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Re: “Despite legalization, marijuana could be in short supply

Get ready for the dimwitted DEA to attempt to raid these shops. I hope Colorado & Washington have the good sense to setup "DEA Squads" to stop the feral, immoral; scum within the DEA in their nefarious endeavours. The DEA filth must be arrested, charged AND PROSECUTED. Then they should be jailed for VERY significant terms.

The FACT is, the DEA are an International Terrorist Organisation whose members are under the impression that they can do whatever the hell they want to.

Posted by Shane Pike on 01/04/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Despite legalization, marijuana could be in short supply

Ask Val Snider and Merv Bennett why they ignored at large voters as at large representatives. Ask them all why they are the void of sensible public policy on this issue:

$150+ million regional market in our city now forfeited to the black market and to other cities. If you'd like to help overturn this poor decision, join Every Vote Counts on facebook. Other people ARE doing something about this.

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Posted by Mark Slaugh on 01/02/2014 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Despite legalization, marijuana could be in short supply

Before our current round of City Council were elected each and every one stated that they would support the will of the voters and enact recreational marijuana sales if it passed in the state and local elections. When the time came to put their honor on the line they failed miserably when casting their vote. It will be remembered when elections come around again. Citizens are getting sick of elected officials making their own agendas once we vote them to office. We are even recalling the most abusive ones these days.

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Posted by Are you kidding me ? on 01/02/2014 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Despite legalization, marijuana could be in short supply

Gurudori, I agree 100%!

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Posted by Judith Posch on 01/02/2014 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Despite legalization, marijuana could be in short supply

Again, why did Colorado Springs city & county counsel vote against selling Recreational MJ??? Now look at all the tax money we are losing out on that Pueblo and Denver will get! DUH!

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Posted by gurudori on 01/02/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “In for the kill

I know Joseph Garcia personally and he is NO felon. His initial crime could've happened to anyone and has been seriously misconstrued in the media. As far as his escape, he was a 29 year old young man looking at a 50 year sentence. What would you do? Joseph is one of the sweetest, down to earth, and honest men I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. If you take the time to get to know him yourself, you may just find that he is not anything like he has been portrayed. Do the crime, get the time? George Rivas killed the officer and has already been executed, so the debt has been paid. Joseph DID NOT kill the officer, so the death penalty is WRONG. He is one of my best friends, and he is a human being. Take that into consideration when you write YOUR book..I know him, YOU do not. Jennifer Frescura RN, CLNC

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Posted by Jennifer Sherman-frescura on 01/01/2014 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Pinned Down

I worked there and left just before this. I worked with Orlena on several occasions- Perhaps I am just different-but I can tp tell you that since there were only a few kids who were mandated "face up"-I can testify that this was a KNOWN. Personally, I had no trouble verbally deescalating her. I was 1:1 in a confined area with her blowing out, and was able to keep myself safe, keep her safe, keep the other kids safe-without the use of a physical, or chemical restraint-and without locking a door. She was not the brooding reputation that the staff who never responded to Unit B crisis, or always worked on other units believed her to be. She, like all kids, had soft hearts that had endured tragic beginnings that many cannot even comprehend-the behaviors come from a place of learned coping & survival. What I did not like, and have never liked in residential treatment- is the gang like mentality that happens with the staff...and the "favorite" kids that begin to be used as pawns to run shifts smoothly. It was disgusting and became less about learning to help kids connect what they are feeling to how they are behaving and doing the hard work of interacting with them and more about a smooth shift so a football game could be watched, or a smooth shift so charting was easy, or a smooth shift because that "family" of staff was always hungover. Sometimes that crisis call over the radio was responded to by a charged up group of adrenaline junkie staff members-just hungry for that crisis call, and ready to run and respond-not because they could actually help-but because of the action. I was not a favorite among the staff at the time-definitely not popular with my coworkers..but I stood up for kids, and spoke out every single time I saw something...not because I am a mandated reporter-because it's the right thing to do. I wish I would have been called to testify. I wish I was there that day...she would still be with us. What a shame. And yea, the staff "family" will have to live with that forever-because you know that things were happening on that soap opera campus that shouldn't have been. Sharing personal information with kids, lack of professional distance, Zero consistency from shift to shift, the over use of quiet rooms, Seclusion (locking kids in quiet rooms) without doctors orders, ordering prn's so you don't have to deal with a kid, multiple seclusion orders in a row to prove you had the upper hand. It was anything but therapeutic. The truth hurts.

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Posted by unowho on 12/28/2013 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Trying six Reubens that might bring a little luck in the new year

Thank you.. Thank you very much... ( <- homage to our "Elvis" sandwich..)

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Posted by PB and Jellies on 12/26/2013 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Trying six Reubens that might bring a little luck in the new year

Speaking of Boar's Head deli items, some King Soopers now stocks these, especially the one at Briargate Pkwy and Union, near Memorial Hospital North.

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Posted by OldCrank on 12/25/2013 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Last minute gift guide

How about we just keep our money in our pocket and boycott the commercialization of what is said to be a holy event. Catalogs started showing up in our mailbox when school started, i.e., in August, before Labor Day. A pox on corporate America.

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Posted by OldCrank on 12/21/2013 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Last minute gift guide

Buy something useful like stuff for a vehicle emergency kit or a NOAA weather radio or a good 1st Aid kit

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Posted by Dave H on 12/20/2013 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Subpar response times, staffing challenges greet new fire chief

Pam, I know, but I haven't a link showing our low level of city tax income vis a vis other cities in COLO that do have tax incomes commensurate with requirements to provide basic services and road upkeep. To wit: What's wrong HERE is TABOR and the party of NO.

The El Paso County link merely illustrates the same problem as our city: TABOR

TABOR is the Godzilla destroying both city and county here, and is why the mayor's happy talk of 6000 new jobs per year proves he's a space cadet. No business of any note will come to this increasingly stagnant, crumbling backwater.

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Posted by OldCrank on 12/12/2013 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Subpar response times, staffing challenges greet new fire chief

The link provided by OldCrank is a comparison of county spending, not city. The Springs Fire Department doesn't rely on El Paso County tax money for its support.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 12/11/2013 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Subpar response times, staffing challenges greet new fire chief

Here's what's wrong with CSFD:

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Posted by OldCrank on 12/11/2013 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Breaking down CSFD response times, city-wide

One look at tax rates here tells the tale:

Our idiot voters are voting themselves out of existence: Sieg Heil TABOR.

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Posted by OldCrank on 12/11/2013 at 11:37 AM

Re: “District education foundations provide for projects that standard budgets can’t

Yes, I think additional funding over and above taxes should be voluntary. It gives the donor more control as to what it goes toward and the extra money comes from people who really want to provide more money to the school programs.

Posted by PinColorado on 12/09/2013 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Wommack's pathway to prominence

Yes, I agree with the person above. I've never seen a minister GIVE away their materials but if you look at his website you will find it ALL, and I do mean ALL for free. Also if you own a ROKU you can get everything on his channel that is also ALL FOR FREE. This is one of the most upstanding ministers I have ever seen and he speaks the truth. He has ministered to me in the area of healing for a life threatening issue and I am so much better after just 3 weeks of applying his principles to my life. You shouldn't post stuff like this about people like him. He speaks the truth and cares for others. He's human so he's not perfect, but God has blessed his life and if you don't like that part, you'll have to take it up with GOD.

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Posted by Jill Highbaugh Fremont on 12/01/2013 at 12:00 PM

Re: “The Air Force Academy’s committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?


At the beginning, Prep School designed and created for only Prior Enlisted. I wish that they changed back to 100% prior enlisted again.

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Posted by Ayanaw Hagos on 11/18/2013 at 1:19 PM

Re: “The Air Force Academy’s committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?

Transom, I think your apples and oranges analogy is completely appropriate. We cannot keep throwing apples into the orange crate and expect them to become oranges. The standards for getting an Academy appointment may vary depending on whether you are a direct entry or come through the Prep School, but the requirments to remain at the Academy are the same for everyone. If the Academy can't hold every person it accepts to the same standard, it has lost sight of its purpose. For now, it appears to have enough institutional integrity remaining to hold Cadets to one academic, military, athletic and honor standard. But it also appears to have turned a blind eye on the process that decides which young men and women will gain an appoinment in the first place. The financial cost of trying to turn an apple into an orange during one year at the Prep School is almost insignificant compared to what it costs when that person, who was never qualified in the first place, implodes during his first two years at the Academy. What in the world has the Academy gained by setting him up to fail? Yet, almost 50% of the kids who enter the Prep School go down that path. Forget the finances, let's just look at wisdom of the process. If maintaining the status quo of what is described in this article is really the best we can do, than it is time to not only shut the Prep School down, but USAFA as well.

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Posted by Anothergrad on 11/18/2013 at 8:39 AM

Re: “The Air Force Academy’s committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?

Anothergrad, three points, and then I'm off this thread:

1) I can't speak to what efforts USAFA senior staff have taken to reach out to the grad community with a candid, accurate assessment of Prep School grads' performance. I do know that for every reunion there's a briefing held by senior staff, and questions from the audience are welcome, either in that public forum or afterward, one-on-one. Failing that venue, there's always public affairs, and their contact info should be readily found on USAFA's website.

2) Since I know USAFA has guidelines but no strict requirements for admission, it actually does not surprise me that the Prep School is in the same boat. In fact, I have heard there is significant overlap in composite academic scores between students selected to go to the Prep School and students selected to go directly to USAFA from high school. So to compare the average Prep School grad's performance and incidence of honor probations to those of the average cadet who came directly to USAFA from high school is kind of comparing apples to oranges.

If data were to be presented comparing academic performance and incidence of honor probations between Prep School grads and students entering USAFA directly from high school who had comparable composite academic scores, and if the Prep School grads' performance were shown to be worse across the board than comparable cadets who went directly to USAFA (ie same composite academic scores), then I would agree the Prep School has some problems that need to be addressed. However, until and unless such data is presented, I would be wary of drawing too many conclusions from an article that presents only one side of the story such as this one.

3) One last comment on budget: although the overall budget figure may be correct, it is possible some creative math employed to arrive at misleadingly high cost per candidate. As an example, let's say that in 1 week a family of 5 (mom, dad, and 3 kids) spent $150 on groceries, $100 on the monthly cable/internet/phone bill, and $100 for the rest of the month's utilities. How much did it cost to house and feed 1 child for 1 week?

You might be inclined to say $450, but that would hardly be accurate because $200 was spent on monthly costs, not weekly costs, and because the child probably didn't eat all $150 in groceries.

That is all. Happy life, everyone!

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Posted by Transom on 11/17/2013 at 5:43 PM

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