Thursday, February 9

Student loans; McWhinney drilling; Jan. 6; climate concerns; Loveland politics – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Student loan forgiveness presents a moral hazard

Student loan forgiveness? Is it another Democrat bribe for votes? Doesn’t forgiveness require one taking responsibility for their choices (without any excuses) and having confidence that person will not repeat the same act in the future? I can understand someone welcoming their debts being forgiven. What about those that fully accepted their responsibility to repay their student loans? What about those that decided they didn’t want to take a student loan but saved, worked, joined the military to pay for their college education? Do we tell them “too bad”?

Does it make sense that a truck driver, plumber, construction worker have to pay for someone’s PhD in humanities with their taxes? With universities sitting on billions in endowment funds, shouldn’t they pay off some of their students’ loans? Isn’t the high cost of college (requiring a student to take a loan) part and parcel of the student debt problem?

Isn’t a student loan an “investment” in one’s future earnings? The average college graduate will earn $1 million more during their lifetime. Forgiving student loans presents a moral hazard. Another Joe Biden bad idea.

Larry Roche


Thank Troy McWhinney for investing in Loveland

Last Friday, I took advantage of Troy McWhinney’s offer to tour several oil and gas sites in Windsor as well as touring the proposed sites for his two drilling ventures. I was the only one on the tour and was astonished that Troy made his valuable time available for just one interested resident. I would encourage those residents that aren’t taking advantage of educating yourself to do so. Instead of whining about the oil and gas industry, do some background and ask questions instead of demonizing the McWhinneys. It was an eye-opening and informational hour spent.

Several takeaways I didn’t know: 1) There are nine sites where wastewater is disposed. It doesn’t go into the drilling site groundwater. 2) Over their life, the wells will generate around $60 million in tax revenue and, if I remember correctly, around $20 million for schools. 3) The methane mitigation on new wells is state of the art and ignites the methane internally, and there are no emissions. 4) The sites are virtually noiseless. 5) Oil is not stored on site, and there is no truck traffic. 7) The proposed western site is about 7,000 feet deep and is no danger to the water table. 6) The sites easily exceed the current state setback limits.

Some think this is a PR stunt. I was in PR for a number of years. I know a PR stunt when I see one, and this tour doesn’t qualify. Troy is committed to this city and its residents. Take the time to meet him and thank him for his time and for investing in this community. He and his associates have taken this town from the backwater it was when I moved here 30 years ago to a progressive thriving city, and there is a need to acknowledge that this growth will continue and no amount of complaining and uneducated misinformation is beneficial to understanding an issue this complex.

Jim Dowd


Just another Menzel confusion of the facts

Don Menzel got it all wrong again in his latest attempt to inflate the Jan. 6, 2021, incident, in which perhaps 300 unarmed ruffians entered the U.S. Capitol in a protest to influence Congress about some perceived crimes committed by the Democrats in the months preceding. Many of these protesters were placed in solitary confinement for their indiscretions.

Now a similar situation, just as serious as Jan. 6, is occurring in which unarmed ruffians are attempting to influence the votes of members of the Supreme Court by threatening them at their home residences. The only difference is that the current ruffians are not going to prison.

Carl Langner


Rep. Buck deaf to climate concerns

I loved the article on May 6 “Climate action requires small, large business sustainability.” Given the wildfires and ongoing drought conditions, I am happy to see the Reporter-Herald take an active stand on climate change.

I wish that we could convince Congress of this impending disaster. Rep. Buck (who will be running as congressman in the updated 4th Congressional District) has been deaf to these issues. In a letter from Buck responding to my plea for climate action, Buck said, “Many of the plans to address climate change hurt the poor and businesses the most.” This is cherry picking — in fact, innovation will open up new jobs and spur growth. He went on to say, “I’m also very concerned that most efforts to combat global warming are both terribly expensive and, according to the proponents, not very effective at lowering the average global temperature.” Actually a carbon tax will have little effect on the bottom line and will be huge in terms of lowering greenhouse gases. In closing, he noted, “I’m confident that future generations will be much better off financially and technologically, which will allow adaptation to any potential effects of global warming.” So, this is the kick-the-can mentality that haunts us with the climate.

Needless to say, any discussion on mitigating climate change falls on deaf ears with the congressman. His lack of concern for the climate shows that he is more interested in campaign contributions than solving the huge challenges of climate change.

Scott Simmons


Growing tired of petty politics

Here we go again! As history repeats itself, we again have the same vindictive faction of people wanting to organize a petition to recall Councilor Don Overcash. This campaign is destructive in nature and designed to be hurtful to a good and faithful public servant. These endless politics are not good for Loveland. If you were the head of a business considering moving to Loveland and you did your research, you would have concerns. You would find a beautiful community with a high quality of life. However, below the surface you would find drama, name-calling, and a City Council that seems to be on a rollercoaster. I think I can speak for many in our business community when I say we are growing tired of the petty politics playing out in city hall and on social media.

How do you recall a councilor who votes 95% of the time with the majority, while on major issues the mayor votes about 90% of the time in the minority? It defies logic and makes one wonder who should be the one being recalled. Recalls cost us taxpayers money too. The estimated cost for a recall ranges from as low as $65,000 to over $240,000, depending on who is doing the math. This recall effort is shameful and a personal attack by a vengeful group on a good person. Don cares about the citizens of Loveland and his constituents in Ward IV. I urge you to think twice before signing this recall petition and ask that you give your support to Don as your councilor in Ward IV.

Earl Sethre


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