E-mail letters, July 28, 2010

Tancredo has joined ranks
of the political weasels

I really dislike the PWs (political weasels) who place their egos, arrogance and self-importance above even those in their own particular political party which helped get them were they are.  Suddenly, it is all about them and not the wishes of their party, the voters or their country. They are the worst!  These party jumpers or spoilers are proof they will stab anyone in the back for themselves. 

The most resent examples at a national level are U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who switched from a likely-primary-losing Republican race to the Democratic Party and U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who went from a primary-losing Democrat to an Independent. There are others. 

Well, now Colorado can claim its own PW, former Republican U.S. Representative Tom Trancedo, who recently issued arrogant high-noon ultimatums to the two top gubernatorial candidates in his (now) former party to drop out or he would come in as an independent. Should I trust he cares more about Colorado and its citizens than himself?  Not likely!

I am proudly unaffiliated from any political party,
Jim Shults
Grand Junction  

Tancredo’s stunt won’t
change support for Maes

The news that Tom Tancredo will split the vote and give the election for governor to John Hickenlooper seems to be coming from the top down in the Republican Party and the elites in Denver. The voices I listen to from Salida to Lamar and Trinidad to Colorado Springs at the grassroots level are in solid support of Dan Maes all the way.

Tom “the Torpedo” Tancredo cemented the convictions.

As Dan Maes said, “Money does not pull the voting lever, people do.” And I will add that it isn’t “Torpedos” making spectacles of themselves in public that rally the grassroots voters. It is the candidate who traveled the roads to speak to them in their home towns, Dan Maes.

Jerry Denney
Southern Colorado Tea Party Petition Committee Chairman

Eliminate federal agencies
to save taxpayers’ money

Although entitlements are by far the biggest funding problem facing our country, we should not overlook other opportunities for reducing the cost of operating the federal government.

Reducing the size of agencies or offices won’t do it. Over the years they simply creep up to be bigger and more expensive than ever.  The best approach is elimination of organizations having limited value. Here are two we could all live without:

The Federal Highway Administration had an important function in early development of a national highway system.  It coordinated the efforts of various state highway departments, many of which did not exist until the late 1920s. It developed standards, many of which are still in use today, and, of course, it monitored the development of the interstate highway system. I am personally proud of the role it played, since I started my civil engineering career with the Bureau of Public Roads, the forerunner of FHWA.

This agency should be eliminated along with its $42 billion budget, the federal gas tax canceled, and it’s 2,900 employees put to work at something more useful.  The states would have the prerogative of raising their state gas tax to replace funds being passed through by the feds.  Minor offices, considered to be vital, should be added to the Department of Transportation.

When I was going to school, the federal government was not involved in education at the local level.  Education was and should be the responsibility of local school boards, with some oversight at the state level. Therefore, elimination of the U.S. Department of Education makes good sense, along with it’s $161 billion budget, which includes authority over $97 billion of stimulus funding.  This change could be transitioned over a five-year period to allow adjustments to local budgets.

Some readers have experience working with or in other federal agencies, and should be able to come up with other ideas of reducing waste in government. Lay it on us!
Dick Prosence  


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