Email letters, April 3, 2013
Acknowledge good attributes of Kent Calhoun, too
I would like to write in regard to the article on Kent Calhoun. While I understand that it is a reporter’s job to write about the news, I feel that your article brought up a lot of things about Calhoun that were not necessary to say. Report the story and leave it at that. Don’t kick a guy when he is down.
Your paper did a darn fine job of trying to make Calhoun seem like a bad person by bringing up every possible negative thing you could find on his past. It is not fair to him or his family that so many who read the story in the paper will judge him just based off what the reporter said about him. Even the best of people make bad decisions sometimes.
It is definitely a tragedy that a deputy got shot, and thank goodness he is going to recover, but it is also a tragedy that so many people lost someone who was such an amazing man.
Calhoun was a truly kind man who had a huge heart. He was never quick to pass judgment and would have done anything for just about anybody. He was a great dad and grandpa who loved his kids and grandkids unconditionally.
We, the Carson family, will forever miss him and never forget all of the great times we had with him and his family. He will always hold a very special place in the heart of my family, and we are truly blessed to have been able to have him be a part of our lives and call him our friend.
Governor’s gun policies harm law-abiding folks, state economy
Shame on Gov. Hickenlooper for depriving law-abiding citizens of their freedoms instead of fixing broken mental health and penal systems. A clerical error releases a violent offender? He apparently kills Hickenlooper’s top penal guy. Should not have happened.
Shame on him for ignoring the honest evaluations of the new gun laws by the law-abiding, especially the 62 sheriffs of Colorado. We now have a collapse of the economic benefits of national matches, TV shows and the gun accessory industry, as well as cancellations of sportspeople who hunt and fish in Colorado. Wildlife management will suffer, and people who depend on the above activities for their livelihood will suffer.
Shame on him for following the policies of big-city politicians whose aim seems to oppress law-abiding citizens while depriving them of the means to defend themselves adequately from the criminal element.
His policies will fail, and there will be attempts to enact more of the same. This must stop.
Where do I sign the recall petition?
Trickle of bankrupt cities like Stockton may turn into flood
In the headlines today is news that a federal judge has indicated that the bankrupt city of Stockton, Calif., might have to cut payments to its pension fund. Government benefits in some cities and states, primarily “blue states,” are seriously underfunded. Stockton is a harbinger of what is to come.
In 1974 Congress passed legislation, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, that regulated pensions in the private sector but exempted government pensions. The result was many corporations did away with their generous pension plans in favor of 401(k)s that employees needed to fund, at least in part, for themselves.
In the government sector politicians were able to grant much more generous benefits. Politicians didn’t care if they were affordable. They knew they wouldn’t be around when the “bill” came due. Today, many government employees have much better retirement benefits than most retirees in the private sector.
I don’t care what excesses cities in places such as California, Illinois and other “blue” states vote for themselves as long as they don’t expect the rest of us to bail them out. When the trickle of bankruptcies turns into a flood, the cry will be “bail us out like you did the banks.”
The fact is the banks that were helped have paid back the money they borrowed. These cities, like Detroit, will never be able to pay back what they owe. Crazy spending will choke you. The warning sign is that you turn blue.
New gun laws will not curb violence, just vital revenue
Congratulations to the Colorado Legislature and Gov. Hickenlooper. As a result of their new gun laws, not only will we lose Magpul Industries, we have now lost the International Defensive Pistol Association’s championship matches.
I fear that we will also see a decline in out-of-state hunters this fall, reducing the revenues that support conservation in the state. What is sad is that these laws will do nothing to reduce gun violence.
The Democrats in Denver sacrifice common sense, jobs and revenue to make themselves feel better. What a shame.
BENJAMIN R. ETHERIDGE
City bankruptcies could have long-term, devastating effects
One has to wonder just how the Stockton bankruptcy will affect future municipal bond markets. Stockton’s success will no doubt lead the way for other troubled cities to see how to escape the crushing debt of unfunded pension funds.
But bondholders, not unions, have been told to expect to bear the brunt of the debacle. That’s only one of many sad realities to come, I fear. The long-term damage could be devastating.
With one stroke of the pen, a judge made all municipal bond investments at least questionable and most likely risky. The decision may cause other cities to rethink pension benefits and even curtail hiring or building capital projects.
Bondholders losing principal, as well as interest, will probably have an adverse effect on current city bond sales and may even damage 401(k) portfolios.
So, in the long run, the decision to allow bankruptcy for cities may not be such a good thing. after all.
Delta burdens residents to maintain golf course
About two years ago the city of Delta received $140,000 in a grant for red gravel to be spread around the trails down at Confluence Park. We certainly did not see very much out there.
My other gripe is the way the city keeps raising our electric rates to help support the golf course. It takes a half million dollars or more every year, since it has been built.
It’s like pouring sand down a rat hole. As long as our people can keep paying our electric bills, it will continue.
Maybe there could be some help on sidewalks and streets.