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Why Muriel Taylor will vote for Mitt Romney

Muriel Taylor has deep reasons for voting for Mitt Romney for president. Taylor was in a group of women supporting Romney when I asked them for reasons for their support. Taylor wrote down her reasons, which resonated strongly with me.

Taylor said, “I am voting for Mitt Romney because I love my country. I believe the freedom that I cherish is being eroded by the ever encroaching arm of the federal government. It has become a giant octopus with tentacles that search for every way possible to feed itself off the labors of the people and to crush the life out of them by all its rules and regulations.”

This rang true with President Barack Obama’s whacks at religious freedom and increasing regulations on small businesses. These have got to stop.

Taylor continued by saying, “The staggering national debt is just one of the many things that is wrong with the present administration. Our country is in serious danger if we do not make a change in the upcoming election. I am amazed at the class warfare that is going on because Romney is a successful businessman. I can’t ever remember success being an issue. I was under the assumption that is what we want in a leader. He is someone who has had the experience and has proven himself quite able in fiscal responsibility, which he did when he was governor of Massachusetts.” Continue reading

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Preserving religious freedom

Religious freedom is diminishing. People with religious faith increasingly are told to keep their beliefs out of public discussions. I’m sure you’ve seen it, maybe even more than I have online and elsewhere. Yet, religious freedom is one of those guaranteed by the Constitution even before freedom of speech.

Too many times I have seen locally people calling to have churches taxed and to have religious people keep their beliefs to themselves. They show a particular intolerance for Christians and all churches that teach of a god that decides what is right or wrong. However, the problem is much bigger than a local one and has far-reaching implications.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints describes the contributions religions provide that make them worthy of their protected status. In his speech at Chapman University School of Law on Feb. 4, 2011, Elder Oaks opened my understanding as to the need for religious people to unite in preserving our religious freedom. Continue reading

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Protecting v. power to deny

Boulder County commissioners Cindy Dominico, Ben Perlman and Will Toor said they denied the Rocky Mountain Christian Church’s expansion request because it was incompatible with the area’s rural character. I find that hard to believe.

All one need do is travel only 20 seconds (.19 miles) west of the church’s property, 9447 Niwot Road, Niwot, on Niwot Road to see a subdivision of eight large estates. They are similar to those in the Denver Cherry Hills area, which leads me to question the commissioners’ definition of “rural.” They must be focused on the field between the two and that Niwot is an “unincorporated village,” so named on the community’s webpage.

Travel another minute west along Niwot Road from the subdivision and one arrives at Niwot High. The area farther west to Longmont Diagonal Hwy. and a mile north and south of the church’s property is dominated with homes and businesses. So, basically, the Rocky Mountain Christian Church property is situated on the current edge of town.
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America’s enemy within this Fourth of July

The United States of America is involved in more than one “American Revolution” even as the nation celebrates Independence Day with parades, picnics and fireworks. Arizona’s signs give one glaring clue to one battle, securing our borders.

With one of many highway signs 80 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, the Bureau of Land Management warns, “Visitors may encounter armed criminals and smuggling,” and the BLM “encourages visitors to use public land north of Interstate 8.”

Also via the sign, visitors are told to stay away from trash, clothing, backpacks, and abandoned vehicles. If they see suspicious activity, visitors are told via the sign, “Do Not Confront! Move Away and Call 911.”

These signs signify a war, one to which President Obama must take action or we lose more of our nation’s land to criminals. Governor Janice K. Brewer of Arizona wrote Obama a letter on June 24, 2010, outlining the great need and has responded with a video message to Obama. I’m among those waiting for his response. You can see the video and read the letter at: this site. Continue reading

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