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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Letter to the Editor’

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  To the Editor, Republicans in Congress pledge to deal with comprehensive immigration policy just as soon as our borders are secure -- in other words, when pigs fly. Our borders never will be secure enough to satisfy the Republicans, because that's impossible. No matter how many fences we build, troops we deploy, or children we deport, our nation's borders never will be impenetrable. Our borders are huge; they abut Mexico and Canada and curve in and out of thousands of ... Full Story

Vote No on 241

Vote No on 241

Dear Editor, I am a fifth generation Larimer County native, one generation removed from the cattle business. I am concerned about Berthoud’s unneeded Growth Management Area (GMA) expansions and annexations outside of existing GMA boundaries. Berthoud’s current GMA is over 24,000 acres in size. Berthoud currently has 10,712 lots in some type of planning review (enough for a population of well over 30,000 people). The current GMA is large enough to make Berthoud similar in population ... Full Story

Haworth Annexation

Haworth Annexation

To the Editor, As a citizen of the Berthoud community, I am increasingly concerned about the issues arising in our town. I am particularly disappointed in the Town’s process that led to the annexation of the Haworth property west of County Road 19. This property was outside of Berthoud’s Comprehensive Plan for growth when the Town Board enticed the owners to apply for annexation. The issue that I have with this annexation has nothing to do with the family who owns that land. To ... Full Story

Town Board doesn’t get it

Town Board doesn’t get it

Dear Editor: The Berthoud Town Board does not get it. They just voted to sell the town property where the BMX track is located, once the site of a future rec center. They did not ask the taxpayers who own the property what they would like to see built there. It was purchased in 2000, but now the Town has other land for a rec center. The profit from selling the old property will be put in the rec center fund. The property is zoned for multi family (R-3), which makes sense close to the ... Full Story

Selling health insurance across state lines

Selling health insurance across state lines

To the Editor, Republicans want to scrap Obamacare and, instead, allow the sale of health insurance policies across state lines, claiming that increased competition will lead to lower premiums. Will it? Let’s review a parallel history of credit card interest rates. Back in the 1970s, if you wanted a credit card, you went to your local bank. States set maximum interest rates of around 12%. In the 1980s, Congress and the Reagan Administration allowed credit cards to be issued across ... Full Story

Fracking

Fracking

To the Editor, Did the Loveland petition carriers ride their bikes to City Hall to turn in their petitions? Maybe, but there are better questions about hydraulic fracturing. What really is happening out there? How often do spills occur, what have been their effects on ground and surface waters, and have there been attempts to keep this information from us? How can we get oil and gas out of the ground without poisoning drinking water or causing air pollution that leads to serious health ... Full Story

Social Security Trust Fund

Social Security Trust Fund

  To the Editor, Is the Social Security Trust Fund empty because Congress borrowed and spent the money?  No.  The Fund invested the money in U.S. treasuries, and it will be repaid as needed. Suppose you were in charge of the Fund.  Once the current year’s payments were made, what would you do with the billions of left-over dollars needed to fund future payments? Would you stuff them in a coffee can and bury them in the back yard, where they would earn no interest and ... Full Story

Gun regulation

Gun regulation

   “Follow the money.” That is good advice for many topics, including gun regulation. When someone steals your guns and you buy replacements, who benefits financially from that theft? When rival gangs have a shoot-out -- killing innocent by-standers -- and then they replace the weapons they just threw in the river, who benefits from the slaughter? When guns are easily purchased by felons and the mentally ill, who prospers? When the massacre of twenty first graders ... Full Story

What do you mean “We Lost?”

What do you mean “We Lost?”

  Apoplectic: of a kind to cause or apparently cause stroke as in an apoplectic rage; also: greatly excited or angered as in she was apoplectic over the news. Hegemony: the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group. These are my new favorite words of the week.  They perfectly define the GOP and the right’s feelings, and the cause of those feelings, after last Tuesday’s re-election of President Obama. It has been quoted that the Romney camp ... Full Story

Really, you’re still undecided?

Really, you’re still undecided?

  Here are some things to think about, if you’re still thinking about whom to elect president. One of Mr. Romney’s criticisms about the President is the loss of certain “green” businesses that the administration backed. Of those receiving funds, about 8 percent went into bankruptcy. “The Wall Street Journal, aiming for a comprehensive assessment, examined 77 businesses Bain invested in while Mr. Romney led the firm from its 1984 start until early 1999, to see how they fared ... Full Story

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