Printed letters, April 19, 2013
So, Steve King wants to pass legislation to eventually get $30 million to fund a firefighting fleet of airplanes. I agree that is an important request here in Colorado.
But King and his Tea Party cohorts have now influenced economic policy in this country to such an extent that it has led to sequestration in which we don’t have money for anything important.
Thanks to King and the Tea Party, we now have the regressive Bush tax cuts that have been made permanent with the help of Obama and the Dems, no less. Instead of letting the Bush tax cuts expire and letting the Clinton era progressive tax cuts go into effect, we now have no money for King’s important projects such as firefighting aircraft, needed infrastructure repair, higher education or national parks, which are among the many important projects we could be funding.
Instead, we are now going to have ongoing budget battles every year, trying to wring out any drops of federal funding for projects and departments about which we all care. It will be interesting to see how far this era of austerity lasts, especially when members of the GOP such as King can’t get funding for their preferred projects.
Europe has started to reach its breaking point with austerity, and I’m guessing we will not be far behind.
Youth group could teach those at rally a valuable lesson
While the participants at the so-called “Freedom Rally” were ranting about individual rights, taxes, gun control and the onerous forces of government this weekend, the young teens in my daughter’s Methodist youth group were out in the community helping seniors with yard work, house cleaning and other chores with which they may have needed assistance.
This is the kind of substantive, positive energy a community needs to grow and prosper, not the whining and posturing of a disenchanted few who want the freedom to do whatever they want regardless of the circumstances to others.
Instead of wrapping themselves in the flag, they could be spending some time helping those people who perhaps don’t have the freedom to do the things they used to simply because of age, not political inclination.
Voters must better assess each candidate’s character
Is there any characteristic that may make one unfit for service? Perhaps character.
Our character is determined by the nobility of the values that we hold and the courage it takes to live by them. Recently the Grand Valley political scene has shown us two elected officials (Craig Meis, county commissioner, and Jared Wright, state House district 54) who would give us pause to consider the word “character.”
There is now a third party, recently elected city councilman Rick Brainard. Here, the record seems quite clear. In a fit of rage he assaulted his female live-in partner and then initially lied to the investigating officer. When this became public, he took solace from emails and phone calls “of support” and refused to step down.
He was never accountable. There was no ownership of the problem, no public acknowledgement, no remorse, and no self-correcting opportunity for improvement on his part. And, by the way, he also “wants a pass” from the judge.
His core values do not match what our community needs or wants. I would think that he should try to find the courage to apologize to his girlfriend and to the community at large and then resign.
Finally, as voters, we need to pay a great deal of attention to the character of candidates who run for office.
Support SB1 to lighten strain on family finances
As many know, raising kids in young families is an uphill battle these days.
My husband and I have been blessed to be able to do so without too many hitches, but I know that in many families struggling with the job market, unexpected medical problems or single parenting situations, children are the first to feel the effects.
Studies show that a child’s early years of development are the most sensitive to economic instability in families. Lifetime consequences for educational performance, healthy body and brain development and later success in life result from parents’ ability (or inability) to provide quality food, spend time with their children and purchase items as fundamental as reading glasses.
For these reasons, I encourage my friends, neighbors and lawmakers to support Colorado Senate Bill 1, which would create a state-earned income tax credit, a state childcare tax credit and a dependent care tax credit.
Together, these credits would put money back into the pockets of hard-working families and caregivers, especially those who – through no fault of their own – find themselves struggling to get our next generation off to a healthy start.