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Re: “Mourning along life's highway

I agree, the vast majority are not accidents, they are negligence. And it is really bothersome that several times a month we see in the news that someone died after being ejected or thrown around inside a vehicle because they were too selfish to put their seatbelt on. IMHO, deaths of people who are not buckled in should be treated as suicides and I firmly support the idea that life and health insurance should not have to pay out if the person was not wearing their seatbelt. And we really need to crack down on speeding and running red lights in Colorado Springs.

Posted by Odin on 09/12/2014 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Mourning along life's highway

rt is correct, they may have been unintentional, but they are not accidents, they are almost always negligence.

And more people would live if they would simply wear their seatbelts.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/10/2014 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Natural delight

The "goats" are white and have small pointy horns. The sheep are the ones that blend in with their grey/brown coloring and they have the big impressive horns. A picture of the goat may be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/… A picture of the sheep may be found at http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/medi…

Hunts are strictly controlled and tags for either animals are very hard to get, for example last year there were approximately 9070 applications for tags for mountain goats in Colorado, but only about 206 tags were given and only about 149 hunters were successful.

For bighorn sheep, there were about 1644 applications for tags, only 12 were given, and only 11 were filled.

You would be far more outraged if hunters did not control the populations and the same situation that often occurs with white tail deer were to happen where as much as 75% of the year's fawns die of starvation or malnutrition due to exceeding the carrying capacity of the land.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/10/2014 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Natural delight

I believe that the "goats" referred to in this article are actually Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, that came to be in the Waldo Canyon area after an accidental translocation in 1946. Apparently some bighorn sheep were being transported from Colorado's Western Slope to some other location, when the vehicle they were in broke down on Ute Pass near the parking lot of Waldo Canyon. Somehow the sheep escaped and have been reproducing for generations all over the Rampart Range and Waldo canyon areas. There is another fairly large herd in Mueller Park near Dome Rock and a smallish herd that I see frequently on the West side of Pikes Peak while driving between Divide and Cripple Creek on Highway 67. Not sure if the Pikes Peak and Dome Rock herds are from the same translocation or not.

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Posted by oldguyinWP on 09/10/2014 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Mourning along life's highway

pictures or it didnt happen.

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Posted by Mey Relname on 09/10/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “A lone survivor, no need for death, stormwater taxes, and more

As far as the Balloon classic goes Im willing to bet the next one will go on as the Broadmoor Balloon gala or some such thing. Seems there getting there way with all the public venues and Im about sure this is going to be another one. Its been to popular to let it go without someone making a buck off of it and thats the kind of thing there about. C4C is getting its push because of Anschutz he sure ant going let that get away if theres a buck to be made.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/10/2014 at 11:18 AM

Re: “A lone survivor, no need for death, stormwater taxes, and more

Yes Don THANK YOU

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/10/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Mourning along life's highway

Please stop calling them "accidents". The vast majority of motor vehicle crashes (or collisions) are the result of reckless, inattentive, or impaired driving. They are 100% preventable. Speeding, using a cell phone, or drinking before driving are all conscious decisions, not whimsical forces of nature beyond our control.

Calling crashes "accidents" diminishes the responsibility drivers have to operate deadly machinery in a safe and civil manner, and gives the impression that there's no way we can do anything about them. Motor vehicle violence is preventable, and we in the U.S. are terrible at it. 30,000+++ Americans die every year in traffic crashes & they are the leading cause of death for children. The latest estimate by the NHTSA put the monetary cost of traffic violence at 871 billion dollars. Calling those kinds of numbers accidents trivializes the very real impact crashes have on American society.

-a former student of yours

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Posted by rt on 09/10/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “A lone survivor, no need for death, stormwater taxes, and more

Thank you, Don Ray, for your moving letter about cancer and the Susan B. Koman Race for the Cure. Your perceptive, well written observations captured the pain and sorrow of cancer as experienced by a surviving family member. You painted a very haunting yet accurate portrait of loss and survival.

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Posted by Quid pro quo on 09/10/2014 at 8:20 AM

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