Colorado Cafe Shut Down For Defying State Safer at Home Order 

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Castle Rock – Colorado 

Cristal M Clark 

The owner of  C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock, Colorado decided to defy the State’s safer at home orders and opened it’s dining room to the masses Sunday. Now a day later the eatery has been shut down by the Tri-County Health Department and Governor Jared Polis ordered the suspension of the restaurant’s license.

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The eatery was flooded with happy diners who were mask free with the exception of one individual. Images and video flooded social media yesterday of the opened eatery. The owner, April Arellano, told local papers she did not expect it to be as busy as it was but was thankful for those that came out. “I’m so happy so many people came out to support the Constitution and stand up for what is right. We did our time. We did our two weeks. We did more than two weeks … and we were failing. We had to do something.” So you put yourself before the safety of your customers? Nice. 

And now she has been forced to close and her license yanked. 

People flooded social media either in support of her or not and that is where things are getting ugly. Some slammed her “So much selfish stupidity. If it was just themselves they were endangering I wouldn’t care, but we’re all connected. It’s a pandemic and people are dying,” one individual wrote on member station Colorado Public Radio’s Facebook post about the reopening.  

Others praised her. 

And it truly depends on which side someone is on with regards to the US shutting down virtually everything. Some view it as the government taking away constitutional rights, while others view it as simply being asked to do our part to stop the spread of the virus. And many of those that oppose such shutdowns often try to throw the Constitution into the conversation, I have rights, we have rights, it is my right, we are being oppressed, our rights are being infringed upon. 

I am so sick of seeing this argument, no one lost any right, no one’s rights are being infringed upon. People in the United States are so pathetically selfish that they simply do not care for anything or anyone other than themselves. It is ridiculous. 

These are the same arguments you hear about mask wearing. The argument is beyond so fucking stupid every time I hear it that I want to vomit. I’ve heard those that argue all of this by telling everyone, if you are afraid of getting sick, stay home. My response is usually, Fuck You. Those individuals are infringing on the rights of others. They are, not the government, every single individual who refuses to wear a mask, to remain closed until it’s deemed safe to reopen, open at a lesser capacity and so on, infringe on everyone else’s rights. This is far from government overreach, it’s purely a level of American ineptitude that has never been seen before. These people call anyone willing to comply with shutdown orders or mask wearing: sheep. To a careful observer the only sheep are those that are allowing themselves to become part of the problem, the protesting the refusal to remain closed, the refusal to wear masks, those individuals are in fact the sheep. They follow the masses of distorted, misinformation brought about by nothing more than conspiracy theory and selfishness. 

But that is not how they see it right? They only think of themselves, me, me, me, like petulant children having a tantrum. They want people to become infected just to prove a point but what they lack is education. Not everyone wants to become infected, some have elderly family members or a family member who has a compromised immune system who do not want to see a loved one become infected. It is not the right of the masses to infringe upon the rights of another individual who simply wants to live and avoid getting the virus. That is the part these selfish – simple minded people don’t get. 

Dr. John M. Douglas Jr., the health department’s executive director: “It is disheartening that this restaurant has chosen to move ahead of the public orders and not even consider implementing best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

That is the other thing, the eatery did not implement or even attempt to implement best practices, social distancing, ppe. Nothing, they did nothing. 

So the owner, April Arellano of C&C Coffee and Kitchen proved one fatal point and that is that she does not give a shit about anyone’s health or safety, all she cared about was money. 

That is pure selfish, greed. 

Cristal M Clark

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Colorado Unemployment Update – Accounts Show Funds Paid 

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Bank’s Show Funds Have Not Been Released By State

Cristal M Clark 

Since yesterday I’ve received hundreds of calls and emails from concerned unemployment recipients in the state of Colorado, who have approved claims, were getting payments on time and suddenly this week, they are still waiting for payments. Additionally, although the state told the local news outlets over the weekend that the additional $600 per week payments will start being included this week and will be retroactively paid, recipients are not seeing the funds nor are they seeing that information on their MyUi accounts. 

This is the email that was sent to anyone who filed on time on Sunday:

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As of this morning, recipients of unemployment have not seen payments hitting bank accounts, when trying to phone the state, no one is getting through. Banks still show the funds have not been released.  

Not everyone has received a stimulus payment as of yet, people were already financially suffering and the State of Colorado is not answering questions. This is such a huge debacle and all people want are answers, when will they see the funds, will this continue to be a problem and when will the additional $600 start being paid? See the issue for many is simple, they have bills to pay, you cannot make payment arrangements on bills because now no one knows when they will receive the funds and the state won’t even answer the phone much less update it’s website with some oh, useful information.  

People are asking on social media about other individuals checking to see if anyone knows what is going on and it seems everyone is at a loss. The state has 72 hours to pay the funds out, business days so if you filed on Sunday, you should have seen the funds hitting your bank accounts yesterday, which is basically what the email the state sent said but folks are seeing nothing. 

This has the potential to blow in the states face should it continue to be a problem. People are already stressed, isolated, and angry. In viewing social media some folks are ready to storm the capital here in Denver because the state is not answering anyone and will not update it’s website with useful information which tends to make an already financially strained and suffering public more willing to take drastic measures because they are under a tremendous amount of stress, this type of situation can cause desperation. 

The state of Colorado needs to be transparent with unemployment recipients, especially if you do not want to be inundated with phone calls, update the website with information explaining to folks what happened, when it will be fixed and when they are actually going to see the extra $600 per week start to go out.  

In the meantime I have urged those seeking answers to hit up the local media which I normally do not do but in this case they have a louder voice than I do, if the state is not going to answer much less put useful information in it’s website perhaps the local media outlets can get some real answers instead of what has been provided just to pacify. 

It used to be if you held a city or state job it was hard to get fired from it, in this day and age I would not count on that, their is no excuse to not give the public adequate, clear and honest information.

Cristal M Clark

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Protests Against Stay at Home Orders 

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Denver Colorado – Operation Gridlock 

Cristal M Clark 

Have you seen some of the protests calling for an end to stay at home orders? Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Kentucky and this weekend, Denver. The protests in Denver are a planned “Operation Gridlock” event around the Capitol building in people’s cars at 1 p.m., the other calling for people to bring signs and stand outside from 2 to 4 p.m. They have been organized by various groups, including Libertarian parties around the metro area. 

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Victoria Reynolds, chairwoman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado and a candidate for Douglas County commissioner: “It is the draconian measures from Gov. Jared Polis, local mayors and health departments that have forced people to speak out. We want to send a message to the governor, to mayors, to the federal government even to say: We elected you to represent us. You are our employees, you don’t get to stay working, collecting a paycheck, while you’re putting us all out of work.”

Sometimes when I see groups like this and I listen to what they are saying I sit back and wonder if they have been paying attention to what’s happening? If they think things are going back to the way they were they have been either ignoring the world, have sat drunk through all of this or are just flat out stupid. Things are not going back, that is precisely why the world broke. 

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We are all upset however, organizing protests such as these show the true ineptitude of the individuals who are organizing them. Their answer is to endanger the lives of others because they feel that the government is removing basic human rights, the ability to go out, be free, to work…the problem with that mentality is that these people are more or less the type to hide symptoms and risk infecting others just for the sake of being able to do whatever it is they want to do. The type of people who want to incite acts of violence, spread misinformation and fake cures. 

These stay at home orders were not put into place so as to take the rights of citizens away, but to save lives rather. I’ve heard what some of these groups say, they want to open everything up and they believe, if someone gets sick and dies they die, some of them even believe the virus is fake, the government is using it to try to manipulate and control us, they just want to go back to the way things were. 

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Again, things are not going back to the way they were. The jobs people had, many employers are only going to bring back half of the staff they had, if at all. People were making good money, but they are not going to be getting that back, companies lost so much from all of this they will not be able to afford to pay what they were, The job market is going to be super competitive and employers know that, they use that to their advantage, this has wiped out over a decade of job growth. To make matters worse, our president supports and encourages these outrageous protests, today tweeting things like liberate. 

These protests accomplish nothing because nothing is going back to the way it was.  

Cristal M Clark

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Construction Workers Nationwide Being Thrown to the Wolves?

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Workers Worried They Are at Higher Risk of Catching Covid-19

Cristal M Clark 

One of our nations essential workforce no one is talking about are our construction workers who are in most states being considered essential employees. These men and women are among the least protected of all work forces.

They often times do not have quick access to soap an water while on the job site, many are forced to share a porta-potty and if you have ever been in one those cleanliness is not a priority. Some sites have 50 or more workers, they work in close contact with one another all day. The workers go from the job to a food truck or to the nearest gas station for foods during breaks and lunch, having not properly washed their hands. The White House asked many construction companies to donate their stock of N95 masks to help alleviate shortages at local medical facilities and that leaves workers exposed to a plethora of things including Covid-19. On bigger jobs where they do interior work they are often times confining as many as five to 10 people into small interior spaces. A few times while driving in and around Denver the past couple of weeks, workers will be gathered outside in large groups.

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All of this is leaving many workers to begin to worry for their own well being and safety not to mention that many of these workers go home to families whose ages range from young to elderly. These men and women can get the virus, carry it over to the food truck, or to the gas station, home and then the family who does the grocery shopping can carry it into public, every person they come into contact with will pass the virus.

So as we look to get a good distance ahead of the virus, what are we doing as a nation to protect those that actually do the building of our nation?

Cristal M Clark

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