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Re: “Remembering Tim Watkins

You have beautifully captured a glimpse of a beautiful man. Thanks
And it i s not important but my name is Dennis not Daniel.

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Posted by Dennis G on 09/29/2017 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Remembering Tim Watkins

Wow, Thank you with all our hearts! Such an amazing description and tribute. He touched so many people and it was always such a friendly, giving, authentic touchLove you Tim and love you Ginger

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Posted by Tehra Shull Buntrock on 09/28/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “In the Trump era, politics is crime

I am seeing here no comments at all for Mr TrumpTracker, the Indy or the media in general who suddenly toss out a few Sheriff Joe facts and slither away.
Of, For, and By The People is our government and we should or must stay informed but that is simply not possible. That Sheriff Joe was in power for 20 plus years is amazing but the outcry was not there to stop this cretin because it was not news. That is until Trump was elected and the media is caught in their own headlights dropping the ball on the fact that they only play politics and do not practice journalism. "Yellow" journalism in an amateur way perhaps but the failure to shine those headlights on the illegal and un-Constitutional acts of law enforcement is quite telling. They would rather not live in fear and only report the crimes of the citizens as reporting crimes by police could get one into jail or even worse it could get you killed.
So to the spineless TrumpTracker and the equally spineless Independent (who can go after their own Sheriff for nothing at all besides "messy scandals", the Indy's own words) you have dropped the ball again. You fail to report news and suck up to the moneyed sponsors of your pathetic endeavors and now your TrackingTrump is in dangerous territory because you allowed Joe to do his sadistic business freely and now he is in bed with Trump. They have real power, real guns and you have displayed how easily you are made to wither in fear. The price you pay for taking sides and not doing your job is that all you have now is your Bill of Rights and I suggest you better start protecting them, they are all you have and there are only ten. Picking and choosing, adjusting and targeting the wrong people to be denied their Rights are now actual dead bodies, well over a hundred that died in the care of Sheriff Joe, that are fed rotten food, tortured by deputies and newborn babies dying in his tent city just was not news-worthy. They are criminals said Joe and you all agreed huh? Well they were poor, unable to post a bond and yet to be tried- that is called "presumed innocent" and punished for poverty. Bastards, all of you. Shame. I bet you never heard of Barry Washington either, if you had you would have reported on it or would you?

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 09/28/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Reader: You're either here legally, or you're not

You do know that when those documents were wrote there was no legal or illegal immigration. Also 46 of the 52 signers were born here as English citizens.The other 7 were not. Also in 1790 Congress passed the first immigration law that said if you reside here in the same place for 2 years and kept your residence for one year you could become a citizen. It was called the Naturalization act of 1790. Just saying. .

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/28/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Letters: Sen. Merrifield slams Gazette editorial board

As a retired educational specialist, I do not recall the Gazette ever supporting public schools during my 25 years with a Colorado Springs school district. What is remembered is the newspaper's never-ending support for vouchers, charter schools, and taxpayer funding for parochial schools. Also remembered is its steadfast opposition to mill levy increases and various spending measures, including staff pay raises. Too, there was its en masse endorsement of at least one block of Steve Schuck-supported school board candidates (i.e. Breazell, Christen, Cox, and Shakes) that sought to "reform" one district, neutralize its teachers' union, and end collective bargaining. Finally, there were a number of editorials that tried to excuse religious leaders of sexual assaults on children by comparing their numbers to those of school personnel (including bus drivers and other support staff) accused of similar crimes.

IMO, the Gazette is not, and has never been, supportive of public education or of its employees, programs, curricula, or efforts to improve.

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Posted by Ziggy Rainbeaux on 09/27/2017 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Letters: Sen. Merrifield slams Gazette editorial board

As a retired educational specialist, I do not recall the Gazette ever supporting public schools during my 25 years with a Colorado Springs school district. What is remembered is the newspaper's ceaseless support for vouchers, charter schools, and taxpayer funding for parochial schools. Also remembered is its en masse endorsement of at least one block of Steve Schuck-supported school board candidates (i.e. Breazell, Christen, Cox, and Shakes) that sought to "reform" one district, neutralize its teachers' union, and end collective bargaining. Lastly, also remembered are several editorials that tried vainly to excuse religious leaders of sexual assaults on children by comparing their numbers to those of school personnel (including bus drivers and other support staff) accused of similar crimes.

IMO, the Gazette is not, and has never been, supportive of public education or of its employees, programs, curricula, or efforts to improve.

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Posted by Ziggy Rainbeaux on 09/27/2017 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Letters: Sen. Merrifield slams Gazette editorial board

Michael Merrifield continues to be a voice of intelligence, reason, and sanity in the wasteland of mumbled garbage and the never-ending chant of "Me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me...." My most heartfelt gratitude to this dedicated public servant!!

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Posted by Paula George on 09/27/2017 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Letters: Sen. Merrifield slams Gazette editorial board

Thank you, Mr. Merrifield!

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Posted by TruB on 09/27/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Remembering Tim Watkins

Absolutely gorgeous- thank you. Tim was a friend of 30 years. Such a precious soul. I'm so happy he finally found true love, and so sad for his widowed beloved. He's left the best kind of legacy- truth and love.

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Posted by Debbie Stavish on 09/27/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The case for a higher minimum wage

Actually Jenna, if you think the people who voted for the minimum wage increase aren't affected by the cost of living I would say it's you who have no idea what that has already done to the local economy. It's always a balancing act for employers and sometimes it needs a kick in the pants to keep pace with the needs of the employees. Small business owners will adapt & survive or they won't. I think the majority will survive. I think the majority of employees will also survive. That neither will is always the argument and it usually doesn't pan out that way.

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Posted by Diane on 09/26/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “The case for a higher minimum wage

Actually Diane, the minimum wage increase in Colorado has nothing to do with the cost of living. It was a ballot initiative approved by voters- who obviously have no sense of what it is going to do to the local economy. Most small businesses operate on a very small margin, which means in order to stay in business they will need to raise their prices accordingly. Its absurd to assume any business has the ability to simply absorb these costs- they are ultimately going to be passed on to the consumer OR the business will close. Either way, raising the minimum wage will either counteract itself as people will need to spend more at restaurants, etc OR will cause a loss of jobs/hours scheduled. Anyone who supports this initiative is clearly not a small business owner nor are they very well versed in basic economics.

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Posted by Jenna Hilb on 09/26/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “The case for a higher minimum wage

To people who make a living wage, or more, this seems like so much whining, but to those working full-time, and more, who can't afford a place to live, this is about survival. The biggest thing Colorado can do to fix that is figure out how to slow down the rise in housing costs. People only want to be able to live not get rich.

To Mikeb45 - The federal minimum wage of $7.25 hasn't risen since 2009, so any increase by the states during this time is the result of what the labor market needs. Inflation in Colorado is much higher than the national average, I'll give you that, but while they figure out how to lower it people have to be able to have a roof and eat. You either pay that in wages or in public assistance. I'd argue that paying a higher wage is a much better use of my dollars. Sure some businesses will not be able to adjust because they operate on a very small margin, and some people will lose their jobs, but the numbers will be small compared to the number of people this increase will help.

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Posted by Diane on 09/26/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Columnist: The children are waiting to be educated

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Posted by TiffanyBush on 09/26/2017 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Reader: Vote "yes" for the children

I don't have any kids but even I'm smart enough to know that investing in education is always a sure bet to improve my community.

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Posted by Matt 2 on 09/25/2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Reader: Call them what they are

Mikeb:

"For the last time cs indy stop publushing this utter trash. Drivel. How are you still in business?"

Short Answer: it's called "Freedom of the Press." Check it out. You can find it in the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

As for going after advertisers, have at it. Fortunately, you are free to use your First Amendment right to deny that same right to others. It's a great country, isn't it?

Posted by Bill W. on 09/24/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Reader: Call them what they are

I have a question for Mikeb45 If the alt right dont exist Why do they call them selves that? Brit Bart newspaper was the first to use the expression" Alternative Right" . Now you talk of Sheeple maybe you should look in the mirror.

Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/24/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Reader: Call them what they are

"The First White President," an Atlantic essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates argues that Donald Trump was elected for one reason: his unapologetic whiteness. "It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not truehis ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power."

Posted by stonehenge on 09/22/2017 at 6:18 PM

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

It is ironic indeed that the author cites the Bible against vagrancy. The Bible gives the poor the right to glean the leftovers from the commercial agricultural harvest. Not a privilege, but a right.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/22/2017 at 3:23 AM

Re: “Nashville statement sparks Christian controversy

".... the Nashville Statement is an ill-timed, unprovoked act of bigotry ..." I'm of the opinion that there are no coincidences at the national level of discussion thus I disagree with Mallory.

I strongly suspect something triggered this latest round of stupidity from fundie fantasyland and soon enough it will be made clear.

Perhaps it's to throw fundie support behind Roy Moore in the Alabama runoff election for the Senate seat vacated when Alabama's main bigot, Jeff Sessions, left the Senate to become U.S. Atty General. Story here: http://tinyurl.com/ych3tay7

I urge people to keep in mind that very few things like this very political statement ever happen in a vacuum.

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Posted by OldCrank on 09/21/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Nashville statement sparks Christian controversy

Couples are free to practice sex however they choose.

What religious freaks fail to get is that they are NOT the ones who decide what a natural act is. Nor does any "holy book" decide as all holy books are nothing but old myths, fables, lies, hate, bigotries, fantasies, wishful thinking, etc, all designed and used to control people who are willing to abdicate their right to think for themselves and turn it over to various sorts of fictional authority figures.

Think for yourself!!

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Posted by happyfew on 09/21/2017 at 4:06 PM

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