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Letters to the editor, March 4

DCTA funding

It is reported that the DCTA is concerned that federal funding for public transportation may be reduced or eliminated [Page 1A, Feb. 24]. 

How many remember a few years ago when the proponents of DCTA were busy selling the area cities on a sales tax to fund the deal? Just support the small increase in local sales taxes they said, and you can have a station in your town. 

I don’t recall there being much discussion about the fact that since the system being proposed would never support itself, and if the federal giveaway ever slowed or stopped, so would the train, along with the huge buses with two people in them, one being the driver. It seems that the puny sales tax was only to open the door a bit to allow the federal funds to begin to flow.

This type of indiscriminate government spending is exactly what has caused European governments to face financial collapse. Remember, governments have no money. It is all your money (if you paid any taxes) that they throw around, or money they borrowed from China that you are making payments on.

The next time you hear someone expressing their good fortune at obtaining a grant from the government, remember that the grant money was taken from those who earned it, and after taking off a chunk to support itself, the government doles it back out as grants, without those who earned it having any influence whatsoever over how the government or the grant recipient uses that money.

Randall Davis,



Misplaced criticism

I am responding to Charlye Heggins’ letter of Feb. 15 concerning the use of the words “tar baby” by U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., over seven months ago. 

She was appalled at the statement Lamborn made using the term in conjunction with Obama. What I find appalling is her crediting the congressman with an incorrect quote. The complete statement is: “Now I don’t even want to have to be associated with [Obama], it’s like touching a tar baby and you’re stuck, you’re part of the problem now. You can’t get away.” 

Ms. Heggins, shame on you for trying to make what he said something racist. A tar baby is defined as, “a difficult problem that is only aggravated by attempts to solve it”; it is not, as you wrote, just the name of a book. 

You also chose to leave out that the congressman did offer a heartfelt apology to the president in a personal letter for “using a term some find insensitive.” 

Please, Ms. Heggins, quit looking for racism where there is none and get on with the joy of living your life. 

In closing, I will quote Ms. Heggins: “Check your facts before you speak, for a kind word is never thrown away.”

I hope you were more honest and accurate when you were on the City Council than you were in your letter.

Alana Payne,