E-mail letters, April 27, 2011

Dems redistricting plan
will hurt rural schools

State Sen. Rollie Heath talks about competitive districts.  Yet he mostly ignores communities of interest.
As the 3rd Congressional District representative on the State Board of Education, I’d like to point out another community of interest that the Democratic maps completely ignore, that of rural schools.
Around 80 percent of our school districts are rural schools and the largest part of those are in western Colorado. They already feel that their needs are frequently ignored by the districts that contain almost 80 percent of our students. But they rightly know that, in each of those communities,  the schools are of vital interest.
Ask yourself:  Is that congressman or state board member from Boulder really going to concern himself or herself with the schools in Rangely or De Beque. Or Silverton and North Conejos in the new southern district?
I would make the point that communities of interest are vitally important to the schools in western Colorado. Let your legislators know.

Marcia Neal
Colorado State Board of Education
Grand Junction

It’s time to reduce our
dependence on government

Why is it so difficult to understand that our country is in a serious financial crisis? If every month your family was borrowing 40 percent of your expenditures, to solve your problem you would have to do more than simply give up one lunch a month, which is equivalent to the highly suspect $38 billion reduction recently passed by Congress.

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has an estimated 100 billion stars, while our national debt is over $14 trillion, 140 times the number of stars in our galaxy. It is not far from the truth to say that our national debt is larger than all of the stars in the heavens.

Worse are the demagogues who lie that even minor budget reductions are equivalent to “bombing civilians” or “kill women” or “starve poor children,” but offer no solution to this critical budget deficit.

I am reminded of the Third Reich critic Karl Krauss who wrote, “A demagogue tries to sound as stupid as his audience so that they will think that they are as clever as he is.” Think Washington politicians! Class warfare is a war where everyone loses.

This argument is not between political parties, but between big-government progressives and limited-government constitutionalists. Sadly, we have become such a risk-averse society that multitudes of our citizens expect government to provide them both their needs and desires.

It is time for all to realize that we must become more self-sufficient. Budget reductions will, necessarily, sharply reduce the government largesse to many, rich and poor alike. It is time to reclaim our sense of personal responsibility for all aspects of our lives, care for our children, aging relatives and ill friends, and not depend on government for what God expects us to do.
Hans Croeber

Cooperative effort needed
to preserve Colorado River

More than 30 million people in seven states are dependent on the Colorado River, which flows from Colorado’s snow-capped peaks. Also dependent on that river: fish and wildlife in downstream national parks.

A new report from the National Parks Conservation Association warns that policy-makers in the basin and in Washington need to take steps to keep water in the river to sustain national parks and wildlife habitat, and the economic benefits they bring to communities across Colorado and the West.

According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, hunting and fishing generate an estimated $1.8 billion for Colorado’s economy. The National Park Service estimates that Colorado sees $336 million in economic benefits from national-park tourism.

We can do this. Colorado and other states are working now with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on strategies to conserve and stretch the Colorado River’s supply to meet the needs of the environment and all of us in the face of climate change. And Denver Water and the West Slope just signed a
water-sharing agreement that could be a model for basin-wide cooperation.
The Colorado River belongs to all of us. It is our responsibility to work together to keep it healthy and ensure our kids and grandkids also have a chance to cast a line.
Geoff Samples

Money talks at Mesa County
commissioners’ meetings

A friendly notice to residents of Mesa County: If you’re going before the county commissioners for approval or disapproval of a proposed project, you had better be the one holding the money.

As a resident of Loma, I attended all meetings regarding Bobby’s Birthday Bash to oppose this unwanted intrusion into our community. It was apparent to all residents in the area who attended to voice their displeasure about having on-going concerts in a residential and farming community that our concerns fell on deaf ears.

At the most recent meeting, Commissioner Janet Rowland started by saying, “In the interest of time, we will allow three minutes for each person to express their viewpoint.” What she should have said (as that is how it turned out) is “Only those opposed are limited to three minutes but those in favor of Willis’s project have all the time needed to get their points across.”

The commissioners seemed more concerned about the money they would be taking in than for the disruption of the lives of Loma residents, who will have to contend with the mess surrounding our properties each time Willis decides to put on another concert.

The commissioners are going to make sure that they are covered monetarily for every move Willis makes and also add money to their coffers. The residents (voters) will be left on their own to cover damages to their property with each concert that will bring in every class of individual. There is no conceivable way they can protect us and our property when 25,000 people descend on us to attend a three-day or four-day concert.

Willis (or rather his mouth-pieces) made it clear he wants to make this a permanent venue for whatever he deems he wants to do. This makes me wonder — since he’s planning on doing “business” in this area and has lived here for almost a year, why do his Dodge truck, yellow Porsche and huge RV still carry New Mexico plates? When we moved to Colorado, we were required to get Colorado plates on our vehicles within 30 days.

If you get the feeling I’m upset over the intrusion in our lives, you’d be correct. Janet Rowland, Craig Meis and Steve Acquafresca have hung the residents of Loma out to dry.
M. E. Ouellette

Palisade dispensary owners
active community participants

Thank you, Town of Palisade and the wonderful volunteers of our community! During these economic times it is inspiring to see a group of people donate their time to be part of the solution to areas of need in their own back yard. Peach Bowl Park ’s bleachers, dugouts, pick-nick tables, shed and grounds look beautiful and bright.

Colorado Alternative Health Care believes in being the change you wish to see in the world. By being part of the solution to a problem and encouraging others to help in any way they can to
ensure a safer and healthier community.

CAHC opened with a Town of Palisade business license in December 2009 — in a discrete location, with an approved business sign, neutral lobby area, never advertising with any marijuana leaf or products and approved hours of operation — to ensure an out-of-sight safe place for medical marijuana patients to obtain their medication.

CAHC has also contributed to numerous projects and charitable organizations in this community.

CAHC encourage everyone to come by during business hours and see how we operate, ask questions, give us feedback on how we can better serve this community. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m. at 125 Peach Avenue.
Thank you volunteers for your hard work!

Desa & Jesse Loughman
Colorado Alternative Health Care


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