E-mail letters, May 19, 2010

Internet is a deterrent
to good job applicants

I’ve been out of work since March 18. Did you know there are approximately 100 pages of jobs posted for the Grand Junction area on some websites? I know because I have been applying to at least two a day, as well as checking out the Workforce Center.

How is it that so many people are out of work? My opinion: Everything is via Internet. No one gets to meet you and find out more about the person. I am judged by the application. I want to work and apply for anything I feel I can do. I’m either over-qualified, or have no previous experience. Maybe employers should put “life experience” on the application. Maybe employers should at least meet with some of the applicants.

I have a master’s in psychology. I am unable to find work because it’s the “wrong” degree — it should be a master’s in social work, although I have worked in the social work field since 1999. And my life experience is a long list: construction laborer, horse wrangler, housecleaner, front desk clerk at a hotel, gardener, house caretaker and more.

I am sure there are many of us who really want to work. However, how does an employer know just by an online application? I’m sure it’s tedious for the employers, since there may be many applicants. I suggest, however, giving some people the chance of at least a face-to-face interview. Many of us also have an incredible work ethic and would not just quit if something better came along. But how would anyone know that from the Internet.
Patricia Polizzo
Glade Park

Local government can’t
afford to make field pretty

Having read the article in The Daily Sentinel May 18 regarding the upgrading of Suplizio Field to make it look pretty, I felt compelled to respond.

The responsibility of School District 51 is to educate the children in our community, not to make the baseball field look pretty.

Mesa State College is already overextended and its responsibility is to educate productive citizens to society, not make the baseball field look pretty.

As far as our city, it desperately needs a new public safety facility. Why would they even consider pouring money into making the baseball field look pretty.

Am I anti-community involvement?  No, not at all. Am I anti-Juco?  Not in the least bit.

Am I for common sense?  “You betcha!”
Helen Carlson
Grand Junction

Climate legislation will
just boost government control

I feel a need to respond to Wayne Flick’s letter to the editor in the May 14 edition of The Daily Sentinel. Yes, it is tragic that lives were lost in the explosion at the offshore oil rig and at the coal mine explosion, but I don’t think that means we should stop drilling wells and mining coal.

Lives are constantly being lost in car crashes and airplane crashes. Should we stop driving cars and flying in airplanes?

Mr. Flick and too many others think that government has the answers to all of our problems. If Congress would just pass some more legislation that would fix everything.

There is absolutely no evidence that climate change is caused by humans. There is abundant evidence that climate change is caused by natural processes. Passing legislation will not change the climate one little bit, but it will give the federal government control over another large portion of our economy.
Jack Roadifer
Grand Junction

Paper shouldn’t have published
comments from McConnell opponent

I am one of the multitude of “concerned citizens” who are emerging across the nation, expressing dissatisfaction with our “out of control” government and striving to obtain proper representation through the upcoming elections, especially the August Republican primary.

As I proceeded to read with interest The Daily Sentinel’s May 19 article by Gary Harmon, I assumed it to be appropriate “fair and balanced” coverage of the candidates leading up to the State Assembly in Longmont this week. The article seemed objective until I reached the unbelievably biased quote by Jennifer Bailey, president of the Western Slope Conservative Alliance — aka “The Tipton RINO Alliance!”

If the Daily Sentinel interjects opinionated commentary from a Tipton source, wouldn’t it be appropriate to include a McConnell source as well? There are plenty to choose from, including Grand Junction Results, Southern Colorado Tea Party, Combat Veterans for Congress,to name a few.

Bailey’s reference to McConnell as “anticapitalist” couldn’t be further from the truth and is totally out of place in the Harmon article.

Fortunately, those of us who attended the March 4 candidate forum observed first hand the substance of the exchange that prevailed. Unfortunately, concerned citizens who did not attend will certainly get an inaccurate and twisted picture of McConnell from Bailey’s off-the-wall remark, which the Sentinel published.

So, to concerned citizens who have come to realize that the media is no longer a source of accurate information, I refer you to http://www.mcconnellforcongress.com to learn the truth.

I am submitting this letter as an equal time request.
Richard Doran


Columnist was wrong on
Romanoff’s immigration stance

Bill Grant is mistaken. I did not dismiss or deny any relationship between NAFTA and the flow of undocumented workers. In fact, I said I appreciated his point and invited his thoughts.

In numerous speeches and in a position paper on my website, http://www.andrewromanoff.com, I discuss the need to address the root causes of illegal immigration, including the need for economic development abroad.
I respect Mr. Grant and his decision to support my opponent. He is certainly within his rights to promote candidates of his choice, as he has done before. The Daily Sentinel would have been wise, however, to identify Mr. Grant as a Bennet delegate and to fact-check its opinion columns.
Andrew Romanoff

New blood in the GOP
will be thorn to old leaders

In response to the Gary Harmon May 19 article, “GOP candidates get ready for a showdown,” I say, “Way to go, Jennifer Bailey. All we need do is just back off and you or one of the other sanctimonious WSCA Board members will say something stupid that
clearly shows how out of touch you are.”

Bailey’s comment in Harmon’s article has to be a last-ditch effort to prop up Tipton. Guess what, I was at that debate and Tipton got whipped. Bailey and her group had a chance to back the rising star, Bob McConnell, but no, they backed a man who has already proved he cannot beat Salazar.

In case she hasn’t noticed, politicians aren’t faring too well. McInnis, Norton and Tipton are in for a surprise at the state assembly. We are taking our country back and we no longer need organizations like the Western Slope Conservative Alliance and retread politicians to help with that effort. New blood is taking over and we intend to be a constant thorn in the old guard’s side.

Jerry A. Hunsinger, delegate
3rd CD and State GOP Assemblies
Grand Junction


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