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Writing to our leaders; stop the leak now; ‘the price of freedom is eternal vigilance’

Writing to our leaders across the country

Our governors, representatives and senators are busy people, I am sure, but most of them have websites that limit us from contacting them if we are not residents of their state.

But many of them become national figures and gain my attention by what they say and how they vote. Recently Governor Jim Pillen of Nebraska said that he doesn’t believe in welfare, and declined federal funds for food aid. I was appalled.

One must be his constituent to complete the contact form. So, I went to a real estate site (there are many) and looked for a home in Nebraska. I easily found a home for sale and put in their information and zip code. I used my own name and email address.

This is one way you can get around the limited contact form when you have an opinion you want to express.

Karen Morgan, Boulder

Border analogy: Stop the leak now? Or wait for a plumber?

You have a problem. You have a slight water leak in your basement and the water’s rising.

You have a choice: Either turn off the water at the shut-off valve and get the leak repaired, or call and wait for a plumber.

The last plumber you used did a poor job and lost his license four years ago.

If you’re thinking, shut off the water. Get a licensed plumber to fix the leak.

If you’re a Republican, let the basement fill up while you wait for the plumber with a bad performance record.

He may or may not show up in 11 months.

Nick Lehnert, Longmont

‘The price of freedom is eternal vigilance’

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Freedom is not the absence of responsibilities, it’s the ability to choose.”

During the forty-seven years of marriage, my wife, Deanna, and I chose to travel all around the world and throughout our country. Our mission was to understand other cultures and to meet new people. Wherever we went, we tried to be respectful and open. We tried not to make any mistakes. I’m reminded of John Wayne when he said, “Life is hard, it’s harder if you’re stupid.” One time we traveled to England. We landed at the Gatwick airport and picked up a rental car. We were not experienced with driving on the left side of the road and immediately got stuck on a roundabout. I was confused about how to get off the roundabout and we found ourselves trapped. After four times around the roundabout, a very nice British man signaled for us to follow him while he showed us the way. We were grateful to him for his kindness. Another time, while we were in Berlin, Germany, and Deanna I wanted to take a subway train to the museum area near the Potsdamer station. We found our way with little trouble and entered the proper train car. For some reason, the train was not moving, so I stepped out of the train to see what was the delay. Suddenly, the doors shut behind me leaving Deanna on the train and me outside the train. We had talked about what we would do if something happened to us. Deanna did exactly what we had discussed. I got off at the next stop, and there she was.

We traveled to remote locations by pontoon planes, helicopters and other modes of transportation. We lived in Nepal for two years, and while we were there, we traveled on the backs of elephants to see tigers and the endangered white rhinos. Another time, we flew in a two-engine German Dormier from Kathmandu to Mount Everest and we were able to take pictures of this incredible view from the cockpit. We had fun. I agree with the quote, “Sometimes I look back at my life and I’m seriously impressed that I’m still alive.”

Yes! Deanna and I took chances, but we felt free to do so. We believed, as Thomas Jefferson said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

Joseph La Camera, Boulder

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