E-mail letters, April 29, 2010

Combine police and sheriff
departments for efficiency

As Gary Harmon pointed out in his April 25 column, the debate goes on regarding a Grand Junction “Safety Center.” It’s time to consider an alternative to our fragmented local governments and service providers.

Why not combine the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s department into a metropolitan police department? Combining the two departments would immediately reap efficiencies. A single patrol unit, detective group, combined administration, and labs and forensic operations would save the taxpayers dollars.

Such a metropolitan police department would follow similar patterns to the to the cooperative efforts that have already been created with the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Organization, the Grand Junction Drainage District, and the Cooperative Planning areas (“buffer strips”) between Grand Junction and Fruita and
Palisade and Grand Junction.

Future Grand Valley metropolitan services could be expanded to include a metropolitan parks, recreation and open-space district, metropolitan road-maintenance district and other metropolitan services. These services could be more efficiently managed on a metropolitan scale rather than our current fragmented service districts, each providing their own service, which often is overlapping and duplicative.

How would such a metro district be funded? Each local government could contribute an annual amount proportionate to its population and the district itself could assess its own tax, allowing the local governments to lower or eliminate their taxes for these services.

The Grand Junction area qualified as a Metropolitan Statistical Area after the 1990 Census, based on the area’s population of over 100,000 with a central urban population of 50,000. Now is the time to provide metropolitan services for its population.
Bennett Boeschenstein
Grand Junction

Candidate’s life infractions
would qualify him for Congress

There was a strong article about a young man in our community, who cares enough to try to make a difference. Very dynamic and future thinking in his views on conservation easements and protection of the east end of the valley.

If the life infractions stated in Sundays Daily Sentinel article are an effort to discourage him from running on a state level, they would qualify him for most U.S. Senate or congressional seats.
Jim Temple

President shouldn’t be
criticizing Arizona

I find it disgusting that the president of the United States is traveling around the country, criticizing the state government of Arizona for taking action on a problem ignored by his administration.

Additionally, he has a lot of gall predicting racial profiling that may never happen.  This coming from a man hailed as being the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln. Poor Abe. He’s probably rolling over in his grave right now.
Dick Prosence

Debate over Arizona law
is really about amnesty

It seems the recent Arizona Immigration Law may ignite the immigration debate that has been shelved since 2007. You might wonder why. It’s simply Politics 101.

The president and Democrat-controlled Congress are desperate for an issue to bolster re-election. They feel amnesty will divide Republicans and woo the Hispanic vote, which could include 20 million new citizens by 2012.

The hullabaloo over the Arizona law is merely a smokescreen to bring amnesty to the forefront. This law is not about race or profiling unless you want to label 70 percent of Arizonans and 46 percent of Arizona’s Hispanics as racists. Gary Harmon’s Sentinel straw poll elicited a call for comprehensive immigration reform (codeword: amnesty) from all Democratic hopefuls. Republicans, of course, would prefer not discussing the ‘a’ word.

Amnesty is the real issue, and the antagonists have not changed. One side demands amnesty for illegal immigrants. The other side requires a secure border and enforcement of immigration laws as prerequisites to discussing it. It’s really that basic.

Let’s dispense with the charade of fear-mongering and race-baiting over the Arizona law. The question is whether the amnesty battle will be fought before the election of 2010 or the election of 2012. To repeat, when you separate the wheat from the chaff, it’s really that basic.
Dana Isham
Grand Junction

Tea party is about a return
to constitutional principles

This is in response to Thomas Friedman column, “Tea Party should become Green Tea Party.”

Mr. Freedman’s apparent lack of understanding of the Tea Party movement is underscored by his assumption that its primary goal is to get the government out of their lives and cut both taxes and the deficit. How wrong he is!

Their primary mission is to return government to its original founder’s intent of a constitutional Republic. This tea movement recognizes that there has been a slow erosion of true, ethical representation being replaced with socialism. Socialism in it basic form is government ownership or control of production and distribution, be it limited or total.
Many believe that our American Constitution needs updating to reflect modern societies’ needs. This assumption reflects a complete misunderstanding of this document’s intent. The founder’s purpose was to define exactly government’s role in which public officials were to serve to their utmost ability, temporarily and without mischief.

Government is but a true reflection of human nature itself. It serves itself with perpetual
expansion and increased control. Thus the Constitution was designed to control something which has not changed and never will: human nature.

This tea movement is an understanding by the people that government officials have abused and manipulated our Constitution. They are fearful of the direction in which we are headed and yes, angry that this fundamental changing of our country will irrevocably damage the foundational fabric of our republic.

Our trusted elected officials have deepened the debt, seized control of industry and are attempting to manipulate distribution through control of energy and finances. This is wrong and we know it. There is rampant deception and manipulation from our elected representatives that has compromised our way of life.

We are standing up now and our voices will be heard. The gift of our republic is a true miracle that certainly has changed the world and we do not want to lose it.

George Washington said: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
Steve Nelson
Grand Junction

Arizona lawmakers show
guts on immigration law

If one has to furnish a driver’s license to prove he is driving legally, what is so different of furnishing proof that he is in the country legally?  Even Mexico has stiff laws for illegal immigrants. Why do we wallow in this mess?

At least Arizona had the guts to do something about a major flaw of our country.  We need more lawmakers with guts rather than ones that vote only for re-election.
R.M. Sherman
Grand Junction





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