Letters to the editor
Vail, CO, Colorado
Heckuva job up there
To Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain Operations: I’m not going to lie to you, it’s hard getting motivated to work on the mountain this season.
Each day I say my mantra: “I’m blessed to work in this environment and I love my life.” It is true, though, and I owe thanks.
My thank-you is directed to Vail Resorts’ Mountain Operations. I truly believe that if not for our snowmaking and grooming departments, we would not even be skiing at this level. To be brief, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Vail Mountain Safety
If GOP wants to win
For at least the past year, perhaps longer, the Republican Party and their field of presidential candidates has come across as macho nutcakes with direct ancestral links to the Taliban school of governance (don your burqas, gals).
However, these folks do not appear to be suicidal, and underneath it all have a pretty good comprehension that in the United States, the power to get elected and to get things done comes from the center.
Therefore, if the party of Lincoln is serious about regaining the White House and having a good chance of becoming the majority in both halls of Congress, then they would be wise to come together at caucus time to muster a candidate who will have the greatest appeal to the majority of voters who have clearly demonstrated that we prefer to be governed from the center rather than by those whose politics and ideologies (we know what is best for you!) are either too far left or right and out of the mainstream.
When GOP was adrift
In the springtime of the cold war year of 1950, when the American Republican Party was experiencing internal difficulties concerning one of its own members, Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, R-Maine, the chamber’s only female member, composed her “Declaration Of Conscience.”
She warned “about a serious national condition … a feeling of fear and frustration that could result in national suicide and the end of everything Americans hold dear.”
The U.S. Senate had “been debased to the level of a forum of hate and character assassination sheltered by the shield of congressional immunity … a public platform for irresponsible sensationalism … for selfish political gain at the sacrifice of individual reputations and national unity.”
She told her Republican colleagues she hoped their party would be returned to power -but not at the expense of replacing Democrats “with a Republican regime embracing a philosophy that lacks political integrity or intellectual honesty.” (Haynes Johnson, “The Age Of Anxiety, McCarthyism To Terrorism,” Harcourt Inc., 2005)
She concluded: “I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to victory on the Four Horses Of Calumny – Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear.”
In this, a presidential election year, and the sixth decade since Sen. Smith’s “Declaration,” does honest truth reveal that civil advancement has arrived within the American Republican Party.
Drug war fuels crime
Regarding Jan Rosenthal Townsend’s Jan. 2 op-ed, not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated.
Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don’t ID for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. So much for protecting the children.
Throwing more money at the problem is no solution.
Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking.
The drug war doesn’t fight crime; it fuels crime.
Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy
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