Email letters, Feb. 3, 2012

Bradford should apologize and get back to work

It appears Rep. Laura Bradford took public relation lessons from the same person who coached Kathy Hall during her frack-fluid fracas just three short years ago. In both instances, the women make far more publicity and problems for themselves by refusing to tuck their tails between their legs and apologize — you know, what everyday citizens are expected to do.

It’s unfortunate that both women, who are intelligent and talented, have made a mockery of their legacies by these antics. I used to have a lot of respect for Laura. She was the only person who had the wherewithal to go against a well-loved incumbent. Over the tenure of her office, she’s proven to be politically savvy and protective of Western Slope values.

But instead of doing the right thing and admitting she drove drunk, invoked a little known rule, and got off scot-free, she’s now trying to paint the Speaker of the House’s recent announcement of an ethics panel regarding her actions as political. What does Republican Frank McNulty gain politically by bringing up Republican Laura Bradford on ethics charges?

The only one who is making this political is Bradford. Just as Ms. Hall tried to bolster that “someone had dubbed her voice” in response to the frack comment instead of just saying she made an off-color joke that didn’t translate, Ms. Bradford is trying to say that “its political” because she chose to drink excessively and then operate a vehicle.

While Ms. Hall’s comments live on in infamy, Bradford has the opportunity to save face. And that starts by issuing a real apology, sitting down, shutting up and getting back to work. I hope for the sake of the Western Slope, she listens.     

MEGHAN LEHR
Grand Junction

Nelson for District 3 county commissioner

In the race for Mesa County commissioner from District 3, there is one candidate who has proven time and again he has the business experience, commitment to the community and the leadership skills we need in Mesa County: Paul Nelson.

In the 1980s when Mesa County suffered an economic bust, Paul Nelson was one of the leaders in the business community who helped restore the county’s economy. He has served on any number of boards and commissions, was elected to two terms on the Grand Junction City Council and is one of the founders of the Riverfront Commission.

Paul has the integrity, commitment and leadership we need to improve our economic opportunity in the Grand Valley and work with existing and potential businesses to increase jobs. I encourage my friends in the Republican Party to support Paul Nelson in the caucuses and the county assembly.

JEFF WENDLAND
Grand Junction

Atheists are destroying our country

Our constitutional republic is under attack from many directions, but those from within present the greatest danger. Three venues in the Jan. 28 edition of The Daily Sentinel are examples: two obviously connected — School prayer on pages 2A and 6A — and one more subtly connected — the Doonesbury comic on page 6B. Thomas Jefferson addressed all three in 1774. “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.”

Atheists, in their fervor to destroy Christianity, are only destroying themselves and our Republic. Their mindset will not sanction the Declaration of Independence being shown or studied at government schools. The first sentence of the Declaration refers to “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” In the second sentence the founders stated: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” And in the concluding sentence they acknowledge their “... firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence ...”, a term used for the God of the Bible by statesmen and preachers of that time.

Trudeau’s Doonesbury says that “... no modern society could function under a libertarian government, which is why none exist.” South of his native Canada, one has existed for over 200 years. Our Founding Fathers were, almost to a man, Godly libertarians. They built this nation on the principles of individual freedom and self-governance.

Some atheists are actively undermining the principles necessary to keep our freedom. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” -John Adams

WES YEAGER
Grand Junction

Was it a mistake to vote for Bradford?

Here’s another reason never to trust the words of a politician: Laura Bradford’s campaign against Bernie Buescher. After her win, she now threatens to leave the GOP. Today, the Colorado Republicans enjoy a slim numerical advantage. I campaigned to make that happen. I didn’t campaign to put an independent in that slot.

I hope this whole thing is merely a distraction to deflect attention fromthe DUI thing, but, if not, shame on her.

It makes me wonder if it was a mistake to vote for her. I’ll bet if she changes parties it won’t happen again.

AL CARLEY
Grand Junction



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