Email letters, August 20, 2013
Combat deadly ovarian cancer by being aware of symptoms
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance urges everyone to wear teal on Friday, Sept. 6 to remind us that ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
Recent ovarian cancer reports in the media have centered on celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Pierce Brosnan, but not all families impacted by this terrible disease are famous. An estimated 220 women in Colorado will die of ovarian cancer in 2013. For many others hope begins with awareness.
Women must know the symptoms, including bloating, abdominal pain, urinary urgency and frequency, and difficulty with eating. Why is awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms so important? Because there is no universally accepted screening test for this disease; a Pap test does not detect this cancer.
You can learn more about COCA and its work on behalf of Colorado women at http://www.colo-ovariancancer.org.
GUADALUPE PEP TORRES
Executive Director, Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance
American Constitution Party offers principled alternative to Tea Party Republicans
Charles Ashby’s report – “Party pooper” – in Monday’s Sentinel reminds readers why revival of the American Constitution Party is vital to the integrity of our elections.
Albeit disorganized and underfunded, the ACP’s status as a “major political party” entitles it to designate members of county canvass boards (charged with certifying election results) and to appoint “poll watchers” to monitor polling places.
Moreover, the stated principles of the ACP – drawn from the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights—have profound public policy implications.
Indeed, the ACP offers both solace and refuge to those who despair at the current state of American politics, but revere the Bible as the chronicle of man’s moral evolution in the Old Testament – reaching its pinnacle in Jesus’ New Testament teachings.
“The Golden Rule” in Luke 6:31 suggests that undocumented immigrants, “Dreamers,” and women facing unwanted pregnancies deserve the same “equal protection under law” that we each would expect for ourselves.
Matthew 25:40,45 suggest that food stamps and Medicaid have greater moral merit than gratuitous subsidies to profitable oil companies and/or corporate farmers (Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25) and/or a tax system that under-taxes polluters and Wall Street (Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25).
The Declaration of Independence eloquently affirms a litany of reasons for armed revolt by pre-Constitutional colonials – and successfully recruited patriots to the Revolution.
Our Constitution’s Preamble prioritizes the purposes of a more potent government than that which proved ineffectual under the Articles of Confederation, and its own Articles deliberately convey “delegated powers” from the states to that federal government.
The Bill of Rights protects individual liberties from encroachment by both federal and over-reaching state governments — as do the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.
Thus, the ACP offers Coloradans – whether religiously minded or not — a principled alternative to the mindless extremism and hypocritical dishonesty of “Tea Party” Republicans.
Taxpayers should not foot bills for irresponsible choices
Channel 7 in Denver recently reported a proposal by Gov. Hickenlooper’s task force on wildfires to implement a tax (or fee) for fire protection to those that chose to live in a wild land/urban interface zone. My thoughts are many, but here are the top two.
If somebody wishes to live in such an area, that’s free choice, but do not tax (fee) others for any stupidity involved such as failure to remove fire hazard materials, etc.
If this is of such a high priority, then get the money by taking it from lower priority projects (already funded by working taxpayers) such as cash “by the number” for out-of-wedlock babies or free food for not working, etc.
I’ll shut up while I can; otherwise, I will be here all day typing and responding.
LARRY M. HEAD