Email letters, April 24, 2014

National debt could bring on economic collapse

Last month our federal government reported that it borrowed $378 billion in the first five months of this fiscal year. That computes to borrowing an astounding $2.5 billion each and every day, and, if borrowing continues at this rate, our national debt will increase by over $900 billion this fiscal year. Our government is spending us into bankruptcy, and the majority of our elected officials are either too ignorant or too enamored with power to recognize it.

Comparing our government’s fiscal situation to a family that spends $50,000 a year, the family debt would be $235,000 and of the $50,000 spent, $20,000 would be borrowed. How long can this family survive before it goes bankrupt? How long can your government survive before it collapses?

In 1971 President Nixon took the U.S. dollar off the gold standard, so that now the only thing that supports our dollar is the “full faith and credit” of the U.S. government. That is almost solely based on its ability for unlimited taxing of its citizens — you and me.

Considering the laws of economics and human nature, government will tax, spend, borrow and print money until the country suffers an economic collapse, when all will suffer. Actually, we have no one to blame but ourselves as we have demanded government services and benefits far in excess of its ability to provide them, while effectively mortgaging our children’s future to satisfy our own current selfish wants.

Our only hope to avoid this economic disaster is to change our government’s ways, insist that our elected officials spend less, waste less, balance the national budget and think more about freedom and personal responsibility and less about government largess, wealth redistribution and re-election.

C.S. Lewis wrote,” No clever arrangement of rotten eggs will make a good omelet.” Many rotten, unnecessary spending eggs are in our national budget.


D51, superintendent thanked for adding security officers

Congratulations to Steve Schultz, superintendent of School District 51.

On April 15, District 51 implemented its armed security officer program at the Basil T. Knight Center. Schultz introduced the officers to the board and the attending public. They were in their uniforms and looked very professional.

He referred to the tremendous amount of work involved to bring this program to fruition, extending his appreciation and thanks to all of the members of this community who, by their hard work, made this a reality.

We want to praise him for recognizing the need and for his vision to put a security team into place, when the emotional knee-jerk reaction was NIMBY — not in my backyard. We also acknowledge him for the monumental task he took on by assembling, sifting through and refining the information to produce a plan to “protect those who cannot protect themselves, our 22,000 students.”


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Manipulative politicians can control ignorant population

“Ignorance is pervasive” is part of a headline in a recent Sentinel article about what are considered scientific truths, and that is certainly the case here in the USA. Only 27 percent of Americans are extremely or very confident that Earth is 4.5 billion years old. Only 33 percent are confident that the average temperature of Earth is rising, and it is 31 percent are confident that all life on Earth evolved through a process of natural selection.

The reason for this ignorance can be placed squarely at the feet of conservatives, especially those in the conservative media and in the political arena. Anyone who believes that ignorance is bliss can certainly get a receptive ear on the Fox News Channel or conservative talk radio. These media outlets often invite people on their show who will discount any kind of scientific truth because it doesn’t agree with their religious belief or political point of view (Earth is only 6,000 years old? Really?)

Then there are the political entities in Congress, in states or on local school boards, especially in the woefully ignorant Southern states, who don’t believe in funding education at any level or who want to produce textbooks that will give ignorant ideas an equal discussion. (Creationism gets equal time or any time at all with the scientific theory of evolution in a science classroom? Seriously?)

This country can only be as great as the level of education that our people reflect. With a country filled with blissfully ignorant people, we can only be a second-class nation at best. Certainly the powerful conservative entities out there want it this way, as it is easier for them to manipulate and take advantage of the very people that they keep in ignorance.

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City Council ‘panhandles’ but won’t let others put hands out

The City Council decided to ban retail marijuana sales. Now councilors put their hands out and want money from other counties that allow it. How ironic, then, to try to enact a panhandling ordinance.

It is typical of their “do as I say, not as I do” mentality. I don’t believe in something for nothing. Stop the hypocrisy and start showing some integrity.


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Workers’ union president aptly criticizes Keystone XL delay

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, couldn’t have expressed it better April 18 when he said the following on President Barack Obama’s political policy regarding approval of Keystone XL:

“This is once again politics at its worst. In another gutless move, the Administration is delaying a finding on whether the pipeline is in the national interest based on months-old litigation in Nebraska regarding a state level challenge to a state process — and which has nothing to with the national interest. They waited until Good Friday, believing no one would be paying attention. The only surprise is they didn’t wait to do it in the dark of night.

“It’s not the oil that’s dirty, it’s the politics. Once again, the administration is making a political calculation instead of doing what is right for the country. This certainly is no example of profiles in courage. It’s clear the Administration needs to grow a set of antlers, or perhaps take a lesson from Popeye and eat some spinach.

“This is another low blow to the working men and women of our country for whom the Keystone XL Pipeline is a lifeline to good jobs and energy security.”


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Clearing up misconceptions over marijuana dosages

Research should have been put into the claim stating that a medical marijuana edible containing 300 mg of THC is equivalent to 30 joints. Because of the edible’s very nature, it was more than likely made with hash of some form. Inherently, this hash won’t be 100 percent THC. Measurements in edibles are more often measurements of the amount of hash rather than true THC content.

On another note, when has 300 mg ever equaled 30 joints? Either way you take it, that’s a gross exaggeration. Thirty joints of poor quality marijuana (10 percent THC by volume) would be right around 2,500-3,000 mg of active THC. Or, in another sense, three joints of that same quality would be 280 mg, a more accurate estimation for the equivalency of the pictured edible.

And just to clear up any misconceptions, oral administration of cannabis is a completely different experience; other factors must be taken into account that aren’t present with smoked marijuana. Dosages of the two are can be compared; however, it’s like comparing apples and


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Small minority should not dominate national airwaves

Please help the 96.5 percent of Americans! According to the latest estimate by the Williams Institute, 3.5 percent of Americans are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Why, then, do I hear over 10 percent on the radio and television about their problem?

This wonderful country, “The United States of America,” was founded under Christian principles. God’s word states: “It is (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) an abomination to God and Man.”

Why, then, does 3.5 percent have the cover of everything in our great country? I am sick of it and would like America to stand up and say, “No, I do not accept your problem.” It is yours, not mine, and I don’t want to hear about it.

Grand Junction

Some who claim to be ‘pro-life’ are indifferent to suffering of fellow humans

In his reply to Bill Grant (printed letters, April 23), Jim Welch of Montrose accuses that gentleman of using Orwellian language.

Welch may wish to reread the book “1984” and ask the question,  “What is an Orwellian society?” At the same time, he may wish to view the movie “Soylent Green.” He should then ask himself what those works actually portray.

After he has done that, he may wish to read or reread many of the opinions and examine very carefully if we have not become a nation of “disposable people.”

As to the issue of abortions, I have never met anyone who is “pro-abortion.” So, there is no such thing. That includes ladies who have undergone the procedure.

Those who claim that they are concerned with “human life” should, instead of concentrating on only the “to be born” or “should be born,” pay attention to all human life — the lives of the living, as well as those of the unborn. It is quite easy to be noble, moral and virtuous when it costs us nothing to be so. The “unborn” or “should be born” cost nothing to you and me, but the living do.

Some of us find it quite disingenuous of those claiming to be “pro-life,” but have not the slightest concern or compassion for those in need already living. In fact, they don’t even see them. What about those who die prematurely (frequently in pain) because they cannot afford medical care or medicine?

What about the hundreds of thousands who are on the street, young and old alike, because they have no place to go? What about the millions of children who go to bed hungry every night because their parents cannot afford food? What about those who have lost their jobs and are unable to find another?

For those, we hear the standard canned responses, such as “it’s their fault,” “it’s their choice,” “they are lazy” and, of course, “get a job.” If we were to summarize all of those into one sentence, it would be “I am not responsible for anyone but myself.”

Sorry, but if Welch wishes to express concern for “human life,” it is first necessary to recognize every single person as a human being, and respected as such. Until people get around to that way of thinking, the rabid cries of “respect human life” will remain but words, noble sounding perhaps, but mere words.


Media ignore Chicago gang wars, put spotlight on Bundy instead

Before Las Vegas was the biggest sin city in the world, there was the Nevada Proving Grounds. Almost 85 percent of Nevada land is owned by the federal government. It calls the shots. It detonated nukes above ground in Nevada in the 1950s, and the dust blew downwind to southeast Nevada, the site of the Bundy ranch.

Bundy should give up his ranch, like most of his neighbors. The federal government in D.C. wrote the law. He can’t win. He should sue the U.S. for exposure to radiation. A good trial lawyer will find damages. They may settle that case. It is better to collect from the government instead of having them collect from you. Isn’t that what many of our citizens do today? 

Over Easter weekend more than 40 people were killed in gang wars in Chicago. I didn’t see much about this on TV or in other news. Writing too much about that would not be politically correct. The political powers in Chicago are liberal, and it’s not fair to call attention to their failures.

The faux range war in Nevada, however, was all over the news for weeks. Nobody was killed, but they were waving American flags and legally carrying guns. I feel bad for those trapped in the inner cities. Ranchers, on the other hand, will do just fine. They can take care of themselves. That is why they are so scary to liberals.


Coloradans must understand dire effects of anti-fracking bill

People of Colorado, please do your research and please take an educated stance on the anti-fracking bill. Rep. Jared Wright might be for this, but as a Colorado resident, I will stand firmly against it with JJ Fletcher, a candidate for House District 54.

Do you understand the process of fracking and the procedures? Start there. Then think about how this will affect our economy.

The lies and the stories that are being bought and sold by anti-fracking groups are unfounded. Ask a roughneck. Almost everyone in this valley knows someone who works in the oil and gas field. The standards for environmental safety in Colorado are incredibly high. I can’t urge you enough to talk with people who do this for a living and to understand how the process works. This bill could literally ruin thousands of families.

Colorado would lose over 60,000 jobs in the first five years and then up to 90,000 jobs after that. How is this going to help our economy? Where are these people going to get jobs? How will these men and women support their families? Whether you are for fracking or not, this is not the answer. The Western Slope economy is still very fragile. This could ruin us.

Also, if you enjoy driving your car, heating your house, having hot water, storing your food in plastic Tupperware containers or even drinking a bottle of water, you are consuming (in some fashion) oil or gas. Do you realize that the bottled water industry in America alone uses around 67 [ITAL] million [ITAL] barrels of crude oil in a year?

If Colorado citizens are so worried about our environment, why don’t we change what we consume? Instead of giving jobs to other countries, why don’t we support our own? Instead of worrying about the effects we are having on the environment by fracking, why don’t we start in our own homes and look at
how we are contributing to the problem in the first place. It’s always easier to point the finger out then in.

I will be standing against this bill, and I am pleased to know a businessman who will be standing strong with us.

Grand Junction

Current cast of national characters straight out of ‘Wizard of Oz

While I was still a young man, my wife and I and four children were invited to view “The Wizard of Oz” on a neighbor’s new color TV.  It was a great experience for the whole family, especially when the set turned to full four-color effect.  After thanking our neighbors for inviting us, I wondered what it would be like to live in Oz. 

Unfortunately, we are now actually living in Oz or a very close proximity to that make-believe country.  Why do you ask?  I’ll try to explain the similarities between the motion picture and real life here in the good old USA.
The Wizard of Oz can only resemble one person—-President Barack Obama.  He became the great wizard because the little people of Oz wanted him as their ruler. When asked why, they responded by singing, “Because, because, because of the wonderful things he does”.  Like using the golden teleprompter, smoke, mirrors and a crystal ball.
The little people are us!—fat, happy and ignorant, enmeshed in our computers, phones, games, movies and TV programs. We march right along to the wizard’s music, ignoring our own proclamation (Constitution).
The three stooges, the tin man, the scarecrow and the lion, represent our three branches of government,  Congress, the president and the Supreme Court.  No brains, no heart and no courage. The tin man is similar to Rep. John Boehner; if he cries, he rusts.
The wicked witch of the west—-there are at least three, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.  The good witch has to be Megyn Kelly of Fox News.  Why? Because I like her style.
The yellow brick road has to be the Fed, it’s golden in name only.  Just keep following the money.  Dorothy and the three stooges must follow the road to get to where the wizard lives (so he can solve their problems) and on their way they encounter many perils.  The black forest represents our foreign policy (dark, murky and no way out).  By the time they got out of the talking forest and Bushes they were sick and tired of the saying “Read my lips!

The flying monkeys—-obviously, the IRS.  They can come and carry you away at the bidding of the witches or any of the other three branches of Oz’s government with no recourse.
On the yellow brick road we come to the beautiful fields of colorful poppies and other weed—-think of the states of Washington and Colorado.  We as a country are so spaced out we could care less about anything our officials pass or legislate.  So the four heroes take a little snooze along with Dorothy’ dog.
When they wake up and continue their journey, they approach the castle (White House) of Oz where they are amazed to see the horse (donkey) of a different color — none other that Vice President Joe Biden.
Finally, they are granted entrance to the castle and an audience with the great and powerful wizard.  Instantly a huge face appears before them with much smoke and mirrors, they cower in fear.  The great wizard demands to know why there lowly souls would even attempt to confront him.  Then an amazing thing happens.  Dorothy’s dog pulls the curtain back so they can see the wizard for who he really is.  The little dog can only be Edward Snowden, the so -alled traitor.
These items I have listed are only a few of the similarities I have noticed between the USA and Oz.  If you can come up with any others, I’d like to hear them.  I just hope, like Dorothy, that I can get out of the place and back to a sane USA.  Because there’s no place like home!  I just wish we had some magic red shoes to tap three times.



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Great job, Mr. Pruett!  I have noted many similarities to Oz, myself, and “the many wonderful things he does” include many more weeks of unemployment benefits - more people drawing food stamps - more felons getting out of jail early - more illegal’s remaining ‘in country’ with his blessings.  What a deal!

For Robert Laitres:  You “never met anyone who is pro-abortion” - “So there is no such thing”, and “That includes the ladies who have undergone the procedure”.  Tell us sir, just how do you explain Roe vs. Wade?  Have you ‘met’ all the females (adults and mere girls) who have had the “procedure”?  If, as you say, there is no such thing as “pro-abortion” - why the need for abortion doctors like Gosnell?  Why the need for Planned Parenthood, and the abortions that are attributed to that group?  Are you, at some point in time, when someone corners you into telling how you really feel, that the term is “anti-life”, or “anti-pregnancy” - something that you can live with, that doesn’t sound so “murderous”?  Yes, I said it.  Any way you cut it - anything you call it - any word or words you use to make it more palatable, it is the ending of a life, period.  If there are no pro-abortion women - how do you explain those who have had more than one - more than two - more than three, or God forbid, more than four “procedures”?  Since you have evidently spoken with, and can verify there are no ‘pro-abortion’ females, (because you haven’t met one) how long did it take you to talk with the would-be mothers of more than 56 million aborted lives?  Oh - you didn’t talk with all of them?  Then how can you say that there are no pro-abortion people, even women having had ‘procedures’?  You even use the term ‘procedures’ for ‘abortions’.  True - they are indeed “procedures” - much like pulling a tooth, or taking out a bad appendix or gall bladder.  The difference, Mr Laitres - just in case you haven’t noticed - only one of the above ‘procedures’ always results in death.  Do you even know which one?

Hans Croeber’s letter about the National Debt identifies the problem and suggests the solution.

First, it is important to recall that our current National Debt is primarily the product of failed Republican economic and foreign policies.

Reagan and Bush I tripled the National Debt, Bush II doubled it again—bequeathing President Obama a 15$ trillion debt, two unfunded wars, and a near Depression.

Croeber is correct that our economy—and in fact the world economy—depends on the “full faith and credit” of the U.S., but it was “Teapublicans” in Congress who threatened to “bring on” the very “economic collapse” that Croeber fears.

Today, there are some 600,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S.—which would cost $1 trillion over ten years to repair.

President Obama’s American Jobs Act of 2011 (and 2013) and his 2014 budget would have devoted up to $100 billion a year to create infrastructure jobs to revive the economy.
House Republicans refuse to even vote on the American Jobs Act.

Meanwhile, Republicans also refuse to reform the “tax expenditures” (corporate welfare) which forego some $1 trillion per year in revenues that could be used to repair our roads and bridges and pay down the National Debt—because “tax cuts” is their magic remedy (despite 30+ years of proven failure).

Thus, “our only hope” is to vote ideological Republicans out of office and replace them with common sense politicians willing to do what it takes to revive the American Dream.

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