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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Local View

Re: “Mourning along life's highway

I agree, the vast majority are not accidents, they are negligence. And it is really bothersome that several times a month we see in the news that someone died after being ejected or thrown around inside a vehicle because they were too selfish to put their seatbelt on. IMHO, deaths of people who are not buckled in should be treated as suicides and I firmly support the idea that life and health insurance should not have to pay out if the person was not wearing their seatbelt. And we really need to crack down on speeding and running red lights in Colorado Springs.

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Posted by Odin on 09/12/2014 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Mourning along life's highway

rt is correct, they may have been unintentional, but they are not accidents, they are almost always negligence.

And more people would live if they would simply wear their seatbelts.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/10/2014 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Mourning along life's highway

pictures or it didnt happen.

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Posted by Mey Relname on 09/10/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Mourning along life's highway

Please stop calling them "accidents". The vast majority of motor vehicle crashes (or collisions) are the result of reckless, inattentive, or impaired driving. They are 100% preventable. Speeding, using a cell phone, or drinking before driving are all conscious decisions, not whimsical forces of nature beyond our control.

Calling crashes "accidents" diminishes the responsibility drivers have to operate deadly machinery in a safe and civil manner, and gives the impression that there's no way we can do anything about them. Motor vehicle violence is preventable, and we in the U.S. are terrible at it. 30,000+++ Americans die every year in traffic crashes & they are the leading cause of death for children. The latest estimate by the NHTSA put the monetary cost of traffic violence at 871 billion dollars. Calling those kinds of numbers accidents trivializes the very real impact crashes have on American society.

-a former student of yours

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Posted by rt on 09/10/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Doused with Cold Water

http://als-ny.org/blog/thank-als-ice-bucket-challenge-raised-100-million/

Apparently this "innocuous exercise, if a slightly narcissistic one," raised a bit of awareness in the form of over 2 million new donors and about 100 million bucks in 45 days. Perhaps we don't need government support, we just need to see something as actually valuable.

Posted by Vincent Bruno on 08/31/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Doused with Cold Water

Laura you are right on!

Posted by missjoanne on 08/17/2014 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Lost in Choo-Choo Park

Thanks to Allison and Jessica for all that you do for those kids.

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Posted by Kelley Rodriquez on 06/30/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Lost in Choo-Choo Park

So true. They get shoved so far up the system and placed just so DHS and PO's can move onto the next next kid. These kids have mental challenges, but they are so worth the extra time, effort and energy. Society gives up so quickly. They need a plan that motivates them.

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Posted by Kelley Rodriquez on 06/30/2014 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Lost in Choo-Choo Park

I wish the republicans in this city would take the time to understand that these kids are not criminals and they need help. But there are no christian republicans left, I fear.

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Posted by Pueblo Potter on 06/25/2014 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Twisting in the wind

Truth be told, when a warning sounds, getting to safety is exactly what you are supposed to do. Far too many idiots treat warnings as a heads up to grab their smart phone and try to record what is going on.

The true storm chasers usually have a degree in meteorology -- they have training, kits, and a plan. And they know the risks and sometimes they get hurt or killed. They are not Joe Schmoe with an iPhone. In fact, the Joe Schmoe's and their iPhones make the chaser's tasks more difficult.

But there is another group that you sometimes may hear mentioned and never pay it much of a thought -- weather spotters. These people are not storm chasers and they will be the first to tell you that. They provide vital information to the National Weather Service via the SKYWARN program by relaying local information, often from their homes, but sometimes as they go about their daily lives and happen to be caught in bad weather. These folks are crucial in providing "ground truth" observations because radar cannot see all the way down to the ground. 50 miles away from the radar dish, the beam might only come to within 4000 feet of the ground. So, while the forecasters might be able to see what is going on in the clouds, they are almost blind regarding what is happening on the ground. Ground weather stations can tell wind speed, direction, humidity, pressure, rate of rain, and rain totals, but they cannot tell if a funnel cloud has formed or is touching the ground (tornado). They cannot tell what size hail is coming down or the intensity. Nor can they tell if there is flooding, damage, etc. This is where the spotters come in. Without exposing themselves to the risky behavior of chasers, they observe and report what they see, often via amateur "ham" radio.

So, the next time you read or hear about a weather event confirmed or reported by a "trained spotter", it is most likely one of these volunteers, not a storm chaser, who provided the report.

Posted by Dave H on 06/20/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Say 'yes' on TOPS issue

So it's taken all of a year for mymsgs' prediction to come true. The 2015 Parks budget includes a $525,000 diversion of TOPS renovation funds for general operating items (water). http://www.trailsandopenspaces.org/2014/05/28/tops/

Posted by mymsgs_was_right on 05/31/2014 at 5:43 PM

Re: “One year later, still no justice

Great story, and I hope it's resolved soon, but, "Of 32 murders in our city last year, Sicola's is just one of three unsolved"; so may we ask for similar investigation of the other two cases? You seem to get answers--if not results--so perhaps renewed interest and exposure in the other cases may bring them to closure?

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 05/10/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Remember our change agents?

What exactly has any of these young professionals done to help this City? There numbers for voting are non existant. The only clubs mentioned above are social gatherings to drink at the Ritz. Young professionals under the Chamber and EDC are mostly endulged melennium types whos daddy's have given them businesses to run -Toby Gannett. They push agenda items like C4C with hopes of the powers at be throwing them scraps of a job or a committee position make believing they have any real power. The only young professional, Brandy Williams to serve in City leadership has been married three times alraedy and is only 30 years old. First she pushed every liberal agenda while on Council, tried to destroy our Utility, sold our hospital for a terrible deal, and although claiming to be a Republican she now is married to a union City fireman. Bet her votes for Fire while on Council was generous. So where are these young professional when things count? Many of this generation show no morals or sanctity of marriage and committment, no work ethic, no leadership skills, no interest. Keep moving to Denver.

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Posted by Malthusian on 02/05/2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Remember our change agents?

I did not author “The Manifesto” but I do love it. I’m fortunate to be in circles where I’m consistently surrounded by people living it out. They are creating, doing, changing, voting, celebrating, risking, disagreeing, buying, hiring, launching, and representing. The fact that they aren’t out there singing their own praises is kind of the point. Not all change agents sport a “superhero” badge.
I wasn’t a member of “No Name” but I consider many “No Namers” friends. They are a very welcoming group of individuals supporting one another and our community through volunteer efforts. The fact that they no longer have a Facebook page does not mean they cease to exist.
“What’s wrong with Colorado Springs?” I recently heard Colorado Springs compared to a gigantic game of “Whac-A-Mole.” Dare to raise your head or your hand and you can bet someone will try to strike you down, the more public the better.
I’m the proud owner of the poster and many t-shirts. I’ll probably buy more. I know these individuals. Collectively they are leaving this city better than they found it. The best way to find them is to become one of them.

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Posted by Hannah Mitchell-Parsons on 01/30/2014 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Remember our change agents?

Systemic change doesn't happen overnight and it doesn't need to happen through organized "initiatives" that are only deemed successful if they're around 10 years or more.

Real community change is cumulative, built on the backs of all these efforts. Who cares if they don't stick around until "the problem is solved?" With all due respect, I would argue that these aren't issues that can be "solved."

Rather, the more we do to create a community that makes space for risk-taking and idea-sharing, the more likely things are to get better over time. I applaud those brave enough to experiment with different ways to put their ideas out into the zeitgeist.

If there's one thing we can do to help encourage change and retain our best and brightest, it would be to stop eating our own.

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Posted by Amanda Mountain on 01/29/2014 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Remember our change agents?

Didn't expect to get so much of the article :) I do want to add I do feel Colorado Springs Manifesto I think was a great effort and one worth "liking" still and hope it finds legs again.

I also want to quick point out a few community building efforts that are rooted in business worth noting:

1) The Modbo. Brett and Lauren started this because they both have a passion for arts & culture. The result over the years has been a great community that has grown up around attending their openings and lent to a dedicated "scene" so to speak. I had the pleasure of taking a drawing class for 9 weeks via The Modbo School (which is a non-profit) this winter. In general, both are adding value to our community that all started with a "biz".

2) The Hub Bicycle Shop. Chris Behm & Chris Wallin who started The Hub didn't start it to be a fat bike shop, but they're now one of the top 5 in the Rockies. There shop has created a scene of fat bike lovers that ride together on a regular basis. Most fat bikes you see in town were bought via The Hub. It's a business of passion, they both could make far more doing other things....but they love bikes and via their business created a strong fat bike scene.

3) Lofty's (now closed). Josh Kennard and his dad had a chance to take a space in the Lowell District on south Weber and for a few years you could see local musicians picking up instruments laying around and play randomly during the day. Organized shows and poerty events also were a core part of the business....but driven out of a passion to create a space people could create in. Eventually it closed when it came to renew the lease, but a new location is in the works.

4) Epicentral Co-Working. Lisa and Hannah created this one of a kind co-work space in downtown out of a desire to bring together entrepreneurs. They've hosted StartUp events, Pitch nights, and local non-profits. The people who work together there, while each their own business, are often seen hanging out elsewhere together. Again, this is a business, but without the business plan in place such a place could not contribute as much as it does while helping others get their start. It's now kinda the hub of a lot of start up/small biz talk in town. A clubhouse if you will :)

Without a doubt there are other examples in town, I'm sure not the only one, but they all not only contribute to various communities looking for a scene....but being businesses also support our local economy. We should really cultivate more of these and support those who try to do their own thing that support their own passions.

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Posted by Jon Severson on 01/29/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Changing the 'Face of Cannabis'

look up US patent number 6630507. that is all the answer and proof you need. for those too lazy that patent us held by the S government on the medical benefits of marijuana

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Posted by Maximus Blesch on 11/21/2013 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Changing the 'Face of Cannabis'

And sorry, I complimented the writer earlier, but it can't be said enough: Thanks, Laura, for writing this.

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Posted by Judith Posch on 11/21/2013 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Changing the 'Face of Cannabis'

You guys are right, but Reefer Madness" brainwashing still runs deep :(

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Posted by Judith Posch on 11/21/2013 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Changing the 'Face of Cannabis'

they believe what their leaders tell them to believe. but I bet in the coming years that will change.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 11/21/2013 at 8:38 AM

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