Let's help Mexico
Our sister Mexico suffers from hopelessness. America could almost instantly and effortlessly reverse that. First, admit that our drug laws only throw fuel onto her raging fire. We're stuck with the silly notion of the 1920s Prohibition days, which accomplished nothing. The cost of illegals added to the cost of our drug war and our border patrol could easily be a trillion dollars annually. That would feed Mexico, wouldn't it?
End the drug war instantly — repeal the laws. Make such drugs free to adults and this would doom the cartels, saving our neighbor. And there'd be a huge homeland improvement: Drug addicts have enough troubles without making them criminals along with all the social consequences and costs of that self-defeating notion. Nobody would have a meth lab if it could be obtained for free. Do we really think we have saved anybody from drug addiction by our laws? Hello! All we've done is overpopulated our prisons.
Second, begin spending what we're saving by helping illegals go home with a plan for new beginnings, perhaps business loans or other assistance. That semitropical region is too beautiful a land with too beautiful a people to be so hopeless a place.
There's no reason there should be such a barrier between us. Mexicans here miss their families. Let's declare war on their hopelessness, not on drugs. Let's invest in Mexicans, saving ourselves in the process.
— Jim Inman
Clearing the air
Wowsers — every time I respectfully suggest that the left's tendency to catastrophize and run around like Chicken Littles when they don't get their way is not productive ("Give Bach a chance," Letters, June 2), somebody gets his underwear in a knot. I hate it when that happens, especially when said person uses my words as an excuse to tell everyone how they should vote ("Hope isn't enough," Letters, June 16).
Larimore Nicholl has every reason to be outraged that not everyone in town is of his opinion and, even worse, didn't vote for his candidate. Shame on them. If only he had passed out "Nicholl's Version of The Voters' Guide" prior to the election, it would now be a different and better world.
Mr. Nicholl doesn't know who my candidate was nor for whom I voted. Nevertheless, he is convinced that I am misguided and uninformed and insulting him and any others whose statements I call into question. If he parsed my words as closely as he thought he did, he would have noted that I do not insult people or call them names, but question their actions and the statements that they make, especially when they seem irrational. I may wonder why they think as they do, but unlike Mr. Nicholl, I don't tell them what to think and how to vote.
Last I heard, this is still a free country and we can vote for whomever we wish. And parsing a few of his words, it sounds as though he hopes the elected mayor will fail and that being proved right in that respect is more important than the future of our city. Get over it, unless you want to spearhead an impeachment already.
Who the heck is Michelle Malkin, anyhow? Is that an insult or a compliment?
— Geraldine Russell
Same with Obama
To Larimore Nicholl ("Hope isn't enough," Letters, June 16): Indeed, sir, you schooled her on her "way with words." How dare she behave so badly in her criteria used for the civic duty of voting. I am sufficiently convinced of your conviction and anxiously await your taking on those Barack Obama supporters who likewise voted with their full-throated support of him and his invocation of that four letter word, HOPE. Pretty similar, huh?
Please pardon me if I missed your missive on this subject. Surely you must have addressed it at the time. Two years later, it appears all the more fitting for you to jump on this like a "duck on a Junebug" (I stole that from Dan Rather).
I love the part where you write, "But voting is not, nor should it be, blind guessing." Wow, I could not agree more. Can you imagine voting for someone with not much more experience other than community organizer?
Almost as much, I enjoyed your words, "Most of the time, humans can be expected to do in the future what they have done in the past." Love that. Truer words have not been spoken. As for inaction, how about this president and his inability to put together a budget for over two years now, and much of that time when his party controlled Congress and the White House? Shazaam!
I believe you understand my appreciation for your honesty. I simply hope you are able to opine on the much larger, more impactful issue of national politics, with the very same veracity you've employed on this "small" scale. Good luck, sir. Oh, and, I would love to see a copy of your thesaurus as well. Just for frame of reference. Thanks.
— Marshall Hunziker
Read my lips
This is the best the GOP has to offer?
Michelle Bachmann has made her entry into the 2012 presidential race by making fun of Obama's use of a teleprompter.
Let's see, the following Republican presidents used a teleprompter: Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, Bush the First, and Dubya. Though Dubya's ability to read was somewhat questionable.
Bachmann is well known for her use of a teleprompter. But then, without hypocrisy, Republicans wouldn't have anything else but lies, bigotry and hate.
— Thomas McCullock
Down on Hightower
Jim Hightower is just as economically ignorant as Obama. Wall Street (i.e., the private sector) didn't crash our economy and cause mass unemployment. Congress did, by passing legislation ordering banks to grant housing loans to unqualified people based on their economic status. The weak-kneed banks didn't fight back but instead complied. They were bundled up as sub-prime mortgages. The whiz kids on Wall Street rebundled them as structured investments. So, who needs to be horsewhipped?
Everything, down to toilet paper, is based on supply and demand. As the demand for housing rose, prices rose and soon the financially unqualified borrowers couldn't pay their mortgages. House prices have fallen and demand lessened. And since every fiddle-fart thing in this world is connected, business revenues started declining and jobs slowly evaporated. To put it simply!
Our chameleon president, after vilifying the private sector, now with his tail between his legs he is, as High-tower says "kissing their sorry butts" because he needs the dough-ray-me for re-election.
Is it the pot calling the kettle black? Mr. Hightower, you need to bone up on your economics. How about a dose of von Mises and Milton Friedman or, better still, some common sense.
— Joan Christensen
Lest we forget: "In interpreting the Bill of Rights, I willingly go as far as a liberal construction of the language takes me, but I simply cannot in good conscience give a meaning to words which they have never before been thought to have and which they certainly do not have in common ordinary usage. I will not distort the words of the [Fourth] Amendment in order to 'keep the Constitution up to date' or 'to bring it into harmony with the times.' It was never meant that this Court have such power, which, in effect, would make us a continuously functioning constitutional convention." — Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black in a dissenting opinion on a wiretapping case, 1967.
— Rodney Hammond
No more Territory Days
As the man in charge of Territory Days, Mr. Wear ("About service dogs," Letters, June 16) should be aware that not only did Mr. Scott have a bad experience, many others did also, including my spouse and I. If he is truly concerned with safety and the presence of dogs, perhaps he should have volunteers remind visitors that it is illegal to bring their pets. I watched too many visitors walk directly past CSPD personnel with a pet on a leash or in their arms with no remark whatsoever! Seems to me that Mr. Scott was just an easy mark.
And on the safety side, Mr. Wear should rethink the porta-potties on the sidewalks by Meadow Muffins. I was bumped by a young man exiting the "potty" while walking on the sidewalk. He was very polite; unfortunately his companions were very loud, and rude. Our visit on Saturday was punctuated by frequent run-ins with very drunk, very rude, very "bad attitude" 20- and 30-somethings, which made us cut our visit short. So we spent nothing, bought nothing, and left early. I do apologize to the vendors that we usually frequent — after all, we did go to spend our money, buy stuff, eat food on a stick and enjoy the day. I thought Territory Days was for families to celebrate and kick off the tourist season, but this time it felt like a drunkfest with CSPD doing a lot of standing around ignoring the real problems. Perhaps instead of standing at each end, CSPD should mingle and be actively involved.
As it is, we will not attend another Territory Days.
As for Mr. Scott and his service dog, Mr. Wear received some poor information. Service dogs are trained to remain quiet and calm in the face of noise and confusion. In fact, frequently that is exactly their purpose, to help those who need help NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION.
— Arlene Sampson
To Ralph Routon, thank you so much for taking time to write a fabulous article ("Finding a new role model," Between the Lines, June 9) about Rapid City, S.D.! It was actually a little amusing that it was sent to us by our advertising agency the morning we were in the car driving to Colorado Springs for a board of directors retreat!
We too, do "excursions" to other cities to learn and/or share information about our cities and businesses. We met with your Chamber president, Mr. Dave Csintyan, as well as Doug Price and his staff at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. We stayed at The Broadmoor (how can you not be impressed by that!), did some touring and received information on your Chamber, CVB, economic development and military affairs. Your city is beautiful and we were treated very well.
I must say, though, when we come back from these outings, although we are much smaller than the cities we visit, we realize we do not have to play second fiddle to anyone! We are very proud of our city and organizations — and to have visitors endorse this makes it even better!
— Michelle Lintz
Convention and Visitors Bureau
Rapid City, S.D.
• Last week's cover story ("Anarchy in the GOP") mistakenly identified former City Councilor Sean Paige as a Republican; he is not a member of any political party. Also, though the story suggested that liberty groups typically meet at activists' homes, many organized liberty groups meet elsewhere.
• The Side Dish column last week (June 23) incorrectly identified our subjects as Don Goede Sr. and Jr., when they should have been identified as Don Goede Jr. and III.
The Indy regrets the errors.