Printed Letters: March 13, 2014
Just denting climate change could bankrupt our economy
As a retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employee (National Weather Service) of 23 years, I am dismayed at how “climate change” has become such a political hot potato. It has become very fashionable these days to blame everything related to climate extremes as the fault of mankind.
This viewpoint is nothing more than a political agenda that the mainstream liberal media willingly always perpetuate as a given fact. Climate, by its very definition, is always changing … always has and always will. It is up to us to adapt to it, same as every other species has since day one.
There is little doubt about our being in a current global warming cycle. The disputes are whether man is the direct cause and whether we can even do anything about it now. Personally, I believe we would bankrupt our economy if we were to even make a dent in climate change.
Making reasonable and economic moves away from fossil-fuel power sources is a noble goal, but we have to let market forces decide the agenda and not Washington politicians.
Dems simply tell candidates not to bother getting into race
Brad Webb, who looks like a promising candidate, remarked that he was new to active involvement in politics. His remark about a “shameful, back-room deal” in regard to Jared Wright’s decision to withdraw from the race, illustrates this.
The Affordable Care Act is the out-of-wedlock child of the Democrats. The Democratic party doesn’t do backroom deals because the party chooses (not officially, of course) the candidates and then tells other possible candidates to “back off.”
I had this demonstrated firsthand in Denver a couple of weeks ago when the newly announced Democratic candidate for the state Board of Education was introduced. I was later visiting with a Democrat who had told me earlier she was planning on running. After she left, one of my fellow board members remarked, “Oh, we told her to forget it.”
When was the last time you saw a Democratic primary? Muddied as our primary contests become, I still prefer the old-fashioned “democratic” way.
Most citizens of Colorado, nation didn’t want Obamacare
We, the great unwashed, are again graced with another re-education session by Michael “Now That We’ve Passed It You Get To See What’s In It” Pramenko. (Daily Sentinel, March 2).
This time it’s Obamacare Section 1332’s fabulous flexibility. Who knew? According to our Dear (Medical) Leader, 1332 “remains a true opportunity” and “represents a door left wide open…that would allow states to develop an innovative plan that works better.”
Wow! What took us common slugs so long? Perhaps it’s the realization that the door is only open wide enough to accept any “innovative” plan that at a minimum “covers as many people, provides similar protections and doesn’t increase the federal expenditure on health care.” Restated in non-fed code talk, “it’s still my way or the highway,” with the government slamming that wide-open door right in your foolishly naïve face if the Obamacrats don’t like the proposal.
Pramenko rails against Obamacare opponents, asking what alternatives they offer. Before answering, consider that more than 60 percent of Colorado citizens and the citizens of the country as a whole do not and never did want Obamacare.
Consider that it was based on lies about what it contained and how it would operate, including “you can keep your plan; you can keep your doctor.” Consider that the whole scheme is so admittedly flawed and has been changed by fiat so many times that it makes a mockery of “a nation of laws, not men.”
Within that uncomfortably real framework, a fair rephrasing of Pramenko’s question might be, “What’s your alternative for implementing this plot, anchored in outrageous lies, that you don’t want now and never wanted in the first place?” The answer then becomes self-evident.
Current administration ups nation’s dependency on others
The administration in Washington and local governments are supposed to look at doing for the good and security of our nation. President Obama awhile back said that America needs to reduce our military and arms so every country can be more equal. Common sense has always been that the guy with the big stick has the negotiating advantage.
Washington has positioned America to depend on other countries for the majority of the goods we use. It’s by our own work ethics that our jobs have been given to someone else. Right now Russia is working on taking over the weak countries and preparing to choke off the necessities of others.
RAFAEL A. SALAZ