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I really appreciate John Hazlehurst's knowledge and research, and often his perspective. But there are some archaic notions in his recent commentary ("How to end our quiet war," City Sage, Feb. 24), we'd be wise to dismiss.
Our downtown doesn't need "revitalizing." It is a great downtown. Let's take good care of it and stop envying bigger, busier downtowns. There are many small, inexpensive things we can do that will make downtown more fun, more charming and more sustainable than a convention center. How about fixing up the City Auditorium, John?
"Grow and prosper" don't belong together. A more modern, enlightened approach to prosperity is in order. Growth hasn't led to prosperity for the city in a long while. That's because we long ago outgrew our optimum size. Growth is now uneconomic. The costs exceed the benefits (transit, air quality mitigation, traffic delays, traffic infrastructure, stormwater management, etc.). Grow OR prosper would be a smarter phrase for the 21st century.
Today we must appropriate water from hundreds of miles away, and pump much of it uphill (how much CO2 is that releasing?). The state water plan anticipates statewide demand far exceeding supply. It would be irresponsible to purposely seek to contribute to and compound that problem. The growth era is behind us.
Why should the city divert a single badly needed street- or stormwater-maintenance dollar to building a convention center? The Broadmoor saw a business case for building one, so they did it. Why should the city divert a single public safety dollar to relocating the Sky Sox downtown (Interstate 25 is already looking like Denver at rush hour)? There are many things we ought to get together and do, collectively. A stadium and convention center are not on that list.
— Dave Gardner, Producer,
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth
Let's move on
Re: "It's happening — again" (News, Feb. 24), I'm more than ready to sign a petition banning petitions in whatever disguise to ban abortion. The only people I'm aware of who have been "killed" in this "ban abortion" nonsense are badly needed medical doctors, innocent bystanders such as those gunned down by Mr. Dear, and an untold number of women who have died as a result of self-induced or back-alley abortions for lack of a safe alternative. To groups such as Personhood USA I say, just get over it.
— Jean Garren
I bristle every time I hear Hillary say the word "progressive." Please Google "Progressive Republican." You will be directed to Teddy Roosevelt, whose Bull Moose Party platform supported the eight-hour workday, gave women the right to vote, and established the National Park system, all victories that Democrats would love to claim. The modern GOP has lost its way and we are about to elect a clown like Trump.
— Kenton Lloyd
The Supreme Court has reconvened with only eight justices. The Constitution requires President Obama to nominate a candidate to fill the vacancy created by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. As a constitutional originalist and textualist, at least as a mandatory starting point, I believe Justice Scalia would agree that the words of the Constitution are clear and unambiguous. These are found in Article II, Section 2, where it is written that the president "shall nominate ... justices of the Supreme Court."
For Sen. Mitch McConnell to say he will block it would be an obstruction of justice. The statement of Marco Rubio that a "lame duck" president should not do so is similarly lacking in constitutional understanding. The fourth presidential year of a four-year term is as constitutional and responsible and equally as obligatory as the first three years.
Obstruction of justice smacks of high crimes and misdemeanors under the Constitution. Attempts to substitute political and self-interested motives and practices constitute such criminal acts.
— William Durland, J.D., Ph.D.
The tone of ongoing media coverage about the Neumann Systems scrubber at Martin Drake Power Plant has been misleading, combative and irresponsible — just the very kind of what today passes for "journalism" in media in general. We can thank this approach for the extremity of division among Americans: one-sided haranguing intended to distort and generate the worst of non-cooperative emotion.
Dr. Neumann, coming out of an airborne laser weapons research process, had a patented device to combine liquid and gas streams. With the demise of the weapons program, how else could it be used? Normal American ingenuity and entrepreneurial networking found him and some former Utilities employees together, and they came up with a great idea. It could be used to scrub pollutants from power plant flue gas. But it needed a pilot test bed.
How does anyone build a serial number 1 product? It ain't easy, folks. The unknowns were immense of a strange and ridiculously compact, aged plant site, with concrete and steel built, torn down, rebuilt, and remodeled on the same site many times over decades, of a new and unique chemical treatment plant, integrating controls into an existing control system, all while keeping the lights on with cheap power for the customers of CSU. And immense unknowns come with uncertainty in costs. Economics 101.
Media have thrown out the minuscule cost of $20 million for a pilot plant as the "initial cost estimate" of the finished product. Rubbish! Two full-sized units are being finished at the even more ridiculously low cost of $90 million each. That's half the cost per unit of Nixon's scrubber, with decades-old but previously proven technology.
The grudging acceptance that the NSG system is performing even better than advertised is sad in that a local company, using local workers and local companies, partnered with a utility provider to achieve initially awesome results. I hope some national media outlet will get hold of this story and tell the success that it truly is.
— John Bender
Every now and then, a leader comes along who reaches across the spectrum to touch and inspire hearts and lives of all backgrounds, ages and walks of life. I can testify that Hillary Clinton is such a leader.
During my childhood in Arkansas, I was able to receive a medical diagnosis and care through a new program and treatment center made possible because of the work that Hillary had done as First Lady of Arkansas to aid and grow the capacities of Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Her work has impacted and improved the lives of young girls at my three special orphanages in Africa, helping to create a society where these children are valued, respected, loved and appreciated.
Look at Hillary and you will come to respect, admire, appreciate, and support this extraordinary public servant who still inspires me, and lifts me up, every single day.
— Michelle Lindsey