Published: May 1, 2013
Great performances at Wasson
I want to thank the students at Wasson High School for a wonderful evening at your last performance which happened to be the beautiful musical 'Bye Bye Birdie ' ... you guys did an amazing job of making that last performance a memorable one!
I also want to add, as the host of your cast party, that you were all amazing young people that the world can be very proud of and remember all the great memories you will always take with you and you will have many more wonderful memories to come. It was an honor to have you all in my home. Once again thank you and all the staff at Wasson, who put on all these great performances throughout the years.
That's what elections are for
I am writing to voice strong support for my State Senator John Morse, who is the focus of a recall effort. I, like the majority of Americans, strongly agree with his votes for universal background checks for private gun sales and a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines.
Additionally, recalls are expensive and should be reserved for criminal offenses or complete incompetence. Recalls should not be used as a 'do-over ' when your candidate lost and you don't like how the winning candidate votes. That's what elections are for. Otherwise, in a swing district like ours, recalls could become the norm for both political sides. Senator Morse is term-limited out in 2014, so opponents will have another chance at this Senate seat soon enough. So when someone comes knocking on your door or approaches you in a public place asking for your support in this ridiculous recall, please decline to sign the petition.
Have a variety of options for voting
I prefer to vote in person; however, have voted by mailing in a ballot and also by dropping off a mail-in ballot. Elections that only offer mail-in ballots are too restrictive. I know people who lay the ballot aside and then don't think of it until it is election day and can't get it turned in. I also know there are people who do not receive a ballot in the mail and so don't vote. The best option is to have a variety of places where people can go to vote early. Even those with busy schedules can find time to do this. Bottom line - the more options there are the more convenient it is for voters - anything that increases number of eligible voters casting their ballot is the right thing to do. That is why I believe that HB 1303 is good for Colorado.
Right to know where food comes from
'Despicable, unconstitutional, ridiculous, immature, idiotic, and mendacious. ' And that's just how Tennessee newspapers characterized the state's 'ag-gag ' bill now awaiting governor's signature.
'Ag-gag ' bills criminalize whistleblowing that exposes animal abuses, unsafe working conditions, and environmental problems on factory farms.
Instead of encouraging whistleblowing and preventing these violations, ag-gag laws ensure that consumers and regulatory authorities are kept in the dark.
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah have enacted ag-gag laws, but such bills were defeated in eight other states, thanks to a strong outcry from the public and newspaper editors. In 2013, new ag-gag bills were introduced in Arkansas, California, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wyoming. The language has been invariably drafted by the infamous anti-consumer American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Thirty newspapers and 60 national animal protection, workers' rights, civil liberties, public health, food safety, and environmental conservation organizations have recently gone on record as strongly opposing ag-gag bills.
Our government must never restrict our right and obligation to know where our food comes from. For a recent update on the status of ag-gag bills, visit mfablog.org/2013/04/state-of-the-ag-gag-2013.html.
Let homeless speak at forum
I applaud your partnership with Colorado College in holding community conversations where meaningful dialogue can take place on issues facing the city. Homelessness has been just such an issue and I appreciate your intention to offer a panel of informed citizens holding diverse views. I urge you to include one or more homeless people on your panel to be truly inclusive and respectful of their dignity. No solutions can be effective without the inclusion of the people actually affected in the conversation. I'm grateful that people who consider themselves advocates of homeless people will be part of the conversation, but it will be most meaningful for the people affected to speak for themselves.
Could end up dead right
While driving through a shopping center parking lot the other day I came close to running over a young man as he stepped in front of my car while my sandal sole caught under the brake pedal preventing my braking (as I should have).
This experience reminds me just how many times I see people walk in front of on-coming traffic without even looking to see if the cars are going to brake. Most drivers do brake, but once in awhile drivers are not paying attention (cellphone maybe) or don't brake for what ever reason.
Pedestrians - please do not assume oncoming traffic sees you and will brake. You are in the right but you may end up dead right.