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Monthly Archives: November 2011
Republicans must not believe they can win in competitive legislative districts. Hence, they demand districts in which they hold nice, safe 2:1 majorities. Colorado is not 2:1 Republican; if we create many safe Republican districts, we are left with equally safe Democratic districts created from the leftovers.
Safe districts tend to elect ideologues to office – people who thoroughly distrust each other and/or dare not compromise on anything for fear of losing their seats. We need only look at Congress to see how well that works.
In addition, competitive districts require elected officials to appeal to and represent ALL of their constituents, not just one narrow group — making it more likely that all constituents will receive equal representation.
After meeting the required criteria, the more competitive districts we have, the better for Colorado.
Viva, Colorado Reapportionment Commission!
Loveland Continue reading
With the revelation that Denver has spent nearly $800,000 and the U.S. nearly 13 million monitoring , arresting 100s and using chemical weapons on peaceful citizens exercising their rights as Americans, perhaps now would be a good time to reflect on exactly what is happening while our country is attempting to repair the damage done by those in power since Jan 20, 2001.
Occupy Wall Street has gained membership and support as a result of what many could call financial terrorism perpetrated on Americans due to the non-regulation, corrupt manipulation and blatant greed of the few at the expense of the many.
The Occupy movement has many faces and concerns, not the least of which is the obvious corruption , or at the very least malfeasance of politicians and pundits guilty of allowing lending institutions and “too big to fail” banks and insurance corporations a free pass while pensions are depleted, homes are being foreclosed on, wars for oil are waged and our Constitution is being ignored in the process.
If we were to compare the losses of tax dollars ,13 million is peanuts when we consider how much is spent every day via waste, fraud and abuse in the name of profit and we have our brave troops defending the profits and installations of oil corporations in the Middle East and elsewhere.
My copy of the Constitution begins with “We the People”….not “We the Incorporated”.
Perhaps Americans need to “Occupy Reality” and face the fact that freedom isn’t free, and real working Americans have suffered disproportionately while those responsible still live in luxury , Wall Street hasn’t changed a bit, and certainly not one Wall Street executive has been arrested……The only exception we could cite may be Bernie Madoff…..but he made the mistake of stealing from the same wealthy crowd that has benefited from the aforementioned financial terrorist activities.
Bad form , Bernie.
In closing, I can only quote Edmond Burke:
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Occupy Wall Street is at least doing something.
Niwot Continue reading
The gatherings of discontented non-contributors, seeking to flaunt their personal frustrations by disrupting the lives and normal activity of the majority of citizens, bring back memories of the hippies in the sixties with nothing more to do than block traffic to disrupt society in any way possible to call attention to themselves.
The “occupier’s” numbers and actions are equivalent to one child in a very large school room who is intent on calling attention to himself by disrupting the whole classroom and then claiming discrimination when being arrested for refusing to leave the room at night and urinating (or worse) in the corner. But they do attract the news media, thereby fulfilling their primary goal! And as this attention wanes, they will likely tire of their methods or escalate to more determined vandalism.
If this group of malcontents were to actually become a positively focused movement offering intelligent proposals and employing the democratic processes given them in our Constitution, they might offer serious alternatives to present circumstances. But with their current antics they are little more than disruptive irritants requiring cleanup and repair after their passing.
The “occupy” demonstrators appear to be obsessed with anti-everything associated with modern American society, including businesses (source of jobs?), anyone in the upper income brackets, elected government officials, and of course, capitalism in general and its evil profit motives. Don’t they realize that all the Government money for the handouts they enjoy comes from successful people/businesses paying taxes? With their predilection toward disruption, the “occupiers” seem to be dissatisfied with (or completely ignorant of) the Constitutional law-making processes so carefully defined by our founding fathers to form this very unique and eminently successful American Republic.
Boulder Continue reading
I have been saddened by the recent letters in the Daily Camera that reflected very negatively on the “luxury condo buildings” in downtown Boulder. My wife and I have lived in more than one of those building since 2003, after having moved from a home in Niwot. We absolutely love the nearly car-free lifestyle that this sort of home allows us. We are liberals by politics and, like virtually all of our neighbors, are decidedly not “snooty rich people”. Actually, we are regular folks who have been modestly fortunate in our careers and real estate investments over several decades. It saddens me that we are implored to feel guilty for this. Like our neighbors, I would say that we absolutely do not flaunt our circumstance. The truth of the matter is that our so-called “luxury condos” are, for the most part, small apartments that are appointed in a comfortable way. And, as I walk around our wonderful downtown area in my worn blue jeans and t-shirts, I’m pretty sure that I look just like anyone else, because I am just like anyone else. So, I ask, please folks, let’s not try to paint each other into stereotypical categories that encourage even more of a divide than we already have in our society today. Rather, can’t we think positively and focus on the blessings of all that we share in common in living here: the beauty of a natural setting, numerous recreational opportunities, a very special town and weather that grants us the wonders of all four seasons.
Boulder Continue reading
To the Editor,
For too long, the voices of the mentally ill and their caretakers have been silenced . . . even though 1 in 4 Americans are affected by mental illness each year (73,000 people of the 294,000 of us in Boulder County). For those needing in-patient treatment, Colorado had 11.8 beds for in-patient psychiatric care for every 100,000 people (as of 2008). Nationwide, the average was 30. The situation for those needing services is compounded by insurance companies that barely acknowledge the long term medical needs of this population. In the midst of a mental health crisis, you shouldn’t have to worry that your insurance won’t cover the care you need or the provider who can help you. And you shouldn’t have to wonder how much you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket.
It’s time to put an end to the unnecessary stigma, ignorance and pain that surround mental illness. When our congregation, the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, began listening to the stories of our people, we opened ourselves up to the pain and isolation that live among us. Our local community organizing group, Boulder Valley Community Action Network (BVCAN), is committed to working with our public officials to create meaningful change for those suffering from mental illness and their families. With the support of Denver’s Metro Organizations for People (MOP), BVCAN is hosting a public meeting, “Mental Health Dialogue: Voicing Our Reality”. We’ll be creating a space to share our experiences with one another and public officials. Join us on Wednesday, November 30th from 6:30 – 8 pm at 1241 Ceres Drive in Lafayette.
Getting the care you need, when you need it, isn’t too much to ask. Working together, we can make mental health services work for us.
Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry
Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Continue reading
OK I relocated to Boulder County 13 months ago from the “evil” empire of Southern
California. My son and daughter and grand kids live in Colorado; therefore, I have
been a guest here for several years. I adopted the foothills of the Rockies and have
been an active hiker, climber, biker and dog walker here as well as in California’s
High Sierra’s and Southern California’s San Jacinto Range.
I was a Wilderness Ranger for the Forest Service, where my responsibility centered
on educational information for visitors to the San Bernardino Wilderness Area,
which is the most used wilderness in the USA.
California is unique in its topo. With the diversity of activity from the coastal shores
to the mountains there is an array of recreational choices. Not everyone is on the
trails, as it appears in Colorado. However there is a mounting population that
recreate in the mountains. Parking is an issue but the Forest Service asks that one
purchase a once a year pass for $25.00 to use the trailheads. Dogs are free and off
leash if under voice command. Within the San Jacinto Forest Service and BLM Land
there are trails for mountain biking encompassing 75 miles plus. It is a sharing
situation without strict demanding rules; there are private etiquette rules that are
well known among the participating parties.
I am surprised by the attitude and control that exist in Colorado. I feel repressed as
if I am been caught doing something wrong and that I will pay dearly for it. These
new proposed rules for parking, hiking, riding and dogging on the precious Front
Range trails within Boulder County are on the table for discussion. To actually
consider not allowing out of county dogs to use the trails is the height of arrogance
of the privileged few. Consider enlarging the parking lot at the South Mesa
Trailhead instead of ticketing the street parked cars; least mean spirited wouldn’t
Please committee people you can do better than this…make us proud to be citizens
of a community that can live up to all the coexist bumper stickers plastered to cars
with the select license plate of the Republic of Boulder.
Superior Continue reading
Ellyn Hilliard’s letter “Why I used to be a Democrat,” was certainly one of the more interesting letters I’ve recently read. And one of the most baffling. Ms. Hilliard gives understandable reasons for her disillusionment with the Democrats, but she does not give us her reasoning for turning to the Republican Party as the solution.
Our best hope after the 2008 election was not that the Democrats would turn the country from the road to economic, environmental and social disaster that we were and still are on. That is too tall an order for a divided country. No, our best hope was that the Republicans would come to their senses and stop pandering to the ultra-right and ultra-rich, so that we could start having the conversation we need to have about living in a 21st century that is looking very different from the 20th century.
We need a conversation that recognizes that we have been living beyond our means, in every way, but that we can’t squeeze enough out of the poor to get balanced; that acknowledges that we cannot continue to destroy our environment for the sake of mindless consumption, while recognizing that our economy is based on consumption; that the government cannot afford to pay for all the health care that everyone can use, but that we also cannot have a significant portion of our populace unable to pay for health care; and that extreme disparities of wealth are fundamentally inconsistent with democracy.
There are good reasons to be frustrated with the Democrats. Am I disappointed in the so-far fruits of the Obama administration? Hell, yes. For the eight long years of the Bush administration, however, I was horrified. I’ll take disappointment over horror anytime. And I’ll hold on to hope.
Boulder Continue reading
If you decide to become a Republican and a Republican president and congress are given another chance to run the economy back off the cliff, here’s what you’ll get: no more EPA to protect your environment, an even more reduced FDA to protect your food, no department of education to educate your children, higher education costs increasingly only affordable to the wealthy, privatization of social security and Medicare, throwing millions of the elderly and disabled into poverty, no federal Medicaid program for the poor, forcing hospitals to continue to take up the load with ever increasing costs to the rest of the population, increasing failure of the nation’s infrastructure, increasing wars without end and without paying for them, and the list goes on and on.
The young people out in the streets across the country know that it is their future that is imperiled by the lawmakers of this nation. The baby boomers and the prior generation have had their chance at securing a good future for themselves and coming generations, and they’ve blown it. Things were on track in the 90’s but now it looks grim, thanks in large part to the Republicans. Libertarians and Republicans alike want to “shrink the government to a size so small you can flush it down the bathtub”, words courtesy of Grover Norquist. Goodbye United States, hello Haiti. If you want to know just what your government does for you, go to governmentisgood.com for a real eye opener.
By the way, liberals, by far, make up the consumer base for organic food, products, and services so if you are making a nice living in this line of work, thank a liberal. Oh, and don’t even think of claiming Jon Stewart for the Republican party. It will be a cold day in the proverbial hell before that happens.
Louisville Continue reading
Having recently moved to Boulder, CO from the east coast, I can sympathize this areas consternation over the the political morass in Washington. I have prayed and thought about the reasons for this present situation and I believe that we have come to the time where we need to have Congressional elections every year. These elections can be divided by the states in which they ratified our Constitution.
An example- Delaware thru Alaska would hold their elections in the odd years and Pennsylvania thru Hawaii could hold their elections on the even year. This procedure would,I believe, break up the political posturing for the next Presidential election in 2012.
With the speed of today’s communication and the upgraded education of our electorate, a yearly change in the political environment in Washington by our representatives, I feel, would lower the likelihood of the current umproductivity and unresponsiveness of our representatives.
Further, I believe, that term limits should be imposed for all Congress persons to a limit of twelve (12) years – 6 two year terms for the House Members and 2 six year terms for the Senators. But no more than a total of 16 years for any one representative. This change, i BELIEVE, WOULD BRING Fresh ideas and a youth vigor and vitality needed in our national elected officials, rather than the “Gentlemen’s Clubs” we have on Capitol Hill now.
I humbly propose these ideas so that others to add to the debate and include this thoughts and ideas for the improvement of our legislative process for the governed. And to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln “ that the government for the people, by the people, and of the people, shall not perish from the earth.” May God continue to bless the United States of America!
Edward F. Denny
Boulder Continue reading
Too bad Ellyn feels she has more in common with Ron Paul, Romney, Bachman, and the rest, than with the Democrats who actually support good health care, small farming, local sustainability, and rational responses to mindless war. She’s incorrect that local taxes go to “support GMO sugar beets” — there are no GMO sugar beets being grown on county open space. Which brings me to my observation that again and again, what is true and what is perceived to be true (but is false) are at the very crux of our interesting political discussions and divisiveness. Facts matter.
Louisville Continue reading
Since 2006/2007 I’ve been asking questions about the newly constructed buildings that have been popping up all around Boulder, especially within several blocks of Pearl and Broadway, Pearl and 15th, Walnut and 17th, East of the CU campus, and elsewhere in town. I would like to know if these buildings have received any subsidies from taxpayers. Why is it that each of these new buildings that (specifically within blocks of Pearl Street) has a bank on the first floor? Did Boulder have a shortage of banks that needed to be addressed? If Boulder has a housing problem, then why do the condominiums in these buildings sell for upwards of $500,000 and $1,000,000 as “luxury” condos? Several of these buildings were constructed in 2007, 2008, and 2009 – yet I can see from the outside that the majority of living units are still empty. Are Colorado taxpayers subsidizing empty real-estate through tax breaks? Finally, which city officials issued the permits for these new buildings? There’s an old saying: where’s there’s smoke there’s fire. Thus, I must ask, are city officials taking kickbacks and/or involved in corrupt scandals that have permitted this construction? Thank you for your time.
Boulder Continue reading
One has to be struck by the overwhelming influence of religion on all aspects of our lives. This holds true especially in the US. There is not a politician running for any office that has to swear to be the most devout Christian ever. Of course their claims usually have no validity. Most have confessed that God talks to them directly and guides their decisions. Well one thing is certain God did not tell them about geography because half of the candidates cannot point on a map where Iran. Iraq or Afghanistan are. Then there is Bill O’Reilly on Fox news who doesn’t understand even 5th grade level science. So out of his ignorance he assigns God as the default explanation for everything that he doesn’t understand. He is symptomatic of what ails the US and why we are losing our status as a world power. Science drives our economy and makes our lives so much more meaningful and gives us the iPhone, plasma televisions, heats our homes, space travel and the capacity to live beyond the age of 30. When one is science literate one understands that the universe and its laws are so much more wondrous than any religious texts written thousands of years ago.
I am appalled at the ignorance of science by the general public. Embarrassingly 50% of people think planet earth is 6,000 years old when it is actually 4.57 billion years old. A minor difference of course. 70% reject evolution when it is one of the most powerful theories known to science and is what drives all the sciences. And yes it is a fact and a theory. You hear many others claim that we could not have come from monkeys. Well we did not come from monkeys but chimpanzees and humans have a common ancestor. The proof is in tens of hundreds of fossils and genetic evidence. Yes we do use DNA evidence in the court rooms because it is so overwhelmingly accurate.
Even the editorial sections in newspapers like the Longmont Times-Call publishes a multitude of articles about Christian scripture. They do have a Faith section that takes up one whole page. Should not these biblical quotes be put in the appropriate section of their newspaper? To their credit the Boulder Camera and Denver Post do not push one religion over others in their editorial pages. And would it not be appropriate for all newspapers to devote a one page science section? People might actually learn something about the world they live. Religion and State must be kept separate for obvious reasons (look at the countries in the world where there is no separation). These boundaries should never be blurred.
Longmont Continue reading
As the toxicity in our air, food and water continues to increase, the human
immune system is challenged daily. There are many among us, and I am one of
them, that have entered the downward spiral of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
(MCS) and Environmental Illness (EI). A massive exposure to mold or
chemicals is often the trigger for reactivity to more and more substances.
I now become sick with exposure to perfumes, tobacco, deodorizers,
detergents, paints, glues, cleaners and, of course, pesticides and
herbicides. As this illness has advanced, the reactions have become more
severe, and I now find myself adversely affected by electromagnetic fields,
which limits my computer time. This is a very isolating disease. People
think you are crazy because they don’t suffer from these exposures. What’s
really crazy-making is that my sensitivity varies based on other stressors,
and how well I’ve been able to rest and eat.
We can all begin to eliminate toxic chemicals from our home and office
environments and campaign for awareness at every level of government. As one
of the ‘canaries in the coal mine,’ I believe it’s possible that everyone
will eventually be in the situation I am now dealing with.
We are fortunate in Boulder to have a locally run resource, the Rocky
Mountain Environmental Health Association (www.rmeha.org). Please learn more
about this syndrome and do your part to eliminate toxins we do have control
over, so that we all have a chance to overcome the ones we can’t control.
Longmont Continue reading
Many of us welcome the holiday season as a time of good tidings and giving to those most in need. It is also a time when many people make adjustments to their investments, including Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), before the next year’s tax season. Congress now has an opportunity to make it much easier for people who want to transfer money out of their IRAs to support worthy charities, but it must act soon.
Since it was passed in 2006, the Pension Protection Act has been a popular way for people to support charities with their IRA funds without paying taxes. Locally, donors this year alone have given more than $70,000 from their IRA funds to The Community Foundation to improve local schools and support food banks, animal shelters, health care services and environmental programs.
However, the current version of the act is set to expire at the end of this year. Congress should act now to preserve this valuable means for giving back to our community.
Extending the IRA charitable rollover will substantially benefit local philanthropy at a time when demand for its services has never been greater. In our community these contributions have helped close the academic achievement gap between kids from low-income families and their peers, while providing crucial operating support to some of our area’s most effective nonprofit programs. Extending the rollover will help ensure that even modest gifts — which are especially important for small community foundations, where funds are often limited — assist the many worthy causes in our communities.
This giving season, let’s tell Congress to make it easier for us to give to charity by extending the Public Good IRA Rollover provision.
Josie Heath, President
The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County Continue reading
Richard J. Mouw’s commentary on “Mormonism: Not a cult, not a problem” (Camera, November 26, 2011) was inaccurate if not arrogant in giving a Mormon his permission to be president. Mr. Mouw points out as president of Fuller Theological Seminary, his is the ‘largest evangelical graduate school in the world’. I suspect he thought this may give some credibility to his statement that ‘Romney’s church’ (LDS) “is not a cult” because there “are about 14 million adherents to the Mormon faith.“
A couple of facts for Mr. Mouw’s consideration. 1.) The first definition of ‘cult’ according to Webster, is “a system of religious worship or ritual” so by definition all religions are cults, regardless of size. 2.) The Bible and Book of Mormon were both written by mere mortals supposedly based on some divine input to the many authors of the Bible and Joseph Smith. Both contain some fantastical stories, irrational suppositions and inaccuracies and contradictions usually explained by some form of ‘God works in mysterious ways’. 3.)
Mr. Mouw believes that religious affiliation has relevance to ‘fitness for office’ and has ‘political implications.’ I would argue that a strong religious affiliation may disqualify a person for office; I cite Bush’s war’s (you think God would have mentioned something about the whole WMD thing during his discussions with George); Rick Perry’s response to the drought in Texas, a national prayer day (I mean, if you believe in God don’t you believe he/she wanted Texas dry or at least that he/she was aware of it and ignored the situation?); one should also consider some of our evangelical Christian leaders response to Iran’s (a country with religious leadership, albeit a different cult) flirtation with nuclear arms. They want to do the Christian thing, of course, bomb Iran instead of praying the threat away or turning the other cheek.
Frankly, if someone wants to believe in something that doesn’t seem to be doing much in the way of helping out the vast majority of his/her adherents and may be actually harming many of them more often than not, that is their choice. However, I prefer a leader who is firmly grounded in reality and bases their decisions on a clear view of the current situation, an understanding of the world’s actual history and a well defined vision for the future. I know, I know…I’m a cult of one, because the political leader I described doesn’t exist either.
James C. Bailey, Jr.
Boulder Continue reading
One person shot in Northern California, another shot in South Carolina, and numerous persons pepper sprayed near Los Angeles. Are these headlines concerning the Occupy movement? Think again. These are all incidents related to Black Friday. Closing down Occupy encampments under the guise of “safety” and “sanitation” merely underscores the hypocrisy of our political response. You would never hear a politician try and shut down Black Friday for the same reasons, despite overnight camping and violent situations nearly every year. No, the “all holy shopping day” is too important for our consumption-based economy. Yet, a creative response to a grossly disproportionate economic system, the Occupy movement, is met with hostility and excuses instead of listening and understanding. We allow one event and condemn another. When will we learn how to organize our priorities?
Boulder Continue reading
One has to be worried by the overwhelming influence of religion on all aspects of our lives. This holds true especially in the US. There is not a politician running for any office that has to swear to be the most devout Christian ever. Most have confessed that God talks to them directly and guides their decisions. That is worrisome because all the theocratic countries on our planet claim the same thing. So whose side is God on? But one thing is certain God did not tell our presidential candidates about geography because half of the candidates cannot point on a map where Iran. Iraq or Afghanistan are. The separation between Church and State in our country is being threatened. Europe suffered 600 years of stagnation, wars and suffering because of Church authority. Because the Church no longer has authority and power to do what it wants, Europe has scientific advances leading to almost doubling of lifespans and equal rights for women.
I am appalled at the ignorance in the US of science by the general public. Embarrassingly, 50% of people think planet earth is 6,000 years old when it is actually 4.57 billion years old. That dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time. The last dinosaurs died off 65 million years ago and homo sapiens came on the scene only about 150,00 years ago. 70% reject evolution despite the fact that it is one of the most powerful theories known to science and is what drives all the sciences. And yes it is a fact and a theory. You hear many others claim that we could not have come from monkeys. Well we did not come from monkeys but chimpanzees and humans did have a common ancestor. The proof is in tens of hundreds of fossils and in genetic evidence. Yes we do use DNA evidence in the court rooms because it is so overwhelmingly accurate. An example of this scientific ignorance is Bill O’Reilly on Fox news. He doesn’t understand even 5th grade level science. So out of his ignorance he assigns God as the default explanation for everything that he doesn’t understand. He is symptomatic of what ails the US in general and why we are losing our status as a world power. Science drives our economy and makes our lives so much more meaningful and gives us the iPhone, plasma televisions, medical advances, the space program and the capacity to live beyond the age of 40. When one is science literate one understands that the universe and its laws are so much more wondrous than any religious texts written thousands of years ago.
The editorial sections in some of our local newspapers like the Longmont Times-Call publishes a multitude of articles about Christian scripture. They do have a Faith section that takes up one whole page. Should not these biblical quotes be put in the appropriate section of their newspaper or taught in Church? To their credit the Boulder Camera and Denver Post do not push one religion over others in their editorial pages. If the “Faith”section in all newspapers gets one whole page to publish their information then why should there not be a science section that is allotted the same number of pages? The only way to stay a world power is to teach and fund science. To have science literate teachers then subsequently a science literate populace.
Longmont Continue reading
The main reason I am no longer a Republican is because I believe very strongly in separation of church and state. Remember the Salem witch hunts? The main things the Republicans want today is to overthrow Roe vs Wade, and abolish gay rights. Everything else is smoke and mirrors. As I and many of my former Republican friends say, i didn’t leave the Republican party, the Republican party left me.
Boulder Continue reading
It’s all in the family—the Democratic Party, that is, which enjoys a stranglehold on Boulder County government. First, let it be said that if the three Boulder County commissioners were Republicans engaging in the same sort of behavior, I would criticize them as well. What’s going on here may be perfectly legal, but to some of us it’s objectionable.
Case in point: The position of County Attorney is up for grabs as of Dec. 21 and term-limited Boulder County Commissioner Ben Pearlman, chairman of the board, says he wants the job, which would amount to a hefty salary increase. (Commissioner $87,500; County Attorney $110,000/$160,000, present CA who is retiring draws $159,220.)
The fact that Pearlman worked in the county attorney’s office before running for commissioner gives him an advantage that cannot be ignored by his fellow commissioners, no matter their pledge to consider every applicant. However, it will be difficult for commissioners Cindy Domenico and Will Toor to escape the appearance of insider favoritism if they do appoint him. Yet they could look equally bad if they don’t. People might wonder why.
Future remedy? The City of Louisville at the prodding of resident John Leary adopted a strict Ethics Code in 1992 that, among other things, prohibits Louisville’s elected officials from becoming employees of the city until two years after leaving office. It’s working nicely.
Maybe it’s time to outsource the county’s legal services. There are plenty of law firms around that should be interested in bidding for a stake in this gold mine. Since the county has to hire special counsel whenever a sticky case arises anyway (e.g., the county’s failed crusade against the Rocky Mountain Christian Church), then why not seek bids and contract out the whole caboodle? Surely, county law is not all that complicated.
Longmont Continue reading
I have a few comments regarding Betty Devine’s letter about Tim Tebow. Personally, I like the guy. He is a work in progress but I love his competitive and positive attitude. Tebow’s show of faith ( Tebowing ) is nothing new in sports. Many players take a knee or point to the sky after a score or win. Muhammad Ali used to famously pray before the bell and would always thank Allah after a win. I can’t help but think that there would be less demeaning comments ( Bill Maher calls Tebow a “Christian kook” ) if Tebow was anything but Christian.
Boulder Continue reading