In the third issue of November 2008, J. Adrian Stanley reported on post-election shenanigans at Falcon School District 49's Stetson Hills Elementary.
Shortly after the Nov. 4 election, a parent at the school began picking up and dropping off his child in a vehicle with the words "Fuck Obama" scrawled in large letters on the back. At first, school officials weren't sure what their legal rights were, but apparently they were able to resolve the problem; the offending obscenity has since been removed from the man's truck.
Courts have long ruled that First Amendment rights are limited on school property, especially when it comes to obscenity and threats, says Loring Wirbel, local co-chair for the American Civil Liberties Union. ...
Apparently, parents aren't the only ones glad to see the foul language removed. Mike Patterson, a 77-year-old crossing guard at Stetson, says he doesn't take kindly to potty-mouthed words around the kids.
"He was fooling with the wrong guy," Patterson says coolly. "I'll bust him in the kneecaps with a 2-by-4 to get his attention."
And Anthony Lane reported on Todd Walton and Jason Yester, founders of the then-new Trinity Brewing Company, battling the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department over the ecologically friendly waterless urinals they were told they couldn't have.
From "Circling the drain":
[The same] urinals are boldly displayed at governmental buildings across the region, including Colorado Springs City Hall, the airport and — get this — the Regional Building Department.
Turns out waterless urinals, though not officially approved, can be installed as "replacement fixtures" or via a variance from building officials. That's bureaucracy for you. ...
[T]o get their permanent certificate, Walton and Yester removed the urinals from the bathrooms. At the request of one inspector, they went so far as to remove their wall brackets. ...
Then, with their permanent certificate in hand, Walton and Yester put the urinals, made by Sloan Valve Co., right back on the walls as replacements.