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Re: “Make Colorado great again

Boulder's population is growing at a much slower rate than Colorado Springs, and yet, its economy continues to diversify and attract new business. Remember the scorn that Colorado Springs elite heaped on Boulder for its growth boundaries, and yet:

Foodies Know: Boulder Has Become a Hub for New Producers
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/busines…

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Posted by leloupe on 02/04/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

Rocky Smith writes:
"I disagree with you about the EC then the States with the most population would win every election."

No, WITHOUT the EC the PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE with the most VOTES would win elections.
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"Thats why the EC was put in place so the voters in Wyoming and Montana and Alaska still have a voice."

Wyoming, Montana and Alaska did not exist when the EC was put in place.
The Founders had NO idea how many States there would be, or how the nation's population would be dispersed.
The idea that each State, regardless of population, would have adequate representation was accommodated by each state having TWO Senators. The EC was NOT inserted into the Constitution to give greater voice to States with small populations.
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"that was the intention so small populations around our Country still have a voice."

Every Individual American should have an EQUAL voice in the selection of the ONLY office that represents ALL Americans, not some amalgamation of population created by arbitrary lines drawn on a map.
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"I don't want that voice taken from anyone in America no matter who it puts in the White House."

The EC LITERALLY disenfranchised MOST of the voters in the last Presidential Election, and youre worried about the MINORITY of voters not having a voice? Really?

In 21st Century America, the issues facing any U.S. Administration (the Presidency) are issues concerning ALL Americans. We no longer live in a world where news and information travel at the speed a horse.
The EC is an anachronism, a dead albatross, hanging from the neck of our aspirations for democracy.

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Posted by asawatcher on 02/04/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

Asa We are with out a doubt both. We vote in an election that is without a doubt Democratic but we are Represented as a Republic. I disagree with you about the EC then the States with the most population would win every election. Thats why the EC was put in place so the voters in Wyoming and Montana and Alaska still have a voice. They dont have the population as California or Florida or New York. But they have a voice. We vote each State then calculate the EC votes. Now granted those were not States when all this started but that was the intention so small populations around our Country still have a voice. I dont want that voice taken from anyone in America no matter who it puts in the White House. I have very strong feelings toward the Rights to all Americans not just the ones I agree with but all Americans. Even those that has no idea how our Government works. That was what our Founders wanted from the start and I wish everyone felt the same. But alas the selfishness in this Country wont allow many to see the true intent behind the founding of our great Nation. All are Created Equal. ALL!

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/03/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Tim Mitros finds life after city of Colorado Springs gig

We all know why Mitros was let go. He was getting too close to the homeowners who lost everything when our City Fathers chose to KNOWINGLY get in bed with Developers and build homes on landslides. I am clueless as to why these homeowners are not filing a Class Action lawsuit! It seems like a slam dunk to me!

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Posted by mbomcar on 02/03/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “The resurgence of the radical left raises questions

A REMINDER from the Indy moderator: We generally view the Indy's comments zone as a free-for-all, but we reserve the right to maintain a reasonable level of respect among commenters.

SEE: http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/User…... which includes this bit...

"We expect posters to refrain from inflammatory and/or hate language, which will be grounds for deletion. Please be considerate and stay on-topic, particularly in comments. Personal attacks will not be tolerated."

Those commenters who can't abide by the rules they agreed to will find that their accounts have been deleted.

Please be considerate of other's opinions.

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Posted by Mary Jo Meade on 02/03/2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

The fact that we vote for our representatives does not mean we are a democracy.

Again:

Republics are rule by law, are always representative, and have an executive position which is not a monarch.

Democracies are rule by vote, can be direct or representative, and do not have an executive position.

We are a nation which operates on laws, we don't have our representatives vote on everything. We have an executive position. We are a republic.

As for any problems with the Electoral College goes, the real issue is not the Electoral College itself, the problem is that most states choose to use a "Winner Take All" methond of assigning electors. That is something determined by each individual state and is not something required or even recommended by the Constitution or federal law.

The only positive of the winner take all system is that it becomes much less likely that Congress will have to choose the president and VP in the case of neither set of candidates achieving the 270 majority.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/03/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

Two observations about the "republic" / "democracy" discussion.
First: The indefinite nature of the term "Republic". The "R" in the old U.S.S.R. stood for "Republic". And then there's the "Peoples 'Republic' of China". Neither reflect what Americans might view as the definition of "Republic".
And, of course, were NOT a pure democracy, as We the People don't vote on every piece of federal legislation, or state law, or city ordinance.
BUT we DO exercise democracy when we elect our representatives to D.C., and to our State, and local governments.
Without fundamental democratic principles, our government would not exist in the form it does today.
Now, when our Founders gave us the charge to: "form a more perfect union", they were encouraging the expansion of the Constitution's fundamental democratic principles. Historically, this is the tack America has taken. Senators are now elected democratically, not chosen, and, over the last 200 or so years the voting franchise has been drastically expanded.
Today, however, we are witnessing a trend toward making voting harder, and THAT may be at the heart of what I see as an effort to demean/diminish the ideal of democracy as America's first principle. Those of the right-wing persuasion tend toward writing such declarations as: "We are NOT a democracy", as if THAT is the end of the discussion. I have come to understand why conservatives do NOT like democracy. (but that is for a different post).
I suggest we suspend the semantics discussion and focus on how we can expand our Constitutions democratic principles as our Founders intended.

In regard to Mr Durlands letter, considering my above opinion, I am of the notion that to expand democratic principles we must eliminate the Electoral College. It is patently absurd that the ONLY "elected" official, that represents, and is voted on by ALL Americans, is NOT determined by an equally direct democratic election. In the 21st century the reasons for the Electoral College no longer exist, and the Electoral College has become not only a detriment to democracy, but much LESS a mechanism to prevent "oppression". The value of an individual American Citizen's vote should NOT be a function of geography. And the last election embodies a cruel irony to WHY Hamilton advocated the EC.

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Posted by asawatcher on 02/03/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Coloradans conflicted on Trump's Supreme Court pick

Joke? And it was allowed to be printed in the official school yearbook? Where was the faculty or administrative review? This is another attempt to hide the truth and make light of questionable behavior by chalking it up to youthful pranks. If it was a prank than Mr. Gorsuch should make a public apology for his actions - just to clear the air....

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/2/1…

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Posted by rms on 02/03/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Faith groups gather to celebrate World Hijab Day

Oh, the irony. Celebrating gender oppression.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 02/03/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Coloradans conflicted on Trump's Supreme Court pick

guruD, I think this link may be helpful: http://www.snopes.com/neil-gorsuchs-fascis…

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 02/02/2017 at 9:34 PM

Re: “El Paso County inmates say new jail contractor serves inadequate food

I seriously doubt that the county contracted for inadequate amounts of inedible food. What I find most interesting is that the bloggers who routinely find evidence of corruption in every government transaction, are not demanding a full accounting of how our tax money is being spent or accusing any county official of receiving kickbacks from the deal. Instead, they are happy to be ripped off, just as long as the prison inmates suffer from the cruel, if not so unusual, punishment.

In another thread in this same issue of the Indy, and on this same blog, is a report of a study conducted in prisons with real inmates that indicates a link between poor diet and violence. Unless you were being sarcastic, you indicated in the comments section that you agreed with that finding, Mr. Tannim, before you wrote your comment for this piece. Somehow, you failed to put the two reports together.

The cost of hiring extra guards to handle violent prisoners far outweighs the cost of a nutritious diet. And, if you are interested in reforming prisoners, providing a good diet is a good start.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/02/2017 at 8:10 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

This argument over "democracy" versus "republic" has turned the discussion into an exercise in semantics. I am sure that everyone participating knows the organization and mechanisms of our government in excruciating detail. Yet, everyone is expending lots of words trying to establish what is the best or most correct label for the overall process. I feel pretty sure no two university professors of political science can actually agree on a satisfactory label, much less we laymen. In the meantime, very few substantive points about the process have been raised.

Just for fun, I looked up the definitions of "democracy" and "republic" in the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This is what I found:

One is "a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law."

The other is "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections."

Can you tell, without any doubts or guesswork, which definition belongs to which word without looking them up?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/02/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Trump's beachheads and the War on Facts

The online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines beachhead as "an area on a hostile shore occupied to secure further landing of troops and supplies." Not a hint of the phrase "starting point," but the phrases "hostile shore" and "landing of troops" does imply somebody is at war.

You are correct, Mr. Tannim, in saying this is not a particularly significant piece of information, but you are the one throwing it into the spotlight. It seems to be something you "...tend to do: blowhard about nothing."

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/02/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

Several decades of liberal mumbo jumbo has brainwashed people into that a representative democracy and a republic are the same thing. THEY ARE NOT. A country can be either a democracy or a republic, NOT BOTH. Those of us old enough to remember know better than to fall for this attempt to merge the two systems. The US is not and never has been a democracy.

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Posted by Odin on 02/02/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “The resurgence of the radical left raises questions

The author did not "equate" anarchists with communists and socialists. He merely pointed out that groups who self-identified as anarchists, communists, and socialists, were working together. Apparently, the theoretical differences between these groups does not matter as much to them as it does to you, Mr. Tannim.

Furthermore, the original Anarchists (with a capital 'A') constituted a movement whose main political tactic was to assassinate politicians, often using bombs to take out as many as possible. They were hooligans and proud of it, and I think the Communists are offended that you did not call them hooligans as well.

Finally, classic Anarchists, Communists, and Socialists all have this in common: they all agree that progressive change can only come from the Working Class defeating the Ruling Class and dismantling the capitalist system. Communists also believe that their political system will lead eventually to a "withering away of the state." In other words, their ultimate goal is identical with the Anarchists' goal. They just think it cannot be forced or done immediately, but will take time.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/02/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Make Colorado great again

Mr. Tannim, while your thoughts are murky, your methods are crystal clear. Since you cannot refute any arguments using facts and logic, you resort to the crudest form of name-calling, and think you are so clever no one notices your deficiencies.

Furthermore, as I have affirmed many times in this blog, I am not a liberal. I appreciate the fact that your entire rant depends on stereotyping liberals. That is your problem.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/02/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “The List

I applaud Hunt and Hetfield for producing the film about the perils of pornography. It truly brings awful consequences to viewers and their families. There are some treatments that seem to work. 12-step programs seem to have high relapse rates but some of the new cognitive-behavior-based programs, like the book Power Over Pornography, help overcome the habit and also help control against relapse.

Posted by Brian Brandenburg on 02/02/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

"And those tweaks are what Dave"

The main one was change from the state legislatures selecting Senators to public vote for Senators. This upset the system of checks and balances and took some power away from the states, however, our form of government has not changed.

"a Democratic Representative Republic"

There is no such thing. We are a Constitutional Federal Republic and have been since the Articles of Confederation were replaced.

"No were not a full Representative Democracy but we are also not a full Representative Republic we are both. "

You have no idea what you are talking about.

"It means you and the rest of us get to pick who speaks for us in Washington."

You are completely hung up on the "representative" part of the issue and are confusing yourself. That has squat to do with whether or not we are a republic or a democracy. Refer back to my original post.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/02/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

And those tweaks are what Dave. O yea a Democratic Representative Republic. In case you havent noticed We vote the people in to represent us we dont just let a small group appoint them like they did when this Country started. Thats the tweak Dave No were not a full Representative Democracy but we are also not a full Representative Republic we are both. Have been for a very very long time and no Dave it dont mean your a Democrat it just means you vote that way it means you get a voice. It means you and the rest of us get to pick who speaks for us in Washington.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/02/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Coloradans conflicted on Trump's Supreme Court pick

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch founded 'Fascism Forever Club' in school
President's pick found to have led club which battled 'left-wing tendencies' while at Georgetown Preparatory


https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/8eb5d77d-a636…

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Posted by guruD on 02/02/2017 at 1:43 PM

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