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Re: “AFA superintendent talks religion

Open letter to Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson: The military is NOT a Democracy. It’s a Dictatorship! The best thing you can do is kick (transfer) the officers (chaplains) and the senior non-coms to the curb that encourage this environment and stop this nonsense. You are in charge here. Now clean it up. By doing this maybe, just maybe, Mickey Weinstein will go away breathing a sigh of relief that you did your job and he can spend his energy on other things. You don’t need your commanding officer’s permission to do this.

As for Congressman Lamborn’s letter—ignore it! For a person who has not spent one minute of his life in the military, he has no room to talk. He has shown complete public disrespect for the Office of the President and is not one whose advice you should follow. If you look at his record he even does not respect the military. I really doubt he wrote the letter personally.

CPO Navy Ret.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 03/16/2014 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Sen. Udall urges fire preparation

"Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, hasn't forgotten that the 2014 fire season is upon us."

I think you meant to say that "Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, hasn't forgotten that the 2014 ELECTION season is upon us."

Sorry Senator, but your RECENT letter writing campaigns might look good in PR releases sent to small liberal newspapers, but they don't make up for years of inaction.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 03/16/2014 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Riding the Royal Gorge Railroad

Is this poster for sale?

Posted by Katieruhman on 03/15/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “AFA superintendent talks religion

"Military personnel, particularly officers, surrender several Constitutional rights immediately upon becoming members of the armed forces. For example, they cannot speak out politically; they cannot criticize publicly their chain of command—to include the President; they cannot vote in uniform and armed (I found that out in Columbus, Georgia—the hard way); they cannot promote religion to their subordinates; they cannot associate their uniform with a commercial enterprise; and so on. Thus, every hour of the day we deny military members certain of their Constitutional rights. It is an integral part of the civil-military relationship in America." Colonel Wilkerson ( USA Ret.)

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 03/15/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “AFA superintendent talks religion

I believe the Colonel really gets it right in the following:…

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 03/15/2014 at 2:22 PM

Re: “AFA superintendent talks religion

Reagan said that? Wow! Guess I had him all wrong.

"Hot Stuff"...I'm sure that you're convinced that you're courageously fighting for your beliefs in the heart of secular CS (on a blog) but your ten page comments reek of neurosis & isolation. You clearly need a girlfriend. It'll take more than prayer to make that happen, though.

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Posted by Thomas Jefferson on 03/15/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again


The very fact that there were churches in government at the state level, from the same people who were governors of those states also wrote the First Amendment. Shows you're missing the point of the Constitution. If not freedom from God. The ideas in the Bible from the God of the Bible is why you have freedom to even post on this page.

The idea that all men are created equal is only only only an idea, not of the teachings of the Bible. No other worldview would seep everybody is equal.

Because my God says you have a put on my essay created man cannot give you that you Value.But it doesn't mean all ideas have value. I can disagree with your ideas, and still treat you as somebody created in the image of my God. That's called tolerance, and that's what should be taught for leaders to be true leaders, not to bury that amazing truth claim that is spelled out in our Declaration of Independence.

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Posted by hot stuff on 03/15/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

Reagan told the Alabama legislator, March 15, 1982:

"The First Amendment was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government Tyranny."

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Posted by hot stuff on 03/15/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “AFA superintendent talks religion

Reagan told the Alabama legislator, March 15, 1982:

"The First Amendment was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government Tyranny."

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Posted by hot stuff on 03/15/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “AFA superintendent talks religion

She and the article didn't address the retaliatory flurry of religious writings on hallway whiteboards, after the initial one was removed? That must mean something... She had better clarify what, though, or one must presume a two-faced tactic: one step back, ten steps forward for the Dominionists withing the USAFA.

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Posted by Brain Logic on 03/15/2014 at 7:16 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

To TejonTech: How dare you...I have no words to describe your ignorance and ingratitude. You're right to be afraid, but you should never fear this nation's military. They have more pride and love for this country than you can even imagine. Instead you should fear it's dwindling size and resources. The military protects the rights and freedoms of every American citizen, though they have selflessly given up their own as evidenced by this very incident. Though they strive to serve selflessly, they are not robots and in fact are trained to disobey unconstitutional/inhumane orders. Especially the officers of the military, who have been trained specifically for managerial positions, have received education encompassing a broad range of humanitarian subjects and are far from "yes men." I hope this newfound knowledge puts your mind at ease, so you can focus your paranoia on more probable conspiracy theories.

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Posted by USAFA12Grad on 03/14/2014 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Commenting on Craftwood Inn's closure

My fiancé and I were scheduled to have our wedding at the Craftwood Inn on May 31, 2014. We paid IN FULL in September of 2013 for $6,655.00 for an all-inclusive package that now no longer exists. The Owner, Dave Symonds, has been brutally and cruelly clear that he took our money and does not intend to give it back. I don't care that he is going through a rough time, I care that he destroyed a project that Brian and I had been saving and planning for 2 years! Now we have approximately 2 1/2 months to re-plan, re-book, re-pay. We spoke to the Craftwood not even a week before they closed and everything was fine, wedding was a go. Then on Tuesday the 11th of March my cake decorator calls me at about 9:30am to tell me that my contract is null and void but she is still available to make my cake...this is how I was informed that my venue had SUDDENLY and UNEXPECTEDLY closed with no promise (quite the opposite) of ANY reimbursement.

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Posted by Saskia Kesners on 03/14/2014 at 9:28 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

I agree with USAFA10Grad that the Academy handled this situation in the best way, and to the cadet's credit, he understood the message that regardless of intent, perception is reality. The Academy is a learning environment, and many of the rules and regulations differ from those of the "real" Air Force. It is an awkward time when young adults are learning how to become leaders. They are not yet officers, and even in leadership positions, they don't wield much power. Yes, free education is a huge benefit, but they also sacrificed a lot at a young and formative age when they chose a military institution. Many cadets just look for any way to show their individualism, and if the Cadet Sight Picture, which is the written law for USAFA tells them the immediate area outside their rooms is their personal space (which it does), then they will use it to express themselves. "Service before self" comes with time. It doesn't automatically happen the moment you "sign on the dotted line" as a teenager. Fortunately, cadets get 4 years to practice and learn from their mistakes as well as from the mistakes of those around them. Unfortunately, cynicism tends to be one of the things a cadet learns as well, due to the microscope (which I realize is necessary). Leadership handled things well in this case. The message was sent and for the most part received (nothing can ever be 100%), but now that this has erupted from the outside, they will have to come up with some extreme way to deal with this in the endless pursuit of political correctness. The fact remains, personal messages on whiteboards are currently allowed under USAFA regulations, and the fact that this is a gray area makes punishment of the cadet an unfair and inconsistent option.

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Posted by USAFA12Grad on 03/14/2014 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Want Section 8 housing? Now's your chance.

This is Jeffrey Williams. my wife and i are disabled and have looked for a place in colorado for 5 yrs we just need a good place to relax in Colorado's

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Posted by Jeffrey Williams on 03/14/2014 at 8:11 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

Gurudori....what does that have to do with this issue. A cadet using a white board in his personal space ( and the alcove is his space) is not Congress establishing religion. Also, the letter of Jefferson is not meant to be a wall that prevents people in public service from expressing their sincere beliefs even in their official capacity. For precedent, read nearly every speech from an early President. The First Admendment was NEVER intended to remove religious expression but to ensure that Congress would not limit or establishment certain expressions. Why can't you people get that through your thick skulls. You DO NOT have the right to go through life unoffended. Get over yourselves.

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Posted by Chappynash on 03/14/2014 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Reminder: Your job's not safe just because pot's legal

If you:

1) Are a federal employee, including being in the military
2) Work on a federal contract
3) Your employer makes it a condition of employment, especially when it comes to operating machinery or vehicles

then you cannot smoke MJ, not even medicinally.

If you have to go on to a military base or into a federal building, you cannot even possess MJ.

Many office buildings will not allow possession on the premises.

Posted by Dave H on 03/14/2014 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Commenting on Craftwood Inn's closure

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Posted by MichelleApricio on 03/14/2014 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Commenting on Craftwood Inn's closure

I agree how do all these restaurants and so called award winning chefs(self proclaimed) get headlines in the independent news paper with no internal investigating or just ignoring the obvious to help self promote these businesses that lie and steal from honest Colo.Sprgs. grass root patrons, like the ex.Master chef of the new Bourbon Street restaurant and now the ex.Crafwood Inn. HA!

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Posted by 3 generation C.S. native on 03/14/2014 at 12:15 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

Again, from Wikipedia Separation of Church and State: The Bill of Rights was one of the earliest examples in the world of complete religious freedom (adopted in 1791, only preceded by the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789) but it was interpreted as establishing a separation of Church and State only after the letter of Jefferson (see section United States for more details).

*** At the time of the passage of the Bill of Rights, many states acted in ways that would now be held unconstitutional, some of them with official state churches. All of the early official state churches were disestablished by 1833.

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Posted by gurudori on 03/14/2014 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Reminder: Your job's not safe just because pot's legal

Colorado is one of the few states that has laws allowing certain employers to send employees home who smell of cigarette smoke and there are a number of these employers who exercise that right (mostly in healthcare and childcare). In addition, Colorado is an at-will employer state, basically allowing employers to take whatever steps they need to protect their business with very few limits. If an employer feels that your extracurricular activities are affecting your work, whether that be alcohol, recreational drugs, second jobs, or drag racing, they are permitted to counsel you on it and terminate your employment, especially if it is listed in their handbook or company policy. If the employer has a no tolerance policy, then Colorado law considers you, the employee, fairly warned and the employer can exercise their right to drug test you and terminate you anytime they want.

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Posted by Thomas Cole Andreas on 03/13/2014 at 4:41 PM

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