Printed Letters: September 22, 2017
Let’s pay for children’s improvement
It occurred to me just the other day the volume of work that was taking place on the roads in my community. Though I was occasionally frustrated with the disruption, I was thrilled with the number of improvements. What a blessing after so much deferred maintenance; new pavement, quality chip seal, new roadways!
It was only after a drive down a stretch of Riverside Parkway, seeing the signage acknowledging Measures 2A and 2B that I realized that it was our vote as a taxpaying public that allowed these road improvements to very quickly take place.
I am writing not merely to speak to the wonder of new roads, but to the bigger issue of how wise communities see themselves, and deal (as a group) with their needs. More fundamental than rights-of-way are the elemental needs of our local school district; School District 51. If we are willing to indebt ourselves for the improvement of our roadways (as seems right), how can we not indebt ourselves for the improvement of our children? And yes, your children are my future. The argument has been made that 3A and 3B are not the answer; that all monies should go to the classroom and to teaching. In my mind that is naive. No institution the size of School District 51 exists without enormous physical plant, without “layers of administration” to accomplish day-to-day tasks. The city and county are good examples; efficiencies even in times of very low tax revenue.
It has been flippantly said that taxing the public does not produce prosperity. Of course it doesn’t, it merely creates the kind of positive, forward thinking, educated environment where prosperity flourishes. I know how I will vote (and why)... do you?
Voice of people not heard on North name change
I’m sure that when City Council decided to go forward with the name change from North Avenue to University Boulevard they didn’t anticipate the level of controversy that would result from it. I have seen posts on both sides as to the reasons why it should or shouldn’t be changed. I myself have written to the City Council letting them know my concerns with their decision. I wanted to clarify my personal concerns with this particular issue. It rests in the very foundations that our forefathers intended our government to stand upon — the very first words in our national Constitution…“We The People.”
As it clearly states in the Declaration of Independence: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
In short, this means that the government gets its power from the people. This sadly hasn’t been a reality for our national, state, and now — so it seems — our local government. In my opinion, there are many good personal and economic reasons why the name change shouldn’t occur, but for me it runs so much deeper than this. There is a moral factor that in such a huge decision that effects so many of us, our city government failed to allow our voices to be heard. Few made a decision for the many and that is something that should concern us all. I can accept a name change if it was something that the majority of people within the community agreed to. I cannot, however, accept the fact that the city felt that it was acceptable to take away the voice of its people.
So, as a citizen of this community I will sign the petition against the name change. I encourage every citizen to do the same — not because you agree or disagree or maybe don’t even care about the name change — but as a sign to our local government that here in Mesa County the voice of the people will continue to be heard.
American people are tired of politics as usual
The political establishment still doesn’t get it. The reason that Trump was elected is that we’re tired of “politics as usual.”
We are fed up with congressmen passing laws and exempting themselves, becoming multimillionaires on $200,000 salaries, and giving billions (almost $19 billion in 2016) to other countries while our veterans receive substandard care.
We’re tired of our government poorly performing one of its few legitimate functions, border control. We’re fed up with government allowing millions of illegal immigrants (and dangerous criminals and drugs) into our country so that liberals can increase voter rolls and businesses can get cheap labor while our schools and prisons are overburdened, hospitals are bankrupted, and millions of citizens are unemployed.
We’re tired of seeing food stamps and welfare abused by ever-increasing numbers of the “gimme” society being established by government handouts. (Watch all the junk food paid for with food stamps by people wearing brand-name clothes and brand-new tattoos.)
We’re weary of politicians and government officials who cheat, steal, lie, seduce, molest, and sext. We’re tired of “pay to play.” We’re tired of sending idealistic representatives to Washington to have them contaminated by a system grown so tainted by money and power that corruption is rife and, worse, accepted.
If we don’t reduce government to its constitutional limits and institute term limits to minimize corruption, “Atlas Shrugged” will soon become a reality.