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Re: “More support, less government

Well I wish they would get ahold of my case! My ex owes over 500k. Never seen one penny. Child support enforcement is a joke. I know where my ex is and they still cannot collect. Last time I was down there which was over a year ago they had the nerve to tell me my case is a disaster for their statistics! You would think that would motivate them to collect. Thankfully I did not wait for them to solve my problems. I went back to school, got a good career, and make my own living without any government support. If the day comes I ever see any of this money it will be like I hit the lottery. The pot keeps growing at over 5k a month and my youngest are 7. I will have many more year of messing up their precious "statistics"!

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Posted by Coach80 on 07/09/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Degrees of difficulty

The proper thing to do would have been for the "university" to stop enrolling for the local campus, and keep it running until the last local student graduates or drops out. When a student enrolls there is an unwritten understanding that the school will be there for as long as it reasonably takes to get a degree. I don't think the school can just drop the campus and still expect payment for classes taken, particularly when many of those credits will not transfer to other schools. The students should see if they can sue.

In the meantime, I advise all who seek a higher education to be sure to check if the institution is accredited and if its credits will transfer to other schools. If not, then the "education" you receive and the "diploma" you earn will be worthless.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/08/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Degrees of difficulty

Taking into consideration the cost of education and the amounts people have to cover in students loans, such state of things is behind my comprehension. The young people burdened with amount of around 40000 should get more money to finish the education or all the previous money was spent in vain.
Jull from http://personalmoneyservice.com/

Posted by Jull on 07/08/2014 at 6:18 AM

Re: “We've got your beach

A lot of kids play in the creek on the other side of the bridge leading into the park - heck, we played in creeks and drainage ditches as children, and we survived!

Posted by MargRita Williams on 07/07/2014 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

Mr. K--,

You are correct. Hams interfering with TVs was more common before the advent of cable TV, but it can still happen. By law, we are not supposed to interfere with certain bands or devices, just as other bands and devices are not supposed to interfere with us. Therefore, any decent ham who finds out that their station is causing interference is ethically and even legally required to help find and fix the problem. Many of us tell our neighbors that is they notice anything weird, to let us know. Some people have reported ham radio causing motion/occupancy sensor lights to turn on, smoke/CO alarms to beep, hash lines in their TV screens, sounds coming from computer speakers, etc. Usually it is a pretty easy fix.

What most non-hams don't realize is that technically they have a similar responsibility. They may install an LED lightbulb that wreaks havoc on certain frequencies. It may just be a lemon or it may be that particular design or lot has a defect. If it is causing problems, then technically it has to be changed. And that is all that the article is really about -- being a good neighbor.

Posted by JBloodgood on 07/02/2014 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

Stacy,

Again, the lights and ballasts you speak of are correctly tested and certified, and installed by trained professionals who have to adhere to standards, and occasionally they do still cause problems. And when they do cause problems, hams track down the source and call the appropriate department(s) to get them fixed.

The issues mentioned in the article include a ballast that was not properly tested or certified and incorrectly claimed that it was, and a do-it-yourself installation where the person installed their lights incorrectly.

Posted by JBloodgood on 07/02/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “We've got your beach

Sounds good to me!

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Posted by Mia715 on 07/02/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “We've got your beach

I have never seen a fish nor minnow in that creek. "Safe to play in" ( the water ) ; I would *not* let my child touch the water; then children put their hands and fingers in their mouths, or wipe then on their faces, .... "safe to play in" . No.

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Posted by MoFo on 07/02/2014 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

null is saying what I was about to say. Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium lights have been used as streetlights for 4 decades. And those are 1500 watt monsters. Those ballast would shut down radio TX way faster than a grow light.

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Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 07/01/2014 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Open space advocates see Banning Lewis Ranch as lifetime opportunity

Where do I sign up?

Posted by Mia715 on 07/01/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

In my misspent youth, back in the dark ages before cable, I met a ham operator. He had once lived in an apartment building of several floors in a big city. Every apartment had a television antenna on the roof, including my friend's family. But he had an antenna for his ham set as well on the roof and the problem at that time was not the other tv antennae interfering with his signal, but his signal interfering with tv broadcasts. His own family never suffered when he was on the air.

He always offered to help anyone with a problem to get their antenna properly grounded, but not everyone in the building knew who to contact, and sometimes some loud and angry complaints were made to the landlord or the police or the FCC before he was contacted. I suppose some tenants even paid tv repairmen to come out and fix their gear because they did not know my friend would do it for free, and perhaps some harbored grudges on account of it. There are a million stories in the naked city...

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 06/27/2014 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Builders insist the threat of lawsuits keeps them from erecting condos

Building condos according to the construction law will let the builders free from any kind of complaint or lawsuits! So the best option to stay away from legal issues is building a quality condo! Denver Luxury Homes are one of the most genuine builders of luxury condos in Denver. http://goo.gl/nT2opK

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Posted by Brian Burke on 06/27/2014 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

The purpose of sharing the information with the Indy was to make people aware of a potential problem, not to try to paint growers as bad people or the only source of interference. I think Bryce did a pretty good job of making that clear. Anyone who reads the article as otherwise is mistaken.

While individual ham operators will have their own opinions for or against, American Radio Relay League (ARRL) does not take sides in the MJ debates.

The ARRL does conduct testing of various devices and report their findings to the FCC. In one completely unrelated case an Arc Fault circuit breaker model was found to be a defective design and the ARRL brought it to the attention of the FCC as a significant source of interference. The ARRL and FCC then worked with the manufacturer to correct the design problem.

In the case of the Lumatek ballast, it appears to be a defective product design and one that incorrectly displayed the required FCC information. The ARRL tested it for RFI and it failed horribly, so they reported their findings to the FCC. Most ballasts pass with no problem.

In the case of Mr Thompson, it appears to have been a case of incorrect wiring from a ballast.

Personally, I have had interference from a CFL light bulb replacement for an incandescent bulb, a dimmer switch, and some yet to be determined device from a near by office building.

In any case, it is not the goal of the ARRL or a ham operator to paint anyone as being bad and rarely do they want to get anyone in trouble (intentional interference, AKA "jamming" would be a notable exception), they just want to find and fix the problem. If it is a faulty street light, they will contact the responsible department to get it fixed. If it is a failing power supply in a doorbell chime in someone's home, they will attempt find it and may even volunteer to help fix it.

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Posted by JBloodgood on 06/27/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

Lumatek still shows the LK1000 on their website and they are still available through numerous vendors.

The other lights you mention occasionally result in noise as well, but because they are installed by people who are trained in proper installation procedures and by certified electricians who have to follow codes, they generally do not cause the same problem as when someone builds their own system in a house and runs the wires too far, incorrectly grounds things, etc. As the article mentions, there are many other sources of noise that can cause serious interference and not only for hams, they can interfere with police/fire, military, navigation systems, phones, home entertainment systems, wifi, etc.

The point of the article is to be a good neighbor, be aware that such problems can occur, and don't freak out if someone comes by and says "Hi, I'm Joe and I'm a ham radio operator. I have been trying to track down some interference. I have narrowed it down to your house and I'd like to help you find the problem and fix it."

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Posted by Dave H on 06/26/2014 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Builders insist the threat of lawsuits keeps them from erecting condos

The threat of lawsuits prevents builders from building poorly built condos with high profit potential. Build a quality product and you are far less likely to get sued.

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Posted by null on 06/26/2014 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

This post fails to mention that Metal Halide lights are also used as street lights, outdoor flood lights, safety lights, etc. If your home is anywhere near a commercial center, there are likely hundreds of these High Intensity Discharge lights in the neighborhood. Also, the dimming ballast mentioned in the article has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

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Posted by null on 06/26/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Degrees of difficulty

This is a travesty. I am so sorry.

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Posted by Anne Donnelly on 06/26/2014 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Builders insist the threat of lawsuits keeps them from erecting condos

Build them cheap, build them fast, build them flimsy, build them with low-skilled illegal immigrant labor, then they wonder why they get lawsuits. Well duh. It's the 'merkin way, ain't gonna change.

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Posted by OldCrank on 06/25/2014 at 3:52 PM

Re: “The expansion of Medicaid is changing trends at hospitals

It's all big medicine. And it needs to go down. Germany has an amazing public health model that the US should follow. It does provide quality care and without the stigma if poor public healthcare. We should be ashamed that a procedure in the US costs upwards of 5xs a procedure iverseas costs.

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Posted by DEZ on 06/24/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “The expansion of Medicaid is changing trends at hospitals

OldCrank - you failed to mention who pays for Medicaid now that all these people are on it now - us. The people of the U.S. pay it.

The only conclusion I get from this article is that hospitals will be more profitable.

And I LOL'd, literally, when I saw the article author mention lowering health care costs due to the hospital now being paid more.

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Posted by rediranch on 06/24/2014 at 9:20 AM

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