E-mail letters, July 20, 2010

Who is that candidate?
Ask Sarah Palin

A few months back, people used to ask “Who is that guy on the brochure pictured on horseback galloping full speed with the American flag fluttering in the breeze?” Well, according to the information in the copy, that’s Bob McConnell retired colonel, Airborne Ranger, with no political experience, now running for U.S .Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.
That was then and this is now! How quickly things can change in the wonderful world of politics.
Ask now who that patriotic horseman is and people will say, “That’s Bob McConnell the ‘people’s’ candidate with huge grassroots support throughout the district and he’s running rings around his opponent even without any ties to a political past or political party.”

This man has gained incredible recognition in a short period of time as “the representative of the people” who seeks to limit government, protect our 2nd Amendment rights, respect the sanctity of life, support our military, protect our borders and encourage free enterprise.

Oh yes, by the way, he has just been endorsed by Sarah Palin! She says, “He’s running a dynamic, prudent campaign” — not bad for a common-sense conservative with no personal political agenda.

With the Palin endorsement, McConnell now heads into the primary election with a full head of steam, backed by Combat Veterans for Congress, the National Defense PAC, Medal of Honor winner Col. “Bud” Day, Sheriff Richard Mack and six tea parties throughout the District, among his many other backers.
Voters, take notice. In spite of his momentum and the following he has gathered, Bob says it best when he expresses pride in “the most important endorsement there is — the people.” When was the last time you heard a political candidate say that?
Richard Doran

Archaeology program shows
Mesa State considers jobs

In a recent article in The Daily Sentinel regarding the importance of post-high school education in relation to finding jobs in Colorado, Mesa State College spokeswoman Dana Nunn stated that “every time we create a major, we consider if there’s a demand. Are we creating an employable

I would like to reference a local case-in-point that substantiates this. In the academic year of 2008-2009, Mesa State initiated a new Minor in Archaeology, based on a perceived need for educated archaeologists in western Colorado.

Three new courses, taught by myself and two other local archaeologists, were offered to augment those already in the catalog. Of the students who took our classes that year, seven are already
employed as archaeologists by two Grand Junction consulting firms. Without this new minor at MSC, these firms would have had to look elsewhere, outside of Mesa County, to fill the positions.

If this trend continues, perhaps it is time to create a Major in Archaeology at Mesa State.
Curtis Martin
Professor of Archaeology
Mesa State College
Grand Junction


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