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Old 08-29-2011, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, CO
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Hey! Now what exactly is this thread trying to stir up here?!?

Just kidding. Since moving four years back I've found, besides the lack of overall driving skills, that everyone I've come accross is pretty normal. It's no harder here to get into a political screaming match than anywhere else.
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Colorado is a state with a population of over 5 million people. How in the world can you categorize 5 million diverse people from all over the world in ANY state and say they are all this or all that???

Sorry, OP, but I think trying to assign any particular way of thinking or actions to 5 million people is ridiculous. I suppose I could talk about the people with whom I am acquainted, and even then they don't all think alike. Let's move on from this silly thread!
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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For those of you familiar with persons in Colorado and other states, how would you compare Coloradoans/Coloradans when it comes to getting offended? Especially where people jump to the wrong conclusion and react in an offended manner. Maybe being a bit "thin-skinned" and not able to handle a difference in opinions without reacting in an emotional way.

Along the same lines, do you consider those from Colorado to be more or less into political correctness than compared to people in other areas of the country?
Compared to the Pittsburgh forum here on CD, Colorado people are quite thick skinned.

I think Coloradans are more into recylcing, things like that than people in some other parts of the country. I don't know if that's "PC".
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Sunderpig, I recall your aforementioned post and, in fact, commented on it, although somewhat obliquely. Please take this as a friendly observation declared in a quiet voice, which is what it is: Your remarks did come across sounding quite judgmental -- whether or not that was your intention.

Perhaps there are some independent-thinking, openminded folks in Colorado. Not thin-skinned, but unwilling to stand by silently while our neighbors (or potential future neighbors) are maligned for their personal choices. Best we all take personal responsibility for our statements, however they are perceived, interpreted, or misinterpreted -- and then let the chips fall where they may.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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Thanks for the comments and feedback

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Old 08-30-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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I'm going to speak to this from the perspective of natives and long-time Coloradans--a group which is admittedly generally a minority in the metro areas and resort towns of Colorado. Colorado natives and long-timers, especially in the rural areas, are generally not "thin-skinned." Like most of the natives and long-time residents in the Rocky Mountain states, though, they can be pretty "direct" in expressing their views and opinions--and some people unfamiliar with the culture may take offense at that. Many of those same natives and long-timers really are not very concerned about what other people they think of them--they say what they feel, and the listener can either take it or leave it. That also may offend some people.

Here's a true story from neighboring Wyoming that kind of sums up that very blunt and direct way that "locals" express themselves. A hearing was being held by a public land agency about how to control the burgeoning coyote population. An out-of-town environmentalist suggested some form of birth control for the coyotes to control the coyote population. A rancher, in the direct and blunt response befitting a Rocky Mountain West native, responded, "We don't want to f*** the coyotes, we just want to get rid of 'em." If you're offended by that rather blunt response, then you're probably going to have some issues getting along with the natives and long-timers in Colorado. If you find that answer to be a humorous, but telling response, then you could probably get along with the locals a lot better.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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I think we all appreciate that pithy old WY rancher, as we can any person who is "of the land." Back in the Chesapeake region, the old salts who worked the fish, crab and oyster boats were the same way, as were the old railroad guys my father worked with.

Most of us with a good deal of life experience feel offended only when someone says something with obvious intent to offend. Otherwise, most folks, anywhere, will let 99% of what's said just roll off their back.
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:44 PM
 
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I can definitely relate to, and appreciate, those who speak their mind. It should be done respectfully of course, but also freely and openly. I personally would have no problem with the Wyoming rancher in the example above.

The other, newer approach - being expected to "walk on eggshells" - has never seemed to me to be very American or mature. That was the approach that I was highlighting. It doesn't sound though like many other Colorado residents consider that a common problem, which is good to see.

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Old 09-02-2011, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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For those of you familiar with persons in Colorado and other states, how would you compare Coloradoans/Coloradans when it comes to getting offended? Especially where people jump to the wrong conclusion and react in an offended manner. Maybe being a bit "thin-skinned" and not able to handle a difference in opinions without reacting in an emotional way.

Along the same lines, do you consider those from Colorado to be more or less into political correctness than compared to people in other areas of the country?
How dare you suggest we are easily offended! I am outraged. OUTRAGED!



In all seriousness, I've found that in Colorado I can be far less politically correct and defuse most situations with humor. The ability to take at least as much as you can dish out pretty much negates most potential problems with those that are easily offended. It's quite the relief to be honest. That said, I'm not randomly provoking people in the streets, either...well, except the hippies...they know who they are
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:32 AM
 
Location: The 719
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I think Coloradans are more into recylcing, things like that than people in some other parts of the country. I don't know if that's "PC".
It sounds like down-right hippyish behavior to me.

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Colorado is a state with a population of over 5 million people. How in the world can you categorize 5 million diverse people from all over the world in ANY state and say they are all this or all that???
Because when they cross over that border into "Colorful Colorado", it's all over.

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Have a sense of humor, is a better goal that being PC.
A sense of humor?! Well I never...

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I'm referring to a recent case where I happened to discuss differences in areas/regions with regard to the gay-lesbian issue. I was adding to the conversation; not initiating the topic. I said nothing against that lifestyle, or against anyone. And yet folks jumped to the assumption
Uh-oh... can of worms can of worms! Thread abort! No comment!

Would have been nice if you had mentioned that little detail in the original post huh?
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