Email letters, September 26, 2013
People want to take back
our schools from leftists
I want to thank columnist Bill Grant for his latest pontification of the liberal agenda on schools and their governing boards. The idea that the Republican Party is trying to “take over” the local school district is a fairy tale.
The reality is, the people of our community who are committed to the
principles of our Founding Fathers are tired of seeing our children being indoctrinated by the leftist philosophy on a daily basis.
Our kids are being bombarded with concepts that are no only anti-American, but laced with leftist ideals about the environment, gun-control and family values. The problems in our schools today are based on a slanted social education program that has infiltrated all the curricula. Our schools are turning out graduates who are politically correct zombies committed to big government policies and control. It is no wonder the communities are trying to take back their schools.
I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I do not know who Skousen is or who Rakove is, but I do know that when the Constitution is being interpreted by someone from Stanford University, I am a little skeptical.
The progressive leftists of this country have spent over 100 years getting control of our social programs and schools. They have turned out several generations of little leftists to support their principles. That is why leftists like Grant are so concerned about candidates being supported by conservative groups.
Money trail shows the real
partisan backing of candidates
The reporting by The Daily Sentinel on the current school board election devotes an inordinate amount of time trying to determine why this non-partisan race has suddenly become partisan. The Democrats are shocked that the Republicans would have chosen certain individuals to support.
What hypocrisy! In 2009, when Greg Mikolai — president of the District 51 school board and the incumbent running for re-election in District E — was running for the school board, his official contribution report listed only three donors: $1,000 from the Democrat Party; $3,000 from the Mesa Valley Education Association (local teacher’s union); and $1,000 from the Public Education Association in Denver. This is public information found on the
secretary of state website.
If someone wants the truth about an issue, follow the money!
Poor planning doomed
gathering for Ron Paul
How many of people knew Ron Paul was in town Sept. 24? When I spoke to many people, no one here seemed to know about this speaking event until it was over.
In trying to obtain information to attend the event, and after some investigation, I found a website where I could request a ticket. Unfortunately all 800 tickets where taken.
I quickly looked at the map attached to the site and decided to head down to the university an hour early to see if I could get in. I assumed once I got to the university there would be signs, banners, etc. to direct me to the event. I assumed wrong. Not quite sure where to go, I asked two college students, one retired Vietnam vet and one administrator, and not one of them knew of the speaking engagement. After wandering around, I stumbled on the event hall.
I was not only disappointed but I was amazed at the lack of organization and planning for such a distinguished speaker. With the right planning and advertising, I’m sure this event could have easily been four times its size (and should have been).
How many people would have liked to have heard Ron Paul speak who didn’t even know he was here? Which brings me to Tisha Casida… She was the planner and is a “wanna be” politician. Although I don’t know Casida, I’m sure this event was meant as her springboard into the political arena. It’s evident she could have gotten a lot more recognition and accolades if her planning and management skills where a little better.
Most people on both sides of the political aisle might not agree with Ron Paul. However, if this event had the advertising to bring interested parties to listen to him with open minds, possibly the right and left could each lean in and start some meaningful dialogue for the greater good of our country.
Unfortunately, Ron Paul only preached to the choir.
Regulations, not economics,
led to oil shale shutdown
Shell’s decision to shut down its oil shale operations in Colorado and move it to friendlier places like Canada and Jordan was based on artificial economic factors created by the government’s punitive regulatory approach, not normal, free market determinants.
Most people knew this was bound to happen as soon as former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed the oil shale leasing plan that reduced the availability of land for the industry to a paltry few acres scattered here and there. No business could be expected to operate under the conditions imposed on the oil shale industry by the BLM, which was reacting favorably to an irresponsible lawsuit brought by a coalition of anti-economic development organizations.
Shell’s decision was forced by regulatory pressure, nothing more. They are not quitting Colorado oil shale because of technological difficulties. They are not reallocating assets to another product or technology. They are simply moving them to a place that will allow them to employ their technology and expertise. Shell’s technology works; it is government in this state and country that does not.
We should be ashamed as a nation that we would force an industry with the strong potential to create long-term economic health and job growth to go elsewhere. We should be ashamed that we sit on top of the richest energy source in the world, but are willing to let the Middle East and OPEC continue its stranglehold on the world’s energy supply for the sake of politics. We should be ashamed that we have a federal and state government that would not just callously allow, but actively encourage, such a thing to happen.
Guess we better keep that aircraft carrier in the eastern med to protect the energy supply that the BLM just exported there.
To halt Obamacare, GOP
must win elections
Ronald Reagan brought all Republicans together, the most conservative and those more moderate. We should remember that. It’s not enough to appeal to only conservatives or only to moderates.
We also need to keep in mind that no law will stand that doesn’t have public support. There is no rush to stop ObamaCare. It is unpopular and will remain so. To stop it Republicans need to win elections.
I remember candidate Obama in 2008 promising to bring us together. He has turned out to be one of the most divisive presidents in our history. He had complete control of our government during his first two years in office and was able to ram laws through that were not fully understood.
He couldn’t get one Republican to support ObamaCare. No social legislation of this magnitude, like Social Security, was ever passed before without bipartisan support. Many Republicans supported passing Social Security.
We have recently seen Sen. Ted Cruz highlight the unpopularity of Obamacare. A vast majority of Americans don’t want to take the Obamacare medicine, but a similar majority also have no interest in shutting down the government. That is all that Cruz’s current efforts can accomplish.
The flaw in Cruz’s logic is that time is running out. No need to attack Gen. Custer, there are elections in 2014 and 2016. ObamaCare will be even less popular. We can start by defeating Obamacare supporter, Sen. Mark Udall.
Horse abuse, neglect is real
and should be reported
I feel that the recent horse abuse story that aired on local television shortchanged the public, especially those compassionate enough to speak up when they see malnourished or visibly suffering horses.
It was reported that only a very small percentage of reported abuse was actually abuse, but rather a lack of education. Excuse me, but anyone owning an animal that cannot fend for itself needs to be accountable and not just excused as uneducated. There is no excuse for ignorance in these situations. Many of us feel that abuse includes neglect and an indifference to another’s life.
The veterinarian interviewed could have gone a step further when she
mentioned that sometimes a horse has “teeth” issues, and sometimes needs to be put down. Horse owners need to be aware that a horse needs his teeth “floated” (filed) occasionally, as points develop on the teeth that rub the inside of the animal’s cheek raw when it tries to chew, causing pain on a regular basis. The pain is multiplied if animals are not fed enough to sustain themselves.
The high cost of hay has been made worse by the consistent rain experienced by hay growers. There are no easy answers, but letting an animal starve is not an option. Those who care enough to report suspected suffering should not hesitate to make that call, even though the aired report stressed that most cases are due to “uneducated” owners, and not abuse. Keep your eyes open, and make that call when your conscience tells you to. Abuse is abuse!
City, county leaders should
make clean air top priority
Applause for the League of Women Voters, Alpine Bank and Citizens for Clean Air for their excellent educational presentation on Air Quality in the Grand Valley. For those of us who wrestled with the effects of pollution during last winter’s inversion layer, the forum was a welcome insight into what is happening here at home.
Four knowledgeable speakers presented information on Pollutants and Known Sources, Human Health Effects, Economic Effects of Air Pollution on Agriculture and the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, followed by a period of questions and answers.
The facts are sobering: We live in an environmental air trap. And most of the polluition is created by us: vehicle emissions, wood stoves, industrial pollution, effects of drilling and dust.
Local officials could institute any number of regulations to improve air quality, including the testing of auto emissions. When we breathe particles emitted from exhaust pipes, our breathing is affected. often resulting in bronchitis and asthma. Perhaps officials could also investigate the possibility of a county-wide regulation requiring coal cars to be covered, thus preventing coal dust polluting our air.
Winter is coming. Another inversion? Ask your city and county officials to put air quality No. 1 on their agenda. They, as well as we, breathe the same air. As Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Republicans fear most that
Obamacare will succeed
Kudos to the Daily Sentinel for chronicling the on-going “debate” over “ObamaCare” by publishing competing editorials (“Cruz carnivals”) and letters (Glenn Menard’s “GOP should concentrate on 2014 to end Obamacare”, and Tom Howe’s “Nation’s debt is like a cancer that we ignore”).
Unfortunately, even if Menard genuinely believes that NRA-member Harry Reid is a “socialist” and that ObamaCare is a “nightmare” (albeit not even fully implemented), his opinions are colored by blind acceptance of familiarly false Republican “talking points.”
For example, when the Cleveland Clinic – touted by President Obama as exemplifying quality health care delivery — recently announced that it would lay-off employees and cut its budget by $330 million, Fox News falsely blamed those cuts on Obamacare (even though they were actually precipitated by Ohio’s refusal to accept Medicaid expansion funds – prompting a petition drive to overturn that Republican decision by referendum).
Likewise, families currently unable to obtain any health insurance at any cost will soon be paying “infinitely more” (than zero) for coverage, but the average family will actually pay less (not more) for comparably comprehensive coverage than was initially projected.
Small businesses aren’t hiring because Republicans refuse to support fiscal policies that would stimulate employment and thus consumer demand. The 40-hour work week was decimated by the near-Depression, but involuntary part-time work is falling not rising.
Rather than wait to say “I told you so” if Obamacare trainwrecks, Republicans most realistically fear that it will succeed—thoroughly discrediting them by the 2014 election.
Meanwhile, Howe seems totally unaware that the Senate has passed budget resolutions, but Senate Republicans are filibustering the appointment of a conference committee to resolve differences between the Senate’s responsible and the House’s fatuous versions.
Thus, as “Cruz carnival” cleverly suggests, the most dangerously metastasizing “cancer” is “Tea Party”/Republican refusal to responsibly govern.