Jeff Peters: A shift to the right?

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How interesting to read Wednesday’s ViewPoints page in the Steamboat Today. 

The byline of the editorial read “Conservative approach needed for city.” The only letter to the editor carried on about deleting commentary by liberal columnists. The only commentary was written by conservative pundit Cal Thomas. This leads one to wonder if the direction of Steamboat Today has taken a marked shift to the right with its new editor.

But back to the letter “To the new editor.” The writer wants Steamboat Today to become a mouthpiece for conservative Republican ideology. The writer would have commentary by Paul Krugman, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences along with the John Bates Clark Medal, Prince of Asturias Awards and H.C. Recktenwald Prize in Economics, replaced by the rantings of conservative pundit Ann Coulter. Let’s take a look at Ms. Coulter’s political views by reviewing a few of her statements over the years:

“God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.’”

— Coulter, on Fox News, June 20, 2001

“I don’t really like to think of it as murder. It’s terminating Tiller in the 203rd trimester.”

— Coulter, defending the murder of Doctor George Tiller during a Fox News interview, June 22, 2009

“If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it’s a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.”

— Coulter during an interview with New York Observer, October 2007

“We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too.”

— Coulter addressing CPAC, January 2002

Coulter is not a sassy pundit, as the writer of the letter to the editor would lead us to think. Coulter in her own words explains exactly what she is.

“I’m a Christian first, and a mean-spirited, bigoted conservative second, and don’t you ever forget it.”

— Coulter’s book “If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans,” 2007

Let us hope that the new editor of Steamboat Today keeps the newspaper’s political reporting fair and balanced but not in the manner of Fox News’ biased version of the term “fair and balanced.”

Jeff Peters

Steamboat Springs

Comments

Neil O'Keeffe 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Jeff, but lets not forget that the likes of Sara Palin, Michele Bachman and Ann Coulter are the gifts that keep on giving. Without them comedians would have to write their own jokes and the GOP might actually look like a reasonable alternative.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Krugman - Nobel Prize in Economics Obama - Nobel Peace prize No need to say more

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Ms Coulter is a pundit, a commentator an entertainer. Krugman pretends that he actually knows some thing. Krugman comes off to me as a supposed economist with a wickedly left agenda. Neither a wickedly left nor a wickedly right agenda are what this country needs. As you chose to cherry pick Coulter I thought I would provide some commentary from Krugman.

The seeds of California’s current crisis were planted more than 30 years ago, when voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 13, a ballot measure that placed the state’s budget in a straitjacket. Property tax rates were capped, and homeowners were shielded from increases in their tax assessments even as the value of their homes rose.

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Even more important, however, Proposition 13 made it extremely hard to raise taxes, even in emergencies: no state tax rate may be increased without a two-thirds majority in both houses of the State Legislature. And this provision has interacted disastrously with state political trends.

Paul Krugman’s demand that we print a $1 trillion dollar platinum coin and then give it away saying “we paid off the debt!”

In 1996, Krugman (who, as Wall Street Journal blogger James Taranto never tires of reminding us, is a former Enron adviser) said Social Security has a “Ponzi-game aspect in which each generation takes out more than it put in.” Last year he said it “is and always has been mainly a pay-as-you-go system, which is nothing like a classic Ponzi scheme.”

Of unemployment benefits, Krugman wrote in his textbook that “The drawback to this generosity is that it reduces a worker’s incentive to quickly find a new job.” Later he ridiculed Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) as “bizarre” for saying, “Continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work.”

Professor Krugman calls all the conversation in Washington about debt and deficits a “misplaced focus” and says all of the economic experts “on whom much of Congress relies have been repeatedly wrong about the short-run effects of budget deficits.”

He derides the fears that deficits will cause interest rates to soar by pointing out that they haven’t moved.

What he doesn’t say is that they haven’t moved because they’re not free to move.

The fact is that the U.S. Federal Reserve has corralled the free market in interest rates by knocking short-term rates to almost zero through successive open market operations and extraordinary quantitative easing measures.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Ya just can't make this stuff up

POSTED ON JUNE 28, 2013 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN DEMOCRATS, TEA PARTY MOVEMENT HOW CRAZY ARE DEMOCRATS? THIS CRAZY Scott Rasmussen, in a survey of 1,000 likely voters, reports findings that shed considerable light on the mentality of Barack Obama supporters. Rasmussen asked this question:

Which is a bigger terrorist threat to the United States today – radical Muslims, the Tea Party, local militia groups, the Occupy Wall Street movement, or other religious or political extremists?

Now, there is only one sane answer to that question. No Tea Party group has ever been implicated in a terrorist attack or even, as far as I can recall, an isolated act of violence. Attenders of Tea Party events are notorious for cleaning up after themselves like Boy Scouts. But this survey suggests that partisan Democrats are living in a parallel universe:

[A]mong those who approve of the president’s job performance, just 29% see radical Muslims as the bigger threat. Twenty-six percent (26%) say it’s the Tea Party that concerns them most. Among those who Strongly Approve of the president, more fear the Tea Party than radical Muslims.

No wonder IRS employees, nearly all if whom are likely Obama supporters, thought it was only natural to try to block any organization with Tea Party in its name! And no wonder that Democratic fundraising appeals usually contain references to “Tea Party Republicans.” They are talking in code: the equivalent, coming from the Republican side, would be “al Qaeda Democrats.” Only Republicans aren’t crazy.

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Scott Wedel 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Facts are not allowed to get in the way of you rants. No evidence that IRS employees are mostly Democrats. IRS also targeted groups with the word "Progressive".

As as Steven Colbert demonstrated with his PAC formed by John McCain's campaign lawyer, there is no legal requirement to have a PAC approved by the IRS. It was his legal advice to not request IRS approval.

And Timothy McVeigh was certainly a terrorist that was not a Muslim and was from the rightwing. So such terrorists do exist. And the verbal pronouncements from a few right wingers about needing guns to fight the government should be expected to raise fears among the rest of the population.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Scott, That was a "rant." WOW. There you go again twisting words. Where in God's green earth did you come up with a Timothy McVeigh reference. The article referred to Tea Party. To my knowledge McVeigh was not a Tea Party guy. The article quoted said likely they are Democrats not they ARE Democrats. Do you have any evidence to dispute that then please cite that evidence. IRS targeted "Progressives according to your guy Werfel. "Werfel has a brief record of public service, all of it in the Obama administration." As in the Clinton debacle - It depends on how you define the word "is". In the IRS scandal it's all in how you define the word "targeted".

"A November 2010 version of the list obtained by National Review Online, however, suggests that while the list did contain the word “progressive,” screeners were instructed to treat progressive groups differently from tea-party groups. Whereas they were merely alerted that a designation of 501(c)(3) status “may not be appropriate” for progressive groups — 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from conducting any political activity — they were told to send applications from tea-party groups off to IRS higher-ups for further scrutiny.

That means the applications of progressive organizations could be approved by line agents on the spot, while those of tea-party groups could not. Furthermore, the November 2010 list noted that tea-party cases were “currently being coordinated with EOT” — Exempt Organizations Technical, a group of tax lawyers in Washington, D.C. Those of progressive organizations were not."

Please forgive me Jerry, Rhys, John

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Scott Wedel 9 months, 3 weeks ago

You said "Now, there is only one sane answer to that question" as if you forget that the Oklahoma City was carried out by rightwing homegrown terrorists.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Scott - please try not to take things out of context. It was not said that there had been no terrorism perpetrated by those other than Muslim terrorists. Here is the quote "Which is a bigger terrorist threat to the United States today – radical Muslims, the Tea Party, local militia groups, the Occupy Wall Street movement, or other religious or political extremists?

Now, there is only one sane answer to that question. No Tea Party group has ever been implicated in a terrorist attack or even, as far as I can recall, an isolated act of violence."

If you want to go back 18+ years to find an example of non Muslim radical terrorist attempts/attacks have at it. Not sure how that squares with the Rasmussen Poll statistics but what ever Don't you think it is sad that a poll would suggest that Obama supporters fear the Tea Party more then Muslim radicals?

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paul potyen 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Well put, Jeff. Here's a suggestion: Since everybody seems to agree that Ann Coulter is an entertainer, let's put her column in the comics section. Worked well with that crusty curmudgeon Bruce Tinsley--now there's a guy who really knows how to draw a duck!

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months, 3 weeks ago

got to love Mallard Fillmore - must drive the liberal/progressives that it is in the Steamboat Pilot. Also it is at the top of the comic page. probably another sign that the Pilot is moving to the right. Yep - what ever

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paul potyen 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Actually I think the change raised the bar on both the editorial and the comics pages. Not that the pilot does anything to raise intelligence on purpose... who knows why they do anything? I say this knowing and liking many people at the Pilot. I think they use a ouija board to make their editorial decisions. For example, have you ever read another newspaper that used some form of the word "mull" in a headline at least once a week? But I digress...

As far as the Pilot's comic section, I haven't been heard to utter even a muffled grunt while reading the Pilot comic section since Gary Larson retired. But I digress again. (I've got to take my medications.)

I think Tinsley deserves something for raising the intelligence level of the comic section. (The dubious distinction of the least funny comic has consistently been a tie between "Garfield" and "The Fusco Brothers.") I sincerely believe that the Pilot comic section deserves the stupidity award for 2013 (this is 2013, right?). In the words of H.L. Mencken, "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."

As far as Ann Coulter goes, I'm thinking of creating petition to have her column moved to the comics section, and taking it the the Steamboat Institute for signatures. Of course, I'll have to wear my clown suit, so as to not offend any of my tea party friends.

Now I'm really going to take my medications.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months, 3 weeks ago

July 1 in the paper Friedman and Keller Liberals 2 - Conservatives 0

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jerry carlton 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Paul If your medication ever kicks in, read "Baby Blues" and "Dilbert" . They are really very good. I agree Larson was one of the all time classics. I once went to an art show in Seattle which had hundreds of his origional drawings. People were lined up by the hundreds and I think I spent about 4 hours going through the show.

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maynardshort 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Jeff, I answered your letter to editor on Sunday the 30th. They were to publish on Wed, however Scott Stanford pulled the plug today, and stopped my letter from being published. So, I reproduce it here for you and your fan base.

On Friday the 28th, Jeff Peters sent in a comment on my "Letter to the Editor" that was published on Wed. the 26th with regard to my commenting on the excessive reprinting of the New York Times Columnists.

For some weird reason everyone immediately defends the writings of Paul Krugman by citing his Nobel Prize in Economics of 2008. As History has often shown, the past accolades of someone does not meaningfully measure the mettle of the man. Note the example of Yasar Arafat, Barack Hussein Obama and Al Gore, as Nobel Peace Prize recipients.

Mr. Peters completely missed the essence of my comments and instead went postal with his hate of Ann Coulter. It appears that he has the complete collections of Ann's writings at hand, or he went to the expense of a LEXIS-NEXIS search. Five citations of "out of context" statements by Ann Coulter seems an over reaction. For missing the essence of my letter and further for outing me as a Closet Fox News Junkie, which I thought I had hidden from the public eye, I challenge Mr. Peters to a duel. Some Pre-Dawn foggy morning on the banks of the Catamount, we should pace off 10 meters, turn and start throwing barbs at each other. Mr. Peters can attack with one-liners from Krugman and Dowd and I will counter with Coulter and Malken. After a pre-set period of time, the new and unbiased Editor Lisa Schlichtman will judge the winner. Maynard Short

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mark hartless 9 months, 2 weeks ago

And can someone please let us "fans" know when that duel is pending?!

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jerry carlton 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Dan You are forgiven. Rather than responding to Oz, I have moved on to more productive things like watching Dr Phil or the Ophra Network.

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Ben Tiffany 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I think it would be fun if we watched this duel,and then all of us jumped in the lake (which would satisfy the suggestion to "go jump in the lake.")

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john bailey 9 months, 2 weeks ago

i'll bring the popcorn. Dan, no worries sometimes one must express themselves instead of just shaking ones head. Zero of Oz can be a bit, uh , mind numbing. anywho, happy 237th birthday America, no matter what your point of view is. go Egyptians..........~;0)

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Kevin Chapman 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Coulter is a polarizing narcissist. If you cant see that then there is no reasoning with you in any form.

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Scott Wedel 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Krugman's Nobel Prize is for knowing something. It was earned for his books and scholarly articles on economics. It was not given based upon the popularity of his opinion pieces.

You are free to not like his opinions, but that does not mean his academic work that led to receiving the Nobel Prize was not deserving of the honor.

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maynardshort 9 months, 2 weeks ago

And the Nobel Peace prize for Obama, Gore and Arafat? ? ? ? Maynard

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Scott Wedel 9 months, 2 weeks ago

The Nobel Peace Prize is almost always contentious and when it is awarded to both sides that sign a peace agreement then the recipients generally could also be war criminals.

But Krugman's is for economics and his academic work in economics is solid.

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John Weibel 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Coulter is pretty polarizing. Though, Krugman is not much better. As I rarely read his diatribes as I do not agree with his analysis today... his current positions as I understand them seemingly would lead to the currency crisis' that he is noted on Wikipedia for studying.

His thoughts seem to miss the mark these days, from my vantage point. Not that Coulters come any closer to hitting the mark. Newspapers are rarely known for publishing stories that are not sensationalist in nature.

It is unfortunate that we live in a world that is seemingly a sound chamber. Rarely do people seek out information that moves them off their current position/viewpoints any longer. It is unfortunate that it is so difficult to actually get people to seek to comprehend alternative viewpoints to their own. Simply label someone as a left/right wing nut job to imply there is no justification to their viewpoint.

It is really unfortunate that we have moved so far from the constitution, in that ones personal property rights were fairly highly regarded. Much of the ills of this country could be righted if we sought to have less government intervention. However as the wonderful quote from Dune, I read on my first real summer vacation in years points out...

“Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class -- whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.”

Seems to hit the nail on the head, as to what is happening here. The corporations that seemingly control the feds seemingly make up rules to protect their interests from competition. Wether it is the USDA not allowing independent testing for Mad Cow dis-ease (as they do a fine job of screening for it and the big boys can not do so as their scale prevents that much attention to detail) or the gestapo like tactics of the USDA going in and stopping small farmers from selling unpasteurized milk, even if tested for pathogens and shutting them down.

Anyway, there really is no shift to the right of left, it is simply more of the same drivel that seeks to divide the population from common sense solutions to problems.

  • Unemployment insurance funding is done via taxing business' for those they employ, as opposed to taxing stuff sold in the US or Colorado. Computers, Robots and essentially slave labor in other countries do not pay to fund these benefits.

  • Our cheap food policies simply consolidate wealth into the hands of the few, create far too much pollution, a myriad of health problems and more.

enough of the rant, time to irrigate.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months, 2 weeks ago

So says Jeff Peters. "The byline of the editorial read “Conservative approach needed for city.” The only letter to the editor carried on about deleting commentary by liberal columnists. The only commentary was written by conservative pundit Cal Thomas. This leads one to wonder if the direction of Steamboat Today has taken a marked shift to the right with its new editor."

At the end of the first 7 days of July there have been 9 syndicated column opinion pieces from liberals and 5 from conservatives on the editorial pages Jeff it looks like you can stop worrying about any shift to the right by our local paper, columns unless you were thinking there should be no columns from conservatives in which case i guess I would have to concede your point. My preference would be more in the neighborhood of 50/50. Regards the esteemed (at least by the left) Mr. Krugman. He has tendency to wrap ideologue bomb throwing against conservatives/GOP in his columns regarding his opinion on how to fix the economy. Given that, I would think an occasional column from Ms Coulter with some bombs thrown against the left would be "fair and balanced".

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months, 1 week ago

Anybody who had any doubts about the political leanings of our local paper need only check out the editorial "cartoon" in today's paper. Would love to know the motivation for publishing that "cartoon". I wonder how our local Hispanic community feels about today's "cartoon"?I wonder how this paper handled the results of the O.J. Simpson trial as I was not in Steamboat then. Also for those keeping score at home... For the month of July the liberal syndicated editorial page contributors have built a commanding lead of 19 to 12 over their conservative counter parts through today's July 16 issue of our local paper.

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john bailey 9 months, 1 week ago

19 to 12. don't they call that a land slide? oh wait, its not an election .damn libs..........~;0) todays cartoon, what a joke if not a jury pool , what 3 judges.........shove it. trayvons dead, zimms not guilty , move on, oh , no wait lets go to Chicago anything happening there?

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months, 1 week ago

I would love to know how Neil, Jeff, Scott and Steve et all feel about that "cartoon"

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John Weibel 9 months ago

Those "wedge" issue's that so commonly distract the "mob" from the real issues that most should be concerned with.

I am sure this issue will not be taken up by the likes of the syndicated columnists of Krugman or Coulter.

Jimmy Carter on NSA: 'America has no functioning democracy'

The story lines carried by Coulter or Krugman, simply seek to divide the people to keep awareness from where it should be. Most issues can be discussed in positive ways that make the world better.

However, the electronic world has become a sound chamber for people to hear only views in which they agree with and then discount views that may actually fit their belief systems, if they took the opportunity to understand where others are coming from. Unfortunately, it seems that we have little desire to discuss issues with an open mind any longer.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 9 months ago

Who knew. Our local paper used to carry Ann Coulter columns.

Scott Stanford: Don't like Coulter? Read Dowd By Scott StanfordWednesday, July 26, 2006

I received an e-mail from a reader this week who said he and his colleagues would boycott businesses that advertise with the Steamboat Pilot & Today so long as we continue to carry Ann Coulter's columns.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 8 months, 3 weeks ago

And the totals on the scoreboard are in. For the month of July I counted 59 syndicated opinion pieces printed on the editorial pages of our local paper. 36 from liberal commentators and 23 from conservative commentators. I am not addressing the actual political perspective of the commentaries just the political leaning of the writers. 61% for the liberals - 39% for the conservatives. If this was an election it would be considered a landslide. Hopefully the powers that be at our local paper will make an attempt to equal things up a bit as I think it important to hear from both sides. By the way, leading the liberals were Krugman and Page at 8 pieces each. For the conservatives there were 8 pieces each from Goldberg and Thomas. In my opinion the only bomb thrower in that group is the revered Nobel prize winning economist Krugman who has a tendency to blame conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians for the woes in the US. Maybe it would be nice to balance Krugman with Coulter.

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