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October 10, 2008 10:31 PM

A Dollar for D-Will

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Time to take a Stand
Much has been written and said about the tragic loss of Darrent Williams. Sending a financial contribution to honor his life is one way we can take a stand against gang violence. The work of the Rev. Leon Kelly is important. Join me today in helping the to support the vital community work that Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives is doing in our city.

And the winner is...
Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry in the name the defense contest. The winner was from Chris who submitted the name "The Cover Who?" I thought it summed it up pretty well. Chris...if you're out there send me a note at littond@rockymountainnews.com so I can send your original and t-shirt.



Discussion

  • October 11, 2008

    12:23 AM

    Brian writes:

    With all due respect....

    and maybe there's a chance this is a fine program and all....

    ...but there are far too many bail-outs going on already in this country. Money is already tight for too many people.

    Wouldn't it be amazing if people had stood up and demanded that George W. Bush leave the White House immediately about 5 years ago? That way, we might have a few trillion dollars to toss at things like inner city programs like this one.

    Gang violence, among many other things, is not ever going to go away while the government ignores the poor and lower to middle class. The problem begins at the top. Would it be great if it stopped? Sure. But the reality of the situation is that it won't. There are cultures in the world that have been at war for thousands of years. It will never matter how much money is pumped into those situations. There will never be peace. Gang violence is not a problem. It's a culture. That's why it will not go away. It's too widespread to be called just a problem.

    Tossing money at problems does not make the problems go away. Money doesn't do anything. Tossing money at organized religious organizations has never helped a single thing except to put money into the pockets of corrupt city officials and so-called ministers. I see a lot of "ministers" driving some pretty damn fancy cars and living in some damn fancy houses. Tell me this - What are they giving back? I don't see these people doing anything except saying that God Almighty wants us to treat each other better.

    Yeah. That's just wonderful. What an impact those words have on the folks that are blowing people away on the city streets. It's a crock.

    Sorry Drew, but it's just how I feel.

  • October 11, 2008

    6:03 AM

    Mary writes:

    Brian appears to be a member of the "me first, only me - the heck with anyone else" group who got the US into the economic mess it is currently in. He has confused giving at risk kids a safe place to be - and maybe a vision of an alternative to gang-banging as recreation. For a mere $1/person - if only one headed to gang-banging and its community costs (cleaning up grafitti, drug dealing, drive by shootings, trials, prison, etc) it will pay for itself. How much does it cost for us to pay for that for even one kid? How much has the investigation into the murder of Darrent Williams already cost? How much will the trial cost? How much (if Clark is found guilty) will life in prison cost?

    If Brian is too broke to contribute $1, how about working at the center for an hour a week - or is he too "me first" to do that either? I am sure the center - or any other center for at risk kids - could use tutors/mentors in virtually anything, from sports to education to career options to help teach these kids the gang culture is a waste - and I seriously doubt they will care about his religious beliefs if any.

    By the way - there's a huge difference between a hand up - which this a appears to be - and a handout - which Congress at the Bush administration's behest gave to businesses at the expense of the US citizens (estimated cost $3000 per man, woman and child).

  • October 11, 2008

    7:37 AM

    Sportz Fan writes:

    Good Post Mary!!

    Brian, I would agree in part with you too that there are very corrupt "charitable" type programs out there. If you wnat some answers, I'd look into it before judging the program.

    And what's with this "Bush" talk? I agree.....not one of our Presidents who will go down as "great".

    But shouldn't this financial situation blame go towards our entire gov't??? It was the Clinton Administration who deregulated the industry by ordering Fannie Mae to drop its standards so people with "not so great credit" could buy a house.

    Dems and Repubs alike are to blame for this bleak situation. As poor a job as 1 man can do in office, there is a system of checks and balances that failed the American People because of greedy and corrupt officials. Our gov't is a joke about right now...JMHO.

  • October 11, 2008

    8:48 AM

    Charlie writes:

    Drew, this is the only week I can talk smack to you. So I want you to know your team is going down! The matchup might favor your team on paper, but this game isn't played on paper, it's played on a computer screen, with a technology that I don't quite understand. However, the mighty Son of Rex will prevail in decaffeinating your hyperactive puppies!!

    BTW- nice toon, I'm sure there's at least a dollar laying in my couch cushions which can be donated to Rev Kelly's program.

  • October 11, 2008

    2:15 PM

    Peter writes:

    I agree completely with Brian.

    Hey. Would any of you want to donate a dollar to me? I could use some extra cash too.

    Give me a break. If any of you really think that donating a dollar is going to help end gang violence in Denver, you are very, very naive.

  • October 11, 2008

    2:46 PM

    Urban writes:

    Instead, maybe we can all write letters to Todd Helton c/o The Colorado Rockies and see if Todd can donate $17 Million of the $18 Million he made this past season to the program. I would think Todd could survive on a million bucks a year for at least one year.
    Just imagine the difference that would make. Of course, Todd would say he has to feed his family.

    Bunch of greedy athletes in this town, and people refer to them as their heros.

    That's what's wrong.

  • October 11, 2008

    3:55 PM

    Kathy writes:

    With all of the Rocky Mountain News' ties to all the local sports figures around here that are making multi-million dollar contrats,and with Americans footing the bill for a $700 Billion bailout plan to save fat-cat CEO's, the idea is to take yet more money out of the tax-payer's pockets?

    I realize it's just a dollar that is being asked for, but when will people realize that it's people like these baseball and basketball players ans such out there who should be stepping up and giving back huge amounts of their salary. At least they can afford to take a big hit like that.

    I too think that a baseball player such as Todd Helton should be able to live comfortably on about $1 Million considering most Americans live on a yearly salary that is less than $20K.

    I've always been sick of the amount of money that pro sports figures make, but when the economy is turning to dust like it is now, it makes it all the more apparent that these players don't do anything worthwhile to deserve such paychecks.

    Let's have them foot the bill this time.

  • October 11, 2008

    5:44 PM

    Meaghan writes:

    Wow, I'm more then just a little disappointed. I thought people from Denver had more heart then this.

    Yes, the economy is in the tank. & Yes, sports stars get paid way too much money to be grown men playing like kids. But what that has to do with the cost of tea in China, I'm at a loss to ascertain.

    It is not the responsibility of the sports stars like Todd Helton to help build up our community and help keep our kids off of the street and out of the gangs.

    The end responsibility belongs to us. The community. And if the sports stars assist, more power to them (why don't all of you do a google search on Karl Mecklenburg's REACH foundation?), and they have my thanks.

    But it's up to us to make sure our kids are leading healthy lives and making good choices. And one of the things we can do to help, is support Rev Kelly's programs and others like it. If you can't afford the $$, then take the time and donate it.

    As my dad used to say: Put Up or Shut Up. Stop whining about the economy and how our country is heading down the tank, and start doing something about it. Start doing something on the small scale, and start seeing how it expands onto the larger scale.

    Drew - as I don't live in Colorado anymore, will be donating some $$ to Rev. Kelly, and will continue helping out with my own small community here in Oregon. Thank you for your wonderful drawing today.

  • October 11, 2008

    11:09 PM

    Russell writes:

    Meaghan -

    Wow, I'm more then just a little disappointed. I thought people from Denver had more heart then this.

    * They don't. Deal with it.

    Yes, the economy is in the tank. & Yes, sports stars get paid way too much money to be grown men playing like kids. But what that has to do with the cost of tea in China, I'm at a loss to ascertain.

    * Sports millionaires have more money at their disposal than almost anyone else. Do the math.

    It is not the responsibility of the sports stars like Todd Helton to help build up our community and help keep our kids off of the street and out of the gangs.

    * Yes, it is.

    The end responsibility belongs to us. The community. And if the sports stars assist, more power to them (why don't all of you do a google search on Karl Mecklenburg's REACH foundation?), and they have my thanks.

    * No it doesn't.

    But it's up to us to make sure our kids are leading healthy lives and making good choices. And one of the things we can do to help, is support Rev Kelly's programs and others like it. If you can't afford the $$, then take the time and donate it.

    * Yes, MY KIDS. Let the other parents or the local government take care of OTHER KIDS.

    As my dad used to say: Put Up or Shut Up. Stop whining about the economy and how our country is heading down the tank, and start doing something about it. Start doing something on the small scale, and start seeing how it expands onto the larger scale.

    * Okay Meaghan, Shut up then.

    Drew - as I don't live in Colorado anymore, will be donating some $$ to Rev. Kelly, and will continue helping out with my own small community here in Oregon. Thank you for your wonderful drawing today.

    * Glad to know that Rev. Kelly will be able to afford that new BMV this year.

  • October 12, 2008

    11:01 AM

    Jacob writes:

    There are nothing but a bunch of pricks on this board

  • October 12, 2008

    11:04 AM

    Charlie writes:

    Pathetic Russell, that was bush league.

  • October 12, 2008

    11:32 AM

    Rick writes:

    The people here need to understand that in this economic crisis, asking anyone for money (be it a dollar or ten thousand dollars) is going to really set some people off. If you're not sensitive to that, then you haven't been paying attention. So, for those who want to contribute, go ahead. Just realize that there are a lot of people out there that either are hurting or are very angered over the economic developments of late. They deserve to be given a break in this case. They deserve to lash out.

  • October 12, 2008

    7:56 PM

    Evan writes:

    Different topic, but I must ask Drew something.

    A while ago you posted a toon where you were insinuating that the CU Buffs were some kind of dominant force.

    Where are you now that the Buffs have lost 3 in a row like we knew they would and that Cody Hawkins was finally yanked from a game because his father might have realized that his son can't get it done.

    How about a toon that shows the real Buffs?

  • October 13, 2008

    12:29 AM

    Jacob writes:

    I repeat, people are nothing but douchebags on this blog. Drew tries to inspire people to help with a very important issue and all everyone does is spin it into something about themselves. You people are the scum of the earth.

  • October 17, 2008

    11:57 AM

    Edward writes:

    Nice gesture, Drew. Typical of a good liberal. Let's throw some dollars at the problem and maybe it will go away.

    I disagree with Brian when he wrote "government ignores the poor". I agree with him when he also wrote "Tossing money at problems does not make the problems go away." Our "benevolent" local, state and federal governments have been tossing our hard earned, hard taxed dollars at this problem for 40+ years (anyone heard about "The War on Poverty". This is the true lost war.

    Take away the entitlements and the disincentives that allow children to grow up without fathers and you just might see their mothers grab those disinterested fathers by the collar and tell them to engage. Involved fathers are going to have better result than some uninterested government bureaucrat or community organizer.

  • October 19, 2008

    4:43 PM

    Jeff writes:

    Wow...I really can't believe some of the people on this board. Regardless of the economy, it isn't too much to ask for one measly dollar to help these inner city kids who are in need of guidance and a helping hand. I hope that if any of the people on this board ever find themselves falling upon hard times, they encounter people out there with a little more compassion than is being exhibited by some of these posters. You people should be ashamed of yourselves. I will gladly send $1 to Rev. Kelly to aid in his honorable program, and I can only hope that others will do the same.

  • November 15, 2008

    12:19 PM

    Mark writes:

    Thanks Drew, Thought the piece was great and I nt some money. Thanks for the reminder and info at the right time, when your drawing got to me emotionaly.

    I would love to hear how much all the Bronco fans sent to the Rev Kelly as a result?

    brian deserves no response.

    Thanks again.

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