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Constitutional rights denied

Your May 4 article reporting actions by the Dawson County Commissioners on April 29 is incomplete and incorrect regarding one item. The full and correct story needs to be told.

Dawson County has trampled all over my rights as a landowner. If it happened to me, it could happen to anyone else. Other property owners need to be aware of how these people behaved.

My request was based upon the estimated replacement cost of the fence destroyed by Dawson County on my farm near Willow Island.

Any notice of this action was essentially after the fact. While we were traveling out of state in September 2010, the district commissioner left a phone message at my home which said “.. I have told the crew to remove the fence…. and to expedite it.” This is improper. By the time I heard this message it was too late. If there was an issue regarding the fence location—which was there at least 60 years—I should have been given an opportunity to address it. I was not provided any such opportunity. I was denied due process required under the constitution. This is an illegal “taking” under the constitution.

Why this ditch cleaning was needed is important. It illustrates the neglect by Dawson County.

For literally decades, the county road ditch next to our farm was not cleaned. It was plugged with dirt, debris, and vegetation and was not draining at all. As a result water was backing up on my property flooding the crop and destroying it. It harmed both the farmer and the property owner. The county was simply not doing their job. Only after my polite urging over several years did the county finally agree to solve the problem they caused.

The destroyed fence had been in place at least 60 years. In the last 15 years, the area had been surveyed several times by the Dawson County surveyor. We were never told our fence was in the right of way. After destroying our property, they now claim it was. It is now impossible to prove that, but I believe they are wrong.

Those several surveys should have caused some notice to the property owners if it was actually in the county right of way. Since we were not notified it clearly must not have been. Their lack of prior actions would suggest there was not a problem. The new county surveyor may have made an error. This smells really bad.

Our founding forefathers (ancestors of both my wife and I are included in that group) made it clear in our constitution that this kind of action by government is not acceptable. The Dawson County Commissioners don’t seem to “get it.” It is time they do. They need to start meeting their obligations to taxpaying property owners and stop behaving like the British tyrants of long ago.

Ron Klein, Berthoud, CO

 

FFA, community impressive

We had the pleasure of speaking at the Gothenburg FFA awards banquet this year. We were extremely impressed not only by the caliber of the outstanding FFA students and advisors but the support of the program from the Gothenburg community. The officer team’s leadership was very inspiring and the pride each FFA student had in the programs they participate in was amazing. The community of Gothenburg should be excited about their future and we know that agriculture will be in good hands. Thank you for letting us take part in the celebration of another great year of Gothenburg FFA program. We consider it a privilege to witness such amazing leadership in agriculture.

Troy and Stacy Hadrick, Advocates for Agriculture

   

OMB figures tell the story

In my last letter I refuted the claim (of the 03-23 letter) that, “This year’s deficit came about as a result of two unpaid for wars, two unpaid for Bush tax cuts...” I wrote that the 2007 deficit under Bush was $165 billion. A rebuttal letter (04-13) called that figure inaccurate, not knowing where it originated. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget keeps track of these figures. The deficit had been in a three-year decline, in spite of build-up against the war on terrorism, rebuilding of our military after Clinton and the wars themselves.

Next came the myth, “...our revenue coming in was reduced because of tax cuts.” Actually, the 2003 tax cuts (dividend and capital gains rates) generated above average revenue (as always when properly applied). The deficit was not unmanageable at the end of 2007. Ever-growing entitlement spending was.

The writer made the claim that because supplemental appropriations outside the budget process were used to fund the wars, “...it looked like Bush’s deficits were lower than they actually were.”

An argument could possibly be made for that in a projection, but not when looking back at past years’ debt. That funding can’t just disappear. It adds to each annual deficit as it is appropriated and becomes part of the debt. Obama continued the use of supplemental appropriations.

First it was about deficit, now it’s debt. I wouldn’t think the writer would want to go there. Wikipedia was cited this way “...the national debt was almost doubled from $5.6 trillion in 2000 to $10.3 trillion by December of 2008.”

Wait a minute, $10.3 trillion is almost two times $5.6 trillion ($11.2 trillion)? Oh, what’s a measly $900 billion? I use Wikipedia for general information, but they don’t always get the numbers right. Their page reads, “Welcome to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”

The following numbers are also from the OMB. The debt increase for (Bush’s) first seven years was $3.333475 trillion, an average of $476.21 billion/yr. The 2008 figure was $1.017072 trillion, TARP being a substantial part of that. The average over eight years was $543.82 billion/yr.

Let’s look at our community agitator’s figures. $1.885104 trillion for 2009 and $1.651794 trillion for 2010 make a two year total of $3.536894 trillion. (Obama) increased the debt more in two years than (Bush) did in seven. It’s probably too early to criticize Barry for his $1.768447 trillion/yr. average. He’s just getting started.

Think back to the speech Obama made and how the idiots in the crowd responded after Republicans criticized his Porkulus/stimulus bill.

“So then you get the argument, well, this is not a stimulus bill, this is a spending bill. What do you think a stimulus is?” (Laughter and applause.) “That’s the whole point. No, seriously.” (Laughter.) “That’s the point.” (Applause.)

This year’s deficit came about as a result of insane spending and failed stimulus packages. President Obama recently proposed the novel approach of paying for it with tax increases (investments).

   

One word makes big difference

In my last letter I stated that according to Mr Boroff,”it is dangerous to listen to ‘only’ one person or group’s ideas.” I did not say that it is dangerous to listen to one person or group’s ideas. What a difference one word can make in tne usage of propaganda. “We need to get informed on both sides of the issues,” he also said.

“Unpaid for tax cuts” means that we have to borrow money to pay our bills because our revenue coming in was reduced because of tax cuts. That doesn’t seem so funny to me. Well, I guess it does a little.

It is correct that Reagan reduced taxes across the board. However, his administration raised Social Security (FICA) taxes. This was not a bad thing because it created a trust fund to pay for the Baby Boomers’ retirement. Reagan then, as every president since, borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for expenses.

According to Wikipedia, the national debt was almost doubled from $5.6 trillion in 2000 to $10.3 trillion by Dec of 2008.

I don’t know where the information originated that the deficit under Bush shrank to $165 billion. That is inaccurate, according to my sources, unless they considered the money borrowd from Social Security not to be credited to the deficit because it was technically government money being spent to pay for government expenditures.

“Certain spending called ‘supplemental appropriations’ is outside the budget process but adds to the national debt. Funding for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars was accounted for this way prior to the Obama Administration,” according to Wikipedia. That is why it looked like Bush’s deficits were lower than they actually were.

I liked some of George W’s ideas but I did not agree with his fiscal policies.

Penny Fattig, Gothenburg

   

Appreciating volunteers

National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 11-15, is an important time to thank every volunteer for their time and energy. On behalf of the American Cancer Society, and especially on behalf of cancer patients and their loved ones, we would like to express our appreciation the volunteers of Dawson County. Without your efforts, we would not be able to help cancer patients get well and stay well, find cures, and fight back.

Dawson County is full of volunteers who fundraise year round for Relay For Life and Daffodil Days. We appreciate all that you do to help fund important cancer research and provide cancer patients with free services that help make treatment more bearable.

We are also blessed in Dawson County to have many volunteers that give us hours of their time to be Reach to Recovery and Road to Recovery volunteers. Your support of cancer patients’ efforts in the battle against cancer is truly appreciated!

The American Cancer Society is at work in communities all across the country providing programs aimed at reducing the risk of cancer, detecting cancer as early as possible, ensuring proper treatment, and empowering people facing cancer to cope and maintain the highest possible quality of life.

We are grateful to have dedicated, hard-working people like the Dawson County volunteers; thank you for providing the gift of another birthday.

Jill Koch and Melissa Kruger, American Cancer Society staff partners, Dawson County

 

   

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