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Re: “Reader: We are a nation of sadists and sociopaths

WWII was already won, but scientists wanted to see their work in action. Perhaps there was a bit of revenge going on that drove ppl to drop nuke bombs on innocent Japanese women and children. You think?
If the person currently in possession of the keys to our white house wanted to bomb anybody, would you be shocked and bother to complain? Or would you be dancing in the streets at the excess of power dropped on innocents who just happen to live in the wrong country?

Posted by Emjay Hooper on 09/18/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Reader: You can't cherry pick the law

Vagrants are citizens, too. Just because "conservative" policies have resulted in economic failure does not mean this fact is negated. Citizens have rights.

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Posted by scubafox on 09/18/2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Reader: You can't cherry pick the law

No! But we all know what they say about people named Michael S. Welsh....

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Posted by TruB on 09/17/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Communication is key to surviving a disaster

Very good article! Amateur radio is a great way to communicate during disasters. Here is some more on amateur "ham" radio:

Nationally, there are over 700,000 ham radio operators. There are over 18,000 amateur radio licenses in Colorado and about 3,000 in El Paso county (around 2,300 in Colorado Springs). Right now we have over 300 people on our Region 2, District 2, Colorado Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) roster for El Paso and Teller counties.

There are currently three classes of ham radio licenses, though some still hold a couple of the older classes. The current classes are Technician, General, and Extra. It is not uncommon to see 9 or 10 year olds getting Technician class licenses.

There are tests involved for these different levels of licenses. There are several people in the area who instruct what you need to know for these tests and several organizations which conduct testing. Between Colorado Springs, Monument, and Woodland Park there is a test session every month in the area.

On the subject of tests, let's clear up one common misconception -- you DO NOT need to know Morse Code (AKA CW) for any of the licenses.

Amateur radio does a lot more than just voice or Morse Code. We also have data modes and can send emails over the air, we have digital voice modes, and TV modes. We can talk around the city, extend our range to the rest of the state, around the country, and around the world. We have had our own satellites in orbit since 1961, just 4 years after the world's first satellite, Sputnik, was launched. We can talk via satellites, to the International Space Station, we can bounce our signals off the Moon, and even use meteors to bounces our transmissions.

People get into ham radio for many reasons including experimenting, contesting and competition (lots of different types of contests), recreation and just chatting (the oldest form of electronic social media), disaster readiness, and public service to list the big reasons.

Finally, amateur radio is NOT Citizens Band "CB" radio and it is not those walkie-talkies you see in many stores boasting a 25+ mile range and 22 channels -- those are Family Radio Service (FRS)/General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radios. Pay close attention though, to use the higher power on those radios or to use some of those 22 channels, you need a $65 GMRS license -- something they only tell you in the fine print.

Anyone interested in more information about amateur radio is welcome to send inquiries to us at Pikes Peak ARES by email to pio(at) .

We would love to hear from you!

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Posted by Pikes Peak ARES on 09/16/2017 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Reader: If you can't get your way by non-violence, change your politics

Tell that to ANTIFA!!!

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Posted by Mikeb45 on 09/15/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Communication is key to surviving a disaster

Really wish Thomas had checked with our local Amateur Radio Emergency Service coordinator or PIO when writing this article.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/14/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Communication is key to surviving a disaster

Good old fashioned local and national news radio is essential at times of disaster. Shortwave covers the world.

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Posted by miketerry73 on 09/14/2017 at 3:01 AM

Re: “This ain’t the Summer of Love

MikeB - if you find your account suspended it is because you spam the comments.
Your content is crummy but that isn't the reason you are being shut down. It is the mindless yelling in comments. Mindless Alex Jones like comments.

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Posted by TruB on 09/12/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Food deserts limit access to healthy foods for low-income people

People have great ideas that do not help the person of low income having access to better food. Notice the part about transportation. I also don't think you'll find warehouses in the middle of every 'food dessert'.

After my 9 hour job I don't have to spend an hour each way traveling 15 miles home on public transport. It is interesting that neighborhood markets' are still the bigger box store that pushed out the convenient local market from neighborhoods. Where I grew up there was a strip mall 3 blocks away with a deli, meat store, and a Korean (which is a vegetable / fruit store). The other direction 3 blocks was the other deli, the kosher deli / bagel store and a fish store. These groups of stores were also where the buses stopped. People are tired and education won't help them stretch that $4.50 a day to feed 4 people. I also realize that learning smart menus does work but my point is the immediate need is cost to feed families that might not even be able to make it to the food shelves.

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Posted by TruB on 09/10/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “My white privilege, my brown grandchildren

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Posted by Mikeb45 on 09/10/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “My white privilege, my brown grandchildren

Paul, is there any evidence that could convince you that white privelege doesnt exist?
Privilege comes from socioeconomic factors, not racial makeup.

The concept of white privilege assumes that all white people grow up under the same circumstances, in the same way it assumes that black people do as well. If you grow up with a white single mother in a housing project in Holyoke, youre not going to have access to the same type of guidance and resources at home as a rich kid (white or black) from Longmeadow. Poor white students will never be able to qualify for minority scholarships, and thus have no privileges, while upper middle class black students have a plethora of opportunities that would not be available to them if they were white.

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Posted by Mikeb45 on 09/10/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “This ain’t the Summer of Love

No Trub tbe people listening to alex jones arent creating tbe divide it is people like you who say that "they need to be stopped" how do you propose to stop Alex Jones? Kill him? Suppress his 1st amendment rights? I thought violence made you ill? You democrats and the fake news media ARE THE ENEMY OF AMERICA AND ALEX JONES HAS BEEN CALLING OUT THESE RAT BASTARDS FOR 20 YEARS! WAKE UP!!!! (Hmmm my account was disabled how weird)

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Posted by Mikeb45 on 09/10/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Reader: I shudder to see violence increased

I agree with this letter.

Posted by TruB on 09/09/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “My white privilege, my brown grandchildren

I am native American no one knows my language, no one respects my religion or even recognizes the fact that you are all immigrants to
My country

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Posted by Shannon Simmons on 09/09/2017 at 4:18 AM

Re: “Reader: Promote plant-based foods in local schools

JVM I dont know about others but my youngest is over 30 and I was always responsible for feeding them when they were young. Keeping a roof over there heads there butts covered and educating them. Watching my children with there kids nothings changed and nothings free. Where do you guys come from? Maybe just looking for something to grip about?

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/08/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Reader: Promote plant-based foods in local schools

jy3, Are they forced to buy them?

Posted by JWM on 09/08/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Reader: Promote plant-based foods in local schools

JWM: Perhaps it's changed since you went, but these days schools sell lunch to kids.

Posted by jy3 on 09/08/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Reader: Promote plant-based foods in local schools

Claus Singer, As parents we need to be responsible for feeding our own children. Not the governments job!

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Posted by JWM on 09/08/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Food deserts limit access to healthy foods for low-income people

Food deserts are a huge issue in SO many places and empowering residents to have a voice in what they need is the way to create real change. That said, I LOVE the King Soopers at Hancock and Academy. I had the sweetest juicy plum of the whole summer that I bought there just yesterday. Yes there are many issues in SE Springs but we must lift up our joys as well as our concerns. That store rocks. There are many military, retired, working, moderate, middle and even upper income residents in SE Springs -- think Valley Hi, Soaring Eagles, Sand Creek, Satellite townhomes. These are joys...

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Posted by Christ Temple Community Church on 09/08/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “My white privilege, my brown grandchildren

Thanks to all for your comments.

For those who do not believe that white privilege exists, is there any evidence that would cause you to change your minds?

For example, if I found out that criminal sentencing outcomes were the same for all races, I would change my mind about the existence of white privilege.

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Posted by Paul Yingling on 09/06/2017 at 8:09 PM

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