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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hair Pin Mountain Turns, Native American Ruins, Marijuana Sales in CO

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Hair Pin Turns & Plenty Native American Ruins & Learning on CO Trip

   Our road trip throughout western CO proved exciting and enlightening  from running into an Amish couple from PA at Mesa Verde National Park [no, they didn’t drive their horse and buggy] to driving along hair pin turns at 10mph along winding mountain roads atop 15,000 foot high mountain peaks through Durango and other small towns [sans guard rails]…I’ll admit, my cajones are mighty rusty as the thought of going over the edge of one of these roads was not comforting!

We visited dozens of Native American pueblo ruins, the Ute Indian Museum and Center several and National Parks throughout the state.  Thankfully, I have a National Park pass which I had obtained years before during visits to Montezuma’s Castle in AZ.  Being disabled and a veteran I have a lifetime pass and this saved us a ton of cash on park fees.

I have studied Native American history off and on since attending Arizona State University in the 70s and just prior to our departure my wife and I had viewed a 30 hour program about Native Americans and the American West from the Great Courses [a very worthwhile resource offering a wide range of topics] provided in conjunction with National Geographic and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Everywhere we visited folks were friendly and roads were in good condition [unlike MI which has the same weather, CO takes much better care its highways and bridges].
My cousin who is an EMT and firefighter told me the state government and local governments have been good stewards of its marijuana tax sale proceeds and have invested heavily in infrastructure projects.  Various innkeepers I spoke with verified that and suggested legalization has been good for tourism as well and it has boosted population numbers too.  Additionally, crime numbers seem to have remained in check-no one is running out to rob the 7-11s of chips and ‘ding-dongs’ while smoking a joint!

MI has not been known for its good stewardship of public money in recent decades, especially under Democratic leadership which has seen the demise of Detroit, its infrastructure and the state.  Only recently has it made somewhat of a comeback but at great expense to the taxpayer so we’ll see how it fares in November when a ballot initiative for marijuana legalization takes place.

Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

Additional Resources
Levi Strauss Sides with Gun Control

The Levi Strauss Co. might need to revamp its 1977 slogan to, “We put a little gun control in everything we make.” Company President and CEO Chip Bergh announced in Fortune that the iconic clothing manufacturer is taking a public stand against guns.

The two-pronged approach includes teaming up with Michael Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety, to create an offshoot called Everytown Business Leaders for Gun Safety. The second facet is to start a Safer Tomorrow Fund to help nonprofits and youth activists who are working to curtail gun rights in the name of ending violence.

Just to make sure the message gets out to all Levi’s employees about where Bergh stands, well ... the company will use a rather heavy-handed approach, encouraging employees to donate to gun control causes because, hey, Levi Strauss will provide twice that much in matching funds. The clothing company will also encourage its workers to spend their five hours a month of paid volunteer time for anti-gun groups. (So, now their employer is going to play Big Brother and monitor where they spend their volunteer time. What's next, will Levi's watch how they spend their free time, too? What if someone goes hunting or to the range?)

Bergh describes Levi’s a “values-driven company that’s known the world over as a pioneer of the American West and one of the great symbols of American freedom.” But Second Amendment supporters really have to ask how the notion of freedom equates to infringing on the constitutional rights of millions of law-abiding Americans.

Of course, Levi’s sold out when it comes to U.S. jobs years ago by outsourcing much of its labor to Thailand, so why should we expect the company to adhere to any other American ideals?

Average workers in the bottom 40 percentiles of the earnings distribution saw their disposable earnings decrease over a 16-year period: In constant dollars, annual premiums for full-time, full-year single workers rose from $415 in 1999 to $1,068 in 2015, an increase of $623 per year.
Average U.S. health expenditures rose to $10,348 per person in 2016.

We’re getting dangerously close. By the first quarter of this year, household debt was at an all-time high of $13.2 trillion.
Almost 80 percent of Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck. In a recent Federal Reserve survey, 40 percent of Americans said they wouldn’t be able to pay their bills if faced with a $400 emergency.


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Yours for smarter living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’



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Triad might reap further rewards for its persistence. It’s one of a handful of firms that are poised to benefit from a nascent comeback for manufactured homes, shipments of which have been on the rise since 2009. Consolidation among producers and the exodus of lenders have left a just few businesses -- including three owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. -- to dominate a market that looks primed for growth in the face of rising prices for site-built houses and the potential for regulatory change.

The level of U.S. consumer debt was $618 billion higher than the previous peak of $12.68 trillion in the third quarter of 2008. It was 19.2 percent above a post global credit crisis low set in the second quarter of 2013, the New York Fed said.

Outstanding education debt in the U.S. has tripled over the last decade and now exceeds $1.5 trillion, posing a greater burden to Americans than auto or credit card debt.
For many, the payments are proving unmanageable. By 2023, nearly 40 percent of borrowers are expected to default on their student loans.


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Larry said...

Yippee! Not the kind of roads I'd take kindly to either. Glad your trip was worthwhile and safe. The views sound breathtaking. I had heard CO has done very well with its pot revenues.

Poor Man said...

I forgot to mention...we saw a lot of wildlife during this trip. A herd of antelope, a coyote scrambling up the side of the mountain, to a small herd of mule deer and their babies just outside of our hotel room one night. Although there were a ton of signs warning for elk we never did see any [darn]. Plenty of open country and we spoke to many people who depended on hunting to fill their larder for food but were somewhat timid about speaking of this due to anti-gun fears.