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Re: “Reader: Yup ... it's us bad, old Bible-believing Christians...

See this from the perspective of someone born knowing that they are gay; knowing since a child that they desire men or women in a way that is different than most people. For them: this is who you are. Now, there are these religious groups that believe, as you say, homosexuality is a sin. So according to the bible: who they are, that fundamental part of them, is evil. Murder is a sin. Lying is a sin. Cheating is a sin. Desiring someone the same sex as you is a sin.

But Reverend Tommy, murder, lying, and cheating are choices. Can you choose to go out Friday night and desire men? Unless you were already born with tendencies there would be nothing appealing to have sex with a man. Can you choose to believe gravity doesnt exist, or decide that you dont like chocolate? You have not spent enough time with gay people if cannot see that theres nothing that can make them not gay--because it is part of who they are.

From their perspective this sin of homosexuality in your book is simply a rule that was put there 3,000 years ago to distinguish a nomadic tribe from competing agricultural tribes settled in Fertile Crescent. Valuable for a tribe trying to maintain its population, irrelevant to a diverse society in an overpopulated planet. But the result of which is the majority population believe homosexuals are born evil. They are to be pitied. They are other. If you dont see how a religious adherence to an outdated law has an emotional impact that can influence someones entire life then you are being willfully blind.
Which is of course your choice.

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Posted by Jason Reignbos on 07/24/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Reader: Yup ... it's us bad, old Bible-believing Christians...

God will send an estimated 85% of all humans who ever lived to hell, a place of ETERNAL conscious torture from which there is no escape and no purpose except for god's revenge. Jesus himself will descend into hell, just so he can watch the torment of the damned in person, a sort of torture-porn. Christians in heaven can watch the sinners being burned too. Homosexuals are to be stoned to death. Rread the Bible, it's all clearly stated there, no metaphor needed. Oh yes, and god loves youl PS Ted Haggert never preached against gays, right?

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Posted by Jeffrey Clemens on 07/24/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

Commonsense, logic and reasoning says if the level of sexual assaults are true. Then what is the level of racial discrimination in the military? Since it appears there is a cultural lack of respect for women that are the same race as the offenders. It stands to reason there would be little respect for the equality of members of a different race.

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Posted by Charles Mahone on 07/24/2017 at 7:31 AM

Re: “UPDATE: CSPD cop's letter says department is a mess

Late to comment but logic tells me and others who think in terms of human response can cut through the bias. Complaints to a police department need an outside board to review them and media will never report anything derogatory about a police department without the guidance of that department. That is where they get their "news".
A poor force will eventually destroy itself meanwhile until that day it is citizens who will suffer. It is time for total transparency and a lifetime commissioner who will never consort with the force to oversee the department. Police are held to a higher standard or used to be. The War on Drugs and other fabricated "emergencies" cause the half-wits in the community to support every wrong idea the police can dream up for "public safety". A hint of corruption is enough to cause firings, terminations, arrests, charges and hard time for officers. The system has no mercy for us but they can take your property and your life without due process. Mandatory yearly tax audits (done to every last cent) for every officer in this country will cause graft, corruption and theft to come to screeching halt.

Posted by Bob Wyman on 07/23/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

At Pearl (Navy), a man to lifted women's clothes to see what is underneath. When I objected and probably because I objected the man grabbed my ankles, knees, and thigh. BUT -this is not sexual harassment at Pearl. The man admitted touching women as a gesture of "camaraderie". Shipyard manager in charge dismissed it as horseplay. I was treated harshly when I did not accept the shipyard's findings.

The DoD investigator said that I did not have the demeanor of a victim. She also doubted that he lifted my clothes - but if he did it was "idle curiosity" not motivated by sex. It would have been like when he lifted another woman's clothes. She also said that he was not my supervisor.

EEOC ALJ concluded that the man created a hostile environment (that he had touched me on the ankles, knees, and thigh) and was my supervisor but said that I was unreasonable because I went to the union before going to the EEO office. I had other issues with what the man was doing at work.

I filed (pro-se) against the Secretary of the Navy. The DOJ Assistant U.S. Attorney insisted that he didn't understand how it could be sexual harassment since sex was not requested. I lost (I'm not an attorney). Because I lost, Pearl insisted that I was not sexually harassed and could not refuse to work with the man I refer to as the "leg grabber".

SAPR trainer taught that touching the "inner thigh" would be considered a sexual contact and could be considered a sexual assault. I asked how come that wasn't even sexual harassment at Pearl. Pearl's response was that it considered the matter closed.

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Posted by Iris Mizokami on 07/23/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs' 2C road measure takes some heat

The real problem with 2C is that roads are deteriorating faster than 2C can address. Many roads on the East side actually have grass growing in their cracks - meaning water is undermining their base. The city should be doing widespread patch and seal operations first - and then rebuilding in the last couple years of the plan.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 07/23/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs' 2C road measure takes some heat

If the tentative measure to ask voters to approve a storm water fee makes it to the ballot, how large is that pool of voters who view 2C as being less efficient than it could be - - and more important, how large is that pool within the 'Marijuana Supporters' who say they will not vote for another fee or tax without recreational marijuana being allowed? And is that pool large enough to defeat the storm water fee? Please consider taking our grass roots poll and weigh in. Thank you.…

Posted by Staci6 on 07/23/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Fantastic- who doesn't like the police raiding your house -around Christmas-Fantastic memories-And inbred cousins emptying their outhouse in your driveways-Comedy

Posted by Leetta Wells on 07/23/2017 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Choice of lesbian commandant at Air Force Academy stirs debate

Now, when did the General actually "marry" her current "wife"? If it was before DADT, she flat out lied. But, no matter, LGBTXYZLMNOPQ persons have donned the hood of "victimhood" and must be protected and promoted and you better fully accept and endorse their "lifestyle" or you are a bigot, racist, sexist, homophobe, and on and on it goes......YOUR beliefs be damned!! Even if one of your beliefs is the exact same belief nationally proclaimed by Hilary Clinton and Baraaak Obama: marriage is between a man and a woman!!

So now the Air Force and the Air Force Academy are going to hold up the General and "her wife" as totally wonderful role models for the 4,000 outstanding young men and young women cadets at my alma mater. I would bet that there are thousands of parents who thought they were sending the kids off to Colorado Springs to get a great moral education! Pity!

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Posted by Bob P on 07/23/2017 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Mateo's rides cheesesteak up and down the Front Range

CongratulaionsGlad the word is spreading about you and your great cooking.
Hope you come to Arizona seasonally and grow your business even more. Spread that good food around

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Posted by G Mc Carthy on 07/22/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs' 2C road measure takes some heat

If my memory serves me correctly the original proposal for the street paving bid did include a 5 year warranty in the specs. What happened next is typical of a city that always puts the special interests before those of the citizens - the contractors raised a big stink and said they could not possibly make a big enough profit if they guaranteed the work for 5 years. City Council immediately caved to their demands. I don't need math to tell me if you let the bidders write your specifications and t.hen award to the lowest bidder the biggest winners are not the tax payers but the private contractors who have set themselves up with job security.

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Posted by rms on 07/22/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

So, where does the process begin to remedy this awful situation at the Air Force Academy and likely the other Military Academies? While this problem "seems" more prevalent at AFA, how does anyone know if all sexual assaults are being reported at the USMA and USNA? We can be sure fear is a common denominator at each academy.

The next step MUST be taken to authenticate what is in this article which will not be easy. If, and I mean IF people's medical records have been falsified and cadets have been railroaded out of school, how can you trust anything coming from the AFA regarding any of this? You can be sure they will do everything to stonewall the release of information because of privacy laws, have records go missing, and anything else they can throw at you.

I am a retired Air Force NCO who was proud to serve so I'm no hater when it comes to the military. Do I take everything in this article as the gospel? No. But it's not totally fake news, either. This article absolutely sickened me because I have the highest regard for our military academies, warts and all, but this situation, if true, is way beyond warts and all. It's criminal and needs to be treated as such and needs to go back at least 10 years. You can be sure this attitude towards sexual assault and reporting sexual assault goes back much longer.

Ken Lucas

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Posted by klucas33 on 07/22/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs' 2C road measure takes some heat

Actually Gary,I think many posed the same 'warranty' question you have asked. It was asked often.

The clue as to why the measure passed in what is basically a 'warranty free manner' is best found by logging onto the the City Website - going to Elections - going to "Nov 03 2015 Special Municipal Election" then - - going to Issue 2C - - going to "Springs Citizens Building the Future"

Why the hell would I want to offer a long-term warranty on my work when I know that the amount of my campaign contributions can sway the decision toward my NOT having to offer a warranty?

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Posted by R Wehner on 07/22/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs' 2C road measure takes some heat

Councilman Bill Murray is right in asking for a longer warranty and he's also right that the city will never get ahead of the problem and mathematically it's impossible. The city will re-surface (note not re-build) 215 lane miles this season. Divide 215 into the total lane miles of the city and you'll arrive at the total numbers of years it will take to do one cycle of re-surfacing and not re-building roads. This will be longer than the life of the current tax and if extended, longer than the next tax. Also, that works out to $232,558/lane mile. Kind of pricey isn't it?
According to the Federal Highway Administration a two year "warranty" is the MINIMUM with no performance. In other words, the road can fail at anytime because a performance warranty was not required. Performance warranties begin at increments of 5, 10, 15, or 20 years. Detroit requires a 20 year performance warranty. The Europeans are going for 35 years. Why isn't Colorado Springs requiring a 20 year warranty?
I can understand the mayor's desire to stretch the dollars but what is gained if after year three the city has to go back and redo the roads of year one? i.e. No. Nevada between Fillmore and Garden of the Gods.
The question that arises now is, "Did the mayor get bad advice regarding road warranties or did he buy into a "tradition?" i.e. "We've alway done it that way." or "Two year is industry standard." If so, the driving public (aka taxpayers) got taken for a ride.
BTW The Centinnial extension is being built in a slide area. Look for that road to be a maintence nightmare because a 20 year performance warranty will not be part of the specifications.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/21/2017 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

The US Air Force has no mission. We spend gigabucks training people to do little or nothing to maintain our national defense. The Air Force jumps to address scandal after scandal because the troops are bored with nothing to do. Fold the Air Force back into the US Army from whence it came and we can save gigabucks scaling down an Air Force with nothing to do into an Army with lots to do. The only folks firing weapons at an enemy in the Air Force are the drone pilots sitting in air conditioned cubicles.

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Posted by Chinook Pilot on 07/21/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Whirlyball closes for repairs after extensive water damage

Last I heard is they'll be reopening in September. Super bummed, I only made it out there once and wanted to go back this weekend. Hope they had good insurance!

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Posted by Matt 2 on 07/21/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

Kitty, You're exactly right. Stand by, everyone, for the demonization of everyone involved in the effort to shed light in this corrupt institution, just like they have done to the victims.

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Posted by Pat Re on 07/21/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

Davis, The only post without facts was yours. I wondered how long it would take for the 'pro-rape' team to rear its ugly head. Congratulations - it didn't take long at all.

You are so far on the wrong side of this issue you can't even see the truth from there.

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Posted by Pat Re on 07/21/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Colorado Medicaid changes its policy on opioid drugs in response to crisis

What these government and agencies are doing is faulting chronic pain disease patients and our physicians for the overdoses and deaths of addicts.
With 100 million people who have a chronic pain disease, patients who become addicted to their medications is actually very low [.02-.6%]. We have legitimate prescription medications for diseases. The crisis is they are targeting patients and physicians. Physicians who still are trying to treat our chronic diseases. They are not allowing our physicians to treat us humanely, effectively and to the best of their ability. They are trying to doctor us all, without having a medical license. They are policing our physicians.
They need divert their efforts, from legitimate patients, to focus on the illegal fentanyl and heroin manufacturers and distributors, also, methamphetamine, cocaine and all other illegal drugs.
This distorted thinking and the false presumptions, that the cause of the opioid epidemic, is due to the overprescribing of much needed and beneficial medications, is causing havoc among physicians and patients. The hands of our physicians to treat us are being tied, due to the unfed imental and unfair laws they are trying to force upon them. We have our privacy invaded. There is no longer patient/doctor confidentiality.
The reports are stating how the number of prescription opioid medications have dropped, fairly significantly. Overdose deaths are on the rise. Logical thinking and knowledge at this point would tell you, this system is not working. It is the use of ILLEGAL opioids that are fueling this epidemic. Nowhere in the studies, headlines, reports or bills, are there talk, discussions or input, of the effects these laws will have on chronic pain disease of our physicians.
We pain disease patients are being abandoned, discriminated against and left to suffer with debilitating pain due to the stigma and laws being passed to condemn us and our physicians.
This targeting is wrong, it's discrimination against legitimate chronic pain disease patients, who use our MEDICATIONS responsibly.

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Posted by Candi Simonis on 07/21/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Sexual assault victims say Air Force Academy uses mental health counseling to get rid of them

Clearly using falsified records and mental diagnosis to control the narritive and provide a cover for the rape culture that seems to be a way of life at Air Force Academy. A whole system designed to discredit survivors and discourage reporting to protect attackers alnd obscure the Academy's real record of sexual assault means the institution itself is rotten. This is not a case of a few bad apples. This policy comes from the top. This fish stinks from the head.

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Posted by Dawn S on 07/21/2017 at 7:27 AM

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