Vajgrt: Get on the right side of history

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Jun 282011
 
Authors: Joe Vajgrt

In a move quite befitting national Pride Month, New York became the sixth state to legally recognize marriage between same-sex couples. After passing the state’s Republican-controlled Senate by a 33-29 margin, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the same-sex marriage bill into law last Friday.

New York joined Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont as the only states that fully recognize gay marriage. With its population of about 19 million people, New York’s new law effectively doubles the number of people nationwide who live in such a region.

“New York sends the message that marriage equality across the country is a question of ‘when,’ not ‘if,’” said Fred Sainz, a vice president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Traditionally, socially conservative Republicans have blocked the advancement of gay rights at every turn. However, the nearly unanimous opposition to equal marriage rights within the GOP seems to be slowly shifting.
“There is an important change going on among Republicans and conservatives,” said Kenneth B. Mehlman, former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Indeed, this is the first time a Republican-controlled legislative body in any state has supported same-sex marriage or civil unions. This fact has energized gay rights activists who see the victory as a momentum-changing development in the push for marriage equality on a national level.

When looking at the most recent Gallup Poll data, there’s definitely reason for optimism among equal rights advocates. Conducted last May, the survey found that 53 percent of Americans believe that our laws should recognize same-sex unions. The poll marks the first time that Gallup has found a majority of Americans behind such measures.

Not surprisingly, support for marriage equality is strongest among those between the ages of 18 and 34, and weakest among people 55 and older. In light of this fact, the eventual acceptance of gay marriage all across America seems like an inevitability. It’s refreshing to see some Republicans starting to come to terms with this simple reality.

“Eventually we have to have one standard of justice in this country and establish that sexual orientation is not a basis for discrimination,” said Mary Bonauto, an attorney who has dedicated the last 20 years to fighting for marriage equality.

Illinois, Hawaii and Delaware have all recently approved civil unions, joining California, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington as states that provide gay couples with extensive marriage-like rights.

Adding those eight states to the six that now allow gay marriage, more than a third of Americans now live in states where gay couples can attain the same rights and responsibilities of marriage afforded to heterosexual couples. A mere decade ago, there weren’t any states that granted such rights.

Despite all these signs of progress, gay marriage and civil unions remain a highly contentious national issue. In fact, 30 states (including Colorado) have passed constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, with another proposed amendment on the ballot in Minnesota in 2012.

Some of the states adamantly opposed to gay marriage are a bit more open to the idea of civil unions. While I agree that civil unions are better than nothing, we should be wary of any ideas that supports the concept of “separate but equal.” We tried that concept out in our embarrassingly not-too-distant history, and it didn’t quite work out too well for certain segments of the population.

The existence of overwhelming support from a young, energized movement at political odds with an aging and fearful opposition closely mirrors the scenario from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

If conservatives want to be on the right side of history, they’ll need to reconsider their stance.

Joe Vajgrt is a senior journalism major who doesn’t care what you do or who you do it with. His column appears sporadically over the summer in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com

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Breaking News: Rafter dies in fast flowing Poudre

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Jun 242011
 
Authors: Matt Miller

A rafting accident about 25 miles west of Fort Collins in the Poudre River left one rafter dead, another with a suspected broken leg and two uninjured on Thursday.

The Poudre River has been fast flowing this month due to the melting of heavy winter snowpack.

Four rafters, who were part of a commercial rafting trip operated by Rocky Mountain Adventures of Fort Collins, were involved in the accident, said a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Larimer County Emergency Services and the Larimer County Dive Rescue Team were dispatched to assist Poudre Canyon Fire Department at approximately 12:40 p.m.

Two rafters were found stuck on an island across from the Mishawaka Inn, a third had a suspected broken leg and the fourth required cardio pulmonary resuscitation and died on scene.

The identity of the victim and the cause of death are yet to be determined by the Larimer County Coroner. The condition of the injured rafter, who was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies by helicopter, is unknown, the press release said.

The age, sex and hometowns of those involved were not available.

Check collegian.com for more updates and look in the June 29 Collegian for an in depth story.

News Editor Matt Miller can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Brew Fest aiming to recover from 2010 hangover

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Jun 212011
 
Authors: Matt Miller

Beer is 90 percent water, and Fort Collins has some of the best water in the country. And according to Colin Westcott, founder of the local Equinox Brewery, water is what makes Fort Collins a hub of brewing culture.

On June 25 and 26 Fort Collins is celebrating this brewing heritage with the 22nd annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival. More than 60 breweries from across the state will showcase almost 60 beers to a crowd that can reach up to 30,000.

Last year’s festival had a significant drop in attendance due to a change in location and format. It was moved from Old Town Square to Civic Center Park and people were only allowed in for three-hour sessions.

This year, although the festival will remain in Civic Center Park, the format will go back to having people pay a fee at the door and being allowed to stay as long as they wish.

“I think it will be better this year,” said senior mechanical engineering major Matthew Jui.
He did not attend last year’s festival because of the $30 price of admission.

“We listened to what people wanted,” said Peggy Lyle, the Downtown Business Association programming and event director.  “We are committed to making a great festivalFort Collins can be proud of.”

On top of being able to sample beers using $1 tokens, the event will offer three stages with continuous entertainment and, for the first time, a beer tent where festival goers can learn about home brewing.  

Last year, even though Equinox Brewery had only been open for a month, it went through all six of its kegs at the festival.  This year it is bringing 12.

“A lot of people know us now,” Westcott said. “We sent more beer (this year) because we can.”

Although attendance was low last year, Westcott said the atmosphere gave him a chance to talk to customers.

For brewers like Westcott the festival isn’t just about showing off great beer, it’s about connecting with the community and fellow brewers.

“We want people to know that we get along,” Westcott said. “Brewers are in it for the same reason –– to make really good beer.”

He describes his little brewery, located on Remington Street in Old Town, as a crossroads for brewers. Brewers from New Belgium or Odell’s will all show up at Equinox to hang out.

The Brewers’ Festival is a chance for Fort Collins breweries to show that they are 100 percent cooperative, Westcott said.

The twenty-year-old tradition also brings in good revenue for the city as one of the two biggest fundraisers for the Downtown Business Association, Lyle said. The other is August’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.

And although the festival has become a big fundraiser, it began simply as a way to celebrate brewing.

The festival was part of a combined effort between Odell’s, Coopersmith’s and the DBA, Lyle said.

“Brewing Culture is very professional and laidback,” Lyle said. “Which exemplifies Colorado.”

Tickets for The Colorado Brewers’ Festival are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Hours for the festival are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 25 and 26.

News Editor Matt Miller can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Joe Zimlich elected as new Chairman of Colorado State University Board of Governors

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Jun 212011
 
Authors: Allison Sylte

The CSU Board of Governors announced Monday that Bohemian Companies CEO Joe Zimlich was elected BOG Chairman during the first day of the annual BOG retreat in Pingree Park, which lasts through Wednesday.

Zimlich will replace current chairman Pat McConathy, whose term expires at the end of this year.

“I look forward to working closely with Joe over the next 12 months of my administration, and know that he will be a positive asset to our system for the next two years,” said ASCSU President and BOG student representative Eric Berlinberg in an email to the Collegian.

Zimlich’s membership to the BOG was confirmed in early 2008 after being appointed by then-governor Bill Ritter. Ritter is currently serving as the director of CSU’s Center for the New Energy Economy.

A portion of the funding for the Center comes from Pat Stryker, the founder of the Bohemian Foundation, a philanthropic organization that is managed by Bohemian Companies. Stryker received an honorary doctorate from CSU this spring.

Prior to his election as BOG chair, Zimlich served as the BOG treasurer and on the academic affairs, evaluation, finance and real estate/facilities committee, and as the Liaison for the CSU Foundation.

Zimlich was unavailable for comment when the Collegian went to press.

Dorothy Horrell was elected as vice-chair, Don Eilliman as treasurer and Ed Haselden as secretary.

The board also approved President Tony Frank’s tuition package for 2011/12, which included raising the credit gap from 10 to 12, effectively raising tuition by 20 percent for full time students.

In addition, this measure adds differential tuition for upperclassmen, which means that some students may see tuition hikes up to 25 percent next year.

These tuition increases stayed true to Frank’s communications throughout the school year, and CSU Spokesman Brad Bohlander said there were “no suprises.”

“The budget process of our campuses will continue to be a challenge to balance access and affordability with the realities of higher education,” said CSU System Chancellor Joe Blake in a press release.

Content Managing Editor Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Orange cones and yellow tape expected through 2013

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Jun 212011
 
Authors: Justin Rampy

This summer marks the beginning of a grand construction project including a reorganization of Meridian Avenue, work on Parmalee’s fourth floor, the Lory Student Center Theater, the Campus Police Building and Morgan Library. The projects slated to finish in 2012 and 2013.

These campus projects are in addition to multiple others in Fort Collins, including the closure of Elizabeth from Skyline to Taft Hill.

However, according to Campus Architect Mike Rush, the construction on Meridian may not prove to be a hindrance for those trying to navigate campus.

“It actually makes it a lot easier for bikes and pedestrians to get from West to East campus,” said Campus Architect Mike Rush.

The hope is to make Meridian Avenue a safer thoroughfare for those not travelling in automobiles.

“Meridian is where a majority of pedestrian, bike and car accidents were happening on campus,” said Fred Haberecht, assistant director of facilities management.

The construction project on the Campus Police Building (called E2) has an estimated cost of $58 million funded by student facilities fees and “gifts,” Rush said. The project is set to be finished in the summer of 2013.

The renovations to Morgan Library total $16.8 million and are funded by student facilities fees and monetary gifts to the university. When it is completed in summer of 2012, Morgan library will be outfitted with a new design, a new 24/7 study cube, and “collaboratories” with smart boards and enough room to facilitate large group studies.

Between these two projects, CSU’s campus will be under construction for years to come, after just finishing major renovations to the Behavioral Sciences building on the southeast side of campus.

“Students should expect one cement truck after another in the fall (of 2011),” Rush said.

Although the construction is aimed at bettering life on campus, students are concerned.

“It just seems like it never ends,” Junior Brian Laxar said about campus construction. “I just wonder where they come up with all the money to do all this work.”

Staff writer Justin Rampy can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Fort Collins bikers celebrate Bike to Work day

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Jun 212011
 
Authors: Nic Turiciano

As customers cluttered into Brave New Wheel on Monday, mapping out their routes for Bike to Work Day, it was clear that the event has become a fixture.

Fort Collins is a biking community. From the New Belgium bike racks lining Old Town’s streets to the new “bike box” on the corner of Plum Street and Shields Street, bikes are openly celebrated.

And twice a year bike commuters are welcomed along their morning rides-to-work by the City of Fort Collins and local businesses that team up for Bike to Work Day.

From 6:30 am to 10 a.m. cyclists can take advantage of free food, free bike maintenance and even heart health examinations at any of the 42 booths located around Fort Collins.

Lorin Scott-Okerblom, a CSU graduate student, has participated in every one of the four Bike to Work Days she’s been in Fort Collins for.

“You see these people at the bike stations who commute. At the Winter Bike to Work Day I met someone who commuted 22 miles –– so you can do it,” Scott-Okerblom said.

And it’s not just Scott-Okerblom. According to Molly North, Assistant FC Bikes Coordinator, the number of cyclists who attended the Summer Bike to Work Day in 2008 was 3,175. Last year, that number was up to 5,663, and the projected turnout for this year’s is 7,000.

The projected 7,000 commuters will have 42 breakfast stations to choose from along their commute, down from 57 last year. The number of stations is fewer because businesses were tasked to partner at stations this year, North said.

“I hope businesses will pool their resources in order to create fun breakfast stations with chalk, sandwich boards, music, etc. I’d like to see this new collaborative model facilitate connections between local businesses and enhance the energetic cycling culture in Fort Collins,” North said in an email.

One example of the new collaborative spirit is the CSU campus breakfast station located in the Oval. The station is jointly sponsored by CSU Parking Services and Dellenbach Motors.

The station will feature breakfast, bike maps, bike registration forms and a raffle for a CSU cycling jersey.

“We’ve gotten upward of 300 people coming through in the past. We are hoping for more this year because it’s been increasing,” said Jennifer Johnson, Co-Campus Bike Coordinator.

With 2011 marking the 23rd anniversary of Bike to Work Day, the event has become a well-noted event on many bike commuters’ calendars.

“It’s really becoming a holiday. A lot of people take the morning off work to bike around and experience it,” North said.

Scott-Okerblom doesn’t skip work to hit all of the breakfast stations, but did hint that she bikes more than necessary for the twice-a-year event.

“I would say that if it’s a bike to work day, I will take full advantage of the biking stops out there,” Scott-Okerblom said.

To learn more about Bike to Work Day, including a full map of the various stations, visit www.fcgov.com/bicycling.

Staff writer Nic Turiciano can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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Peer education targets AIDS epidemic

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Jun 212011
 
Authors: McClatchey-Tribune

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Kolosa Kokolo bounced around the classroom full of teenagers, speaking rapidly in both English and Xhosa, at one point jumping on a table to emphasize the urgency of her message.

AIDS, the scourge of South Africa and its younger generation, “is here, now,” she said.

“There is no cure for it,” says Kokolo, a petite woman with a wide smile and a voluminous braided ponytail. “But it’s just a matter of reducing the numbers, and to reduce the numbers we need to tackle the cause. And one big factor of the cause is risky behavior.”

Kokolo is 20, just a few years older than her audience of 11th-grade students at the Manzomthombo Senior Secondary School. The law student is part of a peer education effort that has young people teaching other young people about AIDS and prevention.

“It works best when they get down to the real reasons why these kids are engaging in these behaviors and trying to warn them about the risks,” said Melani-Ann Cook, a project manager for the program. “What we’ve found is that when our peer educators go (to the schools) … they really look up to them.”

The success of the program and others like it is vitally important to the future of South Africa, which has the largest population of HIV-positive people in the world. The Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS estimates that 5.6 million South Africans were living with HIV in 2009, out of a population of more than 42 million. The U.S., by comparison, has about 1.2 million HIV patients out of a population of 307 million.

Peer education is only one of a wide array of programs under way to combat the problem. Some stress safe sex, use of condoms and care in selecting partners. Others stress abstinence. Some try to curb drug and alcohol use. Still others take aim at changing attitudes, gender roles, after school activities and erasing the stigma that attached to AIDS.

The stakes are high for South Africa, which is often described as Africa’s biggest success story and an emerging economic giant. But it’s the AIDS epidemic — not political instability, racial division or joblessness — that’s frequently cited as the one hurdle South Africa might not be able to overcome.

“We are No. 1 for all the wrong reasons. We are the ones who have to fight the disease more than any other country,” South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told The Times, a South African newspaper.

Candice Stroud, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s liaison to the peer educator program, said she doesn’t think the full impact of the AIDS epidemic has yet been felt.

“I definitely think in the next 10 to 15 years we will feel the effects, the real effects of AIDS, of deaths,” she said. Testing programs are finding students as young as 15 who have the virus. With treatment, Stroud said, a person could live 15 years.

“But they’re going to be out of the workforce when they’re really young.” She said. “I think we’ll only see the real impact in 15 years.”

It seems the efforts are working — a little. In 2007, the United Nations estimated that 5.7 million South Africans were infected with HIV, compared with 5.6 million in 2009, the latest year for which statistics are available.

Kokolo said educating students about risky behavior is important because they too often receive mixed messages from their communities. Many, she said, don’t even know how the virus can be contracted.

Athini Ngesi, one of the teenagers in Kokolo’s class, said that if a student has the virus he or she is treated differently and no longer feels comfortable in public.

“They won’t talk to you, sit next to you, share food with you,” Ngesi said.

In her visit to the 11th-graders, Kokolo discussed with the students how ingrained expectations of gender behavior can be a little recognized factor that contributes to the spread of HIV. Women, for example, are expected to be passive, and therefore less likely to insist that their partners use a condom. Men, on the other hand, are expected to have many sexual partners, thus increasing their chances of contracting HIV.

“I think a lot of the children that we deal with, they’re very — I wouldn’t say ignorant, but they’re not aware. They’re not well educated enough to understand the consequences,” she said. “But I think it’s a matter of being educated enough about the issue. … It’s just a matter of reminding them, you just need to emphasize where they are going wrong or where people are going wrong.”

But as Kokolo discusses with a group of teenage girls how women are expected to be passive in relationships, making it difficult for them to insist their boyfriend use a condom, the girls pipe in, offering their own ideas. It seems Kokolo is getting through to them.

“I am taking part in the change I want to see in the world. One school at a time, one child at a time,” Kokolo said. “Every child we reach is important because we could be saving their life.”

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MourningStar: The on-going healthcare debate

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Jun 212011
 
Authors: Phoenix MourningStar

Medicare is a federal health entitlement program that’s buckling under increased financial strain right as the baby boomer generation prepares to enter retirement. And the long-term sustainability of Medicare is openly questionable, as is its impact on the health of the nation dismantling the program.

The heath care debate has been a “hot item issue” in our country for as long as most can remember. The funding for health programs — as well as the mechanism by which they are funded — has been shifted, manipulated and shamelessly placed under attack, no matter what shade of political glasses we wear.

There was a brief amount of time this year when the “silent sisters” within the healthcare and public health system were on the verge of being taken seriously.

Remember when Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords was shot? For weeks after the tragedy, the nation was glued to the issue of mental health, and everyone thought, “something had to be done.”

But what has been done? And of the small efforts, do they have the legs of long-term changes in mental health management? Or are they simply another stimulus package dressed in Change’s and Hope’s clothing?

Lately, I consider the issue of healthcare in our country to be nearly a lost cause in the current political climate. This week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates declared that there is no foreign policy solution that can withstand changes in the executive branch unless it has bipartisan support.

I think the same holds true for the healthcare debate, and for good reason — the management of a healthcare solution (similar to our foreign policy and economy) seems to be treated the same way we Americans tend to diet: Once we lose the weight, we tend to go back to the way things were. Then subsequently, we regress back to the same behaviors that initially caused the problem.

Our country is in a time where unemployment levels are erratic, and the funding and value of higher education are being openly questioned; the combination of these results in both current and graduated students passing each other in the streets yelling, “It’s a jungle out there!”

For example, the CSU Office of Adult Learners and Veterans Services estimates that more than 1,000 of the “non-traditional” students this fall will be single parents. More than 1,000 students who — aside from the studying, financial aid worries, group projects and final exams that go along with higher education — will add the adventure of parenthood to the schedule.

At CSU, a 5K race around the oval is in the works for July 9 to help raise money and awareness for a health fund supporting CSU’s Student Parent Community — an act of great community and support.

Sadly, the larger picture of health across our nation is not nearly as united.

Blame can only be spread so thin, and as the saying goes, “When you point a finger, there are three more pointing back at you.”

The springtime talks of having “adult conversations” about budget and healthcare certainly seem to have been cooled off by the ice cream cones of summer.

Yet, the challenges, concerns and insecurities of basic access to affordable health care are burdening businesses and individuals alike, to the point of a stalled economy stalemate that perpetuates the moniker of “medi-scare.”

As Defense Secretary Gates begins his retirement, maybe he will declare war on the lack of a feasible bipartisan healthcare policy by taking his message of “sustainability through bipartisanship” to the politicians overseeing the health of our nation.

Because what good is a long-term healthcare program that only lasts four to eight years?

Phoenix Mourning-Star is a graduate researcher at CSU. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Benn: Drug tests for everyone!

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Jun 212011
 
Authors: Jesse Benn

On July 1, a new Florida law will require all recipients of welfare to pass a drug test. 

Maybe you’ve heard about it in a Facebook post — and maybe you’ve even “re-posted” it, giving it your social media stamp-of-approval.

People shouldn’t spend their welfare checks on drugs; I think most of us agree here.

And many of us, including myself, have needed to take a drug test to get a job. So why not apply this same standard to people who get welfare checks? I mean, that is my tax money they’re giving away.

And so I pitch this: “Since we must take a drug test for a job, welfare recipients should take one too.” Feels fair, right?

Plus, according to Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, “Studies show that people on welfare are using drugs much higher than other people in the population.” 

That’s interesting, governor. It sounds dangerously stereotypical, but still interesting.

What study are you referencing? Was it one about your own state’s pilot program that was shut down in 2001, “after it showed no significant difference in drug use among aid recipients?”

Or could you not find that particularly specific tidbit of info before signing this bill into law? You really should get some interns to look into that stuff for you; in the age of Google, it’s surprisingly easy.

OK, so maybe the law is a little stereotypical, big deal. I still had to take a drug test to get my job, so they should too before getting my tax dollars.

Unfortunately, this aspect of the argument has a pretty big problem: The U.S. Constitution.

You see — and of course all of you staunch Conservative Constitutionalists already know this — private companies don’t have to follow the Constitution the same way the government does.

So while the government can’t impose, say, unreasonable search and seizure on its citizens, you might have to give up that right to get hired at a private company by submitting to a drug test.

But, federal law allows testing, doesn’t it?

Well, yes. And many states do test, but not in a random or blanket manner; they test based on behavior and past abuse (the only cost-effective and constitutional way to do so).

In Michigan — the only state that’s tried random drug testing for welfare recipients — the practice was stopped and ruled unconstitutional.

And now, Florida is in danger of suffering the same fate.

By the way, the testing in Michigan found a 10 percent use rate among recipients, with only three percent testing positive for “hard drugs” like cocaine.

But I digress….

OK, so the law is based on stereotypes and it probably violates the Constitution — yeah, yeah. I still don’t want my tax dollars spent on drugs, and this program will save money.

Right?

Well, no. Let’s consider it in the simplest terms (I’m terrible at math anyway).

If one in every 10 people test positive — never mind the person caught likely only tested positive for marijuana — that one person will lose their benefits for a year and pay for that test.

The other nine tests are on the taxpayer, who will reimburse the recipients after they pass.

(You know, since those people receiving the whopping $100 to $300 in monthly benefits can easily afford the $10 to $25 tests and wait for reimbursement. Diapers can wait.)

If only the governor had some empirical evidence demonstrating how cost effective this tactic will be … Ah, that’s right; how did that pilot program in the distant land of Florida go?

“In the pilot program, it cost almost $90 per test, which resulted in a $2.7 million expense,” the Orlando Sentinel reported. “Those numbers will only go up if drug testing goes statewide, and the costs could exceed tens of millions if food stamp recipients are included.”

If someone at the governor’s office had read the local paper, it could have saved the taxpayers millions.

The last part of the Sentinel’s quote accidently brings us to another point: Why not include food stamp recipients in the testing?

And while we’re at it, why not include anyone who uses any government subsidized benefits like roads and bridges? Hell, why not include everyone who eats subsidized corn? It makes me sick to think about all the people out there saving money using taxpayer subsidies — they could spend that extra money on drugs!

So I say test them, test them all. Test everyone who uses any taxpayer subsidy. It’s the only way to be sure that nobody is using my tax dollars on drugs.

But what do you think? Let’s meet and discuss, drinks are on me — I just got my student loans.

Jesse Benn is a senior political science major who does not have a favorite color and doesn’t really want to have a drink with you. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Our View: Fort Collins Brewers bring it on back

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Jun 212011
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

For 22 years, the Colorado Brewer’s Fest has been bringing people together to celebrate something that holds a special place in our devoted hearts — beer.

And if event officials learned anything from last year’s disastrous turnout, it was to never mess with our lifeblood again.

In an effort to mix up the decades-long tradition, Brew Fest planners created a new format last year, changing the location and the way festivalgoers sampled their favorite brews.

But, now they have come to their senses and decided to listen to what residents want, reverting this year’s festival back to its former glory. And we, devoted Fort Collins Residents and beer drinkers, couldn’t be happier.

Although they have kept the location at last year’s spot, Civic Center Park, attendees will once again be able to stay all day, using $1 tokens to sample beers from local breweries. This is a change from last year’s method of having to pay a large cover charge before being kicked out after a few hours of free samples.

This year’s format, which stays true to the former tradition, will allow everyone to enjoy a full day of kicking back and meeting with brewers, furthering our town’s impressive beer culture and allowing our hard-working neighbors to get a little sloshed on a weekend afternoon.

So here’s to an old and improved Colorado Brewer’s Fest because, let’s face it, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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