Monthly Archives: April 2017

A Voice of Colorado No. 64 Version 5.0:

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Equally, plagiarism, the willful, deliberate, and premeditated theft of intellectual property, is neither flattery nor imitation.

For the second time in as many months the original content published to this blog has been plagiarized. Stolen; taken without permission or acknowledgment of the source by a so-called professional newspaper which is quick to assert legal action will result if anyone steals their original content.

As previously noted when this act occurred the first time I reported that I could take legal action against the publication in question, the allegedly professional journalist responsible, and win. I could demand, as part of the legal requirement, the termination of the journalist’s employment, and that he is banned from the industry at large. I also could demand financial compensation and a public acknowledgement of theft of my intellectual property. But I also noted that such things would be unrealistic undertakings in large part because the supposedly professional news organization that employs this thief would not fire him, would not publically acknowledge their hypocrisy, and that was because this allegedly professional news organization and this so-called professional journalist have demonstrated, without exception, a lack of morals and ethics where such matters are concerned.

Instead of pursuing legal action I choose a different response, a different course of action. Because the University of Colorado journalism program chose to publically establish a relation with a news organization that practices and condones plagiarism I call for an immediate action involving the dissolving of the journalism program at the University of Colorado, with the expressed understanding the University of Colorado will not attempt again in the future to re-establish such a program and to agree that no further funding of such a dishonest, immoral, and useless program be allowed.

Because much of the news media, shills for partisan politics, like to hold others to high standards, it is appropriate that they be held to even higher standards. If they fail to meet these standards they must be held legally and financially responsible.

A Voice of Colorado No. 63 Version 5.0:

Celebrate the State of Colorado:

http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/CheyenneMountain/Documents/2017-Photo-Contest-Rules.pdf

A challenge to all Coloradans: Do you have a photograph of the State of Colorado you are proud of?

A Voice of Colorado No. 62 Version 5.0:

A call for entries:

http://boulderartassociation.org/art-exhibition-call-for-entries-listings.html

A Voice of Colorado No. 61 Version 5.0:

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently lamented the failure of a proposed sales tax increase for road maintenance in the State of Colorado, and offered as response the familiar threat: They do not know how they will do their job going forward because taxpayers failed to provide them with more money.

If CDOT were sincere about its function it would find the funds needed from within its organization by eliminating unnecessary benefits provided to senior executive management, by reducing the pay of senior executive management, and by making an effort to better manage its current resources. Far too many taxpayers have been witness to road crews not actually working as they allegedly build and repair roads in the state.

A challenge for Coloradans: How many times in one week have you encountered a road crew, and many members of the crew have not been working?

A Voice of Colorado No. 60 Version 5.0:

The Poudre School in Larimer County, CO. recently announced that it will make an effort save an estimated $800,000 in the upcoming school year. The reason for the cuts is because of diminished financial reserves resulting from lower-than expected enrollment in the current school year and lower-than anticipated state funding cuts.

Positions that will be eliminated to assist in the projected savings include:

• A full-time communications position
• A full-time customer support position
• Three full-time educational technology positions
• 1 and a half full-time information technology positions
• A full-time position transportation position

Additionally, central office reductions will include cuts to the capital budget for transportation and annual operating budgets for:

• Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools Todd Lambert
• Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Scott Nielsen
• Education technology
• Information technology
• Post-secondary readiness
• Recruitment

It seems that if the superintendent of the Poudre School District were genuinely concerned about proper funding for the district she voluntarily cut her pay package by at least fifty percent and require the Assistant Superintendents to cut their pay packages by at least twenty-five percent. The fact this has not been proposed and is unlikely to be proposed speaks volumes regarding the superintendent’s priorities, and they are not with actual education of students in the district.

The cuts listed will take effect July 1, 2017.

If the Poudre School District wanted to address these cost-saving measures as well as the results of the budget-balancing tool called “The Negative Factor”, which reportedly will cost the district more than $28 million in funding, it would set its priorities accordingly: Academics before athletics.

Again, because this fact has not been proposed and is unlikely to be proposed indicates the district is no serious about proper funding of education within the district.

Perhaps the time has come for the district to terminate the employment of the superintendent and her subordinates, and employ individuals for less who will focus on students and education, and not their bank accounts and egos.

A challenge to all Coloradans: What should be a priority – academics or athletics, and why do you believe so?

A Voice of Colorado No. 59 Version 5.0:

Because at least one newspaper in the State of Colorado refuses to present information about charter schools it is appropriate to highlight the following resource for those interested in charter schools in the State of Colorado:

http://coloradoleague.org/?

A challenge to all Coloradans: What is your opinion of school choice, and why?

A Voice of Colorado No. 58 Version 5.0:

The decision by a newspaper owned by Digital First Media to call for physical violence against those make their living working in the gas and oil industries is not journalism. It is, without exception, terrorism. By choosing to make this decision Digital First Media has ended its existence as a source of professional journalism.