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Re: “Trying for single-payer health care in Colorado

Listing all the statistics of those who have health insurance is a pride in failure. Why is "Insurance" needed? Isn't health care a basic need? Is it less important than Police or Fire protection? Why doesn't the State provide health services? The best solution for our health Care problem is for Congress to remove the federal government from the equation except to collect taxes and return them to the States on a per capita basis (to level the playing field in terms of wealth). The States then can afford to simply provide health care to their residents as a service like Police and Fire protection. there would be no insurance company involvement at all. Preexisting conditions would be irrelevant. Care would cost the absolute minimum without profits. Can the States do it? Of course they can since our States are comparable to all the foreign Nations that already are doing it and doing it well.

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Posted by Terry Conklin on 07/19/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “In race to the top, women of color unfairly come in last

Black women -- and black men, who in your mind don't exist-- would be much better off, had not liberals committed one of the most racist acts in history:

"Why affirmative action failed black families where it matters most"…

This is not what you think it is.

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Posted by MaleMatters on 07/19/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Trying for single-payer health care in Colorado

Grand Junction, CO has a marvelous Concierge Healthcare Sharing Great !

Why not all the other Cities of Colorado ?


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Posted by frank1946 on 07/19/2017 at 4:41 AM

Re: “A DeMint-ed constitutional convention?

Do not trust the tea party church goers who want this convention.

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Posted by TruB on 07/18/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “New female AFA commandant moving here soon, with her wife

"...why are they not publicly acknowledging this groundbreaking selection of a gay, female new Commandant?"

As long as we have to draw specific attention to the fact that she is lesbian, and shout it from the rooftops, we have not accepted her and her sexuality as a norm in our society. We are singling her out as being "different," something that has to be pointed out.

I salute the USAFA for NOT making a newsworthy event out of her sexuality. Perhaps they HAVE accepted it as a norm.

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Posted by Mike Randall on 07/18/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Raw Tools turns swords into plowshares

While the concept sounds nice, it is flawed. The types of people who are willing to give up their guns for this are not the types of people causing the problems out there with guns. Indeed, the problem isn't the guns, it is the people. In fact, there are over 37,000 people in El Paso County with concealed carry permits. To date, not one of them has been involved in an unjustified shooting. Those are numbers you just can't argue with.

Now, if we could just start bringing in criminals, and composting them for my garden, I think we'd be on to something!!!

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Posted by Mike Randall on 07/18/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Jared Polis, local Dems to host town hall at Library

Ms Rosenbaum should get out into the district to see the "options for small business". In fact there are small businesses opening in the district on a regular basis. Although I wasn't included in this Town Hall I look forward to a successful campaign and election.

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Posted by Lois Landgraf on 07/18/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Reader: You forgot someone at the Olympic Museum groundbreaking

No Nation State has ever survived spending more than 11 % of GDP on Healthcare !

USA currently spends 20 % of GDP, borrows the $$$ to pay the Tab.

Milton Friedman, Univ. Chicago, 1992.

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Posted by frank1946 on 07/18/2017 at 6:27 AM

Re: “Meat market

B'bye-Trappers I hope I can snag an invite to the liquidation auction!

Posted by Deep Throat on 07/17/2017 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Meat market

What do get when you cross an aborted breastaraunt, an idiot fast food legend (in his own mind), and a shady breastaraunt-booby-guru (also in his own mind)?

Posted by Deep Throat on 07/17/2017 at 8:58 PM

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: “Maketa retrial hearing date set

I've read the articles on for months. I know much of the information on that website to be true.

Which is why I don't get the lack of interest in the local media to go after Elder. Maketa has his problems, like keeping his pants pulled up. But he knew how to run the organization, and while he showed favoritism a few times, it pales in comparison with Elder. The stuff that Elder is up to has GOT to boil over some day, I just wish something would be done about it now, and not wait until it becomes a huge crisis. The honest employees at EPSO deserve some help to clean house.

Perhaps Ms. Zubeck would chime in on why the lack of media interest?

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Posted by Mike Randall on 07/17/2017 at 4:46 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: “How to make goat milk lotion

optiphen is a preservative used in cosmetics - all the goat milk lotion I have researched says it only lasts two weeks and needs to be kept in the fridge. I would like to make some, too. :/

Posted by Caryn Utz Waldroup on 07/17/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “The cost of cutting people and pay

I'm sorry, but isn't this the same thing that Whole Foods did to Natural Food Cooperatives and mom & pop markets all over the country? I get that this article is not ultimately about Amazon and Whole Foods, per se. But it's what RedBox and Netflix did to Blockbuster, as well as a whole lot of other independently owned video rental stores. It's what Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts did to smaller coffee shops, and what the fast food conglomerates did to chicken and fish shacks all over the country.

Companies/corporations of any size are obligated to provide a good customer experience, and that's what makes a customer come back. People like the food at McDonalds, and they like that it tastes the same no matter where they go. People like not having to plan their week around a video rental (when to pick it up, how to decide what to watch, when it has to be returned, etc.), and so Netflix was successful.

If customers truly value the experience of talking to a cashier, then this platform will not succeed. As someone who worked at a video store, I thought people would miss having recommendations. Turns out it's pretty easy to solicit them from Facebook, and build your Netflix queue. Video store clerks are obsolete, like rotary phones and dial-up internet. Get nostalgic all you want, but blaming corporations for keeping up with technology and consumer demand won't give these workers more desirable workforce skills. Let's focus on where jobs are headed, and how to get people trained for the jobs that are sitting unfilled right now.

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Posted by Katie May Snider on 07/17/2017 at 12:20 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

Re: “Reader: Continue to fight for justice

While true this generation is the first to face these obstacles as my generation was to face what we faced and so on in history. Changing times change the future. But to suggest that past generations move out of your way is not correct. No one is just going to move aside it took to much to get where there at. Embrace past generations learn from them they got things done and so can you if both would sit down and listen if the hard heads would soften, listen, learn and compromise. But I guess Im asking to much in this you against me world we live in these days.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 07/17/2017 at 9:11 AM
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