Protect our public lands
A new report released by the National Park Service, detailed in Jason Blevin's article, "Government shutdown tapped 18.2 percent from Estes Park's sales-tax take," shows just how devastating the government shutdown's closure of our national parklands was to local economies. Unfortunately, this isn't news to our small business community.
By one estimate, $500 million was lost when tourists were unable to visit national parks and sportsmen were locked out of wildlife areas at the onset of hunting season. This translates directly to the small business community. Small Business Majority's opinion polling found a majority of Colorado small employers choose to live and do business in our state because of opportunities tied to our parks and public lands. And two-thirds support designating more of Colorado's public lands as national monuments.
What's more, a sweeping 90 percent believe public spaces drawing tourists positively impacts local businesses, and two-thirds believe private development of these lands would limit the public's enjoyment of them.
Colorado's parks and public lands matter to our economy and small businesses. We need our leaders to recognize how important this is to our state's economy and take steps to protect our public lands in order to support Colorado's entrepreneurs.
Tim Gaudette, Denver
You cannot unring a bell
As boy, some 80 years ago, I learned about Aaron Burr and Phillip Nolan. Nolan was another traitor who was known as "The Man Without a Country." Found guilty at his court-martial he angrily stated he never wanted to hear or see the United States again. Granted his wish he died a prisoner on a warship years later. Recently that story was replayed on television with an ending that drew a more sympathetic ending for his character.
We are likewise aware of Tokyo Rose, the propaganda puppet for our former enemy in WWII. In more recent years who cannot forget the "Jane" who surrendered the personal messages of prisoners in Vietnam to an unmerciful captor who had them beaten for their efforts to make known their plight. Today she pleads regret, but still unknown to this writer, is her regret for her actions or for the regret she has to the damage she has caused to her personal reputation as a loyal citizen of this great land.
Today, some may call it a lesser offense, wherein a soldier who had taken an oath to protect and defend our Constitution has deliberately abandoned the obligation to recognize the pride and courtesy normally afforded our national colors and standard. You cannot unring a bell so she has shamed herself, those who spawned her and taught her. Though her commander will allow no more discussion of this matter, hers is a personal shame and should not blemish or demean the honors and glory due a valorous military unit.
Richard N. Sunderland, Colorado Springs
Only until the child is 18
Re: Teen suing parents for support: By law and tradition, parents are obligated to support and provide education until the child is 18 and/or graduated from high school. Colorado law only used to require completion of eighth grade. After that, parents do not have to provide for those children. If they want to and are able, then, of course, they should. The part about obeying their rules if under their roof is simply a given. I'm 100 percent behind the parents in New Jersey here. The young lady needs a good spanking, along with the "Biebs."
John R. Marshall, Colorado Springs
Unless you want more of the same
There was a time when news was reported without political bias, but that ended 44 years ago when Walter Cronkite shifted from reporting the news to offering an opinion, i.e., that victory in Vietnam was impossible. Cronkite and the liberal media then ensured psychological defeat with overly negative reporting on the Tet Offensive.
Since then, the news has gradually been reported or not reported to protect and promote liberal politicians or causes. Consider the latest example, i.e., the real story was that the former IRS official, Lois Lerner, once again took the fifth, either to protect her own butt or those above her, but the liberal media instead focused on Rep. Darrell Issa's turning off Rep. Elijah Cumming's mike. Sadly, RINOs like senile John McCain joined the liberal's chant for Issa's head. You want more of the same?
If not, take the time to compare the "news" with comparable discussions on talk radio and Fox News. And vote! Conservatives who sat on their butts in 2012 rather than vote for a not so conservative candidate elected this president. Vote Republican no matter. If not for you, we would now be free of Obama and his socialistic agenda and well on our way to economic prosperity and respect in the global community.
Bob Strong, Falcon
Ghosts of the past revisited
In light of present Ukrainian events, isn't it time to revisit Whittaker Chambers' "The Ghosts on the Roof" (re: Yalta 1945) which portrays the bullet-ridden ghosts of executed Romanov royal family members gathered on the roof of their Livadia Palace in the Crimea joyfully witnessing below the reconstruction and expansion of their empire, as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill gave Joseph Stalin every eastern Europe territory that he desired?
Russell W. Haas, Golden