Printed letters, Nov. 10, 2010
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper made a comment I believe deserves a response from a rural, native-born Coloradan with American Indian roots. His arrogant comment was that rural Coloradans were backward-thinking. I would like to sum up who we are.
The food, the wool and cotton for the clothes he wears, leather for the shoes and gloves that he and others like him enjoy in the city, are grown by hard-working farmers and ranchers in rural Colorado and America.
The water he showers with and drinks runs from streams from rural mountains and communities of rural America. The electricity he enjoys comes largely from power-generating stations along those streams.
The coal and ore used for electricity and in steel mills is mined by miners in rural America, so he can enjoy driving to work in comfort.
The loggers, who provide the lumber products for the home he lives in, work in rural America. The oil and gas are produced from drilling in rural America and keep him warm and comfy as he sits in his easy chair at home enjoying entertainment on TV.
I wonder what would happen if rural Americans banded together and just traded goods and services among themselves. How long would city residents last before they were begging at the doors of rural Americans?
Hickenlooper needs to take his pompous, condescending attitude and do some serious evaluation, then apologize to rural Coloradans and Americans all over this nation.
We are God-fearing, conservative people who are the very lifeblood of this nation and are sick and tired of left-wing liberals telling us how to live our lives, when they wouldn’t even be around if it wasn’t for us.
GARY W. TAYLOR
Billboard and e-mails toppled the Democrats
Well, the billboard won. The billboard, along with millions of similar e-mails, won the 2010 election.
The e-mails started — those ones about which everyone said, “Oh nobody really believes that.” — shortly after President Barack Obama was nominated: Obama, the Muslim terrorist without U.S. citizenship was going to become the great dictator of the United States. (They all resembled the billboard erected right here in River City.)
Hundreds of these e-mails began arriving from my very kind, religious, well-educated friends, many of them lifelong Democrats. I’m big on free speech, but I finally couldn’t accept and erase any longer. Some of us talked about it. I tried to reason, searched for facts and asked them how they thought he could possibly take over the country. They didn’t know, but they believed the e-mails. If these people believed the e-mails, it’s a safe bet that millions of others believed them.
Obama was elected largely to enact health care reform. He had a Democratic Congress and two years to the next election. Then, all of a sudden, people living on programs that resemble socialism were screaming about socialism and everything went to hell.
I’m a political junkie and I expected to see a right-wing swing in the election. I think the sudden explosion of opposition surprised the Democrats. It did me. I’m an independent who’s voted mostly Republican for presidents. But the billboard and e-mails won and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to vote for any Republican again.
Napolitano now faces tough wording decision
This may well be yet another historic “career” moment for Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
Not to worry. This highly professional, talented leader has proved she is capable of handling the immense responsibilities of her position as the guardian of our nation’s security.
Napolitano is a member of the Democratic Party and former governor of Arizona. That pretty much covers her qualifications to serve in this highly sensitive position.
Her claims to fame include serving as an attorney for Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings and her victory in the 2002 Arizona gubernatorial race, winning with 46 percent of the vote over her challenger’s 45 percent.
What is really important is how she has grasped the challenges of her Homeland Security responsibilities.
During her first two months in office, Napolitano “wiped out” terrorism. As she explained, she refused to use the word “terrorism” in her address to Congress because she “redefined” these acts as “man-caused disasters.”
This brings us to the task at hand. Can you imagine the immense pressure she faces regarding the recent discovery of two bomb-laden packages shipped on U.S.-bound jets? As the facts have unfolded, this near disaster was caused by a woman who shipped these powerful bombs from Yemen.
So, with the crisis that has resulted, Napolitano faces a very important decision. Will she “re-redefine” terrorism as a “man and/or woman caused disaster”? In accordance with her penchant for handling top priorities, this decision is expected within the next few months.