E-mail letters, May 26, 2010

Tipton is best candidate to represent West Slope

I am so happy to say that I attended the Republican State Assembly for the first time in my life. It was amazing.

I found Scott Tipton to be a statesman. He has been married for nearly 30 years and raised his two daughters in this district. He has been a business owner for 30 years and has chosen to run for the 3rd congressional district because he, nor any of us, can afford for the continued government intrusion.

Rep. John Salazar has voted with Nancy Pelosi 98 percent of the time. She is the least popular speaker in history. Salazar’s voting record does not reflect the values of our district. This is Tipton’s year.
Four years ago the democrats won seats all over the country. This year, the Republican and grassroots candidates will.

Scott has real ideas and plans. Stop spending, reduce the deficit, create jobs, secure our borders, strengthen our economy and keep the government out of our doctor’s office. He pledges to go back to what the founders intended of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To protect our property rights and water for the Western Slope. He values life and those that have given theirs for our country. I am so impressed with his character and am so excited to have a Republican and a grassroots candidate wrapped into one.

JENNIFER BAILEY
Grand Junction

Grassroots efforts put politics back in the hands of the people

I had the privilege of becoming a delegate for the Republican caucus for precincts 54 and 55. Due to the mix up with our district chairman I did not get to go to state, but things happen.
It is interesting to see how the political system works and how they pick their candidates. I would like to thank the people from the tea-party, grassroots movement here and around the state for getting out and giving the people a choice of who to vote for instead of a person hand picked by the party.

I believe that we have too many elected to offices from the city all the way to the White House that spend more time listening to lobbyists than to the people that put them there. It is sad that most of them care more about their own agenda than what they said when they were sworn in ” To the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

I would like to thank the grass roots movement from Colorado for giving us a choice again.

DENNIS PATTON
Grand Junction

Conflict between bikes and cars on monument should be resolved

This letter is in response to the editorial in the May 23 edition of The Daily Sentinel titled “Rocky ride ahead”:

I have ridden my bike monthly over the National Monument for the past 15 years. I don’t like what is happening to the four-mile stretch between the east entrance and the Glade Park turnoff.

There are some cars seeing how close they can come to you and there are some bikers that ride more then two abreast just to aggravate the car drivers. Therefore, I have a couple of suggestions: First, have a ranger riding a bike the four-mile stretch daily just to see what cars and bikes are experiencing.

Second, have a car counter at the east entrance and at the Glade Park entrance. Then publicize the peak times, then maybe we bikers can stay away from biking during the peak times.

GORDON CONKLIN
Grand Junction

Global warming is science

Rose Pugliese is right. Teachers should not be imparting their personal, political views in the classroom. But, global warming is not a political issue, global warming is science.

If we don’t teach what 97 percent of climate scientists, our best peer review journals and nearly all members of The National Academy of Sciences agree upon — that average global temperatures
are rising at unnatural rates, drastically and dangerously changing weather patterns worldwide — what are we going to teach?

RICHARD JOHNSON
Grand Junction

Faculty and staff make a difference in students’ lives

I am a special education teacher at Redlands Middle School. One of the students I work with is autistic, but this does not define him. He has a spirit that has never dimmed, and I had to ask myself how did that happen? I’ll tell you how:

I have a principal who flaps his arms every time this child sees him because he has been ordained “The Eagle” and a vice principal that jokes with him like he was one of his seasoned athletes.

Our librarian had the wisdom to make him the official school videographer because he’s great at it. He has a math teacher that has taught him how to “stay put,” my co-teacher taught him how to banter, secretaries that watch over him like lionesses and our progress monitor that sings
“Bad the Bone” with him every chance she gets.

Finally, and most importantly, in the two years that he has been at our school and roamed the halls from class to class, year after year, I have never once heard another young person, mock him, belittle him or make him feel “less-than” in any way.

As an educator, I have been given the greatest gift I could ever want: I am surrounded by an entire building of people who have open minds and open hearts and that can do the most amazing things — like travel into the life of an autistic boy and protect his heart, appreciate his gifts and give him a place where he knows he is loved — so we can all keep smiling.
This is only one of a 100 stories I could tell you about the caliber of people I work with. So as another school year closes, I just want to let this valley know that I am the most blessed teacher in it.

ANNE SHOFFSTALL
Grand Junction

It’s time to move beyond Victorian prudishness

Bill Grant’s opinion column advocating the repeal of “Don’t ask don’t tell” brought forth the standard comments from those who believe that every gay individual is after their little “tushies.” They perhaps overvalue those bodily parts or, as some obviously do, actually think with them.

Let’s face it. They are individuals who have never really grown up, still stuck with beliefs they earned in K-12 when they “discovered” sex and never grown beyond it.

On the issue of gays in the military, many should, within and without the military. If they did, they would not be obsessed with sex of any kind, in particular the sexual proclivities or life of any other.

The argument that it might affect military readiness is the classic example of a red herring, one that appears to re-surface whenever the subject is broached.  It is no more convincing now than it has ever been, at least not to anyone who has ever served in the military.

Other nations, including Great Britain and Israel, have done away with the Victorian prudishness about the openly gay, even those serving within their within their military forces. Their effectiveness has not diminished a whit.

Apparently some of our own more “macho” types are unable to do the same. Isn’t it about that they move into the 21st century and do so?

ROBERT I. LAITRES
Delta



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