Posted: Thursday, June 18th, 2015 8:50 AM
It was reported by our
treasurer Ed Nielsen that the 2015 Spring Fling, held at the Mountain
Valley school was a great success. Guests and guest speakers were
very well received and very much appreciated by all in attendance.
Our thanks to all of them and to Laurie Vigil for such an outstanding
meal! Also, special thanks to the Spring Fling committee for their
exceptional effort in making this function one to remember. Wyoma
Hansen, Janet Nelson-Cox and Tresa Rupright. We would like to name
all of those who contributed to the success of the event but they
are too numerous to mention. It was a magnificent group effort.
Executive Board of the Saguache County Republican Central Committee
Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013 4:08 PM
LET'S CLEAR THE AIR
If you are on the fence or confused about the abortion issue, the
political ramifications of the abortion debate and how it is affecting
our nation's stability, check out this commentary by John MacArthur
who is the pastor of a large church in Los Angeles known as Grace
Community Church. He has a way of explaining the difference between
the the two major political platforms concerning abortion that clears
the mind of any doubt about which position is constitutional and how
opposite the two positions are.
Republican party's official position on abortion
Democratic party's official position on abortion
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:18 PM
WAKE UP AMERICA
Are you dissatisfied with our elected officials raging assault on
your constitutional rights? Are you angry and feeling vulnerable about
the National and State government's misguided assault on your right
to keep and bear arms? Do you wonder what other personal rights and
liberties may be stripped from us if the government continues to infringe
on our second amendment rights? Are you concerned about the bloating
federal government and the reason for such growth in government? Are
you concerned that simple political gamesmanship is responsible for
the closing of the White House (our house) to our children? Are you
concerned about our God given right to choose life over death? Are
you concerned that the federal government does not have to operate
within a budget like you and I? Are you concerned about our elected
officials supporting the United Nations and the "one world order"
method of governing? Are you concerned about the continued pursuit
of excessive taxation to feed our uncontrolled government? Are you,
your friends, relatives and neighbors better off today than in the
past? Collectively, let's work together, at the county level to assure
our voice is heard regarding our future.
Consider joining like minded citizens of the San Luis Valley by attending
the annual republican "Spring Fling" fundraiser at Old Cow
Town April 27th at 1:00 pm for a delicious meal, speakers, live entertainment,
live auction, and share your thoughts and concerns about the direction
we should take for our future and the future of this great country!
Please contact Richard Drake at 580-4433 or Steve Carlson at 850-2920
or Mike Cowan at 530-1257 or Ed Nielson at 580-4960 for tickets and
Posted: Friay, April 18, 2013 8:22 AM
GUN LAWS INEFFECTIVE
OK, I need to vent a little here and you who are on my list that do
not wish to hear this can certainly block me or, just send me a note
and i will kindly remove you.........
We have just been thru a national gut check over gun violence in our
country. Newtown was an awful tragedy and a terrible thing to happen,
but the political grandstanding afterwards i feel is even worse. Some
of you out there think that all we need to do is ban all guns and
this will never happen again, right? Well, how has that worked out
with drugs? We have had this "war on drugs" since the late
70's and early 80's and how has that worked out? Drugs have been illegal
in this country since as far back as this baby boomer can remember,
but as long as i have been aware of the issue, there has always been
a ready supply to anyone with the cash to spend. Do you think it will
be any different with guns?
This country was founded on democratic principles, but it is not a
democracy. It is a representative republic. Meaning we elect representatives
thru a democratic process, IE: one person/one vote (unless you live
in Saguache county) and those representatives carry the will of their
constituents to denver, or washington, to determine their votes on
national issues......think about that for a minute......they represent
the will of the people......and the will of the people in this gut-check
said , no, we do not need anymore gun laws. We have plenty on the
books already and we do not wish to create more laws that will not
do a damn thing to prevent the kind of violence that took place recently.
Tell me where in our nations founding documents...... the declaration,the
constitution, or the bill of rights, does it say that the right of
the people to enjoy drugs, shall not be infringed????Show me where
in our constitution it says that the right to free health care for
each and every one of us exists????? Point out to me please where
it says that a womans right to an abortion shall not be infringed?????
Do you get my drift? None of these issues are even mentioned in our
constitution, and yet they are all now legal in this state, but there
is one that is mentioned, and i quote: "The right of the people
to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"......Yet, we have
laws in our state right now that defy the constituion on drugs, abortion,
and health care and nobody seems to give damn, but the one constitutional
right , written in our bill of rights, that was given to us by our
founding fathers, the very one that protects all the others, has been
under assault, weakened, and made almost every one of us criminals.
You can use drugs, grow drugs, sell drugs, manufacture drug related
paraphernalia, but you damn well better not have a 30 round magazine
for the gun you protect your family with. Your 15 year old daughter
can have an abortion without your consent, but by god dont let her
carry a pistol to the abortion clinic or she will be thrown in jail.
The federal government can mandate that you spend thousands of dollars
on health care per year, but dont loan your deer rifle to your brother
in law without filling out a background check and making sure he is
pure enough of heart and soul to use it, or you will be arrested.
It is time we as americans get our collective heads out of our........out
of the sand..... and see what is happening to our state and our country.
If you do not wish to see more of our freedoms taken away, more of
our rights eroded, then GET INVOLVED. Show you care. Make politicians
accountable for their actions. Send letters, make phone calls, put
up a sign, stand for what you believe, no matter what.
Remember what one of our past leaders said..."think not what
your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".
Lets each of us that believe in the constitution and the american
way we know is best, influence 30 people to vote your way, one for
each bullet we can no longer carry in our magazine..
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 4:00 AM
I wish I could say I wrote it, to good not to share..... AJ
Subject: The Flawed Utopian Mentality
It's so strange to live in a world where someone commits an atrocity,
and society blames his methods instead of dealing with his intent.
It's the same mentality that believes society can tax its way into
prosperity without dealing with the root issue of government waste,
inefficiency and fraud. The same mentality that wants to punish junk
food instead of acknowledging that food-based obesity is quite often
the result of individual choices.It seems like we once took the issue
of "personal responsibility" seriously. Now, we're a knee-jerk
society of finger-pointers desperate for scapegoats, each one trussing
up his/her soapbox under the thin veil of compassion. We swat at the
symptoms forever as the virus itself remains unexamined and unchecked.
I remember the scapegoats of my own youth...video games and rock music...the
obvious "reasons" for society's ills. (Anyone see those
old videos where they destroyed thousands of pinball machines?)You'd
like to make firearms illegal for the law-abiding? Congratulations.
You'll have disarmed tens of millions of responsible citizens, and
the black-market will tip its hat to you as the non-law-abiding operate
without missing a step. Oh. You'd like home-to-home searches to ensure
that all weapons are confiscated? That sounds like a wonderful way
for a free nation, by the people and for the people, to operate. Perhaps
we can take a few extra minutes and enjoy tea with the ATF agents
as they tap on the sheet rook looking for hidden stockpiles.
On this issue, I like the words of Thomas Jefferson, "Laws that
forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined
nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the
assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage
than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man."The utopia of a world free
of guns and gun violence is a noble enough notion. It's also a happy-clappy,
Utopian fantasy that will never, ever happen. Perhaps it's time to
see through the haze of peace pipe smoke and realize that 1) you'll
never get 250 million weapons confiscated 2) even if you get the licensed
weapons from the law-abiding, guns will continue to be the domain
of the criminal and 3) even without guns, you'll still (and always)
have all manner of killers, rogues, psychopaths and instruments of
These things are not new to humanity, and it's a hard fact of life
that society's most unstable can and will snap at any moment. And
as I understand the desire of good people to find solutions, I'm convinced
those solutions should deal with root issues and be based in reality.There
are over 300 million people living in the USA. Almost half of all
American homes have firearms in them. With that many firearms in that
many hands, if they were indeed the cause of all of this trouble,
this nation would have, within moments, shredded itself under a blanket
of gun smoke. This obviously hasn't happened, and those who can't
see the millions of peace-loving (yes, peace-loving), responsible
gun owners as more than caricature are obviously not looking (or not
seeing, anyway). They want a kum-bah-yah planet where good intentions
trump all, a world without aggressors and those who defend against
them, a world where a politician's signature on a piece of paper will
cure all hearts of darkness, a world where ribbons on our lapels actually
solve planet-wide problems, a world where humanity can go to sleep
at night with unlocked doors and unconcerned minds. A beautiful fantasy.
And a ridiculous one.
We can and should find ways to make our world safer...but it will
never be safe. I own a Smith & Wesson MP9. I've been trained to
use it and often target-shoot for recreation. I keep the weapon secured.
It is treated with a healthy respect and is readily accessible for
reasons of home defense. Some are skittish about the use of deadly
force to protect loved ones. I am not. This doesn't make me a warmonger
or nut, a conspiracy theorist or agent of blood lust. It makes me
a free, law-abiding citizen who happens to take the first line of
responsibility for the protection of his family.Individual responsibility.
Within the law. It's how I roll.There are millions like me. Ask yourself...are
we really the problem? And will disarming us prevent the next tragic
headline? Absolutely not.
By: Jim See / Submitted by Allen Jones
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 2:59 PM
I think it is good to get this done soon but I disagree that July
2nd is the right time since so many people will be out of town or
just getting ready to leave for the 4th.. Richard is going to be gone
until the 5th.and then he has canvassing duties after the primary
vote. I agree that Richard should lead the effort on this but there
is just too much happening between now and the 2nd to focus on this
with all these distractions. We want as much participation on this
as possible. I think we are one CC meeting away from putting together
a plan that is well discussed and thought out and might include more
than just Republicans.
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 5:35 PM
Subject: Republican party supported recording of the minutes of
the commissioner's meetings
It certainly would be very meaningful, in many aspects, if the Republicans
could take this issue on and be successful! For those that do not
know, the CFFG had scheduled a time on the June 5th BoCC meeting only
to cancel it because of what we viewed as conflicting priorities,
that being the upcoming primary election issues. We told the BoCC
that we would re-schedule at a later date. I had called Carla to give
her a heads up regarding the meeting and issue such that she could
prepare for our presentation. She was happy to hear we were offering
to help BUT when it was cancelled she was equally happy because she
knew that resulting from the meeting she would have yet another contentious
issue to work on/resolve.
Given that, I think it would still be a great idea to pursue! If everyone
would approve/like I would be willing to call Wendi and get a place
on the next meeting agenda which should be July 2nd. The priimary
would be over and seems to me it would be perfect timing! I would
suggest that Richard take the lead on this effort BUT we could all
meet at the courthouse on the 2nd!!! Sound off everyone!
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 8:57 AM
IF THIS COULD BE DONE !! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS ALSO. WAY TO GO
DIANA! WE COULD HOPE THE COMMISSIONERS WOULD GO FORWARD AND LET IT
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:05 AM
Subject: Republican party supported recording of the minutes of
the commissioner's meetings
We will need to schedule a time slot with the commissioners to present
this to them first by a letter and then by showing up in force to
demand it with Carla by our side. We probably should talk to Richard
about getting this on the agenda for the July meeting. Right now everyone
is too wrapped up with the primary and right after that is the 4th
of July. The timing for the next meeting should be good.
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 7:58 AM
Subject: Republican party supported recording of the minutes of
the commissioner's meetings
Great idea! Sign me and Donna onto this. Since we are 45 miles away
it would be great to have the minutes available on the GOP website.
How can we get this done?
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 9:36 PM
Excellent letter, It has the kind of broad appeal that will interest
Independents & others. I also think there are some Libertarians
around here in that Independent base that could potentially sign on
to the Republican party to have a voice because from what I've seen,
the Libertarian party is pretty low-key/unorganized.
Since my involvement in the local GOP is so new, I was hesitant to
bring up an idea I had. I don't know where things stand with this
issue of Carla recording the Commissioner's meetings. I really liked
Marilyn Marks' response to Sam Pace's claim that we didn't need to
go to the trouble of recording because we live in such a rural area,
etc, etc. Her response was that was all the more reason to do so!
We're so spread out geographically, it's hard for people to make it
to meetings...it would be great for people to have access to them
on the internet.
It may sound like I'm coming from left field but I got to thinking...what
if it was the republicans who made sure those meetings were taped
& posted them on the GOP website? I just thought it would be a
way to put a very positive, pro-active face on the local GOP...not
by trashing the Democrats & how corrupt they have been but show
that we're the party that supports total transparency & community
involvement in local gov't. Just an idea.
Thanks for your work,
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2012 7:57 AM
Subject: SCRCC meeting 6-13-12
Thanks, good of you to get this info out, Something that has been
needed for a long while and with all types of fancy communication
stuff we can really keep in touch.
My problem with the wording in the Vacancies clause is the removal
or inability to serve where it pertains to the precinct committeepersons,the
caucus process voted those folks in and the central cannot remove
them ,that is not the duty of the vacancy committee to remove any
one .The duty is to step in if there is a vacancy and not to play
God and come up with some excuse to remove someone from the precinct.(
The chair is the only who can remove anyone) If that clause remains
that will be a total undermining of the whole caucus process,the caucus
votes one way and the central committee throws them out because they
may have missed 3 meeting or what ever is chosen as proper amount
of meetings and without proper notice that the precinct persons were
suddenly required to be at the central committee meetings. The Vacancy
should only be filled if there is a vacancy! Not make one.
I have strong feeling that a clear purpose needs to set as to why
there are now so may meetings? Before it was a recall issue,then a
bylaws , but what vision is there that( Which has not been the rule
before)a precinct person needs to be required to attend 12 meetings
a year or so? Or else get admonished for not being there?We do not
have elections laws that need addressing,no anyone on the republican
central committee needs to be elect,at this time and candidates are
in place,so what grand issues are so important?A better description
of what is required of the percent people is needed . That's my 2
PS. To help the clerk and get the percent lines in better shape this
one think I see,but have been told to wait on that problem ,but with
out addressing that problem early we republicans loose more ground!!
Thanks, Lynn Sutherland
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:57 PM
Good work on the letter I have some names and email addresses. I
tried the hyperlink on the bottom and it didnt work. I dont
know if it was a problem with my service or something else, however.
I want to give you a few names and emails you should send these to.
I guess that is all I have in Saguache county.
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:07 PM
Letter to Fellow Republicans:
We are on a mission to continually improve the content of the web
site and promote traditional Republican ideals of smaller and more
responsible/accountable government that serves the citizens and protects
the constitutional rights of the people.
You are our best source for ideas and information. It would be helpful
to have your input into the complexion of the web site for all of
Saguache County to enjoy and learn more about the values and freedoms
that many Americans have either forgotten or never knew about to begin
Each time there is an update or significant addition to the site
we will send out an e-mail notifying all of you and if you know someone
who may not be on the list please let us know and we'll get them added
right away. The more people on the list the faster our message will
circulate and hopefully the more new Republicans we'll recruit. If
we grow in numbers we grow in strength. There seems to be far more
conservative thinkers in this county than those who are not. Many
are potential Republicans but don't know it. Some are registered as
Independents or Democrats and aren't even sure why. Many are not even
registered and just simply need a reason to do so. We must encourage
more people (especially young people) to participate in the political
process or our children and grandchildren will forfeit the God-given
freedoms we have all enjoyed as citizens of this great nation.
If you have someone in mind that we could add to our list or you
have suggestions on how we can make our site more interesting and
informative please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org Also, check out
the latest update on our Issues page. http://www.saguachegop.com/SC_GOP_issues.htm
Than you for your participation.
Saguache County Republican Central Committee
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 8:36 PM
I do not have a problem with this. RD
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 8:42 AM
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Ed Nielsen <edcnielsen@Yahoo.com>; Allen Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I would like to suggest that it somehow be added to the bi-laws that
when an officer of the executive committee is replaced whether by
election, resignation or death that the documents (minutes, donation
records, state records, check book, bank statements ect.) that was
in their possession be returned the president of the Republican party
within 30 days.
These documents belong to the Republican Party.
I think it is beneficial for the new replacement to see what documents
might have been filed with the state and county. Also the checking
information needs to be updated as soon as possible.
Posted 5/6/2012 12:43 A.M
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