Letters to the Editor
Culture of victimsDavid Le Vine said he wanted to get more precise about what he wants done about the bad attitude many students have about education. I still don’t know exactly what he has in mind, except that “we” are expected to spend a lot of money on it. That’s the taxpayers, as far as I can tell. I see evidence of the problem he is trying to solve. For example, Sunday’s Denver Post had a front page story about how rural areas have to depend on foreign doctors for health care because there aren’t enough native-born doctors to cover this need. Last week the Rocky Mountain News noted that for the fall 2005 semester at CU Boulder, there were only 66 black students enrolled out of a total of 5,000 accepted. Is it a case of discrimination in the admissions office?I earlier pointed out that certain attitudes need to be discarded for minority success, such as victimization. There was a story in the Rocky Mountain News last week about a California (where else?) judge who struck down a state requirement for an exit exam before high school students could get a diploma. The judge found that such a requirement discriminates against students who are poor and who are learning English. One of the plaintiffs was quoted as saying: “It’s hard to be poor. It is hard to grow up in a place where there is a lot of crime. … No one will be hurt if we get our diploma.”You aren’t helping people if you teach them how to feel sorry for themselves. I passed this story on to my kids, and one of them remarked: “Why bother going to school at all; just have them mail you a diploma when you turn 18.” Smart kid. Gets it from her dad. Terry QuinnEagleOut of equationAs an independent candidate for county commissioner I would like to come out in favor of taking party politics out of elections for local positions. Basalt already does this with its town council elections.Local elections are about local issues which more often than not do not fall into traditional political camps or bend themselves to political philosophies. Water, transportation, and low cost housing are concerns that we all share, regardless of party affiliations, for instance. Politics can confuse these issues as different candidates try to force them into conservative and liberal frameworks.What difference does my position on the Iraq war make? I will have no more influence on that issue as a county commissioner than I will as a private citizen.The biggest problem with having political parties in local elections however is the uninformed voter who votes along party lines without really understanding where the candidates stand. Take that Republican Democrat label away and the voter has to think about how the candidate plans to help the county, not how the political score card is going to end up.When I fought to stop the Denver Water Board from drying up Gore Creek my partner in effort from Denver was Dick Lamm, a Democrat who became governor.When I worked to stop the federal grazing fee increase. my major partner in the effort was Sen. Malcolm Wallop from Wyoming, a conservative Republican. I am very glad both these men held the positions they did, and neither asked me about my politics. We had bigger fish to fry.Roger Brown GypsumVail, Colorado
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