There are serial insanities printed in the newspaper about the various goings-on in the high plains and Rockies.

Bushmasters in School


Example #1 is the addition of the Bushmaster .308 to the PUBLIC SCHOOL inventory.  The Colorado Public schools found themselves without a reliable and effective rifle for deployment in case of a return of the ghosts of Klebold and Harris, who would now be in their mid-thirties, had they not extinguished a fair number of their Columbine fellow students, and then themselves.

No apparent progress has been made on the West Bank mentality of the American schools.  In the best of the neighborhoods, only about 3/4 of students survive to graduate high school; but that is a matter of dropping out, not small arms fire.

The firearm at right is not a stock photo – it is a Bushmaster .308 (7.62 NATO) That is the firearm that has been purchased for the schools.

The AP lets us know that
DENVER — A suburban Denver school district is arming its security staff with military-style semiautomatic rifles in case of a school shooting or other violent attack, a move that appears unprecedented even as more schools arm employees in response to mass violence elsewhere.

The Douglas County School District guards are former law enforcement officers and already carry handguns.

District security director Richard Payne said he decided to spend more than $12,000 on the Bushmaster brand rifles for the district’s eight armed officers to give them the same tools as law enforcement, including the sheriff’s deputies they train with. Payne said the rifles will be kept locked in patrol cars, not in the schools.

Mass shootings underscore the need for school officers to have access to rifles so they’re not outgunned, said Mo Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers, a national group that describes itself as the “world’s leader in school-based policing.”

I have no particular dislike of firearms. I wonder about the need for a rapid-response combat rifle in the schools.

EPIC fail in Denver.

Come April, Denver Health is scheduled to go live on its new Epic EHR. Although the system’s CEO says implementation remains under budget, concerns about the investment remain, largely from the health system’s former CIO, reports The Denver Post.

Gregory Veltri served as CIO of Denver Health from March 1997 to October 2013, according to his LinkedIn page. His departure in October 2013 came approximately one year after the system changed CEOs: Arthur Gonzalez assumed the chief executive position in September 2012, replacing Patricia Gabow, PhD, who retired after 20 years at the helm.

According to The Denver Post, Mr. Veltri resigned due to a disagreement regarding the system’s switch to Epic’s EHR. Mr. Veltri told The Denver Post he was concerned the implementation’s costs could reach $300 million, including $70 million to pay the contractor and costs associated with adding more IT staff. “My estimates weren’t flattering,” he said in the report. Mr. Veltri warned that the cost could bankrupt a hospital already operating on thin financial margins.

Mr. Gonzalez told The Denver Post Mr. Veltri was “held in good regard,” but added the former CIO was “severely mistaken.” He said the Epic implementation is under budget at $170 million. He did not disclose the overall projected cost of the implementation.

According to the report, Denver Health finalized plans to move forward with Epic in April 2014.

From the Beckers Hospital Review, a trade rag. (n.b. these events occurred BEFORE legalization of pot smoking in Colorado.)


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