When you look at the history of our Colorado Springs, the epicenter of the Amendment 2 controversy that earned Colorado the "Hate State" epithet, Suther's silence is resounding. If he feels that he has the election sewn up, therefore why bother signing on with or openly rejecting the response to the first ad, then this tells me that his mayoral style will follow suit. He will continue to ignore important issues, he will allow these divisions to fester. He will engender little to no transparency. He will continue the status quo that turned the lights off in our city. You can enjoy Throw-Back Thursday every day of his tenure.
In the Venn diagram of Christianity and LGBT, the center of overlap is growing. We know where one candidate stands with this because she signed her name openly for all to see. And in spite of the odds she keeps striving to be the voice for all people in our city. Vote for tolerance and inclusivity. Vote Mary Lou Makepeace.
Brian is a Facebook friend of mine, but we've met in person many times in years past. We help each other keep going. I'm not always as available as I wish but I always try to listen, and Brian knows I will give him honest critiques if he asks, and then we discuss it and he always listens. He doesn't always agree and he'll articulate his reasons. He knows his own mind. He's accomplished many great things and I believe he has more to contribute. He has a lot to overcome and he just keeps pushing forward. I wish him the best.
Well, Terence, you're just a glorious F'n ray of sunshine yourself. What is your relation to Mr. Wong, that makes you an expert in whether or not there is a genuine spirituality underpinning his work?
I'm no art critic but I know what I like and this project is one artist's delightful homage to another. What exactly are you bringing to this conversation? It sounds like a bitterness that wants others to fail. It sounds like a self-inflicted pain turned inside-out and rancid. Whatever happened to your soul, I'm sorry for your loss.
Sounds like a witch hunt. Stark has been in business for over two years and his application says it's a cannabis club. It's right there in the paperwork. That information wasn't hidden. Nobody was trying to put anything over on anybody.
There is nothing illegal going on. No citizens, no neighbors in the vicinity have registered any complaints about the club. The club checks id's to be sure nobody is in there that shouldn't be. The club doesn't sell marijuana, nor does anyone who goes there because selling is not allowed. He just provides a stage for small bands, for poets and comics. He sells sodas and water and tea, no alcohol whatsoever. He has created a safe comfortable space for people to get together for open mikes, for karaoke, for fun. Some folks bring marijuana to smoke and some don't, much like cigarettes.
If you believe that the will of the voters is being unravelled by our elected officials through scummy tactics like this, if you believe that a local business owner is being singled out and unduly harassed for providing a service that is not illegal, if you believe that people should have safe places to congregate and socialize with like-minded people who aren't doing anything wrong to hurt anybody else, then you need to get out and support Stark and Studio A64.
Even if you don't want to consume cannabis yourself, it's your rights being violated as much as anybody's when a government actively ignores a majority of voters to go after a businessman for seeing an opportunity and following through. That's supposed to be the American way, and our faux-leaders are showing their true stripes. They don't care what you think and they're showing you with actions like this.
The mug portrait is of Rockey, a much-lauded Manitou artist. Interestingly enough, the mugs with the eye pupils did sell first.
I reserve the right to disagree with Mr. Pabst's labeling of the artist's connecting his project to a tea ceremony as pseudo-spiritualism because he is not in a position to determine the spirituality levels and practises of another. However, he is entitled to his opinion and I appreciate that he questions the artist without taking the artist's spiel at face value. Discussion is good.
An artist can't get away from the commercial aspect of selling art in order to survive and create another day, and this should not be considered a detraction or a distraction from the wellspring of creativity that inspires Mr. Wong. I feel that his design in creating and selling this work is delightful.
(In regards to turning "schlock" into a verb, that is pretty cool. Creatively changing a word's common use to another is a technique that Shakespeare utilized frequently that enriched his phraseology and made him so popular. It definitely makes the English language pliant and expansive which are not bad things in the least.)
I wish we would just get on with the business of dealing with our stormwater issues, and fixing our infrastructure needs. You know, it's like making sure we pay the mortgage before we commit to a building a new garage we don't need, and shouldn't we fix the crumbling driveway first anyway? Besides, those neighbors we want to keep up with just went bankrupt.
It's kind of like a BYOB drinking club, only it's a BYOM smoking club. So what's the problem?
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