Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 3 years, 4 months ago on Opinion: Let he without sin cast the first stone


Your compassion and idealism are compelling. And, with all due respect, more than a little naïve. There are reasons that societies throughout history have shunned and despised those found guilty of crimes like those Dale Mathew Waite was convicted of – both before and after they have “paid their debt.”

According to a Department Of Justice study, sex offenders are four times more likely to commit another sex crime after their release than non-sex offenders.

  • An estimated 24% of those serving time for rape and 19% of those serving time for sexual assault had been on probation or parole at the time of the offense for which they were in State prison.

*The median age of the victims of imprisoned sexual assaulters was less than 13 years old; the median age of rape victims was about 22 years.

*Of released sex offenders who allegedly committed another sex crime, 40% perpetrated the new offense within a year or less from their prison discharge.

*Approximately 4,300 child molesters were released from prisons in 15 States in 1994. An estimated 3.3% of these 4,300 were rearrested for another sex crime against a child within 3 years of release from prison.

*Among child molesters released from prison in 1994, 60% had been in prison for molesting a child 13 years old or younger. (Excerpts from the DOJ study, cut & pasted from Wikipedia)

You've asserted a couple of things I couldn't agree more strongly with:

  1. That Dale Mathew Waite has "made some unforgiveable choices", and
  2. "..we [can't] become our own vigilantes.."

As to the first point, while Dale Mathew Waite has "paid his debt", I choose not to forgive him. Your characterization of his "unforgivable choices" couldn't be more appropriate. As to the second, you're quite right: we don't need vigilantes. We are obliged to be VIGILANT regarding a convicted criminal who has exhibited a decades-long pattern of reprehensible behavior. If that vigilance makes him uncomfortable or unhappy, he has only to consult a mirror for the reasons why.

I'll reserve my sympathy and compassion for his victims.


Brian Kotowski 3 years, 4 months ago on Convicted sex offender sentenced to 15 years to life in prison

Once he's in one of those DOC snakepits, I hope they let him mingle with the general population. Maintenance of GenPop may cost more than a bullet, but those boys have a way of meting out, shall we say, more commensurate justice to abusers of children. A bullet is more than this maggot deserves.


Brian Kotowski 3 years, 5 months ago on Patrick Germond: If tomorrow doesn’t come

The nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle practiced by those like the Native Americans requires one square mile per inhabitant. The entire land surface of the earth would be unable to sustain the population of California, living as the Native Americans did.


Brian Kotowski 3 years, 5 months ago on Craig car theft suspect sentenced in district court

"...Colvin’s criminal record includes three prior arrests for driving under the influence."

Three DUIs? Ye gods.


Before criticizing someone else’s grammar, you might consider elevating your spelling above the 3rd-grade level. There’s no such word as “grammer.”


Brian Kotowski 3 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Routt County’s folly could be Craig’s gain


Right on the money re: China & India. The pressure they exert on the demand side of the equation is likely to make domestic production more feasible than it's been in my lifetime.


Brian Kotowski 3 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Routt County’s folly could be Craig’s gain


You raise a relevant point, but it's not nearly as valid as it has been during most of my lifetime, in the wake of the massive deposits located all over the world in the last 10-20 years: Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, & Canada; and the emergence of Russia as a major player.

Big Brother needs to get out of the way and let the chips fall where they may.


Brian Kotowski 3 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Routt County’s folly could be Craig’s gain

Not only is he mucking up the works domestically, he's sticking his nose into one of our most reliable ally's affairs, by deep-sixing the Keystone Pipeline. I'm guessing the 20,000 Americans who would have been employed by the project may consider the President's decision to reek of “intrusion.”

Fact: we consume far more energy than we produce. Of the amount we import, nearly 40% is acquired from regimes who would like nothing better than to see the U.S. brought to its knees. We have the ability and the resources to produce all we need. The single biggest roadblock is government red tape.


Brian Kotowski 3 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Routt County’s folly could be Craig’s gain

You're wearing an impressive set of blinders. Coal produces quite a number of jobs in these parts; let's start there. We have sufficient domestic deposits to keep us supplied for 3 centuries, at current consumption rates. The industry has be relentlessly attacked, in a campaign that has ramped up considerably over the last decade. Google 'Montgomery County, Maryland carbon tax'. I'll wager that the state's sole producer of electricity find their government “intrusive” - not to mention the consumers whose rates skyrocketed as a result. And there are endless additional examples. The President has made your side's position explicitly clear:

“So if someone wants to build a coal powered plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.”

If he and his compadres on the left are able to pass cap and tax, that's exactly what will happen. I'll bet all those suddenly jobless Americans would find that a tad “intrusive.”

The President's 2011 budget imposed another $80 billion in taxes on the oil & gas industries. Congress (Dem Reps Markey & VanHollen) has introduced legislation that will retroactively change existing contracts between the government & companies presently drilling in the Gulf of Mexico; the President has indicated he'll sign it and agrees with the requirement that the companies cough up $54 billion in the name of “deficit reduction.” Costs, which will of course, be passed on to the consumer. Sounds “intrusive” to me.

LSU Prof Joseph Mason's congressional testimony last year tallied the costs of the President's Gulf drilling moratorium:

“… [O]utput losses continue to mount with stalled development in the Gulf, rising from $2.1 billion regionally and $2.8 billion nationally to $3.3 billion and $4.4 billion, respectively. Job losses are estimated to have increased from 8,000 regionally and 12,000 nationally to 13,000 regionally and 19,000 nationally. Lost wages previously estimated to amount to $500 million regionally and $700 million nationally are now $800 million regionally and $1.1 billion nationally. Finally, lost tax revenues estimated to be $100 million on the state and local level and $200 million on the national level now amount to $155 million and $350 million, respectively. ”

I'll bet the 19,000 people out of work found Big Bro to be more than a little “intrusive.”