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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

‘Letters to the Editor’ Archives

Reply from U.S. Senator Mark Udall

Reply from U.S. Senator Mark Udall

  Dear Gary, Thank you for contacting me regarding controversial detainee provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (FY12 NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R.1540).  I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important topic. As you may know, I am firmly opposed to several provisions in the FY12 NDAA that regulate the detention of terrorism suspects.  These provisions could be interpreted to authorize the indefinite military detention of American citizens who are ... Full Story

Ask Gardner to support the PUPS Act

Ask Gardner to support the PUPS Act

Our dogs are family members. We include our dogs in family outings, in deciding where to live, what’s for dinner, who sleeps where on what part of the bed. Dogs have been an integral part of our existence for thousands of years. The human canine bond is the longest interspecies relationship that has ever existed. Yet, this reality collides with the existence of dog producers who breed and sell dogs by the thousands every year solely for profit. These dogs consistently show up at pet ... Full Story

I think it should be wider

I think it should be wider

          Response to “I think it should be wider.” — U.S. Senate candidate Clark Durant, a Michigan Republican, sharing his thoughts on the wealth gap and why Occupy Wall Street protesters should “go find a job.” I find it ironic that Republicans have such disdain for the lazy, and yet their solution to everything is do nothing. Their answer to wealth inequality? Do nothing. Healthcare? Do nothing. Climate change? Nothing. Racism? ... Full Story

Rick Perry: The Best Little Whore In Texas

Rick Perry: The Best Little Whore In Texas

            Rick Perry: The Best Little Whore In Texas The Texas governor has one driving passion: selling off government to the highest bidder By Matt Taibbi October 26, 2011 8:00 AM ET In an era when there's exponentially more money in politics than we've ever seen before, Perry is the candidate who is exponentially more willing than we've ever seen before to whore himself out for that money. On the human level he is a nonpersonality, an ... Full Story

I am afraid

I am afraid

      Dear Editor   Stephen King writes about what scares him. King said recently in The Wall Street Journal that his career was based on his mother’s advice: “Think of the worst thing that you can, and if you say it out loud, then it won’t come true. ” Okay, favorite-author-of-mine, I’ll bite: “I’ll get Alzheimer’s, and my children will watch me slowly disappear just as they did their beloved Gram. ” Dorothy Jean (Rader) Kehn ... Full Story

Jobs

Jobs

          Politics generates some really bizarre ideas. We’re told that government jobs are not “real” jobs. That’s absurd. Police, firefighters, teachers, social workers, road maintenance crews, border patrol officers, and the military all do jobs that are necessary for our health, welfare, and freedom, and we need them. They also contribute to our economy by shopping at private business and paying taxes -- just like other workers. When ... Full Story

Infrastructure? Don’t you mean Union?

Infrastructure?  Don’t you mean Union?

  We hear the repeated and resounding call by the President to invest more money on "infrastructure" (roads, bridges, school construction, etc.) Didn't we try this two years ago? Remember "shovel ready projects" that turned out to not quite be "...as shovel ready as we thought"? Let's look at what this is REALLY all about. Unless I am sadly mistaken, the Davis-Bacon labor laws prevent non-union construction companies from even submitting bids for such federal contracts. Is this ... Full Story

Red Rock, I ran the numbers

Red Rock, I ran the numbers

I ran the numbers that were provided by Red Rocks Academy in the Berthoud Surveyor on the proposed charter school. As Red Rocks freely admits, the "money follows the student.” I have attached the spreadsheet of that money so that you can see the impact. Now, if a school has already been built, as have all the Berthoud schools, then there are fixed costs associated with their operation that must be covered. Fixed costs are just that: fixed. If there are no children in the school, they are ... Full Story

No to charter school

No to charter school

  Some people are in line to make money on this charter school project, but what it will do is to tear our town apart. Berthoud is too small for a charter school. Yes, they can probably do it. The school board will turn the application down and then the state will approve it. This is all planned out already. Why don't the organizers ask the people of Berthoud through a vote and let us see if they are really in this to help the people or just in it for themselves. If the school is built, ... Full Story

Larimer County Issue 1A

Larimer County Issue 1A

  Issue 1A on the ballot gets a thumbs up from me. Government was instituted to provide protection to the citizens.  The Sheriff’s Office and the County Jail deputies have been doing that quite well in recent years.  The sales tax that funds a significant portion of the jail expires very soon. That’s a problem! Without funding, the Sheriff will be forced to cut back on many of the effective programs from the jail.  I’ve seen the kind of people who are kept in the jail and I ... Full Story

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