Printed Letters: June 29, 2014
Don’t thoughtlessly sign ballot initiative petitions
Ballot initiative circulators will be out in force this summer, as 130 initiatives have been submitted to the Colorado secretary of state’s office. To help you decide whether or not to sign a petition, the League of Women Voters offers the following points to consider:
Does it belong in the Constitution? Future changes may be difficult and costly.
Is it complex? Complex issues are better thoroughly examined and debated in a legislative arena. Some initiatives are vaguely written or contain conflicts that may require court resolution.
Whose idea is it? You can find out proponents and opponents from the secretary of state’s office. Paid signature gatherers are required to wear a badge with the name and phone number of their employer.
How will it be funded?
The League of Women Voters of Colorado is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government to build better communities statewide.
President, Montrose-Delta League of Women Voters
Write-in candidate for sheriff defends Pennington’s views
I’m aware of three times that people mentioned John Pennington’s plans to form a huge militia and declare war on the federal government. One of them was in a letter to the editor, one instance was at a Republican breakfast and the third time was by Tim Fenwick, saying that Pennington planned to form an extremely large militia/posse while patting him on the back in the rest of the letter.
I tracked down what Pennington said: “I would assemble a trained militia in the form of a posse. This posse would be uniformed volunteers, armed and working in direct unison with the deputies of the sheriff’s department with positive command and control.”
Is this scary? Not to me. What Pennington said is perfectly within the scope of a sheriff’s job. Cops of all stripes are allowed to deputize someone on the spot in the case of an emergency. I have actually done it. When you need help, you need it immediately. Nowhere in that statement did Pennington use the words “declare war” on the federal government, yet it was stated that way at the Republican breakfast.
Pennington could have saved himself some grief by omitting the scary buzzword “militia” since many voters can’t define that word. It doesn’t mean, nor did it ever mean, army or National Guard. Militia always meant, and still means, unpaid civilian volunteers. This is what the “Minute Men” were. They were defenders and peacekeepers, not aggressors.
The Constitution is law. Pennington and I are constitutional conservatives. This means that we both defend the Constitution as well as obey it. Those who violate it are criminals. It’s that simple.
Because I’m a write-in candidate for sheriff, to vote for me, one must fill in the oval and then actually write in “Mike Harlow” on the mail-in ballot for the general election.
As an unaffiliated candidate, I will not be anybody’s sock puppet. No party is giving me money or support. I’m my own campaign manager. I’m a decorated combat veteran, ex-cop, full-time conservative and lifelong defender of the Constitution and the Second Amendment.
If that’s not enough reason to vote for me, Janet Napolitano has said because I fly the American flag, am a veteran, wear an NRA hat and consider myself a patriot, that it’s likely that I’ll become a home-grown terrorist. What higher recommendation is there?
Vote for a flag-waving write in candidate for Mesa County sheriff.
Native Americans not in favor of Redskins name change
Research on the issue of the name “Redskins” indicates that many Native Americans oppose the name change. A high school in Washington state is called the ‘Redskins.” No one among students, the administration and the community is in favor of name change. The enrollment is 92 percent Native American. The University of North Dakota was forced to change its name from “Fighting Sioux,” but it was a non-issue with local reservations. A tribe member quipped, “I’d rather be a Fighting Sioux than a Minnesota Gopher.”
In C.S. Lewis’ book, “The Screwtape Letters,” the senior devil instructs his nephew on how to prevent real virtue in humans: “Direct the fashionable outcry of each generation against those vices of which it is least in danger and fix its attention on the virtue nearest to that vice which we hope to make endemic. The game is to have them running around with fire extinguishers when there is a flood.”
So, while the real concerns expressed by Native Americans are the floods of poor health and education systems, alcoholism, joblessness, etc., others, who “know what is best for them” are using fire extinguishers to put out names of sports teams. But then, for some who imagine themselves progressive, phony outrage works just fine as a substitute for genuine efforts at moral and social reform.