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In the wake of the Republican Party victory in these last midterm elections, liberals warn that the Republican mandate harbors within it a dangerous conservative agenda and that this agenda will somehow be destructive to social structures already in place such as Social Security, Medicare and environmental protection.

Since the Reagan Revolution advanced and established the conservative ideology that government is an inefficient vehicle for transferring the wealth of its citizens into social programs including social entitlement programs, this nation has moved inexorably further to the right. Why? Apparently, the majority of our citizens have bought into this notion. But if you speak with any citizen, conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, as often as not you get the same cynical response: “They’re all crooks.”

So, does this mean that the Republican crooks have done a better job of convincing the majority of our citizens that their deal is better than anybody else’s? You bet it does. But it would be glib to say that until the Democrats find a definite platform to sell, they’ll continue to be the Incredible Shrinking Party. You see, the average American views the Democratic Party as the party of ethnics, the party of socialists, the party of cities, the party against business, the party of moral deceit, the party of peace at any price. That unfortunately has become the post-20th century legacy of the Democratic Party.

For every time a Franklin Roosevelt fought a war and won, for every time a Jimmy Carter brokered a peace, and for every time a Lyndon Johnson fought and won a war on poverty, there was a Republican conservative screaming that Social Security should be the job of private investment specialists, a.k.a. Wall Street, that the price for brokering peace abroad was ignoring economic issues at home, that we’re still paying for the war on poverty.

So where does that leave us? If we allow the size of the issues and the ideology to overwhelm us, it leaves us nowhere. But they don’t call it politics for nothing. Politics, to borrow a phrase from the theater, is the art of the possible. What is possible? It is now possible for the Republican majority, reflecting the cries of those citizens whose votes empowered it, to advance the conservative agenda.

It is still possible for the Democratic minority to resist the implementation, but only if they substitute their rhetorical vacuum with meaningful alternatives.

Can the resistance be effective? Why not? It worked in India, in South Africa, even in Soviet Russia, all examples that strike terror in the hearts of good Republicans everywhere.

What did those examples accomplish? They momentarily destabilized wealthy minorities just enough to establish freedom for a wider majority of citizens in those countries.

Here, the conservative agenda means that the rich will continue to get richer, the poor poorer. North American will continue becoming more and more like South America. That is how capitalism works.

Profit equals the difference between revenue and wages differed that go into capital improvement, shareholder return, debt repayment and executive incentives.

Now here is where the illusion gets really sophisticated. Unlike the countries previously mentioned, the American dream has it that anyone can jump the barrier between liberal and conservative. All you need is a reason. And that reason is wealth.

So until Democrats figure out how to use this illusion the way Republicans have, they will continue to be the Incredible Shrinking Party. All they have to do, is convince Americans that paying for all those ethnics to become good, educated Americans and therefore having an educated productive citizenry is good business; that they’re not socialists, just socially conscious; that the health of cities affects everyone, even farmers; that not only are they not against business, but are actually quite good at helping business invest in new technologies, which is better for everyone; that the morality of whole party should not be judged by one bad apple who just happened to be a president; and that peace is better than war.

If the Democrats can figure out how to do that, well, then, I sure wouldn’t want to be a Republican. Who would?

Gus Nicholson

Gypsum

Thanks for help

I would like to say thank you to all of the people who helped with the town of Avon Recreation Department Youth Tackle Football Program. Without the help and contributions of our selfless volunteer coaches and sponsors, we would not be able to have such a great program.

This year we had 50 kids coached by Bart Cuomo, Bret Young, Scott Schmidt, Paul Gruber, Wayne Ward, Jim Swanson, Steve Orsac, and Casey Clawson.

Our generous sponsors were: Vail Realty, Alpine Construction, Saltire Development, and David Honda’s Vail Sports Medicine Physical Therapy.

I would also like to thank our referees Robert Ellsworth, Jeff Sweet, Andrew Cuomo, and Scott Ruff, and our scorekeeper Carrie Johnson. The town of Avon would also like to thank Battle Mountain High School and Fred Koetteritz for the use of the football field at Battle Mountain. The real winners are the kids who benefited so greatly from the generosity of everyone.

Ron Moreno

Youth Rec Coordinator

Town of Avon

CMC honors leader

Even though the following letter to the editor is about a Glenwood event, everyone in the nine counties served by Colorado Mountain College is invited to a reception and open house to honor the recently retired Colorado Mountain College President Dr. Cynthia Heelan. The reception and open house are set for Friday, Dec. 6, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rivers Restaurant in Glenwood Springs.

Through her efforts to advance Colorado Mountain College, Dr. Heelan has touched the lives of countless students and community members throughout western Colorado over the course of her last nine years as president. Dr. Heelan came to a college that had tremendous potential but serious challenges to overcome.

Now, nine years later, Colorado Mountain College is known throughout the country for excellence and innovation. Our students connect across the mountains via one of the nation’s largest interactive video networks. Numerous new initiatives give our communities better access to education, from English as a Second Language to the arts. Most significantly, we are collaborating across diverse campus boundaries, sharing ideas and resources, moving in the same direction.

Only Cynthia knows what that took. Only she knows how many late night icy drives she white-knuckled it back home after community or campus meetings. She is the only one who could count the nearly countless evening and weekend hours spent building public and financial support for Colorado Mountain College. But keeping such totals would not be Cynthia’s style. When she unpacked her bags from Minnesota, she kept her mud boots on and, shovel in hand, waded right into our challenges.

Doug Stewart

Colorado Mountain College


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