E-mail letters, Feb. 2, 2011

Bloomberg’s gun purchasesviolate federal law

I believe that in his great attempt to overturn the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has broken the law.

By sending people to Arizona and other states to buy firearms for him at gun shows to prove that no background checks are needed, he is conducting “straw purchases of firearms” which is a federal Firearms violation. He should be prosecuted as any other citizen of the U.S. for making a straw purchase, regardless of the reason.

I personally watched these videos and they are highly doctored. They show tables of firearms and accessories that are available at any gun show, then they switch to some outside area in the dark with some character peddling a gun without a background check. Could be real or could be staged.

I would like to believe that Michael Bloomberg would be treated like you or me for violating the law. But then, being in a high political office, maybe he is above the law.
Neal A. Ward

Bradford led effort to kill bill good for small business

Actions speak louder than words, and the actions of the Republicans on the Local Government Committee Jan. 31 spoke very loudly.

All during the campaigns in November we heard promises that the Republicans were the party of small businesses and that their focus in the Legislature would be economic stimulus and jobs. So it was with ultimate dismay that I watched a straight party-line vote defeat HB 1047.

This bill would have created a financing mechanism to allow small businesses and non-profits to access credit to be able to make improvements to their property and update and
improve their energy efficiency.

This would help municipalities by increasing their tax basis for the property. It would help small businesses by allowing them to make upgrades to their old equipment and save money on energy costs and it was another way to get jobs into small communities where businesses don’t always have the access to capital to make improvements.

Rep. Laura Bradford, R- Collbran, who chairs the committee, made the entire committee
wait for almost 30 minutes for Rep. Conti so that she could be sure to have enough Republican votes to defeat the bill.

If you care about small businesses access to capital and creating jobs, call Rep. Bradford and ask her why she voted against HB 1047.
Angelique Layton
Louisville, Colo.

Letter writer is passionate but misinformed on abortion

Why do so many people think they are well-informed about subjects they are passionate about? I’m referring to the letter in The Daily Sentinel by Carol Anderson concerning abortion.  ow can she justify her statements when much of what she stated is false?

“Virtually every woman who experiences an abortion,” does not suffer from depression. Any depression they may experience likely started the moment they discovered they were pregnant with and the knowledge that having a child would detrimentally impact their lives.  Women who make the choice to terminate their pregnancy are women who have thought long and hard before reaching that conclusion. 

“Virtually every woman who experiences an abortion” are not substance abusers, women who decide to have a child knowing they can’t afford one, or are not at a place in their lives where a child would be welcome, or simply are not “mother” material are more likely to become a substance abuser by being overwhelmed from raising a child they weren’t prepared for. 

“Virtually every woman who experiences an abortion: is no more at risk of getting breast cancer than anyone else and certainly have no problem of getting pregnant in the future if they so desire to.  How did this assumption come about anyway?

Women have been fighting for their right to make choices with their lives for thousands of years. Now that our society has finally realized women have the right to decide when, or if they want to become a mother please don’t erase all the hard work it has taken to get to this point.

If abortions are made illegal again, or become too difficult to obtain, we are going to find back alley “abortion clinics” springing up all over our country, and that, most assuredly will lead to “future infertility risks” because of the hacks who will replace sanitary hospitals and clinics operated by qualified medical staff.

If abortions become illegal again, then our town fathers better start planning on building the orphanages to house those unwanted babies who will be left abandoned, and worse yet, abused and maimed by their mothers who will no longer have the ability or to make that ‘choice’ to be a mother or not.
Judith Chapin

Where were calls for civility when Bush was the president?

I wonder where all the pleas for civil speech were when the Democrats were calling President George W. Bush a Nazi, and calling him a liar and worse.

We only seem to hear the call for civil discourse when people on the left don’t like hearing the truth about themselves.
Richard Blosser
Grand Junction


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