Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers:
Colorado can be a role model
I recently read Scott Weiser's column on renewable energy, in which he challenges the vision of moving Colorado to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. Rather than dismiss the goal as "pie in the sky," Weiser should be jumping at the opportunity to make Colorado a national leader in our energy future - energy that makes our air cleaner, our families healthier, and our economy stronger.
Colorado is leading in renewable energy. Our state's Renewable Energy Standard requires large utilities to generate 30 percent renewable energy by 2020. And several cities, including Pueblo, have pledged 100 percent renewable energy in the coming decades. What starts here on a municipal and state level can grow to be a model for the nation.
Renewable energy will create more local, good-paying jobs that can't be outsourced. Weiser cites the U.S. Energy Information Administration's assessment of the increased demand for labor created by such a goal. Additionally, the growth and availability of electric vehicles, wind and solar have outpaced all expectations. That trend will only continue as the technology gets better and cheaper. There is no better time than now for Colorado to make a commitment to 100 percent renewable energy.
Wind and solar energy make our air cleaner and healthier for everyone. We pride ourselves on our quality of life here in Colorado, so why wouldn't we to want to see that improve? This pledge is a win-win for our state and future generations.
Tarnishing legal organizations
I'm writing to help dispel some often-reported myths contained in the Aug. 2 piece, "Serving God by suing others: Inside the Christian conservative legal movement." There was a disturbing subtext in the reporting that inaccurately tarnishes these highly regarded legal organizations as anti-democratic, profit-seeking hate groups who are only harming the cause of religious freedom, not furthering it.
First, these Christian legal organizations were founded not to avoid the legislative process by using the courts, but rather to counter the legal activism of liberal organizations like the ACLU who were using liberal judges to rewrite the Constitution.
Second, all of the public interest legal groups, on the left and the right, seek donations so that they can provide no-cost legal representations to their clients. Otherwise their clients, on the left and right, could not afford to fight the unlimited resources of the government actors arrayed against them.
Third, repeating the extreme-left Southern Poverty Law Center's scurrilous smear of such legal groups and their lawyers, many of whom I know personally, as "hate groups" equivalent to the Ku Klux Klan is beneath the Gazette's journalistic standards.
Bruce Hausknecht, Focus on the Family
Americans living with Alzheimer's
There are 244,000 people in Colorado caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. As someone who has served in this role, I am proud to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act.
Recently reintroduced in Congress, and supported by the Alzheimer's Association, PCHETA (S. 693 /H.R. 1676) would ensure America has an adequate, well-trained palliative care and hospice workforce through workforce training, education and awareness, and enhanced research. These services are critical services for persons in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's.
In fact, a number of studies have concluded that hospitalization is not recommended for individuals with advanced dementia given the life expectancy of the individual, the significant burdens of aggressive treatment, and the difficulty of pain management for those who cannot communicate in the hospital setting.
PCHETA will help ensure that the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer's have access to quality care and end-of-life services, making a devastating diagnosis slightly more manageable.
Please join me in thanking Rep. Doug Lamborn and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet for their active support of PCHETA and the 69,000 Coloradans living with Alzheimer's.
Using fake data and numbers
Ten years ago, Al Gore said all of our coastal cities would be under water by now. On Aug. 1, an East Coast fisherman who has been in business for 50 years told Al Gore that has seen no changes in the amount of shellfish.
Since there is no list of all of the climatologists in the world, then no one has polled them, so where does 97 percent come from? Fake number!
Again, 80 percent of the Caribbean reefs dead - fake number!
World reefs 40 percent to 50 percent dead - fake number. No one has even studied a small percent of the reefs. Yes, some are dying and that is sad but many are growing and new reefs are forming, but these people won't tell you that data. A few months ago, a climate group was caught deleting data that did not prove what they were saying.
The problem is that the fakers influence the thoughts of the unintelligent and uninformed. The term slight of hand (or data) seems to fit better than magic.
Unhappy with highlighting Kaepernick
I must say I have been very happy with The Gazette and the sports page until today. I was surprised and unhappy to see a full page article and picture of Colin Kaepernick on the Wednesday sports section.
Kaepernick's disrespect of the national anthem by kneeling shows a complete lack of appreciation to all Americans and especially for current, future and retired military personnel.
I would suggest highlighting one of our local sports heroes in the future.