More about those 'best' states

Editor:

Just a thought in reference to the statement made by the gentleman in last Tuesday's paper (Steven Fox, "Economics, education and Obama"): Those same states cited as having the "most educated" and the "best economies" are also the states with the highest density populations, the highest number of individuals dependent upon government services, the highest number of poor, and the highest crime rates. Lest we be viewed as arrogant, and if we are truly interested in the well-being of our fellow citizens, maybe we should look at those statistics as well (including their interest in electing someone who is for "Big Government").

I also have a thought regarding the editorial posted on the same day as the article regarding the sheriff's stance regarding the Constitutionality of the recent gun control laws passed in Colorado. The members of our state Legislature were elected largely due to voters in the population center of our state, like that mentioned above. Because we are a country operating under the idea that we are concerned with individual rights, each of those members was sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the State of Colorado and of the United States of America. If our public servants are also sworn to uphold the same, it would seem that there is a difference of opinion on the value of an oath. We as citizens should be pointing that out to those who are working for us.

Monica Noland

Cortez

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