I attended the City Council meeting Thursday night and remain concerned that there is no active, continuing forum for coming to community consensus regarding GAPP issues, which involve both the process and the details. Community merchants, Grand Avenue residents and users have had little opportunity to voice concerns in a public forum. The Colorado Department of Transportation’s two “forums” were poorly attended by barely 200 people, which has been interpreted as support rather than resignation that GAPP was pre-planned and individual voices meant little or nothing.
I understand that Council will wait until March to hear CDOT’s plans and alternatives, if they are offered. This is to be a Council/CDOT work session, not a public forum. At that point, Council reacts.
I suggest that our community should proactively discuss our needs and ideas now ” should use February well. When March comes, Council can proactively voice clear and complete direction from stakeholders in GAPP. We need community focus groups where citizens have more than two minutes to speak ” a community building process to coalesce thoughts, opinions, needs, requests and demands.
By March, CDOT planning bulldozers will have rolled and there will be no time ” or need for communication, focus groups, or consensus. We will simply be told the plan and the process, and have to accommodate. Too many agree now that the tradeoffs are more negative than positive and their voice is not heard. This reactive, not proactive, stance is interpreted by CDOT as acceptance and allows them to take advantage and dictate this project.
I wish to join Marty Lich in her praise for Hal Sundin’s recent op-ed concerning the recent spate of personal attacks by letter to the editor writers in this newspaper. I believe this type of behavior is systemic of the many problems this country faces.
These include an almost complete breakdown of civility towards our fellow man; a lack of moral restraint when dealing with one another; the disappearance of the core family; the waning institution of marriage; the removal of the word “God” from our public institutions and from our lives, for that matter; a lack of decency among our elected officials; the liberal use of the “F” word on public airways; the list goes on. I believe these are some of the greatest threats to our way of life in the United States.
Terrorism and the war against it make the headlines, of course. The upcoming elections will dominate for the next 10 months, along with the illegal problem, but the issues I mentioned are at the core of what is wrong with America.
The political campaigns this year are going to reach new lows in lack of civility and decency. The current front runner, Kerry (who, by the way, voted to attack Saddam using the same intelligence the White House had) has already used the “F” word publicly.
I say let’s ban the “F” word instead of the word “God.” Perhaps that message would give Americans some hope for a better future.
With all the rhetoric on illegals’ cost to society and the many made-up factoids denying the case, I present a what-if-we-round-them-all-up-and-send-them-packing scenario.
Several hundred thousand rental homes and apartments become available and less expensive. Hiring increases and wages rise, without all those illegals who have depressed wages and displaced citizens and legal-resident workers.
Without the endless supply of illegal workers and customers, exploitative companies like Wal-Mart would be forced to pay market-determined wages. Mom-and-pop-shops would proliferate. Many smaller businesses run by and catering to illegals would just close.
Billions in revenues would be recouped from educating ($7 billion a year), medicating ($10 billion a year) and incarcerating ($1 billion a year) illegals. The many hospitals and emergency rooms forced to close in California and other border states would be back in the black, attending to medical needs of Americans, not illegals.
Retrogressive bilingual programs and redundant teaching staffs would be history. Beef, poultry, pork-industry workers would get equal pay for equal work, while produce prices stayed the same, because the profits from cheap labor have been going into the pockets of greedy employers, not into lower consumer prices.
On an even brighter side, there would be less need for dishwashers, toilet cleaners and lettuce pickers. Brighter yet, the oligarchs, dictators and potentates who happily sent their uneducated and impoverished charges to the United States will be held accountable by their own angry, rebelling citizens. And Marco Diaz of Redstone would be skiing more and writing less, unburdened from defending the indefensible.
If the constitution and its laws are still valid there is no other option. If the laws apply to one they apply to all. If the law does not apply to all, then the law has been compromised and there is no law!
In 1988 the Government Accounting Office did a review of INS records in five states in which it found that about 40 percent of aliens apprehended were using or suspected of using fraudulent documents. Today, according to my investigation including my own records, that number is closer to 100 percent. Loyal Americans need only look at the explosion in immigration and Social Security Administration’s no-match Earnings Suspense File to realize it’s not just lettuce they’re picking, it’s our pockets!
Some would say our economy would collapse if America held accountable or deported those that come here and operate outside the rule of law. That’s blackmail! Those that support foreigners undermining our laws and way of life, that’s treason!
Two adjoining articles in the Post Independent of Jan. 29 highlight the inconsistent thinking of our government officials at all levels.
“Colorado sends out invoices for first fees on water rights” proclaims that the Colorado Division of Water Resources has a new plan to hit water users for a new $3.5 million in fees. Just above, “Bill aims to keep jobs from going overseas” says two Democrat legislators propose a bill to prevent companies from moving jobs out of state or overseas.
Big duh! For more and more companies, moving out of state or overseas is a matter of survival. Increased fees, taxes and regulations are killing business and costing jobs. Why don’t they make it against the law to go broke?
By the way did you notice how government penalizes success and subsidizes failure? What about a government aid package to help businesses pay all the government fees and taxes?
Give me an application quick!
Ross L. Talbott
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