Independent, progressive, agnostic former draftee; lifelong advocate for true social equality and sound political reform; and now, a retired professional who moves to natural rhythms.
Shawn Stacy: I wish your comments were confined to the Gazette. Carping and trolling are more in keeping with its comment sections, as you demonstrate there each day.
At the Independent, the majority of its readers and commenters are not staunch rightwing ideologues, as are you. We read the Independent because it is the sociopolitical antithesis of that publication and the general Colorado Springs area. Further, most Indie commenters present as civil, considerate, and concerned with solving problems, not with creating them.
You know these observations to be true yet still persist in denigrating the Indie and antagonizing its dedicated readers.
Why do you behave this way? Anger, spite, boredom? Lack of social skills or just plain nastiness? Whatever the reason, I wish you would return to the welcoming embrace of Anschutz and Laugesen, Hafner, Hines, and Russell, with whom you share so much in common.
The Indie is not where you should be, nor do I imagine that many here welcome your carping comments and ceaseless trolling.
I humbly nominate Jocelyn Sandberg, former KRCC operations manager, who was murdered in 2002. She touched many lives and helped to shape local public radio.
An informative memorial site for Jocelyn is located at http://www.zyrcster.com.
ROAR is a local grassroots group of residents concerned about preserving the environment and their "little slice of heaven" from Christo's unsolicited, self-promoting project.
Defending one's community, surroundings, and lifestyle cannot rightfully be regarded as deviant behavior; it is a basic human desire. Similarly, opposing the technology involved with Christo's project does not make one a Luddite. It is not technology but this project's application of technology and the associated social and environmental impacts that ROAR and others oppose.
One wonders how the earlier commenter would react if, for example, an enormous and potentially dangerous billboard were proposed to be constructed adjacent to her home. Would she oppose the billboard and seek legal resolution to block its construction? How would her neighbors perceive her, as a deviant Luddite or a concerned citizen?
And ProgressNow is not railing about the "blatantly misleading and biased news coverage" perpetrated daily by the Gazette!? Just today, a Laugesen op-ed said that the progressive Marijuana Policy Project had declared John Morse (D) "the worst legislator in the United States."
In its effort to sway voters to recall the senator, the Gazette editorial board chose to omit one key adjective: pot. The MPP determined that Morse among the worst POT legislators. It did not, as the Gazette implied by its shady omission, base its determination on Morse's body of legislative works and actions. Instead, the MMP faulted Morse for trying to make last-minute revisions to A64.
This is quite different from being the undisputed "worst legislator" in the nation. This distinction may belong to Doug Lamborn (R), a representative who benefits from the Gazette's unwavering support.
When marijuana is no longer a Schedule I drug, pharmaceutical companies will create synthetic substitutes in hopes of garnering their own market shares. This has occurred in the past, with the advent of synthetic opiates and analgesics, for example. Hopefully the people will eschew the artificial products and will instead buy or grow their own marijuana (without fear of prosecution).
Lawmakers should need no additional reminders of their incompetence. I suggest that there are ample examples of legislative ineptitude. Retaining marijuana is a Schedule I substance should not be another such instance. However, it is unlikely that its medico-legal status will change until a majority of states approve the sale and use of medical marijuana.
The struggle to end this prohibition will be won by taking small, incremental steps. Not only must laws continue to change and evolve, old mindsets and moralities will need time to adapt and adjust.
An epic step toward ending prohibition will occur when marijuana is, rightfully, no longer classified as a Schedule I substance. Credible peer-reviewed research has steadily shown that marijuana is neither highly additive or without medically accepted uses. The time is long overdue to remove marijuana from the medico-legal company of heroin and opium. Marijuana is not and never has been a "legitimate" Schedule I substance.
Thank you for this thought-provoking editorial. I wish recall supporters also had an opportunity to discuss gun laws with victims of gun violence. Sadly, it seems that the only way recall and gun supporters (often, one in the same) may change their position on the latter is if they, too, directly experience the tragedy and aftermath of gun-related violence.
As for the recall itself, please show me where ideological differences are grounds to attempt to remove public officials from office. Laws pertaining to recalls surely must be rewritten to better define the actions for which elected officials may face a recall.
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