Narrow Search

  • Show Only

  • Category

  • Narrow by Date

    • All
    • Today
    • Last 7 Days
    • Last 30 Days
    • Select a Date Range

Comment Archives: stories: News: Cover Story

Posted by Diana Gilbert on 04/26/2016 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Inside vets' fight for medical cannabis amid Reefer Madness politics

"reefer madness politics" great description of our uptight old fart council. still trying to pull us back into the 1950's and confused why the rest of the country is laughing at us.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by happyfew on 04/22/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Inside vets' fight for medical cannabis amid Reefer Madness politics

Thank you for publishing Steve DeFino's accomplishments! I am very proud of my son!

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Alicia DeFino on 04/21/2016 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Mikey's Mission

I wear many hats. First is I wear a yarmulke -- a skull cap worn by observant Jews. It is a combination of two Aramaic words (Aramaic being the language spoken in Jesus' time, and used in the Talmud) "ya'ar malkah" i.e. fear or reverence of the King of Kings. Second I wear the hat (if there is one) of an attorny admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. And third, I am the son of an Air Force officer who served in three wars, a grandfather who served in World War I, and ancestors who fought in other US conflicts including the Civil War and the Revolution.

As an Orthodox Jew, I believe that God created the world and placed the Jews on it to be His servants and that they should strive to be a "kingdom of priests" and a role model for the world. Collectively, the Jewish people are responsible for the keeping of 613 commandments, which include every "Thou shalt not" or "Thou shalt" in the Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy -- the books we know collectively as the "Torah." A Jew cannot walk away from his responsibility, and even if he tries, God has said that He will never break His Covenant with us (Lev. 26:43-44; Isaiah 60). We know that the Messiah will come and when he does, there will be no more war (Isa. 2:4 and 11:6; Micah 4:3); there will be no one alive in the world who does not accept the God of Abraham as his personal and only God (Isa. 11:9 and 40:5; Zeph. 3:9); the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem in the same place it stood before (Micah 4:1); all of the Jews in the world will move to the Land of Israel, gathered by God from the "four corners of the world" (Deut. 20:3-4; Isa. 11:12, 27:12-13); and the righteous who died before that day shall rise from their graves and make their way to the Holy Land (Isa. 26:19). As none of these have happened, ever, I must assume that the Messiah has not come. I also assume, as a matter of pragmatics, that anyone who does those things will be the Messiah, whether his name is Jesus, Ralph, or Mike. I will not quibble with success or question the Hand of God when it is right in front of me. I believe further, that the Messiah can come in peace to begin the Messianic Era in any generation, but only when the Jewish people have reached the level of piety and observance the Torah requires them to meet (see Deut. 30:15-20), even if that fall short of what one might call "perfect" See Psalm 19 (where David teaches that the effort to observe the commandments perfectly is what God wants, not rigid observance of all commandments even those of which he violated by mistake). If we are not worthy by the End of Time (whenever that may be), the Messianic Era will come about through the devastating written about in Ezekiel. So long as Jews are lured into the teachings of other religions, I believe that those who mislead them to follow other gods are preventing the coming of the Messiah.

As an attorney and a Federal employee, I took an oath to support and defend the United States Constitution. The First Amendment to the Constitution says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Note that this one amendment has many points -- (1) the Government cannot establish or endorse a religion -- nor can it appear to. When a commanding officer, in uniform, a teacher or principal within the public schools, or anyone else exercising power and authority representing the secular government, city, state or national, proselytizes those under his or her authority, they essentially are giving the appearance that the Government endorses Christianity over any other religion -- something the Establishment clause of the 1st Amendment makes crystal clear to be unconstitutional. (2) the Government, further, cannot prevent anyone from practicing the religion of their choice. Of course, understanding that "preaching the Word" is a Christian form of worship, one should see a conflict between the freedom to practice one's own religion, for a Government employee or a serviceman or servicewoman, must be done on their own time and not in uniform. (3) The Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech, but again, the Government prohibits speech that would undermine the first two clauses of the Amendment. (4) and (5) cover the Freedom of the press and the Right to Assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. That means, anyone who feels that their legal rights, or that their Constitutional rights, are being infringed, they can go to court. And that is what Mr. Weinstein does on behalf of non-Christian soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who feel discriminated against for not being Christian and coerced to convert by their superiors.

We know what happens when an officer abuses his position to solicit someone under his or her command to have a sexual affair, his or her actions are alarming because they break down the discipline of command and the morale of the unit, especially when the officer gives more favorable duty or other consideration to his or her lover. Is it any different if a commander shows favoritism to co-religionists? What if the commanding officer was a Scientologist, a Buddhist, or a Muslim, and demanded that those in his or her command proselytize Christians and reserved the best ratings and job opportunities for fellow believers? Certainly, the Christian community would be up in arms, justifiably. Just as sexual harassment should have no place in the military's command structure, nor should religious harassment.

Posted by Bruce James on 04/19/2016 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Hens in the hood

The cost is irrelevant because the eggs are of better quality and nutrition than the commercial CAFO battery cage chickens. One look at the yolks proves that--the deeper golden color is a better nutrition of Vitamin A and similar than the pale ones of the market.

In short, what you pay in extra cost you make up with in better nutrition that you wouldn't get otherwise, and that benefits the health immensely.

Posted by Tannim on 04/18/2016 at 12:47 PM

Re: “The Tesla Files

It's Argonne National Laboratory, not "Argon National Laboratory"...

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Tannim on 04/18/2016 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Operation Peter Pan offered Cuban refugee kids a home in Colorado, but life was no fairy tale

I will take your word for it that Walsh's full account makes it clear that he was not conflating the Cuban situation with Nazi Germany, Mr. Schniper, but your description of his comments did leave me with that impression and I am glad you are able to clear that up.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/12/2016 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Operation Peter Pan offered Cuban refugee kids a home in Colorado, but life was no fairy tale

A thorough, precise and well researched documentation of the Pedro Pan Experience. The writer conducted a very professional and personal interview of the protagonists. Many compliments and tears from everyone that has read it. Congratulations Señor Schniper.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Hector on 04/11/2016 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Operation Peter Pan offered Cuban refugee kids a home in Colorado, but life was no fairy tale

Mr. K, the above sentence you find "offensive and ignorant" came directly from Monsignor Bryan Walsh's writing. You may read his account in full in the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs Vol. 13, No. 3/4 (Jul. - Oct., 1971), pp. 378-415.
For what it's worth, I'm the child of a Holocaust survivor, and took no offense to Walsh's observation that correlated the flight of children in the 30s to that of the Cuban kids in the 60s. In the context of his writings, he was simply equating the respective migrations — not making a larger political statement to say the Castros were as bad as the Nazis or that Cuba's situation was as dire as German's at the time.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matthew Schniper on 04/11/2016 at 9:48 AM
Posted by rocket625 on 04/11/2016 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Operation Peter Pan offered Cuban refugee kids a home in Colorado, but life was no fairy tale

This story is marred by the statement: "It reminded Walsh of 1930s Europe, when Jewish children were smuggled out of Nazi Germany to foster care in England and elsewhere," which I find to be particularly offensive and ignorant.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/10/2016 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Last resort

It's quite obvious that most of what's been tried isn't changing anything. I applaud this effort, and support those brave enough to take a chance on something that hasn't been "tested". We all know what happens when a good program is "tested". It becomes all about money and the people are forgotten. It becomes about rules and regulations. Homeless people haven't been sentenced to life they would just like to live it. Fort Lyon gives them that opportunity. There's nothing wrong with thinking outside the box.

Posted by ColoradoSunShyne on 04/08/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Operation Peter Pan offered Cuban refugee kids a home in Colorado, but life was no fairy tale

Congratulations, Mr. Schniper, on a superb piece of writing. Over the years, I have read hundreds -if not thousands- of pieces written about Operation Pedro Pan, but yours is one of the very few that manages to capture the essence of what it was like to be a Pedro Pan child in Cuba and in exile in the United States in the 1960s. Thanks on a job well done! Jose Amaro, Operation Pedro Pan Group trustee and History Committee member and researcher: www.pedropan.org and https://www.facebook.com/OPPGI/

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Jose Amaro on 04/08/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Photos: Havana bound

I cannot imagine annoying worse than flying Frontier to Havana, unless you like being smushed into your seat like a sardine, and being nickle and dimed by this airline. It's probably easier flying from Denver to Jamaica and then going to Cuba by boat,,,,,which A friend of mine managed to do.

Posted by Kipper Doug on 04/07/2016 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Operation Peter Pan offered Cuban refugee kids a home in Colorado, but life was no fairy tale

Very touching story of how they survived & got a great education & made something of themselves. They are the American Dream.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by candacefreckles on 04/07/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Operation Peter Pan offered Cuban refugee kids a home in Colorado, but life was no fairy tale

Thank you for sharing your story Ada. It is a blessing to know you as a friend. You are a special person! Perry J. Vasquez

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Perryjon on 04/07/2016 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Operation Peter Pan offered Cuban refugee kids a home in Colorado, but life was no fairy tale

Awesome story about very courageous and successful Americans.

13 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by bobiov on 04/06/2016 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Photos: Havana bound

For those who want to visit a brutal prison, I suggest Alcatraz or Auschwitz instead of Cuba.

Posted by John Howell on 04/06/2016 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Trans people want to change the gender on their birth certificates

Rocket625- I believe you are the one that needs a class in Human Sexuality and the science behind transgender and transsexual persons. There are people who are born with an extra chromosome so they are XXY & XXX so you can't definitely say they are one or the other gender. There are some women born with more male hormones and males with more female hormones and this can also factor into their Gender. And there are people who have been born with both sexual organs and are both male and female. Doctors should wait until puberty for the child to designate what gender they say they are, since gender in is the mind and not the physical body.

There was a boy born in the 60s who had a botched circumcision and since the doctors believe that gender was NOT fixed back then, so they made this boy a girl and told his parents to just raise his as a girl and he would never know the difference. Well, guess what folks, he did know and when he hit puberty he became very confused and asked his parents about it and they finally confessed to the surgery that was performed on him after he was born. He was changed back to a boy at 15 years old, but he still couldn't deal with the deception and his true gender being taken from him ie - his penis being removed, so he committed suicide a few years later. This was made a study case in the 80s to proved that gender IS fixed in the mind and NOT the physical body. It was shown on 60 minutes.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by guruD on 04/04/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Gustavo Arellano will now take your questions

I am Penelope Parra, please help my locate the article dated August 2007, I am a teacher, this article was my first teaching job. I came out in the paper and I have looked for the article every single way I can possibly think of. If you get a chance can you please help me and send at copy of the article to my email account, I would be forever grateful. I am trying to get rehired by EPISD and would like to be able to include this article in my portfolio to be reconsidered. :)

pjparra@episd.org

Posted by jpjparra&13 on 04/03/2016 at 1:33 PM

All content © Copyright 2016, The Colorado Springs Independent   |   Website powered by Foundation