Prairie dogs; leadership in difficult times; socialism; January 6 attack


Mark Wiesenfeld: Prairie dogs: a call to humanity

Dear humans:

Like you, I emanated from a divine creator, or, if you prefer, from the universe or another source which resonates with the heart and the spirit…

Like you, I am a sensitive being – a living and sensitive individual …

Like you, I have a mother and a father, maybe brothers and sisters …

Like you, I am part of a larger community …

Although I don’t need any extra clothes and can search for food,

Like you, I need a safe shelter from the elements, predators …

I call you to live in peaceful coexistence with all life …

I ask you not to take any action that intentionally results in injuring or killing a single individual, non-human or human.

Mark Wiesenfeld

Rock


Jim Wolf: A Quagmire of Bad News: Leadership in Tough Times

Omicron, Ukraine, Xi Jinping of China, inflation, fake news, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, that’s more than enough for any president. Imagine if it was the former president who had to take care of it. Let’s keep the current policy in perspective.

Jim Wolf

Rock


Tom Schutter: Socialism: Losing Choice Scares Me Deep In My Heart

In a recent letter, Dr Mayer attempts to show how socialism is not a scary label and is based on freedom. (“Socialism: A Scary Label? Not At All,” December 18.) Mayer presents a list of goals the Liberals believe in. I suspect most people, myself included, actually believe in most, if not all, of these goals.

But socialism is not defined by goals and aspirations, but rather by the methods used to achieve them. And these methods of taking from individuals for the “greater good” as defined by the political elite scare me deep within me.

I hate the idea that the system or the appointed rulers of the system know better than the individual how to live their life. I would like to choose for myself what to do with the product of my work, and not be beholden to the whims of current politicians. I would like to choose reasonable people, organizations and goals to support. And I want others to share this freedom as well.

The problem is not capitalism as the socialists would have you believe, but rather the corruption of capitalism by politicians. Health care, oil and gas, and education are not free markets. I also find it interesting that many socialists do not want to eliminate oil
and gas subsidies, but instead replace them with solar and wind subsidies (two currently profitable sectors).

FYI, I chose to be vaxxed and boosted. I chose to donate time and money to local trail groups. I choose every day not to infringe on the rights of others. Yes I want
convince voters not to vote for Democrats or Republicans, who by their actions do not defend freedom. I chose to support freedom and to register as a libertarian.

Tom schutter

Erie


Tim Schabacker: John Eastman: He greatly dishonored CU Boulder

Once again, readers remembered John Eastman and the role he played in Donald Trump’s attempt to corrupt the 2020 presidential election results: “Trump Eastman’s advisor sues to block publication telephone recordings “, December 16.

His email describing how Vice President Mike Pence might refuse to certify Joe Biden’s election as well as his January 6, 2020 comments about the mob that attacked the United States Capitol were despicable and treacherous.

Oh, how the Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization covered Honor University! The Center has invited Eastman to be a visiting scholar in conservative thought and politics for the 2020-2021 academic year. Although the Center ultimately rescinded his appointment – and paid for it – it will never be able to eradicate the stench attached to this sad episode.

Eastman’s activities were not an exercise in freedom of expression or an academic exercise. If they had been, he would not feel compelled to invoke his right against self-incrimination (through his attorney) to the special US House committee investigating the attack. January 6 or the need to prosecute to block the disclosure of his telephone records to the Committee.

The University of Colorado’s legacy as an institution that has historically fought against the KKK, anti-Semitism, and McCarthyism is sadly tarnished by its association and promotion of the conservative Benson Center propaganda mill.

Tim schabacker

Longmont


Barbara Robertson: Suspect of the January 6 attack: who financed this guy’s robbery?

A Denver Post article on page 6B of the Daily Camera on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 deserves follow-up (“Coloradan accused of punching DC police officer in the face”):

A Coloradan, identified by the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office as having a long history of criminal misconduct in their area, who has lived out of his car in different parts of the county in recent years, was found to have stolen from Montrose, Colorado, to Washington DC Jan. 3, returning Jan. 9, 2021. Photos show him participating in the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol. He was arrested on federal charges.

The more important question is who, or what organization, is behind this attack on American democracy. If you’re looking for a cheap round-trip flight in 2022 on or about these dates, there’s a ticket available for $ 360. Who bought the plane ticket for this suspect, and where did he stay five nights in Washington DC? The answers to these questions can help us find the real perpetrators.

Barbara robertson

Rock