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Re: “Trump's true colors, nurses for ColoradoCare, secrecy and the mayor, and more

Debra Avery and Gina Douglas-

I think this is hilarious. During the primaries, why didn't Clintonites come over to Bernie's side? We told you then that we couldn't vote for Clinton. Was it mutual on your side, or could you have voted for Bernie in a general election? I won't vote for HRC in the general, o well.

Don't worry about it though! If you all haven't realized it yet- our votes, our voices, our democracy- are all lost. We are going to keep paying taxes, work for the government for about 3 months every year, to support something we have no say in. I mean jeeze- we can't even fix the potholes in our city. We're out of the loop folks. Who knows what will happen. Assange claims he has even more damaging material on Hillary (As if rigging the primary election isn't enough)- Trump is imploding-- who knows?

to Tannim-

Yep, vote third party. I don't know if I'll vote for Johnson or Stein (funny predicament) - maybe I'll just draw an upside down flag on the ballot. I don't really see how we can withdraw from this predicament without simply refusing to except the premise. Dick Van Dyke was right with his endorsement of Bernie- "The Emperor wears no clothes". We better wake up to it quick

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Posted by KyleJS on 08/03/2016 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Trump's true colors, nurses for ColoradoCare, secrecy and the mayor, and more

Leslie Weise, Scott Hente, Gina Douglas: Donald Trump is running a massive con game. He's a carpetbagging RINO that is a friend of Hillary's, has been for years, and he's deliberately tanking and taking the GOP with him in order to elect Hillary. It's the only thing that explains all of his bizarre behavior. People are falling for the con all over, from the grassroots to the elite. That's why the only choice is Gary Johnson.

Debra Avery: A Bernie supporter doesn't elect Trump by voting for Stein. Your claim of them not supporting the DP only means that you are demeaning them and telling them that their vote doesn't matter unless it's the way YOU want it to be, not them, and that's insulting. You are putting party over principle, and a piss-poor party of theft and enslavement at that!

Gina Douglas: A one-issue voter is a voter that is uninformed and ignorant. You have no idea if Hillary is going to start a nuclear war because you have no idea what the future holds, and her own corrupt criminal pursuit of power just might drive her insane enough to do it.

The only sane choice for President is Gary Johnson.

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Posted by Tannim on 08/03/2016 at 11:05 AM

Re: “KCMJ cuts, hunting and fishing license fees, handicap parking, and more

Just an FYI, prior to my leaving Colorado, I met a council member from the city of Westminster, named Bob Briggs. He has been the champion for a high speed rail in Colorado.

This is the link to the feasibility study he had accomplished.

This the link to the petition he had started online.…

This is the link to sign up for updates.…

Thank you Bob Briggs.

For those of you that support this....get involved, they need your support. :)

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Posted by Lil Mick on 08/02/2016 at 11:27 AM

Re: “KCMJ cuts, hunting and fishing license fees, handicap parking, and more

To Christina Krych and Tannim, Odin and COS,

It seems that the normal answer to the question of "Why don't we have a high speed rail on the front range" is "Because we didn't do it 20 years ago."

Yes, an intercity rail requires inner-city public transit. I'll refer you to two articles, written 5 years apart (2010 and 2015) which provide a glimpse into the practicality of instituting a streetcar in COS.……

It seems like we could have already had a trolley connecting downtown, Penrose and Memorial and up to North Nevada by UCCS already, and for about half the cost of this bologna "City for Chumps".

So do the street-car, and do the light-rail. Denver has a decent enough transit to get around once there.

Also- many cities have rails. When I was stationed in Great Lakes, IL I used to take the train to Chicago every weekend, and use the rails to get around Chicago while there. When I lived in Oceanside you could take a rail along the coast all the way up to San Francisco. People were always taking the rails. When considering whether they make or lose money, one must also factor in their reliability and their safety. How much money is lost in traffic delays (late time- extra fuel, etc.)- ok- how much money is lost in traffic accidents? Medical bills- maybe. The loss of a life. The loss of the "infinite possibilities of life" - how do you equate this? Rails aren't without risk, but it's without saying they are much more safe And reliable than cars.

Get a friggin' light rail. Stop thinking we should have done it 20 years ago. If we are going to think like that- let's at least think in the future. 20 years in the future, what should we have done now?

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Posted by KyleJS on 08/01/2016 at 6:35 PM

Re: “KCMJ cuts, hunting and fishing license fees, handicap parking, and more

So many have been asking me what happened at KCMJ, I finally decided the story must be told. Here is what I know:…

Posted by Dave Gardner on 07/29/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “KCMJ cuts, hunting and fishing license fees, handicap parking, and more

Christina Krych: Inter-city expresses, or interurban commuter lines as they are known in America, are not only a dying breed (there's only one left, the Chicago, South Shore, and South Bend Railroad), but they continually lose money and are subsidized by tax dollars on top of the tickets. The other problem with them is once you hit a station and get off, then what? Colorado, like most of the west, doesn't address that very well. The experimental bullet train in California is a huge boondoggle that goes nowhere.

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Posted by Tannim on 07/28/2016 at 3:03 PM

Re: “KCMJ cuts, hunting and fishing license fees, handicap parking, and more

Ryan Hannigan wrote "It seems like many of the local live shows have been "stolen" by some other entity." I believe that is a reference to the new Studio 809 podcast network several former KCMJ hosts/volunteers have launched (myself included). We are not encouraging any shows to leave KCMJ. However, we are providing a warm, positive, nurturing environment for any shows that no longer feel they can make it work at KCMJ. I personally hope they are all back on KCMJ one day. The existence of Studio 809 is not a cause of what Gary wrote about. It's a symptom.

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Posted by Dave Gardner on 07/28/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “KCMJ cuts, hunting and fishing license fees, handicap parking, and more

Gary, you're forgetting to point the finger at one person. I'll let you figure out who. It seems like many of the local live shows have been "stolen" by some other entity.

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Posted by Ryan Hannigan on 07/27/2016 at 6:08 PM

Re: “KCMJ cuts, hunting and fishing license fees, handicap parking, and more

Gary Casimir: Like I Said; "The road to the perfect humanistic progressive utopia is such a difficult journey." I guess KCMJ-LP is dealing with distopia as well.

Roger Armstrong: Yep, and another thing that KRCC should look into down the road in spite of possibly difficulty, is to look into investing into a second radio station. One that will allow them to broadcast a full time Adult Rock/Triple A or Adult Rock esq format since their are still pockets of music programming left on KRCC, but the Afternoon Music Mix was canceled in favor of more News and Spoken Word Programs.

Colorado Public Radio in Denver was able to narrowcast and superserve its programming onto three separate stations (News/Talk, Classical, and Triple A), and KUNC in Fort Collins was able to sign on a full time Triple A station this year called The Colorado Sound; allowing KUNC to go Public Radio News/Talk full time.

The days of block programming on Public Radio is trending out.

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Posted by Don McCullen on 07/27/2016 at 1:10 PM

Re: “KCMJ cuts, hunting and fishing license fees, handicap parking, and more

Christina Krych,

I lived in Europe for many years. Your call for "inter-city express trains" overlooks one critical thing that Europe has which enables such systems -- GOOD INTRA-CITY MASS TRANSIT.

We don't have that. So if you build your inter-city express trains, once you get to your intended city, it is difficult to get from the station to where you need to be.

IOW, if you build the inter-city express trains right now, few people will use them.

What we need to do first is build up our INTRA-city mass transit, THEN we can talk about building INTER-city mass transit.

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Posted by Odin on 07/27/2016 at 11:27 AM

Re: “FAC merger, 2C spending, bus schedule changes, and more

City leadership is either crooked or clueless. Not only are the potholes GETTING WORSE--- the malarkey "City For Chumps" is proceeding at record pace-
The entire construction zone between 8th street on 24 and the 25 interchange is a disaster. You dang near need an MSHA certification, hard hat and orange vest to drive through it.

Too bad Joel Miller was not elected as Mayor. We should probably go ahead and try and impeach someone, at least remind the bologna political class that we are maybe able to assert a bit of power? We sure could use leaders like Brandi Williams back in office- we have a lot of great opportunities- how fun is it to imagine who could replace Lamborn? so fun....

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Posted by KyleJS on 07/22/2016 at 9:21 PM

Re: “FAC merger, 2C spending, bus schedule changes, and more

Tom DeLorey: Doug Bruce and Helen Collins warned you about this. They were right.

David Johnson: see what Tom DeLorey was asking about.

Don McCullen: why so obsessed about voyeurism in bathrooms unless you're the one doing it? If you're so obsessed about sexualizing bodily functions, then only go to the bathroom in your home--where the bathroom is already transgender whether you like it or not. Just remember to put the seat down when you're done.

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Posted by Tannim on 07/22/2016 at 1:50 PM

Re: “FAC merger, 2C spending, bus schedule changes, and more

Tom and David. West Uintah drivers worry about a DUI for dodging craters. But the new gutters sure look nice. The city wants to extend Centenial. But before they do maybe they should take care of the one they have. We west siders are buying up moon rovers just to get home.

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Posted by longtooth on 07/22/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Assault weapons, Orlando, McCain, Lamborn and the VA, and more

Chris Donahue: Do you even know what an "assault weapon is? Likely not. Do you know what the words "shall not be infringed" and "inalienable" mean? Like Scalia, likely not. My freedom is not to be sacrificed because pantywaists like you incorrectly think that responsibility is taught by prohibition, all in the socialist meme of "the common good." You are simply stuck on stupid.

Bob Kirby: Yeah, right. They won't want to break a nail.

Sally Alberts: Yes, Panama John McCain is a weasel, and has been for decades. Ask the Dineh how his sweetheart deal with Peabody Mining in Arizona led to their forced relocation from their reservation and subsequent cancer deaths from the mining operation. That's just one example.

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Posted by Tannim on 07/15/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Centennial extension, the state constitution, 'welfare queens,' and more

Willie Breazell: You are misguided. The Colorado Constitution could be shortened rather easily, not by the misguided Raise the Bar Amendment, which is Californication written all over it, but by a simple amendment. Ready? Here it is:

"All citizen statutory initiatives shall not be amended or repealed by the Legislature, and each aforementioned initiative shall contain a statutory section listing the sections of the statues that initiative enacts or amends that shall not be amended or repealed by the Legislature."

That simple: isolate and highlight statutory changes that the people make, and keep the Legislature from undoing what the people decide.

Limiting or restricting the Legislature use of the Health and Safety Clause is a different issue, yet another good idea, since that prevents citizen referenda on bills passed, requiring citizens to turn to the constitutional amendment process in the first place.
As for #78, yes, it's a bad idea. Most liberal ideas that screw with the marketplace are.

Dick Standaert: Correct. Colorado Springs Forward is anything but. The correct solution is to make the CSU Board separate from the City Council and elected separately.

Matt Oalfssen: You are something resembling a whining idiot. Do us all a favor and leave for somewhere else where you'll be appreciated, like Flint, or North Korea.

Larry Lutz: ROFL!

Posted by Tannim on 07/13/2016 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Trump's inexperience, Colorado's primary system, Centennial extension, and more

Larimore Nicholl: must you continue to gab about your experiences with ObamaCare?

Tim Wood: Nope. The current system of party nominees making the final ballot is just fine. Top Two has been an unmitigated disaster in California. If you want to fix the system, then work for actual improvements like ranked-choice voting and equal funding of campaigns, including getting the media to pull out their heads and recognize that there are more than D/R candidates in races and cover them equally--or else the media is giving in-kind donations to candidates that must be monetized and recorded for each and every time.

Stephen Shogan: The caucus system isn't broken. The primary system is. Let your political parties fund their own nomination processes without taxpayer subsidy.

Steve Mabon: You're correct about the Lamborn Prayer fiasco and him being a disappointment, but dead wrong on the rest.

Posted by Tannim on 07/13/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Trump's inexperience, Colorado's primary system, Centennial extension, and more

Funny how there is money for a road extension that benefits a small few - while the rest of use bounce from pothole to pothole in the rest of town.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 07/07/2016 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Trump's inexperience, Colorado's primary system, Centennial extension, and more

To Larimore Nicholl (and the Independent): There you go "sneezing" again. What have we told you about that? Larimore has never met a conspiracy that he couldn't ignore. If he considers Hillary the best candidate for CEO/President of US inc., then that tells me more about his foundation of immorality than any article the Independent has ever published about him. This also tells me he's completely satisfied with Obama's results, even though much of the nation would have him impeached. If I were playing in that 'sandbox' of the phony show "election", I'd support Trump, if only due to Larimore's support of Hillary. Larimore's comparison of Hillary to an MD insults that profession.

Steve Mabon: "Nearly 23 percent of Americans have no religious affiliation, atheists and agnostics make up 7-plus percent,..." That leaves a minimum of 70% of us. That's more than 3-1 ratio. You have the free-will to "believe" whatever you want. The Bible can and does stand on its own.

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Posted by gregaj7 on 07/07/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Centennial extension, the state constitution, 'welfare queens,' and more

"The 2nd amendment is vague and ambiguous," - Lil Mick

Not at all. It is quite clear and concise.

"can you legally and specifically define an "arms" " - Lil Mick

Absolutely! First, we have the descriptors used in the amendment itself -- those items which individual people would be capable of keeping (storing and maintaining) and bearing (transporting, carrying, serving, and operating). This would therefore eliminate any crew served items, and very large or very complicated items. Furthermore, when we look to the legal concepts (jurisprudence) of the time, most of our laws were based on English Common Law. Per ECL of the time, the definition of arms was items of common use for individual combat (ECL based this on the writings of Sir Edward Coke). This would eliminate area effect items such as explosives such as grenades (yes, they existed back then), artillery, and so on. Furthermore, this is borne out by looking at the items that people were and were not expected to provide for themselves under the Militia Acts: they were to come bearing their own firearms, swords, and spears (espontoon), but not cannon. Applying this to modern items, this would mean that semi-auto firearms would most definitely be considered arms, but full-auto (incl burst) AKA machine guns would probably not be.

"it also protects the ownership of a certain privately manufactured and marketed goods and none other." - Lil Mick


"The reason for the amendment, to build an army of civilians (militia) is no longer valid." - Lil Mick

You have it backwards. The Amendment does not use arms to build the militia, it uses the militia as one reason to not infringe the pre-existing right to arms. The body of the Constitution already provides for building the militia, so the idea that the amendment builds the militia is unsupportable.

Not only is the amendment quite clear as to what the right is (to keep and bear arms), but also who has the right (the people). If it were as you aver, it would say the right of the militia to keep and bear arms, but it does not.

" the wind fall profits due to this amendment to both gun manufacturers, sellers and gun lobby has been in the billions."

Most firearm manufacturers actually operate on pretty tight margins; however, efforts by gun control advocates (you) have certainly increased the demand for firearms and increased their profits during the last 8 years. IOW, you are causing them to make more money than usual.

"then we can move on with common sense gun safety legislation." - Lil Mick

You mean common appeal. What makes sense to some does not make sense to others and in many cases makes no sense what so ever, but people support it because it sounds good (AKA "feel-good" legislation).

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Posted by Odin on 07/07/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Centennial extension, the state constitution, 'welfare queens,' and more

"There is nothing factual to this response, this is an opinion. " - Lil Mick

No, it is the statement of many politicians including Hillary Clinton.

"I will stand strong on this as a fact, no one, no politician, no legislature is trying to take hunting rifles." - Lil Mick

There are many types of hunting rifles and yes, politicians have proposed banning some types of them and severely restricting others. Again, see statements by Clinton and others advocating Aussie and UK gun control. Try to own a rifle in the UK. You will find the choices extremely limited and the controls largely prohibitive.

"Right now, it is just background check loopholes, Assault style semi automatic long guns maybe, but not hunting rifles."

There are no background check loopholes. Assault is an action, not a style -- the term "assault style" is completely meaningless and one used by the media because they constantly get assault rifle, assault weapon, and other types of firearms mixed up. Semi-auto hunting rifles have been sold commercially in the US for over a century and are quite popular. But thanks for pointing out a type of hunting rifle you would like to ban, thereby supporting my previous point.

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Posted by Odin on 07/07/2016 at 11:27 AM

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