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Reader: Colorado Springs is so ass-backwards it's like going back in time

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Our post about the reaction to Michael Bloomberg suggesting that Colorado Springs and Pueblo are so rural that they may not even have roads prompted a slew of comments from folks calling the ex-New York City mayor out of touch or weighing in on gun control, the topic that prompted the remark in the first place. But one reader expressed understanding for Bloomberg's misinformation, sorta/kinda.

See also: Ex-NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg implies Pueblo and Colorado Springs don't have roads

Chris Lewis writes:

In his defense, the Springs is so ass-backwards with their stupid religion, it is like going back in time.

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dlparkison
dlparkison

Even though Romney won El Paso County with 60% of the vote, Obama got 105,000 votes here (Right behind Boulder and more than Adams, Larimer and Pueblo) but according to all of you guys we are a monoculture of backwardness with GOP tattoos. I guess us 100k plus people dont matter (not to mention the many frustrated non voting liberals here). If you exclude unincorporated El Paso County it might have been a 50- 50 split within the city limits in that election. Maybe the tide would finally turn down here if our name wasnt continually dragged through the mud by our so called 'neigbors' to the north and our state wide Democratic party stopped conceding defeat here year after year.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

The hypocrites and money changers need to live somewhere....

goodwaterisnotinfini
goodwaterisnotinfini

Really Westword! This is something that you are willing to print?! As a longtime resident of Colorado Springs, I have never had a Bible or any religious literature thrown in my face. I know it is here, but it isn't something that smacks me in the face daily. There are more issues going on here than just the huge gathering of the religious right. The folks in the Denver area have no idea what is going on in this town, just an hour south of their glorious big city. If you want good schools, less crime, and lots of outdoor activities, Colorado Springs is a paradise! Sure, we don't have all the great bars or overwhelming and outlandish eating establishments like Denver. Nor do we have the huge music venues to support nationwide acts, which then have patrons spill out on the streets with their chaos that occurs in Denver. But there are plenty of strip malls and chain restaurants, just like Denver and it's suburbs. There are other definitions of this community like the huge military complex, 5 military bases, residing in Colorado Springs and the extreme conservative mindset by our local City Council and County Commissioner leaders on trying to help this fiscally conservative community grow. Sure, lots of people leave and then sit back pointing the finger about how bad it is. How does that help us grow as a community? If you are not willing to stand up in the face of opposition, to help make a change, you are just giving up yourself. Enough of the naysayers. Help us be a bigger part of Colorado. As long as you let it continue to grow the way it is, we are always going to be known as having a huge religious community. But I know plenty of people who don't identify with that aspect and really enjoy this wonderful City of Colorado Springs. Actually, we don't want your help. We'll just remain this unknown paradise for those who want to give it a chance.

m.d.oroark
m.d.oroark

Whoa, speaking of time travel, this can be considered an adequate news post now?



Shaun Gindi
Shaun Gindi

I haven't heard of any good 'anything' about CS short of it's my favorite entrance into the mtns... It's beautiful looking up, nice to hang out downtown (here n there, as a Denverite passing thru); however, nobody I know is happy with the city with several having moved out. Pay attention council-people?

Sandra DeRosia
Sandra DeRosia

I agree, when I have friends who consider moving to Colorado I do warn them about Colorado Springs. It's a wonderful place... if you're a bigot.

Jessica Hazel
Jessica Hazel

No, the people in charge of the city just need to get their heads out of their asses. Stop thinking their shit don't stink.

Princess Faride
Princess Faride

Haha. Nice Melissa Bee! ;) except, it does have roads and its not extremist. Trust me, I've lived in a city like that before for like 2 years. I can recognize that. Lol. I do, however agree that they don't have any backyards. Lol.

Kristin Ziegler
Kristin Ziegler

I've always advocated trading Colorado Springs for Austin, TX. It just makes sense for both.

Jordan Craft
Jordan Craft

Denver has far more "mega-churches" and religious factions than Colorado Springs does. But because we are basically the little brother to Denver, it appears overwhelming. There are so many walks of life in the city, that religion is something that if you don't participate in it, you won't see it. I can say that we are hindered by misconceptions of race and area; as I know people on the north end say I don't travel south of such and such because it's "ghetto" or there are "thugs" in that area. Often more times than none to a point of ignorance. Other than that, it is not a bad place to live or be in

Michael Beckerman
Michael Beckerman

Colorado Springs is a very nice, very beautiful city to live in. No question about it, but it also suffers greatly from an over abundance of those that exist to serve the military-industrial-religious complex. Unless you are part of that cabal and think and act in lock-step with them, you will never be happy living in Colorado Springs. Sadly, those that do have essentially ruined what would otherwise be a great American city.

Matthew Steele
Matthew Steele

I feel like people that hate the springs have never really spent time here most people I've met are not in your face about religion and will listen to your opinion. Are their crazy people? Sure, but extremes exist everywhere and by definition are an outlier not the majority.

Dylan Bonansigna
Dylan Bonansigna

To be fair most of Colorado is ass backwards, it gets a little weirder every time I come back home from New York.

Ian Kirwan
Ian Kirwan

I moved back to the springs from Denver 6 months ago. For most my life I've lived here. And yeah he is kinda correct, but not. That's just a surface thing. Like assuming boulder is nothing but brogi pot smoking wanna be enlightened douches. There's plenty of atheiests, agnostics, buddhists and what have you here. There's plenty of democrats(while not a majority) and libertarians(a good portion). So really just an ignorant comment. I think culturally we're behind Denver certainly, but it's kinda our own deal.

Sarah Weien
Sarah Weien

He's right, we've got a lot of religious nutjobs here.

essieclovington
essieclovington

Colorado Springs does have its overly loud mouthed rabid right wing fundamentalists.  True to form, they like to meddle in politics and any other social activity.  For the most part, they are not the majority (though the like to spout that they are). What gets me about the Springs is this: "MY way is the RIGHT WAY for EVERYONE."  I find this mentality across the board of varying beliefs .  They have no problem telling you how WRONG you are for being different from themselves.  The diversity is great, yes.  Their "solid as a rock" belief systems (no matter what belief system they have chosen) is .....frustrating.  They do not bend.  They do not waiver.  And they are mouthy about it.

Sumibraxis Dei
Sumibraxis Dei

I like the springs....the people there are Coloradans, and not transplant Californians or Texans.

Kurt Wisener
Kurt Wisener

Weird! I've been here 5 years and i am absolutely loving it, though it gets a little toasty from time to time

Nathan Embree
Nathan Embree

I do have to say Colorado Springs seems to be a haven for perverts. Just ask the Sheriff that gets to keep his job, and the most famous religious pervert in Colorado, Ted Haggard.

Brenda Weston
Brenda Weston

I'm surprised by all the negative talk of CS. I've been doing a lot of research about the city because we are moving there. The opinions of CS are all over the place when I research. Some love it and some hate it. But I also wonder if people get caught up in stereotypes? It has a certain reputation of having some crazy extremest right wing Evangelical types so people don't look beyond that and just keep repeating that stereotype. I wonder how much that would really affect my everyday life? I have found the city to have a wide range of religious beliefs including a guru who does meditation in the Garden of the Gods and a Buddhist center opened by a monk. There are lots of spiritual meet up groups down there. Every time I look for something I'm interested in......Colorado Springs has it. It is a beautiful city right up against the mountains. I don't know if moving to CS is the right thing. I've lived in Denver for over two years and the cost of living is going up. It is harder to find a nice affordable rental and it feels to big. I think it is such a popular place to move there is a housing shortage unless you are willing to take something less nice in an area with more crime. I have not been able to put my finger on the pulse of Denver. And technically it is so big I've never spent time in the north half accept to drive through on the freeway on the way out of the city. One criticism people have of Colorado Springs is the lack of a night life with bars. I could really care less about that. To me that is a plus. I mean really........branch out people. There is more to life.

Kendra Bell
Kendra Bell

Well, the guy who made that comment is both right and wrong.. There are many very right wing conservatives who are Christian religious nuts, particularly in the north east area, but the culture on the west side, closest to the mountains, is almost complete opposite. There's a big culture of outdoorsy people, who aren't religious nuts and are live and let live people.. typical Coloradoans, who just want to enjoy our beautiful state.

Mickey Lee
Mickey Lee

I lived in Austin for 5 years and it's garbage.

Peter Strange Yumi
Peter Strange Yumi

It just seems like a community different from the community that peopel who claim its bass ackwards.

Aaron Tubbs
Aaron Tubbs

As some one who moved away from there I agree with him in fact he was being kind. Close minded, back asswords is more like it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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          Religion = Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Imbeciles



Eric Radke
Eric Radke

Clearly the writer hasn't been to Iowa.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... where Colorado's Taliban live.

coloradogirl750
coloradogirl750

What, do you work for the Colorado Springs Tourist board?? I lived there, its a cesspool of shitty people surrounded by a beautiful landscape. And don't compare CS to Denver, you clearly do not know what you are talking about.


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Colorado Springs:  Too crazy even for texans.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

What do these people have in common:

-- Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

-- Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter, the Susan Smith who drowned her adorable two sons "in cold blood" in a South Carolina lake in 1995.

-- Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline was placed under house arrest for child molestation and possession of child pornography.

-- Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

-- Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.

-- Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

-- Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

-- Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.

-- Republican Tennessee State Representative, Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).

-- Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found guilty of molesting a 15-year old girl at the home for troubled girls that he ran.

-- Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.

-- Republican candidate Richard Gardner,a Nevada State Representative, admitted to molesting his two daughters.

-- Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner had been convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl. when the Republican Party, knowing of these crimes, put him on the ballot.

-- Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.

-- Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison. Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

-- Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession. With his political career over, he went to work in the hard-core pornography industry for Platinum X Pictures, owned by his daughter, porn starlet Jewel De'Nyle (Stephany Schwarz).

-- Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall, director of Faith & Family Alliance, (a Christian Coalition spin off), former student of Pat Robertson's Regent University, member of Ralph Reed's inner circle who funneled money to from lobbyist Jack Abramoff to Reed, was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

-- Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

What's the difference?  Both are right wing extremists. 

hixjd2704
hixjd2704

@coloradogirl750 I don't think you know what you're talking about.... but, please, feel free to continue breathing out stupidity.

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