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Ralph

Sen. Salazar:

When Michael Westbrook caught the tipped pass in the end zone at Ann Arbor, was your initial response: "WOO HOO" or "D'OH"?

Lynn

You are the guest of honor at a dinner on Friday, June 24 that is being put on by Council Tree. These are the people that are proposing the Indian Casino east of Denver. Does this mean that you are supportive of the casino project?

Greg

Do you agree with the comments Dick Durbin made about Gitmo?

Stygius

Sen. Salazar:

The Rocky Mountain News accuses you of shilling for the ethanol industry after your work on the Energy Bill, saying "oil imports would fall by 2 percent at most" among other arguments that it is not environmentally sound and harms taxpayers. How do you answer such criticism?

Stygius

Sen. Salazar:

Democrats have begun linking farm household finances to Social Security solvency. Also, numerous pro-Bush ag interest groups have come out against partial privatization. Since you represent an agriculture state, what is your take on this linkage, and how do you respond to criticism that not only is privatization the answer to Social Security solvency, but that Democrats have no ideas of their own?

VulgusVexamen

Sen. Salazar:

1) Do you believe in what the Bible says, and what Jesus is quoted as saying, as the inspired and/ or literal Word of God?
2) Do you believe there are inviolable laws of God?
3) If so, do you believe there are penalties for violating those laws?

Jake

Sen. Salazar:

1. Since I know I won't get an answer about whether you plan on running for Governor, how about this, when do you plan on making your intentions known?

2. Does the fact that your were recently elected to the Senate factor into your decision making process?

Stars & Bars

Ken,

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court threw out some of the mandatory sentencing provisions for federal cases, it appeared in today's paper that some people think that this is leading to unneccessarily light sentences and giving more discretion to judges (God forbid). Would you support legislation to roll back the Court's decision?

Stygius

Sen Salazar:

Recently, Afghan and US forces have been fighting a series of battles with a resurgent Taliban, who often find sanctuary across the border in Pakistan. What kind of position do you take, or what initiatives do you propose, to once again make Afghanistan a national priority, and how can we go about finally kill or capture Bin Laden and Zawahiri?

treehugger

Ken, during the campaign for the Senate last year I attended a press conference you held on the South Platte where you expressed support for legislation preserving the so-called "Clinton Roadless Rule" that would protect millions of acres of national forest land from road construction. Now that the Bush Administration has eliminated this protection, will you join other Senators in co-sponsoring legislation that would reinstate the rule as you promised? I speak as one who was very proud that you took a courageous stand on this issue with LCV and others who care about the environment.

treehugger

Ken, during the campaign for the Senate last year I attended a press conference you held on the South Platte where you expressed support for legislation preserving the so-called "Clinton Roadless Rule" that would protect millions of acres of national forest land from road construction. Now that the Bush Administration has eliminated this protection, will you join other Senators in co-sponsoring legislation that would reinstate the rule as you promised? I speak as one who was very proud that you took a courageous stand on this issue with LCV and others who care about the environment.

gwd

You made the support of rural America a theme of your first months in the Senate. One of your first bills was to provide incentives for broadband investments in rural America. As a farm boy and a technologist, I was pleased by both of those moves, but we haven't seen any follow-through. When can we expect to see some action?

Daniel Ong

Senator Salazar, thank you for participating in this forum.

What do you think of our national budget deficit? If it should be reduced, what spending cuts and/or tax increases do you propose and how much will they contribute to reducing the deficit?

There has been much talk recently about proposals to alter Social Security so it is financially stable for the long term, although it may be possible to accomplish this with minor modifications. Many say a much greater threat to our financial stability is the looming Medicare crisis because of the rapid increase in medical care costs and the greying of the Baby Boom generation. Do you see this as a greater problem than Social Security? What solutions do you offer for dealing with the projected increase in Medicare expenditures?

Do you think states should be free to pass their own laws regarding drinking of alcohol without threat of highway funds being held hostage by Congress? If so, will you work to eliminate this threat?

Do you think states such as Colorado should be free to implement medicinal marijuana programs without threat of interference from federal agencies to participants? If not, why not? If so, will you introduce or sponsor legislation to keep federal agencies from raiding and arresting users and caregivers of medicinal marijuana operating according to state programs?

Do you think current border procedures are adequate, or should our national borders be more or less difficult to cross, both legally and illegally?

Daniel Ong

Please, Senator, one final question:
Were you aware at the time you voted for it on May 10, 2005 that the FY 2005 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill had the Real ID provisions of H.R. 418 RFS attached? Do you support the Real ID provisions that create a de facto national identity card through nationally imposed drivers' license standards, linked state databases, and mandatory machine readable stored information?

B

Senator Salazar,
Recently we have lost two Coloradoans, Jeff Garrett and Officer Young; illegal aliens committed both of these crimes and then crossed the border back into Mexico. More and more illegal aliens cross the border everyday, some even estimate that 10,000 Mexican Nationals cross the border every day. I have heard you address this problem, but have not heard what you think to be a concrete solution. My questions are:


1)Too often the people who commit these crimes are often not prosecuted and if they are it takes years before justice is served. You have written a letter to the Secretary of State asking her to “address the terms of the Mexican U.S. treaty” but this letter was only written to address Officer Young’s case, there are many other incidents including Jeff Garrett’s that need to be addressed as well. There is a clear problem with the status quo what do you feel is the solution?

2)From what I have read you support a guest worker program for illegal aliens, but many do not see this as something that does not fully address the issue of illegal immigration. What is your response to this and what other solutions if any do you offer?

Thanks for your time.

Alva Adams

We are not accepting further questions for Senator Salazar at this time. The period to submit questions closed last night, June 22.

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