Printed letters, February 28, 2014
Changes in demographics have created opportunities in all facets of life. Change is difficult to accept because it challenges our comfort zone. We need to recognize these opportunities, overcome obstacles and take advantage by exploring ways of embracing opportunities with vision, strategic planning and innovation.
The economy is ready for growth and will rebound. Growth is coming and better times are in view. Being proactive will forge productive partnerships, encourage people to believe in themselves and enable us to meet challenges head-on in this changing environment. People with innovation and creativity, going through a change together, will experience success and become more comfortable with the change process. We should not only look at the horizon but look beyond and make the horizon tangible and attainable.
Because of changes in demographics, I offer a business suggestion. I propose a Hispanic Plaza, similar to other plazas; think Santa Fe, N.M. This project offers a business investment opportunity.
A Hispanic Plaza would include restaurants, entertainment and retail. A place to socialize and experience diversity, it would have a social and positive economic impact.
Latino Links Think Tank
U.S. Farm Bill touches everyone in Colorado
The Nature Conservancy and the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts applaud leaders on Capitol Hill for reaching a bipartisan agreement on the Farm Bill and quickly passing it into law. The legislation not only impacts our state’s land, ranchers and farmers, it also touches every one of us.
Colorado’s farms and ranches make up the rural West we treasure, the watersheds that provide our water and an important part of our state’s economy. Yet, development has forced a steady decline in working lands.
The Farm Bill’s agricultural conservation easement program allows landowners to enter into voluntary agreements to conserve the agricultural and natural values of a property. This program preserves agriculture’s economic viability, protects jobs and provides incentives to conserve working ranches and farms. It also protects the grasslands, wetlands and forests.
Coloradans reap the benefits of this program in the food we eat, the water we drink, the vistas we enjoy and our overall quality of life.
Farm Bill programs help orchards around Palisade thrive, touching anyone who enjoys Colorado fruit or wine. Locally, funds helped protect 14 family farms that produce peaches worth more than $3.5 million annually, as well as wine grapes and other crops.
We thank Sen. Michael Bennet for recognizing the importance of Farm Bill conservation programs to Colorado. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, he went the extra mile when he worked to improve the easement program so that landowners in Colorado have better opportunities to conserve their working lands.
We also thank Congressman Scott Tipton, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, who worked to ensure that the bill supports Colorado’s agricultural economy.
Colorado State Director
The Nature Conservancy
Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts
God loves, but there’s a limit to his patience
This letter is in response to the letter from Rev. Virginia Taylor on Feb 19. Yes, indeed our God and Lord, Jesus Christ, is about love. As his word tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, He sent his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish (hell) but have eternal life (heaven).” The commandments and other warnings are also due to his great love for his creation, to protect all of us from bad choices and the dangerous and damaging consequences of those choices.
But there is a limit to his patience, and he also hates. See Proverbs 3:31, 6:16-19, 12:22, 5:8, etc. In Leviticus 18:22 he tells of the abomination of unnatural relations of men (with men) and women (with women). He also warns us again in I Corinthians and Romans of these unnatural acts and the sinfulness and dangers in participating in such acts. He tells us that any sexual sins (including heterosexual sins) are especially serious, as they are a sin against the body.
We can choose to listen to our flesh and the desires from within or we can choose to listen to a very loving father who wants only the best for us. (Read and study the Bible; it is all there.)
Rev. Taylor reminded us of Jesus’ message of love
Thank you, Rev. Virginia Taylor, for your excellent letter to the editor published Feb. 19 in The Daily Sentinel.
She reminded us so clearly that Jesus’s consistent message is to love one another. The teachings of Jesus do not include disclaimers or say except the poor, the aging, the women or those with different sexual orientation.
That message has lifted me up all my life. I believe that each one of us has the Holy Spirit within us, and as we are loved unconditionally, we are called to love unconditionally.