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Comment Archives: stories: News: Local News

Re: “Homeless population outpaces Springs Rescue Mission's expansion

The cities that develop the greatest homeless programs will develop the greatest homeless populations.

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Posted by Mike Randall on 09/20/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Cold beauty

Quail Hill MHP are just crooks! I have lived there and watched management threaten people they don't like of losing their homes. They are unreasonable and pick on people for whatever reason. They really are quite crazy with expectations of people in the park. I understand wanting a nice and clean park but this is a trailer park we are talking about! Not the Broadmoor! Last time I understood people lived in trailers due to not being able to afford a home. So expecting them to pay all this money to fix, landscape and even in my particular neighbors notice recement or fix cracked driveway. thousands of dollars for property he only rents (and usually your given 5 whole days to complete) its not gonna happen. Which then gives them power to EVICT! Sick bunch of management! Don't live there!!!! The park is nice and clean but if you don't want them breathing down your neck for everything i don't recommend it!

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Posted by dont like quail hill on 09/19/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

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Posted by Walsh Bob on 09/17/2017 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Utilities needs land for Williams Creek Reservoir

Perhaps you could contact the Indy and give them an interview so that they might provide their readers with "the rest of the story"?

Posted by Donna Strom on 09/17/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

"Most of the money to be raised by Invest in COS, the vote yes committee, will come from business people and construction contractors, says Rachel Beck, government affairs manager with the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. They understand the link between reliable infrastructure and their ability to do business and economic health,..."

Really?

Here's why this group is eager for CS citizens to bail them out again. You see the lawsuit specifically calls the City out for allowing developers to cut the corners in building drainage. Specifically in Nor'wood and Classic developments--two of the most favored developers and campaign financiers. These developers saved millions in the City-sanctioned shortcuts. Why not let the taxpayers pay for those sins? Notice the deafening silence on how the City will specifically tighten the rules and oversight to prevent these sweet deals to developers in the future. Better to keep giving their friends waivers and then demanding the cash from citizens to pay fines and fix the problems.

The ballot language allows Council to increase the fee for "intergovernmental agreements of the City entered into before June 1, 2016." There is no language limiting the size of any subsequent increase in the fee. None. Even though an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) was "entered into" before 2016, the same IGA can be modified subsequently. For example, Pueblo demands and the City of Colorado Springs acquiesces and agrees to doubling their illegal annual "debt" for stormwater in the future. Council is the sole entity for revising the IGA that was "entered into prior to June 1 2106" and can do so with a a resolution requiring a single vote of Council. Council can then, at the same meeting in which they approved the revised IGA, move on to the next agenda item and with a single majority vote of 9 members, double the fee. In very short order with little or no public process, your individual fee goes from $60 per year to $120 per year.

From the CS Indy article on the EPA lawsuit:

"Specifically, the lawsuit notes the city backed off of requiring detention ponds and other flood-control measures in Cottonwood Creek that would have cost $11.4 million, and instead reduced developers' fees. But that violates the city's discharge permit, the lawsuit states. It also notes drainage violations at First & Main adjacent to Powers Boulevard [Nor'wood] and Flying Horse [Classic Homes] Pond Filing 26 on the city's far north side. In addition, the city allowed seven residential developments to be built without requiring stormwater controls, in violation of its discharge permit and its own requirements, the lawsuit says. Moreover, the city didn't enforce its rules when developers violated the city's stormwater requirements, according to the suit."

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/14/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Utilities needs land for Williams Creek Reservoir

This article is frustrating because y'all don't know half of the truth. As an owner of most of that acreage, I can tell you that this is barely a glance at the truth of the situation.

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Posted by Emily Green on 09/14/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Ponds near wells were used as disposal sites for heavy metals from solar manufacturing

DWT knew this was happening and kept the man responsible on staff. I never heard of him getting into one bit if trouble during this incident. He sure kept his job. He was an employee trying to.do this in the side. Diamond Wire dug into the ground removing the foundation of the building on Murray Blvd and built baths in the ground where chemicals seed into the ground. They cemented hem shut and left the building with no clean up. They had employees drive the chemicals on I-25 in uhaul trucks with barrels full of chemicals. They did not have any permit to transport these chemicals. This could of caused great contamination or an explosion. They do not care about people nor the environment. They are out for themselves. Letting everyone breath poison and provide no protection. I suggest any employee having a complete health check because they probably have damage from he chemicals. There is no doubt nepatism played a part in the pond pollution. Any other person would of been given a prison sentance. I bet I can connect these dots. Diamond Wire is toxic. Physically and mentally!!!

Posted by DiamondWireSucks on 09/13/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

The proposal is more fair than this article portrays it: natural groundcover is absorbent, pavement is non-absorbent, therefore it is reasonable that owners of lots of pavement should pay more to cover the costs of stormwater. The flat per-property fee is necessary because the biggest owner of paved spaces is us, the people of Colorado Springs - we own more than 5,600 miles of paved roads!

If you want to find something truly unfair in this bill, then you should protest the fact that it does nothing to incentivize smaller parking lots, fewer lane miles, and limits on development to the east. As it stands, this bill addresses current problems, but doesn't stop the issue from recurring in future decades.

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Posted by David E on 09/13/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs’ neglect of its stormwater system leaves huge caverns citywide

This is a good article and an important point that many people miss: Colorado Springs needs to spend more on stormwater because we failed to in the past. If anyone wants to see another dramatic example of a deep canyon studded with protruding pipes, try hiking the drainage along the northern side of Pulpit Rock Open Space.

Regardless of how you feel about the current proposed stormwater measure (it has issues), we should all be able to agree on the undeniable fact that we have a major stormwater problem that needs to be addressed.

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Posted by David E on 09/13/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

This shows that council did not think through this TAX increase and it is badly worded and should be voted against. Just saying Doug Bruce doesn't believe in it should not be enough to get this TAX INCREASE correct.

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Posted by TruB on 09/13/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Pope Francis Makes Everything That Donald Trump and Steve Bannon Say Sound Stupid

The pontiff has positioned himself as the voice of reasonand of scienceto confront Trumps erratic and destructive instincts. BARBIE LATZA NADEAU 09.13.17 1:00 AM ET

Lately, Pope Francis has been bluntly anti-Trump, essentially shooting down almost everything the American president says with, well, logic. Francis then went on to say that the worlds leaders can decide how they deal with the planet, but history will judge those decisions.

Climate wasnt the only issue dear to Trumps heart that Francis frowned upon. The pope has been throughout his papacy a loyal advocate of migrants and refugees, and also a servant of the poor, offering facilities on Vatican grounds for the less fortunate and speaking out in support of open migration whenever possible. When asked about Trumps suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA, Francis simply said he wished the president hadnt done that.

I think they should reconsider, Francis said, according to transcripts of the in-flight press conference. I hope they rethink it a bit Because I heard the U.S. president speak: he presents himself as a person who is pro-life. Francis went on to say that splitting up families is in direct conflict with anyone who truly sees himself as pro-life.

If he is a good pro-life believer he must understand that family is the cradle of life and one must defend its unity, Francis said, leaving little open to interpretation about what he thinks of the American president.

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Posted by guruD on 09/13/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

Do you think voters will approve the stormwater fee in November? A one question, anonymous 'QuikPoll'.

Thank you.

https://goo.gl/forms/2qVlFBHK2xYZkDhp2

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 09/13/2017 at 1:51 AM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

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Posted by Leanne Ponder on 09/12/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Mike:

Nope. Not politics.

Tax exempt entities can't endorse candidates. If they do, that violates the tax exemption.

To the best of my knowledge, no organization has ever lost its tax exemption for political activity. So the answer to your question (will they LOSE their exemption, the answer is unquestionably NO. Even if they engaged in political activity, there's ZERO chance they would be punished for it.

Posted by Bill W. on 09/12/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

@guru D.

I've argued for years that Focus on the Family should lose their tax exempt status. They do hide behind a "separate" entity for their political activities, but in reality, it's all the same.

@Bill W.

Yep, typed it wrong. Meant to ask if they are going to give up their tax exempt status. If you don't call what they are doing being involved in politics, then what do you call it? The only reason they are housing these folks is because they are illegal aliens and the church does not agree with our immigration laws. That's politics.

Posted by Mike Randall on 09/12/2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Mike:

"So, since they are now becoming a political organization and not just a church, does that mean they are going to give them their tax exempt status?"

Do you ever read your own posts?

No. They are not "going to give the their tax exempt status." It's a church. It's already tax exempt. You wanted to ask whether they're going to lose that status, but you screwed it up.

It's OK with me if churches that get into politics (which is not the case here) lose their tax exempt status. That would keep a LOT of evangelical Christian churches from spouting far right causes from the pulpit.

But we know that's NOT going to happen.

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Posted by Bill W. on 09/12/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Interesting that Mike Randall isn't upset that "Focus on the Family" acts as a political organization for about the past 25 years, costing our state millions with their "Amendment 2" anti-gay legislation, and even consulting with the VP on policies on LGBT and the military, family, jobs, and against Planned Parenthood which serves the community with health issues. What about that?

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Posted by guruD on 09/11/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

So, since they are now becoming a political organization and not just a church, does that mean they are going to give them their tax exempt status?

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Posted by Mike Randall on 09/11/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Trub, if you will read through the article rather than a very rushed scan, you would learn that he does indeed already have a lawyer.

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Posted by Jean McIntosh on 09/07/2017 at 12:33 AM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

It is nice the church is helping out the family who sounds like thy need free day care.
What do these volunteers do about getting an attorney or helping with the documents for the family to not worry about deportation. I love that people want to help. Sometimes we get caught up in need to feel you are doing something and overlook the actual need which is an Attorney specializing in immigration.

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Posted by TruB on 09/06/2017 at 1:39 PM

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