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Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

Sounds like Matthew Parkhouse, RN hsn't done much other than complain. Recently I noticed the Westside Pioneer Editor has used issue after issue to label the homeless as enabled bums. The unsympathetic in this town would rather step over dead bodies than give someone socks and a sleeping bag. I thought Matthew might be trying to think a point through until reading his 'additional piece' as onemorevoter which I am sure is not meant to point out that the there are non profits in this town not paying themselves salaries to help the homeless. I'd suggest trying to direct people to a blog would have been more worthy Mr. Parkhouse. Tell people how your 'Arizona plan' would benefit the town.

It is the season to give and I hope while choosing charities purposefully that people will be more emphatic towards the circumstances of others. It would be great if the proper helping hand could manage an apt row (like on Fillmore with easy access to the bus) where people could be helped back on their feet. Most people are a pay check away from being thrown out and won't find a place easily. Bless the friends I have who have taken other family friends in when tossed from their rentals so the landlord could raise the rent.

Maybe our town is 'homeless friendly' but maybe some of the people have jobs. STOP handing out money. The pan handlers are plentiful for one reason. Different people with the same dog on a corner means that is a racket. Government shouldn't have to fix this problem. Another group of people could help shelters with offering support for people who need bus ticket Vs. some day work. People who are critical should go get to know people without having such an attitude. This holiday season stop looking down your nose at people. Say good morning to the person walking through the neighborhood with the shopping cart. I do hand out packs of dog kibble and garbage bags.

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Posted by TruB on 11/30/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “In the age of #MeToo, a good man is hard to find

I cannot even finish reading this article. I am incensed and almost enraged. The mere simple-minded assumption of something is now proof of guilt?! How are the writers and editors of such insults and dangerous immaturity even employed not to mention published? How can one justify the blanket slandering of half the population?
To imply that every single male is guilty of sexual harassment or about to be is crossing a line that public media has straddled for too long, the line between bad taste and complete insanity. The Independent is publishing writings of a mob mentality and for those who do not know what that is it simply means an angry group that thinks with one mind, a mind that is malfunctioning. This mob though sells advertising space with its lynchings.
The horror of it all is that those coming of age will see this type of writing or "reporting" as normal (they are not even credible allegations) and view the targets as just that, targets, Targets to be attacked and maligned or avoided and it is all bullshit being taught them.

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

A theme "trimmed out of my letter" involves the fact that "helping the homeless" has become a thriving industry in our community. When you are a volunteer who supports him/herself by painting houses or doing nursing night shifts to be part of the community effort, your viewpoint is different than when homeless dollars feed the family, pay the mortgage and send the kid to college. You tend to be fonder of the status quo. Unfortunately, the process parallels that of our defence industry. "It really doesn't matter that the airplane barely stays in the air, as long as the factory building the landing gear remains open in our town"..... Our "status quo" of not knowing all of our recipients of support results in enabling of homelessness, the trashing of neighbourhoods around some of the agencies and that "brick wall" separating potentially involved citizens from those who run the show. Wasn't always this way. I personally was responsible for finding and promoting the concept that resulted in the creation of Homeward Pikes Peak. I helped found the clinic at the Soup Kitchen. Could I do this sort of thing now, as the effort becomes more and more "professional"? I doubt it very much. I keep harking back to Eric Hoffer's quote regarding movements: "All ideas start out as causes. They then evolve into businesses. Some go on to become rackets." Where is your favourite non-profit on this continuum?

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Posted by OneMoreVoter on 11/30/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “A cyclist's appeal to drivers

Mostly a good article, but he can't resist adding the propaganda that most cyclists are law-abiding. Yeah right! Easily 95+% of cyclists that I've ever seen evidently think that stop signs and red lights don't apply to them.

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Posted by Daniel Tapio on 11/29/2017 at 10:14 PM

Re: “A cyclist's appeal to drivers

Very well written! It really is true that some people behave as though cycling is the chosen mode of transportation of Satan himself

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Posted by Rob Lucas on 11/29/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “A cyclist's appeal to drivers

Great article and I fully agree with your points. Well done.

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Posted by Gary Nesbit on 11/29/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

perhaps you should apologize for just not getting it... you are clueless in your cluelessness!!!

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Posted by happyfew on 11/29/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Reader: Move toward compassion

You miss the point. There are are people vilifying and demanding apologies from people for being White. There are people vilifying people for being straight. There are people vilifying people for being Christian. Etc. Even though the vast majority of these groups have done absolutely nothing to be vilified for. If you are gay, you can have a parade to celebrate it, but if you are straight, you cannot -- at least not without being labeled a homophobe and a gay hater. There are Hispanic, Black, Asian etc heritage months, but you can't celebrate White heritage without being labelled a NAZI, KKK member, and white supremacist . There is a very clear set of dual standards and entire swaths of the country are being marginalized, shamed, and discriminated against for being the majority.

No one is saying that minority groups have not been discriminated against, vilified, persecuted, and so on or trying to downplay that they have. What is being said is that in an effort to address that discrimination and persecution, people have adopted a policy of discrimination, vilification, etc.. And THAT is every bit as wrong headed as the original discrimination, vilification, and persecution.

People should be able to proud to be Black, or White, or Hispanic, ....

People should be able to proud to be an Atheist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, ....

People should be able to be proud to be Gay, or Straight, ....

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Posted by Odin on 11/29/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

Hilarious but sad

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 11/28/2017 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

To whom are you apologizing?

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Posted by Lenora McAndrews Degen on 11/27/2017 at 11:27 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

I get the sarcasm.

I dont..... apologize.

Dave

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Posted by William David Beadles on 11/27/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

Did anyone ask you to? I think you will find that at most three of those are things that anyone considers a personal failing.

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Posted by jy3 on 11/27/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

You forgot a few.... Rude, hateful, spiteful, egomaniacal, narcissistic, arrogant, immature, self-absorbed, cowardly--shall I go on??

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Posted by Paula George on 11/27/2017 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

The assumption of innocence applies only to a criminal matter. It could not possibly be the basis for an educated vote.

I apologize for pointing out how ignorant that non-thought is.

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Posted by Larry Burke on 11/27/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

reminds me of a teenage girl......."well I'm sooorry!" you grew up huh? are you sure you didn't just get bigger?

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 11/27/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Dusting off Gold Hill Mesa

I grew up.playing there..I used it live in the trailer park in front...I have had various health probkems..unexplained

Posted by Lin t on 11/26/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “The real resistance

I'm sorry, is Mr. Woods telling "Resist" sympathizers that they are encouraged - even obliged - to adopt Antifa-like tactics? He certainly seems to like Anarchist-Communists enough seeing as this is apparently his third piece defending them. If this is the case I'd suggest they all live permanently and exclusively on his front lawn and the Independent find themselves a new columnist.

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Posted by Pat Holden on 11/26/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Reader: Let's not make Hwy. 115 worse

Well said. In addition to getting pelted by stones causing several chipped/cracked windshields I also had to dodge a huge black steer about to step onto the highway one evening...where did THAT come from???

We need less trucks on 115, not more! The destruction of the pavement has accelerated recently with ruts and potholes. Road repair delays will also increase the dangers and stress of our 115 commute.

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Posted by Daybr88k 1 on 11/25/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Recidivism continues to contribute to overcrowding Colorado prisons

Reading this article and many others, written by my daughter Patience most of all coming and raised in an oppressed country my pride of her is behind tears of joy.
Keep up the good work and always love you

Posted by Janvier Kabwasa on 11/22/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Reader: Just legalize it

Please move to Portugal.

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Posted by Random Citizen on 11/22/2017 at 6:54 AM

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