E-mail letters, March 17, 2010

Who is Bob Hislop?
Is candidate Bob Hislop a real conservative? We have seen letters describing him as a dedicated conservative. However, sometimes you are judged by the company you keep.
Would a dedicated conservative have a posting on a Pro-Obama website for over two years? Mr. Hislop described it as a joke, but two years is an awful long time to run a practical joke.
Would a dedicated conservative have connections to churches with stringent anti-war, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion stances?
I am not questioning Mr. Hislop’s freedom to practice whatever religion he chooses. I am questioning his conservative credentials. I am also questioning why he is so reluctant to discuss his associations.
Mr. Hislop has described himself as a Wolf in Sheep’s clothing.
Voters in House District 54, beware! I am afraid the wolf in this case is not the conservative he patterns himself to be.
KEVIN MCCARNEY
Clifton

April is Child Abuse
Prevention month
The tragedy of a husband killing his wife in front of their 2-year-old daughter is horrific. The occurrence of domestic violence with child abuse is much more common than any of us want to acknowledge, and this story epitomizes how extreme family violence can be.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In anticipation of that, several groups, including the Family Violence Prevention Project, the Domestic Violence Task Force, the Partnership for Children and Families, and the Department of Human Services have worked together to bring Denise Brown, sister of Nicole Simpson, to Grand Junction. 
Ms. Brown will be speaking about the issue of family violence and what concerned community members can do to help prevent domestic violence and child abuse.
Ms. Brown will be speaking at the Avalon Theater at 7 p.m. on April 22. There is no charge to attend.  Further information is available at 683-4303.
Family violence is a community problem.  Let’s each do what we can to help prevent it. Join us on April 22.
DONNA BENNETT
Fruita

Hybrids offer economic
growth for the valley
My partner and I own and operate Grand Valley Hybrids and Grand Valley Farms in Grand Junction. Our families have farmed here since 1958. We sell hybrid seed corn, alfalfa seed and related products to farmers, feeders, and dairymen in 12 Western states.
We first began to speak out for comprehensive immigration reform when we saw unfair treatment and ill-advised policy being applied to American immigrant workers, including hundreds of thousands of farm workers. But what began as a moral issue quickly became one of economics. Passage of sane and humane immigration reform is fundamental to the continued success of small business, the engine for job creation and economic growth.
The failure of the present immigration policy is largely due to the fact that it ignores the labor needs of the US economy. Nearly 80 percent of American farm labor is foreign born. It is estimated that well over half of those workers are unauthorized. Other industries also hire large amounts of immigrant labor; custodial work (36 percent), construction (27 percent) and food preparation (24 percent). Those numbers will grow.
The American Farm Bureau estimates that without comprehensive immigration reform, one-third or more of our fruit and vegetable market will move out of the United States. It is impossible to believe that we have made energy independence a national priority and won’t do the same thing for our food.
Willing workers in all categories of the workforce are fundamental to robust and sustained economic growth. Newcomers have filled half of all new jobs created in the last 20 years. American agriculture, business and the consumers they serve need comprehensive immigration reform. We need a realistic and dependable supply of legal labor from the dairy barn to the physics lab American business wants to finish comprehensive immigration reform and move on to more productive work building America and feeding its people.
MARK HARRIS
Grand Valley Hybrids
Grand Junction

WSCA endorsement
didn’t come from ranks
Gary Harmon’s article in the March 16 edition of The Daily Sentinel, “Conservative Group Backs Tipton,” misses the mark by a wide margin.
As a member of the conservative group in question, Western Slope Conservative Alliance, I can tell you without equivocation that the WSCA board never queried the membership as to their candidate of choice.
Harmon does his usual good job and clarifies the article’s headline, but the damage from the headline’s false assumption had already been done. The board’s support for Tipton, which may not be representative of the membership since they never asked us, is about what one would expect from political hacks with their own agenda.
Tipton is a member of “the good ol’ boy” network, that is why he has WSCA board support over the better of the two candidates, Bob McConnell.
Bob is a true American patriot. He is not a retread, incumbent politician who has already lost to Salazar, like Tipton. On the contrary, Bob McConnell is fresh, unsullied, and with new ideas.
With this unilateral action by the WSCA board, they have proved that they think like Washington, D.C., where decisions are made daily at odds with the will of the majority of the people, or membership, as the case may be.
We do not need to retain any political incumbents; there are too many honest people out there with better ideas. Give them a shot, they certainly cannot do any worse. We have had enough lies.
JERRY A. HUNSINGER
Grand Junction



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