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Re: “Taxophobia in the Springs, hope for CSU Board, climate change, and workers' comp

Mr. Executive director of ARAWC abhors "baseless hyperbole," or so he would have us believe, immediately after calling Workers' Comp "broken." It would be ironic if he actually believed it himself, but it makes sense in a diabolical way if he is only trying to confuse the issue.

Mr. Executive director of ARAWC whines, "It takes an attorney to understand workers' comp benefits or how to access them." Then he follows up by defending spending caps for injured workers because "the Option gives him or her the right to sue." So, it is wrong to make injured workers consult an attorney to understand their benefits, but okay to force them to hire attorneys to actually collect their benefits.

Mr. Executive director of ARAWC believes "legal exposure forces the employer to have some skin in the game." Which is why so many corporations have sponsored this organization, because they just love to expose themselves to lawsuits!

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/01/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “A challenge to young professionals

You can be pessimistic about it, as some commenters here suggest, or you can hope for the best. Two good things can happen here:

1. Informed people who are too busy or are disenchanted and think their vote might not count could be motivated to give it a go.

2.People who want to go party may put voting on their to-do list and decide they'd better study up. Sometimes we can harness peer pressure for good.

Will a few dazed and confused just fill out a ballot mindlessly so they can get cheaper drinks at a party? Perhaps. Not sure their random influence could be much worse than the mindless party-line voting that goes on all the time.

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Posted by Dave Gardner on 05/01/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “A challenge to young professionals

Thanks Liberty for COS. If this weren't so serious a topic, the juxtaposition of incongruity would be slap-stick funny...

"We aren't the slackers portrayed in late '90s and early '00s pop culture."

"We don't care if you're coming out for the music, the sticker, the beer, the food, the nonprofits, or just to see and be seen. Just come out and help us #RockTheVoteCOS!"

If only they cared whether or not people cast informed votes as much as they care about self-promotion.

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Posted by PacksA9 on 05/01/2015 at 3:49 PM

Re: “A challenge to young professionals

PacksA9--Couldn't agree more. If citizens aren't moved enough to become informed on the issues confronting them and vote, then I'm not too thrilled about the additional voters who turn out because yet another special interest group throws a party. Every citizen needs to understand his or her responsibility in maintaining our liberty. Yes--that means taking the time to do some basic research. It's at least as important as the hours per day spent on social media nothingness.

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 05/01/2015 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Defending 'Colorful Colorado' (and fighting Cory Gardner)

Ms Gregory;
The purpose and JOB of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect the environment . . . hence the name.
The EPA does NOT exist to protect corporate energy interests, or extractive industry practices, or even to nurture local government entities.
Protecting the environment is an umbrella effort to maintain the very thing which enables social and individual prosperity in the first place. Without a healthy environment we can NEVER attain a healthy economy, a healthy society, or healthy individuals for the nation that We the People work to build.
It is disturbing to watch these efforts demeaned by shallow minded shortsighted selfish thinking.

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Posted by asawatcher on 05/01/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “A challenge to young professionals

Is voting for voting's sake really what we're after here? What's the point of mindlessly coloring in a circle on a ballot if you really aren't engaged with the issues or understand the motivating philosophy of the candidates?

If only 15% of the demographic is really up on the issues, then that's the right turnout number. Perhaps the issue should be intellectual engagement, not 'rocking' an election with uninformed voters.

The point of an election is informed self-governance. Its not just another opportunity to post a selfie on your Facebook timeline.

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Posted by PacksA9 on 05/01/2015 at 4:50 AM

Re: “Defending 'Colorful Colorado' (and fighting Cory Gardner)

"regulate" our options... get yur head outta faux news gramma.

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Posted by happyfew on 04/30/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Change in the air around Fort Carson

I'm in Pueblo West and have noticed the increase in helicopters, also. We close enough to Ft. Carson that we hear the tanks and big guns firing. I love the secure feeling it gives, knowing our troops are being trained so well and so often to protect us and themselves, if and when, they are sent into battle. Keep it up, guys and gals. God be with you all!

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Posted by djaa on 04/30/2015 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Seceding from the Springs

Speaking of Atlas Shrugged, like the novel, Utopia, it is a fantasy. The fact of the matter is that if all the successful entrepreneurs went on strike, they would quickly be replaced by all of their own talented underlings and assistants, who have been just waiting for the chance to take over. The Human Race is incredibly inventive and resourceful--so much so, that successful corporate executives spend much more time suppressing potential competition than developing useful new products.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/29/2015 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Seceding from the Springs

So, "big election financiers" and their "purchased politicians" have "already circumvented" TABOR. In other words, TABOR has failed miserably in its mission to put an end to the most egregious political corruption. On the other hand, it has been immensely successful at preventing the few honest politicians in government from fixing potholes or watering public parks.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/29/2015 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Seceding from the Springs

Old Crank...you sure you want to get rid of TABOR and put the purcahsed politicians as the the sole authority for raising taxes and using the revenues as they see fit? I'd think long and hard about that one. If it were up the big election financiers, they'd never have to make any at-risk investment whatsoever as long as they could raise taxes to underwrite their risks. In fact...they already do that, but just circumvent TABOR to do it.

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 04/29/2015 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Defending 'Colorful Colorado' (and fighting Cory Gardner)

That ain't the way I heared it. The way I heared it was, "Right-wing is frightening!"

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/29/2015 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Seceding from the Springs

Oh yes...we also pay (or at least are charged) for those drainage pipes by the mil levies that were put in place by "go -along" politicians and sham TABOR elections for the "metropolitan districts" that are added to our tax bills and subsidize development.

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 04/29/2015 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Seceding from the Springs

There's only one problem with your plan, John...the "overlords" in suburbia already DO pay for their own fire stations--mil levies for Wescott Fire District and Black Forest Fire District ON TOP of City property tax. Our roads don't get maintained--only those downtown where they are adjacent to the purcahsers of the new City Council and the Mayor. Nor are there any cops in "suburbia"--they are all diverted to downtown and our response times in suburbia are miserable, while the Mayor builds new substations downtown to harass the homeless. The other really big problem with your plan is that once you sever those ties, your revenue will not be coming in from those high-dollar "plantations" in suburbia with high property values nor from the sales tax with those oppulent SUVs you hate so much. In one stroke, you'd be without revenue to fulfill your socialist dreams. Speaking of Atlas Shrugged--the utopia in the North sounds a lot like Galt's Valley. Let's see whose Utopia fails miserably and whose flourishes.

"In one stroke, we'd free ourselves from our ultra-conservative suburban overlords. Let suburbanites pay to maintain their own roads, repair their own bridges, build their own fire stations, hire their own cops, and replace their own 78-inch-diameter stormwater drains."

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 04/29/2015 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Dealing with a tire-slashing ex

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Posted by Suzanna Jerry on 04/29/2015 at 5:20 PM

Re: “A challenge to young professionals

Apathy will continue.

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Posted by apathetic on 04/29/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “A challenge to young professionals

Looking forward to having Carrie and Jen in the KCMJ Community Radio studio at noon today to share more about this effort and the party. Join us at kcmj.org/listen

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Posted by Dave Gardner on 04/29/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Defending 'Colorful Colorado' (and fighting Cory Gardner)

I think this is what we need. Our local people have a better idea about what we need to "regulate" our options. The EPA is not involved with our interests and their interests are definately progressive and thus suspect. What ever they do we will not benefit. The goal is to severely limit our energy resources and The State of Colorado has very little influence over what they decide. REMEMBER TO BE PROGRESSIVE IS REALLY REGRESSIVE !

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Posted by Linda Gregory on 04/29/2015 at 6:50 AM

Re: “'Objective journalism' and the Gazette, the USOC, highway safety, and more

Agree with Casimir. The USOC headquarters and Training Center have been in COS since 1977. That's 38 years. 38 years of the USOC keeping a very quiet profile and remaining mum that they're headquartered in COS - city famed for its myopic misers - and not in Denver or Seattle or some other affluent sports team crazy town. Wasn't spending $53M to appease the USOC enough of a sacrifice? Of course not. Now City Leaders want to leverage its USOC connection and try to salvage something from their $53M "investment" as well as make the sports world aware - as if anyone besides our City Leaders care - that COS and the USOC are blood brothers.

City Leaders decided - with a huge input from Jenkins - to build yet another (the 4th, is it?) Olympic museum located in the URA where Jenkins owns all those worthless properties. The unwitting taxpayers will be forced without their consent to contribute $12M plus interest to get the museum built. But that's small potatoes compared to the cost of providing infrastructure, including a very costly bridge over the train tracks from the museum to ABT park. Why does this bridge etc have top priority when there are streets all over town that need repaving? And once the infrastructure is in place, building will commence next door on the monster $200M STADIUM.

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Posted by curious on 04/26/2015 at 7:06 PM

Re: “'Objective journalism' and the Gazette, the USOC, highway safety, and more

"Odin How can "race" information be important for crime statistics and criminology? "

Really? You honestly do not understand why these demographics might be important?

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Posted by Odin on 04/23/2015 at 10:34 AM

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