McElhany et als do not cover one significant aspect of the issue: who will actually be "managing" the day-to-day operations of the city? The new mayor? Okay, so what qualifications will he/she have in order to do this? Will the voters elect him/her on the basis of such professional qualifications? The point behind the professional manager/elected council model was to put the actual management into the hands of a professionally trained and experienced administrator--who would work AT THE PLEASURE OF THE ELECTED COUNCIL. Perhaps that last should be rephrased for further emphasis: the appointed manager would be ACCOUNTABLE TO THE ELECTED COUNCIL. This city has had some fine managers--George Fellows comes to mind--who can be credited with growing and maintaining a proud and beautiful and economically successful community.
The McElhany argument includes the notion that a "strong mayor" (with or without managerial expertise) "who might make less than half the previous city manager's salary." This is a community of nearly half a million people, with a budget in the billions. Do we really think we are going to get good leadership at for $105K/year? How many of the authors of this article would take the job for that salary?
Misogyny..alive, and, well. Oppression, by any other name. Sad, really, the heart of the issue still comes from the fact that most wage setters, are men, and, I'm sure they fathered some daughters along the way...kinda' makes you wonder where their head is, HUH, REALLY?
No doubt the liberal Democrats (I dispute the use of the term "progressives" -- look it up in the dictionary) will try to ram immigration reform down our throats the way they did health care reform, by using questionable parliamentary tactics to prevent the elected representatives of nearly half of the people in the United States from voting on it and ignoring the majority of their own constituents. In a representative democracy, which America is supposed to be, if 65% of the people are against something, then 65% of their elected representatives are obligated to be against it too. The arrogance of these people is mind-boggling.
Hmmm, Open Borders? Healthcare Reform? Over regulation? US Bankrupt?
Shhhhh, watch this train wreck...........
They keep repeating the--SAME TIRED NUMBER--10 MILLION--but the US border Patrol in just the Tuscon sector, expressed, "Only one out of ten is caught." The Tucson sector Border Patrol union local 2544 on the number of illegal aliens in our nation: "There are currently 15 to 20 million illegal aliens in this country by many estimates, but the real numbers could be much higher and the numbers increase every day because our borders are not secure (NO MATTER WHAT THE POLITICIANS TELL YOU-DON ' T BELIEVE THEM FOR ONE SECOND) Said a Spokesman for the Border Patrol. "Our illegal immigration numbers are based on an estimated twenty million illegal aliens having been present in our nation as of -JANUARY 1, 2004."almost four million people crossed our borders illegally 2002" end of quote.
This is a cruel trick on every honest taxpayer is this first generation of newly legalized immigrants, could escalate with thousands bring in brothers, sisters, Mothers and Fathers. By the year 2040 the population of America could be unsustainable with limited resources, water shortages, highways crammed to capacity and a infrastructure that is falling apart. THOSE INTERESTED-THE HISTORY CHANNEL IS ONCE AGAIN TELEVISING "The Crumbling of America." This Friday observe the depreciating bridges, dams, levees and 50 year old underground system of sewage in some areas. Our Survival is in peril, but they do not enforce immigration laws. Well-documented, the 100.000 pro-amnesty protest on Sunday and the last two months of PR build-up across the country was backed by tens of millions of dollars from George Soros, Carnegie Foundation, Ford Foundation and the giant SEIU unions.
It is sad that we only have one daily paper. I understand the ideals behind the Libertarian view. However only having one opinion from a daily newspaper is not freedom for a community, It is more like mass brainwashing. Which is what the Gazette has accomplished since they bought out the Colorado Springs Sun and shut it down giving them a monopoly on the daily news. Wayne and the Gazette really are about pushing the agenda of Freedom Press Communications a company going bankrupt. Lets help them go bankrupt here in Colorado Springs so we can get a different daily paper. Please cancel your subscription to the Gazette. A paper who employs leadership that possibly spawns hate and really is just a front for big business disguised as supporting the ideals of freedom
Yawn... Predictably whenever something wrong happens the partisan hacks come out of the shadows and blame the other side for everything. Both Left and Right are whores to Corporate America. If it were only the Republicans who sold what can laughingly be referred to as their souls to corporate masters then you might be able to drop the blame their way. However since the Democrats have traded their dignity and honor for their share of the corporate pie you can't claim them as innocents.
Neither side wanted it any other way, the court just took the bullet for them.
The one thing we can count on with this court, it will take decades to correct their bad acts. Colorado Springs is a prime example of Republicans in action. When people like Dr. Dobson, and crew, influence politics we all suffer, at no point, belive corporate idiology is any differant!
Republican Supreme Court judges deem money, and, easy mental prey are in abundance on the right! And bad actors play to their loudest audience!
Quotes of Howard Zinn, sorely needed in THIS city.
Here's a great philosophical question for everyone: Would Jesus toke? LMAO! I'm not kidding. Check it out: http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2010/…
In my opinion, I don't see what the deal is about this. It is considered a medicine, and you can eat it or use other products if you have a problem with the "high" effect. Whatever! lol
Maybe this is the break Colorado is needing eh? With the really lax Corporate laws (reflected by TABOR, no funding for enforcement of laws that would regulate them) and the unique marriage of Corporation and Church, like Focus and other "conservative" groups, the city of Colorado Springs in particular managed to get quite a few Trailer Parks emptied out in Texas and Oklahoma and Kansas to staff their corporate errr "Church" headquarters. Thus lowering the average educational level deeply enough to create a Republican Bloc here.
The Medical MJ laws could bring a huge infusion of Free-Thinkers here. That's a win no matter how you look at it.
I have seen two dispensaries within 100 yards of public schools, churches and day-care centers. On the corner of 19th and Uintah. Selling DRUGS right in front of the kiddoes.
Just, you know, not Weed. Nay, verily, they (Walgreens and King Soopers pharmacies) sell Opiates, Amphetamine-derivatives aimed at children (Ritalin, Concerta) uppers, downers and sideways-ers. Drugs that are proven to cause major health issues, like Zyprexa, an anti-psychotic drug that's a) ineffective, it's been used to treat all manner of Mental Problems for over a decade and hasn't made a dent in it. Just talk to somebody who's taking it to understand.
And b) Causes major-league Endocrine damage, like induced Diabetes, (pancreatitis) and subsequent damage to the lymph system, thyroid, liver, kidneys...
The company that pushes this dope admitted in court that it causes Death in that very painful manner. Eli Lilly and Company. They also in the 1950s-60s manufactured LSD as treatments for Schizophrenia. Yep, somebody's hearing voices and seein' things that ain't... slip him about 10 times the recreational dose of Acid, man, that'll fix that problem.
Do the Feds get involved when kids go to school tweaking on Ritalin? When growed-up people go to work whacked out on "anti" Psychotics? I bet they don't. In fact I bet they take sides with the company if the person gets fired for NOT taking the legal dope. OK so that's a rigged bet, I already know that they do.
I think we're about 17 million years too late on introducing Cannabis. That would be about the length of time since God introduced it, but I'd have to consult a paleontologist about that. As to human consumption of the Wicked Weed, it seems to have been with us since, like, the first hominids found out that it makes you giggle a lot. It's not like it's anything new.
There IS, incidentally, medicinal use for Tobacco. Treatment for insect and scorpion and spider bites and stings. You use it as a poultice. (Native herb lore, and it works) Beats living Hell out of smoking it or (gag. retch. vomit..) putting it in your mouth and gnawing on it. Smoking it also drives away MOST insects. Roaches of the six-legged varieties don't seem to mind the smell, though. Not surprised.
If you're going to do the Cannabis Solution, cook it and eat it. Make tea or something. Raw weed makes you ill. Smoking it is wasteful and besides, it's bad for your lungs. Just a little free medical advice and worth every penny. You're welcome.
they need to get the drug dealers away from west mill street,whom live in camper trailer on others land,and in there homes while they live in wyoming,and dealmeth and drugs out of there homes,and and they need to clean up the home at 116 w.mill street,Casados home,and there unlicenced dog and people smoking meth in broad open day lite,and the woman who said she was a high priestiss witch named Joyce,really weird neighbor hood,I herd they are alot of car keying and break in and users in this neighborhood,the homeless would do it good,alot of bad people whom deal dope whom live in this neighborhood,and walk right down the road with dope in hand,and dare the cops to bust them,dirty old men cruise the street looking for Joyce,and Denise a 14 yr.old girl,whom all the pimps and gang members know of
WE NEED A PATIENT'S BILL OF RIGHTS- We need to know that we are NOT subject to drug testing at work, free to smoke and grow medicine plants in our homes without fear of the police knocking down our door, to go to college/ university without getting expelled for possession or using drugs, that our children won't be taken away for "smelling like pot." These are all true cases that have occured in Boulder, Colorado. CHECK OUT AN ISSUE OF CANNIBUS HEALTH NEWS MAGAZINE AVAILABLE AT DISPENSERIES OR AT http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2009/…
Our cities MUST allow dispenseries to open for business to caretake and meet the needs of their patients, unlike Pueblo who is delaying their judgement until June to decide and Centennial who forced their clinic to close and is now being sued by the owner and two patients. This is Madness! MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS LEGAL IN COLORADO!
All the talk of medical pot overlooks the real issue, which was briefly touched on in this excellent article. Medical cannabis is a ruse for a larger and more troubling problem, why introduce another legal destructive drug on society. Aren't cigarettes and alcohol already killing enough people. I smoke bud, not cause I'm in pain(everybody is pain, physical, mental and emotional pain is part of life!) But because I like to get high. Everyone that I know who has a card has one so they can get highly legally. Anytime I have used weed to cope with pain it has always amplified it. Yes it will cure a stomach cramp, and help cancer patients hold food down but thats not the real issue. The real issue should our government be able to destroy people's lives over weed. Should our society socially stigmatize someone because they smoke weed? How many of the people advocating for easily accessible weed have been somewhere like Vancouver B.C. or Amsterdam, and seen all the whores smoking crack on Hastings, looking for a match, with open sores on their face and hands, rotting away from untreated aids?
De-stigmatize weed with factual education at a young age, stop ruining people's lives over wanting to grow a plant, but don't encourage people to waste their money on it or to give more money to an already ineffective government. They shouldn't need to tax my pot to fix their pot holes!
Hello all. I just want to let you all know that my situation is being reviewed by the lawyers at work, but they may be restricted by federal law since we are a non-profit and a "drug free" work zone, and not that they are intolerant of me as a mm patient. They are trying their best to work out this situation.
We need to keep the chatter coming on this issue so that the politians know what is really what is going on within the system. They need to work out the legality of mm patient worker's rights and student's rights. They need to define the law much better so we are not caught between a hard place and a rock. We need to have this done now! You can check out my blog at http://advofagwf.blogspot.com/ Thanks for the support, DBW
Hello all. Just wanted to let you know that my situation is being reviewed at work by the lawyers, but since they may be under federal regulations for being a non-profit business, which is the problem and not that my work is intollerant of me as a patient; they are trying to solve this the best they can.
We need to make this issue a public dialog, so that our politians will know what is really going on within the system. Hopefully, they will be able to work out some of the legal issues with mm patients worker's rights and student's rights. Keep the chatter coming! DBW
Thank you so much Dorian for sharing your story and taking a stand for so many people. Any workplaces that attempt to place stress on MMJ patients ( who are speaking out or not ) should be boycotted and publicly outed by patients and supporters. Remember everyone, it took the majority of us to put Amendment 20 through, so in theory we should have a majority of the public to support patients when they need it. If your place of work is mistreating you despite your legal rights, I will gladly to contribute multiple wheat-pasted fliers all over town alerting the public of your workplaces' policies. This is a law created by the voters, not a allowance. If you have a MMJ card you are compliant with state law, we should all hope that "drug-free workplaces" can keep their slogan and policy without creating a stress for patients that are approved by the people and by the state. Shame on your workplace, I hope that they wise up soon along with any others who are trying to pull similar moves !!
some required reading for anyone who wants to offer an opinion.
First, the short history of the marijuana laws at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/wh… This is funny and fascinating.
Licit and Illicit Drugs at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/st… The best overall review of the subject ever written. If you haven’t read this book, then you simply don’t know the subject.
The Drug Hang-Up at http://druglibrary.org/special/king/dhu/dh… This is another excellent history of the subject.
Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer This is a collection of the full text of every major government commission report on the drug laws from around the world over the last 100 years. They all reached similar conclusions.
The drug laws were the product of ignorance and nonsense. In the US – which has driven worldwide drug prohibition for more than fifty years – the laws were the result of racism and lunacy so stupid that it just makes people laugh today.
Marijuana was originally outlawed for two major reasons. The first was because “All Mexicans are crazy and marijuana is what makes them crazy.” The second was the fear that heroin addiction would lead to the use of marijuana – exactly the opposite of the modern “gateway” idea.
Only two doctors testified before Congress for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The representative of the American Medical Association testified that marijuana was not a dangerous drug and there was no reason for the law. See the full transcripts of the hearings for the MTA at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxac…
The only other doctor was Dr. James Munch. His sole claim to fame was that he had injected marijuana directly into the brains of 300 dogs, and two of them died. When they asked him what he concluded from this, he said he didn’t know. He also testified in court, under oath, that marijuana could make your fangs grow six inches long and drip with blood, and that it could turn you into a bat.
Dr. Munch was the only doctor in the US who thought that marijuana should be illegal so he was appointed US Official Expert on marijuana, where he served for 25 years.
That is just one example of the lunacy. There is far more than that in the history of these laws. Anyone who currently supports these laws simply hasn’t read the most basic research on the subject.
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