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Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

Daughter who lives with me has her boyfriend living here and he will not leave. Landlord served eviction papers on me for violating the lease (2 adults only). What can I do?

Posted by Nancy Miller on 07/28/2017 at 6:13 PM

Re: “A 2015 Ponzi scheme continues to take tolls on uprooted area families

I "sold" my house to Richard Roop in 2013 to avoid foreclosure. The new "buyers" were chased out by bankers when Richard Roop stopped making payments on MY mortgage after he was jailed. It was never part of the receivership. The mortgage foreclosed anyway. This guy is a crook and a con artist.

Posted by LostLakePl on 07/28/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Local Democratic leadership tries to rekindle a fraught relationship with organized labor

Forced Unionism is wrong in America and passing a Right-To-Work law is the best way to help protect Colorado workers and their families.

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Posted by Richard Graham on 07/27/2017 at 3:29 AM

Re: “Local Democratic leadership tries to rekindle a fraught relationship with organized labor

It was 2011 when the incident happened about which the IBEW guy has his nose out of joint? Come on folks, time to move on beyond, way past time. May I point out that Chuck Murphy is an important community leader, and a very generous man who has supported the El Paso County Democratic Party for years, enabling it to grow and do good things in this community? The "business side" of running a political party is as important as the organizing side. While I don't know the specifics of the squabble with the electrician's group, folks need to let this conflict go after 5 years, and work instead on their many commonalities. Mr. Murphy is a compassionate man who is important to the Democratic Party. We all care about getting the current occupant of the White House out as soon as possible, and we can't do it if old conflicts and divisiveness rule local Dems. We also can't do it if union members vote Republican......

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Posted by prairie chix on 07/26/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Local Democratic leadership tries to rekindle a fraught relationship with organized labor

I am finding the responses to this column just petty.
Talking about printers and how people haven't been in the union themselves. Does this mean that people can't stand up for America? No it does not. There is a guy in the WH who avoided the draft and is now making decisions about who can't join the military.

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Posted by TruB on 07/26/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Local Democratic leadership tries to rekindle a fraught relationship with organized labor

Electra Johnson used Vistaprint not a union printer when she ran her campaign for county commissioner. How is that labor friendly?????? Curious people want to know.

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Posted by yellowdogdem on 07/26/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Mitch McConnell, Gardner to attend GOP fundraiser in Denver

So Gardner can 'meet and greet' his constituents if they pay him big bucks? Interesting. And what can I say about McConnell? Nothing good that's for sure! I hope the people that couldn't afford to attend this function realize that they are all about the money...not the people!

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Posted by Mary Ripley on 07/26/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Local Democratic leadership tries to rekindle a fraught relationship with organized labor

I'd like to know how many real unions Electra Johnson has belonged to? How many picket lines has Electra Johnson walked? How many times has she been laid off from her job? What has been her ACTUAL, boots-on-the-ground experience fighting for union rights, not just stories?

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Posted by 20590outer on 07/26/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Colorado Medicaid changes its policy on opioid drugs in response to crisis

What these government and agencies are doing is faulting chronic pain disease patients and our physicians for the overdoses and deaths of addicts.
With 100 million people who have a chronic pain disease, patients who become addicted to their medications is actually very low [.02-.6%]. We have legitimate prescription medications for diseases. The crisis is they are targeting patients and physicians. Physicians who still are trying to treat our chronic diseases. They are not allowing our physicians to treat us humanely, effectively and to the best of their ability. They are trying to doctor us all, without having a medical license. They are policing our physicians.
They need divert their efforts, from legitimate patients, to focus on the illegal fentanyl and heroin manufacturers and distributors, also, methamphetamine, cocaine and all other illegal drugs.
This distorted thinking and the false presumptions, that the cause of the opioid epidemic, is due to the overprescribing of much needed and beneficial medications, is causing havoc among physicians and patients. The hands of our physicians to treat us are being tied, due to the unfed imental and unfair laws they are trying to force upon them. We have our privacy invaded. There is no longer patient/doctor confidentiality.
The reports are stating how the number of prescription opioid medications have dropped, fairly significantly. Overdose deaths are on the rise. Logical thinking and knowledge at this point would tell you, this system is not working. It is the use of ILLEGAL opioids that are fueling this epidemic. Nowhere in the studies, headlines, reports or bills, are there talk, discussions or input, of the effects these laws will have on chronic pain disease of our physicians.
We pain disease patients are being abandoned, discriminated against and left to suffer with debilitating pain due to the stigma and laws being passed to condemn us and our physicians.
This targeting is wrong, it's discrimination against legitimate chronic pain disease patients, who use our MEDICATIONS responsibly.

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Posted by Candi Simonis on 07/21/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Section 8 voucher program applications reopen for lottery

What's the point in a voucher lottery when there is no affordable housing and the voucher promotes housing discrimination,racial profiling,and homelessness,equal opportunity housing means nothing when you are disabled living on section 8 and have a family,my house is being sold,we lived here 3 years,invested money in the yard ,because there was nothing but dirt and high weeds,we took care of the house as though it was ours, never ever late with rent and now no one will rent to us,I am stressed out to the max,we have money to move,but no one will rent to us.I can't sleep and barrel eat,I don't want my family to become another homeless statisic.

Posted by $wag on 07/20/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Penrose Hospital workers banned from parking in the Old North End

So what happens when you have a to see the doctor tha'ts office is in the hospital?? What we get a ticket then or are we still have to take the shuttle???.

Posted by Geneva Vaughan on 07/20/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Colorado Medicaid changes its policy on opioid drugs in response to crisis

Avoiding Opiods and Tylenol: These are some reasons that marijuana is popular for pain relief.

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Posted by billd on 07/20/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Colorado Medicaid changes its policy on opioid drugs in response to crisis

Any state, city, or country that thinks legislating what goes on between doctors and patients is going to stop addicts from abusing substances in completely insane! It's like blaming the person who sells beer at the liquor store for an alcoholic's behavior! If an addict wants to find a drug or other substance or activity to chase a 'high' (food, shopping, sex, all can lead to addictions, should we regulate those via government controls too??) with, they will simply try and find something more readily available, or take more risk when the safer alternatives that were there no longer are! The only people you are TRULY hurting are people who will be bedridden in pain after surgery because the doctor needs to give them a month worth of pain meds, but can only give them a week! You are already causing an American Holocaust among people with severe chronic pain who used to be able to work, care for their children and homes, and have some measurable quality of life. That has been stripped from thousands of people. They are losing their jobs, their homes, their independence, and even their lives because you are legislating what should be between doctor and patient!

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Posted by Suzanne Springer-Casey on 07/20/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Stormwater ballot measure lacks strong public support

Republicans in this town love to claim that it is liberals who keep people slaves with taxes. Then they allow their republican mayor to increase taxes unless it is for their schools. I wonder some days about the collective IQ of a group of people who don't ensure that developers are doing quality work, watching the contracted who repair roads or even the utility company who does work and then roads collapse.

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Posted by TruB on 07/19/2017 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Colorado Medicaid changes its policy on opioid drugs in response to crisis

the long term side effects of tylenol are more serious than many diseases,this is a bad idea and potentially life threatening,,and synthetic drug may have amultiplicity of fatal side effects now just what the do gooders are trying to prove..I don;t know but,some of them should trade pain levels with cancer patients for awhile.addiction deaths are for the largest percentage occurring on recreational users(95%).Patient perscribed opoids are done so for a reason. Let the doctor decide and stay out of what is not your affair

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Posted by Terry Bigler on 07/19/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Penrose Hospital workers banned from parking in the Old North End

What about the license plates that are getting stolen from the expo center and the hospital saying "it isn't our problem"?

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Posted by concerned citizen 1234 on 07/17/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Penrose Hospital workers banned from parking in the Old North End

Penrose is causing a huge safety issue with its employees by making them park off campus. They are not monitored 24/7, and the shuttle buses stop running at 11pm. What happens when someone is on call and needs to come in for an emergency? Are they forced to pay 3 dollars to get to the hospital quicker? We need to response and be present for the emergency asap. A shuttle bus causes delays in patient care. Or what happens if someone stays late past 11pm to complete patient care? Management tells us to call a taxi, and we will be reimbursed. That's a terrible system. You've to tip a taxi driver too - who will pay that - Penrose? I doubt it. No one is thinking of the patients with these decisions!

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Posted by annoyed_employee on 07/17/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Penrose Hospital workers banned from parking in the Old North End

Definition of tony per Merriam-Webster
tonier; toniest
: marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style tony private schools

First Known Use: 1877
Definition of tony
tonier; toniest
: marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style tony private schools

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Posted by Gummie on 07/17/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Penrose Hospital workers banned from parking in the Old North End

They shouldn't be allowed to punish their employees for parking in legal locations unless that employee is on the clock. Last I checked, getting to work was an employee's responsibility, and trying to regulate something that happens off your property in any way should be considered a violation of the work life/home life separation. Roads are built and maintained with our tax money and there are already laws preventing people from blocking driveways. The hospital should either pay it's employees to ride to work on its terms or stay out of people's pre and post work lives. I'm waiting for the first employee to get in trouble for visiting a home or business near their work and parking on the street only to have the "parking police" dock their pay.

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Posted by Njordomir Civson on 07/17/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Penrose Hospital workers banned from parking in the Old North End

Samantha, What is a "tony neighborhood"?

Also, you might want to look at a map of the area around Centennial & Fillmore Street. Th new hospital will be on the WEST side of I-25 in close proximity to Kissing Camels neighborhood. The satellite lots they are using are on the EAST side of I-25. This is the information that was shared with the neighborhood by Penrose:

"Penrose Hospital Implements Stricter Parking Policy to Alleviate Neighborhood Parking
On June 1, 2017, Penrose Hospital will implement new and improved changes to their employee parking policy. These changes are designed to create more parking spaces for visitors/patients and to provide a streamlined accountability system for those who park illegally on campus and in the neighborhood. Employees will now have six free shuttles to ride to and from work, but in order to park on campus, they will need to pay. The Parking Garage Levels 3 5 and the parking lot at the corner of Jackson and Cascade Avenue will be $3/day. Hospital employees can still park for free, first come first served on the hospital curbside of Cascade Ave. or Nevada Ave. As always, our policy states that parking in the neighborhood in front of homes and businesses is not allowed.

The new plan employs a full-time parking manager, Monday Friday, who will monitor parking on the hospital campus from 7:30am 6pm, issue tickets for illegal parking and respond to calls from neighbors who have a hospital employee parking in front of their home. The plan includes stricter ramifications for illegal parking which includes, 1st offense, - written warning, 2nd offense - $250 deducted from paycheck/final written warning, and 3rd offense termination. If you see a hospital employee parking in the neighborhood, please call 719-776-PARK (7275) or send an email to"

Note that the policy against parking in front of homes and businesses was already in place and that parking on the hospital curbside on Cascade and Nevada is still allowed . Penrose deserves credit for responding to the concerns of neighbors and implementing a policy that deters their employees from parking in front of homes and businesses and leaves plenty of convenient parking on campus for the patients and visitors. This is an example of a institution working to be a good neighbor and I think their efforts should be applauded not criticized.

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Posted by Bob Sullivan on 07/17/2017 at 11:52 AM

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