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Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Some recent letters to the editor concerning what took place recently in Congress make it very obvious that many citizens in this great country don’t have a clue about what our Constitution says nor what it means.

As concerns the so called Obama health care law, many claim the commerce clause allows Congress to force the people to buy insurance even if they do not want it, and then if they do not comply, to be fined by the IRS for non-compliance. But the commerce clause only gives Congress the power to “regulate commerce with foreign Nations, and among the States and with Indian Tribes.” No mention in there of health care insurance.

Furthermore, the 10th amendment states “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or the people.” Seems pretty clear to me.

What this is really about is redistribution of wealth. Vice-King Joe Biden said “Everyone is entitled to medical health care. If you call that redistribution of income, so be it.” Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said “The new health care legislation will have the effect of addressing that maldistribution of income in America.”

The problem is how long can the U.S. economy produce enough wealth to sustain a growing class of people who depend on government for their daily necessities? Are we near a point where there are not enough taxpayers to support those tax consumers? And when we reach that point, what then?

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher observed “the problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money to spend.”

Fifty years ago Nixon told Khrushchev that Russians would become capitalists. Khrushchev said socialism would bury the U.S. Who new they would both be right!

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

Well our worst fears have came to fruition, the Eagle and Summit County part of the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal is now in Congressman Polis’ hands on its way to Washington.

We now know, all the Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign’s supposed “attempts” at public outreach was nothing more than a stall tactic as they attempted to divide and conquer the public one little piece at a time. They purposely avoided hosting any large open public meetings for fear that such a meeting would derail their divide and conquer tactics as they attempted to check stake holders, clubs, towns and counties off their list one check at a time. This has been a divide and conquer campaign at its finest.

Regardless of the best attempts by WRFA and the many other different stakeholder groups to try and work with the Hidden Gems campaign to develop a better public input process. Hidden Gems has chosen to move on without this much needed outreach process. Rather than continue to work with the different stakeholders and groups to gain more public input and come up with a proposal everyone could get behind, Hidden Gems campaign has choose to move on with their proposal “as is”. Now more than ever is time to contact Sen. Jared Polis and tell him western Colorado wants nothing to do with Hidden Gems. Wilderness Workshop has not “worked” with anyone to come up with a proposal that “everyone” can agree on. Why is a group which has less than one percent of the population’s support in the affected areas trying to ram this down our throats? Don’t let the one percent ruin it for the other ninety-nine. Contact Sen. Polis today at (303)484- 9596 and tell him “hell no.”

Joseph Hultquist


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