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by John Stossel

President Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-related crimes. 

This is both cruel and stupid. 

It's cruel because Session's 5,000 prosecutors must now push for long jail sentences even for people who pose no violent threat and for some who are utterly innocent. 

It's stupid because it will cost America a fortune but won't make us safer. 

The U.S. already locks up more people than any other country. We have 4 percent of the world's population but more than 20 percent of the world's prisoners. 

This happened partly because of bad reporting by people like me. Decades ago, my colleagues and I made people more terrified of crime than they need to be, by covering all the grisly details of local crimes. 

"If it bleeds, it leads" became the mantra in newsrooms. 

Our scary reporting, combined with a doubling in the crime rate from about 1960 to 1990, led politicians to say, "We must do something!" 

Politicians reacted to the media hype by passing three-strikes laws and intensifying the war on drugs. 

Three-strikes laws worked, if "worked" means locking people up for longer periods. But taking away judges' ability to use their own judgment is cruel to some defendants. 

It's also not clear that the longer sentences made us safer. Crime dropped just as much in states that liberalized sentencing rules as states that did not. 

Intensifying the drug war definitely did not work. America locked drug sellers up, but drug use remained the same. Fat black-market profits enticed new groups of sellers to enter the business. 

Now, almost no one claims that getting stoned is a good thing. Drugs, like alcohol, should be kept away from children. I admire President Trump's self-restraint. He says he's never used drugs, cigarettes or alcohol partly because his brother, Fred, drank himself to death. Drugs, cigarettes and alcohol do a lot of damage. 

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The Retreat at Sunny Vista –Assisted Living and Memory Support – has hired Fran Capritta as executive director. (The Retreat will open in Fall of 2017 at 2450 East Cache La Poudre Street.)
Since obtaining her practical nursing license in 2002, Capritta has served in various roles within the health care continuum and many sectors – including independent living, assisted living, long-term care, acute care, home health and hospice care – allowing her to gain insight into the needs of the senior population as they navigate through this continuum.
“We are pleased to have Fran Capritta leading our newest facility, The Retreat at Sunny Vista,” said Janet Burns, CEO of Sunny Vista – A Life-Plan Community, the parent company of The Retreat.
“Her clinical background is such a benefit as it helps her to assist seniors and their families in understanding the disease processes that often affect the geriatric population. And she’s also able to offer support to clinical teams that many administrators are unable to offer. We are fortunate to have her skill set at The Retreat.”
Capritta has received the following accolades:
·       Health and Wellness Director – Fourth Quarter All-Star 2015 – Brookdale Skyline
·       Personalized Living – Manager of the Year Nominee 2014 – Brookdale Skyline
·       Employee of the Year – Mountain States Division 2010 – Life Care Centers of America
·       Employee of the Year – 2010 – Life Care Center of Pueblo
·       Two-time Employee of the month – Life Care Center of Pueblo
“I am so excited to be a part of this amazing project. Having worked in senior living for the majority of my career, I have seen so many opportunities to do things differently and better serve the senior population,” Capritta said.

“Both Sunny Vista and Cappella are dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors in a way that allows for independence while maintaining above-average care standards. The marriage of these two companies means that the residents of The Retreat at Sunny Vista will benefit from their impressive resources and expertise. I feel so blessed to have been chosen to be at the helm for this journey.”
Sunny Vista – A Life-Plan Community
Serving Colorado Springs families since 1911, Sunny Vista was founded as a tuberculosis sanatorium but soon after adapted to meet the growing needs of seniors. Sunny Vista is a Life-Plan community, offering every level of service and coordinated care.
The Retreat at Sunny Vista joins other entities at Sunny Vista, including The Villa at Sunny Vista, as well as The Living Center at Sunny Vista.
Located at 2450 East Cache La Poudre Street, The Retreat at Sunny Vista is managed by Cappella Living Solutions, a Colorado-based senior living company with more than 40 years of experience serving older adults in this state.
The Retreat at Sunny Vista will have 66 well-appointed apartments and suites, as well as numerous light-filled and beautiful community spaces, including multiple dining venues, sun room, community life gathering areas, fireplace, outdoor patios, and walking paths. The latest technology will provide security and safety while preserving independence and dignity for each individual.
For more information, call 719-888-3673 or visit
The Retreat at Sunny Vista will open in Fall of 2017. Click here to watch a time-lapse video of construction progress.

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

Beginning April 30, Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) has added additional shuttle service to the Manitou Springs corridor for their busy summer season. The additional shuttle service will continue to serve

the Manitou Incline and the Pikes Peak Cog Railway as well as adding service to bustling Manitou Avenue from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with extended hours to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. The shuttles provided over 150,000 rides during the 2016 summer season, a 31% increase over 2015.

“The shuttle buses deliver a much needed service considering the limited parking that is available in Manitou Springs.” said City of Manitou Springs Mayor, Nicole Nicoletta. “Visitors and locals enjoy a comfortable, air conditioned ride, and it’s free.”

Visit MMT’s website for shuttle bus times and to view a map of the routes.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

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by Walter E. Williams

May Day celebrations were held all across the fruited plain, with leftist radicals and unionists worshipping the ideals of communism. Communism is an ideology calling for government control over our lives. It was created by Karl Marx, who -- along with his collaborator, Friedrich Engels -- wrote a pamphlet called "Manifesto of the Communist Party." In 1867, Marx wrote the first volume of "Das Kapital." The second and third volumes were published posthumously, edited by Engels. Few people who call themselves Marxists have ever even bothered to read "Das Kapital." If one did read it, he would see that people who call themselves Marxists have little in common with Marx.

For those who see Marx as their hero, there are a few historical tidbits they might find interesting. Nathaniel Weyl, himself a former communist, dug them up for his 1979 book, "Karl Marx: Racist." For example, Marx didn't think much of Mexicans. When the United States annexed California after the Mexican War, Marx sarcastically asked, "Is it a misfortune that magnificent California was seized from the lazy Mexicans who did not know what to do with it?" Engels shared Marx's contempt for Mexicans, explaining: "In America we have witnessed the conquest of Mexico and have rejoiced at it. It is to the interest of its own development that Mexico will be placed under the tutelage of the United States."

Marx had a racial vision that might be interesting to his modern-day black supporters. In a letter to Engels, in reference to his socialist political competitor Ferdinand Lassalle, Marx wrote: "It is now completely clear to me that he, as is proved by his cranial formation and his hair, descends from the Negroes who had joined Moses' exodus from Egypt, assuming that his mother or grandmother on the paternal side had not interbred with a nigger. Now this union of Judaism and Germanism with a basic Negro substance must produce a peculiar product. The obtrusiveness of the fellow is also nigger-like." Engels shared Marx's racial philosophy. In 1887, Paul Lafargue, who was Marx's son-in-law, was a candidate for a council seat in a Paris district that contained a zoo. Engels claimed that Lafargue had "one-eighth or one-twelfth nigger blood." In a letter to Lafargue's wife, Engels wrote, "Being in his quality as a nigger, a degree nearer to the rest of the animal kingdom than the rest of us, he is undoubtedly the most appropriate representative of that district."

Marx was also an anti-Semite, as seen in his essay titled "On the Jewish Question," which was published in 1844. Marx asked: "What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money. ... Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man -- and turns them into commodities. ... The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange. ... The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general."

Despite the fact that in the 20th century alone communism was responsible for more than 100 million murders (, much of the support for communism and socialism is among intellectuals. The reason they do not condemn the barbarism of communism is understandable. Dr. Richard Pipes explains: "Intellectuals, by the very nature of their professions, grant enormous attention to words and ideas. And they are attracted by socialist ideas. They find that the ideas of communism are praiseworthy and attractive; that, to them, is more important than the practice of communism. Now, Nazi ideals, on the other hand, were pure barbarism; nothing could be said in favor of them." That means leftists around the world will continue to celebrate the ideas of communism.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, in partnership with the Scott Hall Field of Dreams Foundation, is continuing the planning process for the Larry Ochs Sports Complex.


The first community meeting for the new site location will be held on:
Wednesday, May 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Mountain View Elementary School
10095 Lexington Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80920

This meeting will focus on the design elements of the Larry Ochs Sports Complex as it relates to the new site location. The sports complex is intended to service the entire community for higher intensity uses such as baseball, softball and soccer. The emphasis for the plan is on facility development, with some passive spaces.
The Parks Department and Scott Hall Foundation engaged the community in public meetings beginning in November 2015 to master plan the Larry Ochs Sports Complex. Following community concerns about the location, the Parks Department and the Scott Hall Foundation identified an alternative site that will accommodate the City’s programming needs. The new site is located on the south east corner of the current Colorado Crossing property, southeast of the intersection of Interquest Parkway and Voyager Parkway in northern Colorado Springs.  For more information visit