Eric J. Bowman

Eric J. Bowman 6 days, 9 hours ago on Letter to the editor: We're all in this together

Good grief, Ken Maudlin is the new Scott Wedell. Nothing better to do than comment multiple times in EVERY thread here... at least Scott's a bona-fide local. This forum would be so much more interesting if it weren't for the lame-o's who have nothing better to do than shout everyone else down whose politics aren't the same as their own, day in, day out, ad nauseum, please kill me.

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Eric J. Bowman 6 days, 9 hours ago on Letter to the editor: We're all in this together

Uhhh, Brian? "Tea Baggers" is what y'all called yourselves until y'all realized there was a sexual connotation to it, then started calling yourselves "tea partiers" and blaming the unfortunate, earlier name on the Democrats. Just accept that y'all made a boneheaded blunder and move on, instead of blaming others, OK? ;)

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Eric J. Bowman 6 days, 9 hours ago on Scott Tipton: Take care of what we have

That's how you'd potentially get my vote -- results to point to for my state not some other state. So would be standing up against your party's hellbent determination to undo all protections for, you know, like clean air & water. Your entire op-ed comes across as so much greenwashing, it makes me green as in sick.

"I recently had the opportunity to chair an oversight hearing of the Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee focused on innovative infrastructure ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service."

What National Park and Forest Service? You know better than I, that Trump's got these outfits in his crosshairs to do away with... so, what I want to hear from my state representatives, is some pushback against their imminent obliteration, instead of some politician blathering about how nice it would be to actually get something done if somehow these bureaucracies even still exist in a year. Way to play it safe, Mr. Tipton, but I see right through you.

Take a stand on something that matters NOW, instead of blowing smoke about how nice it MIGHT be to do something about our failing infrastructure at some unspecified time in the future, once you're out of office, and those bureaucracies you aren't doing anything to save can't possibly build any new bridges in ANY state, let alone ours, because they were done away with in the face of your APATHY.

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Eric J. Bowman 6 days, 9 hours ago on Scott Tipton: Take care of what we have

"It will also be critical for Congress to work with land management agencies and local stakeholders to maximize taxpayer dollars and create efficiency within federal processes."

Whatever. Like this maintenance backlog is something new you've just now discovered. Meh.

"The Forest Service had approached Valley County with $350,000 to replace two bridges. The county entered an agreement to replace the two bridges utilizing Forest Service design and engineering and the county’s bidding process and county road crews."

You've been in Congress how long, now? And the best you can do for your constituents is sing the praises of IDAHO when it comes to infrastructure repairs? Like nobody around here could point to umpteen different bridges that need replacement within 20 miles of our homes, regardless of who does the engineering... What have you done for COLORADO lately, other than say how nice it sounds for Idaho to have a coupla bridges replaced?

C'mon, man, tell me what you've done to help COLORADO's failing infrastructure instead of singing the praises about how nice it sounds that OTHER STATES have the sort of representation to actually get this done instead of just TALKING about it...

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

Just a note as it doesn't seem to have been discussed much and I doubt this forum will exist much longer given how our local paper's going, so while I'm here...

I'm hereby boycotting any business advertising in the space formerly occupied by "Baby Blues" and "Overboard." Yeah, EVERYONE just LOVES "Mallard Fillmore" and re-runs of "Doonesbury" so OBVIOUSLY this wasn't a BRAIN-DEAD DECISION in light of all the debate in the archives here, the last time our precious comics were cut in half. CAVEAT VENDOR!!! :)

Can I get some thumbs-up on this post? ;)

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

"Pence didn't use a personal email SERVER to have complete control in order to hide his actions from the people when campaigning for President in the future."

No, he was even more stupid by using AOL (aka SOL) to circumvent the open-records laws of the State he was Governing. (Yeah, now they're being selectively released and archived, at Pence's discretion -- wait, what? Lock Him Up!!!) It never occurred to me I'd have cause to defend Hillarity on this one, but at least a private server can have its login restricted to known terminals/devices/incoming phone #'s/IP addys and whatnot.

Putting state business on AOL to hide it from open-records requests is just stupid, because anyone anywhere can put a bot to work on your password, and I doubt we'll ever see two-factor authentication on AOL e-mail. I don't care if Indiana's State business doesn't rise to the level of SecState of the US, but isn't Pence the Veep now? Let's not be cavalier about this, Republicans, just because he's one of you.

Scary how careless that was, not to mention the political optics -- Hillarity's e-mail foibles were known from pretty much day 1 of the Obama administration, in light of that, Pence decides to conduct State business on his personal AOL account, assuming it'd never be hacked? Starting how long after Clinton's server was known? Despite e-mail retention has been a recurring White House scandal for the past THREE administrations? Dumb***. So I'm sure he has Trump's full confidence. ;)

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

I'm sure I'll look more kindly on the notion of arming grade schools against grizzly bears, the second our elected representatives start allowing concealed carry in state/federal facilities. Politicians who favor guns in the workplace/school routinely exclude their own places of business, so I was stunned to finally actually see it proposed, in Arkansas yesterday:

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/115866/arkansas-legislator-wants-concealed-carry-at-state-capitol

If sometimes the place isn't guarded, increase funding for guarding, the infrastructure's already there by way of metal detectors, in this day and age. Love me a sweet .357 but I'd hate to think I'd need to bring it along to visit the State House to protect me from the dumbass politicians who think this is a good idea...

"In New Hampshire in January, Republican Rep. Carolyn Halstead dropped her loaded gun on the floor near some children. It didn't fire and nobody was hurt. Later that month in Kansas, Republican Rep. Willie Dove acknowledged he inadvertently left a loaded gun in a public committee room where a secretary found it a few minutes later."

Until adults prove capable of responsibly handling firearms in the grownup workplaces, let alone even allowing firearms where THEY work, can we please table the discussion about putting them in schools, especially if the SecEd's best rationale is grizzly-bear protection?

"A proposal to allow concealed handguns at college campuses has stalled after facing resistance from the National Rifle Association over age and training requirements."

How come nobody I know who's actually an NRA member believes me when I mention this? Is this some fake-news alternative fact I've been duped into believing by the leftist MSM? Presumably, the NRA doesn't favor armed K-12 if they're opposed to armed universities, if the concern is age & training?

Wonderful that Trump's appointees come down as more extremist than even the NRA on concealed carry, because grizzlies and such. I disagree with the OP's entire premise, here, that somehow I'm "not giving Trump a chance" because IMNSHO, appointing idiots to key positions in your administration makes you one of 'em.

Even if they aren't Vlad Putin's puppets, which I'm reserving judgment on (i.e. giving Trump a chance) until a special prosecutor's been duly appointed to get to the bottom of the blatantly obvious coverup. Which Trump himself can put an end to at any second, seeing as he wields ultimate declassification powers. If an investigation/"tapp" happened or is ongoing and found nothing, all he has to do is declassify it? Then it wouldn't leak out, drip... drip... drip... like my faucets on a cold night.

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water (playground) after this claim:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/jan/18/betsy-devos/education-nominee-betsy-devos-says-wyoming-school-/

Yup. Probably!!! Obviously the best solution to the dangerous moose infiltration in & around Steamboat, is firearms in schools. For the sake of the kids!

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

"I've seen enough, thanks. It's really sad what the right-wing media echo chamber has done to this country. I don't know how we're supposed to work toward common goals when a vocal minority of the country believes things that aren't actually true. How do we bridge the reality gap?"

Seems to be a Sisyphean task when, despite being a black man, the HUD secretary gives a prepared speech about how Africans "immigrated" here with dreams that their children could "pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."

Not quite MLK's "dream speech" is it? Talk about "alternative facts"!

No really, African slaves willingly braved the middle passage to get here on H1B visas out of choice, despite knowing the squalid conditions prevalent on ships of the time, because they were true believers in American Freedom. :( Quite possibly the stupidest person alive on Planet Earth in our times. Gifted brain surgeon? Give ya one guess who I think his next patient should be. ;)

Except I'm not sure lobotomies can be reversed?

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