Email letters, Dec. 6, 2011

Cain should have come clean instead of dropping out

As the only pro-growth candidate in the Republican primary, it is disappointing that Herman Cain has suspended his candidacy.

When the initial allegations of sexual harassment emerged, given the lack of specificity from the accusers and their lack of character, it was easy to give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, there was no state troopers who brought the women to his hotel room, or recorded calls where he advised them how to deny any charges or even a semen-stained dress kept by one of the women as a memento. The National Restaurant Association even waived the non-disclosure of one woman’s claim, but yet she failed to come forward with any evidence or even a story. The women in question had former issues of their own, financial problems.

Ann Coulter drew a connection from Ms. Bialek to David Axelrod. They lived in the same Chicago building. Axelrod previously used fabricated sex scandals to destroy the candidates running against then Sen. Barack Obama. Is it plausible? Of course. Is there proof. No. Cain seemed genuinely surprised which could explain why he handled the situation so poorly initially.

Regardless, the he-said, she-said standoff still ended with his candidacy damaged, but in a the current economic environment, the setback could have been temporarily as the electorate was likely to overlook the whole issue even if the lame stream media was not.

The emergence of Ginger White and her claim of an affair was different though. This was someone Cain admitted knowing for 13 years. Now the lack of specificity falls on him. He’s failed to adequately explain or counter the relationship claims by White. His indignant response of “I didn’t do it” is inadequate.

Mr. and Mrs. Cain entered in to the Republican Primary Race, understanding that they would be subject to an enormous amount of scrutiny and that their lives would become an open book. While I can certainly appreciate they do not like being in the spotlight in such a way, they signed up
for this.

Dropping out of the race now, makes Herman either a quitter or a liar, but either way, integrity is missing.

What Herman should have done, and still should, is come clean with the facts of the relationship, whatever they are, and move forward with his 9-9-9 plan. This is what the electorate wants and our country needs. Herman was the best candidate and his three nines plan would create decades of opulence. While all the candidates come with some uncertainty as to whether or not they can do the job, and further to do it in a way that puts us back on a path to prosperity, Cain was the least risky.

Now we are realistically left with Rick Perry, who isn’t smart enough to be the most important CEO in the world, Mitt Romney the Wall Street moderate conservative or Mitt Romney the former liberal Governor of Massachusetts, or Newt Gingrich who has no executive experience, but is now by default, the next best candidate and current leader in the polls.

ALAN SAGE
Grand Junction


America continues to wallow in ignorance in the Middle East

America is taking a phenomenal risk by not developing all available oil and gas resources. We have an abundance of resources, the technology, and a huge labor force to accomplish energy independence.

This administration, including our two Colorado senators, is doing everything they can to keep us in harm’s way. Environmentalists they support have captured our means to create jobs and defend ourselves.

They form small anonymous groups that donate $50 each and legally tie up every carbon-based project they can find. These assets belong to all people, not just a chosen few that can afford to file frivolous lawsuits.

In all cases, when stopping projects, the human impact must be considered. It’s not a game. Their actions seriously affect other people lives as is the case in Montrose.

The more concerning issue is our lack of energy independence. The Middle East produces 34 percent of the world’s oil and 18 percent goes to the United States. Most oil is shipped through the Persian Gulf which is bordered by hundreds of miles of Iranian shoreline and passes through the 34 mile wide Strait of Hormuz.

Iran could shut the Strait down with a piper cub airplane and a hand grenade. Any action against Iran by Israel or the United States will do just that. This would spike oil prices and throw the world economy into an immediate recession. 

The Shia–Sunni war continues as was the case in Iran’s (90 percent Shia) recent attempt to assassinated Saudia Arabia’s (90 percent Sunni) ambassador to the U.S.

There is an ongoing religious war, a civil war, and periodic bombing in most Middle East Countries.

With all the red flags, America’s leadership continues to wallow in ignorance.

WILLIAM F. MCKNIGHT
Grand Junction

Front-page ads are not welcome

Advertising on school buses, benches, and other public locations may be a necessary evil, but I strongly object to The Daily Sentinel’s front page ad for Ashworth Estate and Coin.

Leave the ads off the front page.

KATE FISCHER
Grand Junction


Increase postage, don’t gut USPS

I find it very disappointing that the United States Postal Service is again proposing major cut backs in service starting next year: No Saturday delivery, no next day delivery of locally addressed mail, and the closing of numerous Post Offices and mail sorting facilities.

Regardless of the growth of online bill paying, and competition from UPS and FedEx, the USPS still provides a necessary, relatively inexpensive and important service. And continued good service is something I am willing to pay for — if the alternative means paying less for poor service.

Rather than talking about cutting services and laying off employees, why not raise postage rates to a level that will sustain current service levels? According to ABC News, raising the price of a first class stamp to 63 cents would be sufficient. So while I would not delight in paying more to mail a letter, it sounds much better to me than the alternative.

JEFF GIRD
Grand Junction

SustainAbility column dared to challenge the status quo

I’m sorry The Daily Sentinel felt the need to discontinue the SustainAbility column. It was the only voice of The Daily Sentinel that dared to regularly bring out ideas and issues that challenge the status quo of the philosophies and practices that are slowly destroying our environment. So much for “free” press.

CAROL J. INGLIS
Grand Junction


When it comes to security, profiling is OK

Who are we kidding?

The recent incident of the 85-year-old lady in a wheelchair who refused to go through the airport scanner because she was concerned about the function of her defibrillator and was required to remove her pants to pass security is a sad statement on where we are as a society. The only reason this poor woman was forced to experience this humiliation is because of the fanatics on the left are more concerned about profiling than with national security. Give me a break.

Every other country in the world uses profiling and we do too. The difference is that here in the United States, for every person who meets the profile, two who obviously do not must be singled out so there can be no basis for a lawsuit. Children, traveling with the typical, middle-class American family on holiday, being searched and older Americans being put through this humiliation is ridiculous.

Regardless of what some may believe, our intelligence services, which are not beyond criticism, are second to none. They can predict, with a high level of confidence, which type passengers our airport security need to concentrate on and I’m sure that they pass this on to them. But in order to avoid costly litigation, security personnel have to process passengers with little or no risk, through the same procedures as those meeting the profile package.

Will common sense ever prevail again?

GLENN MENARD
Grand Junction



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