Letters to the Editor
Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT) publishes an annual Ratings of the Colorado legislative session. Each year we select 25-30 bills related to taxes and smaller government, analyze them, and rate the legislators on how each voted, identifying Taxpayer Champions and Taxpayer Guardians. Champions and Guardians are those legislators who most often voted in favor of fiscal responsibility, smaller government, and upholding the spirit and letter of TABOR.
The Prospect neighborhood behind Coors Field is transitioning from gritty industrial to 21st Century residential. Quickly occupied lofts are filling or replacing early 20th century warehouses. Services lag. In a few months Tye Lofts, a new residential rental building can have its ground floor retail space open for business.
Sara, an enterprising real estate agent, matches Stennis with Tye. Stennis wants to open a liquor store. Tye suggests a convenience store with beer and wine. Stennis says that’s not my business.
In Ernest Luning’s “Hancock pledges: ‘Better, faster and stronger’ city” in the Aug. 19 issue of The Colorado Statesman, he reported that Mayor Michael Hancock stated his opposition to Initiative 300 to provide paid sick days to workers in the city of Denver, saying while he appreciates what proponents are doing to try to help employees, he believes now is the wrong time for such a public policy.
Pete Webb’s column on Rep. Amy Stephens was a mere puff piece of haphazardly constructed half-truths and assertions — and he never called me for a response
In the “Webbcast” opinion published on Aug. 5, 2011, Pete Webb made several unsubstantiated assertions that I would like to refute.
About halfway through his article, Mr. Webb switches gears from his anti-Tea Party rant and throws out: “The county GOP, now being led by a 22-year old, has been openly hostile and supportive of the fringe groups.”
There are several errors in this allegation.
American Association of Retired Persons Chief Executive Officer A. Barry Rand sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday evening, emphasizing the critical importance of Social Security benefits as a lifeline for millions and urging that Social Security payments continue to be made regardless of Congressional action to raise the debt ceiling. AARP is focused on protecting Social Security and Medicare for the millions of beneficiaries who have paid into the systems over their working lives. Rand’s letter follows:
“Dear President Obama:
Dear Honorable Colorado Officials,
We see dark clouds gathering over Colorado’s election systems. Officials are not fulfilling their positions of public trust and are compromising the very foundation of our government — free and open elections.
Time after time Colorado election officials have refused to produce for public analysis the data needed to detect election error and fraud. Officials responsible for enforcement ignore, provide cover, explain away, or outright excuse material errors and violations committed by themselves, other officials, and vendors.
As an organization representing more than 500,000 Coloradans, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative calls on Eric Grossman to resign from the newly formed Health Benefit Exchange Board. As a health industry insider, his appointment tips the scales away from a board concerned with meeting the health care cost, coverage and quality needs of small businesses, individuals and families and toward the interests of insurers.
Congress is facing a decision that will affect all Coloradans, indeed, all Americans, for possibly decades to come. The issue is a simple one — how to raise the federal debt ceiling without simultaneously fueling more unsustainable, unfunded growth in government.