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Re: “Story Coffee barista/roaster Eliza Lovett recovering after roasting accident

It's wonderful the community rallied around this barista, and a great example of what our community can do, thanks to the Independent. But how many poor and/or minority workers in our community have had an industrial accident that we never heard about, don't have a support network like this young lady, or work in something less interesting to the Indy crowd than elite coffee, or are not in the downtown area near Indy staffers? If the answer is that they aren't interesting to Indy readers, we have a real problem.

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Posted by leloupe on 05/10/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Yellow Face brings social commentary and comedy to the CC stage

I have to wonder, would this resonate with the marginalized communities of Colorado Springs? Colorado College, by median student family income, is the wealthiest private college in the nation with $277,500 in median family income. Now go drive by Chelton and Fountain and then drive around the neighborhoods south and east of there. Would the residents there find this article relevant to their lives? Are the sons and daughters of those Japanese sent to Camp Amache going to Colorado College, or is it the sons and daughters of Chinese government officials and corporate leaders? I can't help but feel this is elites lecturing other elites, and reinforces the perception that Colorado College is a bubble that aspires to claim moral heights, but ignores the application of those ideas in our own community.

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Posted by leloupe on 05/10/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “On Trumpcare, activists couldn't sway Rep. Lamborn. But what about Sen. Gardner?

Lamborn is smug and arrogant and not threatened in the least. Watch the video of his town hall up on the north end of town last month. He doesn't care one iota for his constituents who disagree with him. I stopped calling his office long ago. Those of us who voted against him are completely disenfranchised in the House. Until demographics in Colorado Springs change, the best we can do is to become unaffiliated voters, and primary him out. Indeed, the ideal outcome til then is to have a freshman representative every session of the House.

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Posted by leloupe on 05/10/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Hmm, sounds a lot like the downtown land exchange between the city and the Jenkins clan, where land values were lowered because of a supposed 'cleanup'. I estimate the city has helped the Jenkins clan get at least $2 million in tax deductions in two deals. Ka-ching!

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Posted by leloupe on 05/10/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Lamborn votes 'yes' on GOP health care bill as constituents storm local office

Remember, primary rules in Colorado have changed ...

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Posted by leloupe on 05/06/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Reader: Suthers' quote is a staggering piece of irony

Well, he's right, but it's kind of too little, too late. We have a handful of interesting buildings in Colorado Springs that aspire to match the scenery, but most of our built environment is completely disposable and was built with that intent. Outside of the Old North End and around downtown, most of our housing and commercial stock is not ageing well. Take away Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, and you could be anywhere in the country, most likely Stockton. Maybe if we had code based design, we could get a better aesthetic, but that would mean the City Council would have to learn about it, and so would the planning commission, and then advocate for it. But the last piece of large developable land in the county is Banning-Lewis, and that's all set to be classic sprawl, no different from anywhere else in the country, so we're stuck. Tava (Pikes Peak) deserved better. Could we give it to Switzerland?

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Posted by leloupe on 05/03/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs City Council election news

Could this be the end of Sarah Jack's political career? Colorado Springs Forward shoveled money at her and got nothing for it. Maybe she should try for a more conservative city? How about a comparable like Oklahoma City?

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Posted by leloupe on 04/24/2017 at 8:19 PM

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