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William E. Cully, Jr.: Voice your concern

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Messrs. Spezia and Copeland both had it right. They spoke up and care deeply about their convictions. We can do that in America despite those who would try to silence us.

I am not happy with the current White House occupant but “We the People” can make a difference. Don’t you just love when someone assumes they know “what’s best for us” without asking?

The obstructionist Congress (Republicans and Democrats) has kicked the can down the road for 22 years beginning with the “Newt Gingrich — Republican Revolution,” despite the greatest economic expansion in our history, the “Tech Wreck”, 9/11 and VP Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s “WMD Fantasy,” which sent many Americans to an early grave; lifetimes of flashbacks and broken families. Not to mention the destabilization of an entire region of the world and countless deaths and suffering that continue today.

Who really founded ISIS? And I almost forgot the Great Recession and government shutdown — “sequestration.” We should care. Right ?

The Democrats in Congress are hardly absolved as enablers of gridlock; so what we need to do as the responsible American electorate is to hold our representatives' feet to the fire. They will respond to our inquiries when they come en masse.

Our reps are running for cover under partisan guise, and their switchboards are blowing up with calls and emails. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” — Sir Isaac Newton.

Voice your concern. That is exactly what we need to affect change and coerce progress. Call or email Congressman Tipton, call Senators Bennett and Gardner. Be vigilant and question their every move, vote and motive. Be a pest.

Ask about education, ask about affordable daycare, ask about affordable housing, ask about global warming and climate change, ask about water quality, ask about carbon emissions, ask about the mining industry in Northwest Colorado, ask about health care, ask about individuals with disabilities, ask about Planned Parenthood, ask about human rights and poverty, ask about opioid abuse and addiction, ask about immigration, ask about the rights of Native Americans, ask about voter fraud, ask about our public lands, ask about our crumbling infrastructure.

Find out who finances our representatives and what lobbyists they have cozied up to. Ask who writes their bills for pending legislation. Hammer them on issues important to you and your families and demand answers.

Politicians will tout their party lines to advance and perpetuate their positions unless we question their every move. Demand accountability. It’s our right and duty, and it is our pocketbook paying their salaries and paving their way to a higher standing.

Our representatives, to be deserving of our votes, need to work together. Change begins in the home and with your neighbors. “All politics is local.” — Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. If we don’t speak up and don’t vote, we can’t complain.

All Republicans are not happy with Trump, but he is theirs to keep and ours to endure. Act and react locally in Colorado and maybe we get some results and see the swamp recede? Don’t forget State Rep. Diane Bush and Sen. Randy Baumgardner; county commissioners Doug Monger, Tim Corrigan and Cari Hermacinski and our own City Council. They will listen.

Start locally and change the world we live in for the better.

William E. Cully, Jr.

Steamboat Springs

Comments

Lock McShane 2 weeks, 1 day ago

The new “TrumpCare” will never work. Healthy people will stay away, costs and premiums will increase, and the health insurance companies will leave the market due to decreasing profits, hopefully leaving us with one option, MediCare For All.

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Nancy Spillane 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Mr. Cully: Thank you for your insightful words and good advice to act and react locally.

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Ken Mauldin 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I agree completely with Mr. Cully's belief that we should all participate in the conversation and encourage respectful dialog.

I completely disagree, however, with Mr Cully's suggestion that we should ask our elected representatives about their positions on affordable daycare and affordable housing. Otherwise healthy adults should not expect the government to take care of their children or provide a place to live. This view of a paternalistic government that takes responsibilities for the basic needs of healthy, free adults will continue to create a population that's dependent on the direction and resources of government.

I believe policies that promote self-reliance among free, healthy people are better for America than policies that promote an expectation of dependence on government for basic needs like child care and housing.

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Eric Morris 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Ken, does that apply to government schools?

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Ken Mauldin 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I agree with Jefferson's admonition that a literate/educated citizenry is required to maintain liberty. Literacy is critical to a stable and growing culture. Considering that we made it over 200 years without expanding the "public charity" of education to healthcare, I think we're OK leaving healthcare to the free market. I've read a lot of Thomas Jefferson and I'm not aware that he ever suggested that providing healthcare is a function of government that is critical to the preservation of Liberty. To that end, public education should focus on critical thinking and problem solving. I'd also like to see the public schools get back to offering trade classes for those students entering the trades rather than college.

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Scott Wedel 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Ken,

As for HS education and the trades, the trades are also being influenced by technology and are often expected to have skills to track quality control etc. Thus, there is nothing in current high school curriculum that wouldn't apply to someone seeking to enter the trades and being an informed citizen.

I think the challenge in offering trades is finding students taking those classes. In this world when people often switch jobs and careers fairly then using HS to train for a specific job is not likely to be very popular.

A while ago I read an interesting article on how government certifications are a major problem preventing employment in the trades. That the model assumes people will work in the same field for life and thus are willing to spend years to become qualified to work on their own. That is simply not what most of the young workforce is willing to do. Then if closer to middle age then people are not willing to start at the bottom on a long career path.

The argument was made that certifications should be much less based upon time and far more based upon knowledge and skill. So then someone that has worked in a factory can just take some specific classes to then work at a high level in the trades.

It is similar to how teachers now need a bunch of education/development classes so that someone in their 40s or 50s that is highly knowledgeable in a subject still would not consider becoming a teacher.

That in too many ways, government makes it unnecessarily hard for people with skills to switch professions including to the trades.

That lies in direct contrast to more dynamic fields where there is no government licensing of a computer programmer, hardware engineer, network engineer and so on. Nor do biotech research and development jobs require government licensing.

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Chris Hadlock 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Ken, I respectfully disagree. The citizens of this land should make their opinions known to representatives at all levels of Government. How else are they to know?

They are elected to guide our countries course and to create policies that benefit all of us as a nation. When those policies get in the way of safety, affordability etc. we should let them know.

You can call it all kinds of buzzwords like socialism, paternalistic, fake news or nanny state but the bottom line is that our representatives should be working towards the common goal of making life better for everyone. Anything less should be noticed and communicated to pour representatives in polite but strong terms.

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Ken Mauldin 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Hi Chris - Yes, "They are elected to guide our countries course and to create policies that benefit all of us as a nation." However, since we are a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy, our elected representatives have clear limitations, set forth by our Constitution, as-to their authority to pass laws.

To your point, communicating to your representatives is always encouraged.

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Eric Morris 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Ken, thank you. I googled Jefferson and public education. Very enlightening to say the least. His scheme was highly decentralized and was not mandatory, though voting was tied into education.

https://www.libertarianism.org/publications/essays/excursions/thomas-jefferson-public-education-part-1

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