Jim Kelley

Jim Kelley 4 days, 12 hours ago on Patrick Curran: Call for more balance

Patrick,

For less bias, turn to the cartoon page. You'll see that Mallard Fillmore is at the top while Doonesbury is at the bottom. Balance!!!

Bringing back George Will to the editorial pages would help at balancing The Pilot's editorial pages but it's not like there is no right leaning voice. Cal Thomas has never been labeled anything but conservative while Douthat and Brooks are right leaning too and they are each included in the Pilot. Coulter and Ingram's "writings" should never be confused for being William Buckley's equal and would lower the bar too much. (Coulter used to be in the Today sometimes, but not in a while, especially after her last, dramatic visit to Steamboat)

As far as Trump coverage, it's not like the media has to make up "guns for grizzlies", the "tragedy" in Bowling Green, or the terrorism in Sweden to show their bias. The bias of the mainstream press is indeed apparent, but with Trump all they have to do is turn the camera and mic on. In these instances, the media is just a mirror portraying what's in front of it, no commentary is necessary to convey the absurdity.

....The generalized idea that the media bias is tilted to the left is real and not just platitude. However the bias in the mainstream media has not galvanized a coherent agenda or influenced a "core" foundation for Democrats or the middle to gravitate to. It might be on in front of us every morning and evening, but it is all fluff and has no teeth. ---Not like right wing talk show radio anyways. The most potent media source with an actual real affect on the electorate are the right wing talk shows that have been around since just before the GOP took the house in 94'. Rush Limbaugh is the single most influential power the GOP ever had in affecting the opinions of millions of GOP acolytes. It is Limbaugh that has proven to have the greatest effect on the masses and the Left has never had an answer for Rush or the newer renditions preaching to "ditto heads". The AM dial still reaches everywhere!

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Jim Kelley 1 week, 2 days ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

Ken, I don't know you anymore than you know me. In this instance, I can only judge you based on your words and your opinions conveyed in those words. Here, you take the current heated politics of our times and project these into local anti-semitic crimes. If you do not see this as politicizing the issue, then yes, I will judge accordingly just as you can judge me for my words and opinions. I'm not calling you names or labeling you, and yes assumptions yield an ass of of u & me but wouldn't it be great to have serious dialogue without mentioning Trump, Hil, Benghazzi, or Putin everytime an issue hits this forum?

For many, anti semitism is perhaps the most volatile subject for emotions to get heated. For this reason I apologize for assuming you to be someone other than you actually are.

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Jim Kelley 1 week, 2 days ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

Ken, You may not realize it but comparing the Trump supporters "suffering" to the suffering experienced by the tagging of a symbol prominent to the extermination of millions of Jews, onto Jewish student's cars is not the same. You're off by a factor of millions. In the process, you marginalize the Haulocaust only to prop up your politics. ---This is what is disgusting, especially if you know survivors or have heard the stories from camp liberators. It certainly doesn't help convince us of your politics, valid or not. Further, it portrays you to others to be someone you may not actually be....

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Jim Kelley 1 week, 2 days ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

Gaylan, Agreed, everyone needs to be nice, regardless.

I don't know for sure why it's become acceptable to throw "Nazi" around so easily. Perhaps in "accepting" those who call Trump supporters "Trumpanzees" or "Trumptards" along with those who like to display "Trump that @itch!" on their vehicles we have become callused to crass behavior now. Politicizing everything that comes down the pike will not progress the discord.

Nevertheless, once you tag a Jewish students's car with a Swastika, a threshold has been crossed.

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Jim Kelley 1 week, 2 days ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

A hoax. ? Perhaps a teenager can get away with that defense. ---But not in every instance, and I would opine that this is one of those exceptions... Should the perpetrators get to define their act as a "hoax"? ----Or do some deeds get measured by their disgust by society or community? Swastika tagging is certainly one of those deeds, especially when specifically targeted.

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Jim Kelley 1 week, 2 days ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

Seriously Ken?? Equating the "suphering" of High Schoolers who "support " Trump to the pain inflicted by the single most searing symbol of pure hatred from the 20th century's most heinous crime on humanity?!? Your pivot from marginalyzing real anti-Semitism to Trump supporter rah rah perfectly reflects you I guess.

---Free to say what you like Ken, don't be surprised when we judge you harshly in this small town of ours. Thanks for expressing your view. Now we know. (Politicizing everything you see is a poor way to make a point.)

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Jim Kelley 1 week, 3 days ago on 1 man dead, 1 man survives avalanche in Flat Tops Wilderness

---I see their facebook page map now. I'm just a bit surprised this is article doesn't specifically mention the actual location of the accident instead vaguely reporting that Birch said "around Sheriff's reservoir" when in fact it was at West Lost Lake.

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Jim Kelley 1 week, 3 days ago on 1 man dead, 1 man survives avalanche in Flat Tops Wilderness

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting this avalanche location at Lost Lakes, not Sherrif's?? I would tend to believe the CAIC report... Does the Pilot not know where this accident actually occurred? Lost Lakes is not exactly close to Sherriff's and is in fact closer to Trappers/Ripple Creek pass and WAY inside the wilderness.

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Jim Kelley 3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rescued men clarify story

It needs to be asked..... Why was SAR even crossing this path on, below, or above en route to the guys needing help? Hindsight is always 20-20, but that pitch is a textbook example of a sketchy Colorado slope--- 30 ish degrees, somewhat shallow pack, buried crust layers on a south aspect, and terrain traps everywhere. If SAR had to use the protocol of one member crossing at a time with others in a safe zone (which I believe they did) THEN the decision making for choosing the best route to get to the guys should have been better thought out. The risk assessment of a slide happening to the rescuers is paramount to the risk to the lost guys having to spend longer out there before help arrives..... Two cents.

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Jim Kelley 1 month ago on Routt County commissioners hear about snow plowing from constituents

Why not have the plow drivers, or at least some of them work shifts that don't match bankers hours? It seems that a solution can be easily found within the current budget. The R&B director needs to have the will and leadership to be able to tell her employees that being a plow driver means working irregular hours regardless of how they have been doing it since 1970. Pushing piles back on non snow days has to happen but after a week of no snow, perhaps tempering the hours and storing the budget up for potential future storm cycles is more prudent. Commercial, city, and cdot work around the clock if needed and less when not needed. The County certainly can too.

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