Letters: 6/9/16

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Libertarian not Trump
On most of the things that you hate about Republicans, the Libertarians get it right, and on most of the things you hate about Democrats, the Libertarians get it right, too.

You hate the Republicans because they’re anti-gay marriage, pro war, anti-abortion, pro drug war, anti-immigration, pro spying on Americans not suspected of committing a crime, spend too much money on the military, and they want to use government to force their puritanical views on sex and their religion down everyone’s throats.

You hate Democrats because they’re pro war, anti-self-defense, pro spying on Americans not suspected of committing a crime, pro using the IRS as a weapon against their political enemies, pro enormous government — they made ObamaCare (one of the most hated laws ever) the law of the land, they hand over tax dollars to politically favored corporations (e.g. Solyndra, too big to fail bank bailouts, etc.), they’re crushing the economy by over-regulating businesses, and they can’t keep their hands out of your wallets and purses.

Libertarians get all of these issues right.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Libertarian Party selected former two-term New Mexico governor Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate and former two-term Massachusetts governor William Weld as its VP candidate.

As two-term governors, both Johnson and Weld have more experience as elected executive branch office holders than all the other presidential candidates combined. (All of the other candidates have zero experience as elected executive branch office holders while Johnson and Weld have a combined 14 years of experience). Unlike all the other presidential candidates, Johnson and Weld are not authoritarians and they’re not assholes.
This November, vote for what you want instead of voting against somebody you hate. Vote for peace, freedom, and prosperity. Make America sane.

Vote for Johnson/Weld. Vote Libertarian.
Chuck Wright/Westminster

The Donald
Has anyone ever taken the time to follow the mechanics of a Trump promise? In just one example, he says he will build a wall along the Mexican border and bring those (high-paid?) jobs back to the U.S.

OK, so now we have a 100-plus billion dollar wall (Trump claimed 10 to 15 billion having never walked the circuitous Rio Grand), which still cannot keep people from climbing or flying over it, tunneling under or simply taking a boat around to the open gulf shoreline.

Levi jeans production will return to the U.S. where they will pay our workers $25 per hour, which will increase the store price to $250 per pair.

Mexicans, having lost the Levi and other accounts lured by high U.S. wages will once again start crossing over to work for $10 per hour which, Levi will be happy to pay.

Relations with Mexico will assume an all-time low, and if there is anything we have learned from the Donald, after already insulting the Mexican government, he will pursue every avenue to make things worse — just the person we need to have his finger on the red button.
Tom Lopez / Longmont

Don’t be a Trumpist
I know that it is impossible to change perceptions once established, but perhaps I can keep someone from becoming a Trumpist. Donald is the ultimate Plutocrat, or government-run by-the-wealthy, candidate. The AP media, a monopoly run by its owner to create our views and let us know how we feel about them, has been very productive for Don. PR is a focused science. Social psychology shapes all advertising and sales.

Donald’s depreciating nicknames reflect G.W. Bush’s depreciating nicknames, which he gave to his intellectual superiors which he needed to control. I read three valley newspapers that run identical AP inputs, the same with TV news and Clear Channel radio news, only the editorials and letters differ, thankfully, but not much.

The way one becomes a billionaire is to steal millions from a thousand or thousands from a million or hundreds from a hundred million. It doesn’t matter; we take it all without regret and buy a bigger airplane. Don has done that too, times 10, if you believe him.

As a pathological liar we tell stories we believe in at the time, because it works for our purpose. It can always be changed later, if the news works with me. Science shows that the more we lie, the bigger our brain becomes. The better to keep track of it all. I guess that evolution.
John Hoffmann/Carbondale

Beer Pong is really scary
Legislating “beer bong” tables? I mean, c’mon. And, we know the “Central Park” speak is asking for a homeless crackdown before the summer gets rolling.

Why not waste time discussing who gets to use what bathroom, homeless excluded of course — wouldn’t want to encourage that nuisance.

Have a good day, honoring the death of Boulder’s progressive government.
Seth Brigham/Providence, RI

The reality of the poor
All kinds of blockades go up when I speak of giving the poor a voice. A Colorado Springs charity, in business since around 1964, says they will not join us because, they say, “The poor speaking out, instead of remaining muted is not political, it’s human.”

To illustrate this they held onto a myth and told me, “Maybe, the 70 percent of Americans in need are out of money because they have badly budgeted.” Rents in Colorado are two to three times what someone on the minimum wage can afford.

Blaming the under-paid, rather than the minimum wage being one-third of what’s needed just to meet a person’s basic needs is wrong.
Jan Lightfoot/Colorado Springs

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