Isn’t it time to move on?
I read with laughter William H. Rutledge Jr.’s letter to the editor Nov. 26 inviting readers to the Democrats’ victory party on Jan. 20, 2021. Mr. Rutledge claims that a very dark future is ahead for Americans who want a better America where green technologies replace gas, coal, and oil with clean energy, trickle down taxes that enrich the rich are balanced with tax equity for hard working Americans of modest means, student debt incurred for sharply escalating higher education costs is moderated in such a manner as to enable graduates to deal with the burden, and systematic racial discrimination is rooted out.
Mr. Rutledge concludes that Democratic anarchists, gun control radicals, and sanctuary cities will visit evil on all. Mr. Rutledge appears to have forgotten that the election is over, and 80 million Americans voted to oust a sitting incompetent president with a real president in Joe Biden. Get over it. Isn’t it time to move on and build America back better?
Donald C. Menzel
Public trust in a pandemic
Honesty is paramount when dealing with sensitive issues, especially those that can be manipulated for political gain.
Recently we have seen our state government threaten to use a heavy hand against local businesses who question their authority because of the current uptick in the spread of the coronavirus. This would seem like prudent action but for the reality of the situation. The governor and others in positions of power have continually pushed that this pandemic is deadly, dangerous, and likely to kill you and your family if you don’t mask up and stay home. Reality differs from their dark descriptions.
The coronavirus is dangerous, and we should make efforts to reduce the spread. However not everyone is at risk, but rather the risk is distributed differently among the population. Children, young 20-somethings, and adults of reasonable health appear to not be gambling with their lives if they come into contact with this virus. Although it is true that the virus does seem to be worse than the common flu, it is not the black plague, it is not wiping out one out of every three, four, or five people.
That being said it does not mean citizens who are less likely to become extremely ill should go out of their ways to contract the virus and put others at risk. What it does mean is that this is well within the means for responsible citizens to make choices for themselves and their families. It does mean that we can enter a business, sit for a meal and a drink and socialize without a fear of dying within the next few weeks. It means that the governor should give up his tyrannical tendencies and not dictate every move Coloradans make this holiday season. He should stop using fear as a way to coerce citizens into compliance, it’s bad leadership and erodes the public’s confidence in him. A continuation of draconian measures, while hammering local businesses for saying “enough is enough” only accelerates the erosion of the public trust. Trust is difficult to re-earn once broken.
Trump’s Iran mistake
David Flock’s letter of Nov. 25 is inaccurate. The Iran nuclear deal did not involve giving any taxpayer money to Iran. The U.S. agreed to release money that Iran had deposited in the US and which our country had frozen. So the money that went back to Iran was their own money. Because Trump pull us out of the treaty, Iran is now enriching uranium which will lead to weapons grade material. The world is much less safe than it was under the treaty. But Iran had no incentive to reactivate the agreement unless the U.S. pays them, probably a large amount. It was a huge mistake to withdraw from the treaty.
Reduce expenses, and try again later
Many years ago, I was part of a diverse citizens group that sought to eliminate sales tax on food in Loveland. Some had moral objections to food tax. Some noted other cities did not tax food. Some spoke against the existing tax from 1984 to build the library and recreation center but never sunseted. We circulated a petition. We had support from a few City Council members at the time, but then they changed course suddenly. I am sure if we have made it on the ballot, it would have
been approved, but like my friend Tom Buchanan said: “We did not have enough runway to get it off the ground.”
In 2019, the City Council proposed a tax increase for a mixture of capital projects, including fire stations, museum expansion, widening Taft Avenue and a new recreation center and library in northwest Loveland. This mixture was controversial and did not work because half the voters wanted what the other half did not want to pay for. What some people thought was a necessity, was a luxury for others. So, this tax crashed on takeoff.
The recent initiative of increasing taxes except on food was well thought, but the concept of a certain percentage of the money going for various items was way too vague for the voters. There is also a difference in perception of needs versus wants. So, this tax got shot down in flames.
Instead of raising revenue, our city leaders will now need to reduce expenses. This is something every household and business owner must do. By using current funds to maintain what we have, and eliminate wasteful spending this can be accomplished. Public persuasion or maybe another petition may be required to get this needed action to fly.