Praying for God haters, and others
Strongly disagreeing with Pat Robertson: TV evangelist Pat Robertson’s call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was wrong, unless I’ve missed something. To my knowledge, Chavez has not killed hundreds of thousands like Saddam Hussein has. Just because Chavez disagrees with our politics is no excuse to assassinate him. To his credit, Robertson did apologize for the unfortunate comment. Praying for the haters of God: My formerly conservative, turned moderate and now acting very left-wing liberal friend, Richard Carnes, seems to be in a race with anti-God zealot and Vail Daily assistant editor Matt Zalaznick as to who can try to outrage Christians more. Both seem to be swallowed up with hatred toward God. I suppose every human does this at some time in their life. For example, when a dear loved one dies, it is easy to blame God. Anyway, as the Daily prints more and more of the anti-God rants, it seems that Carnes and Zalaznick are at a point in life where they are enveloped in hatred, and that is sad. Most Christians I know are praying for Carnes and Zalaznick. Even one of the authors of the Bible, the apostle Paul, was, at one time, a hater of God. So, I suppose there is hope for Carnes and Zalaznick. As former Denver Nugget’s coach Doug Moe used to say jokingly about his players, they are “no-hopers.” And I suppose if you really do hate God and don’t change that view, then you, too, will have no hope for your salvation. If you are depending on a doctor to save your life, check out the pictures of all the dead doctors in the lobby of most hospitals. Absolutely none of us can save our souls, let alone our bodies! By the way, I know a person that would like to debate the existence of God, but I doubt Carnes and Zalaznick would debate them. Disagreeing with my friend, columnist Rohn Robbins: In the Aug. 30 issue, Robbins wrote an analysis that, reading between the lines, endorses Referendums C & D in the upcoming November election. This would change the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) and effectively increase our taxes by not requiring government to give back refunds, after it has received enough money for their budget. TABOR, of course, already allows voters to approve tax increases, such as Amendment 23’s increase in public education funding. TABOR works well in allowing the taxpayers to have final say over any tax increases, which liberals don’t like. What C & D would do is allow the politicians to increase what you effectively pay, in general, without asking you to approve any specific increase. Robbins wrote that TABOR is an “unruly adolescent” and the election will be about “enforcing some discipline on it.” In actuality, the politicians are unruly adolescents and, TABOR, as passed by taxpaying voters, is the discipline politicians need to live by to operate within their means, as we all have to. Referendums C & D need to be soundly defeated! Disputing the Daily’s liberal assistant editor Alex Miller: Miller wrote, “ProgressNow tours state with progressive agenda.” (Page 6 headline, Tuesday, Aug. 30) Yeah, right! “Progressive” to liberals means taking your money by force, via constantly increased taxation, and spending it on liberal nonsense. I’ve never seen a conservative group written up in the Daily with the same positive energy as Miller gleefully did. Usually conservatives are referred to with disdain, and labeled “gadfly,” etc. If you check out ProgressNow’s Web site, they are just another greedy liberal group, whose mission is to indoctrinate voters by buying votes with a redistribution of our money. It’s so easy to be a liberal. Yawn. Disagreeing with my liberal friend Allen Christenson and my conservative friend Terry Quinn: Christenson, the Minturn town attorney, and Quinn, the Minturn town judge, both got it wrong recently when Minturn Mayor Gordon “Hawkeye” Flaherty tried to do a decent thing by defending his friend Jim Hoza, whose house unfortunately burned down in 2002. First, Christenson courageously took on one of his bosses by claiming that a Minturn town ordinance prevented Flaherty from testifying at a court hearing. The hearing was to determine whether Hoza was in compliance in cleaning up his property after the fire in a manner that the town staff wants. Where Christenson is wrong is in not understanding that the ordinance, on it’s face, is unconstitutional. The ordinance prevents any town officer, such as Flaherty, from appearing “on behalf of any private person” before the “Town Council, any town board, or the Municipal Court.” The First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution says that the right of free speech shall “not be infringed.” Not only is Flaherty right in being able to testify on behalf of his friend, but it is in all of our best interests to not prevent anyone from testifying on our behalf no matter what position they hold. What if you were wrongly accused of something and needed a town officer to testify in your behalf? After listening to the entire tape, I respectfully disagree with Judge Quinn, in that he seems to believe that Minturn’s “policies” about vacant lots should be upheld. Policies are not law. The Constitution is law. I thought Flaherty posed the question best when he said, rhetorically, “What right do you have to use your property after your house burned down.” When asked if Hoza’s stuff next door bothered him, neighbor Harry Gray replied, “No, not at all.” Gray added, “I think the Mayor is OK.” And finally, I have to agree with the cowardly anonymous Web writer, who said I am “not a good writer.” I agree. I am not a good writer and never claimed to be. (However, I know some people think we are both wrong about that.) Anyway, I still do the best I can. The important thing is to expose liberal nonsense. And even if I write poorly, I know I expose liberal nonsense pretty well. Somehow, I suspect the cowardly Web writer knows that, too. Michael Cacioppo, a former radio talk show host and newspaper publisher, is managing director of BookPlayaDelCarmen.com, LLC, a local travel planning consultant on vacations to Mexico. He can be reached at Cacioppo@BookPlayaDelCarmen.com. This column, as with all personal columns, does not necessarily reflect the views of the Vail Daily.Vail, Colorado
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