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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

Beginning April 30, Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) has added additional shuttle service to the Manitou Springs corridor for their busy summer season. The additional shuttle service will continue to serve

the Manitou Incline and the Pikes Peak Cog Railway as well as adding service to bustling Manitou Avenue from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with extended hours to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. The shuttles provided over 150,000 rides during the 2016 summer season, a 31% increase over 2015.

“The shuttle buses deliver a much needed service considering the limited parking that is available in Manitou Springs.” said City of Manitou Springs Mayor, Nicole Nicoletta. “Visitors and locals enjoy a comfortable, air conditioned ride, and it’s free.”

Visit MMT’s website for shuttle bus times and to view a map of the routes.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

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by Walter E. Williams

May Day celebrations were held all across the fruited plain, with leftist radicals and unionists worshipping the ideals of communism. Communism is an ideology calling for government control over our lives. It was created by Karl Marx, who -- along with his collaborator, Friedrich Engels -- wrote a pamphlet called "Manifesto of the Communist Party." In 1867, Marx wrote the first volume of "Das Kapital." The second and third volumes were published posthumously, edited by Engels. Few people who call themselves Marxists have ever even bothered to read "Das Kapital." If one did read it, he would see that people who call themselves Marxists have little in common with Marx.

For those who see Marx as their hero, there are a few historical tidbits they might find interesting. Nathaniel Weyl, himself a former communist, dug them up for his 1979 book, "Karl Marx: Racist." For example, Marx didn't think much of Mexicans. When the United States annexed California after the Mexican War, Marx sarcastically asked, "Is it a misfortune that magnificent California was seized from the lazy Mexicans who did not know what to do with it?" Engels shared Marx's contempt for Mexicans, explaining: "In America we have witnessed the conquest of Mexico and have rejoiced at it. It is to the interest of its own development that Mexico will be placed under the tutelage of the United States."

Marx had a racial vision that might be interesting to his modern-day black supporters. In a letter to Engels, in reference to his socialist political competitor Ferdinand Lassalle, Marx wrote: "It is now completely clear to me that he, as is proved by his cranial formation and his hair, descends from the Negroes who had joined Moses' exodus from Egypt, assuming that his mother or grandmother on the paternal side had not interbred with a nigger. Now this union of Judaism and Germanism with a basic Negro substance must produce a peculiar product. The obtrusiveness of the fellow is also nigger-like." Engels shared Marx's racial philosophy. In 1887, Paul Lafargue, who was Marx's son-in-law, was a candidate for a council seat in a Paris district that contained a zoo. Engels claimed that Lafargue had "one-eighth or one-twelfth nigger blood." In a letter to Lafargue's wife, Engels wrote, "Being in his quality as a nigger, a degree nearer to the rest of the animal kingdom than the rest of us, he is undoubtedly the most appropriate representative of that district."

Marx was also an anti-Semite, as seen in his essay titled "On the Jewish Question," which was published in 1844. Marx asked: "What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money. ... Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man -- and turns them into commodities. ... The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange. ... The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general."

Despite the fact that in the 20th century alone communism was responsible for more than 100 million murders (http://tinyurl.com/zafgs5p), much of the support for communism and socialism is among intellectuals. The reason they do not condemn the barbarism of communism is understandable. Dr. Richard Pipes explains: "Intellectuals, by the very nature of their professions, grant enormous attention to words and ideas. And they are attracted by socialist ideas. They find that the ideas of communism are praiseworthy and attractive; that, to them, is more important than the practice of communism. Now, Nazi ideals, on the other hand, were pure barbarism; nothing could be said in favor of them." That means leftists around the world will continue to celebrate the ideas of communism.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, in partnership with the Scott Hall Field of Dreams Foundation, is continuing the planning process for the Larry Ochs Sports Complex.


 

The first community meeting for the new site location will be held on:
 
Wednesday, May 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Mountain View Elementary School
10095 Lexington Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80920

This meeting will focus on the design elements of the Larry Ochs Sports Complex as it relates to the new site location. The sports complex is intended to service the entire community for higher intensity uses such as baseball, softball and soccer. The emphasis for the plan is on facility development, with some passive spaces.
 
Background
 
The Parks Department and Scott Hall Foundation engaged the community in public meetings beginning in November 2015 to master plan the Larry Ochs Sports Complex. Following community concerns about the location, the Parks Department and the Scott Hall Foundation identified an alternative site that will accommodate the City’s programming needs. The new site is located on the south east corner of the current Colorado Crossing property, southeast of the intersection of Interquest Parkway and Voyager Parkway in northern Colorado Springs.  For more information visit www.coloradosprings.gov/larryochs

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Press Release (Gain-Stovall PR)

Barbara Swaby, professor emerita, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, will be honored as a Pikes Peak Region “Unstoppable Woman” during a May 16 special ceremony.

Swaby, along with 15 graduating Karen Possehl Women’s Endowment scholarship recipients, will be feted at an 11:30 a.m. May 16 celebration and fundraising luncheon at the UCCS Gallogly Events Center. The KPWE scholarship program supports women ages 25 and older who are returning to college after overcoming personal obstacles.

Swaby served the literacy needs of the Colorado Springs community and beyond for 37 years. As a member of the College of Education faculty, she served as the director of the Graduate Reading Program and director of the UCCS Reading Clinics. She taught effective reading instruction to graduate and undergraduate students.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she wrote reading curricula, textbooks, children’s books and provided professional development opportunities for teachers. Throughout her career, she also evaluated the reading performance of thousands of children from southern Colorado and provided counseling to families interested in improving the reading performance of their children. She also established Literacy On the Go, which has collected and distributed more than 150,000 books to children.
She retired from UCCS in 2014 after a 37-year UCCS career.

Previous Unstoppable Woman award winners are: Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, Jan Martin, Nancy Lewis, Margot Lane, Sharon Berthrong, Mary Osborne, Mary Lou Makepeace, Karen Possehl, Barbara Yalich, Mary Mashburn, Mary Ellen McNally and Kathy Loo.

In addition to Swaby, 15 students will be recognized for completing the program and graduating from UCCS last fall or who are scheduled to graduate this spring.

They are
•    Rebekah Acosta, candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry
•    Lois Eisenhauer, fall 2016 Bachelor of Arts in Biology graduate
•    Carlene Gray, candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Communication
•    Erin Hobson, candidate for Bachelor of Science in Business
•    Stephanie Kleemann, candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
•    Katrin Kramer, candidate for Master of Science in Accounting
•    Jennifer Mast, candidate for Bachelor of Science in Business
•    Kimberly Maxson, fall 2016 Bachelor of Science in Business graduate
•    Jenna Register, fall 2016 Bachelor of Science in Biology graduate
•    Nicole Renfrow, fall 2016 Bachelor of Science in Business graduate
•    Phoebe Schwab, candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Communication
•    Rachel Stevens, candidate for Bachelor of Science in Business
•    Shae Thomas, candidate for Bachelor of Science in Biology
•    Rebecca Waneka, candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Communication
•    Jeanne Wickham, fall 2016 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology graduate

The event is $55 per person or $550 for a 10-person table. All net proceeds go to the Karen Possehl Women’s Endowment Program. To attend, register online or call (719) 255-5108 for more information. Event sponsors include Winslow BMW of Colorado Springs, Ent Credit Union, Mackenzie Place and KOAA5.
The KPWE Scholarship program, endowed in 1998 by Karen and Jim Possehl, Denver, provides financial assistance and mentor support for nontraditional UCCS students who are starting or returning to college after having overcome significant personal adversity. In addition to providing tuition assistance, KPWE matches scholars with community mentors who offer encouragement and professional contacts. The program provides career-focused workshops giving students the chance to learn more outside the classroom. Thanks to community support, the program supports 26 students a year. Since its inception, 175 scholarships have been awarded. For more information, visit http://www.uccs.edu/kpwe/

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.
 

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by John Stossel

The House repealed Obamacare!

OK, they didn't really -- but they passed a bill that repeals some bad parts of it, like the individual mandate tax, medicine cabinet tax, flexible spending account tax and health savings account withdrawal tax. Good.

Now the Senate will create its own bill and ask the Congressional Budget Office if the House bill will save money.

But Obamacare was so bad, I fear these changes are just Band-Aids on a collapsing system. Instead, the Senate should pass my seven-point plan:

1. Repeal Obamacare, all of it.
With premiums soaring and insurers pulling out of Obamacare, let's start from scratch with something better.

2. Repeal all regulations and tax breaks that encourage people to buy group insurance instead of paying for health care directly.
Insurance is sometimes needed, but insurance is a terrible, bureaucratic way to pay for things. If we pay our own bills, competition will explode and prices will drop.

3. Abolish Medicare.
This won't happen, I know. We old people love Medicare; it makes so much health care seem free. We are also more likely to vote, and math-challenged activists from groups like AARP convince old people that no cuts are needed.

But that's a lie. Medicare and Social Security are unsustainable. They will bankrupt America. Then few of us will get help we desperately need.

Since politicians won't touch these "entitlements," we'll have to keep them for those already in the system. But phase out everyone younger! Liberate people to shop around, so we can all benefit from price competition and new treatments.

4. Abolish Medicaid.
Why force poor people into one government-run bureaucracy? Ideally, private charity will take care of those who cannot pay for themselves. If you don't believe that will happen, give the poor money or vouchers and let them decide which things to spend it on.

The poor have a wide range of preferences just like the rest of us. We give people food stamps -- but we didn't create a single food-provision bureaucracy. Medicaid's one-size-fits-all rules help the poor less than they help bureaucrats and crony businesses connected to government.