E-mail letters, June 4, 2010

Seat saving at JUCO
is getting out of hand

As a long time JUCO attendee, I feel the problem of seat saving needs to be addressed.

I arrived in the stands at 5:40 for both the Tuesday and Wednesday night games, only to find that all the seats with backs, from the press box to the third-base dugout, were saved with blankets or items marking the saved seats. Very few of them had anybody near them.

I feel that the JUCO committee needs to have this practice stopped or start selling reserved seat tickets for this area.

It is understandable for someone to save seats for their family, but when whole rows are saved for friends and family, it starts becoming ridiculous. Hopefully, something can be
done about this problem.
Charles Knippel
Grand Junction

Herzog was disrespectful
and clearly uninformed

I found the tone and attitude conveyed by Denny Herzog’s opinion of Rose Pugliese’s actions to be rather disrespectful and disappointingly uninformed. Rose never said that the theory of global warming should not be taught. She simply wants School District 51 to offer other theories about global warming as well, so that the students can learn to make a judgment and make up their own minds. It’s too bad that his narrow-mindedness, only wishing to learn about one side of the story, is limiting the possibilities of the students learning to use their heads and think for themselves.
If he is not a leftist, he certainly argue like one. Perhaps Mr. Herzog needs to broaden his horizons and learn everything there is to know about a subject before automatically choosing the popular theory.

I am bothered by famous scientists deliberately skewing data by not reporting everything that was turned in, simply by ignoring data that was offered by scientists who did not whole heartedly believe in the theory. This to me is fraudulent. Whatever happened to honesty and integrity?
Rose simply thought it was important to let the school board know that these issues, one on global warming and one on politics in the classroom, were of concern to the tax payers in the district.  In other words she was strong and brave enough to do something about a situation that she believed in and to find 700 people who agreed with her.
I have attended the Independent Women’s Forum and many women attend. I do not believe that you have attended any of them so how can you label them as right wing. I don’t believe we are there as members of a political group or party but as everyday people interested in learning about the topic of the evening.
By the way, did Mr. Herzog attend the school board meeting?
Linda Gregory
Grand Junction

Paper should encourage
involvement with schools

Judging by the reaction of The Daily Sentinel editorial staff, and two of the papers’ columnists, it appears Rose Pugliese has touched a raw nerve with her petition for a balanced approach to teaching global warming in District 51 schools.

Personally, I am happy to see parents and concerned citizens taking an active role in discussing the curriculum in our schools, especially with a subject as volatile as global warming, where most of the “science” was suspect to begin with, and now is even more so in light of the recent climategate scandal.

Even though their arguments were out of the same old, tired liberal playbook of demonizing the enemy, I am not surprised that opinion columnists would try a verbal beat down and denigration of Ms. Pugliese. That’s what they do.

But I am surprised at the Sentinel’s stance. I would think the paper would welcome and encourage more involvement in our public schools, as a way to strengthen the community. And, after all, we do pay the bills.
David Foster
Grand Junction

McConnell is the candidate
who can defeat Salazar

Here’s another perspective on the Republican candidates for the 3rd Congressional District:

We support Bob McConnell, who has never held a political office of any kind, a leader of proven ability and integrity, and a fresh new face beholden to no special interest groups. He served his country with honor and distinction in the U. S. Army, later retiring with 20-plus years of military service.

Bob McConnell’s principles of conservatism, fiscal responsibility and limited government, as specified in the U. S. Constitution, make him clearly the people’s choice and the only Republican candidate capable of defeating Rep. John Salazar.
Jerry and Phyllis Hunsinger
Grand Junction


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