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LETTERS: 83-year-old driver speaks; Economic ‘flim-flammery’; and AFA's solar panels

By: Letters
January 25, 2011
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On their merry, risky way

The parents of the teenage boy who wrote about drivers who run red lights should be very proud of him. (Letters, Jan. 19)

I am on the other end of the spectrum. I am an 83 year old female senior citizen. We also get blamed for more than our share of accidents. Let me explain that I have driven, in my present car, over 380,000 miles without an accident or a ticket. Not even a warning. And I am still considered mentally competent enough to work in the child protection field, including transporting children, and as a CASA volunteer.

I too, sit and simmer while as many as 3 cars zoom around through a red left turn light after the signal is green for me to proceed.

I guess they feel that being rear-ended if they stop is worse than being T-boned. And they hope that all we sane drivers, including teenagers and senior citizens, will wait until they have gone their merry, risky way.

I am in favor of the red light camera tickets. Come on people! Obey the laws, drive sanely, and you won’t get a ticket.

Vi Bass

Colorado Springs

 

Economic ‘flim-flammery’

Fred Crowley is full of more baloney then an Oscar Mayer factory. Saying that we were/are out of recession (“Forecast: Slow gains will build up market,” Gazette Jan. 20) since 2009 and in “recovery” is the height of propaganda doublespeak. Across the country, unemployment remains at record highs and housing starts are little more than a quarter of what they were in 2005, making such pronouncements statistical flim-flammery of the highest order.

That flim-flammery was and is created by trillions in fake money injected into the economy by the Federal Reserve and Treasury through QE1, 2, TARP, “stimulus,” deficits, credit, loans, bailouts and on and on.

That debt money is nothing but a temporary mirage our open-market creditors in China, Europe and Japan are soon to pull the plug on. Then the Fed will continue to completely monetize the debt, ‘buying’ it all up with more fake money created out of thin air.

Anyone that is so foolish as to believe the creation of fake debt money and borrowing our way to prosperity is credible economics shouldn’t be given a forum but tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail as snake oil salesmen. Further, the use of fake ‘money’ to generate the statistical “jobless recovery” (think of the Orwellian, oxymoronic character of that phrase!) proferred by such so-called “economists” should simply have them laughed off the stage.

Both foreclosures and bankruptcies will continue to rise past record levels in 2011. RealtyTrac reported 2.9 million foreclosures in 2010, only held to that level by the foreclosure-fraud freeze in the 4th quarter. Foreclosure estimates from several sources expect to hit an all-time record in 2011 with 5 million mortgages currently 2 months or more delinquent in their payments.

What does Crowley think several million more homes thrown on the market will do to home prices? Increase them? What will that do to housing starts? Increase them?

Jeff Wright

Colorado Springs

 

Item belonged on comics page

The Gazette Jan.22 issue had this news item, “Work on AFA’s solar array heats up.”

According to the numbers, the cost of electricity is over $33 million per year at the Academy.

I think the numbers were squeezed in order to get funded by China. Maybe the story should have appeared on page 7B, comics.

Thomas G. Van Camp

Colorado Springs

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