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Re: “You are not alone: homeschool resources

I also have a website that is for homeschool families that live in Colorado. It's full of resources like field trips, classes, enrichment, etc. It's at:

Posted by hsmama64 on 11/02/2016 at 1:47 AM

Re: “Mixed blessings

I can't wait to come and visit this campus. My life has been deeply impacted by Andrew's ministry. He is a great man of God with a commitment to spread the gospel to the nations. Word of God is alive and powerful, a bunch of believers learning the Word of God will only benefit this community.

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Posted by Leah1 on 11/01/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Helen Collins on A-71, Trump's taxes, Manitou parking, and more

Thanks Helen and Joel. I was unsure how to vote on this. The pro-side ads say a yes vote will limit out-of-state special interests, but I was skeptical since all the career politicians - aka the enemy of the people - are all on the pro-side.

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Posted by curious on 11/01/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Helen Collins on A-71, Trump's taxes, Manitou parking, and more

And...for anyone who likes Amendment 64...know it would never have gotten on the ballot under the new rules of A71. Also know that under A71, it will be easy to repeal. NO on A71.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 11/01/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Helen Collins on A-71, Trump's taxes, Manitou parking, and more

I wholeheartedly agree with Helen Collins on A71. She is absolutely correct in her assessment that it is removing the possibility of a government by the governed.

You will also note the slight of hand that REPEAL of initiated changes (such as TABOR which is the ultimate target of Suthers and other special interests) does not require the requisite 55%. So A71 not only makes it harder for new citizen amendments to be passed, but also makes it easier to repeal ones that citizens already approved.

Rest assured that TABOR will be the first target for repeal by the special interests who depend on corporate welfare and would like no limit on taxes provided for such purposes. These are the same special interests pushing A71. NO on A71.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 11/01/2016 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Who has the highest water rates in Colorado?

I call BS. This "study" looks at annual bills, not per-gallon rates. To do the former makes the comparisons invalid as water needs and availability vary by location. To do the latter is an accurate comparison, and I know from my own water bills that my per-gallon rates are far higher than CSU, as in above a penny a gallon--and that's from sole groundwater, not a reservoir, pipeline, or aquifer.

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Posted by Tannim on 10/31/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Get out and vote, the third debate, death with dignity, and more

Liz Coelho: So you would prefer that people who are simply uninformed about the ballot just "vote anyway"? That's about 80% of the electorate, and it's the primary reason that we have the governmental and political mess that we have. The correct message is yes, people should vote, but they better be informed before the act. Most aren't.

Steve Schriener: You missed the obvious, which is that Wallace never called the statement true or his own, just that it was a statement. An informed candidate would have recognized the question as a response to a third-hand statement and addressed it as such, as you just did. But they didn't, which only illustrates their own economic ignorance. It never was Wallace's argument in the first place. Sometimes questions are asked to gauge responses and reactions and knowledge, and this was one of them. Heck, in 2008, McCain was asked about the Plunge Protection Team and had no clue about the answer, even though he was *in that group*.

Dan Costrell: You should be, because the Indy never bothered to talk to all of the candidates, including the opponents of the ones they endorsed.

Bill Durland: Good point on 71, although it's ancillary to the real issue. But your comment on 69 makes no sense: If our "health care system should not remain in the hands of insurance companies, practicing medicine without a license and controlling the responses to our medical needs, motivated by maximizing their dollars", then why should it be placed in the hands of government, also practicing medicine without a license and controlling the responses to our medical needs, motivated by spending our tax dollars? The common denominator is there: the decisions are out of our hands as are the cost controls. One extreme doesn't require a switch to the other extreme. Vote NO on 69, and get medical decisions back into the hands of doctors and patients, not the corporations, and definitely NOT the government.

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Posted by Tannim on 10/31/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “What does Colorado's political future hold?

"Both Sondermann and Dunn say that growth is likely caused by rifts in the Republican party, particularly on social issues. Dunn says the legalization of marijuana may have led some to the Libertarians, while Sondermann points out that as Republicans lose more elections some voters might see little reason not to align with a party that more closely reflects their views."

They would both be wrong. The growth is because millennials are increasingly disgusted with what they see as a dysfunctional government that does not meet their needs or wants, both socially and fiscally, so they are seeking alternatives, and that's the Libertarian Party. Legalization of cannabis, which the LP called for 45 years ago, is irrelevant, and so are GOP election losses, most of which are simply self-inflicted.

No, the real reason is that more and more people are realizing that the best way actually is minimal optimal government and maximal freedom, the generation shift is facilitating that realization, it's been going on and increasing since 2008, and the distrust of government and the DP/GOP duopoly is at record levels. The LP is growing because government, the DP, and the GOP all simply suck.

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Posted by Tannim on 10/31/2016 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

Vietnamized fibbed: "Tannim is a reactionary in the most extreme sense - even though he calls himself a Libertarian. When I lived in Alaska I was privileged to visit much of the bush - there are all kinds of folks up there who are completely self-sufficient - maybe he would be more comfortable as a lonely curmudgeon in the Far North."

Wrong, Cong. If you had a clue about libertarians, and you clearly don't, you would see that my correct positions are based on three things: improving individual freedom, reducing government, and keeping our tax money in our pockets. You don't know Jack Schitt about me, and the fact that you have to revert to namecalling and non sequiturs in order to fail to make a point, instead of actually addressing the context of what I posted, only shows that you have no argument and therefore no credibility.

Dan 1: The rationale is that both 107 and 108 are unconstitutional per Supreme Court rulings of 1986 and 2000 (both of which stated that the state mandating open or closed primaries are unconstitutional infringements on the First Amendment's Freedom of Association), we are a REPUBLIC, NOT A DEMOCRACY, and as a taxpayer who is not a Democrat or Republican I should not be forced to have MY tax dollars subsidize the internal machinations of two corporations. The proper way for political parties to decide their nominees is at their conventions, and their leadership at their caucuses, fully privately funded, at ZERO taxpayer expense.

Cameron LeVack: Ask Vermont.

happyfew: my "fair share" is a classic big-government liberal garbage comment. Why don't YOU pay my fair share instead? Oh, wait, because in your mind, that wouldn't be fair, but if government doubles your current "fair share", it's still "fair," even though it's the same amount. In other words, you want others to pay the same as you, but you're too dense to understand that the better way is for everyone to pay LESS.

Posted by Tannim on 10/31/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Political activist asked to resign for not endorsing GOP candidate

I think the actual Facebook post is in order.

If Calef is speaking in an official position in the GOP, then she's out of line.

On the other hand, if she's speaking as herself, she certainly can list her party credentials while doing so, and she's fine.

Context matters.

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Posted by Tannim on 10/31/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “2016 Indy endorsements cheat sheet

Note that in their endorsements, the Indy, like the Gazette, displayed a complete lack of integrity and honor by not contacting and talking to all of the candidates. Thus their endorsements are tainted and should be dismissed.

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Posted by Tannim on 10/31/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “2016 Best Of Colorado Springs: Welcome and Winners Index

What determines Gold, Silver and Bronze? How did you rate Tapateria a Silver for gluten free when they have this disclaimer "We are pleased to offer gluten-free dining options, but if you have a serious allergy please know that our small kitchen is not-gluten free" on their menu. Are they gluten free do they offer gluten free food? I don't think so if their kitchen is not gluten free. Not fair to the folks with celiac disease (autoimmune not allergy).

Posted by MSSMITH on 10/31/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “UPDATE: ATTN: Cyclists. Tell the city you want these bike lanes.

I'll stand by what I said earlier : "99.95% of drivers are doing a good job of going around the bicycles, with enough clearance, and room for a margin-of-error."
And I'll add that the Bike Lanes prove this. Research Parkway is wide enough for cars and bikes to fit, side-by-side.

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Posted by James Donohue on 10/30/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “UPDATE: ATTN: Cyclists. Tell the city you want these bike lanes.

Nearly 900 people who live in the immediate area have signed a petition calling for the removal of these rarely utilized bike lanes that are creating significantly more traffic in our neighborhood, since making turns onto Research without the aid of a light has become so unsafe. Road rage is now a daily issue as well. Only those who live nowhere near here are supporting this because to see it first-hand during rush hour is to see the unsafe conditions that now exist. To join others to tell the city this bike lane execution is a total disaster, visit:…

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Posted by Allen B on 10/29/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

There is an error in the description of the El Paso County Schoold District 20 (Academy) - 3A ballot question. The Independent says that there will be an increase in the mill levy if implemented. The text on the ballot for this question specifically says that there will NOT be an increase in the mill levy. THERE WILL NOT BE AN INCREASE IN TAXES! The proponents of this ballot question are asking for permission to use the taxes collected by the mill levy implemented in 1998 to be used to borrow money to pay for new construction and improvements to educational facilities in the district.

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Posted by Christopher Korch on 10/29/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Political activist asked to resign for not endorsing GOP candidate

The GOP (Grab others Private Parts) is a disaster. Dumber than rocks!

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Posted by Donald T Rump on 10/29/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Falling Starrs

There is so much that is heart breaking about this saga. Starr Kempf was so gifted and making routine pilgrimages to his sculptures is one of the highlights of my life (and pretty much what kept me going the few years I was stranded in that town). I have never seen anything like his work. His vision was unique, oddly functional, and just incredible to see in person. I sadly read years later that he had killed himself, which was a tragedy for the area, his fans, and of course his poor family. But the deterioration of his daughter's mental health combined with her methods of increasing the publicity of his pieces by bringing public bus tours to a private community and provoking fights with neighbors absolutely ruined everything. I don't know what's worse---that they could be removed and shuffled around, exposing them to potential damage; OR to be purchased by a private owner and given a permanent home where the general public would be unable to see them at all. There is just no ending to this situation that isn't crushing. What an incredible loss, and not at all the eulogy his talent deserves.

Posted by Jezebel Proudfoot on 10/29/2016 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Political activist asked to resign for not endorsing GOP candidate

In some places. This is El Paso County, Colorado. The Party tells you what to think and how to vote and who to vote for.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 10/29/2016 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Political activist asked to resign for not endorsing GOP candidate

I thought that the entire point of allowing people to vote was so they could make a personal choice without conditions or consequences,regardless of their political affiliations. I thought the rules applied to everyone

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Posted by Shannon Simmons on 10/29/2016 at 2:54 AM

Re: “Colorado State Forest Service: Use more local wood

Doesnt anyone realize that wildfires used to keep our forests healthy. Nature could take care of itself just fine. The only reason it is an issue is because nature being natural is inconvenient for people.

Posted by Shannon Simmons on 10/29/2016 at 2:08 AM

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