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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Do nothing congressman: Cory Gardner

Do nothing congressman: Cory Gardner

        If you were watching the Rocky Mountain PBS "Colorado State of Mind" Forum on Friday evening, then you also heard Congressman Cory Gardner state, "Nobody understands agriculture better than I do." As a farmer in Weld County, it's not just the arrogance of that statement that offends me - it's saying that and then letting the Farm Bill expire that really bothers me. When I traveled to Washington DC earlier this month to talk to members of ... Full Story

Paul Ryan is not a great intellectual

Paul Ryan is not a great intellectual

        Recently we were introduced to a 2005 recording of Paul Ryan addressing the Atlas Society, apparently a fan club for Ayn Rand. In it he outlines his belief that Social Security should be privatized and turned over to Wall Street. The amazing part of his comments was that he claimed that whenever he had a legislative issue that, he would return to Rand’s 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged   and re-read all 64 pages of John Galt’s radio address. Do you ... Full Story

Don’t forget your ‘neighborhood shopping

Don’t forget your ‘neighborhood shopping

With all the national campaign ads flooding our airwaves and media streams, don’t forget there are important local races going on too.  In fact, these local, often unheralded, campaigns are where the daily impact on our own personal lives is most felt in the future – where the rubber hits the road. In Larimer County, we have historically embraced strong, conservative traditional values of family, friends, individual freedoms, free enterprise, and quality, locally controlled ... Full Story

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I'm writing to support Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly in his campaign for re-election.  Donnelly has done a great job, providing great constituent services for the citizens.  He goes out of his way to listen to the needs of the people.  He holds monthly citizens meetings in multiple locations in his district, plus he goes to lots of public meetings.  He's also provided great leadership with balancing the county budget.  I would definitely recommend Tom Donnelly ... Full Story

Romney: another big lie

Romney: another big lie

    4 Pinocchios for a truncated, 14-year-old Obama clip      Just as we have not been very impressed about many of the Obama campaign’s claims about Mitt Romney’s business career many years ago, we were not initially that impressed with the Romney campaign’s effort to dredge up a 14-year-old quote to demonstrate that President Obama wants to “redistribute wealth.”  The clip was so old — he was just a state senator — and the ... Full Story

Romney hates America?

Romney hates America?

          Does Romney dislike America?     By E.J. Dionne Jr.    The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney’s disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who e-mailed: “If I were you, I’d wonder why Romney hates America so much.” A bit strong, perhaps. But the more you think about what Romney said, the more you wonder how he really feels about the country he wants to lead. What ... Full Story

Growing into liberalism

Growing into liberalism

By Stephanie Rayburn     Growing into political maturity I grew up Republican. My whole family is Republican. I grew up around my grandparents hearing slurs like "liberal idiots" and "lazy welfare recipients" even at the same time that they demonstrated how to give generously to those who need it. I listened to Rush Limbaugh -- admired him even because I was young and impressionable and I didn't yet know about how adults twist the truth for their personal benefit ... Full Story

The 47% responds with a poem

  Oh, my god, Mitt I'm apparently unfit To deserve your concern   I 'm on medicare, you see, And social security And you may as well learn   I believe the fed Should help 'til I'm dead If I can't do it on my own   Government should protect me Certainly not neglect me None can make it alone   Not even you, for one A wealthy man's son Whose path was paved with green   Don't tell me that you Had no ... Full Story

The KKK and the Tea Party

The KKK and the Tea Party

The following article appeared in the September 17 edition of the Fort Collins Coloradoen. It is a short history of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado and I was struck by the similarities with the present day Tea Party. You could easily substitute "Tea Party" for "KKK" through out the article and not be far off including the jingoistic patriotism and the anti-minority or anti-other religion stance.   KKK had strong presence in Colorado By Barbara Fleming The Ku Klux Klan in ... Full Story

Revolt of the Rich

Revolt of the Rich

Our financial elites are the new secessionists. By Mike Lofgren It was 1993, during congressional debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement. I was having lunch with a staffer for one of the rare Republican congressmen who opposed the policy of so-called free trade. To this day, I remember something my colleague said: “The rich elites of this country have far more in common with their counterparts in London, Paris, and Tokyo than with their fellow American citizens.” That ... Full Story

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