E-mail letters, Aug. 12, 2010

District 51 math, writing
scores are worrisome

A disturbing note in the new CSAP tally is that the District 51 math and writing averages are consistently less than the state averages. I question the effectiveness of the recently introduced math curriculum and suggest a thorough critique.
Robert Loucks
Grand Junction

Using Tax dollars for
imam trip is disturbing

I truly resent any of my tax dollars going to fund the trip oa Muslim imam is taking to Saudi Arabia to seek funds to build a Mosque near the Twin Towers.  It’s a poke in the eye to everyone who lost loved ones on 9/11. Therefore; I question his motives.

Furthermore, why is this administration giving so much attention and consideration to Muslims? If Obama insists on constantly catering to them, why doesn’t he seek the help of his radical, anti-American friends such as George Soros, Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright and the like?

He wants us to be tolerant toward all Muslims, but where is their tolerance for us? Don’t drag the American people into the fray and use taxpayer money at the same time. It’s insulting.
When was the last time taxpayer money was used to fund trips for American priests, rabbis, Methodists preachers, etc.?

This administration is taking us down a road we’re never going to recover from and our children and grandchildren are going to be left to try and reverse the mess. We should all be paying close attention. Listen to what they’re saying, but watch what they’re actually doing.
Marjorie Ouellette

Judge Vaughn Walker allowed
his lifestyle to color decision

Well I read and reread the letters to the editor Aug. 12 and find the letter writers, like Judge Vaughn Walker, are blinded by their own desires.

I appreciated the editorial enough that I I sent it to California. And I sent a letter to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that referenced this GREAT editorial.

Vaughn Walkers sexual orientation matters in that it has clouded his reasoning. When he redefined marriage in his opinion and claimed Proposition 8 violated the due process and equal protection clause of the Constitution.

I looked at commentaries written closer to adoption of the 14th Amendment and found Cooley discussed marriage in terms that reflected not merely James Wilson (on the consequence of marriage under American Law — written while marriage licenses were a product of the local church) but Cooley also reflected the Law of Moses — Genesis 1: and 2: Jesus of Nazareth on marriage — Matthew 19: and Mark 10:-and even that convert, the Apostle Paul —1 Corinthians 6: and Ephesians 5. All these wereon “marriage.”

The extreme animus toward the religious and moral understanding exhibited by Judge Walker would not have been as likely coming from a heterosexual. Neither would his
selective findings of fact about children raised by homosexuals be noted, except his lifestyle choice got in the way of his judgment.

Judges have no right to cherry pick nor to redefine the terms used. Walker did both in his gay-marriage decision. I applaud the Sentinel for an excellent and proper editorial.
Robert James Burkholder

Buescher should have acted
sooner on overseas ballot

There has been plenty of debate recently about the Secretary of State’s request for a waiver to exempt Colorado from sending ballots to overseas military voters 45 days before the election. I write because this exemption should not be necessary.

Thankfully, it seems that most clerks and recorders can meet the 45-day federal deadline, even with Colorado’s current election calendar. But the new requirement went into place last October, and Colorado had ten full months to figure out a solution for the entire state.

Sadly, Secretary of State Bernie Buescher decided to seek a waiver from federal requirements just days after Congress passed the law. And only last Friday — 10 months after the law went into effect — did his office contact all clerks and recorders to determine who can and cannot meet the federal requirements.

There have been claims that Colorado must change its primary date. Perhaps. But most local election officials take a “can do” approach under the current timelines. Instead of printing ballots 32 days before the election, they are able to speed up the process by 13 days and meet the 45-day rule for overseas military voters.

And even if Colorado needed to move the primary date, the secretary of state should have had a firm, detailed proposal before the Legislature last January. As the state’s chief election officer, his job is to solve problems.

Even now it is not too late. The secretary of state should immediately identify the counties that are having problems and then give them whatever help they need. Colorado has about 16,000 overseas military voters. They all deserve a timely absentee ballot.
Scott Gessler
Republican candidate
Colorado Secretary of State

What leader has guts
to halt Ground Zero mosque?

In what way does the intention to build a mosque at the site of the 9/11 attack differ from, say, sympathizers of the original Nazi Party attempting to build a beer hall at Auschwiz? In either case, the motivation would be identical: Representatives of the perpetrators wish to erect a shrine to the everlasting insult of their victims.

By what twist of mind does approval of zoning for this mosque ever become even a remote possibility? Is the American concept of tolerance so mindlessly myopic that it cannot see through radical Islam’s patently transparent agenda? Or is it just that the
media coverage of the issue has so compounded confusion as to prevent those with the power to deny the zoning the will to act?

These questions are not directed solely towards the citizens of New York City. To the contrary, NYC just happens to be the point at which this nation was attacked and as such the resolution of the issue is of national concern.

I suggest the next American hero truly worthy of the appellation will be that man, woman or group who has the position to influence the outcome of the question and the guts to prevent this insult from becoming a reality — politics, political correctness, blind and moronic tolerance be damned.
Bobby Johnson,

Don’t allow mosque
at Ground Zero site

Please, Please do not allow this Muslim community center and mosque to be built next to the Twin Towers site — two blocks or 500 ft, I don’t care.

I am not a New Yorker, I live in Colorado and am a moderate Democrat, but the Twin Towers were a national symbol to all of us. When I heard Mayor Michael Bloomberg had
acquiesced to the construction, I was almost frozen to the spot I was standing on. An incredibly deep sadness welled up in me. I kept saying to myself, “No, No, No” “This can’t be.”

Visions of that day, I remember well because I was watching CNN at the time they were attacking us. What I saw, I can never forget — the absolute horror of it — and I cannot forgive because the Muslim community as a whole here, has never really publicly denounced loudly these terrorists. I would think if these people are benign in their religion and not terrorists, they would feel shame and guilt over Sept. 11, 2001, and would not want to be anywhere near this site. They would be helping us rid our country of these monsters.

I’m sorry, but we are just not ready for this encroachment by a Muslim group wanting land for a mosque and community center anywhere near this hallowed ground (our Ground Zero), where Muslims attacked our country and massacred almost 2,000 people. Not in my lifetime do I want to see this — I’m almost sixty-five.

We don’t need to show the world we have freedom of religion here. They already know this. To the Muslim terrorists, this is one of our weaknesses.

Sitting on my couch that day, I remember my entire body was vibrating inside and I was in shock. In fact, I don’t remember ever coming out of that state entirely. And now, Mayor Bloomberg has brought up that almost intolerable sorrow in me again —something I had tried so hard to bury and move on from — with this unbelievable act of insensitivity to the rest of our nation.

I have never been a bigot or a racist, and I deplored the violence to our Muslim citizens during the aftermath of the most horrible day of my life, in the history of my country. Allowing that, this is way, way too soon to do something like this.
Sallie Wells
Grand Junction

CDOT did poor job
of notifying businesses

Wake up CDOT, it’s time to communicate.

Signs were posted suggesting motorists take alternate routes on U.S. Highway 6 & 50 near Fruita on Aug. 10 and 11 for chip sealing. There was no mention of the road being CLOSED to through traffic.

In addition businesses on this section of Highway 6 & 50 were not contacted by CDOT regarding its decision to close the road and not leave one lane open.

The project extended into Aug. 12, with no one being notified. So this has resulted in three days of no customers and employees being sent home.

Come on CDOT, in today’s economy don’t make it worse by not thinking of others and only doing what you think is best and easiest for you.
Carol Smith

‘Political insurgency’ article
didn’t deserve news space

It seems to me that the front page Associated Press story Aug. 12 on “political insurgency” is more opinion than news. Same old horse race, he said-she said stuff. In a world and nation full of important, crucial problems that need attention and needing an informed public, I would hope to see more important actual information about the endless things challenging those who win the next elections rather than what some politicos “think” their chances might be.

Political posturing occurs, but it is hardly news when there are far more things to be covered with actual important information for the public when space is limited. Should the Sentinel be an entertainment publication, responding to the base supposed interests of the populace or a publication full of information to enlighten citizens to enable them to make informed decisions about their governance?

Let the “combatants” pay for their posturing and claims with ads. The news should be pointing out the facts of their statements, not just that they’ve made them.
John Borgen
Grand Junction



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