J. Adrian Stanley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002. After working as an intern and…
I just wanted to let you know that Inside Out Youth Services staff confirms that they were never told what caused the fire at their building (http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/fire…). However, they were told that accelerants were not found at the site, which means arson is not the likely cause.
J. Adrian Stanley
It depends on what area you are in. If you are in Colorado Springs, you would need to reach Emergency Management: http://www.springsgov.com/SectionIndex.asp…. If you are in the county, emergency management is coordinated through the sheriff's department: http://shr.elpasoco.com/. Getting to one of these meetings, however, is a good idea because the information should be tailored to your area.
Beauty, as described in the story, the water would come down Fountain Creek and out of Williams Canyon. It would likely overflow the banks of Fountain Creek and spread out from there. Williams Canyon is a real issue because the water flows into a pipe that runs underground through town before meeting Fountain Creek. The pipe is too small and could easily be clogged in a storm, which would lead to water flowing directly out of Williams Canyon into Manitou. Hope that helps.
Just to clarify here, everyone, yes, Ray is right, the MOU is with PPACG, a quasi-governmental agency representing our area, of which the city is a partner.
For ease of understanding in this blog, I referenced the city, since it is the city's mayor that has a problem with the amounts being doled out, and since the city is home to the majority of roads and traffic in the Pikes Peak area.
As for which is larger, Denver or Colorado Springs, it is Denver. Denver's population is 619,968. Colorado Springs' is 426,388. With a population of 636,963, El Paso County has a similar population to Denver County.
I asked the city to explain the ownership of sidewalks, and they sent me a notice they've had around since the PPRTA began doing some of these repairs. Hope this helps:
"In 2005, the City implemented a PPRTA program that is designed to assist homeowners with the repair of their sidewalks, curbs and gutters. It does not relieve the homeowners of any legal liability or responsibility regarding their sidewalk or real property and does not prevent a homeowner from making repairs to the sidewalk. If there is a hazard on a homeowner’s sidewalk that needs attention, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to address those concerns as soon as possible to mitigate the homeowner’s liability exposure. You may decide to hire a licensed concrete contractor to do the repairs for you; however, we will not be able to reimburse you for this cost.
Due to the large number of sidewalks, curbs and gutter in need of repair, a backlog does exist. We are working diligently, with the funding that is available, to address these repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible. With the current backlog, it may take several years to address all of these repairs. The City’s concrete repair service request program is designed to fix the most damaged locations first - rather than responding first-come, first-serve. "
Well, they haven't completed the contract yet, so that's a bit of a mystery. Good point, though.
I am aware, of course, of the backlash against Waldorf from yourself and others.
In fact, I was careful to note some of the criticisms against Waldorf in my story, despite the fact that it had little to do with my central theme on technology.
It's true that Waldorf has few high schools, and that I relied on their study to determine how many of their graduates go to college. Since these are private schools, there is no other source for this information. The 94 percent figure has also been used in national publications.
You may have noticed a high attrition rate at a high school near you — I assume you do not live in Colorado, since there are no Colorado Waldorf High Schools — however, we are not basing our information on a single school. Also, no other school that I've heard of, whether public or private, would include attrition in its graduation rate, or college acceptance rate. I see no reason to hold Waldorf to a higher standard.
What's more, while a high attrition rate may look bad, it's not necessarily that telling. We have schools here that serve children of soldiers. The attrition rates are high, but I wouldn't say that's a judgement on their performance. Similarly, I'd note that Waldorf schools are private, and generally quite expensive, so it would seem that there would be many reasons other than the ones you provided for a school to have a high attrition rate.
Your other complaints are more of what I saw on the Web.
It's true that Waldorf uses some of Steiner's philosophy and his focus on a child's spirit in the classroom. To some, who may be rooted in a different religion, or strictly atheist, that could be viewed as offensive.
You also note the race issue, which seems to crop up a lot. Best I could tell, Steiner was a product of his time, and he did hold beliefs that favored whites. However, he was also noted for loudly opposing racism and anti-Semitism, which was rather progressive for the late 1800s and early 1900s. In fact, Waldorf Schools across Europe were shut down by the Germans during World War II.
In short, I found no evidence that the schools taught any racism in the classroom, and it actually appeared that the schools strove to be open to all colors and religions, both in staff and students. It seemed as though the arguments that the school system is racist were based on some of the antiquated beliefs personally held by Steiner a century ago.
By that logic, our Founding Fathers' beliefs shouldn't be shared with school kids, because many of them were slave holders. I think we assume that teachers can show the wisdom of the Constitution while still condemning slavery. Similarly, it would seem that Waldorf teachers can apply Steiner's educational principles without showing any favoritism for whites.
I certainly would not have written anything vaguely positive about a school system that was considered racist. However, I recognize that individual experiences vary. Teaching involves a human element, and teachers and principals can be bad eggs just like anyone else. If you had a bad experience, that's upsetting and I hope you took whatever actions were appropriate.
For our readers, here's what Wikipedia says about Steiner and race (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Steine…
"Race and ethnicity
Steiner's work includes both universalist, humanist elements and historically influenced racial assumptions. Due to the contrast and even contradictions between these elements, "whether a given reader interprets Anthroposophy as racist or not depends upon that reader's concerns." Steiner considered that every people, by dint of a shared language and culture, has a unique essence, which he called its soul or spirit, saw race as a physical manifestation of humanity's spiritual evolution and at times seemed to place races into a complex hierarchy largely derived from contemporary theosophical views, yet he consistently and explicitly subordinated the role of hereditary factors, including race and ethnicity, to individual factors in development. The human individuality, for Steiner, is centered in a person's unique spiritual biography (i.e., the vast sum of an individuality's experiences and development not bound by waking hours or a single lifetime), not the body's accidental qualities. More specifically:
Steiner characterized specific races, nations, and ethnicities in ways that have been termed racist by critics including characterizations of various races and ethnic groups as flowering, others as backward or destined to disappear; and hierarchical views of the spiritual evolution of different races, including—at times, and inconsistently—portraying the white race, European culture, or the Germanic culture as representing the high point of human evolution as of the early 20th century, though describing these as destined to be superseded by future cultures. Nevertheless, his views about German culture were not ethnically based; he saw this culture, in particular Goethe and the German transcendentalists, as the source of spiritual ideals that were of central importance both for the immediate region and for the world.
Throughout his life, Steiner consistently emphasized the core spiritual unity of all the world's peoples and sharply criticized racial prejudice. He articulated beliefs that the individual nature of any person stands higher than any racial, ethnic, national or religious affiliation; that race and ethnicity are transient and superficial, not essential aspects of the individual; that each individual incarnates among / as part of many different peoples and races over successive lives, thus bearing within him- or herself a range of races and peoples; and that race is rapidly losing any remaining significance for humanity.
Above all, Steiner considered "race, folk, ethnicity and gender" to be general, describable categories into which individuals may choose to fit, but from which free human beings can and will liberate themselves."
J. Adrian Stanley
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