Printed Letters: September 30, 2016
Gail Schwartz isn’t fit for Congress
I have grown tired of the absolute lies that are being foisted on us via TV ads on behalf of Gail Schwartz, who is running against Congressman Scott Tipton for the 3rd District congressional seat. In two ads she claims that Tipton wants to sell off our public lands to the highest bidder and restrict our access to them.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Tipton has been working to preserve access that environmental radical associates of Gail Schwartz are trying to shut off to public access. He has been working against the BLM, which is trying to do the same.
It is sad that the only issue that she seems to have is one she has made up in her head. She is the one that is trying to close off access. She is against coal mining and oil and gas production. She works closely with radical environmentalists to restrict access for her enviro buds. In one ad, she speaks about a car accident of 35 years ago, vainly trying to make a connection that it was somehow Tipton’s fault. What other purpose is there to bring that up?
She is typical of Democrat candidates everywhere that make up lies about their opposition when they are the ones that are trying to achieve the same thing. There is a psychological behavior called projection in doing so. Projecting on another what one does themselves. Gail Schwartz is not fit for Congress. She is obviously a single-issue candidate and that one issue is based on a lie.
Those who value federal public lands, vote for Schwartz
Voters who value federal public lands need to vote for Gail Schwartz, candidate for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District, and not her opponent Scott Tipton. Gail has an eight-year track record as a Colorado state senator of fighting for sustainable, multi-use access to public lands.
Gail understands the value of a balanced approach to the use of our public lands, an approach that includes recreational users, hunters and anglers, ranchers and oil and gas and mineral developers. She believes all users must be good stewards and cooperate in the preservation and health of our public lands. She does not believe in selling off our lands to the highest bidder. She would never jeopardize our public lands for short-term profit.
Her opponent Tipton, on the other hand, is associated with a group in Congress known as the “Anti-Parks Caucus,” and has co-sponsored bills to privatize public lands and weaken laws protecting them. In 2015 Mr. Tipton co-sponsored H.R. 866, which advocates turning over federal public lands to the states without any oversight from NEPA, or the Endangered Species Act or the National Historic Preservation Act. This bill opens the door to privatizing and selling our public lands for oil and gas development.
Our public lands are held in trust for our children and grandchildren. Voters need to oppose these efforts to privatize our public lands and open them up for sale and lease. Scott Tipton would jeopardize the future of our public lands in the interest of short-term profits or to benefit the interests of a single industry or lobbying group.
I urge you to vote for Gail Schwartz, who will continue to fight for public access — for all Coloradans and for all Americans — to our valuable and also vulnerable public lands.
Remembering Arnold Palmer
The year was 1965, the setting was the annual PGA Tournament near Pittsburgh, PA, and I was fortunate enough to be there. Arnold Palmer (Arnie, as his Army called him) gave me something for life; golf should be fun even though it can be competitive.
On a par three hole, paired with Billy Casper, Arnie was addressing his shot when a butterfly started flying around his head. He brushed it away and readdressed his shot. Again, the butterfly did its thing, only this time Arnie took off his cap and started chasing the butterfly around the tee box. Not to be outdone, Casper joined Arnie running around trying to catch the butterfly (unsuccessfully, I might add). The fans were having a ball, including me. This is the Arnie I remember. He was “the fans’” golfer, never to be forgotten by ” his Army.”
GARY R. REEDER
Amendment 72 is another attack on our freedoms
Amendment 72 is another attack on freedom. It is being sold as a cigarette tax, but it also raises the tax on other tobacco products, like cigars and pipe tobacco, by 22 percent. The current tax is already 40 percent, taking the tax to 62 percent. Smokers know that tobacco use is unhealthy. Those who use tobacco know the risks. There are plenty of people who enjoy the flavor and relaxing experience of smoking a pipe or cigar on occasion and do not have an addiction to nicotine.
As a business owner, this tax will affect my sales. A large number of people already buy cigars and pipe tobacco on the internet tax-free. This amendment will drive more people to do the same, resulting in a loss of revenue for our state.