E-mail letters, April 26, 2010

Regarding the amendment to the Federal Community Reinvestment Act:
Qwest has merged and will soon be gone, as will coal jobs and our piece of the space industry, and who knows what else in the future. Rep. John Salazar’s answer is federal help, green jobs and stimulus funds. McConnell talks a good talk and Scott Tipton … well, you but have to look at Colorado’s budget deficit for the answers there.
One of the primary issues with a government representative, is that they should themselves become a lobby to bring jobs to Colorado, and I do not mean green jobs dependent on federal, and thereby tax funds, for who knows how long before they become self sufficient and profitable.
My idea for an amendment to the federal community reinvestment at, is to help, not fund, local banks to support or salvage failing businesses by allowing employees find financing to start business recovery.
In this way federal funds are not necessary to stimulate a local economy. If a proposal is done right, then any issue that caused the business’s downfall is addressed, and who better to save a business, but the employees who see it slowly diminish from bad management or ownership.
There are many ways this amendment can help a state and nation. I will also suggest that local business leaders look to the foreign markets, find a product that can be produced here in Colorado to compete and thereby reduce our foreign trade deficit and bring jobs back to Colorado. We do not need to remain dependent on federal funds to bring the unemployment rate down, just use common sense, innovation and business smarts.
JOHN W HARGIS SR
Del Norte

Penry was wrong about
final World Series game
Let’s hope Josh Penry knows more about the business of government than he seems to know about baseball.
Note: You can lose Game 6 of the World Series and still play in Game 7. It’s because a team blew their chance to wrap it up in 6 that there IS a Game 7. It’s happened more than 25 times.
Mind you, Mr.  Penry is much younger than me. So I can forgive him if he was unfortunate enough to grow up when the World Series moved to night games, only played after most children’s bedtimes. Perhaps he’s not as familiar with how it all works as we older fans who, as schoolboys, got to actually watch World Series games that were played during the day.
I also wonder how a newspaper editor in a true baseball town like Grand Junction could have allowed this gaffe to appear on Page 1, of all places.  A bit embarrassing for all of us fans.  Holy Cow!
DAVID LANGLOIS
Montrose

The Daily Sentinel wants to make my alcohol use the main morality issue of 2010? This has nothing to do with an intelligent debate of the issues that the state of Colorado faces. I have made mistakes in my youth and I have learned from them. I’m not a career politician. I actually hate politics. I’m only in this to try and do some good for the people of Colorado and the wonderful, free country that we live in.
As a representative, I am not there to do whatever I want to do. I am there to do what my constituency wants me to do. As was extremely evident from the final vote on the marijuana legalization initiative that failed in Mesa County by a near 5-to-1 margin, my constituency does not want to legalize marijuana and as their representative I will vote “No” on issues of drug legalization despite my own personal vehement opposition to our absolute failure to prohibit any substance from individual possession or consumption. Not to mention our policy has created an enormous, powerful drug market that only empowers the worst amongst us. 
Yes, despite how absolutely stupid prohibition is, I will vote no to end it. Why? If I am a representative, I am there to represent, not to do as I please. I do that on my own time. And by the way, my momma always said, if you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all.
DAVID L COX
Grand Junction

I’m saddened by District 54 candidate David Cox’s reported run-ins with the law. The April 25 article quoted him as saying, “I’ve had 13 minor-in-possession-of-alcohols.”
I don’t care who you are, 13 citations is excessive. Perhaps he feels he is above the law or that the law unfair. Or, as a minor, he felt he was man enough to drink. Well, I hate to break it to him, but real men follow rules and obey laws (even if they disagree with them).
“It’s not unusual to get pulled over. Everybody gets pulled over now and again.” Actually, it is unusual to get pulled over especially repeatedly.
That might suggest that Cox is a habitual offender, a slow learner, someone who has no regard for the law or all of the above. If I can’t trust him to respect the laws of our community or our state, how could I expect him to execute the duties of a lawmaker?
Cox said, “I don’t get drunk on a weekly (basis) even. If anything, I might get drunk on a monthly basis, so I’m not a drunk.”
Human nature is to bend the truth in ways that are most favorable to us. For example, it would be rare for somebody to correctly state their weight. If Cox says he gets drunk on a “monthly basis” then, my guess is that he does so more often.
By the way, getting drunk is not considered healthy — even if it’s only “monthly” and if you can’t remember if you’ve been through alcohol treatment because it’s “been a while” then, my guess is that you have been, but it was wasted on you. Cox’s problem may be far deeper than his ability to remember such a significant event.
Cox also stated that he was stopped only twice in the last three years and ticketed only once, “I believe for speeding or something.” He honestly doesn’t remember? I was pulled over 11 years ago and received a warning for speeding. It was just west of 32 Road, when I failed to notice that the speed limit was 45, not 55.
If one truly cares about what happens, one remembers and learns. I’m not always the fastest learner but, I promise you, that I have never exceeded 45 mph in that zone since. Learning from my mistakes and doing the right thing are important to me. I would hope they are as important to an aspiring public servant.
Americans have grown to expect less from their leaders. All too often we have viewed strength of character as irrelevant, as long as the person could “do the job.” Well guess what? No more. It’s time to raise the bar for ourselves and our public servants.
Honestly, Cox may be a wonderful man with some wonderful ideas. But, frankly, I’m not convinced that he has the strength of character (yet) for this office. I hope he will take the time to mature and get his life more in focus so you can be a positive influence in our state and a positive role model for future generations.
JAMES MEALLER
Grand Junction

Regarding columnist Deroy Murdock’s concern regarding the effects of EPA’s “restriction on
traditional energy production”:
In that we do not know for sure that carbon dioxide is the big cause of global warming, I think we should hold off on cap-and-trade regulations. What we do know is that methane gas is a pollutant.
Therefore, we could give our Congress, EPA, our president and his czars a grant of $10 million to cover their wages and the cost of research and send them to a remote island. 
They could return when they have devised a safe way to scrub methane from cattle flatulence. We could pay them minimum wage, plus hazardous duty pay, to install their scrubbers.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue may not find the answer to cattle flatulence, but while they search, our country may be saved.
JIM WILSON
Grand Junction

The Daily Sentinel’s recent editorial saying that the “GOP is on hot seat with financial reform” overlooks the fundamental cause of the tanking of the economy in 2008. The Sentinel said that it was brought on by a banking and insurance crisis.
The collapse of the housing bubble brought on the financial problems. Our own government created the housing bubble by forcing banks to write subprime mortgage loans. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, government-run mortgage companies, were excused from prudent banking rules so they could buy the risky loans to encourage home ownership.
A large number of these loans went into mortgage-backed securities sold by the two government-managed mortgage companies. AIG and many large banks are entangled in the melt down, but were not its cause. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd insisted that Fannie and Freddie were on solid ground when they should have known better. The two are now in charge of financial reform. 
President Obama said, “Unless your business model relies on bilking people, there’s little to fear from these new rules.” The Democrats want to quickly pass a financial “reform” bill that gives too much discretionary power to a new commission. Yet nothing is being done to protect taxpayers from the total lack judgment in running government mortgage companies.
Americans have had enough scapegoating. When forced by regulators to make bad loans, banks were called predatory lenders. No one really believes that banks increase profits by making loans that cannot be repaid. But of course, if government mortgage companies buy the loans, the banks can profit from the fees, and they do. Just like citizens taking advantage of cash for clunkers. 
The GOP has nothing to fear from voters, if they slow the process down and try for meaningful input.
BRUCE TAYLOR
Grand Junction

A recent letter in The Daily Sentinel informed us that Obama is “doing the best he can.” That is no news to most of us. The problem is, this rookie of running anything, let alone the federal government, but a phenomenal speaker, his best is just plain horrible. His trying to fix every problem immediately, much of it voted in before it is even read is leading us into socialism and bankruptcy. 
The deficit would be in much better condition if his cabinet and Charles Rangel paid their taxes on time before being caught and Jackson’s nonprofits paid taxes on the millions they make under that disguise. 
His attack on the credit-card industry that previously financed many small businesses at a fair rate has forced them to drop lines of credit to businesses and raised the rates to 19 to 24 percent. Few small businesses can borrow anything now, thanks to his “reform.” 
With the courts making laws and not following the Constitution through the interstate commerce clause,  state’s rights have evaporated into a hole where the federal government trumps any attempt for a state to run its own affairs. 
Well, government employees, unions and Acorn elected them, now they deserve what they get. There was once another great orator that led his country to ruin.
R.M. SHERMAN
Grand Junction

So Andrew Romanoff is a dazzler, is he?  Letter writer Elizabeth Clark might be right.
In 2006, Andrew was nationally recognized as the outstanding lawmaker of the year and received the William Bulger Award, which is given to the “legislative leader whose career embodies the highest principles of leadership, integrity, compassion, vision and courage.” Romanoff is the award’s youngest recipient. In 2008 the Economic Development Council of Colorado honored Romanoff with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts as a legislator to strengthen the state’s economy.
Andrew was first elected to the state house in 2000 and re-elected in 2002, 2004 and 2006. In 2004, he led the charge to capture the Democratic majority in the house for the first time in three decades. He authored Referendum C and helped build the broadest coalition in state history to pass it. 
He passed a billion-dollar plan to repair and rebuild schools in poor and rural districts. Andrew led efforts against domestic violence, child abuse, mental illness and homelessness.
And now Andrew is the only candidate to reject money from corporate interest groups and his campaign is being supported only by private contributions. He is being endorsed by over 200 elected leaders, 3,000 volunteers and donors from all 64 counties.
Yes, Ms. Clark, thank God we live in a democracy where I can vote for the best man. Independent polls show Andrew is the only candidate who can beat Republicans Norton or Buck in November.  Yes, I’m voting for that old dazzler, Andrew Romanoff!
MARY BETH PYLE
Grand Junction

According to a recent article in The Denver Post, the state and local officials and politicians in Wyoming are attempting to protect thousands of acres of the habitat of the sage grouse from the effects of energy drilling. The article also stated that even some of the drilling companies had agreed not to drill in this habitat.
Compare this with Colorado where our state and local officials and politicians are complicit with the energy drilling companies who are intent on drilling in or in close proximity to the habitat of approximately 5,000 people in the Battlement Mesa PUD.
Apparently the sage grouse have not invested any money in infrastructure such as roads, water etc. that can utilized by the drilling companies which makes their habitat much less attractive for drilling in than the Battlement Mesa habitat.
I would move out, but I believe that it is impossible to recover my investment in my property because of the drilling activity.
GARRY EVENSON
Battlement Mesa



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