LETTERS: No more free rides; Truth form fiction; No to high speed rail; and more [Gazette, The (CO)]
No to CDOT's high speed rail
I attended an Open House on
They presented three options: 1. Along the
The report says all communities along the
And, to even consider running it through
Please voice your opposition to CDOT for any high-speed rail. And, please do not let them destroy our beautiful
Parking lot for a tractor
So after two months it appears the extensive (and expensive) investment in citizen's time, taxes, inconvenience and frustration in the sidewalk construction along
So please help us understand this, all you 'fiscally conservative' city political leaders. Explain your oversight and performance, and perhaps also your contract award process. Lenin could have done better for less.
A bullet through the Forest
The takeaway was that the "Greenfield" route was clearly the preferred CDOT alternative. This alternative is at-grade parallel tracks in a straight-line through the middle of the
As a professional engineer with 43 years experience, I have some initial questions: Why is the Greenfield through one of the last forests on the
How does CDOT plan to safely operate an at grade bullet train through a forest community with numerous cross roads, thousands of daily vehicle trips, including school buses, family vehicles, and trucks, many pedestrians, horse-back riders, bikers, children, and wild deer in a safe manner without slowing down substantially? If the train blocks streets and roads, how will fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, as well as residents move? Trains generate sparks. The proposed train would cut through a forest community adjacent to a growing city. How will people safely and quickly evacuate in the event of a wild fire? How will firefighters access the forest if the train has cut the road network? Does CDOT really want to "set up" conditions for a
The Forest is one of the few remaining refuges of the Aberts Squirrel. Thousands of trees will be mowed down. What are the real environmental impacts of this route? Homes will be taken and razed and futures will be destroyed. What are the real socio-economic and health impacts of this route?
Just the open-house on
A much better and less costly eastern route has been submitted to CDOT as part of the Connectivity Study Public Comment Form. CDOT needs to take very seriously all the public comment from the people who will pay the dearest for this political project and rethink what they are proposing.
Which begs one more question. Where are our elected officials on this? My neighbors and I would like to know before November.
Take the gloves off
It seems that Obama can say bad things about
I think the giving of millions to
How about the wasting of tax payers dollars sending their oldest daughter on spring break to
These are just a few things that should be mentioned in anti- Obama ads. It seems to me that the
Romney's not in office
Recent political ads by the president recite Romney's business activities are the "problem". But Romney's not in office: for the past three and one-half years,
Talk about "whining"! Exactly what has been done to put wage- earning jobs back in the market?? Whose fault is it, now? C'mon, sir, lying about shipping jobs overseas is one thing (freedom of speech?); now tell us what you did about it?
Be an informed voter
I love reading the Opinion page of The Gazette. With a cup of coffee, it's how I start my day. Sometimes I heartily agree, sometimes I say to myself "whaaat?" and sometimes I just shake my head and laugh. Lately though I've been noticing that all the opinions and letters seem to be on one subject and going in one direction and that is anti-
I usually vote Democratic, sometimes Republican, it depends on the person running, so I guess I'm an independent. This year and in the coming few years I know who I am going to vote for. This year I will vote for the candidate of President of my choice, but make no mistake, I will vote against any yahoo in
I wish The Gazette would spend more time on its opinions of the
The Affordable Healthcare Act is a beginning not the end-all-be- all. Right now it assists with people who are middle class with no insurance or the poor get quality health care, mainly using prevention. Having been in the health insurance industry for over 25 years, this is not a bad thing. I read an article, in the Gazette, about 80 percent of doctors planning to leave if the Affordable Health Care goes through. What a laugh, from one of the strongest lobbyists on
I guess what I am saying to everyone out there is don't believe everything you read. If you are interested in the Affordable Health Care Act, read up on it. Don't rely on the Internet or newspapers to give you an unbiased view.
If you are worried about the economy, learn more about it. Make your own decisions based on fact, not innuendo, not TV commercials, churches, the Internet, or what your neighbors think. But remember this - only you can change things, so vote. Your vote does count.
Creating truth from fiction
Once again our politicians are spending mega-dollars creating truth from fiction. When
The Romney campaign has conveniently edited out the truth and left us with sound bites that portray our president as someone who doesn't believe in the power of the private sector, and believes that government is the answer to all problems. Citizen
My husband and I own a business. He has worked 60-plus hours a week for a very long time to build our business, take care of our employees, and provide quality goods to our customers. Have we done this all on our own? No. We rely on the services of the
For candidate Romney to cut and paste our president's words to paint him as anti-business is inflammatory and false, and that Gardner would buy this as truth is just plain sad.
Big business failed them
Business owners built the country? Oh, heck no. They aren't even what made/makes this country great. Obama got it right: the American system built this country.
The good, honest, hardworking citizens of this country built it; the blood, sweat and tears of all of us make it great. Don't think I don't appreciate everything business owners have contributed, but all they've done is to contribute to the whole.
All successful businesses require, i.e. must have, two things: employees and customers. Don't agree? Do businesses suffer from walkouts and boycotts? You bet they do. Big business is at the top of the food chain right now, but nothing lasts forever.
Power is not bad in itself. It is the abuse - the arrogance and greed, the attitude that "We can make you; we can break you. We can hire you; we can fire you. We can outsource your job." Don't talk to me about job creation when so many jobs have left this country. Pat yourselves on the back when they come back where they belong.
Suggesting that business owners built this country is just a rationalization - let's call it what it is - for giving them more financial breaks, or at least not taking them away. If that's so good for this country, why is the U.S. in such dire economic straits? Maybe because "...we can break you" is making a few people very wealthy.
To say that Obama believes "people who produce should be charged for those who do not." is putting a spin on what he says. "Distribution of wealth" is also spin art, a pat phrase for dismissing the real issues.
It's not about robbing the rich with taxes to give to the poor in entitlements. It's about not robbing the poor - or middle class - to give to the rich. It's about, for instance, average citizens who have lost their mortgages not because their businesses failed but because Big business failed them.
I sincerely admire the moral businessman and businesswoman, but let's not forget who keeps their businesses viable. We all deserve a break; we're all in this together.
No more free rides
In the state of
There are many right wing pundits claiming that the Affordable Care Act is a government takeover of health insurance. They also claim it is socialism. I do not remember hearing those claims when motor vehicle insurance became mandatory. Was the state of
The purchase of car insurance and health insurance from the free market system is what capitalism is. It's hard to listen to those who spew out words like "government takeover" and "socialism" when they really have no idea what they are talking about.
In a perfect world, all of us would have health insurance. Since we all do not, the burden of the cost is put on those of us who do have it. It's about time we all started paying for it. No more free rides.
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