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.


Grand Junction


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.


Grand Junction


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Paul Didier is absolutely correct—but forgot to mention that our own 3d CD “representative” Scott Tipton (as well as Paul Ryan)signed the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”, thereby subordinating his oath of office to abject loyalty to an unelected Grover Norwquist.

The “Taxpayers Protection Pledge” is also profoundly oxymoronic, as evidenced by its adverse impact on the revenue enhancement proposals put forth by the Simpson-Bowles Commission—intended to “protect” taxpayers from an impending national debt crisis.

Because Norquist defined both “closing tax loopholes” and “ending unnecessary subsidies” as equivalent to verboten “tax increases”, Norquist announced that voting for the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Commission’s recommendations would violate “the pledge”.  As a result, Paul Ryan and all House Republicans on the commission voted no.  Now, Ryan claims that President Obama—not himself—“walked away” from Simpson-Bowles, thereby combining sedition with outright falsehoods.

Paul Didier’s letter (“Signing Taxpayer Protection Pledge verges on sedition”) aptly castigates the signatories – including Paul Ryan and our own “representative” Scott Tipton – of anti-tax extremist Grover Norquist’s “pledge”.

By subordinating his oath of office to an un-elected self-appointed lobbyist, by disloyally pledging his allegiance to a subversive Tea Party agenda rather than to the Constitution, and by voting accordingly, Tipton has disqualified himself for re-election in the 3d CD.

Moreover, not only is “the pledge” effectively seditious, it is also oxymoronic – because it fails to afford “taxpayer protection” against the mounting burden of our national debt and has had a pernicious delaying effect on bipartisan efforts to confront that issue.

In late 2009, the House passed legislation to create a bipartisan debt commission.  In January 2010, six Republicans sponsoring it in the Senate voted against their own bill – with another abstaining.  On February 18, 2010, President Obama created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform by executive order.  That “Simpson-Bowles Commission” – which included Paul Ryan – began deliberating in April 2010.

When the Commission announced that it was considering “revenue enhancements” (e.g., “closing loopholes”, “eliminating unneeded subsidies”, and/or “limiting deductions”) in addition to substantial budget cuts, Norquist proclaimed that all such “enhancements” would violate “the pledge” if they raised anyone’s taxes. 

In November 2010, the 111th Congress was elected – buoyed by the mindless “no tax” pledge.  On November 10, 2010, the Commission’s co-chairmen released their debt reduction recommendations.  On December 3, 2010, Ryan and all other signatories of “the pledge” irresponsibly voted against them – killing the bipartisan effort.

Ryan then falsely accused President Obama of “walking away” from the Commission’s proposals!

In fact, Republicans (like Scott Tipton)created the $16 trillion national debt and Republican signatories of “the pledge” (like Scott Tipton) have been obstructing all efforts to address the problem for two years now.

                Bill Hugenberg

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