Printed letters, Jan. 29, 2010

Few agree with far-left agenda

Happy First Anniversary President Obama! And thank you for your service.

If it wasn’t for Obama we wouldn’t have this reawakening with our founders. He has inspired millions like me to become a better citizen, active, responsible, and to become more aware of what Washington is doing. It’s been a long time coming. We began to take notice in 2008 when we heard Obama say, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” and “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” And the one that got the ball rolling was his comment to Joe about “spreading the wealth.”

We were curious about his character and he said to “judge me by the people with whom I surround myself.” We did and found he has 40-plus “czars” within earshot of which many are radical, anti-American, socialists and even self-avowed communists. Obama has a manufacturing czar, Ron Bloom, that says “the free market is nonsense.” There’s no place for these “radicals” in our government. Don’t you know that socialism and capitalism are mortal enemies?  My guess is there may be 20 percent of Americans that agree with his far-left agenda. And there may be another 20 percent that are in the extreme right. But I think what he is now seeing is the middle 60 percent that gave him a clear message in Massachusetts of all places.

That 60 percent is comprised of Democrats, Republicans and independents. Obama has alienated many of those Americans when he called the Tea Party protestors “extremists” and yet give Islamic fundamentalists a pass and Constitutional rights. We didn’t like being called racists by his minions because we disagreed with his policies. And we are tired of the countless apologies to the world for being American.  So, continue traveling in that far left lane and therefore becoming a lame-duck president come November — with two years left to go — and he is still in his first term. Good luck with that.

DETLEF HOFFMANN

Uranium mining is vital to Nucla area

I was privileged to be with a group of concerned citizens recently. We were discussing our local issues and candidates.  The Nucla uranium hearing came up. I had just finished reading Fran Didier’s letter and wanted to express my position.

I was born and raised in this valley and being in my 70s, have seen a lot of the uranium and oil shale booms and busts. We have always been a mining and agriculture area. Recently we have become widely diversified with tourism and manufacturing which has helped us maintain some stability from the recent turndown in the oil and gas exploration.

Several in my group had traveled to Nucla for the Jan. 21 hearing. They spoke with many of the local people and found them to be very supportive of the mill opening and mining commencing. They would welcome good paying jobs and a revitalization of their community.

Granted, huge mistakes were made 60 years ago, but today we have the knowledge and the regulations in place to safeguard the miners and the environment.

These same people have lived in Nucla for generations with the uranium all around them. Deer, elk and other wildlife have thrived. Why has it suddenly become deplorable for people in the community to make a decent living?

The U.S.A. uses 60 million tons of uranium a year. We produce 5 million tons. This makes us dependent upon foreign countries to make up the shortfall and to continue with the trade imbalances. Why can’t we become self-sufficient?

Our dependence on foreign oil and gas should have taught us to look to our own resources. I just feel it behooves us to listen to the people in Nucla who are in place and know firsthand the pros and cons.

SYLVIA MORRISON

‘Life’ includes the unborn, as well as the born

This is in response to the letter from Nancy Tiernan on Jan. 14. She has missed the point. Life actually includes the unborn, not just the born. The unborn is not a piece of trash that can be disposed of in the garbage can. The unborn is a living being just as the born are.

I do not agree with her definition of “cherishing life.” She has missed the category of terrorists. No, not all life should be cherished, but they should be prayed for.

LARRY JOHN



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