E-mail letters, December 29, 2010

Renewable energy
costs taxes and jobs

Before we run out and praise our Colorado politicians for their efforts to fund renewable energy, we need to understand just what it is they did for us.

Renewable energy funds or incentives are a nice way to say renewable energy is a subsidized industry. Without this funding, the industry cannot survive. The cost of renewable energy clearly exceeds traditional methods of electrical generation. In fact, even with subsidies, the cost of electricity will more than double, when compared with coal- or gas-generated electricity.

So, if you support “renewable energy funds,” not only are you are subsidizing this industry through higher taxes and increasing the national debt in order to provide the funds, but you will also pay a premium on your electrical bill for the higher cost of both electricity and the cost to purchase, install, and maintain this “renewable energy.”

But, we will create “tens of thousands” of jobs, we are told. I continue to look through the “Help Wanted” sections of Colorado newspapers and fail to see any employment opportunities in this sector. Maybe we are just waiting for the funds to be made available before the hiring frenzy begins. What I do know is the current push toward this change is costing real jobs as we speak, and we have yet to replace them, let alone create new work. 

If we want to discuss renewable energy, let’s get rid of the smoke and mirrors and the sales pitch used to try and convince people this is a good plan. It may be a good plan, someday, but today is not that day.
Randy Litwiller

Sexual orientation
is of no consequence

In his most recent letter to the editor, Ray Lashley makes several comments on the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, all of which are based not upon reason, but on emotion, and something which is true of all too many, an obsession with sex.

He attributes “lust” only to gay men and women. That is totally false as that is just as prevalent in heterosexuals. Therefore it is not the individual’s sexuality that matters, but rather absence of self-discipline.
It is his contention that respect for superiors is required in the military. That is correct, but that respect is controlled by two things: rank (a very strict separation between officers and enlisted) and competence in one’s position. It has absolutely nothing to do with sexual orientation, an entirely private matter.  Mature individual will recognize and accept that fact

Lashley also makes the claim that, having spoken to others who served in the military, he knows they would “prefer” not to serve with “openly gay” individuals. The military is not a place to express or be guided by ones preferences or feelings. Those who believe differently should not be in uniform.
It also a strange statement as it tells us that those same individuals have no problem serving with gays and lesbians, but only as long as they don’t know of their sexual orientation. Such an argument makes absolutely no sense.

Whenever someone reveals his or her sexual orientation to yours truly, I have only one response: So? And that is the only question to ask, as it is of absolutely no consequence. We still remain the same persons.

Whether in military or civilian life, those who keep arguing against equality for others are really looking for some sense of superiority.
Robert I. Laitres

Fix Senate rules
to end the gridlock

Washington is broken and outdated Senate rules such as the filibuster are being used to obstruct Senate business. Now, more than ever, we need to create good jobs, rebuild the middle class, and work to create a clean-energy economy.
Unfortunately, the unprecedented obstructionism in the Senate has blocked Congress from taking real action to protect working families and put our economy on the road to recovery.

The fight for American jobs and a clean-energy economy shows exactly how closely abuse of the filibuster is tied to special interests, corporate money and big polluters.

When one senator can indefinitely stall critical legislation aimed to protect our health, safety, and prosperity, we must say “Enough.”

The U.S. Senate has been paralyzed by gridlock. With a new Congress starting in the New Year, we can fix it. We need to eliminate these abuses.

I hope Mark Udall and Michael Bennett, as my senators, will vote on their first day back Washington in 2011 to fix the Senate and to get America working again.
Wayne Flick



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