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Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

Since $325M will be given to the developer, it would have been prudent for Council to educate the public about the mechanisms involved BEFORE giving their OK. But instead, the Council took action and now is dealing with citizens questioning their decision. Do the Council members understand what they have approved? Or are they taking the word of "experts" and accepting the bromide that "everybody's doing it"? Wouldn't it be better for Council to make approval pending until after the citizens, as well as themselves. have a clear understanding of what is being planned so that the citizenry - for whose benefit we are told this is being done - can accept it with confidence that it is a good idea?

Here's a link from COS govt discussing special districts. https://coloradosprings.gov/planning/page/…

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Posted by curious on 09/28/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Andrea Stone’s sound advice

Andrea is awesome to work with!!! Great gal!!!

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Posted by Jennifer Bullock on 09/28/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

so just be vigilant regarding the taxing districts...it has duped us in the past. Developers tie the tax to actual sales...if the market turns and no sales occur...that is when the trouble begins.

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Posted by carolyncathey on 09/28/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

There are racists in this town.
The people who went for a photo shoot with their guns are not going to stop a person if they are wanting to run people over. ANTIFA found ONE flyer downtown and has stopped one 'nazi' in a park. There is racism but it can't be fought with guns by a few people who think they are the white black panthers.

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Posted by TruB on 09/28/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

Mr. Randall, no city taxpayer is on the hook to repay that debt except those in the district.

Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/28/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

Things became divisive when Bush Jr. took office and the leftist media went on a war of Us vs Them. This my team vs your team crap has spiraled since. If you don't like the hate, then stop hating. I refuse to play this game of being divided by our elected and the media. I ask you to refuse to subject yourself to it as well.

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Posted by TheDudeAbides on 09/28/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

I agree with the comment that folks don't appreciate that fascists are here in our beautiful city. This article identifies four of them as evidence.

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Posted by TheDudeAbides on 09/28/2017 at 8:08 AM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

"when Democrats held a supermajority in Congress during former President Barack Obama's first term"

The question they need to ask themselves is how this ended and why?

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Posted by alesia on 09/28/2017 at 7:55 AM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

The left already has their violent militia - the KKK. That worked out well for them, didn't it?

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Posted by intheaspens on 09/28/2017 at 7:55 AM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

As a real redneck out in the sticks, you folks have no clue how the CW2 could evolve and wreck your little lives in the urban beehives. Your supply chain of life is a joke, as is your preferred artificial man-god created habitat.
We, out here, are tired of being labeled varied names, so much so that we are now accepting your designations with resigned pride and will start to act accordingly with gusto. [The misapplied names such as fascist for example are similar to the dousing a fire with accelerants and you folks thusly being surprised with the results. Public schools much?]
Too much dancing at some point is tiring.......... lets get after it and giterdone.

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Posted by milliron on 09/28/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

The unfortunate reality that most of these commenters seem to be missing is that Nazis and white supremacists are in our town, they are increasingly emboldened, and they are armed. Our elected officials are doing nothing. Do we wait until someone drives a car into a crowd to acknowledge reality, or do we peacefully allow them to take over our town? These are our options, folks, like it or not. This is where we are.

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Posted by Candi Frank on 09/28/2017 at 7:11 AM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

Are we going to fight over whose flavor of Koolaide tastes better?

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Posted by TheDudeAbides on 09/28/2017 at 5:19 AM

Re: “Letters: Sen. Merrifield slams Gazette editorial board

As a retired educational specialist, I do not recall the Gazette ever supporting public schools during my 25 years with a Colorado Springs school district. What is remembered is the newspaper's never-ending support for vouchers, charter schools, and taxpayer funding for parochial schools. Also remembered is its steadfast opposition to mill levy increases and various spending measures, including staff pay raises. Too, there was its en masse endorsement of at least one block of Steve Schuck-supported school board candidates (i.e. Breazell, Christen, Cox, and Shakes) that sought to "reform" one district, neutralize its teachers' union, and end collective bargaining. Finally, there were a number of editorials that tried to excuse religious leaders of sexual assaults on children by comparing their numbers to those of school personnel (including bus drivers and other support staff) accused of similar crimes.

IMO, the Gazette is not, and has never been, supportive of public education or of its employees, programs, curricula, or efforts to improve.

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Posted by Ziggy Rainbeaux on 09/27/2017 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Andrea Stone’s sound advice

So awesome!

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Posted by Jorden Smith on 09/27/2017 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Letters: Sen. Merrifield slams Gazette editorial board

As a retired educational specialist, I do not recall the Gazette ever supporting public schools during my 25 years with a Colorado Springs school district. What is remembered is the newspaper's ceaseless support for vouchers, charter schools, and taxpayer funding for parochial schools. Also remembered is its en masse endorsement of at least one block of Steve Schuck-supported school board candidates (i.e. Breazell, Christen, Cox, and Shakes) that sought to "reform" one district, neutralize its teachers' union, and end collective bargaining. Lastly, also remembered are several editorials that tried vainly to excuse religious leaders of sexual assaults on children by comparing their numbers to those of school personnel (including bus drivers and other support staff) accused of similar crimes.

IMO, the Gazette is not, and has never been, supportive of public education or of its employees, programs, curricula, or efforts to improve.

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Posted by Ziggy Rainbeaux on 09/27/2017 at 10:18 PM

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

She's also a drunk and makes my kids very uncomfortable when they come to visit.

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Posted by Stacy Lyn Godnick on 09/27/2017 at 8:43 PM

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

I was asked by a bishop to put let a woman stay with us for 30 days, I agreed to let her stay but now she won't leave, she does not pay anything, we're suppose to go on a family vacation but now can't because we're afraid to leave our house. She's even threatened us because I removed the door to her room, what can I do?

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Posted by Stacy Lyn Godnick on 09/27/2017 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Concealed carry permits in El Paso County double in five years

This is all well and good, but missing from the discussion is the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act and a new and draconian requirement EPSO has in place for annual permit renewals. LEOSA is a law that allows qualified retired LEOs to carry concealed firearms throughout the country. The only annual requirement in the law is for officers to pass a firearms proficiency test. There is no requirement for an annual background check.

Imposing such a check is a stealth tax upon retired LEOs and it potentially opens the EPSO to civil litigation. Ironically, civilian CCWs are renewed every five years. Disenfranchising LEOs can become a slippery slope to even greater infringements upon the Second Amendment rights of all El Paso County citizens.

There is a solution: www.angley4sheriff.org

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Posted by Michael Angley on 09/27/2017 at 8:36 PM

Re: “The left's answer to emboldened white supremacists? A militia of their own.

Recently I've come to believe that our country is headed for a Second Civil War. Recently was two years ago and I believe that such an event was to happen within 10 years. This article gives credence to that assessment as two sides have now said they are willing to take up arms against each other in the cloaked Spectre of security. America is divided like never before. We now have the 2018 and 2020 elections coming up and the division will only deepen. We all realize our elected officials Democrat and Republican have failed us and our nation. We citizens with conflicted ideologies and agendas wish to take our liberties and freedoms back. Peacefully taken back would be the best outcome for all however, the reality is quite the opposite. We have doomed ourselves to repeat what we said would never happen again 152 years ago. I am a proud American and I love my country with all of her faults and imperfections...and while I hope for the best, the writing on the wall tells me to be prepared for the worst. I secretly hope for an invasion by some interplanetary force who wishes to destroy us all. Maybe then, like Independence Day, we'll all forget about the color of our skin and cultural differences and join together to save our people and planet. I just don't see us getting past the Second Civil War beforehand though and it's quite disheartening.

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Posted by Norrin Radd on 09/27/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “A guide to identifying the people at political rallies

Someone used an invalid shortcode.

Posted by David Cloutman on 09/27/2017 at 6:49 PM

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