E-mail letters, July 1, 2011

Palisade and Grand Junction poured out compassion

On June 18, 2011 our brother Steve, sister-in-law Tori and nieces Kaela and Jessica Hellmann suffered a very significant loss. Their son/brother, Gabe, was tragically taken from them in a freakish accident when he drowned while fishing at a pond with some friends near Orchard Mesa.

Gabe’s untimely death affected not only his immediate family members, but also his friends, teachers and a
number of people in both communities. This was never more evident than at his funeral service at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Grand Junction on June 23 where there were not enough seats available for those in attendance.

The point of this letter is to pass along the heartfelt gratitude of the rest of Gabe’s family members, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to the communities of Grand Junction and Palisade for all of the friendship, love and, most of all, support you have given and shown to Steve, Tori, Kaela and Jessica during this very difficult period I their lives. Those of us who were able to attend the funeral and visit afterward were in total awe of your community spirit.

The outpouring of sympathy, friendship and fellowship was amazing as you made us all feel like one of your own family. Friends stayed with Steve and helped him notify Tori, Kaela and Jessica; numerous folks offered up rooms in their homes, and in some cases their homes, for traveling family members while others
provided enormous amounts of food for the funeral reception and the family.

Grand Junction and Palisade citizens should feel an enormous amount of pride as your selfless acts of kindness, support, love and community spirit are an outstanding example for all communities to emulate.

On behalf of all of Steve and Tori’s family members, we would like to express our gratitude for everything
you have done for them and us during our time of grief. A simple “thank you” just doesn’t seem to be enough of an expression for our gratefulness, so “Thank you one and all from the bottom
of our hearts”.
Mike Hellman
Fariborn, Ohio
And other family members
of Steve and Tori (Clark) Hellmann

Don’t label complainers
as tea party members

Arn McConnell’s letter to the editor in which he groups anyone he finds objectionable into the category of tea party, is wrong. He confuses Astro Turf, or asphalt turf groups with a true grassroots movement, the tea party.

I believe McConnell would find that this tea party and his Democratic Party have more in common than he realizes. This tea party wants basically three things: a return to our Constitution, a smaller government and fewer taxes. We would love to see many other things realized, but those three things are what we are about.

We love our government, as long as it recognizes the freedoms given in the Constitution. The separating point is when government oversteps its boundaries and imposes special favors to special groups at the
cost of its citizenry.

The tea party is not associated with either Kelly Sloan or Americans for Prosperity. Sloan does not speak for gjresult Tea Party or attend our events. He is a member of the self-elected board of Western Slope Conservative Alliance, which is not and does not represent itself to be a tea party.

We do not take money from any special interest group, represent any political party, nor accept appointments as favors. We are alone and unfettered in our positions. We do have members of many political groups however, because they desire the true change from the corruption, greed and one-sidedness we find present in both major parties.
Tim Fenwick
gjresult Tea Party
Grand Junction


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