Email Letters: May 26, 2017
First four months of the Trump presidency have been truly historic
The first four months of the Trump presidency have been truly historic – correct that – hysteric. The crowds at the inauguration were the biggest ever; an unprecedented three million illegal voters deprived Trump of his rightful popular vote win; Obamacare was successfully repealed on day one; Mexico has eagerly agreed to pay for the wall; Hilary Clinton is spending time in prison; an iron-clad Muslim ban has been imposed; there are no more leaks of high level classified information; the swamp has been drained; beautiful and massive tax cuts for the less fortunate are in the works; the minor Israeli- Palestinian rift is on the verge of resolution; the Pope has reluctantly conceded that the environment is less important than corporate profits; chastened NATO members are lining up to pay their delinquent dues, plus interest and penalties; and America is great again. How lucky are we?
Foster care a way to provide children a safe and nurturing home
What an inspiring story on the front page of The Daily Sentinel on Mother’s Day. The McGinnetts are a shining example of what is needed in a foster family. They willingly offered unconditional love and support to both the child placed in their home, and the young mother who has struggled with addiction and other issues since she was a young teenager.
How heartwarming to know that this young mom may soon be able to have her baby returned to her care, due in part to the support shown to her by these wonderful foster parents. And as if that wasn’t enough, how great that the foster parents are willing to provide continued support to this young mom as she learns to parent her child.
There are many great foster families like the McGinnetts in Mesa County. And we need more. A lot more. Families who are willing to be a safe and nurturing home for fragile kids and teens on a temporary basis, while the parents work to provide a safe and nurturing home for their children.
Because every child deserves a safe, loving and nurturing home.
Budget cuts to Senior Corps would have negative impact on our community
If the proposed federal budget cuts to domestic programs go into effect beginning in October, the Grand Valley needs to be aware of the impact on some of our critical community non-profits.
These proposals are asking for the complete elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) including Senior Corps, which provides operating grants to RSVP, senior companion, and foster grandparent programs. For Mesa County RSVP, Inc. this grant represents nearly 25 percent of our operating budget annually and serves as a linchpin grant by which other grantors determine our eligibility. In addition, the three non-profits mentioned above would be completely eliminated, in their current form, as their charters are determined by Senior Corps.
Mesa County RSVP has been serving the non-profit community for 45 years by providing senior volunteers to staff these agencies, free of charge. Currently over 500 RSVP volunteers are assigned to 66 non- profits in the Grand Valley, such as Gray Gourmet, Hope West, St. Mary’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Outreach, the Visitors and Convention Bureau and the AARP Tax Program, to name a few. RSVP also provides three additional programs: Senior Scholars providing learning support to District 51 students, the Handyman Program, allowing seniors to age in place in their own residents and the Senior Health Insurance Program, under which volunteers help Medicare recipients navigate through the enrollment process and claims problems. In addition, over 100 foster grandparent and senior companion volunteers serve 1,000+ children and elderly each year.
Congress has begun debates on the budget. I would ask anyone alarmed by the proposed federal cuts/elimination of Senior Corps and the negative impact on our community to write or call Senators Gardner and Bennett and Congressman Tipton.
Our current two-party system in politics is a masquerade
Looking at recent news, I believe the two-party system in politics is a masquerade. There is little to distinguish Republicans from Democrats; there is actually an incumbent party and a newcomer party. The incumbents want to protect the tax-and-spend system they have created, and the newcomers actually want to solve the financial and social problems the incumbents consider to be useful to their re-election campaigns.
The lack of Republican support in Congress for the policies that attracted American voters in 2016 is an indication that we are not being represented by party officeholders. They are more concerned about their media portrayals and Washington Post coverage than about their voters. President Trump must change this. He may have to present, and campaign for, primary opponents to get rid of non-supportive senators and congresspersons in 2018. Too many of them would have been more comfortable if Hillary had won.
I don‘t understand why Democrats are upset about possible Russian influence. If Russia were to take over the Trump administration, we would have the same thing as a Hillary administration. Both Russia and Hillary want government in charge of healthcare; both want to shrink our military; both want to shut down our oil and gas production; both despise Christians; both want big, powerful government; both are corrupt; both are socialist. To quote Hillary, at that point what difference would it make?
The only real difference is that Democrats love abortion, while Russia wants to increase its population. Now that socialism has crammed its people into cramped urban apartments, and can hardly make toilet paper (much less diapers), many Russians don’t find life and love worthwhile.
But we observe that many Congressional Republicans will vote for bills that will achieve the Democrat objectives, and kill conservative bills in committee. Yet, they are able to build huge campaign funds to discourage any competition in primary elections. Electing new outsiders every time is the only solution, and Trump is the beginning. The Convention of States will be needed to end the corruption.
WILLIAM A. COATES
Many Christians share skepticism towards creationist researchers
I would like to comment on letter-writer Charlie Quimby’s criticisms of “creation science.” My only concern was that he might have used too broad a brush to paint his portrait of modern Christians and science.
The fact is that a growing number of Bible-believing Christians share Mr. Quimby’s skepticism towards the approach and conclusions of creationist researchers. Their unyielding literalism in interpreting the Bible is garnering more and more criticism in Christian circles.
I’ll leave it to the National Park Service to determine whether or not Andrew Snelling should receive a research permit, but I would like inform the public that there are Christians and theists out here who have not sacrificed scientific method on the altar of legalistic religion.
Segment of Sentinel’s readership still infected by right-wing talking points
Thanks to Paul Currie-Mills for confirming (“No one should be above law in politics”) that an uninformed segment of the Sentinel’s local readership is still chronically infected by the long-discredited right-wing talking points still propounded by Faux News, etc.
The underlying points of the Sentinel’s editorial (“Let’s trust the process of independent query”) is that accusations are not “evidence” and partisan spin is not “probable cause” – which is exactly why an independent nonpartisan investigation of the rapidly multiplying and serious allegations implicating the Trump administration is both necessary and appropriate once (as here) probable cause has already been found.
Whether or not “the free press in the country” is “overwhelmingly liberal” (excluding right-wing talk radio and Faux News), it is entirely understandable why “any Republican administration gets the media’s undivided attention” – given the proven criminality of the Nixon and Reagan administrations and the manifest incompetence of the Bush and Trump administrations (all Republicans).
To the extent that the media enjoyed “eight years of an Obama love fest,” perhaps that was because he led the country out of a financial crisis and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, saved the U.S. auto industry, tried to stop the flow of body bags from the Middle East, and extended affordable access to health care to millions.
Meanwhile, all the right-wing allegations against Hillary Clinton (classified e-mails and “Benghazi”), Eric Holder (“Fast and Furious”), Lois Lerner (IRS scrutiny of fake “social welfare” organizations), and Susan Rice (“Benghazi” and “unmasking”) all proved to be substantially unfounded and obviously motivated by Republican hyper-partisanship.
In other words, no matter how hard they tried, multiple investigations by Republican-controlled Congresses could not muster sufficient “probable cause” to justify a “special counsel” – because there was simply not any credible evidence of the “many scandals and egregious, perhaps even criminal, behavior of the aforementioned.” Meanwhile, to answer Paul’s question, the “’so called watchdog media” was always right there – responsibly doing its job by debunking the dubious conspiracy theories propounded by the irresponsible right-wing media to which he seemingly still subscribes.
Our city’s elected representatives should catch on to vision shown elsewhere
The above link explains how Jerusalem has become a cutting-edge smart city. I wish our elected representatives could catch this vision. In the long run it would save our city money and attract smart industries. The free Wi-Fi would save the average customer $70 per month in our city.
Why not get rid of TABOR and elect people we can trust?
To make more money available for economic development the city has decided to no longer allow those that collect sales taxes 3.33 percent of taxes collected to be retained, with some considerations. You paid the taxes to the merchant and now, generally, those taxes will, in total, go to the city. The elected councilors made this determination and change.
Every so often writers to the Sentinel editor remind us that we live in a republic, not a democracy. We can quibble about whether our elected representatives as a result operate democratically or not.
In Colorado citizens, not representatives, have enacted a tax revenue law called TABOR. It requires a citizen’s vote to raise tax levels and it limits the size of growth of all governmental entities unless citizens elect to negate TABOR.
In essence, apparently citizens don’t trust elected representatives to do adequately and honestly the job they were elected to do. The GJ council has elected to keep all sales tax revenue instead of paying the retail tax collectors a fee for their job in collecting the taxes. In other words, the taxes you pay don’t go up but the tax receipts for the city do increase. Why all the hocus-pocus to get more revenue for the city? In a word, TABOR.
So why do we bother to elect people, anyway? TABOR intimates that they are all not to be trusted fiscally. The current technique to gain city revenue is not unusual. We have seen all kinds of dodges to get around TABOR regulations. The adequate running of the city has been hamstrung by TABOR, not to mention economic development. There is constant games-playing to try to run our city properly in the 21st century.
Why not get rid of TABOR and elect people we can trust? Why elect them in the first place if we want to override things they decide? We have elections to dispose of them if they misbehave.
Vote to trash TABOR the next time it is on the ballot. Let our city fly!