Ken Collins

Ken Collins 1 day, 9 hours ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

I asked this earlier and saw no response. If the student passed the field tests given to her by a qualified(?) person who is NOT a drug official or police person, why then did they search the car, which wasn't even hers? Where was the probable cause? How many students would SHS have if they searched every car for drugs/tobacco/alcohol? And to compare mj to cigarettes is ludicrous. 400,000+ people die every year from tobacco related use, and as yet none from mj. Don't bring up the Denver accident. That's a long reach. What else had that kid done?

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Ken Collins 2 days, 9 hours ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

Jerry, Mark, Fred, you all would apparently be very shocked if you ever found out how many of the doctors, truck drivers, nurses, teachers, politicians, well, actually most anyone out there smoked a little dope "back in the day". If none of you have EVER toked a bit, I'm surprised, but not shocked. Nothing wrong with going into a drunken stupor while in college, or as young guys at a ski area in the 70's or 80's? It's not what you do as much as how you do it. In fact, maybe you three should take an occasional toke and contemplate more and react less.

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Ken Collins 1 week, 3 days ago on Lynn Abbott: 1 dollar, 1 vote?

J Baily Just how stupid is the population? Some are pretty stupid. My dad, lived in Texas and a lifelong Rep. and warned us of the dangers of a W Presidency and he still got elected, twice I believe.

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Ken Collins 1 week, 4 days ago on Steamboat School District policy outlines expulsion process

How did this travesty occur? Supervisor Hensen questioned the student for 30-40 minutes and conducted an impairment test. First of all, is he trained for such a test? If not, how can he make any decision? If so, and she passed, then where the H--- is the "reasonable grounds to suspect that the search will yield evidence of any illegal...materials"? Whatever happened to "probable cause"? And it wasn't even her car. Further, Superintendent Meeks makes a huge leap of judgment in assuming there was "intent to sell". Six grams is not much marijuana. And where is the evidence of buyers? Has anyone come forward saying they were approached by the girl trying to sell? Has she been selling in the past? Did she have a large amount of cash on her person or in the car? Where is the evidence of intent? Is Meeks the Drug Czar of Routt County? Has he gone through any DEA classes? Where are his credentials to make such a life-changing decision for a young student? Especially when the Judge recommended suspension. Meeks has decided his power is more important than her future. In a lot of peoples' opinions, maybe it is Meeks that should be expelled.

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Ken Collins 1 week, 5 days ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

Was she expelled because of possession or as the ICE boys claim, "intent to sell"? Simple possession of so little amount should be suspension. But I happen to think that intent to sell is an unsubstantiated claim. I was a jury member a while back with a cocaine addict as a defender. It was obviously a situation of an addict that had no intention of distribution, yet the ICE gang pushed it for all it was worth. Was there anybody who they found that was going to buy the weed? Six I gram bags is hardly even a "stash". To go to extremes in a case like this is unfortunate, especially when the judge even wanted suspension. I have no respect for Meeks or the board and the power they apparently love to wield. Too many people still have a Reefer Madness mentality.

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Ken Collins 3 weeks, 2 days ago on David Moss: Climate change context

Steve, I have to wonder if you or Bailey ever fought in either of W's wars that helped along our current fiscal disaster? Something my "ilk" was against from day 1.

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Ken Collins 3 weeks, 2 days ago on David Moss: Climate change context

Somebody to the rescue for D Shores. Man pollutes the rivers, lakes and oceans to nearly unusable states. We've wiped out thousands of species. We're blowing up mountaintops and pushing the toxic waste into rivers just to make it easy to get coal. We're drilling thousands of holes so we can cram toxins and carcinogens down them and we get methane gas leaking at a large portion of them. We're fertilizing our grain fields to the point of death. We're irrigating fields till they are no longer usable because of salt residue. We're destroying millions of acres of rain forest every year so that, in a very short time, become useless because rain forests can't sustain crops for more than a few years. We grow corn, a crop extremely hard on soil, just so we can add it to gas, even though it takes more energy to produce than what we get from it's use. We're slowly killing ourselves and the planet. And all you guys are saying that man can't have any effect on climate? Even though we spew billions of tons of CO2 and an arm's length list of toxins into the atmosphere every year? Apparently, smoking doesn't hurt our lungs? We're turning thousands of acres of Canadian arboreal forests into a hell on earth for tar sand oil and this doesn't do any harm? Pretty much any scientist worth his weight in element charts agree man is effecting the climate. And the argument that the earth is "not cooling"? A crock. Go to Greenland, western Antarctica, Patagonia, Iceland, Glacier Natl Park. The seas are rising as is the temperature of the oceans. You can find a website to support the evidence of the Easter Bunny. Maybe we should use COMMON SENSE.

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Ken Collins 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rodger Steen: Cleaner air for Colorado

Great news. I commend our Commissioners for their work. Fracking is here to stay. If it further hurries the change over from coal, all the better. But we have to keep tight regulations on the drilling and maintaining of the wells. Too many wells are too close to developments, streams and also in water starved areas. People need to be informed of what fracking a well totally involves, i.e. noise, truck trips, odors, methane leaks, etc. That check from the oil company looks good at first, but if you lose your water through contamination, the check is not worth much. Coal v. natural gas is a easy one. But at the same time, alternative energies need to be promoted. There will come a time when fossil fuels will be the death of us if we don't pursue other methods.

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Ken Collins 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Karl Koehler: Lawmakers dismissive

To all the commenters: forget the climate topic, forget Ben and the boys, forget racism and forget misspelling. My point was to read Karl's Letter to the Today on 10/25/13 under the title I gave. Then compare it to his letter above. That's all I'm asking.

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Ken Collins 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ken Collins: See it before judging

Oh by the way, Mark, I may be an idiot but: I live in a strawbale home heated by firewood, my driveway is not paved, and my food is not "fertaliized".

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