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Daily Times-Call

Jun. 30--Pandering to the left, silencing opposition

Rarely do I agree with the never-ending political voices in this paper and its associate Washington Post, L.A. Times, Denver Post, etc. George Will accurately described "Our lumpen intelligentsia" negativity, but why did he fail to attribute it to its propagators, the Democrat Party and the radical left? I do not have a George Will vocabulary but the message is clear. The "war on poverty," feminism, and ill-advised social problems have been major factors in the disintegration of families. Single mothers good, fathers a necessary evil. Limited access to the American Dream? Whose fault?

Public employee unions work with Democrats to add to the power of both with little regard for children or the people as long as Democrats get elected to dictate "community standards." "Woke" values are a symptom of this. Unions condone and reinforce poor performance and behaviors. Who wouldn't like to be able to negotiate wages and work conditions with an employer they put in place?

Our education system panders to the left and does everything possible to silence discussion or opposition. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to dis-invite speakers who disagree with you? Silence any alternate ideas and then claim "Silence is violence"? I am the perfect human being and all who came before should be denigrated. "The evil men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones; so let it be with" whomever I choose.

Is getting a ballot by mail if you are qualified to vote or are even alive more secure than requiring identification and attendance at a voting location? Huge numbers of uninformed voters are preferable to fewer knowledgeable voters as long as they vote for me or can be shown to vote for me?

All things being equal, would all the current protests and violence be happening if only a Democrat was president?

Ray Fiolkoski


I've yet to experience excessive plane noise

Back in about 2011, I contacted Kimberly Gibbs, somewhat skeptically, about her complaints over airplane noise. I worked then in an office in the Gunbarrel area about five miles from where Ms Gibbs lives. I told her that I might consider supporting her claims but that I hadn't experienced what I thought was excessive airplane noise. I sent Ms Gibbs an email with my personal email address as well as my home, office and cell phone numbers and said she could/should contact me whenever she thought the noise was excessive (24 hours a day) so that I could witness the excessive noise. Now, nearly 10 years later, she has yet to contact me to witness the noise.

I have since moved to Longmont and live about three miles away from Vance Brand Airport. The airplanes don't bother me much and my father, a Naval Aviator from late in WWII, always is curious about what type of planes are flying over.

I've wondered from my first contact with Ms Gibbs why she is only ever complaining about airplane noise when she lives close to heavily used roads or highways as well as the rail line between Boulder and Longmont.

Ross McIntosh


The power need that isn't covered by PRPA's plan

From time to time, the Times-Call publishes articles concerning the future plans of the Platte River Power Authority (PRPA), which supplies all of the power to Longmont. For example, about two weeks ago, such an article stated that PRPA has announced that it will shut down its Rawhide Unit 1 coal powered generating station by 2030. The article added that the Rawhide Unit 1's net capacity of 280 megawatts would be offset by renewable energy projects -- including the slated 22-megawatt Rawhide Prairie Solar field and 225-megawatt Roundhouse Wind farm in southern Wyoming -- as well as renewable power purchase agreements.

For clarity and for the convenience of your readers, when such articles refer to different types of power plants, it would be well to add more explanatory information. One might read the above article and conclude that the capacity of the 280 megawatt coal plant would be almost completely replaced by the combined total output (247 megawatts) of the future solar field and wind farm, requiring only the outside power purchase of 33 megawatts. Of course, as more informed readers would know that conclusion would be far from the truth.

From PRPA's own planning documents, they believe they can count on only about 41% of the solar field output on average and only about 21% of the wind farm's output. This means then, that on average, they would only be getting about 9 megawatts from the solar field and about 47 megawatts from the wind farm for a total of 56 megawatts, leaving 224 megawatts to be purchased from outside sources. And, of course, PRPA must make sure that the outside sources they intend to purchase power from have more power available because on a windless night they would be getting zero power from these solar and wind sources.

Carl Brady



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