Printed letters, September 27, 2012
Why won’t our law-enforcement legislator show facts to support his dramatic claims about increases of “too stoned to drive” nationwide? Most states have zero tolerance levels to begin with. Accurate for impairment or just incarceration? What’s up? No facts from Colorado that support his claims?
It was shown this past year that what State Sen. Steve King stated as fact didn’t support his bill. It showed that two of his three examples displayed would have been legal if they were legal medical marijuana patients, still the only legal use of marijuana in Colorado. One of his three examples was more than a decade old. Accurate?
For more than 70 years, we’ve been told marijuana isn’t like alcohol, it can’t be classified or measured like alcohol. What’s different now? Convenience?
King’s stand seems to suggests his interests are making laws to set arbitrary limits for legalization rather than making informed, accurate decisions about impairment. Does King’s bill benefit anyone other than law enforcement?
King nearly got his bill passed this year while prohibiting public input.
Researchers have shown some medical marijuana patients can test at 16 nanograms and exhibit no impairment. Five nanograms is an arbitrary level established by and for law enforcement, not science or to measure actual impairment, as nothing else was remotely considered.
Is it good law-making when one group can be singled out and discriminated against? What about the many mind-altering prescription drugs taken every day? Never impaired? Ha!
The word lacking in King’s statements is always “impairment,” the thing we all want regulated. Driving while impaired is not acceptable, but neither are King’s attempts to push laws through without public input. He’ll try it again. Damn the torpedoes, and the public, full speed ahead.
Riverfront vision is nearly 30 years old
Gregg Palmer says the City Council was correct in letting the people decide what they want this city to look like in 20 years.
For Palmer’s information, that decision was made when James Robb and William Ela started the process to establish the riverfront trail and the Colorado Riverfront Commission. This community has worked for almost 30 years to complete their vision.
It was only under Palmer and his cohorts that the City Council screwed the whole thing up by attempting to allow heavy industrialization of the old rendering plant site.
My, how short our memories are when we make a mistake.
Signing Taxpayer Protection Pledge verges on sedition
The behavior of Republican members of the U.S. Senate, House and some state legislatures borders on sedition.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, “Sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization that tends toward disloyalty to one’s country or its government.” It’s regarded as one step short of treason.
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” He requires all Republican senators to support this obstructionism by voting “No” to anything Obama wants, such as more jobs. It’s loyalty to the Republican Party and disloyalty to the welfare of the United States.
Ninety-five percent of all Republican congressmen and senators have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, by which candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases, while the nation gets deeper in debt. Grover Norquist, a lobbyist who holds no elective office, authored the pledge. Members of both houses of Congress are elected to represent the people in their districts or states. Signing the pledge breaches that trust and is disloyal. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan signed it.
Several states are attempting to change voting laws by requiring an officially approved picture ID to vote. This will make it difficult, if not impossible, for many American citizens to vote, including the elderly, the poor and some college students.
Republicans knowingly make these dishonest and disloyal changes because, historically, those affected vote for Democratic candidates.
These Republican leaders don’t deserve to be in office. Unthinking foolishness is voting the party line when you know it’s wrong. Wisdom is doing what you know is the right thing to do. I cannot vote for anyone who practices disloyal behavior. I will vote for candidates who hold the welfare of the United States before party loyalty.
Mitt Romney’s tax returns are of very little interest
I’m pretty tired of hearing about Mitt Romney and his tax returns. Generally, I couldn’t give a rat about a candidate’s tax return. As long as the IRS isn’t going after them, I figure they’re working within the law.
I guess I came to that viewpoint after Bill Clinton took his famous $5-per-pair-of-used-underwear deduction and still got elected. Twice.