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Re: “Traffic fines for charity? A petition aims to redirect fine money.

This would be a GREAT improvement. Most traffic enforcement today is based on revenue, not safety. Remove the financial conflict of interest for authorities to turn traffic police into road tax collectors and the shakedowns would virtually disappear. The founder of the National Motorists Association made a proposal many years ago that traffic citations should involve NO money - no fines, no costs, no surcharges - and the only penalties would be points on the persons' drivers licenses. Absent the ability to enforce for profits, authorities would direct police to ticket only dangerous drivers that were actually causing traffic hazards.

Enforcement for profits that is so common today is 100% wrong, 100% of the time. It is a racket no one should tolerate.

James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

22 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by James Walker on 10/25/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Regional Building Department shells out nearly $1 million to projects and causes

Are you kidding, Mark Waller? You overcharge citizens to get permits to fix their houses then you "give away" their money to pet causes? How about refund the permit fees? In what planet can you call yourself a limited government proponent?

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/25/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Regional Building Department shells out nearly $1 million to projects and causes

Another Reason To Vote No on 2A.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by TruB on 10/25/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Centrist Project plows thousands into Manitou mayoral race

Why has the Independent mis-reported the Manitou race? Why have they backed Nicoletta in this race(THE WORST MAYOR IN A CENTURY) ? For one reason only JOHN WEISS THE OWNER of the Indy has a hard on against Ken Jaray. It's been disgusting for the Springs community to watch Philip Anshutz buy the Gazette and tilt every article for his personal agenda with no fair and balanced reporting, and now YOU JOHN WEISS have done the same thing to the Indy. Nicoletta is the worst public servant we have ever seen in Manitou. She is ignorant, so rude but has definitely graduated from the "Kelly Anne Conway School of alternative facts". The Indy (that owns the Manitou paper let her misrepresent WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON in Manitou every week with a column in the Pikes Peak Bulletin (which they own). She has refused to meet with the public on simple issues many times, has used the Police to enforce her ridiculous "rush to spend" agenda, it has taken her years to realize Manitou is a HISTORIC town when it comes to a simple repair on a historic bridge . When the citizens whom built this town wanted a meeting for a simple tree issue she called us "entitled" ( the group consisted of prior Mayors, council people, activists and caring folks). Her answer to people meeting was to pass an ordinance so 50 people meeting now need a permit and insurance to meet and protest. When informed citizens questioned the value of a $500,000 RETAINER contract with an out-of-state engineering firm she shut down public comments and threatened to have the police escort informed citizens from city hall.
DEMOCRACY IS CURRENTLY DEAD IN MANITOU , while Nicoletta has claimed "I've made Manitou Safe" Heroin is being dealt on the streets (read our police beat). She has wrapped a park in a steel fence to keep EVERYONE OUT , the only park in Colorado to do so.... a knee jerk reaction to one fight. Like Trump she has claimed to have "Fixed" everything , she Fixed the traffic issue, while this year due to her and staffs negligence Manitou has been a cluster "F" of traffic for a year and expect that for many months more.The outrageous spending agenda with out-of-state groups that have too close a relationship with specific out of tune staff have turned Manitou into a "FEMA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX" . Nicoletta has been so uncaring and non-responsive to listening to ALL public groups. She championed a "NO TOLERANCE" policy that was so misguided the Police department had to tell her it was WRONG and unworthy of their efforts. Spending is out of control on a monthly basis with Nicoletta and her team, and I ask you fellow citizens ..... should someone whom has been on food stamps recently be anywhere near a $11million dollar budget way. Nicoletta has let down the community AND SO HAVE YOU JOHN WEISS , SHAME ON YOU JOHN you are out of touch with Manitou. Nicoletta has soured the community in one term that I have never witnessed in my past 42 years in town AND THE INDY WANTS TO GIVE HER 2 MORE YEARS NO WAY. Folks it's time to say NO MORE NICOLE , time to move forward with compassion and intelligence which Nicoletta has none of !!

18 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 10/25/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Local organizations gather to provide support during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This community empowerment needs to get started in all states.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Donna Bryce-Wright on 10/24/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Local health care activists face charges despite Sen. Cory Gardner’s apparent request to dismiss

When you get people like Trub the yellow bird up there THAT mad, you know you are doing something right! Rock on ladies! I will do everything I can to support you!

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jessica Lawyer on 10/23/2017 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Audience counters Douglas Bruce at election forum

Mr. Miller

You may have to go below, grab addresses and get them off a note to ask what generates their dislike. See the same names often.


4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Robert Gentry on 10/23/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Audience counters Douglas Bruce at election forum

Would love to hear from the dislikes what they dislike about the website that documents the real story.

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/23/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Utilities will fund water and sewer relocations for Olympic Museum area

"... with streetscape work next year, to be funded with Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and city funds."

Streetscape work? Oh, yes, more "beautification" projects for the downtown area, funded by a your tax dollars, which could have been used to fill potholes and take care of stormwater infrastructure. When did the voters get asked to spend their tax dollars on this project? Oh, that's right, never!!!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mike Randall on 10/23/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Audience counters Douglas Bruce at election forum

Doug Bruce is an unlikable man that needs to smile more.

1 like, 7 dislikes
Posted by Travis Boren on 10/22/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Opioid limits are hurting some, who say they need the drugs

Yes Andy- and it does suck. No ones asks for this and likes to deal with this. It is a strict process and I walk on eggshells. I cannot even see if MJ would help me as it violates my contract.

I am not having issues walking and suspect it's tied to my spine problem.

So easy for others to make judgements on situations they have not gone through or dealt with extremes such as yourself (and me for that matter).
I am so tired of it. I do understand it to an extent. However, people should open their minds up (and hearts) and truly reflect on everyone who is affected. Should we simply take the approach of taking us less than useful individuals and drop us off in the woods as was done in the past in some ways? Understanding the full scope is very critical to this issue.

If we need more restrictions- so be it. As long as those who sadly and truly require these necessary evils can still live at least a modicum of life vs. dying from pain which I know I certainly would. I have zero interest in using needles and street drugs. I'd really prefer to have my old life back.

Good luck to you.

Posted by Techpertise on 10/21/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Opioid limits are hurting some, who say they need the drugs

Include me in the, "must haves" and being impacted by CDC guidelines/rules.

With script in hand and carefully working with my doctors, I need my opiate script just to function as nothing else works.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Andy Bohlmann 1 on 10/21/2017 at 6:06 AM

Re: “I-25 widening project eyes more funding

I was ready to vote in favor of the ballot measures to keep funding for expanding I-25, but I'm not going to vote in favor of money going to create toll lanes. That's ridiculous.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Travis Boren on 10/21/2017 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Mikey Weinstein talks “fighting words” and the military’s religious oppression in the Trump era

This has been proven an absolute lie my Mikey Weinstein which he is very good at doing to make him look good. Even a pagan refutes Mikey's claims. I demand that Mikey publically renounces his statements and apologizes to all Christians -

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Bob Fritch on 10/20/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “The Indy's picks for the 2017 Coordinated Elections

Storm water infrastructure should already be a budgeted item, since the need is obvious and ongoing. No one is explaining why it is not already in the budget. Until I see a reason for the failure to budget for storm water, I see no basis for approving a new stormwater program.

5 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Robear23 on 10/20/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Mikey Weinstein talks “fighting words” and the military’s religious oppression in the Trump era

Mikey--Thank you for articulating the predatory, opportunistic, and base nature of Christian fundamentalism. And thank you for holding Lt. Gen. Silveria accountable for this clear omission of people who are transgender, lgbq, or of another faith or no faith. I personally commend your efforts and hope you continue this important work.

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Emma Gabriel on 10/20/2017 at 11:24 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Felony charges dismissed against John San Agustin

I have entered this race to change the culture in the Sheriff's Office, provide some new leadership, and to restore the public trust. The endless lawsuits must stop and fiscal discipline return. We've been penning a series about the money issues there. Here's the latest.…

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Michael Angley on 10/20/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Audience counters Douglas Bruce at election forum

If doug bruce had his way, Academy Blvd would still be a dirt road.

15 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Ely Slade on 10/20/2017 at 5:19 AM
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/19/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Audience counters Douglas Bruce at election forum

Mayor Suther's was testy and almost seemed to be yelling at the audience while he blamed Bruce for pot holes and rain water. Wasn't it BACH and a most conservative Council that signed off on a Delivery system that required a revenue stream? Yes it was. Wasn't it BACH that screwed around with PPRTA so the City didn't receive the money it had in the past for pot holes - Yes it was.

Stop blaming Tabor for poorly worded ballot measures that do not ensure that once approved would allow increases without voter approval. The lady for d11 was not well voiced on several items.

Vote NO all around!

14 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by TruB on 10/19/2017 at 1:14 PM

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