Email letters, August 24, 2011

Accident victim should not have been shown in picture

I just wanted to say that I think it was a poor taste decision to put Christopher Tomlinson’s picture of the two-car collision on the interstate that clearly shows the drivers covered body next to the wrecked white Ford in The Daily Sentinel, especially on the front page.

I hope that in the future more discretion will be used on the part of the photographer when submitting pictures and by the paper when deciding what pictures to print. Printing this picture was insensitive to the relatives and friends of the deceased, and though I’m not among either of those groups I will say that I hope none of my friends or family, or myself are ever displayed this way.

My prayers go out to the family and friends of Jesus Heriberto Leyva Quintero, and Maria Aurora Valdez Castro, I hope that none of them had to learn of what happened by looking at the paper and seeing Mr. Quintero laying covered beside his vehicle.

Grand Junction

National news shouldn’t trump local stories

Denny Herzog’s recent commentary which belittled cable news was predictably slanted. What you might expect from a “retired executive editor of The Daily Sentinel.”  Before I get carried away, I should make sure the article was not meant to be some comedic interlude.  So let me ask Mr. Herzog, “Was that commentary meant to be taken seriously?”  If you were only kidding, Denny, forgive me.
I make no apologies for being an avid devotee of conservative cable news.  Some cable news programs, like most printed news, is not considered “news” at all.  Both mediums are prone to adjective-and-adverb-laced attempts to promote the personal politics of the correspondent and his employers.  But truth surfaces occasionally through lively cable debate.
Here’s one example: Through cable news, I was alerted to the billions and billions of taxpayer dollars which fund the very enemies that attack us. Newsworthy? Oh my, yes.  But it’s not easy to tattle on those kinds of abominations when the government conveniently “leaks” bits of tasty morsels to reporters who willingly play ball with the sitting administration.  (Does anyone think “feeds” from the Associated Press are actually impartial news reporting?)
On Aug. 16th, the Sentinel gave front-page coverage to bombings in Iraq. Wow. National news.  However, tucked away on page ten was an inconsequential little article mentioning a
$1.2 million grant to fund an environmental study at the local Grand Junction Regional Airport.  The study has to be completed before the existing runway can be replaced. And, dear taxpayer, Mesa County will “co-sponsor” the study along with the city of Grand Junction.  (What happens if they find Salazar’s three “endangered” flowers under the tarmac?)
Would cable news consider this ethical political reporting?  I hope not.
Grand Junction

Tournament deserved better coverage

I would like to comment on the recent lack of front-page coverage of the Enstroms Rocky Mountain Open Golf Tournament. I saw no front-page coverage and very sparse sports-page coverage. This is a well-attended tournament with PGA golfers from outside of the state shooting scores in the low 60s (course records).

The biggest picture was of a local high school golfer missing a putt. I think we get adequate coverage of prep golf and as a golfer I would love to see and hear the stories of the visiting professionals and amateurs that are playing really great golf. Also, no scores for the senior amateurs or professionals were posted.

One front-page story recently was of a solitary Hare Krishna worshipper and the winner postings of the tournament was back with the sports.

Grand Junction

Science is proved by data

Letter writer Bill Conrod certainly brought up some interesting points in his recent letter berating Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann and Gov. Rick Perry.

Unfortunately, Mr. Conrod should take his own advice and bone up on his basic science.

You see, there is a basic difference between scientific theory and scientific law. Scientific theory remains open to question. There is a reason why there is still a search on for the “missing link”. This is why evolution remains a theory and not a law, because while there is much evidence that points towards evolution, it is still not immutably proven.

What Mr. Conrod seems to forget is the scientific process. This is how scientists go about proving theories and turning them into law. It is about observation and fact, equations and proof. It is about gathering all the data and showing how that data proves your theory. It is accounting for negative data and explaining how it fits your theory as well, not ignoring it.

This is the problem with the human-caused theory of climate change (global warming). In the first place, the climate has been changing for 5 billion years. All species affect the climate, in ways large and small. This has been the case since life first formed. The absurdity of trying to take 50 years worth of temperature data, disregard anything that you don’t think supports your theory, and try to make it a Law that is affecting a climate system that has been ongoing for 60 million years is an affront to science and the scientific method.

Science is solved by observation and data, not votes.


Vote Tipton back to Washington

After reading Linda Gregory’s letter to the editor, I felt like adding my two cents. After seeing that anti-Tipton character assassination ad on TV these past few weeks, I could only think, it is election season again.

What ever happened to honest, open debate where the important issues of the day are discussed? Can’t the liberals do that anymore? Do they have to hide behind these PACs where they can say anything they want in order to try and defeat a candidate by unfairly smearing him?

Scott Tipton is doing a very, very good job for the 3rd Congressional District and deserves to be re-elected. As that untruthful ad put it, “Tipton has got to go” to which I’m adding, “back to Washington in 2012.”

Grand Junction

Herzog reveals his liberal bent

Poor Denny Herzog. He is a retired newspaper executive who could be out in San Francisco, kicked back, sipping pina coladas with fellow uber liberals Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters. Instead he braves 100-degree temperatures in the Grand Valley just to hang out with you and me. Color me impressed.
Denny Herzog loves to share his weekly angst with us in The Daily Sentinel. This week Mr. Herzog has discovered cable news. And he does not like what he is seeing. Mr. Herzog prefers the good old days when viewers had three choices for network news NBC, CBS and ABC.

A 1964 poll found that 94 percent of the media elites had voted for the Democrat and only 6 percent for the Republican. Herzog probably loved those odds. In the early ’90s CBS News had to fire a 43-year veteran anchorman, Dan Rather. One of Rather’s anti-Republican rants proved to be based on forged documents. Rather later protested that he was no liberal, but “... a kind of common sense moderate.”

Denny Herzog also claims to be a moderate, “... who wanders around the middle of the political spectrum leaning a little to the left on some issues and a little to the right on others.” Herzog may wonder around the middle a bit, but when he takes a seat he is definitely left of center.
Herzog clearly thinks that having a choice of news programs is bad for Americans.  We simply are not politically savvy enough to sift through any delicate nuances. We have a short attention span and usually see everything in black and white.
Now we have religious news channels, 24 hour cable news, sports news, crime news, weather news and Herzog’s choice for worst ever cable news channel: FOX NEWS, “that 24-hour propaganda machine for the Republican Party.” Between the bloggers on the net and cable news channels there are literally hundreds of news sources available to us. The freedom to choose what we want to watch is a good thing, regardless of what Mr. Herzog thinks. We may not be very bright, but we know a liberal Democrat when we see one.
Grand Junction


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