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Channeling McCarthyism

(Re: “The devil and Lenin in Delaware,” Danish Plan, Sept. 23.) In his efforts to support the candidacy of Christine O’Donnell, for whom the term “bimbo” would be a compliment, Mr. Danish has descended to an old and deplorable technique of ascribing Marxist leanings to her opponent, Chris Coons.

Unlike Miss O’Donnell’s public service record, solely confined to two failed attempts to win elective office, Mr. Coons has established a solid track record of capable service as county commissioner. If Mr. Coons had any Marxist tendencies, his policies and decisions would have demonstrated such influence. The total lack of any evidence of this influence demonstrates that the allegations coming from Mr. Danish are totally specious.

It is, indeed, a pity that the eloquent and well-read Paul Danish would go back half a century to adopt the despicable tactics of Sen. Joe McCarthy. It is even worse that Mr. Danish now appears to be channeling McCarthy’s late sidekick, Roy Cohn.

George Langer/Boulder

In Paul Danish’s sophomoric humor piece comparing Delaware’s Republican senatorial candidate, Christine O’Donnell (witchcraft dabbling), with Democratic candidate Chris Coons (alleged youthful “Marxist” dalliance), the columnist writes: “Over the past 100 years, Marxists have killed about 100 million people.”

Perhaps in a future column Danish will explain how he arrived at this figure. If memory serves, the number has been associated with the John Birch Society and other ultra-right-wing tracts dating from the 1960s. That Danish would resort to utterings damning what he considers the “Marxist” world should surprise no one. He has been writing bellicose, militaristic, anti-socialist/anti-commie columns — much of it pure Democratic Party newsbabble — for the past 40 years. He has advocated violent military solutions to foreign policy issues on numerous occasions, often citing suspect sources, highly selective information, or partisan propaganda as unimpeachable evidence for his positions.

For my part, I can argue that fascist governments, fascist sympathizers, transnational corporate capitalism and capitalist-oriented
reactionary governments (include the UK and the United States here),
have killed about 100 million people over the past 100 years. For
example, about 20 million Soviet citizens were murdered by the German
Nazis and their fascist allies during World War II. Massive atrocities
were perpetrated by imperial Japan against the Chinese in WWII.

U.S. military committed horrendous atrocities against the Japanese at
Hiroshima/Nagasaki and during the many firestorm raids conducted against
Japanese cities. And these are just starters. I haven’t mentioned
Vietnam’s anticolonial struggle for independence; the Anglo/American
invasion of Iraq/Iran under the U.K./USA-installed Shah and SAVAK; the
Nazis’ murder of some 500,000 of their own citizens; World War I and its
ghastly killing fields as capitalist nations duked it out over
territorial expansion and market primacy; the Armenian atrocities; and
Africa’s anti-colonial wars of independence. The list goes on and on,
and very few instances involve Danish’s “Marxists.”

describe his feeble attempt at comic writing as one-sided is an
understatement of the first magnitude. It appears that either he is
oblivious to world history or he has a proverbial ax to grind when it
comes to “Marxists.”

Dave Morton/Longmont

Protect cannabis care

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed House Bill 1284, he created a
regulatory system to ensure safe access to medicinal cannabis and
completely changed the business landscape of the medical marijuana
community. This bill’s signing into law forced a marriage between
growers and dispensaries. A marriage of inconvenience for some, it has
served as a great opportunity for others to implement a highly efficient
business model. The regulation passed requires each dispensary to
cultivate at least 70 percent of its on-hand medicinal cannabis, thus
vertically integrating the supply chain. Essentially, this shift in
business model eliminated the inefficiency of buying medicinal cannabis
from businesses operating as wholesalers.

each medical marijuana center incurs substantial overhead in
cultivating its cannabis, the overall net cost for the center is
substantially less than it would be if medicine were purchased from
wholesalers. As such, the overall inventory cost for each dispensary has
significantly dropped. Unfortunately, the savings has yet to pass to
the consumer.

As it
stands, some medical marijuana centers have overextended themselves and
face extraordinary debt interest, while others simply are operating as
cash cow businesses. Rather than inefficiency in
the market, it is this reader’s opinion that savings should be passed
to the consumer. There is no reason an individual on a fixed income,
struggling to pay for alternative health care, should subsidize
dispensary owners selling a week’s supply of medicine for $100 when the
true price is closer to $60.

country is already reeling to figure out how to control the cost of
conventional health care, and there is no reason consumers should allow
this industry to follow their lead.

Christopher Woods, Terrapin Care Station/Boulder

County on wrong road

County has money for certain projects that were agreed to during the
years when people thought the county was using its normal tax receipts
for maintaining all of its roads. There is now the issue of subdivisions
forming special taxing districts to tax themselves in order to fix and
repave these roads, the traditional duty of county government. As most
of us now know, in 1995 the commissioners relieved themselves of the
duty to maintain subdivision roads for other projects.

of these projects is the resurfacing of Cherryvale Road. This past
spring, the neighborhood had meetings with the transportation department
and county commissioners about what is the best way to do this
considering the residents of Cherryvale. The plan originally presented
to the neighborhood was soundly rejected as too ambitious for a
neighborhood where the houses and trees were close to the road. It
includes a six-foot-wide path for the occasional use of a few families,
which was never part of the original vote. Recently the transportation
department sent us a letter saying that they had compromised on the
plans. The letter indicated very little change from the original plan,
this despite opposition to the majority of the plan by more than 95
percent of the people who live on the affected section of the road.

some reason the county commissioners are letting the transportation
department dictate this project even though the commissioners are not
happy with the rural nature of the neighborhood being diminished.

suggestion is to limit the amount of money to repave Cherryvale Road,
adding, perhaps, commonly used three-and-a-half-foot-wide shoulders
instead of five feet, remove the six-footwide path and use the savings
to help pay for everyone’s subdivision road maintenance. I’m sure there
are other projects that could be downsized or delayed until the county
gets back on track with its responsibilities.

Warren Smadbeck/Boulder

Gardner is more of same

and Longmont have experienced enough failure at the hands of outgoing
and term-limited House Rep. Jack Pommer and the Democratic Party agenda.
One of the party’s biggest boosters, Boulder County Democratic Party
Chair Deb Gardner, wants to fill Mr. Pommer’s seat in State House
District 11. To do this would be more of the same failure this state and
country has experienced in the last two years under almost complete
Democrat rule.

no mystery why Democrat candidates are running from their own party and
leaders. But let us never forget that political operatives — including
Ms. Gardner, who is basically Boulder County’s top left-wing political
hack — couldn’t ride the coattails enough of the failed state and
national administrations after the 2006 and 2008 elections. But now they
want us to forget all that and pretend they are something new and
better? Their “hope and change” has been abysmal.

specifically with Ms. Gardner, her support of the hateful
anti-religious group in Longmont who pushed the LifeBridge Christian
Church development
plan into the hands of a neighboring and competing city can’t be easily
forgotten. The church relocation this group fought will still move
forward, except Longmont and HD 11 voters won’t benefit one iota from
it. And now residents, including even Democrats and independents, have
about had enough of Boulder County’s endless harassment of Rocky
Mountain Christian Church (RMCC), which shares some of the same
detractors as LifeBridge — all political supporters of Ms. Gardner.

11 is a terribly gerrymandered district, and Boulder can pretty much
decide the race if they want to. I suggest you show a little
independence from what is expected of you and ask yourself if voting the
party line is such a wise choice this time around.

Chris Rodriguez/Longmont

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