Republican Perspective

February 6, 2020

I have become aware of another new bill in the legislature. This is HB-1011 and is titled “Helping Others Manage Early Childhood Act.” Here is a small portion of the intent: “The (public awareness) campaign must be implemented in each county and target family, friends, neighbors, families who provide home-based education to their children ... ”

The underlying intent is to get more young children out of their homes (away from their parents?) and into public education at an early age.

The question I have is why are they specifically mentioning homeschooling families? Homeschooling families have an abundance of resources already available to them, and have a proven, excellent track record. These families pay the same taxes to support the public schools but use very few of those resources.

The courts have already determined this is a legitimate avenue for families to educate their children. Does the legislature have an ulterior motive here in “indoctrinating” these children outside the beliefs of their parents? It just seems like a strange place to be spending money in this period when state dollars are stretched to the limit for other worthwhile programs (fix U.S. Highway 285, anyone?).

Just a note on the impeachment trial, which may well be done by the time you read this. I find it interesting that Representative Adam Schiff is demanding more witnesses, especially John Bolton.

Schiff has stated in several earlier interviews going back as far as 2018 when Bolton was appointed National Security Advisor, sentiments such as “This is someone who’s likely to exaggerate the dangerous impulses of the president.” Schiff has also publicly stated in the past that Bolton has a distinct lack of credibility and is prone to conspiracy theories.

What has changed, that  Schiff now thinks Mr. Bolton would be a credible witness able to convince the Senate of President Trump’s intentions?

Many of the presidential candidates are advocating for a program to forgive student loans. Senator Elizabeth Warren was confronted by a father in Iowa who asked if he would get his money back after he proactively saved to send his daughter to college. Warren immediately answered “Of course not.”

Many of us either saved ahead of time, worked during those years, or graduated with sizeable loans which we then responsibly paid off over the years. Why should the current generation get a free pass on loans they knowingly signed up for, and those of us who did the right thing previously be left out in the cold now?

What about those who chose not to go to college or trade school because they were wary of the cost? I think we need to let our congressional representatives know this is an unreasonable proposition.

It was heartening to see how many young adults participated in the March For Life this year. While I acknowledge abortion is a legitimate medical procedure and has a place, primarily in cases where the life of the mother is in danger, I think it should be used sparingly.

Even Democrats in previous administrations used the phrase “safe, legal, and rare.” Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Tulsi Gabbard have all used this phrase at various points in their careers. Even former presidents of Planned Parenthood like Pamela Maraldo and Leana Wen have publicly agreed with this philosophy.

There may be a ballot question in November for Colorado voters regarding restricting late abortions. Titled “Initiative 120” currently, this would restrict abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy. For many in the pro-life arena, this is still too late.

Infants as small as two pounds have been successfully birthed and survived, showing that these unborn children are indeed viable as humans, and who knows what potential they have as adults. Although I would like to see even tighter restrictions, this is at least a move in the right direction and should be supported as the first step toward protecting these human lives.

Remember that the neighborhood caucuses are coming up on March 7, and you must be registered in either the Democratic or Republican party by Feb. 14 in order to participate, and also in order to be a delegate to the later assemblies that determine which candidates make it on the November ballot.

Choose to get involved. Something new this year: if you will be 18 by the November election, you can participate in the caucuses and primary elections. Get involved. It’s your right and your community.

Tim Peterson
Park County Republican Chair