Printed letters, November 19, 2013
Two years ago, I tried to convince the Colorado Education Association and several members of the Legislature that an education lottery would be the way to go on K-12 school funding.
Some of them told me that a second constitutional amendment would not fly at that time. They wanted to keep pushing for a tax through the Legislature.
I knew Amendment 66 would fail this year, due to the slow economy and taxing on top of other taxes. Amending the current Colorado Lottery to fund K-12 schools would be a more fair approach.
Even though I like funding parks and recreation through the current lottery, it is time for the state to get creative and progressive on K-12 funding. The Colorado Legislature and Colorado voters could amend the current constitutional lottery amendment to fund our schools.
The Legislature needs to consider this concept in its next session. It is simple, smart and fair. Most of all, it is not a tax. Buying an education lottery ticket would be for a great cause.
Fruita Veterans Day event worthy of greater coverage
What a disappointment that the day after Veterans Day, The Daily Sentinel printed a short article on Page 2 about the observance at the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park in Fruita.
A front-page article featured the plight of dog adoptions in a lengthy story. Our family has always loved dogs. A dog story would be welcome any time. Veterans Day is once a year.
The public is not aware of what a God-and-country-honoring observance it was. The program began with a helicopter flyover provided by an individual, since military flyovers are no longer allowed. Thank you for the pictures of Mathias Mulumba singing our national anthem and six-year-old Hudson Himes leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
The address presented by the honored speaker was very encouraging. Unfortunately, there was no mention of the inspirational invocation and benediction by the Fruita minister; the 15-year old from Fruita Monument who sang “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful” and “Amazing Grace” ; the pipers and drummers; the release of white doves; the lady who sang “The Lord’s Prayer”; or the military salute.
Those who have preserved our freedom should be recognized as heroes. Veterans Day is such a time.
Professor Limerick’s essay on fracking worth reading
The University of Colorado and the Center for the American West are engaged in a program that should be of interest to people on the Western Slope.
According to the Center for the American West website, “In October of 2012, the National Science Foundation Sustainability Research Network awarded a five-year, twelve-million-dollar grant to a consortium of scientists and engineers from nine different institutions, including and led by a team from the University of Colorado. The goal of the grant is to provide the material for a more productive, more evidence-based consideration of natural gas development, maximizing the benefits of this resource while minimizing the negative impacts — on human and natural communities — of its production. The Center of the American West holds the role of outreach and public communication in this collaboration.”
Dr. Patty Limerick is director of the center and won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1995 (the so-called genius awards). She brings a moderate voice to the discussion and attempts to clearly define what is known and what needs to be known and to clarify the many misconceptions that are present in the current dialog on fracking. Regardless of your point of view, if you care about this technology, you should visit the website and read Limerick’s essay in progress (including the, um, limerick).
Panel discussion on the impact of seasonal workers is airing
With immigration an ongoing topic in Congress, readers may be interested in the local impact of seasonal workers in Mesa County. A recent panel discussion, organized by the League of Women Voters of Mesa County and the Colorado Mesa University sociology club, is available on Channel 12 and covers a variety of issues related to seasonal workers.
Panelists include Abigail Richardson, PhD, CMU assistant professor of sociology and faculty sponsor of the sociology club; Bruce Talbott, owner and operator of Talbott Farms; Molly Greenlee, Migrant Education program coordinator; Nicole Bernal Ruiz, Hispanic Affairs program director; Tom Acker, CMU professor and Colorado Immigration Rights Coalition board member; Julie Mamo, executive director of Grand Valley Peace and Justice; and Jerry Otero, regional director, office of U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.
Cable Channel 12 is our local public access television, utilized to educate ourselves on issues in the Grand Valley. The panel discussion on seasonal workers will be broadcast at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily through November.
Watch and enjoy. Then speak up locally for changes that keep our community fair, vibrant and strong.
League of Women Voters
of Mesa County