Ten Most Popular Comments of the Day From 2015
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As 2015 winds down, we're starting to look back at what helped define the year.
And what better way to do so than to listen again to what you had to say.
What follow are the ten most viewed 2015 posts from our Comment of the Day archive. As you'll see, the topics that got Westword readers talking most this year include debates about marijuana and heroin, high rent prices, Colorado natives and Tim Tebow — twice.
But the most popular take (by a landslide) stood alone.
Count down all ten, including original photos and links to the articles that spawned them.
READER: SMOKING POT IN PUBLIC IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL
February 6, 2015
Our recent post about the back-and-forths between marijuana advocates and pot haters over crime statistics was subsequently supplemented by an online conversation that went into many different areas. In the example below, two readers debate whether public smoking has become more prevalent since limited recreational cannabis sales became legal.
Liz Lemonds writes:
I do notice a lot of people smoking out in public, especially at events like the People's Fair and Pride. Come on, folks, knock it off. You give everyone else a bad name.
Angelica VonBeerstein writes:
People have been smoking in public and at those events long before it was legalized. No one is giving anyone else a bad name by doing so....
Liz Lemonds writes:
Not at this level. I have lived here over 40 years, and I've never seen anything like last year. Last year at Pride, it was all-pervasive. You couldn't escape it, anywhere.
A screen capture from a satirical article by The Daily Currant that many took seriously in the wake of the legal marijuana sales launch in January 2014.
The Daily Currant
READER: PROBABLY HUNDREDS HAVE DIED FROM MARIJUANA OVERDOSES
September 18, 2015
We recently shared the latest report about marijuana legalization in Colorado from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, an anti-pot organization that receives federal funding.
The group cobbled together stats meant to portray Colorado's marijuana policies as a societal disaster that's wreaking more havoc with each passing day.
Most readers viewed this War on Drugs-era approach as highly dubious.
Take the respondent who reacted to information about the allegedly rising number of marijuana-related hospitalization with a tongue-in-cheek post that had other readers wondering if he was serious or celebrating his sense of humor.
Here's the exchange.
Nathanael Mulder writes:
In all those hospitalizations, I wonder how many of them died from marijuana overdoses? I bet like 50%. Probably hundreds died from marijuana overdoses.
Lance Osburn writes:
Cannabis = 0. Zero.
Dana Thompson writes:
Oh god, I hope this is sarcasm.
Aaron Patterson writes:
It obviously is sarcasm... And quite funny!
READER: HERE'S WHY THERE ARE SO MANY HEROIN ADDICTS IN DENVER AND BEYOND
October 20, 2015
A reader recently argued that Big Pharma is responsible for the influx of heroin in Colorado.
His belief: Pharmaceutical companies have been pushing opiate-based pain killers, and when doctors cut off patients, they turn to heroin supplied by Mexican cartels looking to make up for the money they've been losing since limited recreational marijuana sales became legal.
The theory definitely rang true with plenty of readers.
However, one person maintains that the real reason for increasing heroin abuse is multi-faceted — and as a former addict herself, she speaks from experience.
Here's what she had to say.
A reader writes:
Yes, and then no. I have worked for substance abuse agencies in this state and others, and was once an addict myself. Yes, pharmaceutical companies are to blame for introducing opiates as an easy out for pain, without being responsible about the consequences. But who is really to blame for all the addicts on the streets of Denver, increasing daily? It's a variety of things that have created a perfect storm. Society is to blame, for the stigma they attatch to addicts. Stigmas, and judgments that have been engrained into the American belief system. These beliefs that addiction in the result of a moral failing- that leads to people not asking for help. Or it leads to insurance companies not believing that addiction is a disease that should be treated on a continuum of care, like any other disease. It leads to entire neighborhoods in America being caught in a vicious poverty cycle, stuck in our legal system and unable to fufill their potential as humans with rights. These are just a few of the damaging consequences of the drug war, which is THE reason for increased substance abuse disorders of all kinds. Period.
READER: COLORADO NATIVES NEED TO GET OVER THEMSELVES
May 29, 2015
A reader recently argued that thanks to some recent changes for the worse, even Colorado natives don't like their home state anymore.
To say that sentiment received some push-back is a large understatement.
Plenty of readers say they adore Colorado as much as ever, whether they were born here or not.
Here's a passionate example.
Erin Jones writes:
What a bunch of cry babies. You think that since you were born here you own the state?? You don't think some of us wish we got to grow up here?? Get over yourselves. If the natives don't appreciate Colorado anymore, I'll do that for you guys.
READER: WANT TIM TEBOW BACK IN DENVER? THEN YOU DON'T DESERVE PEYTON MANNING
September 15, 2015
After the Broncos defeated the Baltimore Ravens in what ESPN commentator Mike Greenberg accurately described as a "slugfest," Twitter exploded.
And not with compliments for Peyton Manning.
A similar range of reactions popped up on our top twenty tweets about the game.
Take this reader, who's decidedly pro-Manning and anti-Tebow.
Brian Batrowny writes:
Can't wait for Peyton to leave Denver. You don't deserve him. You will be trash the day he leaves. I guess you forgot about how bad Tim really is.