mark hartless

mark hartless 13 hours, 15 minutes ago on Bill Wallace: Efficient design pays off

I totallt agree with Scott. Are we to ask government to mandate every "good idea"? And what is "good " about any concept must always be weighed against alternatives and economics, rather than in a simple, unrealistic vacuum of saying "this is good, therefore it should be law".


mark hartless 1 day, 10 hours ago on Bill Wallace: Efficient design pays off

And if we'd drill some freakin oil and gas wells then energy costs would be more stable or even reduced, thereby making LEEDS even LESS necessary...


mark hartless 1 day, 10 hours ago on Bill Wallace: Efficient design pays off

Why not let individuals decide what they need, instead of making everything either mandatory or forbidden? Jeez, you busy-bodies need to go away and leave people alone for a while.

Energy efficient buildings are well worth their costs- to a certain point. But that's IF one has the money. Mercedes Benz is well worth the cost too, but some people struggle to afford a Subaru. They should not be impoverished or put out in the cold because they can not afford another man's vision of perfection.

Some are struggling just to keep the least expensive roof possible over their family's heads. The extra rent or house payment of a decked-out LEEDS home would put them out in the cold and THAT would be less comfortable than a less than perfect home.

When rents or house payments climb then dental visits, college savings, preventative medicine, family vacations and other important things are reduced. This is the LAW of economics. All THESE things factor into life as well!

It is unfortunate that so many who apparently have financial resources fail to consider the many who struggle.

Another consideration is why, exactly, do we insist on incorporating such longevity into structures which might be replaced in a decade or two with shopping malls, schools or police stations long before their LEEDS stuff has time to pay reasonable returns?

Additionally, one could argue that, given the exponential improvements being made in building design and materials, there might actually be a case for purposely NOT putting such longevity and such rigorous design into each and every structure. We may find even MORE efficient materials right around the corner but be "stuck" with an expensive and outdated building that we can't get rid of... kind of like the government which mandated it.


mark hartless 2 days, 9 hours ago on Lynn Abbott: 1 dollar, 1 vote?

Government acted on Good Friday to permanently delay the Keystone Pipeline.

Day or 2 earlier a billionaire democrat pledged to donate several hundred million if the pipeline was not built.

Government acts for the $$$, Pat. It has little to do with the R or D after the senator's name.


mark hartless 3 days, 21 hours ago on Ben Beall: Where are GenXers, millennials?

I guess if the Constitution can be a "living doccument" meant to be changed and disregarded, then so can the drivel known as UGB.

Restrictions on property development , such as UGB, Affordable Housing, Conservation Easements, etc all have similar effect - causes prices to rise.

As a Routt County peoperty owner I personally hope people like Mr. Beall are successful in their aspirations to pinch development. However, despite his claim to the contrary, restriction is certainly not in the best interest of the community as a whole.


mark hartless 5 days, 11 hours ago on Omar M. Campbell: Changing America

Take General Electric, for example. They made $14 Billion and paid NO taxes!!

Ain't it grand to be "hooked up" with gubbamint??

Have you read about how many billions Caterpillar is holding in Swiss banks because they don't want to invest in this awesome recovery???


mark hartless 5 days, 11 hours ago on Omar M. Campbell: Changing America

"...that equates to a gain of 248%. Not bad. Since the vast majority of stocks are owned by the wealthy ..."

That's true, Dan. Obama has indeed helped the wealthy, the big banks, big corporations, big campaign donors,etc, while currency inflation is decimating the middle class.

If things are indeed as "rosy" as you claim then when, pray tell, can we wean anybody off the welfare state??? Hmmm?? Anybody at all??? Hmmm??


mark hartless 5 days, 11 hours ago on Omar M. Campbell: Changing America

Neil says: "I have different plans but say hello to Lucifer for all of us Steve!"

I guess the insinuation is that Steve will wind up in Hell for his beliefs while Neil and his ilk will walk the streets of gold.

He obviously imagines his ilk enjoys Divine inspiration, living far and comfortably removed from the prescence of Lucifer.

That's funny. Neil, because do you know who Obama studied under? Who's written tactics both he and Hillary follow religiously and vigorously? Of course you do NOT.

It was Saul Alinsky.

Have you read Alinsky's book, "Rules for Radicals, Neil? Of course you have NOT.

Have you read the author's opening acknowledgements? Of course you have NOT.

Alinsky gave "props" to the "First Radical" who "rebelled and won a kingdom of his own..."!!

Know who that was, Neil??? Of course you do NOT!

In fact, I would sincerely guess one could fill a library with things you do NOT know about those for whom you shill.

It was Lucifer, Neil. Obama's idol, Alinsky dedicated his book "Rules For Radicals" to Lucifer, Neil... L-U-C-I-F-E-R.

Does that FACT make you feel a bit stupid for supposing you ilk so far removed from Lucifer, Neil???

You may be aware of the little tid-bits of propaganda and spin which flash across whatever news/propaganda channel you read/watch, but it is obvious you are not well read. Nor are you sufficiently knowledgeable of those to whom you lend support.


mark hartless 6 days, 5 hours ago on Colorado's private health insurance enrollment stands at 124,000

"Armed revolution is not going to make this a better place to live for our children and grand-children".

That's historically incorrect.

The fact is that armed revolution DID make it a better nation. Without question...

That is, in fact, the story of this nation.

Armed opposition to tyranny has often improved mankind's lot in life. Conversely. it is actually the very aquiescensce and appeasement which you advocate that has rarely improved man's lot in life; and has often led to enslavement, fammine, tyrany, and genocide.

Read your history books.