Tuesday, October 4

PorkBusters: Questions for Colorado Sen. Allard and Salazar

A few days ago I wrote about sending Sen. Allard an email asking for comments on cutting pork. That was posted here. I didn't even get an auto responder on that, but that's not a problem--I'm still holding out for an actual response.

Of course, I realized after-the-fact that the best thing to do would be to get a regular snail-mail letter to their local office. I also took several reader's comments to heart, and wrote the same letter to Sen. Salazar. The letters where hand-addressed, so there is no confusing it with junk mail, and I basically ask them both the same question--what are you doing or going to do to reduce pork spending in the State of Colorado.

You can find the letter for Sen. Salazar here, and the letter for Sen. Allard here(PDF format).

For those without PDF readers, here is the basic body of the letter, after the more personalized introduction, of both letters. Of course, I am a conservative, and a registered Republican, so I naturally expressed slightly different sentiments regarding their views and positions (see pdfs).
I am writing in regards to a national campaign against pork initiated through various bloggers in support of cuts in wasteful spending to support Katrina relief. Through various web sites, it has come to my knowledge that there is $105,973,000 in pork spending just in the state of Colorado. The full list I referred to is shown here: http://www.cagw.org/

I would like to have your official response in regards to what you and your office are doing to reduce excessive spending at the Federal level, and what your commitment and actual specific work is in regards to cutting, or reducing these specific spending items? More than a general response, I would like to hear what bills you are working on to eliminate pork, what spending you are cutting (or have cut I the recent past), and what your commitment is for the future.

Please know that I will be posting your response, or lack of, on my blog, and linking to it at N.Z. Bear's PorkBusters page for public and media review.

Thank you ahead of time for your valuable time and work in responding to my question.

Best Regards,

Josue M Sierra
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I stepped out at lunch time today to mail the letters, so let's wait and see what sort of response I get. You should notice I have added the porkbuster's logo on my side bar.

I would like to invite CO readers or anyone who could help me identify specific pork spending for the State of CO and provide some details. While I have gone over the lists provided, I am not personally familiar with any of those projects, so I can't really comment to extensively.

Information is power--if you work for the State of CO, or the Federal government, email me. If you want to remain anonymous, I ascribe to the journalist's code of ethic, and will protect your identity if you fear repercussions.

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