Neil Talbott 
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Re: “Why won't the Gazette disclose its owner like it should?

Regarding your Editorial, "Gazette: Act responsibly, I must say the verbiage could reflect the views of any number of news organizations these days that simply ignore the Society of Professional Journalists" Code of Ethics. It would appear that wealthy individuals are buying up news organizations en-mass and using the organizations, not to publish accurate non-biased news but to twist the news and editorials to propagandize their interests to influence key or supportive audiences in their favor. Those interests could be to obtain more wealth or simply to obtain more power and control over their audiences. In some cases it would appear they simply gut the publications they buy and use them as a tax write off. From your editorial it would appear that the Gazette's owner is no different. I suggest we all be weary of anything we read these days and ask the old question, who benefits and who pays?, to determine the reason for the attempted community influence (or lack thereof) in the first place.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 03/22/2018 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Air Force Academy Endowment chief wears religion on his necktie

First, the Lieutenant General is retired and as a military retiree/civilian no longer represents the Air Force so his choice of ties, Christian or not, is perfectly reasonable. His choice of religion is also his choice.
Second, he is not in Air Force uniform. Again, he is not representing a military service and has a perfect right to wear civilian clothing of his choice as long as the organization he works for approves.
Third, the organization he now heads, Air Force Academy Endowment is not military and not subject to USAF rules. However Air Force Academy Endowment should keep in mind that any religious focus could deter from its ability to do its job. Image is everything.
His past conduct as a former USAFA Superintendent, while questionable regarding his faith, is now irrelevant. MRFF knows all this as the organization is headed by a military retiree.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 03/08/2018 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Collins found in violation of ethics code

Censure? Is that like, "Please don't do this again"? Pretty please?

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 02/19/2016 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Banning Lewis Ranch negotiations explained

Massey says it is "too darned expensive" to develop it. It will be just as expensive for the taxpayers to pick up the tab for "various infrastructure, including police and fire stations, parks, streets, overpasses and the like." That is why the developers were required to pay for all that in the first place in return for the city annexation, and we the taxpayers picked up the tab for the water through the SDS. This so-called re-negotiation will simply transfer the costs for infrastructure (millions of dollars worth) to the citizens of Colorado Springs so that the developers can make an immense profit at our expense. The Mayor should not be allowed to do any re-negotiation on this agreement.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 02/09/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Banning Lewis Ranch negotiations explained

It would appear that the developers are once again attempting to reduce their costs, and increase their profits, at the expense of Colorado Springs citizens. I would vote to de-annex Banning Lewis and let them pay their own costs, including the cost of the Southern Delivery System.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 02/08/2016 at 6:50 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Humans not to blame for global warming, Utilities chair says

So, Merv Bennett is now a climate scientist with his own peer reviewed research? His opinion as a city councilman/utilities board member carries no weight regarding the climate change issue.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 03/18/2015 at 7:06 PM

Re: “So, how many potholes could have been filled ...

Maybe the Mayor needed to write his book at his own expense on his own time. Writing a book that pats himself on the back, at taxpayer expense, is certainly not what he was hired/elected for.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 03/18/2015 at 7:03 PM

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