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Re: “Public comment period opens for U.S. Space Command alternatives

There is no option for "none of the above". Huge Uncle Sugar has a huge candy drop for someone. I wonder how much land and water poison comes with it. Lots of that kind of stuff to clean up at all these sites.

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Posted by Gopher on 07/25/2019 at 12:02 PM

Re: “City Council gives $40 million in tax breaks in hopes of gaining $4 billion in economic impact

This is classic urban sprawl. That concept used to have a bad name, but no more. And why do we need to subsidize what is actually an Air Force lobbying facility. Gorging on Pentagon dollars does not make us a great city. Gross.

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Posted by Gopher on 02/27/2019 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Space Force: A good thing or a farce?

This decision is not about national security. It is about keeping Pentagon dollars flowing into local coffers. As we know from Trump's plan to divert military spending to building a border wall, the Pentagon pipeline is choking on money they can't spend fast enough. Waste, fraud and abuse!

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Posted by Gopher on 02/21/2019 at 1:12 PM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

I attended the hearing. It's clear that the whole annexation issue is a ruse. The Air Force asked for this property to be annexed. The city did not initiate this request. The Air Force did. . There will be no property tax on the Visitors' Center property. The road connecting to the new city annex will remain a private road controlled by the Air Force and the Air Force will have jurisdiction over free speech activities at the location. .

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Posted by Gopher on 01/17/2019 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Fort Carson could lose 4,200 soldiers with personnel change

Fort Carson assumes that the carbon footprint of an infantry brigade and an armored brigade are roughly similar. That is absurd on its face. It is like comparing a carbon footprint to a carbon rut.
Looking at categories like terrain destruction, soil displacement and erosion. fuel consumption, air pollution, noise pollution etc produces a picture of stark contrasts.
Extreme local fire realities at both PCMS and Fort Carson add a significant category not explored in the analysis. Destructive fires this year at Fort Carson have burned thousands of acres and in one case burned homes off Post. In recent years a major fire at PCMS also caused damage to surrounding property. Training with armored equipment as compared to training with infantry equipment is like comparing night and day as far as training caused fires are concerned.
The economic impact argument is not as simple as adding up troop numbers. Subsidizing Fort Carson by way of tax breaks and cozy utilities discounts arguably costs local treasuries more than it reimburses them. A thorough analyses would conclude that the city is better off if Fort Carson shrinks rather than grows.
In summary, if this new brigade is to be placed at Fort Carson there needs to be a full blown Environmental Impact Statement.

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Posted by Gopher on 04/04/2018 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Routon honored by Mayor John Suthers with Spirit of the Springs Award

I'm surprised Ralph would let himself be used by a politician. Way to cosy.

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Posted by Gopher on 10/30/2017 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Mike Pence plans spin through military bases in El Paso County

Schriever is as "spooky" as any place on earth. Tax payer dollars gobbled up by civilians and military working in the shadows .No transparency and no accountability. So much of this goes on that it is no wonder there is never an audit of all the money the Pentagon cycles through every year. Disgusting.

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Posted by Gopher on 06/23/2017 at 11:28 PM

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