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

Mr. Hazelhurst,
There are numerous inaccuracies in your article. I did note that you made one correction, however several more exist. Yes, the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service manages the Endangered Species Act, not EPA, and they will make the determination if the Greater Sage Grouse is eventually listed. The Gunnison Sage Grouse was actually listed last year and is a small community of birds in a unique ecological environment in west central Colorado. The real story here is about the habitat that Sage Grouse occupy. It's not about hunting limits of the birds. The sage grouse environment is being lost at an alarming rate from grazing, recreational uses and infrastructure development. That is the main concern. AND, yes politics play a role to support corporations that fund these developments.

The Bureau of Land Management ( with the responsibility of protecting the public land of the U.S.) has tasked individual States to demonstrate their conservation efforts to protect the Sage Grouse and their habitat to prevent the U.S Fish and Wildlife from having to list the species under the Endangered Species Act...hence Mr.Gardnerer's bill introduction. If the Sage Grouse is eventually listed --- there will be no oil & gas development, no grazing, no transmission via power lines or pipelines in or near their protected habitat.

In reality, the State of Colorado needs a plan to balance commercial development and protection of the environment in respect to these "damn" Sage Grouse, which really means their habitat. Without their habitat, there will be no Sage Grouse essentially. Natural evolution? Maybe. My beef is the amount of money that is spent on protecting this habitat, could feed all the school age children that go without breakfast and dinner across Colorado for a year. There has to be a balance between development, use of the land, protection/conservation of the habitat, and opportunities for continued recreation on public lands for the bill to be successful. Good luck Mr. Gardner...meanwhile children go hungry because government entities will continue to extort money out of corporations to support the research for the Sage Grouse.

I'm not generally in favor of Republican agenda's but this one might actually have some traction.

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Posted by Life is a Slice of Pie on 05/04/2015 at 8:55 PM

Re: “A challenge to young professionals

But the choices are awful!! We are politically still stuck in the 80s!

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Posted by leloupe on 05/02/2015 at 3:17 PM

Re: “A challenge to young professionals

Accomplishment vs activity.

'Accomplishment' is to have the party BEFORE voting and immediately AFTER hosting a debate between the candidates (or similar voter-education event). At least there would be a sincere effort to inform the target voter about how they might shape their city. And there would be something useful to talk about at Nosh while the band was on break.

'Activity' is to wear stickers, post selfies, browbeat friends, attend a party undifferentiated from any other. Its like junior league sports where they give out trophies and awards to every kid, no matter how well or poorly they actually performed. You know, the trophy you get for showing up.

But the low-fi voter will feel good about their day. The organizers will add another entry to their LinkedIn profiles.

I doubt habitual non-voters who really just want to party will spend much time studying up.

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Posted by PacksA9 on 05/01/2015 at 7:35 PM

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

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

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