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Re: “Local Democratic leadership tries to rekindle a fraught relationship with organized labor

This is an important issue with important consequences.
There are very basic principles that Democrats should restore to the Party Platform when it comes to unions, and the American worker.

1...A commitment to the aspiration that the first to profit from the creation of wealth is the worker whose labor creates that wealth.
2...A commitment to the right of workers to organize their workplace and to negotiate the conditions of their employment.
3...A commitment to protect and advance the best interests of the American worker.

The Democrats' commitment to those basic principles has eroded, and that erosion, along with largely successful Republican efforts to destroy labor unions, has resulted in general social dissatisfaction, materializing in large Occupy Wall Street protests, demonstrations for increasing the minimum wage, a feeling of great resentment for the widening income disparity, and other unintended consequences, one of which is, ironically, the ascension of Donald Trump.

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Posted by asawatcher on 07/30/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Salida Arts Festival speaks to Salida's status as a solid artistic community

Last year's show was wonderful. Looking forward to this year's.

Posted by asawatcher on 07/20/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “GOP supports corporate thievery

Im not sure that Mr. Beadles and I read the same Hightower editorial.
Somewhere he finds...
"An opinion piece laced, no ladened, with hate."

And I am completely at a loss as to where all that "hate" is found in Mr. Hightowers editorial, and I could not find where Mr. Hightower called "another person a solicitous name". (Does he know what "solicitous" means?)

He goes on to demand:
"Try an opinion piece with some positive ideas"
"Let's hear some of your good ideas and suggestions that people might rally around."

I easily found the FOUR (4) bullet points at the end of Mr. Hightower's editorial that are "positive", "good ideas" and "real suggestions" that people can easily "rally around".

Did he actually read the editorial under which his response appears?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established under Dodd-Frank title X. Republicans have demanded Trump fire Richard Cordray, its head, ever since Trump was inaugurated, and are committed to repealing all of Dodd-Frank.

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Posted by asawatcher on 07/11/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Reader: "Make America a Democracy again"

This is off-subject, but I can't find the letters that appear in the May 24th issue of the Indy itself. It used to be that those letters could be found and discussed here online. Now, the only place I can find those letters is to go to the digital issue, and as near as I can figure, there is no place for discussion there either. Any suggestions?

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Posted by asawatcher on 05/26/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Rep. Doug Lamborn announces town hall meetings

The House takes off for two weeks, during which Lamborn will spend a scant 5 hours, over only three work days, meeting with the Constitutents of his Congressional District. What a guy.

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Posted by asawatcher on 04/12/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Reader: Get over it, Hillary (and Obama) lost!

When a candidate who gets significantly fewer votes is the "winner", and the candidate who gets the MOST votes is the "loser" there is only one conclusion any objective observer can make, and that is that the current President was elected by a MINORITY of voters.
The voters whose candidate got the MOST votes have not gone away, and are not now somehow magically "a minority". This particular twig of legitimacy to which Trump supporters cling is being greatly strained under the weight of their own denial.
Unfortunately, we ALL now labor under the fact that the ONLY office that represents ALL Americans is NOT elected by a democratic vote of all Americans. Having happened twice in this young century, I'm of the notion that combined with voter suppression efforts and successful gerrymandering, our democracy is diminishing to the point of extinction. The insanity is that nobody is doing anything to fix this bizarre condition, and the minority, like Mr. Marshall here, continues to smugly gloat about it.

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Posted by asawatcher on 03/01/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Parting words from the Sage

Ive enjoyed many of your columns that dredged up the nostalgia and my "old geezer" memories of growing up in the Springs more than 60 years ago. My, how things have changed................

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Posted by asawatcher on 02/28/2017 at 8:25 AM

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