Reader: I Think Aurora Sucks -- and Here are Three Reasons Why

Our post featuring ten things only people from Aurora understand offered plenty of reasons why the often-maligned community is actually a great place to live, and quite a few of our commenters added more. But others weren't convinced, including this one, who supplemented the top ten with three additional picks that aren't nearly as positive.

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Reader: Pot Profilers in Nebraska Don't Need a Reason to Pull Over Colorado Cars

A Nebraska highway checkpoint.
In our post about the arrest of two Coloradans in Nebraska for transporting 99.6 pounds of marijuana, we noted previous reports about pot profiling in which folks driving cars with Colorado plates were pulled over for extremely minor infractions. In response, one reader tells the tale of a traffic stop with even less of a pretext.

See also: Santiago Adame-Melchor and Anahit Conejo-Galicoa: Nebraska Cops Find 99 Pounds of Pot

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Readers Debate Whether Anti-Pot Rat Cages Are Racist or Just Stupid
Someone smoking in a re-messaged rat cage near the Denver Skatepark earlier this month.
We always appreciate it when interview subjects get involved with readers in comment sections -- and that's definitely been the case with our post about Boulder's rejection of human-sized rat cages used in the state's "Don't Be a Lab Rat" campaign -- one intended to dissuade teens from smoking pot. Marijuana lobbyist Shawn Coleman told us he believes the cages send a racist message and then eloquently and passionately defended his position, often at great length. Click here to read all of them -- but here's a representative exchange.

See also: Marijuana Backer Lauds Boulder for Rejecting "Racist" Anti-Pot Cages, Asks Hick to Apologize

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Reader: If I Punched a Disrespectful Cop, Would the DA Drop Charges Against Me?

The Denver District Attorney's decision not to charge Deputy Thomas Ford for slugging an inmate was based in part on reports that the punchee had been verbally abusive and threatening. This rationale fired up many of the commenters who weighed in on our post about the development. Here's one memorable take.

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Reader: NFL Thinks Domestic Violence Isn't as Important as Matt Prater Drinking Two Beers
Matt Prater.
Broncos kicker Matt Prater was suspended for four games after failing a test mandated by the NFL as part of his membership in an alcohol-abuse program he entered after a 2011 DUI; his attorney says he drank a couple of beers at home while on vacation. Our post on the topic riled up many of our readers, including this one, who points out that Prater's punishment is twice the length of the one doled out to Baltimore running back Ray Rice after allegedly beating up his then-girlfriend/now-wife.

See also: Broncos Kicker Matt Prater: Shotgun Willie's DUI + Two Beers = Four Game Suspension

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Reader: Police Brutality Isn't More Important Than Getting Monsters Off Our Streets
Alex Landau in 2009 after being beaten by police.
A Patricia Calhoun post about 2009 Denver police beating victim Alex Landau's story going national in the wake of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri inspired many of our readers to weigh in on issues of police, race and excessive force. The following commenter believes those obsessed with brutality are losing focus on what's most important.

See also: Alex Landau's Bloody Beating By Denver Cops Goes National Thanks to Echoes of Ferguson

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Reader: Thank Goodness We Live In a Place Where Cops Are Held to Lawful Standards

Mark Beluscak.
When we shared a post about the arrest of police officer Mark Beluscak, who's at least the eighth Denver cop to get in trouble during 2014, we asked folks on Facebook why they thought this kind of thing keeps happening. A wide variety of responses followed, with this one viewing the busts form a positive perspective.

See also: Mark Beluscak, Busted for Child Abuse, Is the Latest Denver Police Officer in Trouble

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Reader: When Whitey Wants His Weed, He Can Visit a Shady Neighborhood and Get Mugged

A new CU Denver study found that NIMBY regulations in affluent areas tend to push medical marijuana dispensaries into lower-income neighborhoods despite a lack of evidence that such businesses impact localities any more than do coffee shops. Our post on the topic proved to be a conversation starter, with this reader's take being among the most provocative.

See also: Marijuana Study: NIMBY Rules Push Many Denver Dispensaries Into Low-Income Areas

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Reader: Even if New York Gave Out Nightly Free Blow Jobs, Colorado Would Still Be Better

Of course, people don't have to be from New York to peruse the New York Times. But Patricia Calhoun's post about a Times column focusing on Colorado -- and reader comments declaring that, among other things, pot legalization is boring -- inspired plenty of Colorado v. New York debates among our readers. Standing out from the pack was the following example of particularly memorable sarcasm.

See also: Pot Legalization is Boring and Colorado Is Filled With NIMBYs, say NY Times Readers

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Reader: There's Something Beautiful About Turning a Prison Into a Marijuana Farm
A proposal to transform a shuttered women's prison into a marijuana grow was embraced by many of our readers -- particularly those who recall the days when smoking a joint could get someone tossed into a cell lickety-split. Here's an example.

See also: Marijuana: Ex-Bronco Supports Plan to Turn Women's Prison Into Pot Factory

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