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Re: “Reader: Lamborn should have a town hall for childish liberals, then another for the adults

Helen,
Believe it or not, we didn't start out this way, frustrated and angry. We were brought here. All we have wanted is to be heard. Not even for Mr. Lamborn to agree, just to listen. For months we have tried to be heard. Trips to his office, phone calls, letters, only to be rudely dismissed by his staff. To be told, they don't care about our views, that he doesn't represent us. But the thing is, he DOES represent us. It is like Washington has forgotten we exist. The President goes on Twitter and makes fun of Democrats. We get it, Republicans won, but we are still entitled to a voice. A simple voice. After months of ignoring us, Mr Lamborn finally holds a town hall. I took off work because he choose 1 hour in the middle of a work day. He choose a tiny venue so I didn't even get in. Someone interested in listening to us would have made better choices. He just wanted to be able to say he held a townhall because we have been asking for one for months. If you just want to listen to him, as many have pointed out, you have ample opportunity. Maybe you shouldn't have taken one of the very,very few seats. Because I wanted to be heard. The women I knew that were in that room are some of the most educated and knowledgeable about politics I have ever meet. They live and breathe it. They know every single law that is voted on and how Mr. Lamborn voted. Do you? Because if you are paying attention you might be disturbed too. Every vote only serves to put money in the pockets of corporations. He is voting to let coal companies dump their waste in our waterways. He was willing to vote to take healthcare away from 24 millon people to give the rich a huge tax cut. We ARE paying attention and we don't like what we see. We are going to stand up for what we believe in. And if they continue to ignore us, jeer at us, demean us, we will get louder and more unruly until we feel heard. It is not what I would choose. I choose civil conversation. But I can't get that. Would you just shut up and go home? When you are literally fighting for your son's life as one woman In the room was? I'm guessing you might start yelling too. Please try to find a little compassion in your heart. We all just want to feel heard. That is reasonable. To represent us, they need to hear our voice. If Mr. Lamborn did his job, and listened to his constituents, we could all just go home and resume our lives. That would be our preference obviously. No one wants to be an activist.

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Posted by Teri Christman on 04/22/2017 at 6:15 AM

Re: “The tick and the time bomb

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Posted by Philip Stanley on 04/22/2017 at 4:33 AM

Re: “Reader: The Academy Chapel is a beloved national monument, you crazies

The church is a building that has become a symbol for the Air Force Academy kind of like the empire state building is a symbol for New York City. I personally would hate to see anything happen to it not because it's a church but because I always thought of it as being interesting. As far as the Garden of the Gods is concerned, I would hate to see anything happen to it as well. To be honest these discussions regarding what is meaningful from a religious stand point are pointless and only add to the void that exists between us. I would like to think that we all could find something more productive to do with our time then to argue about such trivial issues.

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Posted by Albe Johnson on 04/21/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Whistle Pig heads in the right direction

We went there yesterday evening - a group of us (4-5) regularly visit local brewpubs. It was my 4th trip, and I really don't think any of the brews show much improvement. Would have liked to try the new menu, but there was only one person serving, and we weren't able to get his attention to order food. Sadly, probably the last time we'll give Whistle Pig a try.

Posted by MargRita W on 04/21/2017 at 7:11 PM

Re: “GOP chair charged, but hours later DA's Office dismisses charges

Interesting that if a vehicle has a rear-view camera, you're not required to turn your head to look around (i.e. Taking proper care). I wasn't able to find a definite answer on how long/far you can drive in reverse, but common sense tells you that it really shouldn't be legal. If he had hit a vehicle instead of a person, would the outcome have been different? Was Mr. Dierdorff not doing anything illegal, or was the law "bent" for him?

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Posted by MargRita W on 04/21/2017 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Reader: Lamborn should have a town hall for childish liberals, then another for the adults

Don't let these progressives get to you. They have proven they are bullies and why they should not get power to shut up their enemies. If this happens it will be Hell on Earth once again.

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Posted by Don McCullen on 04/21/2017 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Reader: The Academy Chapel is a beloved national monument, you crazies

The chapel does not symbolize any religion. It is a symbol of hard work, determination, beauty and freedom. My grandfather was the lead engineer on the chapel. My grandfather was not Air Force he was Army. He did not attend church on a regular bases but he was an amazing man. He has been gone now for over 18 years. When the fires were on the Academy no one said a word to grandma about them being so close to the chapel. She's in her 90s and she saw a news report a picture of the chapel with the fire behind it. She looked at me and said "not the chapel, that's all I have left of your grandfather" with tears running down her face. She is right. Just leave this symbol of hope and joy alone and use the money for something else instead of destroying something all native Coloradans know as a part of home.

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Posted by Amanda D'Innocenzo on 04/21/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Reader: The Academy Chapel is a beloved national monument, you crazies

When one pokes the folks who think this is a Christian nation with a stick they just go ahead and fess up. Amusing.

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Posted by Gopher on 04/21/2017 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Reader: The Academy Chapel is a beloved national monument, you crazies

not prohibit but keep the freaks away from politics and the state!!! now the bill orielly is gone... who of you freaks is going to keep up the fight on "the war on x-mas"... bwahahahahahahaha

church membership is going down... thank mother nature.

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Posted by happyfew on 04/21/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Reader: The Academy Chapel is a beloved national monument, you crazies

Atheism isn't a religion in the same way that fasting isn't a meal. It's not that hard to understand.

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Posted by JennyCraig on 04/21/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Reader: Lamborn should have a town hall for childish liberals, then another for the adults

Hey Helen, I'm glad my big woman mouth f*cked your day up so severly you had to write a letter. Buckle up buttercup it's only going to get worse for your pathetic unpatriotic self loathing kind hahahaha!!!

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Posted by Sherrie Danielle on 04/21/2017 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Reader: Dear Gazette Editorial Board, care to report on this?

The sad thing is that true conservatives should rail against the cronyism that permeates this city.

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Posted by David Justice on 04/21/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Reader: Lamborn should have a town hall for childish liberals, then another for the adults

I can only assume the writer of this ridiculous letter also had issue with the teabaggers that also raised their voices to be heard... or is it that Helen is a teabagger and is used to only hearing faux news that she agrees with...

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Posted by happyfew on 04/21/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Reader: Lamborn should have a town hall for childish liberals, then another for the adults

Dennis Major- I appreciate you pointing that out...I thought it was an opinion piece (I saw the name Helen and thought it was HelenCollins). I flew into a blind rage I guess. Ha!

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Posted by s-cello on 04/21/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Reader: Lamborn should have a town hall for childish liberals, then another for the adults

s-cello - This was a letter to the Indy, and not an article. It was a letter from a reader, and I am glad that the Indy publishes even such a letter, as I would hate for them to discriminate in which letters they do put into print, or digital bits, as the case may be.

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Posted by Dennis Major on 04/21/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Reader: Lamborn should have a town hall for childish liberals, then another for the adults

Helen-
First off, I wasn't able to attend the town hall due to the small venue, 2 days notice, and being in the middle of the work day. Amazing you want to commend that pathetic effort though. I applaud and thank these "females filled with emotion and estrogen" who were able to attend and let Lameborn know how frustrated his constituents are with his lapdog policies and inability to actually listen to them. His office is rude to constituents when we call in and several have been told that he only works for the people who voted for him. People have every right to be angry and fight to be heard. How dare you, a reporter, try to squash people's First Amendment rights by telling them to sit down and be quiet, or even better yet, taken out by the police. You should be ashamed of yourself, and the Independent should be ashamed publishing this ignorant article. Your article sounds as though you are very anti-feminist as the only 2 people you could compliment were a man and a young girl. So Helen, I believe you to be the "obnoxious" one with "uneducated opinions."

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Posted by s-cello on 04/21/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Reader: Lamborn should have a town hall for childish liberals, then another for the adults

The frustration in the room centered from not being heard. Numerous phone calls, emails, and visits to the Congressman's offices were made only to get generic and often off subject responses. In the town hall Lamborn skidded around and refused to answer questions. Even when they were about his voting record. We did not come there to be lectured we expect our Congressman to represent us, he must first listen. The audience was filled with his constituents not just the liberals. We are all tired of being ignored.

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Posted by Just Listen on 04/21/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Lifetime state parks pass for seniors

I so agree, we need to appreciate our Colorado State Parks with a more reasonable discount for seniors, what are they thinking? Or not thinking at all. ... Just wait til they get to be a senior!!

Posted by LaDean Lombardi on 04/21/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Reader: Lamborn should have a town hall for childish liberals, then another for the adults

"This rude woman didn't want to realize that her right stops where ours starts. We have the right to listen to our congressman without interruptions." To do this, go to his YouTube page where you can listen to him constantly without interruption. I wasn't at that town hall to hear what HE had to say, I was there to hear what HIS CONSTITUENTS had to say TO HIM. He needs to listen to US at a town hall, not the other way around! I sat quietly at the town hall, but not out of respect for Lamborn, I sat quietly out of respect for my friend who desperately needed to get his attention to continue to get care for her son. I sat quietly out of respect for the 12 year old girl fighting for climate change. I sat quietly out of respect for the veteran fighting for veteran care. I sat quietly out of respect for the woman with her well researched chart filled with FACTS about how the middle class pays for most of America's healthcare. NEVER for Lamborn.
https://www.youtube.com/user/CongressmanLa…

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Posted by Jessica Lawyer on 04/21/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Reader: Lamborn should have a town hall for childish liberals, then another for the adults

If you want to listen to your Congressman without interruption, you have countless opportunities for that. Read his newsletters, follow his social media, attend his ridiculous tele-town halls, or call or write his office to get his canned statements, just like that room full of liberals has been doing. It's about time he start listening to US. We've heard what the Congressman has to say, over and over and over. We're fed up. Perhaps you should do your homework before attending the next town hall, like the liberals did, and you'd know what he has to say.

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Posted by Candi Frank on 04/21/2017 at 9:13 AM

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