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February 27, 2009 7:20 AM

Goodbye - Scripps closes Rocky Mountain News

The Rocky Mountain News has closed. The final edition was printed this morning.

Thanks to all who read and contributed to RockyTalk Live.

February 25, 2009 1:46 PM

Schultheis opposes testing pregnant women for HIV because it condones poor behavior

For the second time this week, Republican legislators have manned what they view as the morality fortress at the State Capitol.

First it was Sen. Scott Renfroe of Greeley, who lumped homosexuality with murder in the debate over healthcare benefits for same-sex partners.

Now it's Sen. Dave Schultheis of Colorado Springs who opposes testing pregnant women for HIV so their babies can be treated to prevent the transfer of the virus.

Lynn Bartels
reports:

"This stems from sexual promiscuity for the most part and I just can't go there," said Schultheis said. "We do things continually to remove the consequences of poor behavior, unacceptable behavior, quite frankly."

"What I'm hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that," he said. "The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior."

February 25, 2009 9:01 AM

Bagged! Bill requiring phaseout of plastic bags checks out

C'mon, you knew the legislature wasn't going to pry those plastic bags from our eager hands, didn't you?

A bill to require large grocery chains to phase out plastic bags within three years was defeated in the Senate.

Republicans argued that paper bags cause their own set of environmental problems and that certain stores should not be singled out.

"If it's good, we should do it for everybody," argued Sen. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs.

"I think we ought to ban this bill and put it in a landfill," he added. "The people of Colorado must be scratching their heads on this issue. We have critical financial times and we are talking about plastic bags."


February 24, 2009 8:00 PM

What did you think of President Obama's speech?

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President Barack Obama pitched a tone of realistic optimism to the American public in his first address to Congress.

Obama promised a nation shuddering in economic crisis Tuesday night that he would lead it from a dire "day of reckoning" to a brighter future, summoning politicians and public alike to shoulder responsibility for hard choices and shared sacrifice.

"The time to take charge of our future is here," Obama declared, delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress.

Offering words of reassurance to an anxious nation, he declared, "Tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before."

"We are a nation that has seen promise and peril," he said. "Now we must be that nation again."

February 24, 2009 12:51 PM

Nothing to Fear - author Adam Cohen online at 11 a.m. Wednesday on the birth of the New Deal

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When Franklin Roosevelt took the oath of office, he inherited the leadership of a country mired in depression. Thousands of banks had failed, one in Americans was unemployed.

Adam Cohen,
a journalist and lawyer, chronicles how Roosevelt's launched the New Deal during his first 100 days in office in his new book, Nothing to Fear.

Cohen will be online to discuss his book at 11 a.m. Wednesday. E-mail questions/comments in advance and join the chat here at 11.

February 24, 2009 11:56 AM

Did you know?

Some of you have probably seen this, but it just came across my e-mail.

February 24, 2009 9:50 AM

Time for Colorado to jettison the death penalty?

Colorado has executed exactly one person since 1967 and two men are on death row.

Should the state dump the death penalty and use the money it saves to set up a unit to solve old murders and other crimes?

Ed Sealover reports:

House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, D-Louisville, revived his bill that just missed passing the House in 2007. The threat of death does not deter people from committing murders, he said, and the $370,000 spent to prosecute those cases could be better spent on investigating unsolved murders.

February 24, 2009 9:05 AM

Health care benefits for same-sex partners gets initial Senate OK

The same-sex partners of state employees are entitled to health care benefits, an initial Colorado Senate vote declared.

Lynn Bartels
reports:

Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, called it a fairness and equity issue, not a prelude to gay marriage.

Sen. Nancy Spence, R-Centennial, said she did not agree with the comments of her Republican colleagues, including one who quoted the Scriptures and linked homosexuality and murder as sins that should not be allowed by law.

But Spence noted that state workers are facing furloughs and going without raises to help close the budget gap. In light of that, she said, "I don't think this is the time" for a measure that would increase state government's health care costs.

"For gay and lesbian state employees, when is the right time?" Veiga asked.

February 24, 2009 7:44 AM

Cartoonist Ed Stein online at 11 on his work, the 'dead chimp' cartoon and drawing the new President

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How are editorial cartoonists treating President Barack Obama? Was the New York Post's "dead chimp" cartoon offensive?

Rocky editorial cartoonist Ed Stein will be online at 11 a.m. to talk about those issues and his work.

E-mail questions/comments in advance and join the chat here at 11.

Stein's response to the New York Post's controversial cartoon:

I normally don't like to weigh in on the drawings of other cartoonists, but the outrage sparked by the deranged chimp cartoon by Sean Delonas of the New York Post begs a comment. The cartoon in question shows two policemen and the body of chimpanzee full of bullet holes. One of the cops is saying, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

First off, I don't know Mr. Delonas. He may be a perfectly wonderful fellow; I generally enjoy the company of cartoonists, regardless of their political bent. I'm good buddies with Mike Ramirez and Scott Stantis, and get along famously with Mike Lester, three of the most rabidly conservative cartoonists in the land. So, trust that what I say isn't colored by any political bias.

February 23, 2009 9:00 AM

Time for in-flight Internet access is at hand

I've flown twice in the last two months and on one of them - frankly I don't remember if if was Southwest or Frontier - I hauled out my laptop to work on a Word document.

I noticed down in the corner that my spyware alert had been triggered, which meant I was connected to the Internet, even though I hadn't opened a browser. Curious, I popped open Mozilla and up popped the Rocky's Web site. Not wanting to be responsible for some communications system failure, I closed the site and shut off my wireless receiver. I figured I'd stumbled into some rogue Wi-Fi signal floating through the skies.

Now I'm guessing it was a test of an inflight Internet service many airlines expect to begin offering soon.


Despite the industry's promises over the years, Wi-Fi broadband service is available on a relatively small number of flights. Blame technological hurdles, financial turmoil and a general reluctance by airlines to invest in upgrading their fleets.

The U.S. airline industry, though, now appears serious about moving forward with Wi-Fi in the sky.

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