E-mail letters, July 7, 2010


Maes hasn’t demonstrated
experience to be governor

I’ve heard Dan Maes say being governor is an executive position. I would say that he is the executive of his campaign and after reading the July 6 edition of The Daily Sentinel, he is doing a poor job.
Dan talks about how he has fixed broken companies and that qualifies him to be governor. When he is “fixing” these companies he can hire the people he wants to do the job. The governor can’t hire the legislators that he has to work with, he takes what the voters elect to office. I think that Dan hasn’t figured that out.
Dan talks about Amendment 2 and he really doesn’t understand the second amendment at all. It’s not about “deer hunting.”
Yesterday, he said that there should not be West Slope — Front Range issues. If he is governor, it’ll be Colorado. The West Slope can’t send the high altitude water to the front range and use the lower quality water that is left over for our use. There is the 1922 water compact that needs to be followed, but has Dan really said that the compact needed to be changed because it’s outdated? There is more to water than turning on the faucet in Colorado.
We need to elect Scott McInnis governor. Scott understands that water flows “down” the river, the 2nd Amendment, and with his past experiences, how to lead Colorado forward from where we are now.
John Justman

Caskey led the way on
immigration reform

The illegal alien issues are in the mainstream, again. In 2006, the House District 55 Republican candidate researched and saw firsthand the devastation created by the illegal aliens who crossed the border into Arizona. He stood on that border in Arizona. He met with the landowners and heard their stories about how their property was stolen and destroyed. He talked to grandfathers who are afraid to allow their grandchildren to play in their yards

Remember, the word is “illegal.”  Bob Caskey used this personal experience to set his platform’s focus for solving the issue.  First, we must enforce the existing laws. Second, we must return those who are here illegally to their homeland. For the sake of our agriculture, we must develop an effective guest-worker program. We have waited, for years, for the federal government to address the problem. It has chosen to ignore it. By default, it is left to the states to solve

Had Bob been elected, Colorado may have been the state to take the lead in solving this issue. Arizona and other states would have been jumping on our bandwagon and we all would be four years closer to a solution for the states. Congress and our presidents have side-stepped their
responsibility to protect the citizens from the devastating costs of illegals. It must be our time.

Colorado needs to support Arizona in its bold stand. We need Colorado legislators to step up to the plate and design a guest-worker program and ensure that we do not embrace law breakers within our state boundaries.

Make the calls: What is our Legislature’s position in handling those who break the law? What is their plan to insure that our agricultural community has the workers needed to harvest their crops?  How will they ensure those guest workers do not wind-up in our welfare rolls?

Colorado citizen can make the difference; it’s just a phone call away.
Sandra K. Caskey
Janet Blackman
and six others
Grand Junction and Clifton

Hickenlooper flip-flops
on energy regulations

I was simply appalled to read John Hickenlooper’s weird apology for yet another flip-flop in the July 4 edition of The Daily Sentinel. In this case he explains why he is on both sides of the issue of revising the state’s oil and gas regulations.

Trying to be all things to all people all the time is what politicians do, and it seems like
Hickenlooper is more prone to this problem than most. And it’s the perfect example of why politicians have lost the faith of the voters.

Maybe he can treat the people in Denver like they are stupid, but this issue is one of jobs and our future. Frankly, I expected a much higher level of discourse from Hickenlooper.

Macie Maddison
Grand Junction


There’s little similarity
between McConnell, Tipton

In the realm of political confusion, it’s frequently necessary to set the record straight. I reference the July 6 Sentinel article, “3rd District candidates voice similar views.”

While Bob McConnell and Scott Tipton may share concern for the nation’s problems and have the same understanding of key issues, that is where the similarity stops.

The Free Dictionary uses an example “all politicians are alike” to define the word “similar.”
That’s definitely not the case here. To set the record straight, the difference between McConnell and Tipton is “day and night.”

Quoting McConnell: “From my perspective, there’s enough space to steer a battleship between us, with room to spare. I am much more conservative, much crankier, and I have no intention of making Congress my career.”
Bob McConnell is a candidate of the people, not the party. Unlike establishment politicians, he’s not obligated nor beholden to anything or anyone.
Those attending Bob’s events have witnessed his sincere approach. During his “meet and greets,” he seeks input and feedback, obtaining the views and opinions of his constituency. Then, during his presentations, he’s precise and specific regarding his stance on the issues. There is no guessing on what Bob stands for and there is no question that he is genuinely a “candidate of the people” and represents “the will of the people.”
Unlike Tipton, McConnell has no past political involvement, but an incredible background in leadership and accomplishment. He is conservative. Tipton is middle of the road.

As a retired Airborne Ranger colonel, Bob McConnell possesses additional qualities that are so obviously lacking in our congressional representatives. He is a combat veteran who has served to defend and protect, a devoted patriot who loves his country, a dedicated citizen who will fight for his constitutional rights, an accomplished man of substance with moral clarity and so much more.

My bottom line: After a primary victory, McConnell is the man to beat John Salazar because with Bob failure has never been an option.
Richard Doran

Colorado can’t afford
new EPA standards

With people losing their jobs left and right in Colorado, we can use all the help we can get from the federal government. Instead, bureaucrats in Washington have added even more red tape to hinder industries and development.

The most recent burden comes from the EPA, lowering the ground-level ozone standard. This standard, which the EPA has said has no bearing on improving public health, will require companies across the nation to divert funds intended for development and expansion to pay to reduce emissions, costing many their jobs and their livelihoods.

In Colorado alone, nine counties are not in compliance with the old standard and three more
will be added to the list if this new standard comes through. If these counties continue to be in non-compliance, the government could reduce funding for highways and schools and make it more difficult for businesses to expand.

The Colorado Energy Forum estimates that the lower standard will cost Colorado 35,000 jobs, $3.9 billion in gross regional product and $1.8 billion in disposable income over the next 10 years. Can we really afford something this drastic? Or is it time we let Sen. Michael Bennet know that enough is enough?
Mariah Raney
Grand Junction

Money being wasted
on D Road repairs

With all the talk about the budget, somebody decided that D road between 30 and 29 roads needs to be chip sealed. Maybe someone should have looked at D Road first.

The asphalt is crumbling in some places and it is full of repair jobs. So now we are spending money to chip-seal a road that really needs to be repaired and have new pavement put down — a real wise use of money putting a Bandaid over a crappy road.
Rick Waite
Grand Junction

Community must step up
to improve its park lands

I was grateful to read The Daily Sentinel’s editorial in support of, and encouraging some in our community to help raise private funds towards the development of Los Colonias Park. I hope they are successful.

The Sentinel is correct that it has sat vacant for 13 years, but so to have the Matchett, Horizon and Saccomanno park lands.

Burkey Park land was given, not by the state as was Los Colonias, but by a generous and prominent family in 1967. For 43 years it has been an unfulfilled promise of a place for neighborhhod children to play safely.

We need to continue to seek funding sources to finally develop these future jewels. Parks are one of the greatest assets of any community, and to have these lands languish, as the editorial put it, is a shame. Be it a special tax, a budget commitment, or a partnership of some sort, it is time we as a community decide to invest in our undeveloped park land, and our future.
Gregg Palmer
Grand Junction



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