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Re: “CDHS to meet new requirements for mental health patients

Something needs to be done about mental health. My son waited from 26 July until 2 Nov of 2018 to get into the state hospital after was declared incompetent. He was on lockdown in jail without meds until 17 September 18, I had to contact NAMI to get him on meds. I cannot imagine how hard it is to sit in a cell with a brain disorder and not being able to interact with people, plus its putting staff/inmates at risk of being physically hurt.
Once my son was in the state hospital my family called to talk to him--we never got calls back--according to my son he never got the messages.
Getting treatment for a mental illness is craizer than the illness is

Posted by slmc on 03/23/2019 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Muslim soldier at Fort Carson overruled on complaint regarding hijab

Just by how they are going strictly " by the book" right now says alot. someone messed up and now its C.Y.A.

Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 03/23/2019 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Legislative roundup: Party time for the Dems

hb19-1032
Republicans don't like to talk about sex? Please. They tend to want to be the ones to talk about sex with their children. See the difference? (I'm not a Rep. I know a few) Are there no Democrats that believe the same? Of course there are. (I'm not a Dem. I know a few) The characterization to the contrary is derisive and demonstrates an effort to label & ridicule; for what purpose? silence dissent perhaps? You decide.
However, the issue with 1032 isn't the issue of sex, 1032 would violate both our state Constitution and statute that places the authority concerning curriculum decisions squarely on the shoulders of local districts and parents. 1032 usurps that protection of local control. The great thing about the right and protection currently in place, is that if you don't believe you are the best person to discuss sex with the child you are responsible for, then you can in fact have a surrogate in the form of a teacher (who you likely know very little about) be the one to have those discussions with your children. IF on the other hand you are stepping up to the responsibility of having those discussions, awkward as they may be, then you have not only that responsibility but the Constitutionally & Statute protected authority. since you can currently have it either way, that's called a Win win.

IF 1032 is passed it will not only usurp local control, at the behest of non local politicians and their special interest partners, it will constrict the scope of education in general. Within the bill is language that dictates the conditions upon which the mandated curriculum must be taught. The bill mandates that if in any one class both biological reproduction is discussed and relationships, then this mandated version of sex ed must also be taught. For groups that want to err on the side of an abundance of caution in order to not have their authority usurped they will of course limit the scope of science and anything that touches on relationships.
In response, a number of education choice advocates, think charter schools, have adopted resolutions in opposition to the usurping of parent and local control of our children's education. Further, there are already discussions of law suites by both school cohorts and citizens/parents that refuse to be forced into malicious compliance by an overreaching Legislature and their special interest cohorts whose apparent ultimate goal is to undermine citizen authority.

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Posted by MagnumPI on 03/23/2019 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Opponents of the red-flag bill, which would allow guns to be removed from dangerous people, won’t back down

Correct, we will not back down from a horribly crafted law that focuses on firearm confiscation instead of addressing the problem. Even many local governments and law enforcement are adamantly against this bill.

Let's be clear: There have been laws on the books for decades which allow for firearms to be removed from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. The problem has been that these laws have not been properly used.

This bill is being pushed by Michael Bloomberg. It is nearly the exact same verbiage as suggested in the suggested firearm law proposals pushed to all states by his advocasy groups like MAIG and Everytown as well as the Giffords group which he heavily contributes to. This is the same guy who tried to ban Big Gulps and to have salt shakers removed from resturant tables. That kind of authoritarian, totalitarian government we don't need.

This bill is very similar to one used in California where it has seen multiple abuses and even resulted in the death of an innocent person. It makes it extremely difficult to get your property back if you are cleared. It puts an undue burnden on the accused to prove they should not be prohibited and can cost innocent people many thousands of dollars that many cannot afford. The average defense against such an accusation will cost between about $6000 to over $10,000.

Thanks to the dumb Universal Background Check law, no longer can a temproarily prohibited person simply give temporary possession of their firearms to a friend or trusted agent for safe keeping until they can legally get them back. Instead they have to either give them to police, who are not equipped for this, or thay have to "transfer" the firearm to an FFL (AKA dealer). The latter means the FFL OWNS the firearm and can do anything they want with it. So what is really being mandated is that the person give the firearms to the police or sell them, even though they might be cleared to get them back in the future.

The bill suspends due process until after the fact under the guise of an emergency. It also completely ignores the actual problem -- the person's mental health. The Sonnenberg Amandment is an attempt to fix that.

So no, we won't back down. We have already begun looking at the recall process and will challange the law in court.

IT IS A BAD LAW

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Posted by Dave Hernandez on 03/23/2019 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Opponents of the red-flag bill, which would allow guns to be removed from dangerous people, won’t back down

GUN DID NOT HARM NO ONE, but AN INDIVIDUAL with a mental health issue or not who must be stop when they are use violence to other and become a threat.

Posted by LIMA-CHARLIE on 03/23/2019 at 12:23 PM

Re: “El Paso County jail finds scabies and hepatitis A cases

Katy Lynn Davis have you personally observed Sheriff Elder in a drunken stupor? If not, you a spreading fake news.

Posted by Facts on 03/23/2019 at 7:18 AM

Re: “"Small house" community coming to Woodland Park

A sham is a sham. How many people will get swept up in this one? These wacked out lot and lease fees read like a deleted chapter from an Upton Sinclair novel. Very shameful, especially in a community like Woodland Park.

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Posted by Anthony Springer on 03/22/2019 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Opponents of the red-flag bill, which would allow guns to be removed from dangerous people, won’t back down

The author made no mention of the Sonnenberg amendment, that would turn this bill from a gun grab to a mental health bill. Laws this controversial deserve unbiased journalism.

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Posted by Dave Votava on 03/22/2019 at 10:18 AM

Re: “El Paso County jail finds scabies and hepatitis A cases

OMG.... when I first glanced at the pic with this article, I thought it was a pic of a naked Bill Elder crawling around in another of his drunken stupors!

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 03/22/2019 at 9:40 AM

Re: “"Small house" community coming to Woodland Park

The developers are making a killing on lot fees. This is NOT affordable or workforce housing in any respect. Itll end up being cramped student housing for Charis and a lot of 2nd homes for snowbirds.

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Posted by Zen on 03/22/2019 at 4:48 AM

Re: “Indy's 2019 city election endorsements

Do any of the City Council contenders intend to stand up for solid rentors v. New Management rapacious new fees, and, what does city council of colorado springs intend to do about a preposterous minimum wage stance in the midst of a president who promotes such remarkable and out of this world economic growth for America and working class. ?.

Posted by JLWilso96438114 on 03/21/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Teen vaping: what parents need to know

well the first issue here is your using "THE TRUTH".com and they post anything BUT the truth........they are extremely bias in every thing they have ever done. ill start to listen when an UNBIASED report comes thru.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 03/21/2019 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Opponents of the red-flag bill, which would allow guns to be removed from dangerous people, won’t back down

For a law that is supposed to remove firearms from the mentally disturbed, I find no mention of mental health evaluations by professionals. Merely judgement made by law enforcement and jurists. If we're supposed to be confiscating a persons property on the basis of their mental state shouldn't someone trained in that field be involved?

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Posted by Richard M. Shirley on 03/21/2019 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Recognizing the year's worst in government transparency

Eeh, don't forget the upcoming Red Flag law. Talk about Orwellian fodder for the courts to have to waste time with.

Posted by Anthony Springer on 03/21/2019 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Opponents of the red-flag bill, which would allow guns to be removed from dangerous people, won’t back down

Same day; similar article - "Recognizing the year's worst in government transparency".

Cherry picking transparency topic is poor journalism.

This gun one; with no opportunity to face an accuser in court; reeks of a medieval witch hunt.

Cue the dozens and dozens of angry spouses, exes, rival gang members, disgruntled anybodies; who will come out of nowhere; and remain hidden; while they accuse.

Give it time. People will be PAID to go make accusations. Too easy. Here's a few hundred bucks; go downtown and swear out this particular falsehood. Hearsay covers any defense of the accuser; yet the accused still has to lawyer up, spend money; and waste; absolutely waste; dozens and hundreds of man hours of police and court time.

Ridiculous law; and already guaranteed to waste hundreds of hours of legal time before it is even put into effect a once.

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Posted by Anthony Springer on 03/21/2019 at 12:49 PM

Re: “2019 City Election Indy endorsements cheat sheet

If the city is to become an 'economic powerhouse' for Southern Colorado rather than just prosper when the state and national economies are doing well - the region will need true leaders with business, economic, or financial backgrounds in order to ensure there is sufficient new revenues produced to meet the rising costs - and elected leaders that recognize the need to create and fund a professional, free-standing Economic Development Corporation.

That type leadership requires tough leaders with vision as was present with Bob Isaac. The area really needs those with a successful track-record in the private and business sectors - Rules out SUTHERS, WILLIAMS and RETIRED MILITARY.

Let's put in office those who can move the region to PROSPERITY through BUSINESS PROFIT and add a third leg to local revenues dependent upon the existing two of Pikes Peak (tourism) and the Pentagon (defense). Diversify and expand rather than just watch as industry and manufacturing go to other states and high tech goes to Boulder and Fort Collins and Austin!

A three legged stool is far more stable than one with just two!

The high rate of 'new jobs' being touted for the region (then walked-back as federal data is refined) are 'rooftop' jobs as a result of supplying generated by population growth. Suthers had absolutely little to do, if anything, to create jobs or bring new firms to the region - - - for that matter, neither did the Chamber-EDC.

John - Dirk: roll out the numbers related to what your effort actually produced! Something reviewed, analyzed and reported on by a real economic analysis firm rather than ginned up numbers from Turnip-Truck Bob.

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Posted by R Wehner on 03/21/2019 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Firefighters, guns, the Cog, and more from this week's inbox

I think the combination of gun nut and grammer Nazi should be "red flagged"...

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Posted by happyfew on 03/21/2019 at 10:57 AM

Re: “2019 City Election Indy endorsements cheat sheet

Except for Martinez and Murray, a comical and foolish endorsement for the new mini-Gazette. Vote out Special Interests Suthers who is destroying this city. Vote for leadership that is independent and transparent. www.drjohn4mayor.com

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 03/21/2019 at 9:18 AM

Re: “El Paso County Public Health asks for million dollar budget increase

They don't deserve a penny

Posted by Heather Wharram on 03/21/2019 at 3:06 AM

Re: “Three kids remain in an abusive home despite multiple reports to DHS. What does that mean for thousands of other kids?

Ya and my daughter remans with abusve foster care, while I am slandered and persecuted for something we never did and they have falsified mdial and prayed upon me not being awr of my own rghts,

Posted by Heather Wharram on 03/21/2019 at 3:04 AM

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