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I don’t know about the legality of getting states to secede from our Union. What I want to know is if there’s any way that the United States of America can reduce the negative impact of states that have become a burden or a disgrace to our great nation?

California is has certainly become a financial burden, and now with election of “Moonbeam” Brown as governor and the re-election of Senator “Don’t call me ma’am” Boxer, the “land of fruit and nuts” has exceeded all boundaries of tolerance. How can the same voters who rejected a ballot measure to legalize marijuana vote for these two buffoons? Apparently, there’s no need to “legalize” it!

Oh yes, and hats off to the San Francisco “loony bin” Board of Supervisors who exceeded all preposterous, irrational expectations by passing the “Happy Meal Ban” with a vote of 8-3.



If not a burden, Nevada has certainly become a disgrace to our honorable nation. Amid widespread rumors of fraud, intimidation and rigged voting machines, Harry “Pinky” Reid will return to Washington to continue to serve as the absolute worst senate majority leader in the history of our country.

Actually, there might be a compromise that would produce some very positive results. How about joining these two contiguous states to create a new state of “Calivada?”



This would not only cut in half their negative political impact, but more important it would enable both states to pool their resources. The Nevada casinos could certainly bail out California from bankruptcy and Nevada would benefit from California’s political talent and acumen.

As a “plus” benefit, the mottos of both states become even more meaningful: California – “Eureka, I have found it!” and Nevada – “All for our country.”

God bless America!

Richard Doran

Parachute

The midterm elections prompted some questions. As some claim, were the results a racist protest against the President and media who both claim he is black? That is a denial of his white mother’s contribution to his existence. Does racist apply to only those who dare criticize persons of a color other than their own? Does it apply to those who deny their own white heritage?

The President has allowed the media to claim he is the first black president to occupy the office. In actuality he may or not be the first biracial person elected to that seat. It wouldn’t surprise me if some American Indian or Asian blood has proudly contributed to our nation’s successes although not acknowledged by the candidate, the electorate or the media. Formerly, elections were more about competence and experience than charm or race.

This is a plea for return to a time when people are able to recognize subterfuge, reject media obfuscation, ignore candidate charm or race and vote on ability. Pride must again be in self reliance and an independent spirit. The midterms may be a step in the right direction. Do we see hope?

There is no shame in the United States being number one.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

The Rifle Fire Protection District wants to remind residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they set their clocks back this weekend.

Some additional tips regarding your smoke detectors include:

• Clean your detectors monthly by gently vacuuming to remove dust and cobwebs to allow proper air flow through the vents.

• Test detectors monthly by following the method suggested in the manufacturer’s instructions.

• Replace batteries when the battery alarm sounds, usually a chirping noise.

• Many manufacturers recommend replacing smoke detectors that are more than 10 years old.

Maria Nechkash

Rifle Fire Protection District


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