Printed letters, September 2, 2012
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler continues to be a target for those who do not want logical ID requirements and cleaning up registration rolls.
After his spot-check of five counties (including Mesa) found thousands of names with questionable citizenship, nearly 4,000 letters were sent to those people requesting proof of eligibility to vote. This mess is partly caused by motor-voter laws — registering to vote when getting a driver’s license.
Because only 12.45 percent of the letters went to Republicans, 35 percent to unaffiliated and 32 percent to Democrats, some Democrats accuse him of political motivation. Since his office did not look at affiliation before compiling the list, I rather question whether the percentages actually demonstrate that most noncitizens who are registered to vote would vote Democrat.
It really bothers me that even some Republican county clerks continue to say there’s no problem with voter fraud, when the national True the Vote study found 1.8 million deceased voters as still registered, 2.75 million registered in more than one state and, overall, one out of eight registrations that may be invalid. The handwringing about possibly depriving eligible citizens of their votes is bogus.
People who do not respond to reminders to reregister or provide proof of citizenship do not deserve sympathy. They apparently don’t care about all those who have sacrificed to protect that right. Instead of criticizing Gessler, we should applaud his efforts to run clean, valid elections. That’s his job.
Bureaucratic footprints left in simple sidewalk project
With the Republican Convention in full swing last week, the timing couldn’t have been better for Palisade’s school sidewalk fiasco to come to light. It’s a perfect example of intolerable waste and red tape that our wizards in Washington have created for even the most mundane construction projects.
A grant of $66,000 (apparently a fair price) was to fund a simple job to build a couple of blocks of much-needed sidewalk, ensuring the safety of students walking to Taylor Elementary School.
By comparison it’s a miniscule expenditure compared to the multitude of projects under Obama’s stimulus program, and by contrast, this job is shovel-ready. At least it was until the federal government got involved. Specifically, the ready-to-go start-up would be delayed for at least a year, and the cost of conforming to federal requirements would triple!
Why? Because in keeping with federal government regulatory overkill in everything in which it becomes involved, this simple do-it-yourself type job of pouring a 4-inch concrete sidewalk requires the town of Palisade to hire a 3/4-time staff member to manage the grant itself and a licensed structural engineer to act as site supervisor for the entire duration of the project.
To anyone even vaguely familiar with construction, forming up and pouring a sidewalk is one of the simplest jobs normally performed by workers.
According to The Daily Sentinel’s Aug. 30 article, the town does have some other options to avoid the absolutely ridiculous federal requirements that, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson, have been in effect since 2005. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many of our dollars have been wasted on similar projects over the past seven years?
Yes, the timing is perfect, considering the upcoming election. It is time for us to get a new administration in the White House and to get elected representatives at all levels of government who will use common sense and good judgment to correct the audacity of government overregulation.
Let freedom ring, and let justice prevail!
Romney’s illness comments were worthy of mention by AP
Since many people rely on media such as The Associated Press for valid information, I find it interesting that the AP can omit significant amounts of information and add other biased thoughts that go unchallenged.
Here are the words of Ann Romney: “I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a ‘storybook marriage.’ Well, let me tell you something: In the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or breast cancer. A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.”
How convenient to omit problems incurred in dealing with illnesses. The AP coverage conveniently skipped the sentence, “And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or breast cancer.”
The AP coverage goes on to state “in an appearance meant to cast her multimillionaire-businessman-turned politician in a softer, more likable light.”
Along with most people outside of Democratic circles, I find nothing at all unlikeable about Romney because of his wealth.
When the AP references President Obama, do we ever see a descriptive phrase such as politician-turned-millionaire?