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Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it


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Posted by apathetic on 06/15/2017 at 7:56 PM

Re: “The 'teachers' in this lab are dead

Great article! Jim was my acupuncturist. There's a reason he is so good- he knows his anatomy like no other.

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Posted by Kelly Smith 1 on 06/15/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Reader: Why not choose clean, sustainable energy anyways?

Mr. Scuba fox: Here we go with the same government talkie talk. Starting a total make over of coal fired plants COST MONEY. Up front right now money. Is it better? Will it eventually pay for its self? YES. But up front is big money. The small Solar system we had at a house in the Springs cost us over $10,000.00 just to buy the equipment then about that much to get it installed. Yes our bills went to nothing most months afterwards and that was paying for itself but the up front was a bunch. Now imagine the scale your talking about and getting an elected official to sign off on those costs.GOOD LUCK! Some States and Cities passed the buck off on private companies and take a look at there rates.Peublo rates are nuts Denver ant much better. I wont argue that clean energy is needed and watching and breathing the green clouds over the cities I grew up in was terrible and we have made huge advances since the 60s and 70s but real life dictates what the reasons why things are not now moving faster.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 06/15/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Reader: Why not choose clean, sustainable energy anyways?

Mr Rocky Smith. Regarding your statement: "COST! First there is no money. Yes they could raise the price of elect. service but that puts more of a problem on consumers and many cant afford it now."

The *cost* to the public doesn't go away because it's not directly paid for. The public pays by the effects of pollution on public health ... who pays that? And also there's the cost of, yes despite rampant denial, the VERY REAL effects of Global Warming that's an Existential Threat to Life on Earth. What's that worth to you. Google, "The Physics of Global Warming" Powell.

You reveal yourself to be the "other kind of socialist" ... the "cost redistribution" kind of socialist. Yes, you're a socialist ... the kind you love.

Plus, costs documented at are passed onto the public to the tune of:

Production Fossil Fuel Subsidies $4.7 B / year.

There are a number of tax preferences, described below, available in the United States to producers of fossil fuels. The preferences below are all permanent provisions in the tax code. The annual revenue costs estimated for each provision are taken from the Mid-Session Review of the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2015, which is available here:

Provision descriptions are derived from the General Explanation of the Administrations Revenue Proposal, sometimes referred to as the Treasury Green Book, which is available here:…

In total, the United States government has identified eleven Federal fossil fuel production tax provisions, as shown below. Combined, these provisions total USD 4.7 billion in annual revenue cost (nominal annual average figure based on the 10-year revenue estimate). The provisions are listed in order of greatest annual revenue cost to least.…

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Posted by scubafox on 06/15/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Reader: Support full investigation of Russian influence or resign

A few things that stick in my craw. Its been proven Russia has screwed with our election. It has yet to be shown that Trump or his buddies helped them out. And yes I said "YET" thats what the investigation is all about. But even if they didnt help or were involved. Why hasent the White House spoke out against there screwing around?I kind of understand the GOP stonewalling they dont need a black eye on another GOP President. But the Trump White house and his Cabinet have said nothing but praise for Putin and Russia. I wonder why? I personally think Trump may be the biggest present Russia ever gave the Democrats. The next Elections will tell.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 06/14/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Reader: Support full investigation of Russian influence or resign

And thats wher the Phoney news comes from not main street media.

Posted by Rocky Smith on 06/14/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Being Olympic City USA: It's more than just a museum


Taxpayers curious to know more about the Olympic museum and Frank Aries are advised to research it -- my blog has lots of information about it.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 06/14/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Reader: Why not choose clean, sustainable energy anyways?

Miss White I think you answered your own question. COST! First there is no money. Yes they could raise the price of elect. service but that puts more of a problem on consumers and many cant afford it now. Second theres this thing called a lobby its where the owners of gas, oil and coal producers pay others to go pay and convince our lawmakers to continue using there products. The second one is a wide spread problem and happens in about every aspect of our lives everything from tobacco, guns, oil, booze, cars anything that may be regulated in the name of safety theres money flowing in Washington and Denver to counter it.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 06/14/2017 at 8:08 AM

Re: “People living in poverty need more than an increase in minimum wage

An integrated approach to eradicating poverty is a must. When a person has to work overtime just to cover the cost of childcare there's a real problem. This problem is compounded when, as Patience Kabwasa mentions in this column, a raise in given and suddenly a worker in making just slightly above the Assistance eligibility cutoff mark. A person earning a dollar more per hour could result in losing over $1000/month in benefits (income supplemented childcare, food & housing). So a person in poverty makes a higher wage and is flooded with an onslaught of new bills, forcing the person to get a second job (a devastating decision for a single mom) or quit or cut back on job 1's hours, just so the person can go back on welfare. The system is jacked and keeps the hardworking poor oppressed and impoverished while incentivizing a class of non-working poor.

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Posted by Karina B Swenson on 06/14/2017 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Tweeter-in-Chief goes off to war

I am very, very pleased that Twitter allows our president to communicate with the American people without the biased filter of the media. Those creepy people are now trusted less than used coffin salesmen, and every bit of that mistrust has been earned. God bless President Trump.

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Posted by John Howell on 06/14/2017 at 5:43 AM

Re: “What's with those bent trees?

A Navajo Ancient "The Planter".........................Enjoy, Tom ...

Posted by Tom Stauffer on 06/11/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

With some common sense, we can all have both a degree of peace and extraordinary video/photos. sUASs are still in their infancy. And with some creative thinking, we can make it right for all sides of this discussion. Those folks that care for quiet like Bob. Those that don't mind (like Odin), and those (like me) who just want a stunning angle to see something so beautiful (without interrupting Bob's hiking peace). Regulations requiring licensing, quotas for use in national and state parks (like x scheduled drone flights at a designated location(s) between y and z times). These are the things we have to think about. Similarly the way the gentlemen mentions ATVs, we can grow into this new sUAS age in an equitable manner. First and foremost is requiring licensing (and suspension) for even non commercial. What say you?

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Posted by Robert 1 on 06/10/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Working from home? You'll need more than your pajamas.

Thanks Jim. Those were classic keyboards and made when everything was of quality and of course much more money I feel.

Wired is the way to go if your office space is near your internet connection. There's less to go wrong no doubt and often faster. I do think you can secure your wifi and if you are logging in remotely I would guess you have a VPN, right? That should keep you secure but I agree that if you can do it- hard wire your network. I hate drilling holes though I have. I'm not the handy type unfortunately. I paid my handy man when I wired my basement office to my main connection up 2 1/2 stories higher. A lot of cabling... Thanks for reading! Feel free to email me if you have anything you want to discuss.

Posted by Techpertise on 06/10/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “No bones about it

As a dog owner and lover I found the article "No Bones About It" very one sided. People might think it's a great idea to bring your pets everywhere but I feel it is a very selfish way of thinking. In a restaurant environment, the last thing I want to see is a bunch of dogs, calmly laying down or not. Restaurants have a hard enough time keeping their establishments clean from adults and kids visiting and then you add dogs, big or small, to the picture and it could become very costly, not to mention a liability for the store owner/manager if one time a dog bites a patron. Lets consider people who have allergies, dog phobias and any other personal issues people may have with animals in general. People have an unwarranted notion that everyone loves their dog and are oblivious about personal boundaries. No matter how much I love my dogs I will not put my dogs before other people. Let's not lose our heads and truly consider our pets as other people.

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Posted by Carrie Solano on 06/09/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Working from home? You'll need more than your pajamas.

You'll have to pry my cold dead hands from my IBM 101 keyboard. You'd have to buy it used now but it still rocks countless years later.

These newer keyboards are mostly junk I think. The ones that come with most new computers are cheap. Nothing to do serious work on.

I would suggest discussing hard wired versus a wireless internet connection. I won't do business over a wi fi myself but that's just me. I don't trust my neighbors, lol.

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Posted by Jim Schniel on 06/09/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Reader: Militants don't represent Muslims

I concur with Mr. Karim that the great majority of Muslims do not want to blow up little girls, run over people on a bridge, or stab diners. That said, I ask Mr. Karim to understand that each of those events has happened within the last three weeks, and each mass murder was committed by those claiming the faith. Additional scrutiny is warranted, and I wish Mr. Karim and others all the best in ridding their faith of these monsters.

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Posted by John Howell on 06/09/2017 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Reader: Free speech is for everyone except Christians

Since Don McCullen can't find his own ass with both hands, it's really nice to see so many citizens handing it (his ass) to him, no strings attached. Bravo!!

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Posted by Jeff Hirtle on 06/07/2017 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

If the writer of this letter actually KNEW the recorded words of William Tappan Thompson she would keep quiet about "revisionist" history. This isn't revision;
These are HIS words;
"As a people, we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause. Such a flagwould soon take rank among the proudest ensigns of the nations, and be hailed by the civilized world as THE WHITE MAN'S FLAG."-William Tappan Thompson
Combine that with the fact that the "rebel flag" was used by the KKK and others who fought integration from the 1940s until today and it becomes very hard to understand how someone can deny that it's a symbol of racism more than it is any other thing. "

It IS a flag representing racial hatred, no matter what revision the "daughter" of "The South" wishes to apply.

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Posted by Daryn Tisset on 06/06/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Reader: Sen Gardner, show some spine and stand up

Ive seen the VA in action first hand Ive also seen Medicare work and in my life in my dealings a hell of a lot better then these private corporations and way way better then not having anything. At least with Medicare and the VA if you got sick or hurt twenty years ago and something came out of that infliction THEY STILL TREAT YOU.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 06/05/2017 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Reader: Sen Gardner, show some spine and stand up

"The solution to health care is to get rid of the insurance companies and Big Pharma and provide universal coverage. "

Have you seen how well the VA works? Trading one set of problems for another doesn't seem like much of a solution.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 06/05/2017 at 7:26 PM

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