Printed letters, Jan. 24, 2010

Bill will protect children at college

Every student deserves to have a safe place to pursue his or her dreams through higher education in Colorado. Parents who send their precious children to Colorado colleges and universities also deserve to know their children will be safe.

Would it surprise you to know that there are no uniform requirements for Colorado higher education institutions to talk with incoming students about campus safety and the proper response in critical incidents on campus?

We are running legislation this year (HB-1054) to ensure students in Colorado’s higher education institutions have access to critical lifesaving information.

This bill will mandate that all higher education facilities in our state spend 45 minutes within their existing new-student orientation program explaining to students what safety protocols are in place at that specific college or university. There will be flexibility on the part of each institution as to what method they use to share the lifesaving information and the specifics of what they cover.

Details aside, educating college students on keeping themselves alive in the event of a critical incident is our responsibility to our children and to the citizens of Colorado.

We are hearing from some of the largest institutions that they may not support this bill, saying that it is not perfect. It has been said that perfect is the enemy of good. Let’s hope that Colorado higher education comes down on the side of good for the health and safety of our children and the next generation of Colorado citizens.



Telling commentary in Jan. 17 Sentinel

The Jan. 17 edition of The Daily Sentinel presents a telling picture of life in this burg.

Letter writer and County Commissioner Janet Rowland claims that her buddy and mentor, Josh Penry, single-handedly brought down the governor and caused him to decide to get out of Dodge. Right. Trash talking by an obscure politician to the rest of Coloradans is powerful stuff. Nothing like a free political shot.

Another letter writer opines that evolution is nonsense and offered up as proof a quote from the Bible. True, it is one man’s perspective, but does it add anything at all to the bogus controversy?

But the topper is a “twofer” from — who else, but the paper’s resident uber-partisan, reactionary combination reporter and columnist, Gary Harmon. He takes the president to task for his choice of words in expressing concern and sorrow over the plight of residents of Haiti, whose everyday life is not a bed of roses, but who now face monumental additional hardship after a horrible earthquake. And they were warned in advance in the 1990s, he says, so you might assume Harmon is implying it was their own fault for lack of preparation.

His second jewel is an article about how pollution controls might upset local businesses. With our air quality in summers becoming more and more polluted and in the midst of an unending inversion full of pollution causing discomfort and health threats, the thrust of the article is about potential business threats without any mention of the health of actual human beings. Yes, the article was in the business section and it is factual. Thousands of people in this valley are increasingly affected by the increases in pollution and some businesses might have to spend some money and pass on the costs to the public?

When it comes to business versus people, it’s business, of course.



Candidates need more than a killer smile

Recently, I had the pleasure of listening to a very bright young man named Ali Hasan. He is a Republican candidate running to become our next state treasurer.

Mr. Hasan seemed to be a vibrant young man full of enthusiasm and a killer smile, dimples and all. However, there were a few things that stood out during his speech that made me wonder about exactly what his qualifications for this position were.

I Googled his name and came up with quite a few Web sites and, in reviewing a lot of information about him, not one thing stood out to me that would qualify him to become state treasurer.

He is young and claims he runs a filmmaking business, but I could only find two films that he has made, which are documentaries and not money-making ventures. One movie has won a lot of awards, but again that does not mean he knows anything about running a company’s finances, payroll, etc.

I also could not find anything telling me where his money comes from, as nothing in his past suggests to me that he has a “real” job of any kind that would finance his film making business. However, his parents are quite wealthy and I wonder if he still lives at home?

He is a new college graduate, but he does not have any degrees in business, finances or any kind of money management whatsoever.

Mr. Hasan is going to have to show me a lot more of himself and tell me more about his qualifications before I would even consider voting for him. This country was bamboozled once by a flamboyant person with no qualifications to run our country. I was negligent a year ago by being complacent about what was going on in this country, but I will not be so again. We all need to do our research when voting for anyone.



Army medic awestruck by community support

This is the most emotionally challenging thing I’ve ever done. In my soul, I know this is right, but it isn’t easy.

The support for my community today was simply amazing. Even De Beque had the cop cars and fire trucks out on the overpass. To know so many strangers are capable of such love is overwhelming.

It helps reaffirm my love for this nation. I will do everything I can to bring them all home. That is my pledge to you, the community and my troops. We cannot be this strong without our family and our community.



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