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IQ: Politics as usual 

Like it or not, the political season is upon us.

Office politics are one thing, what with having to deal with insults from the boss and fights over the copy machine. But take a look at George W. and Al Gore and Columbus Day protests and standardized testing and highways and sprawl and aaarrrgghhh! Can you imagine how much patience and stamina it would take to actually run for public office? Let's salute those individuals courageous enough to at least want to step into the shoes of a public official. Whether we like them or not, they're doing the jobs we don't want to do.

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Stuart Anderson
Teacher
Neighborhood: South End

Do you believe the developers when they say that the anti-sprawl initiative will shut down the state of Colorado? No. I just don't think the curve on the property taxes and the other things they're threatening us with are that steep.

What's the best thing anyone has said during or about the presidential debates? My friend John said that it would be more interesting if Al Gore had a sock puppet of George W. Bush, making fun of him, instead of just smirking at him on the camera at the debates.

Who really discovered America? Well, America was already here.

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Max Mabrey
Paramedic
Neighborhood: Lake George

What's the best thing anyone has said during or about the presidential debates? I kind of like Saturday Night Live's take on it this week -- they were making fun of both of them.

Out of 190 people running, who can you name who's running for president? Well, there's Gore and there's Bush. Geez, I don't know of any of the independent candidates.

Which one of them is as close to being a statesman of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson? I think that'd be a stretch to compare either one of them to Thomas Jefferson. I think that politicians are full of shit these days, and to compare them with the politicians who founded our country -- it's comparing apples to oranges.

Who really discovered America? Club Med? Well, they say Christopher Columbus, but that's a controversial subject these days. Heck, I don't know.

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Cathy Stinchcomb
Secretary
Neighborhood: Central

Do you believe the developers when they say that the anti-sprawl initiative will shut down the state of Colorado? No. I just think that people are much more intelligent and more sophisticated in their thinking and planning that I just don't think they would allow it.

What's the best thing anyone has said during or about the presidential debates? The fact that people are much more intelligent about asking their questions and not getting caught up into the personal lives of what people did years ago -- we're at the point now where I don't care; I want to know if you can do the job.

Which one of them is close to being a statesman of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson? I think Gore, and I only say that because there's something about the demeanor of Bush. I don't know that he's being real forthright in his positions and the things that he does. Gore has more of a statesman presence. It was the same with his father.

Who really discovered America? I most certainly don't think it was Columbus. And I don't know that America was discovered, because as we know, the natives were already here. It was a done deal.

  • Like it or not, the political season is upon us.

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