Bill W. 
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Re: “Polling convinces city leaders to decide now, not later, on stormwater issue


"You do realize these systems must be maintained like our streets! Don't vote for this blank check!"

You are long on criticism but short on solutions. Going "back to the drawing board" is not a solution. It's an empty and cynical attempt kick the can down the road.

If you have a better solution, tell us what it is. If you're only interested in discrediting those who have proposed a solution, you're just obstructing.

By the way...of course "these systems must be maintained." Everyone gets that. There is NO possible solution that would NOT require maintenance. To imply that there is one is disingenuous.

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Posted by Bill W. on 08/21/2017 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Conservation group targets Lamborn

Sadly, it's a one party system in El Paso county. He can only be replaced by a Republican. We can only hope it won't be Gordon Klingenschmitt.…

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Posted by Bill W. on 08/21/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs contracts with mega firefighting aircraft


"I don't have to know you. Every time you type, you make it obvious."

Not taking the bait. I won't stoop to your level. Name calling and insults are the last resort of those who cannot argue the facts.

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Posted by Bill W. on 08/16/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs contracts with mega firefighting aircraft


To clarify, I live in Mountain Shadows. Thus my respect for those firefighters who risked their lives during the Waldo Canyon fire. Without them, the loss of lives and property would have been much worse.

"there was no reason to do it." The corollary is also true. There is no reason NOT to do it.

I think it unproductive for you to speculate on what I "don't understand." You don't know me.

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Posted by Bill W. on 08/16/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs contracts with mega firefighting aircraft


Nicely done.

"You commented that in Black Forest and Mountain Shadows, CSFD distinguished itself... Not really. "

You have diminished and dismissed those who ran into the fire when everyone else was running from it. Odd definition of courage if you ask me.

As for your personal take on the value of the contract...professionals disagree.

"the Global SuperTanker, a one of a kind firefighting asset, that doesnt cost our citizens anything, unless we call upon it during a disaster. We are always looking for ways to ensure the safety of our community while being financially responsible.

The "contract is not worth the paper it's written on." Translation: "it doesn't cost anything at this point." That doesn't make it worthless. It just makes it smart.

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Posted by Bill W. on 08/14/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Ms. Belles:

" ugly displays of anti-Confederate sentiment stemming from the photo of the killer in the Bible study murders posing with a Confederate flag...he Confederate flag is NOT a symbol of hate."

You could not possibly be more wrong.

Dylan Roof killed 9 people in cold blood at a Bible study. He posed with the flag as a symbol of his hatred for African Americans. He was trying to start a race war. Your assertion that the flag is "NOT" a symbol of hate is to ignore Roof's use of that flag.

No matter how you spin the history and the current chaos, slavery was unquestionably the cause of the Civil War. Your ignorance of history blinds you to Dylan Roof's hatred, and probably to Alex Field's domestic terror attack.

The Confederate flag is a symbol of hate. You can defend it all you want, but that does not change the facts. Racists, White Supremacists, and other fringe groups will continue to wave it in our faces when they attack innocent people.

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Posted by Bill W. on 08/14/2017 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs contracts with mega firefighting aircraft

"our fine city is throwing away money on this?"

First, read carefully. There is no mention of ANY money being spent at this point. They contracted with a private enterprise to "call when needed." Sounds to me like no money changes hands until a fire breaks out and the city makes that call.

Second, fire fighting is a legitimate function of government. You don't fight forest fires with a garden hose or a bucket brigade. You do it with trained professionals with the proper equipment. Obviously, you don't live in Black Forest or Mountain Shadows, where the CSFD distinguished itself in catastrophic wild fires.

Finally, if you're one of those small government types, this is EXACTLY what you should want. Not a federal fire fighting plan, nor a state fire fighting plan. The county and the city are the smallest units of government and the closest ones to the people. You should be celebrating the foresight and initiative coming from the smallest level of government. But no. You don't get it, even when you get what you want.

Most of us respect our first responders, and want them to have the tools they need to do their jobs. Maybe you should think about that.

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Posted by Bill W. on 08/13/2017 at 6:21 AM

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