Category Weekly Features

Setting Fire to Straw Men

Lindsay Deen continues her discussion regarding the retail cannabis ban in Colorado Springs, CO. She deftly exposes Mayor Bach’s deceptive reasoning. He pushed City Council to opt out of retail cultivation, manufacturing, sales, and testing, and his policies go against the will of the majority. Unable to display content. Adobe Flash is required. Visit and share YouTube version of this video. Visit and share Vimeo version of this video. URL

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Joining Revolutionaries

“[T]he people are the rightful masters of both Congresses, and courts–not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it. . . .” –Abraham Lincoln, from the Lincoln Papers, Notes for Speech in Kansas and Ohio, p2. In July of 2013, Colorado Springs City Council decided to opt out of retail marijuana (RMJ) sales, even though Colorado Springs passed Amendment 64. According to the County Commissioner’s Election Report, 105,909

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Colorado Springs City Council Vetoes People’s Will

In this video about Marijuana Reform, USR columnist and editor Lindsay Deen explores government officials’ reactions to Amendment 64 and, in her opinion, their attempts to ignore the will of the majority. She offers thoughtful commentary and detailed evidence to support her claims. Check it out today! Click here to access the interactive flash video on a new page, click: City Council Vetoes People’s Will: Interactive Video Version. In this version, you can access

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The Pot Liberation Front

In many ways, Colorado Springs provides a microscopic sample of our national demographic. We have the serious ultra-conservative right-wing Republicans, fun but slightly insane Democrat fanatics (like the ones dancing in the streets after Obama won), a strong Libertarian front dedicated to creating and maintaining freedoms, and the rest of us who merely watch in awe, disgust, or some strange mixture of both from the sidelines. Whether we identify as

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Pulse of the People

The Black Forest Fire acted as a beacon, calling a community well-acquainted with the isolation of suburbia together despite our separation for a common cause. After watching the Springs community come together in both the physical world and online, perhaps reconnecting suburban landscapes via the Internet can create a more intimate sense of community across the globe. Accordingly, I’d like to discuss different ideas to allow more interconnection and the

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Afterglow: Effects of the Black Forest Fire

Like most others in the Pikes Peak Region, I’ve been following the Black Forest Fire closely. Many people are writing commentary regarding the causes, which is understandable, but maybe we should already begin spending more time looking at the effects of the disaster. At the writing of this article, the fire is under control at 75% containment, with 14,198 acres burnt and 483 homes declared a total loss. As the firefighters and responders

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