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

What if it is your ex husband who was only allowed to come over to babysit his child occasionally since he does not have a home of his own suitable for a child to visit at while the custodial parent/legal tenant is at work? One day he just refuses to leave. Police are called, he lies tells them he lives in the house,does not have belongings,keys,or any right to be in the house other than to visit his child. He even kicked in the front door to get inside when the door was locked. Also tells police that he was shoved out the door,now the legal tenant who pays all the bills is arrested,a protective order is placed against her and is legally banned to go back to her home, forced to live in her car with their child. Called donestic violence shelter and is refuses help since she is considered to be the "abuser".

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Posted by jnifrc on 05/14/2017 at 4:14 PM

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

There is a homeless person leaving there trash and sleeping in my guest house can I change the locks and lock the gate. He/she was not invited to live there. Do I have to call the police or can I just lock the gate and change locks?

Posted by April2517 on 05/13/2017 at 10:24 AM

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

http://www.massresistance.org/docs/issues/splc/targeting-mr-chapters-2017.html
Wealthy Anti-Christian Hate Group - Southern Poverty Law Center - has veered far off course

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Posted by Dean Teagan on 05/13/2017 at 9:07 AM

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

It is weird that Suthers name only appears here as being on the short list.
No other published short list has his name. This sounds more like Gardner wanting Suthers to think he is assisting in his career for favors down the road.

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Posted by TruB on 05/12/2017 at 7:50 PM

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

Any time religion has mixed into laws governing a civilization, we have seen the eventual destruction of the rights of the individual that was proportionately equal to the power gathered by the clergy. That is why the men who wrote the Constitution were so leery of allowing religion any power into the government while they knew that the government itself must stay out of religious affairs. Read the works and letters of the Founding Fathers to understand what they intended, not what David Barton or some other religious leader tells you they said.

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Posted by Arval Becker on 05/12/2017 at 4:12 PM

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

I dont know may fit right in hes been pretty good at doing what ever the local rich guy has asked of him. Why wouldnt he another rich guy?

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 05/12/2017 at 2:39 PM

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

You do know that prior to being Mayor of our "Victorian Age" town, John Suthers was the Attorney General of Colorado for 10 years, U.S. Attorney for Colorado and Fourth Judicial District Attorney? There is no way Trump will see a benefit in hiring Suthers. I believe Suthers is honest and forthright will not pledge loyalty to Trump.

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Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 05/12/2017 at 2:02 PM

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

Mr. Suthers seems particularly well suited to be Mayor of a Victorian Age town - and even though he comes highly recommended by Gardner, would the real world outside of Colorado really find Mr. Suthers as a good fit to play on the National stage?

The President of Council takes over as Mayor with the departure of a sitting Mayor; great wisdom seemed to be in play with council not selecting Mrs. Gaebler to serve as President of Council and thus be first in line to assume a position that takes emotional stability to be effective.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 05/12/2017 at 11:16 AM

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

excellent!! Gaebler for Mayor!!

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Posted by carolyncathey on 05/12/2017 at 11:06 AM

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

So much for Separation of Church and State. Does that mean people will be forced to switch Churches if they don't like the political candidate that their minister says they should? No one goes to Church to hear politics. That should be the one place that remains neutral. I'd get up and walk out if the head of some Church tried to tell me who to vote for!

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Posted by mbomcar on 05/11/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

How to stop the developers from creating a system (such as the DDA) to benefit themselves and then milking that system? The City Council has the power to say No to the developers. Is educating the City Council the answer? Is that doable when the Council doesn't listen to the citizens, because, supposedly, the citizens are not experts (as opposed to the City govt bureaucrats who are experts) and the citizens don't know (probably because much of the process is kept secret) or understand what's involved in the very complex and complicated economic development proposal under consideration. And, ultimately, it is the Council, which has been elected by the citizens to decide on these matters, supposedly for the benefit of the citizens, who are empowered to make the decisions which benefit, not surprisingly, the developer. So . . . how to keep the foxes out of the henhouse?

And thanks to Miller for his excellent and knowledgeable analysis and commentary.

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Posted by curious on 05/11/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “St. Francis Hospital assigned higher value

Jenkins is the poster child for crony capitalism. Would this developer - the biggest and most successful in COS - be able to make an honest dollar without his political allies giving him OUR tax dollars?

St. Francis is ideally located and will have no difficulty finding tenants. It could be gutted and the units affordable for the low-to-mid-income renter IF they are small - 500 sq ft max - and no frills are provided. But today, affordable housing actually is luxury units whose rents are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.

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Posted by curious on 05/11/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Well, this is exactly the scenario that was probably hoped for by the owner. You see, a first lowball tax bill followed by a subsequently much higher tax bill results in a higher "tax increment." This property, by vote of a compliant City Council, was included in the "Downtown Development Authority" (DDA)--even though not geographically contiguous. Few understood what their vote really meant (at least I hope they didn't). The DDA is a special district in which 100% of the City property tax increases collected do not make their way to City coffers, but instead to DDA coffers.

So the increases paid in property tax go to fund special priorities of the DDA. The decision as to exactly what special priorities get funded rest with the DDA board. Coincidentally, the owner of the hospital serves as a DDA Board member. The DDA recently announced a $1 million donation to another "priority" of the hospital owner, the City for Champions Museum.

For most residents, when you pay higher taxes, they go to the City to never be seen again. In this case, even though the owner will see higher taxes, there is a high likelihood the increased taxes will end up coming right back into a project he backs within the DDA.

Must be nice.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 05/11/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “St. Francis Hospital assigned higher value

Well, here's why this happened...City Council voted to include the area in the "Downtown Development Area." Tax increases in the DDA or "tax increment" do not go to fix roads and storm water issues citywide, they go...wait for it...to the DDA for their handpicked special projects? Who does the handpicking and has provided cash for Mr. Jenkins? The DDA board, of course! Who is on the DDA board? Why, Mr. Jenkins of course!

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 05/11/2017 at 6:49 AM

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

Actually, School Teacher 2014, as long as you're talking about reading things correctly, you may want to go back and first read what Ms. Walker is quoted as saying, and then read the actual letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists to which she is referring. She does not claim that 1A establishes the wall of separation, only that the founding fathers were explicit in their intent to create that wall for the benefit of both the religious community AND the government that is representative of all of the American people. It would appear your righteous indignation is misplaced.

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Posted by Je Ng on 05/10/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Olympic museum to break ground

Why Colorado Springs will always be in Denver's shadow: Outdated decision makers that would waste $75M on a turd (i.e. Olympic Museum). The city already wasted half of that total ($35M) keeping the Olympic admin offices local (I hear children from across this nation begging their parents for a trip to the Olympic administrative offices)! Can we clear out the old money think tank and liven this town up?!

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Police pick up the pace on response times

Stop letting the developers run rampant. Not only can't the road infrastructure in this town keep up, neither can the CSPD hiring processes (especially since hitting 1 cone during driving training disqualifies you from the academy).

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Really like how they purchased it for 50k, then donated a million to avoid the taxes. If the Independent wouldn't have pointed it out it would have gone unchecked.

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “On Trumpcare, activists couldn't sway Rep. Lamborn. But what about Sen. Gardner?

I switched my party affiliation to GOP so I could vote in the only primary that matters here, and always voted for a real man and not the sniveling little coward Lamborn.

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Posted by OldCrank on 05/10/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “St. Francis Hospital assigned higher value

To build a new structure of that size would take at least $100M and we only value it at $2M for tax purposes. Just another insider deal and scam. On the other hand maybe Norwood will turn it into a homeless center, or rehab for all the addicts. Wake me up, I'm dreaming.

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Posted by OldCrank on 05/10/2017 at 2:34 PM

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