Printed letters, Oct. 10, 2010
Tancredo broke promise on abiding by term limits
How can Tom Tancredo say others lie? When Tancredo first ran for office in 1998 he solemnly pledged that he would serve no more than three terms as a congressman. He was a leader of the term-limits movement and had pledged to stick to the three terms that Colorado voters tried to impose on congressional representatives in 1994.
In 2001, Tancredo once again vowed to keep his promise, “For me, the issue of giving one’s word and promising to do something like this is more important than the rest of it,” he said. “The overriding motivation for me today to adhere to the term limits pledge is that I made a pledge ... I took the pledge. I will live up to the pledge. That’s it. That’s the overriding issue.”
Now we know that Tancredo went on to break his promises to his constituents to serve five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. So I have only one question for Tancredo: Is lying the same as breaking promises? The answer is a resounding yes.
TIM VRONAY Clifton
Despite short-term pain, policies will bring rewards
Regarding Bill Grant’s thesis that an Obama visit would push Michael Bennet across the finish line ahead of Ken Buck in November, it is unlikely. Colorado Democratic primary politics do not portend general election results.
So far the Republicans are successfully identifying Bennet with mainstream Washington. This week’s unemployment report is another nail in the Democrat/progressive electoral coffin.
Progressives should recognize that in the short term, overreaching during economic tumult is a losing proposition. However, in the policies enacted by Obama/Pelosi/Reid, particularly passing the health care bill, will reap long-term rewards for their cause.
PAUL VON GUERARD
Editorial was off target on Amendment 63
Regarding the editorial on Amendment 63: It was a perfect 10. The opinion is completely wrong and for all the wrong reasons.
It was said the state amendment would be superseded by federal law. But the fact is that most anything created by man can be changed by man. The federal government, no matter how it may proclaim its power, is not omnipotent. The will of the people can and will trump federal law.
The sophomoric claims of possibly curtailing the state’s ability to license is laughable. And, the claim “could prohibit colleges from requiring ... students to have health insurance” — is this not exactly what it is all about.
No one and no government should be able to force and or require anyone to buy anything. Such attitudes as expressed in the editorial are the very attitudes we can thank for the mess we are currently opposing.
The most effective and the most helpful thing we can do is support every movement, every entity, every person in this very real effort to throw the government from our backs.
To vote “No” on 63 is to tacitly approve of Obamacare. Do you approve of Obamacare? If not, you must vote “Yes” on 63 so all other like-minded citizens can take heart and remain steadfast. I hope you will vote “Yes” on 63.
ALVIN K. MAYO
Board of Regents needs Melissa Hart’s perspective
I was disappointed to see The Daily Sentinel endorsement of Steve Bosley for another term as CU Regent at-large. For the last decade, Melissa Hart has taught at CU and been an active voice in helping making the decisions that shape CU’s future.
Hart is able to bring the perspective of an educator, one the board really needs now to make the right decision to keep CU affordable for Coloradans. There are no current educators on the Board of Regents — which puts them out of touch with the real issues facing the university and the students who attend there. Hart has what it takes to keep CU one of the top universities in the nation.
Melissa Hart knows that administrative cuts will be left to university officials, not the regents. Hart, however, has a clearly defined vision that the regents should be leaders for CU through these hard economic times, without abandoning Colorado families who can’t afford the rising cost of higher education.
Hart believes the regents should proactively encourage greater donor and grant support for the university. Additionally, Hart believes that collaboration with other Colorado colleges and universities is key to making education affordable for all students.
Bosley and the current board are proposing tuition hikes of 9.5 percent next year and then 9 percent for the four years after that, coupled with elimination of more courses and programs.
Actions like this, without equal increases in available scholarships, are keeping the University of Colorado’s high quality education out of reach for Colorado families.
CU needs a regent focused on affordable education. CU needs Melissa Hart.
MARY ANN GREENHILL
Salazar’s attack ads are misleading and dishonest
Democrat Rep. John Salazar’s attack ads say: “He ignores Colorado voters, trashes the United States Constitution, and wants to destroy Social Security.”
Wow. You know Salazar is in deep trouble when his campaign ads go completely off the chart.
The only thing he does not accuse Scott Tipton of is bashing motherhood, dissing apple pie and burning the American flag.
Salazar’s ads are the most dishonest, misleading and disrespectful of Colorado voters I have ever seen. That any honorable man can run these ads against a political opponent and show his face in public is a sad testament to how low the Democrats have fallen in this campaign.
Clearly, Colorado voters deserve better than John Salazar. We don’t need another liberal like Salazar, who voted for Obamacare and spending billions of taxpayers’ dollars to protect union and government employee pension funds. Enough is enough.
Veteran is thankful for being part of Honor Flight
I would like to thank the people of the Grand Junction area for the wonderful opportunity to be aboard the Honor Flight that went to Washington, D.C. and visited our war memorials on Oct. 5 and 6.
God bless you, Jim Widdows, my guardian.
D. ROSS SMITH
Greyhound racing ended because it is inhumane
I am writing in response to John D. Amen’s letter: “Bingo oversight works, don’t try to fix it,” posted to GJSentinel.com on Oct. 4 and published in The Daily Sentinel Oct. 5.
I believe the fate of bingo should not be confused with the fate of greyhound racing. The end of live greyhound racing in Colorado occurred as a result of the public’s lack of interest, together with increased opposition founded on humane issues.
Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. Racing greyhounds endure lives of nearly endless confinement. While racing, they suffer and die from injuries such as broken limbs, broken necks, paralysis and cardiac arrest.
The greyhounds are short-term investments, valued only as long as they generate a profit.
Dogs play an important role in our lives and deserve to be protected from industries that do them harm.
I have personally adopted gentle, beloved greyhounds since 1997, and I am a board member of GREY2K USA, a national non-profit organization that works to end the cruelty of dog racing. For more information, including adoption referrals, please visit http://www.GREY2KUSA.org.
CARYN WOOD Board of Directors GREY2K USA