Printed Letters: September 21, 2017
‘In God we trust’ is being challenged
Throughout the history of mankind, religion has been used to build the moral foundation of a culture. This is the case today in both Christian and Muslim cultures. The major difference is many Muslim cultures tend to be lacking in protecting both women and gays.
In the U.S., our culture is based on Judaic/Christian values. Our Constitution protects those with other religious beliefs and atheists. However, those protections were never intended to oppress Christians. In the past few weeks we have seen prominent Democratic senators attacking judicial appointments because they feared these nominees were devout Christians. They could point to no abuse of the law by these nominees who are already lower court judges. This should not surprise us because there is a notable push by progressive Democrats toward a secular society that restricts people who they deem to be too religious.
“In God we trust” is being challenged. We have always respected all religions and recently we have done a better job of respecting those with alternative lifestyles. However, it seems the exception is now being made the rule. For example, marriage has always been between one man and one woman. Today, progressives try to make you feel naïve for seeing value in this. Has humanity for thousands of years gotten this wrong? We should not attack those with alternative lifestyles, but they are called alternative for a reason. We are down the rabbit hole on this issue and many others.
We need to wake up and protect our religious freedom. Reject the attack by this progressive secularization movement.
DAVID A. KEARSLEY
It’s not government’s job to pick energy winners/losers
The idea that an oil and gas project on public lands could be treated equally with wind and solar projects is sort of amazing to me, and quite encouraging. The Interior Department is something of a throwback, as they seem to take seriously the multiple-use doctrine originally intended for lands that we all own.
This quote from Kathleen Sgamma is especially pertinent: “The order still retains the public comment process. By having EISs of a reasonable length, the public will be able to more easily digest and comment on them instead of having to wade through thousands of pages of bureaucratic speak. The Interior Department under President Obama was able to get wind and solar EISs approved in a reasonable timeframe of nine to 15 months, so there’s no reason this Interior Department can’t do the same for all types of projects.”
It’s not the government’s job to pick energy winners and losers, and the NEPA review brevity mandate pays heed to that.
Support community and D51 by voting YES on 3A and 3B
Although we are now sending our child to a private school, we support Mesa County District 51 schools in raising property taxes. The news reports the tax increase should only cost about $5 to $10 per month. Four years ago we sent our child to Wingate Elementary for kindergarten. We appreciated the free admission testing that evaluated more than 500 kids but which accepted only about five students into the half-day kindergarten. Funding prevented more than 495 students from attending! The kindergarten classes were great and Wingate offered lots of extra learning opportunities, including music and chess club. However, we were not happy with the after-school program that forced K-6 graders into a detention-like atmosphere. We moved our child to Holy Family Catholic School and have seen many great improvements, including kids respecting elders.
As a baseball coach for Monument Little League, we saw lots of behavior issues with kids, especially those attending public schools. We all need to do more to raise our expectations on appropriate behavior and civility.
We are dismayed at the attitude some people have about not wanting to support kids and schools in making necessary repairs to decaying buildings that are over 40 years old, providing better safe conditions for students, teachers, and administrators, and creating a community that provides outstanding opportunities for our youth — our future.
Please support our community and D51 by voting yes on 3A and 3B.
By becoming a sell-out, Hillary Clinton lost power to lead
What Really Happened? Hillary continually deludes herself that she is viable, despite the fact that she lives in a bubble between her truly noble ideals and the reality of getting lip service from funders. She hasn’t detected any conflict of interests — ever.
She’s not really her own person, nor has she ever been. That’s what happened. Anyone who “sells out,” loses the power to lead, be they man or woman.