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Viewpoint: Watch Out for Terrorists and Televisions
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You may have noticed this item in the Around Pueblo County column on page ____.

ďA former Marine accused of leaving pipe bombs in the safe of a Downtown (Denver) hotel room had planned to strap the bombs on himself and blow himself up in Pueblo, according to prosecutors. The man was arrested on February 16 (at the airport in Las Angeles). There was no reason cited for his selection of Pueblo as the target.Ē

Scary huh? Several weeks ago we ran an article talking about the livability of Pueblo. The ranking was based only on the fact that Pueblo is the best city in the state when comparing average rent and home prices. The study said that buying a home in Pueblo made sense.

That was the only criteria for the study. We received a Letter to the Editor talking about crime and pot smokers, and how Pueblo isnít such a great place to live. They didnít even know about the man who wanted to come to Pueblo to blow himself up.

In that same issue of the paper one of our writers wrote an article about the crime in the Rye/Colorado City area. It listed some things to notice about strangers you might think are acting a little out of the ordinary. There is a community Facebook page dedicated to neighborhood watch in the community. You can find that at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1143274082468498/.

The Pueblo County Sheriff has statistics showing how crime has increased since the legalization and embracing of marijuana. They have a jail that is overcrowded which something needs to be done about. Is there a way to get all that pot tax money and not have all those potheads? Seems like a quandary to me.

I was trying to think if I would have run my life any differently had the story about the guy who wanted to blow himself up in Pueblo come before they caught him. Would I have changed what I did if a report came out that some unknown person(s) had plans to blow themselves up in Pueblo?

I donít think so. After the theater shooting in Denver we didnít stop going to movies. In fact we went to a movie in that very theater. We lived in Eugene, Oregon when the Thurston High School shooting took place. We didnít pull our kids out of school. (Just as a side note, you want to stop school place violence let teacherís who have conceal to carry permits carry.)

My general belief is that there are crazy people everywhere. I am cautious, use common sense and observant but I refuse to let them dictate the quality of my life. The number of U.S. citizens killed by terrorists is still about the same as the number of U.S. citizens crushed by furniture or televisions sets every year.

Compare that to the 35,092 Americans who died in auto accidents (2015) and the nearly 4000 Americans who drowned in 2016. I wonít quit driving and I wonít quit going in the water. And I wonít let some guy with a bomb strapped around him keep me locked away in my house-the television might fall on me.


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