|First U.S. Constitution Class Held
By Jack Ott, March 23, 2011
and guests were treated to an informative and interesting presentation last night by LINDA
and GARY HOOVER of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, covering the
historical foundations of our system of law in the United States. It was a fast
moving discussion that included questions and discussion from the audience. The majority
of those present were non-CCM members. Even history buffs in the audience were exposed to
new facts and concepts that they either had not known or had not considered.
The class was the first of a three-part series that
is open to anyone in the public who is interested in learning more about our Constitution.
It was conducted in the Chat Room in Blossom's Restaurant at Heather Gardens in Aurora.
The main thrust of the evening's discussion focused
on the differences between Rule by Men and Rule by Law, the latter of
which was developed primarily in England and brought to the United States during colonial
times. The difference between the two types of law is that, under Rule by Law,
the people impose limits on government's powers, whereas the opposite is true in the
The second class, which will take place on April 12 at
the same location, will focus on the actual drafting of the Constitution. The third class
on May 10 will examine the Bill of Rights and the Amendment process. Both classes will
start at 6:00PM.
Limited additional seating is available for the two
remaining classes. Contact ROY CALDWELL or TIM TINDLE to reserve
seats. The cost is $10, which is only to cover the costs of materials. For those who would
like to take advantage if it, Blossom's Restaurant features a Tuesday evening
all-you-can-eat buffet for just $6.95. They begin serving at 4:00PM.
Gen. George Patton
March 16, 2011 by Jack Ott
Last night's monthly
Chapter Meeting of CCM-Denver had an unexpected visitor drop in. WW II hero General GEORGE
PATTON, or a reasonable facsimile, had some inspirational words for conservatives similar
to his famous address to the troops. But I am getting ahead of myself.
The meeting at Heather
Gardens drew an even larger crowd than last month, and we were not competing with music
eminating from a rock singer this time. Other than having the projection screen come loose
from its ceiling brackets, the meeting went pretty much as planned.
After the standard opening
ceremonies and introductions by President ROY CALDWELL, what followed was a plethora of
guest speakers, opening with a joint presentation by ROBERT ROWLAND and KATHY SCHLEGEL
about the upcoming introduction of the new conservative newspaper The Patriot Today,
scheduled for April 1.
|This was followed
by a very entertaining presentation by our featured Guest Speaker, KAREN KATALINE. The
theme of her talk was to be a description of what it was like to be a Jewish social
worker, but she expanded that into a wide range of discussion points, focusing primarily
on welcoming newcomers to the conservative political movenment who had never been actively
involved in political activities before now, while stressing the need for members of the
conservative movement to be aggressive in educating the public in its goals,
principles, and activities.
At one point, KAREN called on a volunteer to hold
the unfurled American
flag behind her as she donned an old army helmet with three stars across the
front and parodied PATTON's famous motivational speech, focusing, however, on
defeating liberals rather than Germans.
A brief question and
answer period followed KAREN's speech.
|The third guest
speaker was NANCY NMcKIERNAN, owner and President of TEA PARTY BREWING, one of the oldest
Tea Party groups in Colorado. NANCY discussed her organization's activities, including the
selling of a wide range of "Tea Party" paraphernalia.
with NANCY's visit was a display of just a few of the articles that her group sells to
help raise funds for conservative projects in Colorado.
Then it was on to
the business part of the meeting. ROY CALDWELL first discussed the upcoming classes on the
U.S. Constitution presented by Linda and Gary Hoover of the National Center for
Constitutional Studies. The three classes in the series will take place at Blossom's
Restaurant at Heather Gardens on March 22, April 12, and May 10. Those attending the
meeting had the opportunity to sign up for the classes and pay the $10 fee for the first
ROY then discussed the
need for a volunteer to serve as the Chapter Secretary. No one volunteered for the
position during the course of the meeting.
The third item covered was
THE PATRIOTS PLAN FOR ACTION,
a list of action items that are available for CCM members. Copies were made
available at the meeting.
VP BILL LECK reminded
those in attendance that Congressional District meetings were currently being held to
obtain citizen's input on congressional redistricting, a task that is undertaken once
every ten years after the census has been taken. He described the already-completed
District 7 meeting. As of now Public Hearings have also been held in Denver, Boulder, and
Chair JACK OTT covered two upcoming events. According to a very recent e-mail that he
received, reservations are still available for the May 2 Sarah Palin event at Colorado
Christian University, to be hosted by the Centennial Institute. Reservations can be made
on the Institute's website: http://www.ccu.edu/centennial/.
reminded those in attendance of this year's Tax Day Tea Party rally scheduled for April
15, and challenged members to help exceed the huge turnout for the first rally in 2009.
business issue to be discussed was a proposal to undertake a fund raising effort to raise
money for defraying the cost of refurbishing the gold leaf covering on the dome of the
State Capitol. JACK OTT suggested that it could be a coordinated effort with all of the
Tea Party/Liberty groups in Colorado. He then offered to contact other groups to determine
their interest in such an undertaking.
more items to be discussed, the meeting adjourned at 7:50PM. Our next meeting will be at
the same time and place on Tuesday, April 19. Our guest speakers will be announced as they
may be directed to:firstname.lastname@example.org
School Choice for
March 16, 2011 by Jack Ott
The Independence Institute
issue the following press release this morning:
Local Board Adopts Private School
Institute: Douglas County Vote "Milestone for Educational Freedom"
GOLDEN, Colo.--The Independence Institute, Colorado's
leading voice for free market policy, lauds a landmark local school board vote enabling
parents to opt for private schools with public funds.
On Tuesday night the Douglas County R-1 Board of
Education unanimously approved a wide-ranging set of reforms that expand school choice,
including the adoption of a groundbreaking program that will provide publicly-funded
"choice scholarships" to cover or defray private school tuition.
"Today is a milestone for educational freedom,"
said Pam Benigno, director of the Institute's Education Policy Center. "Our hats are
off to Douglas County for following through on a bold vision to empower more families with
genuine learning options."
Along with a number of local community members and school
leaders, Benigno and senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow have served on the
district's School Choice Task Force since June 2010.
Tuesday's vote is believed to represent the first local
Board-initiated private school choice program in the United States. Also, unlike most
states that have adopted vouchers or tuition tax credits, eligibility is not limited by
student ability or family income.
The maximum scholarship value is estimated to be about
$4,575 for the coming school year, based on 75 percent of Douglas County's expected
per-pupil revenue (PPR). The district will retain the remaining 25 percent ($1,525) to
administer the program and to provide additional revenue. To be eligible to receive
student scholarship funding, "partner" private schools must agree to limited
terms. The choice program will start as a pilot during the 2011-12 school year, serving
500 departing district students who opt to participate.
"This district board has broken barriers and set a
new standard for promoting parental choice," Benigno said.
More than 61,000 students currently are enrolled in
Douglas County R-1, located between Denver and Colorado Springs, the third largest school
district in Colorado.
The Independence Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit
public policy research organization based in Golden, Colo.
Scheduled to Speak in Denver
March 8, 2011 by Jack Ott
It was announced this
morning that Sarah Palin will be speaking at a funraiser sponsored by the Centennial
Institute on May 2. See the EVENTS
page for details.