Email letters, Aug. 24, 2012
Lies that often said are often believed
The Romney campaign began with a lie using President Obama quoting John McCain saying, “If we talk about the econ0my we’re sunk,” as if Obama said it. The etch-a-sketch campaign then moved on to say that Obama ended the work requirement for welfare that was designated false by fact checkers.
Now the Romney campaign is saying that $716 billion is “stolen” from Medicare beneficiaries while fact checkers say it is actually a savings. Paul Ryan’s budget actually takes out the same $716 billion, but gives it to tax cuts for the wealthy while Obama’s savings goes back to beneficiaries in the form of benefits such as closing the drug doughnut hole.
Past campaigns might remove ads proven blatantly false, but now it is promoted with $100 million and supported by false equivalency on major networks. Say a lie often enough and some will believe it, especially if there is a desire to believe it.
How else can a party’s philosophies crash the economy, then oppose everything the new president does without compromise, then blame the president and not be just laughed at by news organizations?
Ignore the president’s jobs bill, deny that there even was a bill and then blame the president for poor leadership. Create an illusion. Hate the truth.
When the economic policy is to lower taxes on the wealthy and pay for it by ending Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, it is probably best to make things up. Even destroying the country’s credit rating to give tax cuts to the wealthy is not a bridge too far, but evidently infrastructure upkeep when we need jobs is.
Public education, pensions, unions, women’s rights and college loans all benefit the wrong people, so they need to go. Or maybe it is the lies that need to go.
Profitable oil, gas companies given subsidies, tax breaks
We’ve subsidized and given tax breaks to oil and gas companies for nearly 100 years. I have questioned this for a long time, particularly when they show record billion dollar quarterly profits.
We don’t have to go very far to see examples of death and damage to the human race and environment. South American countries are still after Chevron for damage and destruction caused years ago that they’ve never accounted for. Exxon Valdez. BP Gulf of Mexico disaster, death. Texas City’s multiple disasters, death. More recently California’s explosion, death—and all with toxic pollution. And they’re not bound by all our Clean Water Act regulations!
Don’t misunderstand me; birds are very important, but are there studies to save birds from windmills? Seems there might be warning signals similar to units mounted on vehicles’ front bumpers to ward off deer.
Where is the common sense? Why are we still subsidizing oil and gas when they make monster profits and leave death, damage and destruction behind? Where is the capitalism when we give them breaks similar to those we accuse other countries of unfairly using to benefit their businesses at our detriment?
The 2009 fine for killing 85 birds in five states that Larry F. Brown of Palisade uses to support his views, makes me believe that wasn’t the whole story and it just wasn’t as simple as he implies. I suspect there were warnings given for quite some time before the fine was applied. After all, he states “killing … over a period of five years,” one-sixth of the time he says wind power has been subsidized.
Isn’t the “programmatic take” permit that Brown quotes similar to the air pollution updates waived on aging power plants or the collateral damage suffered by soldiers and citizens in Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries we’re “helping”?
Will we have four more ‘goofy” years?
Let’s assume for a moment that what the Democratic Party has claimed these past few years is true, that the bad economy is all Bush’s fault, and further, it’s worse than we first thought. O.K. What now?
Even conceding that, if we’re on the right path, why hasn’t the economy not only not improved, but gotten worse in four years?
It’s obviously so messed up that continuing to do things that don’t work is goofy. Why would we intentionally act goofy for four more years?
Keep children out of political tug-of-war
I found the article “D51: All busing …” concerning. Not because of the position that District 51 Safety and Transportation Director Tim Leon has been put in, but because of the comments by Mesa Valley Education Association President Jim Smyth.
His glib response “…now folks are realizing those repercussions…” is irresponsible for someone in his position and indicates he is more concerned with lashing out at those he blames for the current budget woes than finding solutions, or the safety of our children.
Not all parents have flexible work schedules or options for transporting their young ones to school so some children will undoubtedly be forced to cross very busy roads such as Patterson with little or no supervision.
Yes, the measure failed, and, yes, tough sacrifices are going to continue, but referring to our children and their safety as if they are pawns in a political tug-of-war because the measure he supported failed is inexcusable.
The measure did not lose because voters are ignorant or self-absorbed, as Smyth seems to assume. Maybe it was because the measure was overly vague as to how money would be spent, or because it lacked solid support among D51 employees.
Tough choices need to be made, but never at the expense of the safety of our children. Anyone who would relish the legitimate fears of parents is insensitive and should not speak on behalf of any organization associated with the D51 or its employees.
I voted FOR the ballot measure last time, but because of Smyth’s comments I can understand how some voters chose not to and may be opposed to do so in the future.
Casida a viable candidate for 3rd Congressional District
The article in The Daily Sentinel concerning the 3rd Congressional District race mentioned only the Democrat and Republican candidates, completely ignoring the fact that there is an Independent candidate, Tisha Casida, who was petitioned onto the ballot by the people and not chosen by the party elites, as were Tipton and Pace.
Casida is a very viable independent candidate who will truly represent the interests of the people, not just the interests of a political party as Pace and Tipton do. The platform she is running on may be found online at
http://casida2012.com/platform/. This is her own platform and was not dictated by a political party, as are the platforms of Tipton and Pace.
Our government has been and is now under the control of the dysfunctional two-party system for too long, and, as a result, our country is deeply in debt, has high unemployment and has engaged in outsourcing of jobs, wars for profit, the destruction of the middle class and open borders for illegal aliens, to name only a few problems.
To solve these problems, we the people must select and elect independent thinking representatives who will take action to return our country to the principles of the Constitution and our Founding Fathers .
I believe that Tisha Casida is one of those candidates.
Republicans insensitive to plight of race/incest victims
Well, here we are again. We are once more given the opportunity to disprove H. L. Mencken. Over the decades, we have sometimes been able to rebut Mencken’s assessment of the American middle class, but more often than not that has not been the case.
This election year presents so many issues that have the Democrats and Republicans separated by a wide gulf that it would be very difficult to cite them all. Perhaps the issue on most people’s minds is the stance of each party related to whether a victim of rape or incest should be required to have the child of the criminal or not.
The Republicans have proposed a definitive stance at their convention that requires the victim to have the child with no exceptions. The Democrats hold that the victim should certainly have the right to chose whether to have the child or not.
There, of course, is a view of this issue that has not received much attention and is raised by the stance of the Republicans. Given that there are no exceptions to the Republican position on victims of rape or incest who become pregnant, how do the Republicans justify requiring the twelve-, thirteen-, fourteen-, fifteen-year-old and older girls who have suffered the horror of rape or incest to bear the children of vicious criminals?
In addition, the Republicans should explain their rationale in insisting that a pregnant woman who, because of her medical condition, would die giving birth should be required to do just that.
So, as succinctly as I could, I’ve presented only one of many, many issues that the two parties disagree upon and we must base our votes upon what we discover in examining the issues with clarity.
Hopefully, we will not confirm Mencken’s view of the middle-class as the ignorant, gullible, sanctimonious and hypocritical Boobus americanus.
FMS principal lauds solid support from City of Fruita
I am honored to represent the talented and devoted staff at Fruita Middle School where we serve more than 500 6th and 7th graders. We have had great growth and achievement. The staff at FMS makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our students, and we have received great support from the City of Fruita in our work.
The Chief of Police can often be found taking crosswalk duty around our campus before and after school. His frequent presence, as well as the proactive support we get from our school resource officer, makes a statement about the importance of student safety.
Parks and Recreation worked with us to make sure the sharing of our facility for Saturday basketball leagues didn’t impact school on Monday mornings, and a generous donation was made to our school so that FMS kids who couldn’t afford the community center still had a chance to go to there to swim and play.
At Christmas this past year each staff member at FMS received letters of encouragement from the chief of police, the city manager and the mayor at the time. Many staff members told me how much the encouragement meant to them.
I want to thank the City of Fruita for its financial support and dedication to academic achievement and student safety. While our parents and school staff make the most impact on student achievement, having the community behind us certainly helps.
Fruita Middle School Principal