E-mail letters, July 9, 2010

Tipton has experience
needed to fix America

Scott Tipton’s life is a reflection of the same commitment, hard work and “never give up” attitude that we should all seek in a leader.

Scott has been married to his wife Jean Tipton for over 30 years and together they’ve raised their family right here in western Colorado. That demonstrates hard work and a selfless commitment to others.

Scott has applied these same principles of hard work and commitment to the operation of his small business for the past 30 years. He’s taken the responsibility for providing for his own family and for the families of his employees seriously. Scott’s leadership and ability to make tough choices has also ensured that his small business grew in good times, so it was
sustainable in hard economic times.

While he’s not a career politician, Scott’s few months serving in the state Legislature have proven he’s a candidate whose voting record reflects the wishes of his constituents and not just his party. Most recently, Tipton voted “No” to HB 1365, a bill co-sponsored and supported
by Republicans.

We routinely hear candidates market themselves with stump speeches filled with lofty plans that sound great, but as we’ve learned, promises without experience are just words and speeches. Our nation is in a crisis and we can’t afford to make yet another mistake. We need leaders who have proved they know how to manage a budget and create jobs. We need leaders who respect the Constitution and will stand up for our conservative values.

Scott Tipton has a proven, life-long record of responsibility, commitment and hard work. If small business is the key to improving our economy, we ought to be smart enough to send someone to Washington who actually has run one successfully. My vote is to hire Scott Tipton as our next representative in Congress. Scott is prepared to fix America right now and I want to make sure we give him the opportunity.
Theresa Schoenradt
Grand Junction

Numbers show Democrats
didn’t kill the gas business

I just read in the July 9 edition of The Daily Sentinel that Colorado tops the region and is among the national leaders in oil and gas drilling permits. It seems as though those Democrats failed at slowing or stopping the proliferation of drilling in this state by imposing environmental regulations.

What were Ritter and the Democrats thinking? Now we have the short-term drilling and
production jobs, but we also have some assurance that our drinking water will not be undrinkable forever because of shoddy completion jobs on holes.

Josh Penry, Scott McInnis and the rest of the near-sighted right won’t be able to blame Ritter and the Democrats for the downturn on the economy last year. It wasn’t the regulations, it was the drop in the price of natural gas. If either one of them were more experienced in the real world, they’d know that drilling contractors often take shortcuts (look at the Gulf).

We can’t gamble the long-term health of our environment for the short-term gains of temporary jobs. Thanks to Gov. Ritter and the Democrats, we have both jobs and environmental protections.

The people of Silt and Rifle and Parachute and Colbran and Craig and the rest of the
state can thank Ritter for looking after their home and those temporary drilling and completion worker’s jobs. Yippee!
Gary Conklin
Grand Junction


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