Printed Letters: November 11, 2016

Accept the election 
results and move on

I have watched with interest (and grief) the “display” of anger and disappointment of the “losing” side in this election. I remember how I felt (as a conservative) when we lost in 2008 and again in 2012. I felt disappointment and even anger, but I don’t recall any riots at that time. We accepted the results and moved on.

I would ask the question, is this a representation of the Democratic Party? Is this really what they are about when they don’t get what they want? They destroy other people’s property, threaten to leave the country and act like a group of spoiled children (only these actions are criminal). It is interesting that only “Trump” posters were vandalized and people showed up at his rallies to start fistfights and try to discredit the events. We didn’t see any of that from the conservative right. Why?

I am sure that there are many members of the Democratic Party who are equally dismayed at the actions of these lawless rebels, but I am also concerned that the “press” is not condemning these acts of violence. In my view, this is the result of eight years of divisive policies from the current administration. We are divided on racial lines, economic lines, social lines, environmental lines, and of course political lines. That was not the case a decade or so ago; we have actually digressed. The right and left have always had disagreements, but the gulf has gotten wider and wider. I say, live and let live; you are entitled to your views, as I am to mine.


This Friday, do something 
to honor a veteran

This country is great on the backs and patriotism of the common people that are veterans of the military. From George Washington to the brave men and women that are currently serving in the military, these patriots have given each voter the opportunity to vote for their political candidate. Isn’t this country great? Friday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Please do something to honor and help a veteran. Buy them lunch, work in their yard or give them a solid handshake and a big thank you.


Coal has negative impact on health, environment, economy

Luke Popovich’s Nov. 6 column (“Denying the costs of coal regulation”) conveniently ignores the health, environmental and economic benefits associated with prudent pollution limits. Contrary to Mr. Popovich’s statements, communities are having an honest conversation about the costs and science of continued reliance on coal. They just don’t square with the views of the National Mining Association.

Coal combustion is hazardous to our health. The MATS rule Popovich attacks limits mercury and air toxics pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury — a potent neurotoxin — can damage children’s developing brains. The Clean Power Plan would help avoid 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks among children and 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths by 2030.

Mr. Popovich disparages “Washington’s regulators” and their “government decisions.” But heavily subsidized federal coal leasing — federal lands supply approximately 40 percent of U.S. coal production — artificially distorts electrical power markets, damages public health and accelerates climate change. For example, a proposal to allow bulldozing roadless forest for coal mining in the North Fork Valley would — by Forest Service estimates — keep 40,000 gigawatts of renewable energy out of the U.S. marketplace by subsidizing coal consumption, while causing up to $12 billion in costs to the world’s economy and environment.

Three times as many Coloradoans now work for one wind turbine manufacturer as work in all of the state’s coal mines. Colorado’s $13.2 billion outdoor recreation economy is tied directly to snowpack and healthy public lands, both of which are threatened by climate change. Coal is a dirty energy source that is responsible for more than a quarter of the nation’s total global warming emissions, including 80 percent of all those from power plants. It’s time for America’s engineers to find climate solutions, and those solutions lie in renewable energy development and energy efficiency.

Crested Butte

Commission shouldn’t 
put the brakes on e-bikes

In Monday’s Daily Sentinel was an article that the Colorado Riverfront Commission is putting the brakes on allowing electric bikes on local trails. This is another wealthy group using money to make things happen their way. The electric bikes do not have the power to tear up the trails, by spinning tires, etc. People who have problems with moving their legs could enjoy the outings.

Grand Junction


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Disappointed as I am about the results of the presidential election, I have to agree with Craig’s Patrick Mosbey and President Obama that it’s time to “Accept the election results and move on” – hoping that President-elect Trump can somehow rise to the occasion.

Like Mosbey, I don’t recall any peaceful demonstrations or angry riots in 2008 or 2012 either – because in 2008 we were in the depths of the financial crisis and by 2012 it was apparent that President Obama had successfully rescued us from a near-Depression.

However, contrary to Mosbey’s revisionist history, Republican leaders did not “accept the results and move on”.  Rather, they conspired to obstruct President Obama at every turn and encouraged the efforts of right-wing talk radio and Fox News – and “birther” Donald Trump—to de-legitimize President Obama by spreading abject falsehoods.

Of course, the sight of mass demonstrations in many major cities by
“Millennials” and women against Trump’s election raises the obvious question:  where were they on Tuesday?  In “liberal” Wisconsin, for example, over 80,000 “under-voted” for president – picking no one.  Youthful idealism triumphed over political practicality. 

Overall, 53% of white women (the key to Hillary’s “firewall”)voted for Trump—are now facing the grim prospects of getting what they deserve: losing health care for themselves and their children, watching their Hispanic neighbors and nannies get deported, and even perhaps having their sons/daughters come home in body bags from some foreign land. 

In the end, it is almost laughable that the tragi-comic saga of Anthony Wiener was the final blow to Hillary’s campaign (his e-mails, not hers).  In football terms, after winning the third debate, Hillary went into the fourth quarter with a three score lead and adopted a prevent defense.  Trump needed three “Hail Mary’s”, two onside kicks (Wikileaks), and a bad call by the officials (the FBI) to win – and got them (“by hook or by crook”).

Thus, even if Republicans did not “steal the election”, they did misappropriate a Supreme Court seat by cynically refusing to confirm President Obama’s nominee.  Wishful as it may be, perhaps the only way to re-establish Constitutional credibility is for two patriotic Republican Senators (perhaps John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and/or Olympia Snowe) to declare themselves Independents, caucus with the Democrats and Maine’s Angus King, and thereby switch leadership of the Senate and control of its confirmation process.

Mr. Mosby, there is a huge difference in the 2016 election than in the elections in 2008 and 2012, which you are completely ignoring.

In prior elections, the Republican nominee was not a candidate who openly admitted to sexually assaulting women, insulted and denigrated almost every minority in the country, who has hundreds of lawsuits pending against him for fraud, breach of contract, nonpayment of contractors, including over one hundred lawsuits on the subject just unpaid taxes alone, and more. We’ve never had a candidate who has refused to release his tax returns, who urged people to shoot and jail his opponent, who had a 90% lie rate and who had great difficulty forming a complete sentence on national television.

The questions we must ponder are not ones we should simply dismiss and “move on.” We need to understand how it happened that so many people voted for a patently offensive and unqualified candidate, and how so many people got snookered into supporting a chronic liar, narcissist and blowhard like Trump.

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