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A Voice of Colorado No. 232 Version 5.0:

George Brauchler, who announced his intention to run for Governorship of the State of Colorado, has made it known that he wants to decentralize the state government. It is a proposal that has been met with expected results within a political context: Those to the left side of the aisle, who tend to favor bigger government and centralized government, denounce the proposal while those to the right side of the political aisle are supporting it.

Mr. Brauchler, currently the 18th District Attorney, provides explanation for the proposal by saying that as a long-time resident of the State of Colorado he sees a disconnect between Denver and the rest of the state – a perception based in fact and acknowledged by many Coloradans, who have long believed that they have been on the short end of a stick where representation and financial elements are concerned. By decentralizing state level government each community in Colorado will be on equal footing as proposed by Mr. Brauchler.

Some have concerns about how this would be achieved as presented by Mr. Brauchler, who proposes that stage agency offices in Denver be relocated to communities outside of the Denver metro area. Such undertaking would come with a substantial upfront investment, and many Coloradans, already burdened with the rising cost of living in Colorado as well as the rising cost of healthcare, are reluctant to support such a large expenditure that they are likely to shoulder.

The proposal has value but the value that could be realized is not in cost likely to involve land acquisition and new buildings with infrastructure and construction costs that may not be needed. The value of the proposal must come from Coloradans outside of Denver, who know what is needed for their communities.

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A Voice of Colorado No. 230 Version 5.0:

Voters in Littleton, CO. will decided in November 2017 if the city should keep excess money accumulated in fiscal years 2016 to use for road and safety improvement or if the money should be returned to taxpayers. This will mark the sixth time since TABOR was approved in 1992 that Littleton voters have been asked to vote on excess revenue and the future of it: Save it or spend it.

A Voice of Colorado No. 226 Version 5.0:

Democrat Jared Polis may not be familiar with the book by the late Dale Carnegie – HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE – but his actions, behaviors, and remarks since gaining elected office owing to political gerrymandering suggest that he may know another tome: HOW TO OFFEND PEOPLE AND MAKE ENEMIES.

Mr. Polis – he does not deserve a title more reflective of his elected position – has long held to the undeniably subjective opinion that because he is a Democrat and openly homosexual he is superior to many others and, therefore, everyone should submit to his demands, threats, insults, contempt, and whims motivated by self-serving partisan politics. Those who do not submit to him may find themselves on the receiving end of legal action.

Additionally, Mr. Polis holds to the opinion and misguided belief that anything he wants he should have without regard or concern to the outcome and unintended consequences. For example, he wants to bring an end to much of the livestock industry in the State of Colorado because he was once inconvenienced by cattle on a road inside of an area designated open grazing. He wants to wipe out the coal, gas, and oil industries in Colorado because he deliberately purchased a residential property within spitting distance of a drilling operation, and then claimed the operation was harming his health and well-being, and the owners should submit to his demands to shut down. Finally, he wants to make the State of Colorado reliant on 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.

It is the latest demand that provides reason for why many Coloradans see Jared Polis for what he is: Unfit to hold elected office because he does not deal with reality as most Coloradans know it.

If Jared Polis had knowledge of such things, if he did a reality check on a regular basis, if he understood basic science as well as fundamental finances and economics he would not have made this demand public and would have stopped short of expressing it in order to preserve any credibility and respectability he might otherwise possess. Simply, the science behind the call for a 100 percent energy portfolio based on renewable energy does not exist, and what science is presented fails upon superficial examination when framed by basic economics and finances.

An engineering professor at Stanford University named Mark Jacobson published a paper in 2015 that claimed the United States of America could fulfill its energy needs and demands using only renewable energy by 2040. Such a claim should have been examined down to the last period by scientists, academics, and professional journalists. Instead it was embraced and championed by politicians and the National Academy of Science without hesitation or exception.

Fortunately, there are those who do not accept such declarations unconditionally, which constitutes the foundation of learning and knowledge.
A scientist who once worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) named Chris Clack, along with a number of other scientists peer-reviewed the work produced by Jacobson, and publically challenged his findings in the same publication Jacobson was published in, asserting that the paper did not demonstrate feasibility economically, practically, or technically that a 100 percent energy portfolio using wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy was realistic. They also noted that the claim contained errors and that the system could not work with reasonable cost to the consumer and provide reliability – two fundamental requirements for success in this matter.

If Jared Polis lived as many Coloradans do he would understand that his proposal is unrealistic, prohibitive in establishing and maintenance costs, and, simply, a staggering burden to all Coloradans. Just ask those living in Pueblo, CO., burdened with the high energy costs inflicted by another Democrat named John Hickenlooper, who also has a tenuous grip on reality.

Facts and truth are irrelevant to Jared Polis because what matters foremost is his political legacy. A legacy derived of now-former President Barack Obama’s energy plan involving cap-and-trade, which existed to destroy the overall economy of the United States of America.

Mr. Clack and his fellow scientists could have refuted the paper published by Mr. Jacobson with such terms as “ignorant”, ‘slip-shod’, and ‘outrageous’. Instead they politely pointed the errors and failings, negating it as credible and professional science.

For their troubles they have been met with the preferred approach of Jared Polis to anyone who dares to challenge him and his demands: Mr. Jacobson has claimed that he has retained legal counsel to address the charges made to his otherwise flawless presentation.

Anyone who challenges Jared Polis, who declines to vote for him as he pursues the governorship of the State of Colorado, should expect the same.

I have not voted for Jared Polis. I will not do so because of his willingness to pursue an agenda which does not serve the greater good. If he were the public servant he professes he would offer his entire financial fortune to prove out the economic and financial viability of a 100 percent renewable energy portfolio. He has not done so. He will not do so. Therefore, he does not deserve to be elected to any public office.

A Voice of Colorado No. 214 Version 5.0:

A recent report should be noted by Coloradans, and addressed immediately: Almost forty percent of Californian households have very little cash on hand, and could not live at the determined poverty level for even three months if they were to lose their job or suffer a significant loss of income. Additionally, nearly half of all households in California do not have any emergency savings.

According to this same report more than forty percent of all legal American citizens are no better off.

A Voice of Colorado No. 206 Version 5.0:

As the cost of higher education in the State of Colorado continues to rise some efforts are being made to control or reduce relevant costs. But a recent decision by the University of Colorado College of Arts and Sciences has caused many to cry “foul” for more than one reason.

The University of Colorado is supposedly the flagship university in the State of Colorado, but decisions in recent years have provided reason for many to question its worth and value: The unrealistic expectation that student fees should continue to fund the athletic department, specifically the football team, now embroiled in yet another sex scandal involving a former coach for the football; the costs of programs which do not bring much if any credibility to the university overall, and relationships with organizations which have damaged the reputation of the university almost beyond repair.

IF the university wants to recover from its missteps it should either eliminate the athletic department entirely from the university or make it self-sustaining program of its own, funded through merchandising, broadcast rights, and ticket sales, and not dependent in any form or manner on funds derived of fees that otherwise burden students intent on getting a formal, proper, and worthwhile education.

IF the university wants to return to its original purpose it will shut down degree programs which do not contribute to the basic function of learning and acquisition of knowledge. For example, the College of Media, Communication and Information, which includes in its holdings the failed journalism program; discontinued previously because it was demonstrated to be a waste of resources – and which should be discontinued again because the failure that it is only serves to provide reason for defunding the entire university overall. As to the lofty title of the college – The College of Media, Communication and Information – it could easily be subtitled: Anti-American partisan political propaganda made easy. A subtitle supported by the relationship the University of Colorado has with Digital First Media, through its subsidiary, Prairie Mountain Media, whose C.E.O., is known for his undeniable hatred of America, as demonstrated by the anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry, prejudice, and hate speech that he allows on the Social Media platforms of the newspapers he oversees.

Because it is unlikely that the University of Colorado will divest itself financially of its athletic programs; because it is unlikely the University of Colorado will terminate and dismantle the College of Media, Communication and Information; and because the University of Colorado has chosen to pursue partisan politics instead of learning and knowledge which serve to advance and better humanity, the proposal to redefine higher education through the College of Arts and Science, framed currently with vagueness and an undeniable absence of specifics, must be considered suspect and questionable, and every decision made from today in every element and aspect of the University of Colorado must be approached with appropriate suspicion and doubt.

Until such time that the University of Colorado returns to its basic purpose and function where higher education is concerned, and until such time a clear explanation of the proposal in the College of Arts and Sciences is provided to student, faculty, and taxpayer in Colorado there is no reason to redefine, reorganize, or fund the University of Colorado in any form or manner.

A Voice of Colorado No. 204 Version 5.0:

Starbucks and Wal-Mart recently announced substantial job cuts and closures of locations throughout their organizations.

The decisions were expressed as a necessity for each corporation to remain competitive. The truth and fact of the matter are otherwise: Legal American citizens, tired of the anti-American politics of Starbucks and Wal-Mart, have decided to stand against those who stand against the United States of America.

When Wal-Mart decided that giving preferential treatment to products made outside of the United States of America and embracing anti-American policies and politics was wise, and when the C.E.O. of Starbucks decided favoring illegal Muslim immigrants over legal American citizens was a good business choice both companies made it known they were not to be supported financially.

The result has been swift.

Other companies in the United States of American who choose to do as Starbucks and Wal-Mart have done would do well to rethink their business models.

A Voice of Colorado No. 200 Version 5.0:

It’s only a matter of time before they leave the State of Colorado: