Updated: May 13, 2014 at 8:34 am
Possible win-win solution
We as a community have been debating the future of the Martin Drake Power Plant for a while. Getting old, expensive to keep up, questionable about meeting new EPA standards and now disabled and even going to cost us more just to get it running again. In the 15 years I have lived here, the issue of landfill space has come up for Pueblo and Colorado Springs. About every two to three years, we are told about an ecological disaster building between us and Pueblo with a tire refuse site. Now at least two of the three are bearing down on us again. Drake has had a crippling that will cost us even more. A plan was announced out of Denver that would take care of some of the estimated million-plus old tires waiting to catch fire that even the fire chief says scares him. However, this recycle plan still won't take care of them all and will close that area for old tires. Then where do they go? My question is: Has anybody approached the possibility of dealing with all three at the same time?
There are incinerator/power plants in over a dozen communities across the country. They are natural gas fired (cheaper than coal and EPA compliant), and these use less natural gas than the standard because the furnaces are primarily fed with refuse and they eliminate much of the need for massive landfills that will never go away. Old tires and 90-95 percent of our refuse can be burned in it.
West Michigan residents found themselves in the same situation of old power plant and landfill space running out. In cooperation with Consumer Power of W. Michigan, they built an incinerator power plant and fixed both problems. Instead of the waste removal companies in the area paying to add to a landfill that will never go away, they pay the same charge to dump at the power plant.
This is an idea that takes less natural gas than a plant that runs exclusively off it. It would clean up the old tire dump issue, release fewer toxins in the air to deal with, is supplemented by the refuse ("renewable" because we are constantly creating it?) and generate dumping fees to help pay for maintenance and operations.
Keith King, dedicated public servant
A cowardly, scurrilous anonymous letter was sent to me as a "fellow conservative." Let me state in the clearest terms that you are not my "fellow," and you are a disgrace to conservatives.
Disagreeing with City Council President Keith King is fair game; calling him a traitor is not! Under no circumstances can that characterization be defended, explained or remotely justified. It is predictable and understandable that you would not sign your name to this, as it represents the lowest form of gutless name calling.
Being a longtime supporter, friend, ally and admirer of King, he has accepted my strong disagreement and disappointment with many of his actions, and failures to act, as president of the council. But they are done with full recognition of, and appreciation for, our mutual commitment to the fundamental principles of small, cost-effective government, fiscal and personal responsibility, private property rights and market-driven free enterprise.
King has dedicated much of his life to advancing conservatism, serving in various public offices, from school board to state legislator, always at great personal and financial sacrifice. Fortunately, he is a bigger person than you. He stands up publicly on behalf of what he thinks is right, doing so in the face of private disagreements with his friends, like me, and public attacks from those, like you, who don't have the courage to identify yourself.
You do the conservative cause no favor by practicing the politics of personal destruction. King has a well-documented, highly regarded track record of defending and advancing conservative values and policies, earning the respect of those of us whom he occasionally disappoints. To call him a traitor does a disservice to him, to the conservative movement and to the idea of civil discourse. You should be ashamed. You are the traitor!
Public lands are our legacy
Our parks and public lands are in the national news again. Not because of another government shutdown but because of another extremist group trying to claim our public lands for their private use. Some people are threatening to illegally ride ATVs all over public lands in Utah littered with archaeological treasures and ancient sites sacred to the Navajo.
As a veteran, I believe our public lands are our legacy to the future, deserving protection for all Americans - not desecration by a few felons. Here in Colorado, Sen. Mark Udall and Sen. Michael Bennet, sportsmen, business owners and groups like the Friends of Browns Canyon are working collaboratively to protect such important public lands like Browns Canyon National Monument so that our kids and grandkids can see the best of the nation I and other veterans served to protect. Our public lands are the pride of our nation, and no American should stand for this kind of violation of our heritage.
Feinstein and 'mentally ill' vets
Every veteran and veterans organization should be "making as much noise" as the public did against Donald Sterling against Dianne Feinstein. The following comes from the L.A. Times: "At a meeting in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein said, 'All vets are mentally ill in some way and government should prevent them from owning firearms.'?"
L.A. Times columnist Burt Prelutsky's Quote of the Day: "Frankly, I don't know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we're Number One.
"There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth.' The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words."
I hope all "mentally ill" vets get upset by this; especially the ones with guns.