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Re: “The stormwater question, the government's role, Manitou's pot vote, and more

Vote down 1B. Force the contractors building streets and roads to consider storm water. Stop allowing road construction projects to be done on the cheap and built to just meet standards. It is about time we put a stop to what is causing storm water problems. Most of the damage done in 1999 was mud slide of back yards because developers didn't plan down stream. Skorman's guilt is no reason to vote yes on 1B which will never sunset. Don't allow another PPRTA where you thought sunset meant the tax would end.

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Posted by TruB on 10/15/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “The stormwater question, the government's role, Manitou's pot vote, and more

Time is running short to consider how we might improve our safety, protect our property and children and help to enhance the local economy. If you would like to volunteer to assist to gain passage of Issue 1B, please feel free to sign up below. Your information goes direct to the Storm Water Task Force Volunteer Coordinator. Thank you !

http://projectoneunity.homestead.com/Volun…

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Posted by Staci6 on 10/15/2014 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Starting over in Fort Lyon, the Gazette and Doug Lamborn, and more

Regarding the solar electricity net metering: the utility company does not pay full price for what they are fed from our panels. They pay a fraction of what they then charge us every night for our use of what they produce 24/7. The electricity we produce doesn't cost them any more ( less, in fact) than what they produce and certainly isn't using their infrastructure more because of where it is coming from. Most people I know who have solar are not using leasing companies and so own their own part of the grid. I guess I don't understand how buying electricity at 1/4 the cost of that at which they sell it back to me could be ruinous for them in the long run.

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Posted by Deborah Greymoon on 10/14/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Starting over in Fort Lyon, the Gazette and Doug Lamborn, and more

Bill Ray has a point, but the point is we need to find a way to encourage our utilities to get on board with financing Solar. I would cheerfully pay an extra 25 a month if I had solar on my roof, reducing my family's carbon foot print, and giving my utility company breathing space to improve the grid and possibly retire that big, blue, carbon hog downtown without needing to build a replacement. Think seriously about profiting from reducing greenhouse gases, making a much more reliable grid, and reducing our dependence on hydrocarbons; be they coal, fuel oil, or natural gas. Those precious resources need to be husbanded away for the precious things we need from them, such as medical plastics, water filtering, synthetic medicins, joints, etc.

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Posted by marge on 10/10/2014 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Starting over in Fort Lyon, the Gazette and Doug Lamborn, and more

Ditto for what Kay Jones-Hutchins says about Rep Lamborn - he is categorically unfit to be in the United States House of Representatives. I hope Halter cleans his clock.

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Posted by OldCrank on 10/10/2014 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Hidden influences in elections, money for parks, 'unresponsive' Lamborn, and more

You are correct, Mr. Faltz, when you say, "I still don't see... what curricular issues are apparent with the board's proposals." So far no one has addressed those questions. I was not planning to address them either, but since you insist.

Let me begin by exposing your trick question. You demand examples of "specific passages, textbooks, topics" that the Jefferson County School Board wants "censored or excluded/included" in the curriculum. We all know that they called for the formation of a committee to examine the Advanced Placement History curriculum. So, there could be no actual proposals on the table until after the committee is formed and meets, studies the curriculum, and subsequently deliberates. The offense at the time of your post was that no teachers or students would be allowed to serve on this committee.

Your contempt for students--"easily-duped charges"--is apparent. You accuse teachers of resorting "to faux-indignation about non-existent curricular issues" as a way of opposing merit raises. You are parroting the head of the school board. If you paid any attention to the students, you would have learned that the AP History curriculum is set by the College Board, not the individual history teacher, school, or school district. Any significant deviation from that curriculum could result in the course losing its accreditation, meaning the students who did the extra work expected in an AP class could end up with no college credits to show for it.

Now, Mr. Faltz, it is your turn. We know that conservatives nationally have taken offense at the new history curriculum presented by the College Board, and that the Jefferson County proposal is no innocent, isolated action. Please explain to all of us why.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 10/05/2014 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Hidden influences in elections, money for parks, 'unresponsive' Lamborn, and more

Mr. Faltz, first you claim, "I still don't see any explanation of how these merit increases are somehow 'unfair' to the teachers," but then you quote the opening sentence of that very explanation, and furthermore pronounce it to be "Correct!"

Finding nothing wrong with my actual explanation, you proceed to put words into my mouth, "...and when majority liberal boards make proposals, they should be simply accepted without question..." For someone who demands "facts and examples" from others, you are certainly cavalier when it comes to proving your own points. Exactly where and when did I ever even hint that liberals serving in government are somehow immune to the corrupting influences of power? Please provide specific examples from this blog with the title of the thread and the date of the post.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 10/05/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Hidden influences in elections, money for parks, 'unresponsive' Lamborn, and more

I still don't see any explanation of how these merit increases are somehow "unfair" to the teachers, and what curricular issues are apparent with the board's proposals.

C'mon regressives, provide something, ANYthing beyond a lock-step: "Conservatives bad, Liberals good!" subservience. This goes double for you, Mr. K.; back your rhetoric with some juicy, tangible facts and examples of conservative overreach.

"The school board is a branch of government and the school is a public institution which makes it an extension of government" - Correct, and when majority liberal boards make proposals, they should be simply accepted without question, because of the inherent benevolence and enlightenment of the members?

Hypocrisy is alive and well; thanks for definitive proof!

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 10/05/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Hidden influences in elections, money for parks, 'unresponsive' Lamborn, and more

Teachers are professionals. The school board is made up of amateurs and ideologues. The professionals are correct when they claim the new system of merit increases proposed by the amateurs is flawed and unfair.

The reason ought to be obvious to conservatives. The school board is a branch of government and the school is a public institution which makes it an extension of government. As every conservative knows, government officials promise to reward achievement but end up promoting incompetent sycophants and rewarding personal loyalty. If this "merit" scheme is put into action, the suck-ups and the brown-noses will benefit and independent-minded, strong-willed teachers will be told they are not "effective."

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 10/01/2014 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Hidden influences in elections, money for parks, 'unresponsive' Lamborn, and more

No Gary, what's happening in Jeffco is what you get when unionized teachers are actually held accountable for their performance, or lack thereof.

A new system of merit increases has been proposed, and they claim it's flawed and unfair, but highly effective teachers will receive a 4.2% raise, effective teachers will get 2.4%, and ineffective instructors will get nothing, but those individuals make up only 2% of the staff. A pretty sweet deal, but still not enough for those accustomed to having their way at all costs, and if they have to resort to faux-indignation about non-existent curricular issues, then so be it.

Answer me this: exactly what is being censored or excluded/included that is so egregious to these teachers and their easily-duped charges? And please cite specific passages, textbooks, topics and/or courses as evidence, because if you can't, this is just a tempest in a teapot.

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 10/01/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Hidden influences in elections, money for parks, 'unresponsive' Lamborn, and more

Kris E - you win the no-shit Sherlock award of the week. Lameborn has been an embarrassment to our district since day one. VOTE HIM OUT! Support Halter!

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Posted by gregR on 10/01/2014 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Selling public lands, minorities and the Park Service, and more

Jill while I am not opposed to the death penalty I will ask you where you get your information. First off the prisoner on death row dont have "free" TV AC and all that nonsense. They sit in a cell 23 hours a day if they want any extras they have to buy them with canteen funds just like all the other prisoners. Then it has to be approved by the Warden. Now as far as legal a death penalty trial takes years because they go through the mountain of legal maneuvers like there doing with Holmes right now. You know the ones like if hes sane or if cameras or if his mommy done him right or what color tie his lawyer wears and on and on. Then theres the years of his right to appeal. Four more court rooms and Judges before a Governor even sees his appeal hit the desk. These things take time and big legal money, big money. Yes there are some places and legal outfits that go to bat for the convected and a lot of times they find that there not guilty of the crime and that justifies the time and money spent. This is our system it does work 90% of the time and its a lot better then the system that your pushing for like the one in the Middle East where they just lop off there heads after just being accused. We are a civilized society and Hick has his right to oppose killing anyone regardless of there crime. I respect the man for not bowing to pressure from others for doing what he feels is wrong. Thats his right as a human and an American. Yes I agree the ones that Dunlap killed didnt have the chance he has but we cant change the past but we sure shouldnt change the system just because a bunch of people have there panties in a wad over not killing him. And killing him wont change the fact he killed them. Personally I think Prison should be a lot harder then it is. Making little rocks from big rocks or chain gangs is a lot better deterrent to crime then the death penalty. But Ive seen the inside of Prisons and am well aware of what truly goes on. Some can be rehabilitated some can not and those that cant should be worked and worked hard but again thats my opinion and as an American I have that right just as Hickenlooper has a right to his.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/24/2014 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Selling public lands, minorities and the Park Service, and more

If you feel that the time has come to eliminate the destruction to property from out of control storm and flood waters, improve our region's ability to draw in tourists, and want to improve the economic viability of the entire region, and would like to Volunteer to assist in gaining passage for Issue 1B - there is good news: You can help! Volunteers are now being 'pre-enrolled'. If you would like to have the satisfaction of knowing you helped gain passage of this measure - and have two to four hours a week to volunteer. or your social or civic group would like to form a volunteer team, please let us know. The information you enter goes direct to the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force Volunteer Coordinator. Thank you!

http://projectoneunity.homestead.com/Storm…

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Posted by Staci6 on 09/24/2014 at 4:25 AM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

HSabin laments, "...the government shuts down on weekend... So why aren't you screaming about that huh?"

We would not dream of depriving you of that pleasure.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/20/2014 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

Tim Haley and Max Clow and Capt. Donald Martinez:

TIM and Capt Martinez: First Captain - thanks for your service.

Now as to your and Tim's claims:

A small percentage of the government was shut down by Obama's actions not Lamborn's. You make it sound like Lamborn has total power to control the government. He doesn't. Congress has TWO houses of power and all contributed to the supposed shutdown which was minimal at best.

You also forget that the government shuts down on weekend - big whoops! So why aren't you screaming about that huh? Stop with the drama queen act and actually look at the facts!!

And as to hurting VETS or Lamborn NOT helping the vets? Lamborn got the new health center on Fillmore and he got the Vets cemetery for this area - how is that hurting VETS? He recently shepherded a new bill through the house that HELPS the vets! Plus, a veteran that I know contacted Lamborn for help in getting his medical needs attended to by the VA in Denver. Lamborn acted immediately to assist this vet.

All Your claims are ridiculous. Please post PROOF of your iclaims here...please! Stop with the emotion and post FACTS please!

And as to Irv Halter not voting Democratic and supporting Obama? Who are YOU kidding? NOT ONE REPUBLICAN voted for Obamacare but Udall and Bennett did and so will Halter if he wants any "power" in congress and he wants to be anything but an "UNKNOWN!". They bowed down and so will Halter. You know the saying power corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely? Halter will NOT be immune - Udall and Bennett haven't been so how is he different?

MAX - you are just listening to liberal talking points without checking them out - stop doing that! You make yourself look foolish! Here are three sites for your to check and learn that indeed Clinton and Albright as well as Bush thought there were WMD"s in Iraq. Then do this - smack yourself upside your head while saying DUH:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/wmdquot…

http://www.rightwingnews.com/quotes/if-the…

http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/199…

Now all of you, please stop drinking the liberal kool aid please!

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Posted by HSabin on 09/20/2014 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

"Why were UN Inspectors allowed into Iraq to destroy WMDs "up until a short time before the war" started? Why did the US start the war when Iraq was cooperating in destroying their WMDs?"

Iraq was not being cooperative. At first they put on good show, but numerous previously tagged items were missing. They were trying to do just enough to make it look like they were cooperating. And they were only doing that because they were afraid we might attack.

"Saddam Hussein capitulated to every American demand for UN inspections and access"

Completely inaccurate.

We can rehash the entire chain of events leading up to the war and assign political motives all we want, but the bottom line is that Max Clow's statement that there were"no WMD" is blatantly false. Period,end of statement, do not pass Go and do not collect$200, full stop, the end.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/20/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

Marxists have a saying, (I do not know which Marxist to attribute it to, but I suspect it was Lenin), "The government is the executive committee of the ruling class."

Americans have come to believe that government is an independent institution with no roots in any social class. In particular, dictatorships are viewed as deriving their power from the loyalty of a small number of armed troops with no allegiance to anyone but the dictator.

Based on this theory, Dick Cheney decided to invade Iraq and liberate the Iraqi people. He reasoned that once Saddam Hussein was eliminated, all the people of Iraq--people from every walk of life and social class--would unite to form a democratic government.

The bitter truth is that Hussein did not rule in a social vacuum. His government was the executive committee of the Sunni population, who make up the Iraqi ruling class. Sunnis did not welcome American troops nor do they support the new government, because they are the ones who are losing power. America is trying to prop up Iraq with a Shiite government, which will never work as long as the Shiites do not wield decisive economic power in the country, and that cannot happen without a massive redistribution of wealth. The Cheney adventure was doomed from the start.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/20/2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

"As for the power vacuum, it wasn't so much a power vacuum as a military unpreparedness that allowed ISIS to gain a foothold. This would not have happened had a new SOFA been finalized with the US."

In other words, there would be no power vacuum as long as American troops were the real power behind the new Iraqi regime. Native Iraqi forces were not so much "unprepared" as unwilling. They abandoned their weapons and fled at the first sign of resistance. Does anyone think Saddam Hussein's army would have fled in that situation?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/20/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

Why were UN Inspectors allowed into Iraq to destroy WMDs "up until a short time before the war" started? Why did the US start the war when Iraq was cooperating in destroying their WMDs?

Because the WMD argument was a red herring. It was a pretext to justify an irresponsible and reckless adventure that Dick Cheney had decided to pursue no matter what. Saddam Hussein capitulated to every American demand for UN inspections and access, and every time he agreed to make concessions, Cheney upped the ante and demanded even more. It quickly became obvious that Cheney would not stand for a peaceful resolution to the phoney WMD question because he wanted war.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/20/2014 at 1:58 PM

Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

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