Colorado road trip was beautiful
After signing up and having two cruises canceled in a row, when we learned how we were going to be parked, forced ashore and masked at every turn if we tried the third time around, we opted for a road trip instead. !
We picked up our friends and a big SUV from the Colorado Springs airport and headed to Pueblo West. In the morning we went straight to Bishops Castle via Beulah then to Durango via Wolf Creek Pass.
We got up early to take the steam train through the canyon to Silverton where the classic and spacious hotel awaited us. The next day we took a leisurely stroll around town until the train arrived and on the trip back to Durango we saw a moose running along the embankment! We had to save Mesa Verde for another trip when the skies opened the next morning, but the Million Dollar Highway awaited us with our friends ooh and aah all the way to Ouray and the Steam Caves for a nice relaxing soak.
Wine tasting all the way to the east side of Gunnison Canyon and beyond the sight and foliage we stayed at a goat farm in Paonia. More wine tasting on the way to Glenwood Springs with stops at Mount Princeton and the ghost town of St. Elmo, then return to Springs to drop our friends off at the end of our tour.
Overall we had a great time, enjoyed fine food and better food and accommodation than a cruise with beautiful scenery while spending a lot less money! We could come back for a cruise if / when they find out about COVID, but in the meantime we’re looking at either Estes Park and Yellowstone or maybe a ranch for next year.
It’s not the government’s job
I oppose the insidious philosophy pushed by the front page article titled “Manual workers die more from COVID” on Monday. While he rightly points out that minorities in blue-collar industries had higher COVID death rates than their white counterparts in the same industries, which I was not aware of, the discussion turned. focused on what this government could and should have done to prevent this imbalance.
What was missing was a counterpoint – a discussion of whether the government should try to prevent such imbalances. It’s taken for granted. It’s not. Articles like this serve to plant and then perpetuate in people’s minds the myth that some minorities are victims (Asians are not) who must be rescued by an all-knowing and all-powerful government. This implies that the situation of people is dictated by external agents – the employer, the company, the government – and that they cannot escape these circumstances without the help of the government. It ignores any idea that people have the power to take action – the ability to choose for themselves what is best for themselves. It is not the government’s job to guarantee equal results of any kind for particular subgroups.
Even during a global pandemic, people choose what is best for them, as they assess their situation. Under the blue collar circumstances of the article, is it better that each individual worker risk contracting COVID while going to work, or that the worker not have the money they will earn at that job? It is not the government’s job to ensure that our choices are only between good options, much less that the results of our decisions will be the same as the results of others.
A different set of “facts”
In Your Viewpoint (Monday) Rise Russell says: “The masks stop the spread”, and Sally Alberts says: “… others can get sick or die when it could have been so easily avoided,” again referring wearing a mask.
If you don’t wear glasses yourself, watch someone who does. Do you see the glasses misting up when the person wearing the mask exhales? Or have you seen the result of someone’s breath hitting the air on a cold day? A little material on the nose and mouth does not trap particles as small as the COVID-19 virus, regardless of the CDC’s statements, repeated over and over again by the mainstream media. The reason you don’t see everyone wearing masks is because we believe in a different set of “facts”, not because we hold a grudge against our fellow human beings.
Careless and selfish citizens
Local voters who continue to elect Doug Lamborn should take note of the startling contradictions found in Wednesday’s edition of The Gazette.
The headline on A11 reads, “Colorado has 5th highest COVID rate in the United States.” This is followed two pages later by Lamborn’s misguided editorial titled “Mandate is Government’s Last Overtake,” in which he denounces the federal mandate set by President Joe Biden. Apparently Lamborn isn’t reading (or listening to), as the article on page A11 (as well as local TV / radio reports) notes that 80% of COVID-related hospitalizations are from Coloradans who have chosen to do not get vaccinated.
In his business-focused opinion piece, Lamborn worries about labor shortages, failing to note that death seriously reduces a person’s ability to report to work. He goes on to say that vaccination warrants do not increase vaccinations (without proof) and that the “blatant overshoot of the federal government” violates your rights and your privacy. “
Without widespread vaccination, the only trampling will be that of people leaving the funerals of those slaughtered by careless and selfish citizens like Lamborn.
So let’s ditch the speed limit, drunk driving, public nudity, income tax, ADA protection, Medicare / Medicaid and Clean Air / Water mandates and see where it takes us. Let’s ignore the food / gasoline / footwear / clothing mandates of WWII, a threat to America and the rest of the world much like COVID.
Gary A. Morse