Reader: Rainbow Family members range from sweet souls to criminal douchebags

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Our post about a quadruple stabbing tied to a Rainbow Family gathering highlighted the disconnect between the benign, nature-loving image pushed by members and law-enforcement's concern that the group is populated by plenty of criminals and creeps. Our readers had a variety of opinions on the topic, with this comment being among the most evenhanded.

See also: Norman Wheatley bust in quadruple stabbing (and pit bull attack) linked to Rainbow Family

Willie Culkin writes:

I hesitate to label them all good or bad. Like most groups (except gay Scientologists, they are ALL really nice!) they exist on a spectrum of sweet soul to complete douchebag. That being said, the Rainbow Family is a great place for criminals, douchebags and ne'er-do-wells to hide in.

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Peter Strange Yumi
Peter Strange Yumi

seems like folks just trying to feel like they belong like everyone else does. there are always going to be the best and worst of people everywhere no matter what group or demographic.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

I do not see how comparing wanna be gypsies to entire races of people is a fair argument. facts are facts...the only problems that occur in the nederland area occur in the summer during gatherings, no one else any other time of the year causes problems. the only time the grocery store gets robbed is in the summer...by rainbows. again, facts are facts. ask park rangers, ask county sheriffs up here in the mountains, ask store owners...shit, ask anyone. if telling facts makes me a bigot...so be it.

Gary White
Gary White

thats the blacks, no wait, Mexicans, no wait, thats the Chinese, no...its the Irish...oh...wait thats the Jews....or..no its the Arabs....yeah, and anyone named Aaron is a bigot.

Star Stepping
Star Stepping

love love love stab stab..yup nothing wrong here..

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

Rainbows are pieces of shit that trash camp sites, steal, start forest fires, constantly fight over girls and listen to shitty music. Good drugs though.

Shannon Love Rose
Shannon Love Rose

Most rainbow are beautiful loving spirits, but just like everything/everywhere, there are mixtures of good and bad. Many of the good try to see light in the bad to help them to reach a higher, loving understanding of life and situations. This is why rainbow accepts everyone and there are no leaders.

Jennifer Bryant
Jennifer Bryant

Completely agree. It's been 18 years since my encounter with members, but as I remember, one warned us to set our belongings in concrete if we didn't want them lifted. Of course then I wondered why my roommate allowed them to come over in the first place, but, you know, college. And with ANY group, some jerks ruin it for the rest of us.

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