E-mail letters, July 21, 2010

Tea party sentiments
are nothing new

“There is a backlash against big government in this country. It is not a backlash against people of color. This is a movement of the people, and it doesn’t make any difference whether the leading politicians endorse it or not. There are a mass of people who are going to support a change on the domestic scene in this country. If the politicians get in the way of this movement, a lot of them are going to get run over.”

Heard at a Tea Party rally? No. This was said by George Wallace on “Meet the Press,” April 23, 1967.
Richard Gamble
Grand Junction

Dogs don’t deserve hot
sidewalks at Farmers Market

Imagine going barefoot at the Farmers Market in Grand Junction. Now imagine not being able to choose when you were able to get off the pavement when walking. Now picture that the air temperature is 102. This makes the pavement temperature about 140 degrees, according to experts.

As a volunteer dog walker at the Roice Hurst Humane Society, I am very concerned about the people who decide to bring their dogs to the Farmers Market. A number of people want to include their dogs when they go out for entertainment whenever possible. However, the Farmers Market is not an enjoyable experience for a dog.

Why is your dog doing the four-legged jig, alternately lifting each paw, usually pretty quickly? It’s because your dog’s feet are on fire! This can be a very dangerous situation for your dog and it’s amazing how many people don’t even realize how painful this is for dogs.

The Roice Hurst Humane Society has a booth at the Farmers Market and it has done an outstanding job of trying to educate the public about this important issue.

Please, please come enjoy the Farmers Market and support local farmers and artists. But, if you really love your dog, leave him or her at home where it can be comfortable. And please pass the
word onto other people that you see at the Farmers Market who bring their dogs.
Mariann Taigman
Grand Junction

Voters should trust their
judgment on Scott McInnis

Now that voting has begun, Scott McInnis is facing a problem with plagiarism. Plagiarism can be serious or a simple mistake. Which is it here? The fact that it is coming out now certainly should raise serious doubts about the motivation for this disclosure. 

The only information I have on this issue is what I have read in The Daily Sentinel. Seems it occurred in a report commissioned by a private foundation. I don’t think tax-exempt family foundations can pay for lobbyists, so this is another way of providing funding to a former congressman who they think can be helpful to them. Why the falling out? I don’t know.

What I do know is we need to do a better job of setting priorities in November. We need Scott McInnis as our governor. I trust that his focus will be jobs and fiscal responsibility. We need to keep our focus and not be distracted by last-minute political cheap shots. 

On the Western Slope, we know the real Scott McInnis. He is a decent and honesty guy. Attacking his positions on issues is acceptable. Attacks on his character stink. We should trust our judgment, based on what we have seen for ourselves over many years.
Dave Kearsley

Mesa County leads the way
in community-based conservation

Thanks to all the great local groups and individuals who have come together to promote youth involvement on public lands this summer. Friends of McInnis Canyons, the Colorado Environmental Coalition, Gateway Canyons Resort, the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, the Tamarisk Coalition and dozens of individual community members, in collaboration with land-managing agencies, have created special opportunities for young people in Mesa County to learn about our public lands.

With the recent interest in America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, land managers and politicians focusing on reconnecting Americans to the outdoors and western Colorado’s abundance of public lands, it’s great to see our local community has already taken action and is setting the national
standard in promoting community-based recreation and conservation.

I look forward to the future of the area, knowing there will always be great citizens taking care of our public lands.
Matt Jennings
Public Lands Volunteer Coordinator
Western Colorado Conservation Corps of Partners
Grand Junction

Irony abounds in name
of financial reform bill

Talk about irony! Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were two of the main culprits in the financial meltdown by encouraging Freddy Mac and Fanniy Mae to make loans to people who could not afford them. Now they will have their name on the new financial reform bill.
Dave E. Brown
Grand Junction

Don’t let “Forgotten War”
be forgotten on anniversary

July 27 marks the 57th anniversary of the armistice ending the Korean War, often referred to as the “Forgotten War.”
I recently attended a reunion with some of the Korean War veterans who defended Outpost Harry, a critical battle that lasted from June 10 through June 18, 1953.  The outpost was closer to our enemy’s main line of resistance than it was to our own. It served as an early warning position in the event of a major Chinese Communist offensive that could have led to their recapture of Seoul.

Orders from the United Nations headquarters were to hold Harry at all cost.  The outpost was held by elements of the 3rd Infantry Division, the 5th Regimental Combat Team and the Greek Expeditionary Forces. The costs to both sides were extremely high.
We were privileged to preview a documentary about that battle at our June reunion. It had also been shown at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on May 30, 2010. The documentary is appropriately titled, “Hold At All Cost.”  The final version should be out and shown on PBS around Veterans Day.

While it is about the siege of Outpost Harry, it is not unlike many of the battles that took place during the “Forgotten War.” I encourage anyone who is curious about the Korean War to watch for the showing of this accurate documentary.
Grand Valley men who served on Harry were James Herrera, Del Tolen, now deceased and me.  Another local man that I met a few years ago told me that he had been there with the 72nd Combat Engineers.
Jim Steffan
Grand Junction

Scott Tipton will fight
for 3rd CD residents

Scott Tipton is not just a politician. He believes in and works for people. I met Scott and his family over three years ago and continue to be impressed with his dedication, people-oriented agenda and Christian conservative values.

He plans to reduce the deficit (except for defense) and capital gains tax by 10 percent, prevent our energy costs from skyrocketing by blocking cap and trade, block funding for Obamacare and work on a less expensive health reform.

Scott and his family have owned a small business for 30 years and he knows how to balance a budget and work on our country’s economic crisis.

I could write a book about this man. He is a genuine down-to-Earth person and he will fight for you, your pocketbook and our beloved country.

Vote for Scott Tipton. You won’t regret it!
Louise Bell

Fair fireworks debacle
leaves bad impression

The Mesa County Fair fireworks on Tuesday were a disaster. They were delayed for an hour,
with no announcement as to why, then postponed. No refunds, just come back tomorrow.

What if you can’t come back the following night? Then, as we left, all the exits except the main gate were closed. Great for handicapped patrons!

I talked with out-of-town visitors and they won’t be back for sure. Great impression we give.
Dave Hallenbeck



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