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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Ronald Reagan may have been the biggest traitor in American history. In his first inaugural address to the Congress, he said “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

That was coming from the president of the United States, the one person in the country whose most important job is to carry out the U.S. Constitution, to run the government of the United States.

The U.S. Constitution begins: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…” In other words: the people of the United States are banding together to accomplish the goals that we could only do in unison.

And: we will “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

But no, Reagan said the Constitution had it wrong. He started the now-obvious attack on the middle class with actions such as union busting. He fired the air traffic controllers, who were striking for better working conditions and greater public safety.

He slashed taxes on the rich and blew up the federal budget to raise the deficit astronomically.

Reagan won his first election in part because they secretly arranged with the Iranian hostage takers to hold the American Embassy prisoners until after the election: clearly treason. They backed death squads and dealt in cocaine trafficking. They sold weapons secretly to Iran to raise money outside the U.S. Treasury to fund the Nicaraguan Contras, in direct disobedience of the Congress. He supported Saddam Hussein of Iraq, whose gassing of his own people later became a rational for Bush’s Iraq war.

Reagan attacked public health by sabotaging the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior. Rules against air and water pollution were stripped, blocked or ignored. Nothing would stand in the way of greater business profits.

Working people’s wages were slammed with the beginning of jobs shipped overseas to further fatten industry profits. The decline continues to this day.

Today’s Republican presidential candidates cloak themselves in the Reagan mantel, such as the governor of Texas who talks about seceding from the union.

Prepare for the worst.

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale

Marty Lich’s letter of Sept. 16 contending that Colorado ranks 34th in school spending is tenuous at best. Colorado ranks 49th among states in K-12 spending as a percent of personal income, according to Colorado Succeeds. (www.coloradosucceeds.org)

We hold the dubious distinction of ranking 50th in teacher salaries as a percent of pay in comparable professions. (Education Week, 2010 Quality Counts.)

Colorado spends $41.16 per $1,000 of personal income on K-12 education, which ranks 48th among states. (Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, 2009)

These numbers are deplorable any way you slice it. We can make an enormous difference by voting for our community and our kids in the upcoming election. Yes to 3E.

Marie Voss-Patterson

Glenwood Springs

I never cared much for their smarmy bank radio ads in the first place – the ones where a benevolent, syrupy voice tells you how much they care about Mom, apple pie, veterans, puppies and all things cuddly and cute.

When I tried to open a savings account at that bank, they wanted a 600 or better credit rating before letting me put my money in their bank. Needless to say, I found a more helpful bank with much friendlier personnel to transact my business.

Now that aforementioned bank with the saccharine sales pitches is running a political ad blatantly endorsing tax increases on the hard-pressed homeowners in our school district. To ask taxpayers whose home equity has dropped by 30 percent to pay ever more taxes is inane.

Apparently the teacher’s union, the school board and that bank think everyone except teachers should bear the burden of their budget overruns.

A meager 5 percent pay cut across the board would preclude the need for any more taxpayer dollars. I say everyone is feeling the effects of this economy, and teachers are no better than the rest of us.

My new bank doesn’t run goofy commercials, and they don’t presume to tell me how to vote. I bank at Wells Fargo.

Bruno Kirchenwitz

Rifle

I don’t have a problem with Randy Udall’s supercilious commentary on oil shale, published Sept. 12. Everyone needs to have a crusade.

What gets me is when he makes these sweeping claims based on completely wrong information.

Udall makes the bet that he’ll pay anyone $1,000 if they use oil shale to heat their home this winter. What Udall doesn’t get is oil shale isn’t used for heating homes. It’s used as a transportation fuel.

I’d pay Udall $1,000 to research his facts before his next article comes out.

Gerald Fry

Silt

Over the past three years, our neighborhood schools have had their budgets slashed to the tune of $5.2 million. State projections are for at least three more years of cuts or break-even funding at best.

Over the last three years our children have experienced larger class sizes, have endured the cuts of many after-school programs, and haven’t seen a single new textbook.

Meanwhile, my property taxes have dropped substantially.

It’s worth it to give a little of those savings back. We can stop the erosion of our public schools on Nov. 1 by voting yes on the upcoming mill levy.

Polly Hilleke

Glenwood Springs


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