Printed letters, August 12, 2011

The Aug. 8 front page article stated that several counties, and maybe the entire state of Colorado (and I suppose other states as well), may be required by the federal Voting Rights Act to provide ballots in Spanish. I know this is old news, since the Voting Rights Act has been around since 1965, but the headline got my attention.

The very idea of printing ballots in languages other than English is absurd. If you can’t understand a ballot printed in English, you can’t be a legitimate citizen in any true sense of the word, because you obviously can’t understand the basic laws of the land. Indeed, part of the citizenship test is the ability to read and understand at least simple English. I know because my daughter-in-law, who is from England, had to pass an English test to become a United States citizen.

There is no excuse for printing ballots in Spanish, or any other language, and the sooner we end this foolishness the better. It is long past time to put to rest the failed concept of “diversity through multiculturalism” and return to the concept of “unity by assimilation in a melting pot.” The motto “E Pluribus Unum” has two connotations — “one nation out of many states,” and “one people and culture out of many nationalities and cultures.”

Multicultural diversity is divisive and destructive, not assimilating and uniting. If you agree with this you need to write to your representatives and demand a change in the law.



K-12 public education is certainly worth the money

After reading Josh Penry’s Aug. 5 column, I did some quick math. If Amendment 25 raises the state income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 5 percent, a person grossing $1,000 a week would see a $3.70 a week tax hike. If this $3.70 a week puts teachers in classrooms and kids back on buses, I’m all for it.

My parents were part of the Greatest Generation. They understood the worth of K-12 education because it is all they had. They sacrificed so my generation would have quality K-12. We did the same for our children’s generation — Penry’s generation. Now, it appears, Penry would like to pull the plug on K-12.

Lastly, for Penry to refer to some nameless economic study is shameless. There is no way a $3.70 tax hike is going to cost 119,000 jobs. If anything, it would put teachers and bus drivers back to work.

You see, any time Penry doesn’t like something he calls it a job-killer. Even when it’s obvious it is the opposite.


Grand Junction

Instead of raising taxes, try to help homeowners

In regard to the possible School District 51 TABOR override and Sen. Rollie Heath’s petitions to raise taxes: People should not support either of these unless they want to pay a lot more in taxes.

District 51 and state leaders should be spending their time on how to save property owners’ taxes. They need to focus on doing a better job with the money they are already getting. District 51 should operate like local small businesses already do. They would be operating with less money and providing better service to the people.

I hope the City Council supports TABOR and does not waste its time discussing an override with the school district. I appreciate the members who have expressed their opinions about not being interested in raising taxes. The voters have already told the city, library and schools what we want, yet they keep coming back, trying to find ways to go around TABOR.

Many homeowners are already having a difficult time paying their mortgages and property taxes. A tax increase is definitely not what they need now.

If these proposed increases are put on the ballot, be sure to vote “No,” unless you want to pay higher taxes. More money does not necessarily translate to a better education for our kids.

I think it is time to change some of the leaders who constantly believe raising taxes is the answer to the budget problems.


Grand Junction

DMV delays can be traced to TABOR

Two recent stories have detailed the waits to renew a driver’s license and automobile plates. Since 1992, when the TABOR Amendment passed, many of us have known service cuts and long lines were coming. They are here.

Did people think that only the welfare queens were going to be affected? Wait until we become a Third World country in areas of education and infrastructure. They will still be crying in their beer, but they won’t vote to raise taxes. Let them wait.




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