Neal Harkner

Neal Harkner 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Lloyd Rollins: Don’t divide the county

And herein lies another rub I have with this ridiculous secessionist movement - it's a purely partisan ploy. I'd venture that a VAST majority of the people screaming for secession would be dancing a jig if the shoe were on the other foot and Republicans controlled the governor's mansion and the state capitol. For the record, I'm unaffiliated because I enjoy watching members of both parties make complete fools of themselves.

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Neal Harkner 7 months, 4 weeks ago on Frank Moe: No one listened until secession proposal

Lynn - Don't get me wrong I understand where the frustration comes from. I lived in Moffat County for 8 years and my family is still there. I don't like the Democrats running 2/3 of the government anymore than I'd like Republicans doing it because neither party on their own truly represent the average American. When they're allowed to ramrod highly-partisan legislation through we all suffer. Unfortunately it's only through gridlock that our broken 2-party system governs with a majority of us in mind.

I personally find the whole notion of secession to be completely idiotic, especially when we live in a country where 40% of the population doesn't partake in their constitutional right to vote and nearly a full 1/3 of those who do vote are unaffiliated and up for grabs.

Democracy should be about winning elections not changing the rules to suit your agenda.

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Neal Harkner 7 months, 4 weeks ago on Frank Moe: No one listened until secession proposal

I'm sorry Frank, but trying to justify secession because Republicans are the minority party and aren't able to stop liberals from advancing their agenda is infantile and doesn't help the party's already battered image. What happens if this asinine movement results in a 51st state and Greeley shifts liberal? Gonna take your football and go home again because you're not getting your way? Instead of stomping around like a bunch of toddlers who didn't get the Happy Meal they wanted try fronting better candidates - moderates who don't fit the stereotypical image of the Republican Party. When knuckleheads like Tom Tancredo, Dan Maes, Scott McInnis, and Scott Gessler are the best the GOP can put forward it's no wonder why the party is quickly fading into irrelevance.

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Neal Harkner 1 year, 10 months ago on Mitt Romney today in Craig: Obama 'out of excuses'

I don't have a problem arguing the effects of state and federal regulations on coal-fired power plants in regard to increased costs to providers and consumers, job losses due to conversion of existing plants from coal to natural gas, and the overall effect on the state's generating capacity due to the amount of costs required to bring a new facility online.

The nonstop propaganda and half-truths, however, wear me out to no end.

The biggest one lately is that if the EPA has its way the coal mines are all gonna shut down. Really? Because we're the only country in the world using coal? Even if the feds clamp down on coal (not likely), the coal mines are safe because they're still going to have customers.

Two big potential customers come to mind in India and China. China still doesn't have enough coal to power the Pullman Towns that make all the cheap crap we buy from Wal-Mart on a daily basis, and India has ravenous consumer demand for coal as well. As an added bonus selling our coal to the Chinese gives us a chance to bend them over the same barrel they've had us bent over for 25 years.

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Neal Harkner 1 year, 11 months ago on 2 strikes and to the museum

Unfortunately relocating bears isn't a cure-all, either. Last week the DOW relocated the bear that made news in Boulder for roaming onto the CU campus.

They placed the it in a wilderness area 50 miles west of Boulder, but it came right back and was hit and killed by 2 cars on the Boulder Turnpike yesterday morning.

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Neal Harkner 2 years ago on Dinosaur mayor confident casino project will move forward

Yet another casino out in the middle of nowhere. Who are they trying to attract? Salt Lake City residents? You can get from SLC to Wendover, NV, on better roads (I-80) in half the time and the stakes will be higher.

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