Printed letters, Dec. 30, 2009

Sen. Bennet is not

the new Mr. Smith

Bill Grant says we should be proud of Sen. Michael Bennet and compares him to Mr. Smith in Frank Capra’s film. In his column, Grant lauds Mr. Smith for refusing to back down to the power brokers who run the country.

Mr. Bennet’s vote for a bill loaded with pork and gifts for special interests in the face of overwhelming public opinion against the bill is a clear indication that he was not able to stand up to the power machine in Washington.

Mr. Smith would have voted, in heart and in mind, with his constituents and not against them. Mr. Smith would have been appalled at any bill that was negotiated in the dark of night. Mr. Smith would have been shamed by a president who said that all bills would be posted online for the American people to review and then backed down on his promise.

Mr. Smith would not have fallen for the tactic of rushing a vote to avoid the tide of public opinion turning against a bill. Mr. Smith would not just have said “No” to this bill, he would have screamed “NO!” at the top of his lungs, stood firm and forced the power brokers into an open and honest debate.

Mr. Bennet voting for a bill that neither he nor the American people have had a chance to study is not standing on principle — it amounts to a punch in the nose.

Mr. Grant, Mr. Bennett is no Mr. Smith

JOHN P STARR

Paper should be sensitive to local religious views

It would appear that the new owners and the editor of The Daily Sentinel have been putting more anti-religious/atheist articles in the paper. Why?

In the Dec. 11 paper there was a large article on the Faith Page, of all places, about how Christmastime is hard on atheists. It apparently came from the Associated Press, but was nonetheless selected by the editor to include in our local paper.

While I support freedom of the press, the Sentinel should be well aware that here in western Colorado, we do value our religion and cling to our guns. I would submit to the editor that to continue such a trend would be counterproductive and costly.

Yes, there are a few around here who are atheists, as well as others who believe in whatever makes them feel good. I will pray for those individuals, that they might see the light.

The Daily Sentinel should be sensitive to the majority here in western Colorado, not the minority.

Remember, it only took one atheist to get the Ten Commandments from being displayed in public places. What a shame.

We are all paying the price for this now. How much longer will America turn its back on God? How much longer are we going to be tolerant to teaching of evolution in our schools, taught by atheist professors, knowing there is, and never will be any factual science supporting evolution? When are we, as a nation, going to stand up for what we believe in rather than what may be politically correct at the time?

We do not live in San Francisco or Boulder, where it apparently is OK and we must be sensitive to homosexuality. Like any other sin, it is not OK. But under our current administration, it is OK. Just look at the new school safety czar Kevin Jennings.

What a joke. I am publicly calling on our Colorado representatives to stand up and recommend that the Obama administration terminate Kevin Jennings.

The Daily Sentinel should wake up and support the very people who support the paper.

MIKE NEVINS

 

Tiger Woods does not engage in a real sport

Tiger Woods was chosen the athlete of the decade because his big business sponsors pressured AP to elect him, not because he excelled in a sissy sport where grown men chase a little ball around lawns.

Real athletes engage in body contact sports, run as fast as they can, play both offense and defense and sweat a lot.

RICHARD L STOVER



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