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A pro-choice plan for education
The Democrat Party's impulse to fence off our world from
the benefits of competition has become their modus operandis. This ideology of theirs has turned
our public schools into shrines to that noncompete doctrine. Neither the schools, their teachers,
their unions nor their administrators may ever be exposed to competition, even when viable
competitors, who offer a better education, have little resources with which to compete against
them, such as the financially strapped Catholic schools. The party and teachers' unions have even
spent millions of your tax dollars to thwart alternative pilot programs. It has gotten so bad that
even the Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., broke ranks to support a pro-choice plan (meaning a
solution that relies on competition to solve a very bad problem) for the district's collapsing
school system. Naturally, the no-compete crowd has vilified him for it.
The mayor's support for competition, through a voucher
system, along with that of many black D.C. parents suggest there are still people smart enough to
know that the anti-competition malarkey of the now extreme leftist Democratic Party is getting
dangerous and must be stopped.
- Kim Rogalin,
A local, sustainable
Still more gratitude is due Will Sands for keeping the
spotlight on this burgeoning monstrosity looming in our midst. Recent revelations regarding the
lack of funding for power lines to this behemoth sparked a glimmer in these jaded eyes of mine, as
I read the news and slurped my morning repast. Glancing up from the paper, my attention was
captured by an illustration on the carton of my preferred soy beverage, proudly proclaiming that
this oh-so-green product was produced with wind-generated electricity. In a flash, a vision of
rapturously renewable beauty unfolded in my headspace: where once had been protected nature
reserve, sacrificed to create a fake lake, now sprouted a forest of windmills, busily churning out
the juice to pump precious water out of the Animas and onto whatever fate the water-lawyers
litigate for it. No additional fossil fuels need burn to fulfill the misguided compacts binding
our wealth, financial and aqueous.
A resource untapped, harnessed to haul a nearly tapped-out
one. The elegance of such an arrangement sings out to be implemented. What better crop for the
high, dry foothills than pure, home-grown kilowatts? Possibilities proliferate - Got water? Got
electricity? Any schoolkid should know the combo gives hydrolysis, yielding oxygen and hydrogen,
the wonder fuel of the Golden Age To Come. Sure, I'll confess to a fondness for idealistic Big
Think, but, shucks, it beats invading quasi-colonial autocracies in the name of national security.
(Try multinational, corporate security: BP, Halliburton, Bechtel, etc.)
Now's the time, before bids (and the fix) are in, to shape
the future toward a slightly more local, more sustainable model. I've done my share of whining
about what's wrong with the status quo. My resolution is to speak more to solutions than problems,
to think further out in time and technology, to point and laugh whenever the Emperor has no
clothes. I will pay attention to the Man Behind the Curtain. All that is necessary for evil to
triumph, is that the good do nothing.
- Jeff DeCelles,
Disgusted with dog
Dear La Plata
County Dog Owners and pet lovers,
My family and I have been visiting Durango for years, and
we belong to a large spiritual congregation. One week ago, an individual stole my poor little dog
and traumatized her and me both. I am thoroughly disgusted with the way a certain officer of the
animal control office is stalking and stealing people's dogs. She is a nonviolent animal and had
no problem being untied and led to the jailer's wagon by this thief. He recklessly endangered her
health and well being by placing her into the potentially contaminated cage on wheels.
There she was, minding her own business and tied up to a
tree completely out of the path of any people over at the library. All she did was wait quietly
and took a nap while dad visited the books in the library. I was so upset by the actions of this
supposed servant of the people after noticing him stalking my dog in the park earlier as we were
playing her stick games. I didn't give it much thought after going into the world of books there.
He then actually stalked us over to the library and waited for me to go into the library, and in
less than five minutes, he stole her! And just to be clear here, when you take something without
permission, you are stealing it. This was exactly equal to someone stealing your child when it
comes to the emotional suffrage. I am still absolutely tattooed with the fear of ever taking her
downtown anymore from this terrible experience.
And who knows what he does when he drives all over town
with your dog in his cruel and inhumane cage. I have heard stories of guys like this that inject
animals with toxins and all sorts of un-godly poisons. She is pedigree breeder Dingo stock, and I
will hold him financially, and punitively liable if she even has a sniffle or ANYTHING turns up
wrong with her.
This was absolutely wicked treatment of a poor doggie girl
visiting from out of town. He said of my little girl, "Your dog has been impounded' and will be at
the Humane Society by the Wal-Mart" and he left the note duct-taped to the tree she was tied to
and sleeping peacefully by. It was the most shocking thing her and I both have ever been a victim
of. Just imagine finding out your child has been stolen from the library! What the heck is so
"humane" about that? And you know what, he lied and did not show up for close to an hour later.
His dispatcher kept calling him, and he did not return right away. I waited, panicked with the
fears of what he might be doing to her.
This kind of action is equal to real TERRORISM, and this
is a good case for the newly enacted Patriot Act II that was passed secretly this past Saturday to
prosecute! You coin the term "unattended." Well do you believe in God? If you do, you also know
that God is omnipowerful and omniscient and ever present in all things material and spiritual.
What makes you think the omnipresent God wasn't "attending" my little girl? It is a sad society
here when you mentally convince yourselves that "running at large" is defined as "secured by
leash, cord or chains" or even tied to a tree. Has this town fallen to the knees of the "Devil"
when 2+2 is 5?
This is a very excellent community-dividing tactic at a
time when more and more people need to be better neighbors in these harrowing days. The two basic
principles of religion are love thy god, and love thy neighbor. What part of this action was love?
And is anyone's poor animal now subject to this theft and money-generating scam? I am not going
downtown with any of my family if I can't tie up my girl to go shop there anymore. I will do
business in a community that has a little more love than this one. I hear Bayfield has more real
Christian people there, and it's an expanding community.
Beware La Plata County pet owners, anyone's poor animal is
subject to this theft and money-generating scam, so watch out. It's a typical Soviet style snatch