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Re: “A message from Mayor Nicoletta

Checkout the full story tomorrow in the Pikes Peak Bulletin on who is the man behind Denver money funding Nicole Nicoletta Mayoral Campaign: Nick Troiano The Centrist Project! Nick is the new Ghost Story for 2017.

Posted by Emma Crawford on 10/25/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “A message from Mayor Nicoletta

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 ...no 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 more 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 !!

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Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 10/25/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

No way to rely upon public transportation, so the CARS crumble the infrastructure. CARS do it, cars pay! Fuel tax!

Drop the pretense of democracy.
Skorman said on the radio" when the measure fails, council will impose it anyway..."

You spent half a million for nothing!
Where can we get a benevolent dictator that doesn't waste our time and money with fake elections?

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Posted by londen on 10/25/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

The mayor and even Mr Skorman admit: the money collected will pay for other things--not stormwater. Openly bait and switch.

It can also be raised as easily as the City settling the lawsuit and agreeing to higher amount or amending the "promise" made to Pueblo. [That promis amounts to a debt that should have been submittited to voters as required by the City Charter] The agreement with Pueblo even has a clause allowing for politicians to "agree" on an amount the City must pay to fund the Fountain Creek Watershed district with no upper limit.

Would you write a blank check to anyone in your family? Would you write one to politicians who mislead you daily?

The lawsuit cites the City's failure to hold developers accountable and its propensity to grant waivers to developers, some resulting in tens of millions of breaks to developers. Yet neither Council nor the administration have proposed any changes to the City ordinances or policies that allowed these things to happen. And it is the very developers who benefited from the City's unwillingness to hold them accountable who are most fervent about you, Colorado Springs citizens, paying for it with
no changes about how business is done.

Much on the myths and truths of Issue 2A here with links to actual documents, not just obtuse referral to big scary storms:

http://www.NoOn2A.com

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/25/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Twelve false claims about 2A

Thank you, Helen!

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/25/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

There is no way the problems from 40 or more years of neglecting our regional stormwater system will be solved by complaining about why the solutions might cost some of us more money than others - fact is we are all in this together. To do nothing or continue this shuffle inadequate amounts of money from one City funding source or another has not and never will work. We must start somewhere. We had a good start once and then the no rain tax group headed by Mr. Bruce and the never saw a fee they didn't call a tax voters in this community repealed it. The City Council at the time caved to the vocal but loud resisters, Now we are years down the road and the problem has only gotten worse. It is now or never - continue to argue about how to fund this needed infrastructure maintenance and the cost will still continue going up and up. it is time for us as a community to take responsibility for our runoff.

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Posted by rms on 10/25/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

it was a mistake when slumlord bruce stopped the previous stormwater funding. lets fix the mistake and start being a responsible future looking city.

now the short sighted teabaggers can bitch and moan about why they are so cheap and don't want to pay a few pennies...

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Posted by happyfew on 10/25/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “How the alt-right normalizes hate

If anyone normalizes hate and division it is the left with your constant smear and bogeyman tactics. Talk about fear mongering. You are an idiot if you think Trump is a white supremecist get off it.

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Posted by Mikeb45 on 10/24/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

The author is right, anyone can walk down Shooks Run and see how bad it is. It's not just McDonald's wrappers and big gulp cups, it's piles of clothing, feces, AND food wrappers. The homeless population here has grown exponentially over the past few years. 10 years ago you'd never see anyone camping in the parks. Now we have "resident" 20 somethings living in the local parks. It's hard to help someone who is openly smoking weed or going out of his way to intimidate women/elderly/disabled people, or who is stealing from my yard. I can't let my 11 year old daughter walk to the playground because of all of the creepy people who call Shooks Run park home. I've been threatened and accosted multiple times over the past few years.

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Posted by Random Citizen on 10/24/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

Neh, not buying any of this. People drifting all over the place; least they can and should do is be picking up as they go along.

Dorchester park has a three yard commercial dumpster. And, trash all over the place. Yes, the wind does blow stuff out of the dumpster; put it back in and close the lid. Happens to homeowners when the raccoons get into our bins; stop; clean it up; move on. Stop with the OMG the wind! OMG the city doesn't pick up the trash bags we leave on the bike path and the police told us we could do that and then nobody picked it up and but the police told us we could leave it there and blah blah blah. We no can pik up trash! Just stop. The excuse train needs to stay back in the shed. Now!

All the stuff came from somewhere. Easy solution :0 Pack it in, pack it out. This has worked for outdoors people quite some time. The fast food cup came from somewhere; take the empty back. The plasticware came from somewhere; take it back. All this crap that is all around the campsites; it all came from somewhere. Take it back. All the unwanted and abandoned all over the place clothes came from somewhere; take them back. There are no complexities involved in this concept.

If somebody is so damn tough and ingenious that they can live outdoors in Colorado year round; yet they can not handle this concept of take trash : to trash container ... eh; ummm; seriously? And the blame goes to where? To who? To what? To people that are sick of it and write an editorial? Really? "You wrote a letter and this is your fault". Uh, I too want a medium rare steak, loaded baked potato, salad, and a coke. Awww crap; you mean I have to earn this stuff by living properly! That's not fair!

"Hi. I live outdoors. In Colorado. Nope, can't handle this put the trash in the trashcan stuff. Too difficult for me. Just can't figure that one out" #Fail.

"The police will arrest me if I put an empty soda cup and a hamburger wrapper into a residential neighborhood trash bin". What is this crap? How does somebody even write bs like that. "I can't do anything with my trash because I'll be arrested if I put it in somebodies trash can" Pfffff. Next excuse; please.

Antlers park has three trash cans, usually overflowing; with the plates cups and napkins that people are charitably fed on there. But somehow; there are also the same plates cups and napkins all over Antlers park. Why? Why can this stuff not be taken away by the people providing such a generosity to the people that partake of it? Do none of the people of Antlers know how to simply do a jump up and down on the overflowing trash cans?

If the community of homeless can't figure this stuff out; and people don't like it; good Lord; don't blame the rest of the populace for having a problem with the environment of trash that seems to typify 'homeless'. Most of the discrimination against the homeless is an item that starts with the homeless, and it needs to be ending with the homeless.

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Posted by Stain K. Hensley on 10/23/2017 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

Rick Snyder- I've walked around this town for 20 year unarmed and still go downtown at night for music. I spend a great deal of time downtown and find people over exaggerate their issues with pan handlers and people laying on side walks. I think you over exaggerated your interaction with the police.
LMAO - that you wrote in to claim you are left leaning. I live near a park and the college and HS kids all with nice cars and homes leave their trash every night. The people park and eat their lunch leave their fast food containers.

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Posted by TruB on 10/23/2017 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

Unfortunately, the writer of this letter reveals exactly the lack or respect towards the poor and homeless that puts the lie to the title "I want to live where people respect each other and the environment ". Calling less fortunate people bums and treating them like they are somehow less human is not respectful and does nothing to move forward what should be a very important conversation in our community.

Why is there trash everywhere? maybe because the city has removed many of the trash cans from the parks and areas downtown where the homeless gather. Why do homeless people go to the bathroom outdoors? Perhaps its because there are almost no public restrooms available anywhere. Businesses are restricting use of the restrooms to customers only or even closing them to the public altogether. The city has been keeping bathrooms in the parks locked and without other alternatives, where exactly are the homeless to go. Why are there so many homeless people in the first place? Perhaps we should look at the loss of high paying jobs over the last ten years and the dramatic increase in the cost of housing over the same period.

Additionally, what are the current viable alternatives for homeless people to panhandling? As a city, we need to explore creating low barrier work opportunities for homeless people as an alternative to panhandling. Perhaps we could find a way to pay homeless people to clean up our parks and open spaces. carrying a gun is no more the answer than giving money to a panhandler is the answer. We need to find ways to provide for the basic human needs of our most vulnerable populations and find alternatives to panhandling that serve to make our neighborhoods safer better places for everyone.

Some people in our community are working to find answers to these questions instead of complaining about them. One such program can be seen at http://www.hisurbanpresence.org/uplift-.html. By working together and learning to really respect every part of our community, we can truly turn this city into a place where everyone is valued and treated equally.

Edwin "Pastor FedEx" Aldrich
Executive Director,
His Urban Presence Ministries

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Posted by Edwin Aldrich on 10/23/2017 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

My kids pick up trash on our way to and from the park in our neighborhood off Circle Drive . We also volunteer to assist the homeless and shut-ins. I'm far more concerned with the apathy towards the homeless and families in poverty than in the problems homeless people cause. I've given free haircuts and food to the homeless and have only had one negative experience versus the many negative experiences I have had with rich people. I'm a 28 year old woman and have no need for a weapon. Maybe the writer should befriend a homeless person and use his writing skills to assist a homeless person in completing a resum. Having been homeless in the past, a helping hand was all it took to get me back on my feet.

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Posted by Mandy Riggle on 10/23/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “How the alt-right normalizes hate

Milo is not a white supremecist you jackass he is married to a BLACK MAN. I love how popular Milo has become thanks to scolds and nannies like YOU. Keep lying about our President and Milo you only make them STRONGER!

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Posted by Mikeb45 on 10/23/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Reader: I want to live where people respect each other and the environment

Its been like this for many years. Its a backward state and an even more backward city.
This person is a classic bs whiner who obviously doing nothing to help others than bitch and shop online for fear of being "begged".
I believe his also lying in that "all" of his shopping is not just online.
Also he does not actually describe his encounter with the "bums" as he calls all homeless that now makes him feel the need to now arm himself.
I challenge this outlet/media site to ask this man to work with one of the grpups who provide services/outreach to the homeless, or as he likes to call them "bums" instead of just leaving it as is so there might be less of a chance of someone getting shot and more of a chance that he and this outlet dont look passively on a serious situation going on in this city.
To get at the root of a number of problems rather than just post a readers obvious disdain for the very poor perhaps this outlet could show us in this city some effort to inform the citizens of this community what it knows and what it can fimd out.
The alternative is nothing but a form of sensationalism with no form of editorial input.

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Posted by William Rodriguez on 10/23/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Reader: This much is unclear on stormwater

Those are great points. The storm water fee is to create a revenue stream that some fool put in the Southern Delivery contract and now want to act like there is n emergency.

Suthers is another fool who thought he could get this fee and promised a fix to the EPA.

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Posted by TruB on 10/21/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Stepping aside: Routon moves to retirement role

Thank you Ralph for a great run. I've enjoyed the Indy since moving to the city 12 years ago. I'll miss you and Rich Tosches but Pam and Adrian will do a great job going forward, as they have all along.

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Posted by OldCrank on 10/19/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

What about all the Harley Davidson motorcycles riding through the national and state parks. Way louder than any drone. The FAA officially controls the airspace not the parks or the city or anyone else.

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Posted by Scott Heinz on 10/18/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Reader: Vote "yes" for the children

They can't afford to turn the heat on? But they can afford to sponsor the "EBSCO" and "Explora" databases that have been in the news all over the country for streaming p*rn and hundreds of "sex toy" advertisements into K-12 databases? Don't give them another cent until they get rid of EBSCO!!! Imagine the mismanagement of taxpayer money, leaving kids without basic needs, while peddling p*rn. See the National Center on Sexual Exploitation for more information, also see CBS4, Education Week, Fox Birmingham (EBSCO's hometown! ... EBSCO has publicly admitted the problems, but D-11 just keeps peddling the EBSCO...what kind of kickbacks do they get??) http://endsexualexploitatio...

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Posted by Dean Teagan on 10/17/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Hiking Waldo Canyon then and now

Bob, although I appreciate your report (and I enjoy bushwhacking from time to time myself), isn't this report, in such a public format, going to encourage excessive damage from myriad social/rogue trail production? Shouldn't we work toward the establishment of "official" trails to minimize further destruction? Thoughts?

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 10/16/2017 at 9:31 AM

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