund the City. I'm disappointed that PICO has not pushed back 100% on even the idea of raising Utilities rates by any amount to fund the City. If that's not a tax, what is?

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 07/06/2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Poll: Springs voters would approve new fee for drainage control

How about telling the truth: the City wasn't sued by the EPA because they don't take enough of our money...they were sued for chronic failure to hold developers to standards in developing stormwater infrastructure. That's what this is about: decades of developer-backed politicians and City employees turning the other way at substandard infrastructure. Now citizens will be blackmailed once again that the City can't afford other things like public safety and parks because it must go back and correct its previous sins and the price of the cozy relationship with the development community. If the narrative is falsely presented--as it was for the road tax and as it was in this
push poll--good citizens will be coerced to part with more of their hard-earned
money to subsidize those cozy relationships. It's getting to be a tired story in Colorado Springs.

I love that first line of the sample
Ballot question. "Without raising taxes..." It should say "Without calling it a tax and instead referring to it as a fee..."

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 07/06/2017 at 7:40 AM

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

Doug Bruce. I have supported you in many of your endeavors, including the tax thing. But why do you have to be such an uncaring jerk when it comes to a late night Amber Alert for a minor child?

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Posted by Kelly Ray on 07/05/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

Re: "300's author conservative activist, former state representative and convicted tax-evader Douglas Bruce." --------- In another indy article, a commenter wrote that the amount of tax due for which Bruce was convicted was not millions, not tens of thousands, but $129! If this is correct, then it seems to me that, at the very least, the label of tax evader is unfair. Why not just refer to him in his present role - one that he has performed for decades - which is that of conservative activist.

All I know about Bruce is what I read in the Gazette and the Indy, but the persistent reference to him as a convicted tax-evader and felon makes me suspicious of the motives of the media and makes me consider the reasons for their character assassination. Furthermore, the media treatment leads me to admire Bruce's courage in continuing - despite the hostility - to publicly defy politicians in his efforts to promote transparency in govt and protect the rights of the citizens regarding taxation. And for this he has my appreciation and support.

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Posted by curious on 07/05/2017 at 4:43 PM

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

I also am retired from CSPD. I worked with Chief Carey and he is first rate. To put it simply, Doug Bruce is an a$$hole. I delt with situations that involved him and some of his properties and renters. Chief Carey's description is right on. Semper Fortis.

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Posted by Brownwatervet on 07/05/2017 at 4:21 PM

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

I am the mother of the missing girl. I am so grateful to all of the people who helped look for her. Family and friends drove and walked the streets, and strangers who didn't need to give a damn about her took the time to search simply because it was the right thing to do. Like most parents, my children are my life. The circumstances of how she went missing are not important, she was not "thoughtless or runaway" as Mr. Bruce said. She is a developmentally challenged young girl, and I can tell you that I spent six hours praying and imagining all of the horrific possibilities that could have happened. I wish Mr. Bruce would spend a few moments thinking of how her family felt as we waited with tears in our eyes. I want to thank CSPD, their response was incredible. From the bottom of my heart, I cannot say enough good things about the officers who helped to find my baby girl. I also want to thank Chief Carey, he has been an excellent Chief, and his email to Mr. Bruce warms my heart. Thank you CSPD and the citizens in the area who searched for Hope for supporting my daughter and for the love you showed my family when we needed you most. I am truly grateful to live in a city of such good hearted people. God Bless you CSPD and those who helped find my daughter.

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Posted by Laura Steward on 07/05/2017 at 3:10 PM

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

You know that one running dislike on many of these comments is from Doug himself. Hi Doug!

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Posted by Jah Dave on 07/05/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

Looks like another back-door tax increase is on its way. Let's hope the council doesn't cave as easily as they did on the Comcast issue.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 07/05/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Poll: Springs voters would approve new fee for drainage control

To be entirely comfortable with poll results as basis for action, or as a 'predictor' of voter behavior, a 51% margin might be considered quite low in some quarters. Having a 60% margin allows for those among the 'undecideds' to swing over to the NO column - - and maybe even some of the YES voters may swing by voting day and still have sufficient leftovers to make the 51% of ACTUAL votes needed.

The wording on this particular poll is similar to the one used with the Strawberry Fields issue in that it runs about two degrees under being a 'push-poll' that herds respondents to a desired response.

I would think that those who put up the funding for this poll would be some what concerned over the validity of the results in that it is a marginal push poll and the 51% might be a 'forced value' rather than a 'accurate value'.

Perhaps there would be value in drafting a more impartial poll distributed community wide in order to validate that the 51% value holds true with an expanded number of respondents being asked straight forward questions with the 'follow up' second set questions being a little less leading?

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Posted by R Wehner on 07/05/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “The tick and the time bomb

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Posted by Ashley Robin on 07/05/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “John Venezia Park to open in Briargate

Hi, can the writer please clarify this dollar amount?
"Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), funded by the Colorado Lottery, also contributed by awarding a $350,00 grant specifically for the playground..."

Posted by KT80246 on 07/05/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Studies linking marijuana and traffic accidents show contradictory findings

The Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk report, produced by the Department of Transportations National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that while drunken driving dramatically increased the risk of getting into an accident, there was no evidence that using marijuana heightened that risk. In fact, after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, the report found that stoned drivers were no more likely to crash than drivers who were not intoxicated at all.

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Posted by Jimmy Perry on 07/05/2017 at 10:51 AM

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

Obviously Trump doesn't know this selfish fool or he'd be a Cabinet Member. Maybe HUD?

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Posted by Carolyn Flowers on 07/05/2017 at 9:37 AM

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

The second call to let people know she had been found may not have been an emergency but many people in the area that didn't know her or her family were out searching for her. This was the fastest and best way to let them know that she had been found and the search was over.

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Posted by Teresa Beasley on 07/05/2017 at 8:30 AM

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

Mr. Douglas Bruce has already been proven to be intentionally indifferent, and downright reckless, in his disregard for Fire Department personnel. During his 1995 prosecution in the City & County of Denver for the criminal charges of knowingly maintaining an unsafe building, an inspection of his rental property in Denver, pursuant to a Court issued search warrant, revealed something shocking. Despite the Denver Fire Department having saved his rental residential structure from a fire, which required the roof to be "vented" (opened to allow heat to escape), Mr. Bruce caused roof repairs to be completed without a building permit. From the outside, the roof and shingles appeared normal. However, the inspection revealed that Mr. Bruce allowed the burned and cracked roof rafters to stay in place, hidden under plywood and shingles. Had any new fire occurred in the structure, and a firefighter had gone onto the roof, there was a clear and present danger that they would have fallen through the roof due the allowed use of the severely charred and cracked wood. Mr. Bruce's conviction by a jury and his 10-day jail sentence by the Court was appealed by Mr. Bruce to the Denver District Court, the Colorado Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for Colorado, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals - which was affirmed by each court over the course of the following 5-years. As the prosecutor handling that case from beginning to end, I learned that Mr. Bruce's apparent narcissistic personality was a challenge for anyone who had to interact with him. Many other municipalities would not stand up to his badgering and blustering, so his rental properties in other locations may share similar dangerous characteristics. The best strategy when it comes to Mr. Bruce is simple - never, ever back down. The Fire Chief should have his district's property records searched for any property owned by Mr. Bruce and have his fire stations take appropriate action to protect their personnel from Mr. Bruce's proven recklessness with his properties.

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Posted by KoryNParker on 07/05/2017 at 8:27 AM

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

You need to learn more about technology before reporting on things like email timestamps. 2122 is UTC (equivalent to GMT) and is six hours ahead of Colorado time when we are in Dalylight Savings Time.

Otherwise a great article!

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Posted by jpsandscl on 07/05/2017 at 5:52 AM

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