E-mail letters, July 5, 2010

Volunteer coordinator at
VA Hospital will be missed

I know change is inevitable, but sometimes it comes too soon. The heart of the volunteer program at our Veterans Administration Hospital has ceased to beat, with the retirement of Kris Baugh.

She is an amazing woman who cherished her volunteers. She made you feel special. Her smile, upbeat personality and expertise in her field is just some of the many reasons our VA Hospital got all the recognition it has through the years. She will be missed.
Beverly Windscheffel
Grand Junction


Where was the State Patrol
when truck was stalled?

The recent headline read, “Cops say cones truck driver placed on 1-70 contributed to accident.”
Further, the truck had been disabled since 6:45 that morning until the accident. Where was the Colorado State Patrol during that time?

It seems that they did not contact the driver until after the accident occurred. Why didn’t they contact the driver and assist him to do the proper things. First, to arrange for a tow-truck service to move the cab and trailer over. If that was not possible, then to arrange for traffic control via the appropriate agency or themselves.

Second, if the emergency cones were not properly placed, why was the driver not told? I am sure that additional cones could have been brought to the location and set up with the instruction of the State Patrol.

Someone dropped the ball here. I drove by at approximately 6:15 p.m. en route to Grand Junction. There were five state trooper units and the De Beque towns marshal’s unit there. Where were they earlier? 
Alex Varas
Grand Junction


Elliots deserve recognition
for aid they give tennis players

I am a young tennis player involved in the Mesa County Tennis program. I’m writing to put a spotlight on the Elliots and all they do. They inspire kids to work on their tennis game, and they do an outstanding job.

All of my older siblings have played tennis, and it really is a great game. My two younger siblings take lessons at the Canyon View tennis courts with Kathy Elliot as their teacher, and whenever they see her when I am being dropped off at my Mesa State leagues or drill sessions, they hop out of the car and run up to her saying, “Kathy, Kathy! Mom, Kathy is here at the
tennis courts!”

Ron Elliot is also a really great motivator, teacher and player. He can turn a horrible losing streak into a smile on your face and some amazing matches in the future. It’s as if he has a never- fading smile etched on his face. I have never in my life seen him frown, or be upset. He encourages young players to keep their cool when they get frustrated, and to never give
up in the face of defeat.

David, Sandra and Carol Elliot are instructors who are involved with the real drill sessions, which help me out a lot, and help other people too. They make the practicing fun, while showing us how to correct ourselves ifwe are to make a mistake.

The Elliots are a great tennis playing family, who are great contributors, and should be recognized for the work and time they put in to help young players work on, and learn to love the game of tennis.
Brigham Beckstead
Grand Junction

Vote for patriots to
‘Bless the whole world’

I was in Grand Junction recently and saw a bumper sticker: “God bless the whole World, no exceptions.” I assume that was a comeback to “God Bless America.”

I had come from a gathering of Constitutional Patriots at Sherwood Park. We spent three hours enjoying the liberty granted us in the First Amendment. I was energized by the quality of citizen leaders stepping forward as candidates and serve for love of country and fellow man.

America has been a “City on a Hill,” a beacon of freedom and prosperity to the world. In the past 200-plus years since her birth the whole world has made more forward progress than it had in the previous 5,000. God blessed America, and America in turn blessed the world!

As a teenager, I went to Russia after the Iron Curtain fell. I witnessed the oppression of these people. It was written on their broken spirits. I then visited Singapore and saw a society over-regulated and ruled from without’. You cannot chew gum on a public sidewalk with being fined! You might offend someone! I came home with an understanding of the gift our founders gave us in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

They pledged their lives, fortunes and honor for this country. Once again, citizens are stepping forth with this kind of dedication. I ask voters to support them August 10. Register Republican by July 12th to vote in the primary election.

Patriots, “Bless the whole world.” Do your part to preserve the light of liberty’ before she’s extinquished.

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet”—Abraham Lincoln.
Tonya Huspen

Palisade’s progress is
threatened by naysayers

I would like to speak out in favor of the progress that Palisade has made in the last six years.

The town’s financial reserves have grown from $100,000 to $2.43 million. This has been accomplished while we, as a community, have built a new water purification plant, a town plaza, improved Kluge Avenue, created a mountain bike festival, a bluegrass festival, a farmers market
and expanded Peach Festival.

There are many new businesses, including a hotel, coffee shop, distillery, two new restaurants, several new art galleries and a new bed and breakfast. I know I have left some things out, but I am only illustrating how far we as a community have come in such a short period of time.

A small group of people opposes these improvements of our small town. They are obviously the minority. The results of our local elections are quantitative evidence of that fact.

If you are part of the majority that elected Mayor Dave Walker and Trustees Prinster, Harkreader, Edwards, Bennett, Silverand Krueger, it is time to support your elected local officials. If you are part of the minority opposing progress, please don’t waste the money of our small town in an attempt to reverse the will of the majority.

Our community has a rich heritage dating back over 100 years, when the Kluge’s, the Bancroft’s, and the Smith’s — our town fathers — were newcomers. They have left us with a responsibility to not only maintain but improve upon what we have been so generously given.

It is time to accept this stewardship, not fall back to decay and irresponsible management of our assets. As a community, we can continue to pull ourselves up and improve or we can let a small minority pull us down. I personally chose progress and support our town officials.
Dave Hull

‘Deemed as passed’ language
is an astounding affront

Each time a branch of our federal government demonstrates another abuse of power we are astounded. Prepare to be astounded again, by the Congress this time.

On Friday evening, (just before leaving on vacation) the Democrats in the House of Representatives attached a document to an emergency war supplemental bill that “deemed as passed” a non-existent budget. No nasty political fighting about appropriations for specific line items, just “deemed as passed.”

This is new territory in the power grab, but apparently it allows the leadership to spend as they wish, as much as they wish. A future step in the progression of power accumulation may be that by leadership fiat, individual appropriation bills will be “deemed as passed” without reaching the floor for an actual vote.

Perhaps on April 15, an appropriate attachment to the Form 1040 would be a statement that any taxes due are “deemed as paid.”
Alan Metcalfe

Democratic Party clings
to policies that failed

Once upon a time, when I was young, idealistic and a registered Democrat, I believed many of today’s myths about government’s ability to create a better life for all. I worked toward these ends all through the 1950s and 1960s.

I paid my liberal dues, talked the talk and walked the walk, but never once did I believe the U.S. Constitution didn’t mean what it said, particularly the First and Second amendments in the Bill of Rights.

In the seventies “power to the people” became “power over people” and I became more aware of the aims of democratic socialism and its distaste for constitutional rights, personal freedoms, public intelligence and the individualism that has been the hallmark of America for two hundred years and I switched political parties.

I’m not particularly fond of either party these days, but I am more at odds with Liberal hysteria than with Conservative greed.

Fact No. 1: gun control. Liberals resolutely close their eyes to the experience of others when this issue arises.

Everywhere that gun controls have been implemented, serious crimes against persons and property double, triple and quadruple. Australia is a valid and dramatic example.

Everywhere law-abiding citizens are armed, crime goes down. Keep and eye on Washington D.C.

The liberal media and the Democratic Party love stories about criminals and guns, but rarely do they showcase the many cases each year where a citizen has saved his or her own life and that of others because of being armed and able to take defensive action against a criminal. You want to know about those? Ask the National Rifleman’s Association, they have all that information documented and will be share it with you.

Fact No. 2: socialized medicine. It has all but bankrupted Sweden. England and Canada aren’t doing so well either. Where it is still in place, socialized medicine is for the masses, not for the wealthy, privileged and powerful. They have their own superior doctors, clinics, hospitals and care all closed to lesser folks.

Here’s a guarantee: Congress will exempt from participation in socialized medicine itself, the executive and judicial branches’ hierarchy and the wealthy and powerful.

Gun controls and socialized medicine haven’t been successful anywhere. Why doesn’t the Democratic Party leadership understand that?
T.C. Streff
Grand Junction

Vermillion and Roan
both deserve protection

Protecting the Vermillion Basin and Roan Plateau from natural gas leasing is not an either-or situation, as The Daily Sentinel implied in its June 30 editorial.
Although I agree there’s no “pressing need” to open Vermillion Basin to leasing, your more lukewarm support for protecting the Roan was perplexing in light of last year’s editorial calling for canceling the Roan leases to keep “one of the last undisturbed areas” from becoming an “industrialized zone.”

As you noted then the Bureau of Land Management called the Roan one of the four richest areas in Colorado because it’s home to rare plants and wildlife, including important mule deer and elk herds and genetically pure strains of Colorado River Cutthroat trout.
It’s a false premise to suggest that the BLM can only protect one special place at a time and that Coloradans have to choose between what you call the Roan’s “unique biology” and Vermillion’s “spectacular scenery.”
Like Vermillion Basin, the Roan Plateau represents the best of what’s left of Colorado – and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.
Stephen C. Torbit, Ph.D.
Regional Executive Director
The National Wildlife Federation

Elected officials disregard
the will of Americans

Please forgive my wordiness, but as a nation, we seem on a frenzied course whose apparent objective is forfeiture of or commandeering of personal liberty. Thomas Jefferson, in another era, realized the stakes: “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” Or on another occasion: “The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. We ought, for so dear a state, to sacrifice every attachment and every enmity.” In the interest of establishing a common vocabulary, I have adopted a certain definition of the word liberty and that is: Freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.

For the second time in our nation’s history (the first having occurred in 1775-76) we are teetering on the brink of an uncertain destiny. Will we fall prey to another hateful serpent of governmental despotism or will we awaken to the reality that personal comfort lacking liberty is no comfort at all? The face of Lady Liberty, who stands as a guardian statue in New York Harbor, suddenly projects a certain somber and worried demeanor — or is just my perception? Is she to simply acquiesce and brace for more abuse to our constitution from Washington, D.C,. thuggery, or should we all rather subscribe to the warning espoused by Louis Brandeis, a Supreme Court justice (1856-1941): “Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty”

This past year or so, it has become more than obvious that certain elected officials have deliberately disregarded America’s pleas and petitions for the exercise of common sense. This in the arenas of an ill-advised health care program, a power-hungry federal government, frantically abusive and obscene taxation, arrogant disregard for character quality in our politicians and a refusal to stand up and fight for the retention of Christian ethic in America. Our Constitution is being ignored and maligned. The sanctity of life and of marriage is ridiculed. And this list would be wanting were it not to include a consideration of government’s near-psychotic compulsion to outlandish over-spending. Even a child can easily comprehend when a piggy bank is insufficient to the purchase of a toy. Why should similar wisdom stand so far off from the representatives of
this republic? Much is at stake.

With enemy troops approaching, Patrick Henry at the Virginia Convention of Delegates on March 23, 1775, presented his famous quote: “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” Ours, however, is not a call to arms or violence of any sort but rather to a recollection of what it means to be an American residing on one of the most blessed real estate parcels on planet Earth. Surely the stakes demand that we take the few minutes necessary at the voting booth to make ourselves heard in a clarion call for governmental righteousness. Let not a tyrannous civil authority weave a terrible web of deceit and entrapment as crippling socialism approaches.
Charles Sutton

Article, charts highlight
problems in this nation

I sincerely hope Robert Garcia’s pie-charts and Charles Ashby’s article on the front page of The Daily Sentinel July 4 are absorbed and considered by all. I feel they underline some important roots to many of our country’s present day festering problems.

For example, the third chart very clearly shows that we almost all feel that our elected leaders, once in office, are much more concerned with doing whatever it takes to stay in office than in
doing well what they were sent there to do.

Mr. Ashby discusses the Tea Party. I had hope for its possibilities when it first showed up, but it appears that, more and more, it is being used as another propaganda tool for the far right.

I’ve hoped, and still hope, they will find a wise, honest, effective leader to lead them into developing a doable plan to bring cur country back to the intent of our Constitution. Just
riding a temporary gravy-train — free hair-cuts, free lunches and/or airplane rides, etc.  — ain’t gonna get ’er done!

Our wise founding fathers gave us the vote, all the power we need to get our Country back. But we must find the wisdom, the courage, and the determination, to get out from in front of the TV and use that vote.

We can’t possibly get enough information to reasonably judge, for even a day, the performance of even one of our elected leaders. All we really have to go on is the way we see that they run Our Country.  If we like it, we might consider keeping them.  If we don’t like the job they do for us, can new people do worse?
Ray Lashley
Grand Junction



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