E-mail letters, June 13, 2011

News raises doubts about
Islam as ‘religion of peace’

From a recent edition of The Daily Sentinel: ” CAIRO—Osama bin Laden’s deputy warned Wednesday that America faces not individual terrorists or groups but an international community of Muslims that seek to destroy it and its allies.”
Tell me again, President Obama, about this so-called “religion of peace.”
Michael Lowenstein
Grand Junction


Latest scandal is
typical of Washington

The Weinergate scandal is just another example of the atmosphere that has long hung over Washington. Whether the current scandal is about indiscreet behavior, questionable financial dealings, misuse of funds, tax evasion or any other unfavorable actions of our so-called representatives, the bottom line is the same: it’s all about ME.

Some will say, “They are only human,” which is a sad statement of our current society’s standards. In many cases, during the campaigns, the winning candidate is the one who best zeros in on what the majority wants to hear and spends the most on negative ads telling people how bad it would be if their opponent were elected. The few that go to Washington with strong beliefs that they are going to stand on their principles are soon subjected to the pressures of their political party as well as the “good old boy” network (the “You vote for mine, I’ll vote for yours” crowd). Both parties are guilty.
I am an independent and the only affiliation I claim is to the United States of America, which I served for 20 years in the submarine service during the Cold War.
I only hope that someday we will get representatives who truly support the interests of the citizens, believe in our roots, care about our future and support the foundations on which our country was built. We need representation that is more concerned with doing what is right than what they need to do to get re-elected. Bills are passed that people don’t want; federal money is wasted on projects that have no national benefits.
We have been treating our allies with disdain while taking a “Kumbaya” approach to international relations. America has been leading the world in spreading democracy and providing aid to Third World countries for at least all of my generation and it seems as though we are now “humbly apologizing” for intervening in other countrys’ affairs.
With very few exceptions, the media slants any story to support their political beliefs. So to quote the X-Files, “The truth is out there.” The question is: Where?

We support a social class that contributes nothing and has lived off the government for generations. People who need a hand up should get it. Those who take advantage should be made to stand on their own two feet.

Representation of the people, for the people. It’s an awesome concept. In my previous letter I asked, “Who is John Galt?” Now I am asking, “WHERE is John Galt?”
Glen Menard
Grand Junction


Scenic’s small size
helps make it special

As parents of a soon-to-be 3rd grader at Scenic Elementary, we were shocked and saddened to learn that the school board is considering closing our school.  We know that Scenic has been one of the smaller schools in the district, which we feel is one of its strengths.

Our principal, Doug Levinson, makes each student feel important and a part of the Scenic school family.  he dedicated staff goes above and beyond to take care of the needs of each and every student. This unique, high-quality school should be a model for others in the district, not closed because of budget issues.

We can’t imagine that Broadway and Wingate can absorb the entire Scenic population without some serious negative impacts (such as larger class sizes, and longer bus commutes).  So, while closing the school may save some resources, we feel the long-term costs to the students at all the Redlands elementary schools will be too great.

We urge the school board to do everything possible to keep Scenic open and thriving, where the kids learn to Work Hard and Be Nice!
Janet & Walter Cummings
Grand Junction

More attention was due
D-Day anniversary

June 6, 1944, the beaches of Normandy. Thousands of our boys gave it all for the liberation of Europe.

I guess the Daily Sentinel does not think it was a significant undertaking. The only mention of it in the June 6, issue that I could find was a two-line blurb in the Today in History column.

Part of the today’s agenda for our modern society, the dumbing down of our youngsters?
Larry M. Head
Hotchkiss


Article unfairly attacked
a very good local resident

I am a good friend of Jay Valentine’s and have been for 30 years. I have seen his life progress in a very positive way, along with many of his business associates and wonderful friends and family. He has been a great father and spends all the time he can get with his children and always has.

Paul Shockley’s article in the paper portrayed him in a very unfavorable way. We all make mistakes and Jay, like myself, has made many.

Jay always helps others. My grandson Ryan was on the Fruita Monument track squad last year and Jay helped him with his skills.

Jay’s mom and dad are devastated with this outrageous article and they should be. Jay is an avid runner and has promoted running and health for years. He doesn’t deserve this.
Dick Keeler
Redlands


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