Printed letters, Jan. 20

It is commendable that the United States and other countries, including the United Nations, can mobilize their resources so quickly and at great expense to rescue and rehabilitate the unfortunate people of Haiti.

It is a shame and perhaps unconscionable that these same powers, including the governing body of Haiti, could not have pro-actively eliminated the inadequately designed and constructed buildings prior to this catastrophe happening.

Had the resources now being applied so generously to rescue these people been used when warning of this earthquake were issued several years ago, the entire island could have been scraped clean of the hovels, shacks and insufficient public buildings and replaced with earthquake- and wind-resistant structures.

The cost now will be excessive financially, with 200,000 lives lost, and hundreds of thousands of lives wrecked physically and mentally.

Had there been a government for the people with foresight, integrity and moral responsibility, Haiti could have been spared this hell on Earth, as was the Dominican Republic, which shares this same island.

Until mankind figures out a way to interact humanely, we cannot claim evolvement much beyond our brute forebears.


Obama’s comments were not hard to comprehend

Gary Harmon was rightfully indignant regarding Pat Robertson’s and Danny Glover’s comments concerning the disaster in Haiti. However, he let his political leanings get the better of him when he scraped the bottom of the ink well to take a cheap shot at President Obama.

Any reasonable reader of the president’s comments would have understood him to be referring to the cruel and incomprehensible “effect” this earthquake had on the lost souls of this impoverished country.  What’s so hard to comprehend?



Support should be unanimous for King’s bill

I want to comment on the bill Rep. Steve King is trying to push through the Legislature. Reading that his bill to help protect our children in schools when a terrorist attack occurs was voted down last year has baffled me.

I am sorry to tell people we are now no longer protected from terrorists. We, as a nation, need to be informed and be involved in averting these acts, especially in our public schools. The support for Mr. King’s bill should be in chorus and without apprehension.

If you are not trained in anti-terrorism, you need to defer to those who are trained. Mr. King was a local policeman for many years before he undertook the public forum of politician.

I personally was trained by the U.S. Army in anti-terrorism and have marveled at the ignorance of our country, and it’s “head in the sand” attitude.

Take this issue head on and train our teachers and children how to survive those situations that threaten them. Take care of each other and be diligent in each other’s safety.



Who would want to work for sheepherders’ wages?

When looking for a job, as many of us are, we tend to look at things like wages, hours, and how much it cuts into our daily lives. That’s why I find it shocking when I read that Colorado sheep ranchers employ H-2A guest workers for $750 a month. Some herders even reported working 91 plus hours a week. That’s $2 an hour.

They’re on call 24/7, can’t leave their posts. Half of them didn’t even get a chance to read their employee contracts. Would you take that job?

I don’t want to see the sheep industry harmed, I want to see it flourish. I’d like to see fair wages and good treatment for our guest workers.

I’m sad to hear that Mr. Alvarado felt he had to work anonymously for 2 years. We need more Tom Ackers and Ignacio Alvarados in this world. The work these two men took to uncover these working conditions to the public falls nothing short of heroic.



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