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Author: Families are key to American values _________________________________________

His book addresses how to teach children to think critically, ethically.

Attorney and author Michael Sabbeth gestures as he speaks about ethics and morals at the Center for American Values on Wednesday afternoon.

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By JEFF TUCKER THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

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A Denver attorney and author said Wednesday that one of the keys to preserving American values is to strengthen families. Michael Sabbeth spent about an hour at the Center for American Values, 101 S. Main St., sharing his thoughts about how to speak with children and raise them to be morally and ethically accountable. Sabbeth told the audience of about 50 people that the overarching theme to the many speeches he gives and the book, “The Good, the Bad & the Difference: How to Talk With Children about Values,” he wrote is that character is “the foundation of all morality and self-discipline

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is the foundation to character.” For the most part, Sabbeth steered his remarks away from discipline and focused on the ways parents can speak to their children to encourage them to think critically and ethically. From there, children can draw strength, he said. “Children abhor a moral vacuum,” Sabbeth said, noting that if parents do

not provide their children a basis for moral and ethical thought, someone or something else will. Sabbeth said he suggests trying to engage children in a “culture of conversation” even at young ages and suggested that “teachers who share opinions about political issues are committing child abuse.” Sabbeth concluded by asking the group what American values are.

He said he fears that America is on a selfdestructive path. “I fear that our country as we know it may soon become extinct,” he said. “We will still have a country. There will still be states and borders, but the spirit of America is in jeopardy. The values as we know it, in this room, looking at these photographs is in jeopardy and this center is a countervailing force.” Sabbeth called on the center and the folks in the audience to articulate American values and why they are important and that families will ultimately be the key to keeping the country strong. “The center is a mediating institution, but the most important institution is our families,” he said. The center, which opened in November, has a mission to honor the extreme sacrifices made to help sustain American values and to ensure those actions are preserved forever. jtucker@chieftain.com

Senate confirms CSU board appointees By GAYLE PEREZ THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

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Pueblo businessman Dennis Flores and Denver lawyer Penfield Tate III were confirmed Wednesday by the Senate to serve on the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System. Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Flores and Tate earlier this month to serve on the board, which oversees CSU-Pueblo, CSUFort Collins and CSU Global. The board has nine voting members and four

non-voting members to include a faculty and student representative from both CSU-Pueblo and CSU-Fort Collins. “Dennis Flores and Penfield Tate will bring tremendous experience in business, government and civic engagement to our board,” said Patrick McConathy, chairman of the board. Flores is the lone representative on the board from Pueblo. He and Tate will serve four-year terms, which begin immediately. Their terms will end Dec. 31, 2014. The two new members

WEAPONS / from page 5A That plan was scrapped after the agency’s environmental assessment, predicting no significant impact, came under fire. The stockpile here contains 780,000 weapons holding a total of 2,611 tons of mustard agent. The agency is working on a new assessment of what the effect would be to blow up only those weapons that cannot go through water neutralization. Susman said that ACWA officials looked at a number of methods of destroying the problem weapons, including freezing them with liquid nitrogen until they crack, cutting them open with water jets, a very risky manual disassembly process and finally, explosive destruction, settling on the last one. There are four different explosive technology methods being studied, all of them already in use to destroy ordinance at sites around the world and all using confinement chambers in which the weapons would be blown up and the residue safely disposed of. The estimate of problem weapons came from a number of sources. There are 547 overpacked munitions, Susman said, weapons that were found to be leaking or intentionally breached for sampling over the years. They’re stored in steel tubes and would be a safety threat if opened. Susman said that between 100 and 200 more weapons may be tapped by chemical weapons treaty officials as they make sure that the stockpile does indeed contain mustard agent. He said that the treaty samples could go through the water processing system but that was still uncertain. The biggest number comes from estimated rejects and that is based on tests at another location. Last year, the weapons destruction plant at the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama used robotic

are scheduled to participate in their first meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday in Pueblo. Flores served two terms on the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education. He is a graduate of Southern Colorado State College, now CSU-Pueblo, and is an insurance executive. Tate, a graduate of CSUFort Collins, is a shareholder of Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he has practiced law since 2007. He has served both as a Colorado state representative and state senator. While a legislator, he served on the Joint Budget

Committee and co-chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee. Tate and Flores replace former board members Don Elliman of Denver and Puebloan Bonaficio “Boney” Cosyleon. Cosyleon was appointed in January by Gov. Bill Ritter to serve a second term on the board. He resigned in February for personal reasons. His second appointment had not yet been approved by the Senate. gperez@chieftain.com

Most conduit participants plan to stay on board By CHRIS WOODKA THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

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Communities in the Lower Arkansas Valley are likely to find future costs for water will be more affordable with the Arkansas Valley Conduit than without, an official working on the project said Wednesday. “When they looked at the alternatives, Las Animas found it would actually reduce their water bills,” said Phil Reynolds, project manager for the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District. “We’ve got those costs as low as we can get them.” The Southeastern district is seeking agreements with the 40 communities that could be served by the conduit by May 15 to help pay for the Environmental Impact Study by the Bureau of Reclamation. At the same time, Reclamation is studying a master contract for excess-capacity storage in Lake Pueblo that will benefit the conduit and 12 other Arkansas River basin users. The total cost of the two-year study and engineering support will be about $4.6 million. More than half of the conduit communities and threequarters of those just seeking storage have signed on. Last week, for instance, the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District board voted to pay its $400,000 share for the master contract study. “With most of them, it

depends on when their boards meet,” Reynolds said. The Fowler Town Council voted Monday to opt out of the study in a move that surprised the Southeastern district. There have been several meetings with Fowler in recent months, and the town had paid past bills for conduit participation, Reynolds said. “The conduit is really the most cost-effective way to go,” Reynolds said. “If they’re worried about operations costs, we’re talking about a 40-50 year future.” The construction costs of the conduit, originally authorized in 1962 as part of the FryingpanArkansas Project Act, are largely defrayed by a low-interest state loan and a 2009 federal act that uses revenues from excess-capacity storage to repay costs. Some other communities have balked at participating, but most are convinced the conduit is the cheapest alternative, particularly for communities facing tougher state enforcement for removal of radioactive particles for water. Communities not in the study probably would not be able to opt back into the conduit once the project begins. “All we’re asking for is two years,” Reynolds said. “Everyone who drops out raises costs for everyone else. This is a regional project, and they’re really hurting the little guys.” cwoodka@chieftain.com

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equipment that will be used in Pueblo to help get a head start on developing systems here and testing the equipment. The linear projectile mortar disassembly equipment at Anniston ran into some problems starting out, and the percentage early on indicated that as many as 13,000 of the weapons here could be rejects, Susman said. But he said that those problems were addressed. “We worked through a lot of those problems but every stockpile is unique,” he said, adding that the 13,000 figure was “really to make sure that we don’t underestimate and do our environmental assessment based on a low number.” Finally, after Anniston processed 48,470 weapons, there were only 242 rejects, most of them 4.2-inch mortar rounds (200) and the rest divided almost evenly between 105 mm and 155 mm artillery shells. That’s what led to the lower-end reject estimate of between 1,200 and 3,200, plus the overpacks and samples. Susman told the commission that the new environmental assessment will

be much more detailed than usual. There will be a health risk assessment and even an environmental justice component and it will include comments from the previous assessment. While the commission has expected for some time that rejects and leakers would bypass water neutralization, this was the first time they’d heard many of the fuzes and bursters would be destroyed here, too. Susman said that fuzes and bursters in 100,000 mortars are attached and would have to be separated, adding a risk factor “and that’s an additional step to the process that we’d rather not go through.” In addition, he said, the bursters in 300,000 155 mm artillery shells are too big to transport. All 400,000 would be fed into an explosive detonation system and the rest sent off-site. norton@chieftain.com

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