Ask Shiva!

Dear Shiva, what are the best gifts that I can offer to you? - William Willman

Om William!

        Of course, temples in my name please me, but not everyone can dedicate a temple to me.  Chanting my name pleases me very well, too.  Even participating in pooja’s held in my honor please me.  There really isn’t a right or wrong way to worship a god like myself: purity of heart and devotion of mind please me greatly, and will bring you closer to me.

        There are many temples dedicated to me and many mantras and special pooja's in honor of me, one of the largest celebrations being the Maha Shivaratri (the Great Night of Lard Shiva).   This huge celebration typically includes a huge feast that is prepared, full of cakes and special treats, chanting all night long blessing all who participate… this pleases me greatly!

        But even a simple song, if given in devotion and with purity of heart is enough.  Remember the villain Ravana?  After all his evil deeds, I made him understand I was angered by his evil and arrogance and so, making a lute from his very body in penitence, he praised me with his pure heart.  I remember him now, one of his ten heads was the gourd, his arm was the neck and his nerves the strings! He kept singing even after I stopped punishing him...  I was so pleased at how he purified his heart and devoted his mind to me that I gave him my sword, because I could trust such a devoted servant with it.  Of course, I keep one of my three eyes on him, and if it is ever used unjustly, well… it will take more than a song to calm me down!

        It is a good reason to remember villains like Ravana (and worse than him) were made to bring balance to the universe.  They challenge gods like myself and my devotees to uphold order, and as a result all the universe is blessed.  So even gifts of villainy have their place in my worship, for eventually good comes from them.  That is why villains should not be considered to be evil, and are not forever beyond my blessing.

Kevin Weatherby livechats

        On April 24, Kevin Weatherby of Save the Cowboy livechat with his congregants.  People from across the United States attended.  The first livechat was experimental, but did end up having the feeling of a small personal conversation with Kevin.

        The purpose of the meeting was to ask questions about Christianity, and like everything that Kevin does, Christianity mixed with secular life, and as the conversation wandered here and there, the friendliness and compassion which guides Kevin’s daily work came through.

        He was pretty bruised up from having helped out at the ranch of a friend and congregant in branding cattle, and the first question regarded Kevin’s health.  He was recovering fine.

        The conversation wandered here and there, from the difference between church culture and christianity (and the dangers of mixing them), the importance of music, why Save the Cowboy doesn’t have an offering plate and the weather in La Junta. 

        What struck me as most insightful, is when the conversation wandered into why Save the Cowboy doesn’t have Sunday school.  One parent asked Kevin, but who will teach my children about Jesus?  His response: “you will.”  He said that the best lesson is to watch their parents attend church and pray well, and live well.

Fracking permit rescended for Sylvester well

The Elbert County Commissioners on April 23 rescended the fracking permit for the Sylvester frack well near Agate, for the reason that the roads were not improved as promised.  Readers will remember that previously, it had been stated at BOCC meetings that there was less gas near Agate than expected, too.

Review of the Facebook Updates of Chairman Morris

        Readers of the Herald have enjoyed the simple eloquence and “Deepness” of Deepak Morris, who corresponds from Pune, India.  To our delight, he has begun compiling them into a book.
        Our only complaints against the book is that it is too short, and that the posts are not organized by subject to make reference easier.  Against the latter, we can forgive Chairman Morris as the semi-random nature of his updates add to the charm of them, and against the former, we will forgive him if he compiles a larger more complete edition.
        Deepak Morris is, easily, the favorite columnist in the Herald, and whenever his creativity lags or he gets too busy with life to write, we get complaints that his writing is not featured.  His philosophy is timeless and profound, and relevant to the daily lives of people around the world, and well worth syndication in any newspaper, or compiling into a book to keep on a bookshelf for easy reference.
        Those who fall in love with his philosophy will easily enjoy his numerous plays (which he writes, stages and sometimes also performs in), and other creative works.  He teaches in Pune, and we envy his pupils.
        Deepak’s book is available on, beginning at $3 on kindle.

You shouldn’t have paid for that building permit...

You no longer need a building permit for your barn?  The truth is, you never did and Elbert County was wrong to require you to get one. 

        In a ruling on April 7 in an on-going case before Judge Holmes regarding the interpretation of the building code, the Elbert County District Court found that certain structures are permit-exempt by right under the International Building Code (section 105.2) which Elbert County adopted. 

        Additionally, it was found that all agricultural structures have a State-wide exemption from permit requirements under CRS 30-28-205, if those structures are used to shelter agricultural implements, farm products, livestock or poultry.

        Alex Beltz, the former County Attorney, before his resignation, in a surprise move reversed position mid-way through the case and did not defend the County’s right to a building permit in either situation, but acknowledged the rights of farmers and ranchers in Elbert County to permit-exempt construction.  Beltz also withdrew opposition to another permit exemptions under IBC 105.2, to the right to construct religious shrines without permit, even if that shrine is contained within a building.

        The case, far from over, still must consider various other components of State and County regulations.

        The County, having aggressively sought building permit fees for these and other structures which the Court is presently developing opinion upon, had in the past even prosecuted citizens for the construction of such structures without permit, requiring farmers and ranchers get expensive permits and the requisite engineering for agricultural structures, walls, fences, and even chicken coops.  It now appears that the County likely exceeded its authority. 

        Citizens who obtained expensive permits unnecessarily will likely find no recourse except through the courts, or at the ballot box.

        As for the new County Attorney, Wade Gately, there are signs that he has, by the direction of the County Commissioners (Rowland, Ross and Schlegel), again reversed position and opposes a similar petition in a different case regarding different exemptions under the same IBC 105.2 (for the right to construct unlighted signs on the sides of barns and along roads to advertise farms), and seeks to expand the authority of the County to regulate and tax specialty crops (such as fruits and vegetables) as commercial enterprises.  A status conference in that case is scheduled for May at which Gately will officially declare the intentions of the County.

        While the entire IBC (2006) is available online, we reprint the affirmed IBC 105.2 below.  If Elbert County has required a permit for any of this work, you may wish to seek the review of the District Court for your rights under the Building Code.


105.2 Work exempt from permit.

Exemptions from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for the following:



1.   One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (11 m2).

2.   Fences not over 6 feet (1829 mm) high.

3.   Oil derricks.

4.   Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or IIIA liquids.

5.   Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18 925 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1.

6.   Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.

7.   Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.

8.   Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.

9.   Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons (18 925 L) and are installed entirely above ground.

10.   Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems.

11.   Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.

12.   Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support of Group R-3 and U occupancies.

13.   Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches (1753 mm) in height.



1. Repairs and maintenance: Minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.

2. Radio and television transmitting stations: The provisions of this code shall not apply to electrical equipment used for radio and television transmissions, but do apply to equipment and wiring for a power supply and the installations of towers and antennas.

3. Temporary testing systems: A permit shall not be required for the installation of any temporary system required for the testing or servicing of electrical equipment or apparatus.



1.   Portable heating appliance.

2.   Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.



1.   Portable heating appliance.

2.   Portable ventilation equipment.

3.   Portable cooling unit.

4.   Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.

5.   Replacement of any part that does not alter its approval or make it unsafe.

6.   Portable evaporative cooler.

7.   Self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds (5 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.



1.   The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe, provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this code.

2.   The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.

Volume 5 Issue 16

Kelly Dore has no license?, Ask Shiva, don't feed the deer, Elizabeth government unopposed, Sheriff Heap not hunting in Elizabeth, Linda Hobden translates the Bible, Jiddu Krishnamurti, the Denver Viaduct, Eloy Oliveira covers Guthrie Govan, non violence, Buddhism, and much much more in this great issue!
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Every once in a while, the Herald makes a mistake, and we are quick to correct.

Previous reports of Jesus's death seem to be exaggerated...

Happy Easter to all our Christian friends and neighbors!

What do Jew know about Seder?

by Joanne McLain

Our family has participated in Passover seder at a friend's house since Iain was a baby, until this year (Rachel is remodeling her kitchen after a leak). So we decided to set up our own, admittedly goyish seder, accompanied by two of Ceiti's friends.

        Afterward, Ceiti determined we should carry each other around on a chair while someone fiddled. Here is the only clear picture I took before I was commandeered for chair lifting.

McLain to the Editor: What sort of headline will you use? Madcap Seder Revelers Take to Green with Chairs?

Aaron Brachfeld That would depend on Bill's excuse for not helping lift the chair.

Joanne McLain He went to smoke a cigarette.

Aaron Brachfeld And, forgive me, what is the name of the fiddler?

Joanne McLain Her name is Callie. Landon is the gentleman in the chair. Both are excellent violinists.

Aaron Brachfeld Caillie fiddles while tobacco burns?  Attempted Seder?  ... luckily I have a little time.

Buddhism discussion page of the Herald

Because of the number of Buddhist articles and discussions, we have begun a facebook group for them.  You might like it!

Dore against religious + homeschool vaccine exemptions AND for expanding Minors' tobacco access?

Tim Dore, your congressman, voted no on SB 14-018 which would have expanded protection to minors against not only tobacco products, but the newly invented nicotine products as well. An examination of the bill lended no insight into his mysterious opposition.

        His opposition did not prevent the passage of the bill which defined as a tobacco product any product that contains nicotine and is intended to be ingested, or inhaled by, or applied to the skin of an individual; or a device that can be used to deliver nicotine to the person inhaling from the device, including an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo or pipe.  Smoking cessation products approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are exempt under the bill.

        “Nicotine is a harmful and highly addictive substance. Ambiguities in our current law allow minors to buy nicotine products and this bill will close that loophole – keeping Colorado kids safer and healthier,” said Senator Jeanne Nicholson, D-Gilpin County, sponsor of the bill and a former public health nurse.

        “Nicotine products can be flavored, inexpensive and easy to conceal, making them attractive to kids,” said Senator Matt Jones, D-Louisville, sponsor of the bill. “We need take protective steps to keep them out of the hands of Colorado’s children.”

        Dore, who has also supported legislation that would have removed the requirement of Counties like Elbert to publish in local newspapers and otherwise undermine the accountability to the public, has also supported in his legislative work a tax-free marijuana industry in Colorado.  All without comment, or explanation.

        Dore has also recently voted against HB 14-1288, which would have provided an exemption for children whose parents have religious objections to vaccination, or who are attending home schools.  The bill, which had broad support among Christians and home schooling parents,  has stalled out in the legislature.

        Questions have been submitted to Dore, but with many years of him ignoring questions from the Herald, it is unlikely you will read his response any time soon and there is little sense in waiting.  However, if he does, I will make sure to print it here, and also in a separate post so it will be easily read.

Meadowlark Herald analysis:

        One possible reason for Dore’s senseless opposition to SB 14-018 and HB 14-1288 is that they were either sponsored or supported by Democrats, or other liberal groups.  However, he is failing his constituency, which is largely Christian, has significant populations of home schooled children, and, by and large, is opposed to expanded access by minors to tobacco. 

        An examination of his voting record indicates that he serves the Republican Party before the constituents of his district – or common sense.

        Partisan politics must end.