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Re: “Reader: Can we the people do something about the traffic signals?

UK Power Networks and Traffic Group tests smart traffic lights in Kent

Posted by sudha bhise on 05/12/2019 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Reader: Change begins at the state level

Corporate profit is at the core of our economy which allows you to pay for your own health care providing you watch your health. Regulating kills an economy and that is where government comes in. You have spent a life listening to government propaganda and now are woefully misinformed about everything. Corporations do not talk to you do they? No, they are busy.
There is little one can do about the weather and this scare is only to promote a new scam: carbon tax. How does government get the people to want more regulation and to believe in nonsense? The have the media create a frenzy. Works every time. Period.
Do you understand about the earth's magnetic field? Bet you don't. How far up do have travel to reach outer space? What does the sun emit? What do exploding stars emit? What does the ground under your feet emit?

You should suspect a government that knows-it-all...

Posted by Bob Wyman on 04/15/2019 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Dear trial, guns, Pikes Peak Summit House, and more

Hey Rocky Smith In order to form a militia and ensure the security of the free state, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BARE ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! Read the Constitution some time. It irks many of us that you liberals either cant or refuse to READ!! It is not up to the citizenry to ensure you feel safe, thats your problem and if you dont like our Constitution, move elsewhere tgag shares your values like maybe DPRK.

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Posted by James Brock on 04/02/2019 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Reader: Penrose Library has turned into a homeless shelter

I was at the Penrose Library in January 2019 and haven't been back. I needed to do work for my business and there was no where to sit upstairs or down. The children were running around screaming, people watching movies on laptops without headsets, homeless sleeping on the floor, backpacks everywhere and the smell was really awful. While I understand we need to help the homeless, this is a library not a homeless shelter and that is exactly what it seemed like. Maybe we just need to close the library and make it a daytime homeless shelter. At this time, you can't use it as a library anyway. While I was there, I saw several families try to bring their children in and the children were scared and the families left. It's a sad day when you can't bring your children into a library to check out Dr. Seuss is on the Loose or Hop on Pop. It's also crazy that the library cannot used as a library for students/business owners to do homework/research Or, just people who still like to read a good book.

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Posted by Joan Leggio on 03/18/2019 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Reader: Vote for our firefighters

Kool-aid that I'm not drinking. Piss poor scare tactics to get more money. CSFD abuses the purpose of a fire engine by running it to the ground on medical calls. They just spent $500,000 each on how many new state of the art, custom for Colorado Springs fire engines? And want to get more? Ones that they are going to use and abuse in the same manner. I see that as a huge waste of taxpayer money. Why not spend that money on a fleet of fly cars for CSFD? Pull the paramedic off the engine and an EMT off the truck, put them on the fly car to respond to medicals instead of running that BRT (big red truck) everywhere but where it was intended to go. Fly cars are a helluva lot cheaper to maintain and that will also leave six men at the station who can respond to an actual fire call instead of having a full engine tied up on a medical. Right now, if that 4 man engine is tied up on a medical they can't respond to a fire call in their own district, ergo, leaving response times to a fire delayed while waiting for a crew to respond from out of district. A paramedic and and EMT on a fly car can handle a medical call until the ambulance crew arrives on scene, IF they even get there faster (numbers have been showing different, but that's another issue). Two paramedics and two EMT's (between CSFD and AMR) on a medical is plenty. I don't know why CSFD feels they need to run those engines to every single medical call, there are many EMS systems where just an ambulance crew responds to medicals and do just fine only using the fire crew in the engines when requested, greatly reducing the unnecessary miles/wear and tear on those engines.

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Posted by Logan Wynn on 02/27/2019 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Reader: Shut Drake down as soon as possible

...And wait for the first calm, dreary sunless winter day (or night - good luck with the solar when it is 3AM); and light a candle (for heat - all 50 watts of it); and think upon Drake; long ago shut down by unknowing, uneducated, uninformed fools; all of whom will then be loudly wondering ...
Why did the cost of running the AC or heater just double when Drake was shut down?

The Yellow Vest protests in France? The working people that are bearing the brunt of excessive environmental actions and "progress"? Yes, that would be the majority of the OMG crowd when Drake is shut down. OMG; why is power so expensive? We just got the main power plant shut down; and OMG; now power is unaffordable! Oh noes!

Next we still all the windmills due to the birds being hit by the blades.
Then we stop the new solar fields due to the super-heating caused by the panels, and the destruction of natural habitat for the 1,000s of acres needed for the panels.
And tear down the hydraulic energy generating dams that harm the Salmon migration.

So. With no forms of energy available; because of the harm being done; most of humanity will slowly cease to exist; and

Good luck powering the espresso machine with treadmill generated energy.

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Posted by Stain K. Hensley on 02/17/2019 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Reader: It's still makes sense

Pttwooee! LOL!

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 02/08/2019 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Reader: It's still makes sense

agree wit huck (but change your stupid name)

Posted by apathetic on 02/08/2019 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Reader: Debate our core values

local affect Co2? not much I agree, but c"limate change advocate"? like saying advocate for Spherical not flat earth!

im not advocate for facts, I state facts, hwo that affects us and buy how much si teh debate in DC or little ole co springs

Posted by apathetic on 02/08/2019 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Reader: We're beyond rational debate

I like the point about the Enlightenment. I also find it interesting that most of the things that conservatives hold dear were, at one time, zealously opposed by their then-contemporary counter-parts when first introduced. It's their lot in life, to conserve their comfort and resist anything new that does not contribute to it. They must be brought, kicking and screaming, into the future.

That said, if you've laid down your core values already (which, society-wide, is all Werner was looking for), then it may be time to get your war on. After all, a substantial number of people (though not a majority), voted for the orange man. If reason is out the window, and circumstances are dire, what is left to do? Is the time for talking over?

It would be nice if we could just ignore them as petulant children and proceed with our agenda, but alas, they hold some reins.

I think I agree with you but alas, I'm running out of fight. Moral support for you, voting, and whining on the internet is about all I've got left. All the best.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 02/06/2019 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Reader: It's still makes sense

I think this is a good, thought-provoking response.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 02/06/2019 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Reader: Debate our core values

happyfew: I see how you might glean that from my post, but I didn't get that at all from Werner. It's not about doing nothing; it's about figuring out what will work. I liken it to my argument about gas: If I save a gallon, it increases supply, lowering the price, stimulating demand, benefiting Limbaughs in Humvees, and defeating my purpose. WTF am I to do? Just conserve for the sake of doing something, anything? Even if the idiots benefit and laugh all the way to the end?

The answer is to make everyone everywhere stop, whether they like it or not. Otherwise, you just benefit those who don't need any help trashing the Earth. Is protecting the Earth, making everyone stop, and how to do it, part of our core values? If so, how to make everyone stop, especially those in power who don't want to stop? After all, since when has a bunch of poor people ever set an example that was followed by the land-rapers? These are up for debate.

My question is, what forum?

I think Werner was just saying that we have not gone behind the issues of climate change to discover what is our core value. We, as often is the case, have gotten in front of ourselves. These may be arguments we should have had 40 years ago, but jumping ahead now is a recipe for failure.

First, what are you willing to kill for? What are you willing to die for? Those are core values. Will it work if you kill or die alone? Probably not. Are the core values shared? Let's have a discussion about that. Find out how many people agree. If there are enough people on board, discerning that in the discussion alone should should prevent the need for any killing or dying. Then we can move to the science and whether it's enough to get our war on.

Or we can do nothing and let the Earth take care of it. Or we can do something, anything, just because it feels better than doing nothing, even if it's counter-productive.

Better to be strategic, as I think Werner was suggesting.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 01/31/2019 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Reader: Debate our core values

so it sounds like the answer is... don't do anything, let the worst case scenario happen and who cares what kind of world our kids and grandkids have...


teabagger mentality at its best... why spend a penny more today when I can put it off, who cares how much it costs later. Justify it any way that makes you feel better with your man in the sky.


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Posted by happyfew on 01/31/2019 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Reader: Debate our core values

Matt Werner, your article is probably one of the best I've ever read in this rag. Thank you.

I hate to sound flip, but your questions compel me to confront some issues that I've struggled with for over 35 years. So I try to be honest with myself in responding.

" . . . climate change advocates express what they're trying to do, who they're trying to help, how they intend to do it, whether it will work, and what it might cost."

Speaking for myself only:

1. Have climate change occur at the rate it would have, but for humans;
2. Biological diversity as it would otherwise be;
3. Reduce human population to 35 or 40 people per 10k square miles of temperate zone (less north and south);
4. It won't work, but only because we won't do it, even if we wanted to;
5. Our way of life.

Too late for #1 and #2. We'll never know because, well, thinking before acting has never been our strong suit (primum non nocere, LOL!).

By #4, I should embrace the ontological problem, give up, consider myself a part of, and not exempt from the laws of nature. Let's party! She'll be along for a correction in her own time.

But let's pretend, for the sake of argument that we would do it if, after your recommended debate, we decided to do so. My question to you is this: In what forum should this debate occur? The Fourth Estate? Letters to the Editor? To representatives? The U.N.? Local government? Boycotts? Old man yells at cloud?

Face it, nobody gives a shit until it's too late. At that point the baseline has shifted to the new evolutionary norm, or we die.

Is there a point where acceleration and crash leaves a better remainder to work with than would slowing our roll in the hopes of changing our ways, but which might actually be a death by a thousand cuts?

Anyway, thanks for something worth reading.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 01/31/2019 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Reader: It's all about the land

Many folks on the right love the west, hate the "invaders" and hate the states they come from. Yet these same folks on right are hell bent on making the west look exactly like those states: Privatize, strip mine, clear cut, dam, divert, subdivide, pave, and breed like rabbits. Because, well, "A man's got a right . . .".

Gubmn't land is the only thing that stands between western states and all the rest. And yet all of us, left and right, with all the breeding, we still love them to death. I could tell you "I remember when . . ." but then I'm sure those who came before me said the same thing.

Just keep slicing the pie until the last piece is thinner than the knife we propose to cut it with. The shifting baseline will have a new generation of lovers trying to save it, never knowing what it was like to eat from Her fruits. It's enough to make a man give up.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 01/30/2019 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Reader: Science is science

I hope you understand biology, x chromosome, y chromosome , these are male and female. Stay with me now. When you ,as a woman, try to tell me your a man, Im calling you a woman regardless of your silly feelings. I didn't write the information myself silly. Its taught in school, you can find it in the library,or you can GOOGLE it, if you lack the understanding and capacity to comprehend me. Your feelings and opinions dont mean doodly to me and they dont change science. What chromosomes your born with, you die with. Simple enough there Roxy girl? I hope I got under your skin because this kind of blatant ignorance is being pointed out more and more. I promise to NEVER use a pronoun to address anyone. And yes OUR wall will be built with yours, mine, and every US citizens tax money. Try to get some sleep tonight.

Keith Seebeck

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Posted by teeshine on 01/29/2019 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Reader: It's time for a plastics ban

Liberalism: Find a cure!

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Posted by XX YY on 01/28/2019 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Reader: A loathsome creature

I don't know why the Democrats did not immediately start calling this the "McConnell Shutdown." That's what it is.

The House sends over a bill, McConnell refuses to allow the Senate to vote on it. End of story. It's the McConnell Shutdown. Every excuse he could come up with is easily shot down. It's the McConnell Shutdown.

Sooner or later there will be a veto-proof majority in both houses. But right now, it's the McConnell Shutdown.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 01/24/2019 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Reader: it makes good business sense to combat climate change

Please use your common sense.
Global warming (aka climate change) has been going on since the end of the last ice age. The Great Lakes and the Norwegian fjords were carved out by glacial activity. Ice was a half mile thick where Chicago stands today. Since the end of the last ice age sea level has risen by approximately 125 meters. This current the sky is falling climate change con game is nothing more than a government and international scam (Paris accord) designed to transfer wealth from producers to non-producers by imposing additional taxes (carbon fees) on already overburdened taxpayers. Let us all be thankful for Trumps common sense approach to this hoax.

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Posted by Lakeshia Richmond on 01/21/2019 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Reader: Continue to fight for justice

Great letter.

Posted by Lakeshia Richmond on 01/21/2019 at 7:28 AM

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