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I comment using the name "curious" in order to focus attention where it belongs - on the comment and not on the person making the comment. Citizen of COS since 2003 Family members have lived in COS for more than 40 years

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Re: “Mona Welz's rugged and painful path out of homelessness

A superb piece of reporting from Adrian Stanley. Because it avoided sentimentality, the story of Mona (and Mickey) was deeply affecting. Thanks for writing.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by curious on 08/10/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “A new vision for downtown Springs in Olympic Museum area

What a wonderful visionary idea - a thicket of skyscrapers on the downtown side of I-25 obliterating the mountain views. Happy developers. Happy highrise dwellers. Not so happy taxpayers who will pay plenty to assist the developers build THEIR dream city.

Skyscrapers are an anathema to walkable, affordable, desirable to live and work in cities. Crowded bustling robust Denver needs skyscrapers - COS doesn't. However, on the remote chance that there IS a need for these uglies, then build them EAST of Wahsatch.

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by curious on 07/26/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

The online Gazette has a point/counterpoint (will be published in the Sunday paper) titled "Should CSU increase its payment to the city?" Steve Durham says No and Steve Schuck says let's talk about it first. Because the citizens are the owners of CSU, PILT should never have been instituted and increasing PILT is going from bad to worse. Durham makes the point that when PILT revenue goes into the General Fund, the dollars are spent on whatever the politicians want to spend it on, which means dollars are then available to give to developers instead of funding stormwater infrastructure and other essential needs.

Developers are incapable of developing anything without using the citizens money. And politicians are incapable of being honest with the electorate about what the tax or fee or ill gotten gains will fund because the citizens, being unreasonable as well as dummies, may say No to a tax increase. Let the mayor and Council members know what you think about accepting an additional tax burden via an increase in your utility bills while the politicians go on their merry way transferring tax revenue from the citizens to the developers.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by curious on 07/08/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Poll: Springs voters would approve new fee for drainage control

Politicians and corruption. They go together like love and marriage. Like a horse and carriage. Like you can't have one without the other. But Bruce proved they can be unhitched when in 1992 the citizens of Colorado voted for TABOR and made it part of the State Constitution. And politicians, furious that the power of the purse had een transferred from themselves to the citizens, have been vilifying Bruce ever since.

The frequently heard argument that a tax increase is only a paltry $5 a month, the amount of a single Starbucks latte, an amount so small and affordable that all citizens should willingly pay it, actually means that the $5 will not go to the citizens choice, which could be his church, the Springs Rescue Mission, the Humane Society, a tip to an attentive restaurant waiter, or, if one is a selfish unregenerate, a Starbucks latte.

The crony-capitalist corruption existing between COS politicians, City Leaders and developers needs to be exposed. I would like to see Zubeck, a superb reporter, and Dave Philipps, former Gazette investigative reporter and 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize, collaborate on a series of articles in the Indy. The citizens deserve to be informed of all the facts before they go to the polls to vote.

And a huge thanks to Miller for his continuing insights and analysis.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by curious on 07/07/2017 at 5:42 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

Thanks for the feedback. Actually, I know why I'm getting the dislikes - 309 so far - and it has nothing to do with "self centered small think ideas", aka TABOR, which applies the brakes to politicians "big think ideas", like helping developers "revitalize" downtown by building a stadium and helping developers build shopping centers that pay nothing in sales taxes to the General Fund and helping developers build huge housing projects on the far eastern edge of COS that receive millions of taxpayer dollars for infrastructure. etc etc etc

In his email to Bruce, Carey, in a scathing personal attack, verbally assaulted Bruce for being "uncaring". Uncaring! Geez, thats a high crime, not a misdemeanor. Anybody who's caught being uncaring DESERVES a severe tongue lashing, if not a week or two in the hoosegow. The reason I've received 309 dislikes is because I've not jumped on the self-righteous bandwagon and heaped scorn on this uncaring Public Enemy #2. I don't care if Bruce is uncaring. I care that Bruce is doing what the caring citizens are not doing, and that's paying attention to what the politicians are doing and holding them accountable.

6 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by curious on 07/06/2017 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Suthers wants more from Utilities after voters say no to payments

Re: "300's author conservative activist, former state representative and convicted tax-evader Douglas Bruce." --------- In another indy article, a commenter wrote that the amount of tax due for which Bruce was convicted was not millions, not tens of thousands, but $129! If this is correct, then it seems to me that, at the very least, the label of tax evader is unfair. Why not just refer to him in his present role - one that he has performed for decades - which is that of conservative activist.

All I know about Bruce is what I read in the Gazette and the Indy, but the persistent reference to him as a convicted tax-evader and felon makes me suspicious of the motives of the media and makes me consider the reasons for their character assassination. Furthermore, the media treatment leads me to admire Bruce's courage in continuing - despite the hostility - to publicly defy politicians in his efforts to promote transparency in govt and protect the rights of the citizens regarding taxation. And for this he has my appreciation and support.

14 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by curious on 07/05/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

Everyone is tired of Mr. Bruce and his nonsense! Not me. Im grateful to Bruce for what hes done for the citizens of Colorado, which is to take the power to raise taxes away from the politicians and give it to the citizens. Thanks to Bruce, the spend-happy politicians have to come to the electorate and gain our permission to raise taxes. When I purchase a $100 thingamabob, I also pay $8.25 in sales tax, which goes to various govt entities to pay for essential govt services (such as fixing the roads) which is not, of course, enough to pay for frivolities (such as building a downtown stadium).

In this email exchange, in which Bruce appears to be the lesser offender, Chief Carey exposes himself as a peevish and unprofessional leader of our town's law enforcement. Carey, because he is a public official in a position of power and authority, owes an apology to Bruce. If the email Carey received had not been from Bruce but from Anschutz or Jenkins or a member of City Council or other City Leader or any citizen unknown to Carey, he would have responded with civility, saying: In response to your request, your phone number will be removed from our list. Sorry to have disturbed your sleep. It wont happen again. Good night, sleep tight and dont let the bed bugs bite. If Carey cannot control his temper and animosity to those whom he considers do not deserve to be treated respectfully, then he should delegate this task to a subordinate.

I note that my previous comment has received 223 dislikes. This is amazing! My comments usually receive 2 or 3 dislikes, but assuming that robots are not casting votes, I have the satisfaction of knowing that 223 indy readers have had the experience of confronting an opinion contrary to their own. To have achieved this response is very gratifying. Keep those dislikes coming so I can break the record - if I haven't already broken it - set by the previous politically incorrect commenter. Thanks everybody!

8 likes, 49 dislikes
Posted by curious on 07/04/2017 at 6:09 PM

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