E-mail letters, March 25, 2010

Austism is challenging
for all involved
As a mother reading the story about jury selection in the Jacob Grabe murder trial I’m thankful I was not summoned. It is very difficult to understand or apply the law particularly in a case like this.
Autism is a complex neurological disorder with no definitive roadmap for treatment or cure. It is a so hard to define it is diagnosed on a spectrum. It is a condition that can permeate every aspect of a families’ life. One in 150 children has an autism spectrum disorder.
Autism breaks up marriages, isolates families socially and emotionally, and drains bank accounts.
Researchers report that parents of autistics suffer the highest levels of depression, anxiety and parenting stress among parents of children with disabling conditions.
Nobody knows what goes on the in the life of a family. To speculate in this case is dangerous.
It does feel safe to say though, that Allen Grabe had lost hope that his life or his son’s could improve. That his circumstances would lead him to such a desperate act is beyond comprehension to me even when my own life as a parent has been impacted by autism.
Life for an autistic can be an enormous challenge but there’s good fruit that can come from their quirky personalities. Autistic individuals throughout history have made significant contributions to society when they have had the good fortune to be well supported by their family, friends and community.
Knowing this I can’t help but hope that even though justice can never be served in this case it can be one we all learn from. Support from every sector of the community for parents of disabled kids serves the greater good.
Every life serves a purpose. Jacob’s will not be fulfilled and we all lost because of this.
KAREN DAVIS
Grand Junction

Obama is denying our rights
Over the past time that President Obama has been in office, there has been many changes in the United States. I am very concerned with these changes because they show that the government has far to much power over America.
For instance, the newly passed health care bill: This bill forces us to pay taxes on wrong and immoral things such as abortion. And if we refuse to pay taxes than we pay a fine or get landed in prison. Things like this take the rights and privileges that we are supposed to have in this country. Other things like the government controlling the people is also a huge issue. When the founding fathers wrote the Constitution, they wrote that the country was a representative republic, which is to be ruled by the people but the people are restricted by the government so that anarchy does not become the form of government, but with the government denying us our rights, we are not able to stop the government from destroying our country.
From the Constitution, I quote, “whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.” This states how we are able to stop the government, but clearly some people have forgotten the words of our fore fathers or have not taken the time to read it, so that they know when to take action. It would be very much appreciated if you could make the people aware of this so that more know how to take action.
JORY GARDNER
Grand Junction

Questions still linger
regarding shooting
Lots of questions regarding the shooting of Brent Ingram.
Did the officers enter with guns drawn or pulled them when charged? If so, either way they could have drawn Tasers just as easy as guns. Why is the size of the knife such a secret, was it only a pocketknife? 
Finally four shots at center mass from 5-10 feet at a man with blood alcohol level of .304 and only two hits? Some marksmen the police department has. Did the police chief send them to the practice range on their paid leave? 
GARY ENGLAND
Grand Junction

New fees are actually taxes
I recently questioned our county clerk office about the new fees tacked upon my vehicle registrations. They are titled “road fee” and “bridge fee.”
I asked the clerk what they were all about. The response was that they are actually an additional state tax, but could not be listed as a tax since any new tax must be approved by voters.
Ha! Imagine that.
So our state Legislature has found a simple way to subvert the state law regarding voter approval of any new state tax. Rather sneaky don’t you think?
JOHN H. ROSS
Montrose



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