Your View: Letters to the editor (Nov...

Your View: Letters to the editor (Nov. 29)

There are 6 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Nov 30, 2009, titled Your View: Letters to the editor (Nov. 29). In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

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SmokinJoe

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Nov 30, 2009
I agree with Soloman that the shelter building is old and inadequate. However, to make a blanket statement that the situation has become worse since the city/county took over and that the treatment of the animals is inhumane is untrue and baseless. But Soloman has most likely not been to the shelter or herself been involved in shelter activities whereby she can base these statements on facts.
Last Chance

Rio Rancho, NM

#2 Nov 30, 2009
Ronald Keith warns that you should not read his letter if you don't understand sarcasm. I wonder if he understands sarcasm? If so, let me thank him for the warning, which he put at the end of his letter. Good placement, Ron. That'll get the job done.

Ok, I'm being snarky there. The truth is: I didn't understand the letter to be sarcasm until I read the end. I thought it was parody, a mocking example of the kind of old guy rants you see all the time in the paper. Who knew a guy could be serious when he asks a question, answers it incorrectly based on his own prejudices, and then triumphantly draws a idiotic conclusion from his mistake.
Reality

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Nov 30, 2009
Mr. Farmer’s definition of conservatism is wrong-headed and misguided. He argues that conservatism is opposed to change. He also posits that conservatives are ignorant of what it means to be an American. Of course such declarations are elitist and arrogant at the core, extolling the superior perspectives and intelligence of people who think like Mr. Farmer himself. By the way, I am conservative in some things and pretty darned liberal in others. I also have never seen a single episode or listened to a single broadcast by any of the people he thinks are brainwashing the poor simple-minded conservatives. I also think that, in most instances, liberals and conservatives (and the infinitely variegated shades along the limitless spectrum between the two extremes), pretty much want the same things. Conservatives don’t want to go back to 1776 or accept anything that was good enough for their parents. Such statements are fashioned of imaginative fancy or whole cloth. There is however a difference in approach between conservatives and liberals that I have decided (by personal observation) comes down to a degree of utopianism versus pragmatism. Liberals start with an ideal end state, decide that it must be achieved, legislate a solution that may or may not actually achieve the end state, but ostensibly could if everything worked just perfectly and everyone just got on board and did what was right and if it doesn’t rain and the rest of the world cooperates and the economy grows well and birth rates remain constant and war doesn’t break out and there are no terrorist attacks and the laws of gravity can be suspended. Trillions are committed to a very low percentage probability roll of the dice. Conservatives, if they are real conservatives, look at the same end state, probably agree that its good, dissect and analyze the components of the end state and determine an approach that best engineers success by using, as opposed to assuming away, the laws of physics and laws of nature. Most important, in politics and social engineering, are the laws of human nature. Just as you can’t legislate morality, you can not repeal the forces of human nature. So, you do have to go slowly, prioritize what needs to be done, implement changes gradually, observe performance, measure results, make adjustments as necessary and if satisfied with the product, move onto the next phase. Do things right. Do things using least cost, most efficient solutions. Most importantly, make sure you do no harm. Harm on the national scale can be disastrous. The current economic fiasco, brought on by liberal housing and lending policies promoted by Barney and friends is a perfect example of the magnitude of havoc that can be produced by unintended and unanticipated consequences and an abject failure to anticipate the operation of human nature if the taxpayer becomes the lender of last resort and bearer of all risk.
Del

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Nov 30, 2009
A good bit of prose 'Reality' but a bit utopian. Looking at the debt accumulation starting in 1982, we see that Congress started a debt rampage that put us in this situation. To blame Barney and friends is ok but just leaves the rest of Congress off the hook; they could do nothing, they were helpless? The Conservatives were in the White House for twenty of the last 28 years. They had plenty of opportunity to make this country strong and let it slip through their fingers.
Reality

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Nov 30, 2009
Del wrote:
A good bit of prose 'Reality' but a bit utopian. Looking at the debt accumulation starting in 1982, we see that Congress started a debt rampage that put us in this situation. To blame Barney and friends is ok but just leaves the rest of Congress off the hook; they could do nothing, they were helpless? The Conservatives were in the White House for twenty of the last 28 years. They had plenty of opportunity to make this country strong and let it slip through their fingers.
Unfortunately, given the purse strings, the "conservatives" (often in name only) haven't done us proud either. I think darn near every member of congress, going back decades, has committed treason against the American people or at least violated their oath of office to serve (versus line their own pockets or buy votes). The biggest disappointment in my book with the years that the Republicans ruled is that they too became fiscal drunken sailors. But I got to tell you, the numbers we are seeing thrown about in the last several months are eye-popping.
PlacatousRoy

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Nov 30, 2009
Del wrote:
A good bit of prose 'Reality' but a bit utopian. Looking at the debt accumulation starting in 1982, we see that Congress started a debt rampage that put us in this situation. To blame Barney and friends is ok but just leaves the rest of Congress off the hook; they could do nothing, they were helpless? The Conservatives were in the White House for twenty of the last 28 years. They had plenty of opportunity to make this country strong and let it slip through their fingers.
I agree, but what we have now is much worse.

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