Published: October 11, 2013
Incompetence of government
Gov. John Hickenlooper's loopy idea of a tax (fine, fee) on people living in the woods, subject to high fire danger, should apply evenly across the state.
The people in northeast Colorado should be taxed because they were flooded from upstream flooding that occurred in the mountains, and it could happen again. People living on top of the mountain should be taxed because they are more likely to be struck by lightning. People living in high crime communities should be taxed because they are more likely to be unable to pay the hospital when they get mugged and are injured. People in Denver, with its horrendous traffic, are more likely to be in a traffic accident and should be taxed to pay for the police and ambulance response.
The list is probably endless.
The problem with the fire danger in the woods is the stunning incompetence of the federal government (Congress and the president) to maintain the forests in a healthy manner. Environmentalists have blocked logging to the point that the forest is overgrown. Homeowners fail to cut down trees when they are too crowded, and they are loving our forests to death. Wooden houses with wood decks and shake shingles in the forest look nice, but stucco, composite decks, and a steel roof are more fireproof.
Rather than fine the owners, why not inform them of what they can do to minimize problems. Give them assistance in determining what will work best. But a tax? That is the typical Democrat response to a problem.
History may be repeating itself
Unless you were born before 1965, you are not old enough to remember what happened to previous grand city planning efforts. There was a plan put forward in the early 1980s to build a first-class baseball stadium right in the downtown area.
Where? Well, a well-known old hardware and lumber company had closed their doors and all that land down in the southwest quadrant of the inner city needed filling and plans were soon underway for the city to acquire the land.
All was going well with local support, until someone wrote a letter asking a lot of questions that apparently hadn't been asked and debated. Questions like: Where do you park the 10-15 thousand cars hoped for each game? Can the bus service develop routes and hire extra drivers? Will extra police and security be available and will the budgets cover the salaries, overtime and all? Are the area merchants willing to have their insurance rates increased due to milling crowds after normal business hours? Can ballpark ticket prices be maintained?
We will also have an Air Force Center and an Olympics Exhibition Hall being considered this time. I think they had better look back in the old files for a d??vu review and run this past the citizens before they raid the tax abatement kitty bank.
What is it they call the act of repeating the same failed action and expecting a different outcome?
Trial is a waste of taxpayers' money
First of all, I read your newspaper online every day. When I first started reading the articles on the couple who was murdered by 17-year-old Macyo January, I noticed on the bottom of the story the comments were disabled for anyone to comment. I think this is a violation of my First Amendment rights. Good comments or bad, people are entitled to comment on this story.
In my opinion and I am sure in many others, this low piece of life does not deserve a trial, though it is granted to him, trying to get out of this to see if he can go to Juvenile Court and get his sentence shaved off.
Thank God, the judge saw otherwise. This individual, I don't even want to call him a person, has no regard for human life. When the couple went home to check on the burglar alarm, he gunned the husband down first and when his wife got home he shot her, too - a war hero that served our country, newlyweds just married and having a baby, I am sure he saw the nursery in the house and also killed their unborn child.
This trial is a waste of taxpayers' money, he admitted doing it, and it's such a nightmare for their families. He deserves to be punished to the fullest extend of the law, and no parole, hopefully he won't live that long in jail when prisoners find out he killed an unborn child.
I do not know this couple personally, but this story really affected me hard, a couple that had so much to live for and a lowlife that is reeking off the system for the rest of his life in jail. I just wanted to put in my words to this, such a senseless tragedy. They are not here to defend themselves, I am doing this now.
Such a wonderful article
How enlightening to read Thomas Sowell's opinion on "Who should get the blame for the current shutdown?" in the Oct. 6 edition of The Gazette. He explained some of how having a division of powers with the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution. Such as all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, etc.
He explained it so people like myself could understand what each branch is legally responsible to do.
Kudos to Thomas Sowell for such a wonderful article.