Colorado Personalities We Don’t Want to See in the New Year

It's not you, 2015, it's us. Wait, no. It's totally you.
It's not you, 2015, it's us. Wait, no. It's totally you.
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To everything and everyone, there comes an ending. Here at the end of 2015, we’d like to offer up this handful of people for nomination to Colorado’s mutual “unfriend” list. It’s nothing personal (okay, in some cases, it totally is), but in the spirit of new beginnings and resolving to do better in the coming year, you folks on this list need to do better. Or, you know, at least to just shut up and go away.

Rep. JoAnn Windholz
Rep. JoAnn Windholz
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Representative JoAnn Windholz
Wow, Adams County House District 30…that Representative you elected by only 106 votes back in 2014? JoAnn Windholz? Yeah, she’s a peach. Following November’s Planned Parenthood Shootings by Robert Dear (a piece of work in his own right, but he’s doing just fine pointing out the inherent stupidity, immorality, and just plain insanity of those that share his extremist views), Windholz put out a statement squarely blaming Planned Parenthood itself. “The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any Planned Parenthood facility,” Windholz wrote, “is Planned Parenthood itself.” Ah, blaming the victims: exactly the voice of reason we expect from our elected leadership during times of crisis, right? 

Harold and Toni Henthorn
Harold and Toni Henthorn
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Harold Henthorn
The Harold Henthorn story — or rather, the mysteries surrounding the suspicious deaths of both his first and second wives — have been featured on 48 Hours, Dateline, and a multitude of other media outlets, including the cover of Westword . Henthorn told his story over and over again, finally to a jury of his peers who found him to be unbelievable. In September, he was convicted of first-degree murder of his late wife, Dr. Toni Henthorn, who died from a fall in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012. Goodbye, Harold.

Homeless outside Samaritan House
Homeless outside Samaritan House
Laurie Lynnxe Murphy

Anyone Who Makes it Tougher for the Homeless
The vast majority of Denver's police officers are vital men and women who provide amazing and selfless service to the city and its citizens — and put their lives on the line every day. But the DPD's recent pre-holiday roundup of what scant property the homeless might have accumulated certainly didn’t paint them in a very positive light. Colorado is a tough place to be on the streets for an extended period of time, so in 2016, maybe we can work on, say, solving the problem rather than punishing the folks involved. They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. How about this for another definition: Don’t take away someone’s blankets and weather-resistant tarps, and then shake your head when they fall prey to the elements during a cold snap. That’s not just bad policy and not just terrible public relations (though it is both). It's also just cruel.

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Dick Monfort

Dick Monfort
Good ol’ Dick made our 2014 Hall of Shame last year, and 2015 has been no kinder to the Colorado Rockies owner — or should we say, Monfort has been no kinder to Colorado. The team still sucks, and this year, we lost Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays, in return for veteran shortstop Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects (plus a couple of baseball cards and a bag full of magic beans). Monfort’s 2014 e-mail that mentioned that “maybe Denver [didn’t] deserve a franchise” keeps ringing in fans’ ears the more and more that it looks like we don’t, in fact, really have one. What we have instead is a poorly run ego trip masquerading as a baseball team. Denver and Colorado deserve better.



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