E-mail letters, June 27 2011

Mesa commissioners show
support for TABOR, voters

On June 20, the Mesa County commissioners voted to approve a resolution declaring their support for the Taxpayer Bill Of Rights. This was done in response to a lawsuit, brought about by big-government politicians and liberal special interest groups in Denver, challenging the constitutionality of the TABOR Amendment.

I want to publicly thank Commissioners Janet Rowland, Craig Meis and Steve Aquafresca, on behalf of the members of the Mesa County chapter of Americans For Prosperity Colorado, and the thousands of Mesa County residents, taxpayers and business owners who voted for, and continue to support, the TABOR Amendment.

TABOR has been a vital restraint on unsustainable growth of government in Colorado, and has been instrumental during the recession in helping to prevent(for the most part) politicians from causing even greater damage to the economy by raising taxes on those already struggling financially.

Our county commissioners have demonstrated not only their support for the checks on government growth through the tax discipline enforced by TABOR, and the public accountability that it represents, but also their recognition that this lawsuit is about more than just TABOR. It is an assault on states’ rights and on the voters rights of initiative and referendum, led by those who would apparently wish to see Colorado’s government reduced to little more than a series of dictatorships between elections.

It is heartening to see that on this issue our elected county officials remain respectful of the will of the people whom they represent, and for that, they have our thanks.
Kelly Sloan
Mesa County Director
Americans For Prosperity Colorado
Grand Junction

Civilians get hurt because
Taliban use them as shields

Dave Murphy’s letter objecting to the use of Predator drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan, printed June 23, makes a great emotional appeal on behalf of the Taliban. I’m sure, if any of the Taliban forces subscribe to The Daily Sentinel or read it online, they are thankful that he failed to point out the obvious reason that “innocent, impoverished civilians” are being killed during Predator drone missions.

The inconvenient truth, as reported by BBC News, Fox News and others on February 17, 2010, was that Taliban fighters were increasing the use of human shields. According to Afghan National Army General Mohiudin Ghori, “They (the Taliban) are trying to get us to fire on them and kill the civilians.”

Murphy neglected to describe the Taliban’s technique of firing from mosques and homes and hiding behind
women and children. I am sure that capitalism and a high-tech weapon system are to blame and not the fact that our enemy has no regard for human life while we hold ourselves to the highest possible standards in limiting collateral damage.
Shawn O’Connor

Obama’s re-election drives
our Afghanistan strategy

How disheartening is it to learn that our entire Afghan exit strategy consists of: What’ll get Obama re-elected?
Richard Rininger
Grand Junction

Those behind gun plan
deserve to do hard time

Regarding the recent editorial, “Operation fast and Exceedingly Foolish,” The Daily Sentinel did suggest that BATF Director Kenneth Melson should not be the only one to lose his job — and that is good as far as you dared go.

Soldier of Fortune magazine has been doing follow-up stories on this crime by our own government officials. June 26 on Free Republic I read an excellent piece from Pajamas Media by Howard Nemerov suggesting Attorney General Eric Holder is an accessory and ought be impeached, both for failing to say “This is crazy,” as the Sentinel put it so well, but for his role in the government cover-up of the crime.

Recently I visited my father in Yuma Ariz., and while there visited the famous Yuma Prison (now a museum). One of the prisoners remembered in the museum did time there — with no air conditioning, no ClubFed (Gitmo) treatment — for the crime of selling guns and liquor to the Indians.

I see no reason why those in this administration who in any way are connected to
“Operation Fast and Furious” shouldn’t they be treated as America once treated citizens who sold guns or liquor to the Indians.

The idea that Holder or the BATF thought it would be a good thing if President Obama and Mexican President Calderone were made to look like they were honorable men, telling a truth, when the law enforcement officers at the BATF, under Eric Holders’ Department of Justice, knew of criminal activity and not only allowed it to continue but hoped to benefit from it, means they ought do more than lose their jobs. They ought do hard time.
Robert Burkholder

Fourth of July
budgetary fireworks

The adolescent boys in the Beltway have already pulled the pin on the U.S. debt-crisis grenade and are now passing it around the room in a stupid game of pineapple roulette.

The debt ceiling “drop-dead” date is Aug. 2. We have some basic choices to make — cut even more money out of the budget or tax some of the wealthiest individuals and corporations in the world, slightly. Seems we have already done the former, but the latter has been taken off the table. Why?

Nobody is talking about what debt default really means. Bond vigilantes are loyal to no nation. Congress has no say in what they can choose to pay, or not, once that Rubicon has been crossed. Debt default could eventually mean no Medicare, no Social Security, no Pentagon budget, no FDIC insurance, no place to hide your savings and no way to pay your mortgage.

Like Greece, the nation could slam to a screeching halt, with warring factions fighting in the streets, double-digit inflation and a new, huge round of unemployment. Wisconsin was only a preview. What al- Qaida could not do, we are about to do to ourselves.
James Maddox
Grand Junction

Local economy in decline
with minerals industry

Columnist Jim Spehar recently scolded Rose Pugliese for having the temerity to say public lands belong to everybody, The Daily Sentinel editorial writer opines that the Colorado Roadless rules make sense, having been developed with substantial public input, Bill Grant mounts his platform to deride Scott Tipton for his “anti-roadless,  anti-wilderness” stance, apparently “mobilized” by a true coalition of nine conservation groups. And all of this is topped off by the news that property tax revenues will take a further dive next year.  The only good news on the economic front appears to be that of an enterprising airline prospering by flying energy workers to North Dakota.

As we agitate over our dismal economy, our draconian cuts in education, let’s pause and ask: Is there a connection? Dollars derived from outdoor recreation compare poorly to dollars contributed by mineral development. The goods and services purchased, property and sales taxes paid by employees, along with severance taxes, royalties and generous contributions to communities from mineral companies, all contributed to the economy. Colorado has lost greatly, all due to the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission restricting energy development.
No effort is wasted in convincing the general public of the evils of mineral development, no story too extravagant to offer — people sickening in Battlement Mesa,  fracking fluids catching fire. Sal Pace is in favor of “reasonable” development, seemingly code words for “over my dead body.”

Where is that new green energy economy we were promised when the new commission was formed?  Solar and wind are fine but they will never produce even a fraction of our energy needs.

It is time to face facts. Reasonable development is possible and has been the practice in western Colorado for some time. Do we really want our communities to continue to decline economically? Are we willing to vote for tax increases to fund our schools? The BEST program, building schools in our poorer communities, using money from School Trust lands, will they have to discontinue its work?  If you think roadless areas and wild land projects are important enough to forever change western Colorado’s economy then say so.  Just stop the fiction that we can have it both ways,
Marcia Neal
Grand Junction

Fruita chicken rules are
similar to Grand Junction’s

I feel compelled to answer a few of the comments made by those who were displeased by the recent amendment to the Fruita City code to allow residents to have chickens.

Are these people not aware that the city of Grand Junction allows for residents to have up to six chickens? In fact most of the surrounding cities do as well. How is that more “redneck” than the statue of Mike the headless chicken we have on Main street?

By the way, was Mike the headless chicken an illegal? Perhaps that’s why he had his head lopped off.

Additionally, the benefits to raising your own chickens are numerous. Remember the recent recall on eggs in the store? Have you seen the movie Food Inc.? If you knew where your eggs came from would it make a

But what really made the difference for us was the fact that when we bought our home it was with a rural development loan that stipulated we buy in either Palisade or Fruita, which are both considered “rural” under the program. Otherwise, I may have spent my $200,000 in Grand Junction and had my chickens without having to petition the City Council.
Patricia Matthes

We can’t help others unless
we save our economy

Should I feel guilty for wanting to sleep nights? I don’t want to worry about government spending us into bankruptcy. Like most people in our country I’d like to see all those in need provided for, but we need to take care of ourselves first if want to be able to help others. It’s like putting your own oxygen mask on first. Let’s save our economy first.

Why are reasonable people concerned? When President Obama took office, pledging he would lead us out of a recession, the national debt was $10.6 trillion. Back in April, just a little over two years later, that debt had grown to $14.2 trillion. Since last summer, the Federal Reserve has been printing money and thrown $2 trillion at the problem.

I think all of us would be happy if it worked, but it hasn’t. We still have anemic growth. The latest “stimulus” of tapping into our oil reserves smacks of desperation. The only significant growth has been in federal government, from 18 percent to 24 percent of our economy.

I heard a Democratic commentator say about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that he made his fortune turning around companies by firing people, as if that’s a bad thing.  I’d love to see him be able to do that with federal employees. Please cut the government dead wood and maybe we can all sleep better nights. 

Dave Kearsley





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