E-mail letters, Aug 17, 2010

Quote source correctly
if you use it in a letter

Hans Croeber provided a quote from Thomas Jefferson in the closing lines of his Aug. 16 letter to the editor. It is unfortunate that many like him, who have arguments that might otherwise be persuasive, do not cite their sources for such historical annotations. However, this particular quote is actually a misquote, so it is understandable that Croeber would not or could not cite a source.
The correct quote is: “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”
The Jefferson Cyclopedia with this quote, and many others, can be found online at http://www.etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/foley/.
But then, as another U.S. president once said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  — John Adams, “Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,” December 1770.
Vicki Felmlee
Grand Junction

New York officials aren’t
so eager to assist Christians

Reading The Daily Sentinel editorial, “Buy mosque property to halt offensive project” reminded me of the autobiography
of Thomas Jefferson — how when he was in Paris the Barbary Pirates seized two of our ships, crews and cargo—and Jefferson said he opposed the European habit of paying tribute to retrieve what was our own. Sums up how I feel pretty well.

Problem is, I seem to recall how the Muslims do not own all of the property they plan to put their mosque on. The city in its rush to surrender to the enemy and has promised it will offer a land swap. No doubt if the other party refuses, their property will be seized and given to the Muslims.

I am reminded of the Greek Orthodox church destroyed in that bloody awful act of war on Sept. 11, 2001. Nine years and they have waited for the city of New York to honor its promise to restore what was destroyed on 9/11.

I am reminded of that miracle — the Ground Zero Cross —and how the city has refused to allow it be considered as part
of the memorial even though it was a source of hope to so many Americans.

The Character of the Imam, the source of funding for the mosque, the political intent (it was published as the Ground Zero Mosque), links to Hamas and other terrorist groups all are valid issues that have not been resolved.
Robert James Burkholder

Claudette Konola is working
on key issues for West Slope

Gary Harmon noted that the Western Slope is the big loser in the Aug. 10 primary election. He noted also that “if Republicans run the show, they’ll use the Western Slope as a bargaining chip to get what they want ... The only political asset the Western Slope has is the one it can least control: water.”
Harmon mentioned that no Western Slope candidates for statewide offices remain. But in the race for Colorado Senate Disrict 7, there are Republican Steve King and Democrat Claudette Konola.

We already know King is involved with law enforcement with the legislation to increase penalties for masturbation in public, but why can’t The Daily Sentinel acknowledge that Konola has been studying and writing about the threats to our water since January.

She has gone to and talked with all the people who know and understand this issue, as well as researching all she can find about this most-important issue.
Then there are jobs. Konola worked for years helping find ways to get jobs for people. With her working knowledge of the banking industry, she won’t be easy prey for those institutions to lobby for their own benefits.

It is just too bad this valley can’t vote for the person instead of the party.
Vera Mulder

Area lost great physician
with death of Dr. Johnson

Recently, Grand Junction lost one of its finest residents and physicians – Franklin (Bing) Johnson MD.

Dr. Johnson was a radiation oncologist , which means that he used radiation to help people with cancer.  Over his career he cured thousands of patients with cancer, and helped many others by reducing their pain and suffering.
Dr. Johnson was reared in western Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the early 1960s. He completed a residency in radiology at University Hospital in Denver, and was drafted into the Navy. After completing his service obligation, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado. For many years he was chief of the radiation oncology service in the Department of Radiology, including the time when I was chair of the department.

In the mid-1980s Dr. Johnson was recruited by Dr. Fred Paquette, his former colleague at the university, to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Although he worked part-time in his later years, Dr. Johnson was at the hospital every week, including the week before he died.
Dr. Johnson was always available to his patients — after hours, on weekends, whenever they needed him. In Denver, he sometimes would take the bus to visit a patient in the home, since his physical ailments prevented him from driving. He was the consummate caring physician, and all of us who worked with him held him in great respect. He was loved by his patients and their families, and was an inspiration to all of us who knew him.
For many years at the university, Dr. Johnson never took a vacation and never took a day off from work. One day his colleagues, Drs. Paquette and Kennough, asked if I would give Dr. Johnson six weeks off so that he could take a round-the-world cruise. They were prepared to plan the cruise, pay for it, and ensure that Dr. Johnson got on the ship. Of course I agreed, and off Dr. Johnson went on a six-week cruise. Each succeeding year Dr. Johnson took a cruise vacation, and on one of these he met his lovely wife Rose, who preceded Dr. Johnson in death by 2 years.
Dr. Johnson had a variety of physical ailments from childhood, but he never let them interfere with his service to patients. He was a model of the caring physician for medical students, resident and practicing physicians, and all of us who were privileged to work with him.  The profession of medicine will miss him, and those of us who knew him will remember him always. 
William Hendee PhD
Chairman, Department of Radiology
University of Colorado, 1976-85
Rochester, Minn.



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