"The crowd, ... was overwhelmingly white and older." Much of them are on Medicare and Social Security - or hope to be. If they vote GOP their Medicare and Social Security will dwindle under Paul Ryan's "Better Way" and find themselves destitute in their old age. Retirees who vote GOP are cutting their own throat.
Debra Avery and Gina Douglas-
I think this is hilarious. During the primaries, why didn't Clintonites come over to Bernie's side? We told you then that we couldn't vote for Clinton. Was it mutual on your side, or could you have voted for Bernie in a general election? I won't vote for HRC in the general, o well.
Don't worry about it though! If you all haven't realized it yet- our votes, our voices, our democracy- are all lost. We are going to keep paying taxes, work for the government for about 3 months every year, to support something we have no say in. I mean jeeze- we can't even fix the potholes in our city. We're out of the loop folks. Who knows what will happen. Assange claims he has even more damaging material on Hillary (As if rigging the primary election isn't enough)- Trump is imploding-- who knows?
Yep, vote third party. I don't know if I'll vote for Johnson or Stein (funny predicament) - maybe I'll just draw an upside down flag on the ballot. I don't really see how we can withdraw from this predicament without simply refusing to except the premise. Dick Van Dyke was right with his endorsement of Bernie- "The Emperor wears no clothes". We better wake up to it quick
It is not the law that is racist it is the cops.
seriously? oh cry more.....
Leslie Weise, Scott Hente, Gina Douglas: Donald Trump is running a massive con game. He's a carpetbagging RINO that is a friend of Hillary's, has been for years, and he's deliberately tanking and taking the GOP with him in order to elect Hillary. It's the only thing that explains all of his bizarre behavior. People are falling for the con all over, from the grassroots to the elite. That's why the only choice is Gary Johnson.
Debra Avery: A Bernie supporter doesn't elect Trump by voting for Stein. Your claim of them not supporting the DP only means that you are demeaning them and telling them that their vote doesn't matter unless it's the way YOU want it to be, not them, and that's insulting. You are putting party over principle, and a piss-poor party of theft and enslavement at that!
Gina Douglas: A one-issue voter is a voter that is uninformed and ignorant. You have no idea if Hillary is going to start a nuclear war because you have no idea what the future holds, and her own corrupt criminal pursuit of power just might drive her insane enough to do it.
The only sane choice for President is Gary Johnson.
And we have the right to protect this country from terrorist that's why the Muslim ban is in place, thank god for that.
I wish you would stop picking on Robert Lewis Dear.
Just an FYI, prior to my leaving Colorado, I met a council member from the city of Westminster, named Bob Briggs. He has been the champion for a high speed rail in Colorado.
This is the link to the feasibility study he had accomplished.
This the link to the petition he had started online.
This is the link to sign up for updates.
Thank you Bob Briggs.
For those of you that support this....get involved, they need your support. :)
To Christina Krych and Tannim, Odin and COS,
It seems that the normal answer to the question of "Why don't we have a high speed rail on the front range" is "Because we didn't do it 20 years ago."
Yes, an intercity rail requires inner-city public transit. I'll refer you to two articles, written 5 years apart (2010 and 2015) which provide a glimpse into the practicality of instituting a streetcar in COS.
It seems like we could have already had a trolley connecting downtown, Penrose and Memorial and up to North Nevada by UCCS already, and for about half the cost of this bologna "City for Chumps".
So do the street-car, and do the light-rail. Denver has a decent enough transit to get around once there.
Also- many cities have rails. When I was stationed in Great Lakes, IL I used to take the train to Chicago every weekend, and use the rails to get around Chicago while there. When I lived in Oceanside you could take a rail along the coast all the way up to San Francisco. People were always taking the rails. When considering whether they make or lose money, one must also factor in their reliability and their safety. How much money is lost in traffic delays (late time- extra fuel, etc.)- ok- how much money is lost in traffic accidents? Medical bills- maybe. The loss of a life. The loss of the "infinite possibilities of life" - how do you equate this? Rails aren't without risk, but it's without saying they are much more safe And reliable than cars.
Get a friggin' light rail. Stop thinking we should have done it 20 years ago. If we are going to think like that- let's at least think in the future. 20 years in the future, what should we have done now?
Best article I've read from you in some time John. Keep up the cynicism it's good for all of us.
So many have been asking me what happened at KCMJ, I finally decided the story must be told. Here is what I know: http://www.mycoloradogazette.com/profiles/…
Rather than commiserate about the local job market, HazyHurts, come up with a solution.
Create jobs by diversifying the economic engine. The problem isn't Drake is downtown but that there are no factories that build anything heavy. Pueblo has the wind factory, the steel mill, and other industry. Colorado Springs hasn't bent steel for anything in eons.
This city has the ability to be an industrial engine, but nobody wants to pull the trigger. Why? It isn't the physical or economic climate, so it must be the religion and the government.
That's where the fixes need to be made.
Christina Krych: Inter-city expresses, or interurban commuter lines as they are known in America, are not only a dying breed (there's only one left, the Chicago, South Shore, and South Bend Railroad), but they continually lose money and are subsidized by tax dollars on top of the tickets. The other problem with them is once you hit a station and get off, then what? Colorado, like most of the west, doesn't address that very well. The experimental bullet train in California is a huge boondoggle that goes nowhere.
Ryan Hannigan wrote "It seems like many of the local live shows have been "stolen" by some other entity." I believe that is a reference to the new Studio 809 podcast network several former KCMJ hosts/volunteers have launched (myself included). We are not encouraging any shows to leave KCMJ. However, we are providing a warm, positive, nurturing environment for any shows that no longer feel they can make it work at KCMJ. I personally hope they are all back on KCMJ one day. The existence of Studio 809 is not a cause of what Gary wrote about. It's a symptom.
Gary, you're forgetting to point the finger at one person. I'll let you figure out who. It seems like many of the local live shows have been "stolen" by some other entity.
WE need BOTH Tiny houses and Affordable apartments or houses. COS could be known as the Capital of buying your own home's if we get rid of credit scores. Some mortgages
are cheaper then rent.
Gary Casimir: Like I Said; "The road to the perfect humanistic progressive utopia is such a difficult journey." I guess KCMJ-LP is dealing with distopia as well.
Roger Armstrong: Yep, and another thing that KRCC should look into down the road in spite of possibly difficulty, is to look into investing into a second radio station. One that will allow them to broadcast a full time Adult Rock/Triple A or Adult Rock esq format since their are still pockets of music programming left on KRCC, but the Afternoon Music Mix was canceled in favor of more News and Spoken Word Programs.
Colorado Public Radio in Denver was able to narrowcast and superserve its programming onto three separate stations (News/Talk, Classical, and Triple A), and KUNC in Fort Collins was able to sign on a full time Triple A station this year called The Colorado Sound; allowing KUNC to go Public Radio News/Talk full time.
The days of block programming on Public Radio is trending out.
I lived in Europe for many years. Your call for "inter-city express trains" overlooks one critical thing that Europe has which enables such systems -- GOOD INTRA-CITY MASS TRANSIT.
We don't have that. So if you build your inter-city express trains, once you get to your intended city, it is difficult to get from the station to where you need to be.
IOW, if you build the inter-city express trains right now, few people will use them.
What we need to do first is build up our INTRA-city mass transit, THEN we can talk about building INTER-city mass transit.
Well, I thought Mister Hazlehurst made an interesting observation, one that I probably would not have made, even considering that I grew up in the Springs only a couple of years younger than John. I recall NO kids of color in grade school, and maybe one or two in junior high. In High School (the first year it was named Palmer) there were some black and Hispanic kids, but I recall them as pretty much middle class. Being then admittedly quite naive, I was not aware of any racial tensions. The black guys I remember were popular. I don’t recall any black girls, but the bubble of white privilege I lived in rendered me oblivious to a lot of things. When I finally encountered blatant racism in the Army, it astounded me, and I had trouble dealing with some of my fellow “whites”.
Long story short… now when I visit my home town and see all the black and brown people that I meet on the street, encounter in businesses or live next door to my relatives, I must admit to having a feeling akin to the "warm fuzzies", a good feeling, not just toward my home town, but the whole country. Things have really changed, and if that’s a “liberal Utopiaville” well, I like it. And I’m not going to let Donald Trump and his dog whistle Republican minions poison my optimism by trying to lurch my country back into THEIR version of “Utopiaville”. It is as disturbing now as it was when I first encountered it.
Thanks, John, for the enlightened perspective.
This guy Tannim is either a really old crank or a 12 year old himself. The level of immaturity in his comments should embarrass him/her. I mean, "Hazy-hurts?"
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