Printed letters, Jan. 28, 2010

Spending is not really helping

What we are witnessing being done today by the federal government and the Democrats in particular has never happened in the history of this country. We now have an arrogant one-party dictatorship in power.

It’s mind-boggling the way the Democrats are railroading huge spending bills and new programs through without even reading them or allowing the American people time to look at them. No real debate or input allowed. Quick, hurry, they all must be passed yesterday or the world will end. It’s outrageous.

Stimulus, bailouts galore, takeover of companies, cap and trade, pork, health care takeover, oppressive regulations, corruption, and more stimulus that does no good, and on and on.

All in the name of “helping” our children and us. But really, what kind of “help” is this when we are burdening future generations with unconscionable debt just so crooked and ignorant politicians can brag they “helped” us. Please, give my intelligence a break.

And on top of it all, the D.C. con artists ignore and distort the Constitution to justify anything.

Shortly before the election, Obama said: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” This “transforming” has nothing whatsoever to do with “helping” us, the American people. Rather, it has every thing to do with creating as much government control, power and redistribution of wealth as possible. Google the Cloward-Piven strategy for more.

This is the most dangerous and radical group of extreme socialists in this country’s history. They need to be replaced with people who understand the principles that made America strong and prosperous.

RICHARD J. CARROLL

Elected officials have little concern for voters

I believe it was Will Rogers who said, “We have the best government money can buy.” One can only wonder what he would think of the one we have now. He also said, “If they are only going to vote along party lines, we need to only send one Democrat and one Republican to Congress.”

Doesn’t it seem strange that our elected officials have little or no concern for what the voters who elected them want? It seems that the only time they want to hear from the public is when they are running for office or requesting campaign funds? After that we don’t exist and if they do respond to our correspondence, it is in some form letter about what wonderful things they are doing, not about our concerns.

Our current president and Congress remind me of the old story about Marie Antoinette before the French Revolution, when she supposedly told them to eat cake when they had no bread. I personally believe the president and Congress are totally out of touch with the American people. There was an old statement in Britain that I believe is totally appropriate here: “The asses rule the masses for the classes.”

NEAL A. WARD

 

Input needed on Garfield County growth plan

The Garfield County Planning Commission is seeking public input for the Garfield County Comprehensive Plan 2030. Input from the citizenry is integral in decision-making regarding the future growth and continued vitality of Garfield County.

The next round of public input meetings is being held on the following dates and locations:

Feb. 2: Glenwood Springs Community Center and Silt Burning Mountain Fire Station No. 1.

Feb. 3: Rifle Health & Human Services Building and the Carbondale Recreation Center.

Feb. 4: Parachute/Battlement Mesa Activity Center and the New Castle Community Center.

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. Citizen attendance and involvement is critical to this decision-making process and I hope many will be able to attend.

PHIL VAUGHAN



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