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Re: “The midterms are over. It's time for all us to get busy fighting for change.

Mr/Ms rightsavage's response seems indicative of the concerted effort on the part of the Conservative community to denigrate the idea of democracy... that, somehow, we AREN'T a democracy, even though ALL our government representatives (with one glaring exception) are democratically elected, and that our ballot initiatives and referendums are decided democratically. This nation was founded upon the aspiration of democratic ideals, prompting womens suffrage, the voting rights act, the elimination of slavery. The ideological arc of American governance has moved relentlessly toward greater democracy.
So I've been wondering why this disparagement of democracy, of defining it as akin to "mob rule".
Is it motivated by a desire to discredit the outcome of future elections?
Or to justify efforts to continue voter suppression?
Perhaps it is simply a deep seated fear that "others", who are unlike themselves, might affect the course of our nation...that they desire the disenfranchisement of Black People, women, naturalized citizens.
Do they not realize that without democracy there is no possibility of a true "republic", Constitutional or otherwise?

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Posted by asawatcher on 11/24/2018 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Reader: Concrete Couch took on a project it can't handle

Perusing local newspapers around the country, it is obvious that homelessness is not a problem in just Colorado Springs. Apparently, it is one of the pressing issues nationwide that cannot be remotely solved by local entities. There is no attention being paid by any federal office, and the situation gets worse. The current Administration cant even address the homeless veterans, much less homelessness in general. Im of the notion that this is verging on a national emergency.

Posted by asawatcher on 11/17/2018 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Reader: Vote and be thankful for TABOR

Mr. Alt;
If we think that is how government should be run, then nobody should complain about future 10- page ballots.
Huck;
I think they ment that no matter how much growth our county might experience, TABOR constrains revenue growth itself, making it impossible for revenue to keep up with the immediate needs that growth creates.

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Posted by asawatcher on 10/25/2018 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Reader: Vote and be thankful for TABOR

Went to my rural county's forum the other night where a plea was presented to pass an increase in our County Sales Tax in order to bring the Sheriff's Dept. into State compliance and increase the Sheriff's ability to respond to the growing demand for law enforcement made necessary by growth in the County. I realized I was sitting next to the candidates for County Clerk and County Treasure, and after the presentation I turned to them and asked:
"Why is it that increased growth doesnt translate into a corresponding and proportional increase in revenue?"
Without hesitation they both responded in unison: "TABOR."
I dont know about more urban counties, but it seems to me that the unintended consequences of TABOR might be magnified there.

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Posted by asawatcher on 10/22/2018 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Stephany Rose Spaulding talks gun safety with Moms Demand Action founder

Mr. Kidd;
What part of the word "necessary" don't you understand? As near as I can tell, the Second Amendment is the only place our founders used the word "necessary". And I would suggest you google: "progressive Christians"...you know, just for the fun of it.

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Posted by asawatcher on 09/29/2018 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Reader: We have a Russian agent for president

Ironically, Trump is now accusing Russia of intervening in the 2018 elections on behalf of Democrats. It seems like every day craziness is elevated to new heights.

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Posted by asawatcher on 07/29/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Garden of the Gods frame to be removed

Not sure that the frame isnt a not-so-subtle revelation of how we perceive nature, how we've relegated nature to no more than a pretty picture or a source of revenue.
Then again, the ambiguity of this frame somehow provokes thoughts beyond its existential presence...how our views are constrained, managed by others, encouraged to disregard the big picture that can be seen simply by stepping back, or around.
It would be interesting to watch how individuals spontaneously respond upon encountering its unexpected presence, and what those responses could tell us about us.
After all, if the purpose of art is to stimulate a reaction, then, as we see, this is a pretty successful "work of art".
That said, I havent found any indication that any aesthetic considerations were put into the frame, or it's placement. Just as in nature, however, some art is unintentional.
I am reluctant to condemn such. I think I'll visit the FAC and look at some frames.

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Posted by asawatcher on 12/16/2017 at 2:39 PM

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