Here's my critique on a couple of topics being discussed at the state capitol ...
ITEM: Local school boards and principals in the schools should all just quit -- and let the state legislature take over. My goodness, state senators Chris Romer and Paula Sandoval want to set the standard for schools from Lamar to Meeker on what goes into any vending machines stationed in the buildings.
Apparently, we are all idiots and don't know what is best for us, so the Colorado legislature needs to step in and tell every school in the state what qualifies as a snack, when safety drills must take place, impose cat-dog equality on us ... what's next?
ITEM: Meat packers never exploit illegal immigrant labor do they?
We read in the newspapers everyday about the money crunch impacting higher education in Colorado; tuition costs for native born residents is already pricing potential students out of attending college at all right now.
Nevertheless, Rockies owner and famous meat packer, Dick Monfort, thinks that the state should offer in-state tuition for non-Americans. A typical corporatist ploy to use a taxpayer subsidy to make working-for-less attractive.
Of course, it should come as no surprise that chief legislative nanny, Chris Romer, is the sponsor of this legislation. The legislature should be working harder at lowering the cost college tuition for Colorado and United States citizens before it spends anytime figuring out how to provide taxpayer-subsidized perks for exploited immigrant labor.
It is becoming increasingly obvious to me that the Colorado state legislature meets for way too long. Those folks should be able to get the important, necessary work done in about sixty days, if not less ... because they clearly have way, way too much time on their hands.
Lawmakers last year banned soda pop in schools.
This year, sugary snacks are in their sights.
"Shame on us for what we're doing to kids," said Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, a reference to childhood obesity, at a hearing Thursday on Senate Bill 46.
The bill would eliminate the sale of snacks in schools that do not meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommended nutritional intake for kids.
Lawmakers say the bill is spurring more talk than just about any other this session.
It has no shortage of critics.
"There's more pop machines and vending machines in this building than there are in most rural schools," said Strasburg School District 31-J Superintendent Dave VanSant.
VanSant and other said the bill is an example of the state interfering with local operations and potentially taking revenue from groups like the band and National Honor Society. ...
A prominent Republican businessman has thrown his support behind a bill that would grant in-state college tuition to high school students regardless of their immigration status.
Dick Monfort, a Weld County cattleman and chairman of the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees, said tough economic times require a "forward-thinking" education policy.
"Opening educational opportunity for more of our high school graduates means our state will have a more developed work force down the road, and will be able to attract more high-growth industries," he said in a statement.
To be eligible for the reduced tuition, undocumented students would have to have graduated from a Colorado high school or received their GED within the past five years. They also must have been enrolled in a Colorado public or private high school for at least three years.
The bill, by Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, is scheduled to be introduced today amid heated debate. Lawmakers have argued about immigrant tuition since at least 2003, with a number of Republican lawmakers opposing the measures. ...