E-mail letters, Feb. 14, 2011

Those with concealed guns
need appropriate training

This is in reponse to the letter to the editor from David Cox regarding House Bill 1205,
“Concerning the Authority of a Law-Abiding Person to Carry a Concealed Handgun Without a Permit.”

I am a gun-owner, a long-time NRA member and have a Concealed Weapons Permit. Reading Cox’s letter, however, left me with concerns as to the ability of a person knowing how to properly use and care for a handgun without training by a qualified instructor.

This would be akin to an individual getting behind the wheel of a car, having never been taught how to drive.

I attended a NRA sponsored “carry permit class” here in Grand Junction. There were about 20 attendees, of which five had never shot a gun. The comprehensive, three-session class covered safe handling, how to shoot, decision-making as to when to shoot and live-shooting scenarios.

I came away with the knowledge of the huge responsibility one has if faced with the split-second decision to pull the trigger. A non-trained individual would be prone to accidental and/or wrongful action.

I feel safer carrying my weapon but would feel safer knowing my fellow carry permitees received the same instruction that I did.

Let’s use some common sense about using technology without first knowing how to do so!
Peter De Bever
Grand Junction

Local gun group supports
bill to ease conceal permits

The Pro Second Amendment Committee of Grand Junction supports House Bill 1205 because it will prevent, or minimize, casualties at Tucson-type events.

With regard to prevention, I fail to understand how a concealed weapon can be as an efficient a deterrent as one that is an openly visible warning of possible lethal consequences to someone planning an armed crime.
The committee suggests the Tucson casualties could have been “minimized” if one nearby law-abiding citizen had carried a concealed gun.

Logically, even greater safety for all could be achieved if the entire law-abiding citizenry of Colorado openly carried handguns. Such a situation would surely help our understaffed law enforcement agencies.

To get to the one thing HB 1205 proposes must surely require those selling guns to determine who is a legally eligible customer. A permit, costly, burdensome, bureaucratic or otherwise seems essential. As a citizen, I expect no less.
David Cook
Grand Junction.

U.S. cannot afford cost
of illegal immigration

Having traveled often in Mexico and Central America, I have a great admiration for the friendly, honest and hard-working people of Latin America. I wish we could throw open our borders and let all who want to come in to find jobs could do so, but it is not feasible.

With millions of Americans out of work and illegal immigrants taking jobs in construction from our citizens, it is harmful. I know it happens, as we had thousands of dollars worth of stucco and sheet rock work done on our house and I don’t think one of the workers that came were legal.

There is also the question of how states and the U.S. government that are nearly bankrupt can continue to provide services to workers and their families when most are paid in cash and do not pay taxes? There are also billions of dollars leaving our country, going south to their families, that we cannot afford to lose.

I also get tired of hearing anyone who objects to this being labeled racists. We are only trying to protect our workers and our families and do not like it that so many of our tax dollars are being diverted from our needs. We cannot even use the term “illegal immigrants” without being criticized for it. I find it incredible that almost 4 percent of the people here are here illegally.

We cannot be all things to all people.
Bob Uhl
Grand Junction

What are Tipton’s goals
in fighting health law?

Our new congressman, Scott Tipton, was front-page news recently. He seems very proud of his participation in trying to kill the Obama administration’s comprehensive health care law and he promises to do everything in his power to de-fund its provisions, since he wasn’t successful in killing the entire law. Fair enough.

The intent of the law was to see that every citizen never has to worry about getting adequate health care, regardless of their employment and financial circumstances of the moment. Critical to making that happen is that everybody has the responsibility to pay into the system. There can be no free rides and opting into the system only when you either need immediate care or have the feeling that you might be needing care in the future won’t work. Maximum coverage and availability of services when you need them can only be accomplished if people are paying into the system when they are not utilizing covered services.

So the question to Rep. Tipton is: “What are your objectives that you seem to feel your constituents desire?”

There is no question that the current law has shortcomings that were caused by unfortunate compromises to get the bill passed. Does the congressman want to correct those shortcomings or are his objectives based on continuing the status quo wherein millions of people are not insured?

There is big money being spent to defeat the purpose of the law by people who have no health care worries themselves. Is that the situation enjoyed by the congressman’s constituents? All of them?

Finally, the reporter neglected to explain how Tipton is going to carry out seeing that children and those with pre-existing conditions can be handled. Isn’t that his job, to ask questions and probe for more than just what the congressman superficially said
John Borgen
Grand Junction

Democrat hypocrisy
displayed on health care

At the Feb. 3 meeting of the Western Slope Conservative Alliance, there was a clear example of hypocrisy that I believe permeates the Democratic Party, especially at the state and federal levels.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton was one of two guest speakers. One person there declared that he was not a Republican and asked Tipton why he plans to vote on bills (such as to repeal the health care act) without first learning about the local impact on people. I remind this gentleman of President Obama’s words in 2009: Elections have meaning; we won and you lost. Tipton was clear on his views during the campaign and is a man of his word.

Most flagrant was the way the Democrats passed the health care act in the House on Dec.
24, 2009, without publishing it online for three days as they said they would. Speaker Pelosi infamously announced, “We have to pass it in order to know what’s in it.” The Democrats not only failed to inform us of the details but also they didn’t care what the impact was.

Did this gentleman object when that occurred, or ask former Congressman John Salazar the same question?
Linda Fielding
Grand Junction

High-speed rail could
be important new industry

An industry bringing the world new, safe, doable, effective, efficient, economically sound, high-speed rail systems could well be the answer to recovery from the recession and smothering national debt our beloved country faces today.

But it won’t happen by our following other world leaders, who are already miles ahead of us in pushing the limits of existing, available, largely 19th century technology and concepts.  A number of major changes will be needed to bring about the required, above outlined system but possibly the two most important will be the enhancement of the involved ‘safety’ attendant the low lateral stability and nearly endless, random surface hazards common to existing practices.  The solutions to both these problems are well known and simple but highly unpopular in some influential quarters

Several countries have, for the last 30 years or so, spent enormous amounts of cash plus mental/physical effort, striving to develop an acceptable high-speed rail system while practically ignoring or using expensive “workarounds” to address the above- mentioned problems. Several have bragged at some length about blazingly high “top speeds” or record-setting “average speeds” in special demonstration or test runs without ever mentioning such mundane things as equivalent costs per passenger/mile, energy consumption, or operation and maintenance levels.

All of the above can be effectively dealt with using available skills and knowledge and, in doing so, could provide purposeful, rewarding careers a great number of Our citizens while bringing our Nation to the forefront as a leader of a new, sorely needed, world industry
Ray Lashley
Grand Junction










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