Letters to the editor
Art Festival was great
I wanted to express my great appreciation to all who worked hard making our Art and Music Festival a great success! My family and I truly enjoy all the festivities year after year. Walking down the streets of Helper brought warmth to my heart as I see both familiar nice faces as well as strangers with a twinkle in their eyes as they also enjoyed all that the festival brought. I was always taught to never judge a book by its cover so even strangers there had a great story to tell as I sat near them chatting regardless of their riches! I met folks from Australia and Germany. Though very distant from their native land they expressed how wonderful the town's people were.
Let us not forget the amazing food even though every bit went straight to my hips but brought joy as it hit my lips. The festival had something for all ages. My four year old sat near the stage the whole weekend as the music showed him a new found appreciation to the art. (He was the little boy sitting on the rock in the pictures of the festival.) I love the memories that are engraved deep in my heart of this event. This ha: even taught my 11 year old how to be a volunteer (he helped sell Italian Sodas and Blinkies to raise money for the fireworks for the light parade). No one could argue that it is an amazing virtue to open your heart even if there is nothing in it for you.
I have been a resident for 32 years of Helper and am very PROUD of the place I call home. I am truly blessed to be able to raise my children here.
Melissa Montoya Rogers Helper
Thanks to the Sun Staff for all the great photos of the the Helper Arts and Music Festival and accolades go out to Stacy Armstrong and Kathleen Royster for their directorship of a successful festival.
Carbon County is a melting pot of culture and lifestyles and making the festival an attractive event for all is a challenge.
The excitement that occurs in town as the vendors set up is electric. What I saw was: kids getting their faces painted, people looking at fine art, folks purchasing crafts, vendors smiling, people dancing, the park filled with music lovers, and people going to the theatre. Something for everyone.
Thanks to all the sponsors, the organizers, Helper City for all the in-kind support, and to everyone that attended.
Marilou Kundmueller Helper
A earthquake interrupted Obama's golf game, nothing else has until now. Another one is on its way, the rumbling is larger than this coming election, it is bigger than the President and larger than his feckless party. It is an earthquake of self-definition know as 'The Tea Party'.
Anti-capitalist rhetoric from the left has been unconvincing. When the two richest men in America hold fundraisers for the Democratic Party, does that mean the capitalists have taken over the party, or that the socialists have taken over capitalism?
Most people know the answer to that. The dirty handshakes between the public sector and the private sector led to this disaster. It's easy to call for more regulation in response, but who regulates the regulators?
Obama rose to power on wheelbarrows of money from the rich, the super-rich and from unknown sources that have never been accounted for. He raised twice as much money as John McCain, and while the media disinformation machine insists that it was the power of social media at work, it was actually the power of socialism.
Socialism is just crony capitalism misspelled. Everyone who has ever competed for a government contract, been forced to join a union by government mandate or been squeezed out of an industry by agreements negotiated between corporate lobbyists and their congressional allies knows the more you regulate, the more you control.
Warren Buffett's eagerness to be taxed at a higher rate, isn't saintliness at work, its personal economic interest. The same interest that led Buffett, Bill Gates and other top billionaires to support Obama. There is nothing strange about the phenomenon of anti-capitalist capitalists. Capitalism is one way to make money. Socialism is another. The modern monopoly is as likely to rest on government regulation as on the naked marketplace
It is not just personal corruption that leaves the left a less than credible force of economic reform. The entire national context has changed. There is no use in pretending that the relationship between government and business can be untangled with only one of the parties getting the blame, while the other party gets the power.
The old way of offering progressive government as the antidote to free market recklessness no longer works. It no longer comforts anyone or makes them feel secure. The public isn't more accepting of government intervention, it is more distrustful. And that distrust easily comes to the surface in a time of crisis which is why the movement to hold government accountable is gathering steam.
While FDR's New Deal made it a close relationship, the political wars of the last two years are leading instead to a breakup between the public and the government. Progressive government has failed to avert several economic crises, it also completely mismanaged the social safety net and become so hideously expensive that it can no longer be kept up.
Those are all dangerously compelling answers and the left has come up with no response, except to throw out conspiracy theories and cry racism. Such intellectual desperation reminiscent of a dictator ranting hysterically on a televised broadcast as the noose tightens around his neck and regime.
This is the larger earthquake coming to Washington. And it's not just the ivory towers of the left that are trembling. The Republican Party has not built up the same type of political machine that its opposition on the left have, but it's still the party of big government. Few people take a job only to make themselves redundant. And few politicians give up power once they have it.
The Republican Party is less likely to have a radical social agenda or to construct an empire of activists integrated into every level of the public and private sector to carry it through, but it isn't the party of freedom either.
After the wild days of Teddy, it has been content to be the reasonable party. The party of moderates who come in to clean up the mess that the radical lunatics leave behind. Then a very presidential figure sweeps in, fixes some things, throws out some others, raises taxes and does all the things that even his predecessor couldn't get away with, then leaves to the cheers of a grateful nation with his 'Dime Store New Deal' clutched tightly in hand.
That's why the 'Tea Party' is the real earthquake coming to Washington. A political movement dedicated to the political disarmament of governmental power. It's an attack on the centralization consensus, the cornerstone of progressive politics that says bigger is better and more central oversight is what gets the job done. Decentralization proposed by the Tea Party is on the right side of history and 'We-The-People'.
Obama promised to put a fresh coat of paint on the old outmoded system, but his technocracy amounted to little more than incompetence disguised as self-promotion. A quality that is ubiquitous in social media, but also nakedly obvious after it is exposed. Not only did he fail to convince the country that government should be expanded, but his mismanagement gave rise to a populist opposition movement that is threatening to bring down the entire chain of assumptions of progressive government.
The exploitation of the economic disaster to create a 21st century New Deal failed because it was the ragging ends to the New Deal that had brought about the economic disaster, and the New Deal that created an even bigger disaster with its uncontrolled spending.
The American public has lost faith in big government and in the 'anointed messiah' of big government. A nation of people who feel out of control in the midst of a whirling economic crisis wanting to regain some control by taking it back from the bureaucrats, lobbyists and the politicians. This is the real earthquake coming to Washington and when it strikes, the golf game will be called off in the name of 'The Tea Party'.
Robert L Warren East Carbon