Listen to us
The El Paso County commissioners having reached a decision to punt the matter of misleading wording on the term-limit matter to the next board is as curious as was the wording on the ballot issue.
This is a problem created by this board. It is a problem that needs to be addressed by this board. This year. Not next year.
Holding a "public forum" at some unspecified time next year is nothing more than another piece of "political ploymanship" crafted to place this matter so far off into the future that the public will forget about it. In addition, it will provide ample time for the commissioners to tap their network of supporters to "pack the house" with those who will say the wording was clear and simple to them!
This move speaks to the high level of disdain shown, on a regular basis, by select members of the board toward the public.
It has been demonstrated by the numbers of people expressing concern that the problem is the nature of the wording. They have spoken, and what they have said is: "We want to vote on this again."
They have not said: "We want one of Sallie Clark's endless blue-ribbon panels to hold forums, conduct studies, and promote their careers."
They just want clear language and a second vote. How hard is that?
— Rick Wehner
How to beat China
Enough! Worldwide recession because China won't play nice with others. We can prevent the need for a lot of world summits to plead with China not to devalue its currency, etc., if we simply stop buying goods made in China.
Wal-Mart will get it soon enough if you just say no to everything made in China. So you say, "But I can't find a pair of slippers made anywhere else." True enough. However, it really helps your budget if you do without slippers. Use mismatched socks, old shoes, or just do without. It only hurts for a little while.
We don't need to worry about electing the wrong party or how to negotiate with China. We have the power in our wallets. America is borrowing billions of dollars from China so that we can buy their goods!
It's rare in history that a people can effect a revolution without firing a shot — like Gandhi freeing India from the British Empire, which succeeded in great part by refusing to buy British cloth. We need to free ourselves from buying Chinese junk, or our children and grandchildren will be working in their sweatshops for a dollar a day.
By the way, "Hecho en Mexico" is almost as good as "Made in the U.S." — it's a good thing to give jobs to those Mexicanos, who will stay home to make the goods. Let's solve this problem the old-fashioned way!
— Laurel Ashburn
Advocacy, not history
When a "professor of philosophy, history and government" asserts "facts," I assume accuracy in those "facts," especially when he advocates for "an educated, literate citizen electorate" and attributes this uncited reference to a Founding Father who also built a great American university.
But Bill Durland ("Lesson from '30s Germany," Your Turn, Nov. 18) is first and above all an attorney, an activist for certain causes, especially those that best serve his personal interests.
As a historian, Durland remembers good reads on Hitler and Goebbels. But why would a "historian" choose to quote interpretations of Goebbels when he could read and quote Goebbels' actual journals? Or attribute the goals of Hitler by reference to the interpretations of a nonhistorian, instead of citing evidence in current, in-depth, exceptionally well researched histories, such as Ian Kershaw's?
The glittering generality technique of Herr Goebbels better serves Durland's purpose to advocate a position that paints 40 percent of the American electorate equivalent to the "good Germans" who supported Hitler, repeats political lies about the intent and goals of first-time-elected congressmen, and finds the majority of Americans guilty for backing "change at any cost."
What hypocrisy and irony! The political truth, ignored by Durland, is that the "change at any cost" of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid caused a majority of the American electorate to reject so many sitting congressmen and lose confidence in the president and his radical progressive agenda.
What we need, Mr. Durland, is reduced government and limited taxation, and attorneys who are able to see where Obama's kind of change would lead.
— Charles Andrew Wood
Back and forth
Regarding my letter ("Voters' remorse") which you published in the Nov. 18 edition, the fallout made an interesting weekend for me. I tuned into a local radio station Saturday morning and suddenly heard my name. One of the pundits in question must read the Indy, since he ranted for close to 10 minutes about my letter and how inappropriate my response was to the way he handled the county commissioners' term limits issue on his show the previous week.
He cherry-picked a few sentences from the letter, and pronounced me "so arrogant" for assuming that our electorate could read as well as I could! Gee, I hope they can, because I don't consider myself the sharpest knife in the drawer by any stretch. He further suggested that Sallie Clark asked me to write the letter. Oh, please — I don't even know the lady but felt she got the bum's rush on his program.
Well, now I have personal knowledge and experience on how small-time media folks can take someone's words and bend and mutilate them to fit. If I hadn't been on my way to a volunteer job, I would have called in to rebut the silly interpretation the pundit put on my words, but why bother? One of my key points, why he didn't address this issue prior to the election, remains ignored and unanswered. I guess that sometimes also-rans can't see the forest for the trees, or as the charming old John Fred and the Playboys song says, "Sometimes You Just Can't Win."
As for me, I need to start sleeping later on Saturday mornings.
— Geraldine Russell
The proposed drilling and mining on Colorado state park lands is a proposal without merit, and serves to demonstrate the blatant disregard for financial and fiscal responsibility on the part of elected officials throughout the state of Colorado who support it.
If those who support this proposal were actually concerned about the financial well-being of Colorado's state parks, they would find the money needed for the parks in their own budgets, instead of adding injury to insult.
Perhaps this could be led by John Hickenlooper, the multimillionaire who campaigned on the need for all to sacrifice: Let him donate his salary as governor of Colorado to the Colorado state parks.
— James C. Hess
Hightower on target
Thanks to Jim Hightower for having the courage to speak out regarding a situation that should have us all outraged ("The carnage hidden behind war's glory," Lowdown, Nov. 11). Bush and company's brilliant plan to avenge Pappy's honor long ago backfired into a nightmarish 1984 quagmire that has wasted a trillion-plus dollars of our money that could have been spent on infrastructure and energy sustainability.
Far from achieving any positive conclusions, we have devastated two countries and shown extremists everywhere that one sickly schemer (Osama bin Laden) can launch a devastating attack on us and remain "at large" for a decade afterward.
And let's not forget that, irony of ironies, we supported him when he fought against the Russian aggressors. Our enemies need only be patient, for as long as we connect "might" (as in force) and greed with right, we will continue to rot from the inside out.
Almost daily we hear of the waste, graft and human suffering on all sides associated with this oil/religious war. Yet we're so cleverly insulated from its effects that barely a whimper is raised in protest. The military budget consumes a huge portion of our national finances. Where is the call for restraint or conservation in this arena?
To paraphrase, it's apparently much easier to see the speck in another's eye than to notice the log in our own.
— Paul Dahlsten
So, many in this country have decided that the Democrats had plenty of time to undo the damage caused by the Republicans over eight long years.
They have said that 21 months should have been plenty of time to restore the economy, get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and put everyone back to work. Well then, I now give the Republicans in the U.S. House 21 months to undo the damages they initially caused themselves.
In a way it is nice. Let them use their own methods to get us out of the messes they created. If by October 2012 we are not all employed, living comfortably, have restored the deficit to where Bill Clinton left it in 2001, and are completely out of all wars in the Middle East, then I challenge those same voters to undo the damage they have done and put the Democrats back into office. That's 21 months. That is all they get. Good luck, may the force be with them and, "God help us all."
Oh, and while I am appealing to the Almighty, maybe he can find the time to give Rep. Dougie Lamborn a spine. Poor little puppet. For two years, his controllers had his little head bouncing up and down and up and down saying yes. Then for two years his puppeteers had his head swinging side to side, over and over, saying "No, no, no!" Now he has to go back to nodding his head up and down again and again. I think a new spine would be great!
— Jane Madden
Expecting City Council to embrace a strong-mayor idea is like dinosaurs welcoming evolution.
I recently learned that an official government panel reported what many of us have known for a while.
President Obama's Deficit Commission admitted that billions spent on warplanes and missiles are billions that are not being spent on schools, health care and food for our children (millions who go hungry in America) and communities. The commission suggested the necessity for more tax cuts for the wealthy, severe cuts to Social Security and Medicare, etc.
Even though we all may not agree on every suggestion, I would certainly hope that most people would agree on the commission's suggestion to spend $100 billion less on building and supporting the overgrown Pentagon war machine that Eisenhower warned us about.
It was profound to read this government report that stated we cannot fix our budget problems without huge cuts in the Pentagon.
— Sharlene White