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Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Bill, I respect people like you who support the Constitution. I'm with you here - I've been a strident supporter of the Constitution for decades. I believe in original intent - which is how our Founding Fathers' wrote and understood the Constitution. Unfortunately, most supreme court justices no longer support original intent. They prefer to re-interpret the Constitution whenever it suits them, even when their interpretation is opposite what our Founders intended. That's federal lawlessness and judicial anarchy, and we're living under it. It's become so bad that today we have a federal government which routinely violates the Constitution, while claiming to uphold it. And since most Americans have such a poor understanding of the Constitution, it's easy for the government to violate it with little outcry from citizens. If people don't understand it, how can they defend it? This is the problem I always have with online discussions people who lack even a basic understanding of the Constitution (especially in regard to limited federal power) - yet have strong opinions about it.

You wrote: Why put your trust in them? How about because SCOTUS is a co-equal branch of the government created by the Founding Fathers in the CONSTITUTION.
Yes, SCOTUS is part of the federal government, but our Founders NEVER told us to put our trust in government not any branch. Do you understand this? Instead, they urged us to remain vigilant and keep government under control. That's why Benjamin Franklin is famous for saying that they had given us a republic if we can keep it. Because it's up to us the people to protect our Constitution and our rights. We can't just hand our brains over to government, assuming that govt. must be right. That way lies tyranny, for an ignorant and complacent people are easy to control and manipulate.

You wrote: you think your opinion is right and SCOTUS is wrong. You got that backwards. Really Bill? Why? Why must SCOTUS be right? If they understood the Constitution, why would the justices disagree with each other so often? Why would they ever have 5-4 decisions? Obviously, a law degree doesn't guarantee proper understanding. That's why it's so important for people to be able to think for themselves. If we can't freedom will die. An ignorant population will be unable to protect itself from federal abuse of the Constitution, and their rights will be continually trampled until freedom is dead. That's what's happening today. People who can't think for themselves are called sheep, and they need a shepherd government to guide them in all things and protect them from themselves.

You wrote: Your eagerness to dismiss SCOTUS reveals your contempt for everything in the Constitution that doesn't make you happy. It's not a buffet where you can pick and choose. It's the CONSTITUTION, and you don't get to reject SCOTUS and then say you're just following the Constitution.

So Bill, do you see where you're wrong here? You're confusing SCOTUS with the Constitution, and the two are very different. Our allegiance should be to the Constitution itself not to a group of people who mangle it continually with their idiotic interpretations which aren't even based on original intent. SCOTUS treats the Constitution like a buffet I don't. Here's an article I wrote about this issue, so please read it:

http://gazette.com/guest-column-constituti…

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Posted by Skycastle on 04/13/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Mr. K, does your opinion on an issue change when the supreme court disagrees with you? What about when they disagree with themselves? That happens often, and this proves that a law degree doesn't guarantee proper understanding. If it did, then the SCOTUS justices would always agree with each other. BTW, that's rare.

As for Undermining the judiciary, all Americans have a right to disagree with all branches of government when we think they're wrong. Are you under the impression that presidents, congressmen, and supreme court justices are always right? Do you hand your brain over to them to think for you? It's sad that you refuse to think for yourself. That makes you a sheep. And of course, sheep need a shepherd. Government will gladly lead and control you all your life. Dumb people make their lives easy, because they're too befuddled to disagree.

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Posted by Skycastle on 04/13/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “City Council's first challenge: How to make an immediate difference

What is so depressing about CS is not so much the Right Winger nuts here all over... because we expect them to do as they do. But it is the supposed opposition to them that is even worse dealing with since they're such milquetoast Right Centrist Democrats.

'You could feel the instant anticipation, almost palpable, after the results came in April 4 for the 2017 Colorado Springs city election.'

Jesus. The instant boredom of people like Routon, Weiss (Indy publisher), and Skorman is that there is actually no 'palpable' change ahead in anything here locally. These folk are also MIC lovers, too. Sick.

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Posted by Tony Logan on 04/12/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “FoodMaven could do more harm than good in the fight against food waste

Worth noting Food Maven does not/will not/cannot sell direct to the public. They supply restaurants, who are facing increases in food costs without ability to raise prices do to market thresholds, schools, institutional food service, and other places that food costs at a large scale is an issue.

They also give a TON (or should I say tons?) of food to local food kitchens, food banks, and other nonprofits who feed those who are going hungry on a daily basis. In Southern Colorado I heard a number around 25,000 people each week don't get to eat 3 meals a day or even every day.

Food Maven is taking food from places like Safeway, King Sooper's, etc... who'd normally let the food go to waste and in some cases literally throw away perfectly good food. They are then selling it to our local restaurants at a killer price that can help them get the margins they need to stay in business.

I don't see this hurting Mike's business. I will always go to a local burger joint for my local burger, and if a model like Food Maven allows a place like say McCabe's get it's buns & fries cheaper for my burger so they can make a profit and still afford to offer a premium product like Callicrate beef well so be it.

Posted by Jon Severson on 04/12/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “City Council's first challenge: How to make an immediate difference

Nice wish list. All cost money.
Nothing about creating jobs and expanding revenues?

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Posted by R Wehner on 04/12/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Finding cheap internet is not easy

Hi Stacy! That's really great and detailed reporting. I'd love to write like that. So I can understand the whole deal.
I guess part of my issue is getting the channels I want and such but yes- those bundle and THOSE CONTRACTS!

But I do get it and it's a tough argument though it sounds like you went the way of the Antenna more so. Nothing wrong with that. I like what you wrote as I feel about the same.

Me- I live my Netflix, Amazon Prime (it makes sense for me as I order so much online), etc.

Thank you kindly for a great comment. I really enjoyed it and I like hearing from other corners. That's pricey on the electric. I wonder if it's not something I could help with? Either wayI thank you for your input as I am sure others di. You are speaking at a level that I do normally.

Do reach out to me if you have some area that perhaps I can give an educated opinion on. Kinda been there, done that- ya know? Take care!
brian@techpertise.com

Posted by Techpertise on 04/11/2017 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Finding cheap internet is not easy

Did the cut the cable thing in 2008. Lived in Woodland Park. Got a broadband antenna installed from Peak Internet for $30 a month, streamed Netflix, Hulu and Cracker very well but occaisional buffering. Went to OEM parts and bought two Winegard antannae. Pointed one at Denver and one at Colorado Springs. Used R6 coaxial from Balun to receivers with Radio Shack signal booster (110 volt). In 2008 we were getting 58 stations. Mind you some were double i.e. two ABC,NBC,CBS stations, but some Indys like ION, MyTV and CW had a lot of good old shows.It was very functional. Now back in the Springs and I just don't feel the need to set that up again. Got Xfinity in three rooms and 256 internet for 130 a month. Sounds pricey until you realize that my electric bill went from $300 to $140 between Woodland Park and the Springs. My electric bill savings payes for my cable/internet with a couple bucks left over. Black Hills Energy sucks and you guys should be grateful for Colorado Springs Utilities, I know I am.

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Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 04/11/2017 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Finding cheap internet is not easy

Hi Friend, in regards to the C Springs Council- with the latest ballot measure passing it actually could help us out. I agree that it's sad the control the monopolies have.
It's why we ALL PAY TOO MUCH. I am right with you.
Thanks!

Oh thanks to Gene also. I would have added that into my article but space it tight believe it or not. That's very useful!

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Posted by Techpertise on 04/11/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Could a basic antenna replace your expensive TV provider?

I will be touching on that very soon and probably next article. Thanks for your readership!

Posted by Techpertise on 04/11/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Finding cheap internet is not easy

to me in csprings area we get nada in return.here folks the city council and the el paso commishes own the francise !! and i and other cannot cone to bat to get more frpm falcon bb.or porchy light .why is soo hard there with this so called council here.in calgary ab they have a whoppin 4 to 5 companies
doin there thing Why CANT WE PEOPLE !?

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Posted by Naxx Lewis on 04/11/2017 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Finding cheap internet is not easy

Here are some way to find internet providers.

www.broadbandnow.com

www.uwn.com/en

www.muninetworks.org/communitymap

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Posted by Gene Sky on 04/11/2017 at 4:07 AM

Re: “ISPs are set to sell your personal data to the highest bidder, how can you stop them?

Trump is scum. It's all big money. Thankfully it sounds we have more options than you do in the Springs. We worry that the monopolies will trample on us. Just a few of us in an apartment here and we can barely afford this mess and we run out of data. I guess we best get a better social life. Still b.s.
Time we find other ways to get what we need. I've been to Tokyo and they have gigabit broadband for cheap and unlimited. Why is it so backwards in this country?
Go Bernie!

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Posted by HolaMakina on 04/10/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Could a basic antenna replace your expensive TV provider?

Can we discuss the other avenues? I'd like to get Netflix and such without my darn cable tv! It's getting pricey for a college kid. Thanks though- I do like the idea of getting away from cable as do my roommates.

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Posted by HolaMakina on 04/10/2017 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Outdoor recreation and child development

Its a great article on recreational activities for children. Parents must more focus on their children physical sports activities rather than provide them more of electronic gaming devices while bringing them up.
Check it out to know more about recreational activities and outdoor sports
http://www.outacts.com/

Posted by Hunt Man on 04/08/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

"Does it surprise you that CPB is not in the business of funding losers? Doesn't fit in with your personal stereotype of capital-P "Progressives?"

It points out how progressives are two faced and only care about getting what they want...especially with OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY!!!

Why must the taxpayers fund public broadcasting...because we like it and people who don't watch and listen are dumb.

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Posted by Don McCullen on 04/07/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “FoodMaven could do more harm than good in the fight against food waste

For years I managed a small and local Colorado organic farm on the Western Slope. Afterwards I spent years in the corporate world working with the states largest and most influential farmers. I can say, across the board, farming is one of the hardest jobs to do. Mike Callicrate gives a dang good assessment of the Food Maven situation.

I absolutely see how Food Maven's model simply encourages super-markets to continue ordering too much food, and simply allows them to sell it for a profit to restaurants and other businesses which should otherwise be ordering from a smaller and local farm. All under the guise of environmental responsibility.

Thanks Mike for a good read and another perspective on this discussion.

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Posted by KyleJS on 04/07/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Reader: Correct this blatant violation of the separation of church and state

Yep. Completely ridiculous spending taxpayers money on something that is not needed. Hope everyone in that church is praying for our children to get fed and educated.

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Posted by Nathan Van Horn on 04/07/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

"We are no different than Rome and we are going to fall just like them."

I once heard, (but cannot confirm), the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti once said, "Rome was never like this!"

Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/07/2017 at 2:40 AM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

"Well it shows you how the Progressives think..."

I hardly think two bloggers are a representative sample of so-called "Progressives" (with a capital P). If it is any consolation, I do not think you are ignorant.

But I do think it is a great mistake to lump all progressives together, just as it is for progressive wannabes to lump all conservatives together, as if there are not often huge differences between any given two, who both proudly call themselves conservative.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/07/2017 at 2:25 AM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

"CPB I just found out likes to give money to stations who are able to raise the most money."

Does it surprise you that CPB is not in the business of funding losers? Doesn't fit in with your personal stereotype of capital-P "Progressives?"

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/07/2017 at 2:11 AM

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