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Re: “America's beauty standards, helmet laws, TPP, abortion, and more

Jacob Purdom - If you want to wear a helmet, wear a helmet. If you want to wrap yourself in bubble-wrap to stay "safe", go for it. For those of us that choose differently, we just want to be left alone to decide for ourselves how we want to ride. We're adults and we do not need a nanny to tell us how to live and ride.

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Posted by Jamie Craig on 11/15/2016 at 8:09 AM

Re: “America's beauty standards, helmet laws, TPP, abortion, and more

Bill Offutt, we are not ruled by your bible! And since it is an issue you will never have since you cannot get pregnant, you should really just shut up!

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Posted by emw12 on 11/12/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “America's beauty standards, helmet laws, TPP, abortion, and more

True journalism and political bias do not go together, as the latter tries to fit the facts to a narrative rather than letting the facts tell their own story.

Unfortunately, with the exception of some dining and entertainment stories this might be the only un-biased article I have read in the Independent over the last year. Your editorial staff might think that provides a balance to the other news sources in town, but frankly it just drags you down to their level.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 11/11/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Life framed by elections

So glad the scab is off the wound! Trump is the quintessential American. These guys are all over Paris London Moscow. ..I tend to put public figures on a pedestal. But trump is a lot like me it turns out...hmmm...I've grabbed girls with impunity I've been racist in jest which is no better. Finally, we men can say YES! I AM A MAN, I AM OFTEN INAPROPRIATE, I AM SAVAGE! I AM A HUNTER OF THINGS AND PRAISE!
The people elected their ilk.

Then they all killed each other...

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Posted by bombast on 11/10/2016 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Our porous northern border

Most people coming south from Canada aren't coming here looking for handouts and freebies. Big Diff. #TooEasy

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Posted by Kipper Doug on 11/10/2016 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Thanksgiving: A Native American View

Posted by cricketworldcup on 11/10/2016 at 5:49 AM

Re: “Thanksgiving: A Native American View

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Posted by cricketworldcup on 11/10/2016 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Bad reflection on our city

Please don't forget that at least one of those "old white men" is actively trying to provide some transparency, as well as listen to the citizens. We would do well to discard the labels and evaluate each council person individually.

Also, did creating a highly salaried position give us the Mayor we need? I'd say, no on both counts so far. I can't see providing a higher salary for council until they outline what is expected of them (vs. what was expected when it was initially determined that this is a part time position).

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 11/09/2016 at 5:18 AM

Re: “Colorado officials broadcast an inconsistent message on legal marijuana measures

This is going to bite Mayor Comb-Over in the ass when he runs for Governor......

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Posted by bobdobbs on 11/08/2016 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Colorado officials broadcast an inconsistent message on legal marijuana measures

He's being paid to say negative things about mj legalization
More Coloradans favor legalization now than when the law passed.

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Posted by Mike Parent on 11/08/2016 at 4:50 AM

Re: “Second Amendment’s hits, myths

The National Rifle Association was created in 1871 and until about 1970 was apolitical, only becoming a lobby when forced to do so by the active attacks on the right to self-defense and the means to defend life.
No attempt to repeal the Second Amendment has been proposed in Congress except for a few really radical lawmakers. Their proposals never got to a vote because only about ten states would ratify such an amendment.
But this has not prevented many local laws banning certain or even all firearms during the past fifty years.
When I joined the NRA over 50 years ago, an oath was required, to support the Constitution. A person also needed a sponsor to join, a judge, police officer, military officer or another NRA member. These requirements were struck down by a law suit that claimed it was discrimination.
The NRA supports all of the Bill of Rights and all of the Constitution. The NRA has an elected Board of Directors that includes men and women, and all races.
The NRA has always supported "reasonable" firearms laws. The argument is about what is reasonable and effective at controlling the dangerous individuals. Ultimately, the only protection is having the possibility of armed defense at every potential point of attack. Since to properly guard the 10, 20,000 schools and school students in the United States would require at least 1,000,000 armed police officers doing nothing but guarding the schools, in addition to the officers now enforcing traffic, parking, and other duties.
The simple fact is the USA would have to become a Police State if total security is demanded. We cannot afford this financially and nor can freedom survive if we are a police state with a cop on every corner and in each hallway and floor in every school.

Posted by Jim Macklin on 11/07/2016 at 8:00 PM

Re: “The myth of a killer in love

You know it's been 9 years since this took place. AND I'll still stand here and defend A.J. to my last breath. it was out of character for him to do this. It was a bullshit thing to do and he ruined several peoples life's with his actions but that's not who A.J. was. I grew up in abusive household and I would go to school with black eyes and one time with a broken nose crying and on the verge of killing myself to get out of that situation. A.J. saw that he held me close and I cried in his shoulder he proceded to skip class to make sure I didn't go and do anything stupid. that's just one example of how A.J. WAS a big brother type to spine of us. I will never stand up for what he did that day. But this article is infuriating. I can't believe you wold stoOP so low in your journalistic endeavors as to insult a teenager who was clearly going through some very twisted shit. Also to anyone trying to paint Michael Fischer and JeRemy as saints you should see the messages thru were sending A.J. about how they were going to "gangbang his bitch" and other such nonsense that further egged on the situation.

Posted by ccc on 11/05/2016 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Bad reflection on our city

Dear chas - who thinks quotes from a person's reflection is poor writing;
The fact that the council is mostly old and almost always white is correct which means it is not ageism or racism. Something tells me that you are some where right now complaining about a PC culture ruining 'Merica.

It would be nice to see some of our younger small business owners get on council.

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Posted by TruB on 11/04/2016 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Hate in politics, Standing Rock, dumping the good ol' boys, and more

Longinos Gonzalez is the much better candidate in Commissioner District 4 race. He is an AF veteran, teacher, and also a successful small businessman. He would bring much needed diversity to local leadership that we keep asking for, has been involved locally and spoken on behalf of poor neighborhoods, at-risk kids, and on veterans issues. And he is a political outsider, having pulled off a surprise, upset victory in his primary.

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Posted by School Teacher 2014 on 11/04/2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Bad reflection on our city

The homeless people take advantage of us taxpayers. All these panhandlers asking for money they need to get a job find a place and get off the streets I've seen it first-hand homeless man can get a job and get off the streets. That's what's wrong with our country now everybody wants to give stuff to poor people or people that didn't work for it. Why do these people think they're entitled if they didn't earn it or work for it. And no we don't need millennials AKA young people on City Council. This city would go hell in a handbag

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Posted by Keitha1182 on 11/04/2016 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Colorado officials broadcast an inconsistent message on legal marijuana measures

A64 in CO removed NO CRIMINAL penalties for cannabis from our books and has actually ADDED 2 new class one felonies and some 1,200 PLUS PAGES of NEW POT PROHIBITIONS. Pot cops have a bigger budget (50-80 million) than alcohol enforcers (1.2 million) and the budget for all violent criminals.

All A64 did was change WHO you get your cannabis from--instead of your friend or neighbor finding you pesticide free buds and having a little in their pocket to pay for their pot or their housing, the state licensed monopoly sells you pesticide ridden weed and taxes you 25-45% dependent on where you purchase and the 1%er's profit/control. Your ID and your purchases are recorded and stored in the CBI CRIMINAL database, accessible to the feds and all NSA computers. ALL are STILL in harms way of loss of employment, occupational licenses, child custody, gun rights, housing, banking, ALL assets, insurance, ALL government aid, student loans, organ transplants, and FREEDOM from incarceration. Oh and now you are also in harms way of pesticide on the tree of life....

The same people who brought you 1937 prohibition, Big Business, Big Government and Mass Media, have merely RE-BRANDED reefer madness in 2012-2016 as 'legalization', 'legalization like alcohol', and 'adult use'.....And they WIN the WAR on we the people when people who only read headlines vote yes on this BS. 'Legalization' 2012-2016 is NOT based on science, sanity or compassion any more so than 1937 reefer madness.

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Posted by kathleen chippi on 11/04/2016 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Bad reflection on our city

A poorly written, over simplification of a complex problem, racism, ageism and name calling. Well done.

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Posted by Chas Lamborghini on 11/03/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Every vote does matter — so do your duty

Longinos Gonzalez is the much better candidate in commissioner district 4. He brings much needed diversity to local leadership and has been an advocate for poor neighborhoods, at-risk youth, and veterans issues. He is also a political outsider who won a surprise, upset victory in his primary.

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Posted by School Teacher 2014 on 11/02/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Bad reflection on our city

Fortunately, voters win elections, not special interest groups. I won my council seat four years ago without their endorsement, and I will do everything I can to win again next April.

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Posted by Jill D. Gaebler on 11/02/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Bad reflection on our city

what do you expect... this backwards village is the old fart mecca of the mountains. young people don't want to stay here in teabaggerville and no young person worth a piss is going to work for $6250. since we are in teabaggerville it will be impossible to raise the salary. you know better than think these teabaggers want that $12 minimum raise to pass either. the downward spiral continues...

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Posted by happyfew on 11/02/2016 at 3:51 PM

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