E-mail letters, Nov. 8, 2010

Politicians should expect to get fired if they don’t do their job

Reactions to recent newspaper news regarding our latest election:

First, there are the thoughts of letter writer Jose Lucero in his letter of Nov. 4,  in which he voiced his concerns (and mine and all those with whom I have discussed the subject) regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling making individuals of corporations that must surely, ultimately, have such an adverse effect on the power of the individual’s vote, thus the intent of our constitution.

Secondly, is the piece in the Nov. 6 issue on Kieth Olbermann’s suspension. Seems he committed the sin of contributing to campaigns of three Democrats. Apparently, it would have been OK if he had donated to Republicans, as others of his class had done with impunity. News Corp, Fox’s parent company, in the last paragraph said, donated a million bucks to something called the Republican Governor’s Association. No report of anyone being fired in either case.

I believe that what we were shown by the last election, besides reaction to President Obama’s sorry attempts to counter-act President Bush’s catastrophic economic muddling, was a terrifying demonstration of “the power of money to corrupt” the intent of that wonderful instrument, our Constitution.

The one sign of hope I saw in the election was that so many incumbent Congress folks got fired. We’re telling those folks: We’ve given you power, access to the worlds best talent, facilities, and funding, plus all the authority you could possibly need. If you are not part of the problems, you are also not part of any solutions. Regardless of party, get the job done or expect to get fired.

RAY LASHLEY
Grand Junction

Hickenlooper comment discounts hard-working rural Americans

During this last election, then mayor Hickenlooper made a comment which I believe deserves a response from a rural, native-born Coloradoan with native American roots. His arrogant comment was that (rural Coloradoans were backward thinking), and therefore probably not progressive enough for him and the agenda he would like to push on us. So in response I would like to sum up for him who we are.

The food, meat and dairy products, wool and cotton for the cloths he wears, leather for the shoes and gloves, that he and others like him enjoy in the city, are grown by hard-working farmers and ranchers in rural Colorado and America.

The water he showers with and drinks, runs from streams and rivers from rural mountains and communities of rural America. The electricity he enjoys at all times comes from power generating stations along those rivers and streams in rural America.

The coal and ore used to generate electrical plants and in steel mills is mined by hard working miners in rural America, so he can enjoy driving to work in comfort.

The loggers who provide the lumber products for the home he lives in is logged in rural America.
The Oil & Gas is produced from drilling in rural America, keeps him nice and warm and comfy, as he sits in his easy chair at home enjoying entertainment on TV.

So I wonder what would happen if rural America decided to ban together and just trade goods and services among each other, how long do you suppose the city would last before they were begging at the doors of rural Americans? Hickenlooper needs to take his pompous, condescending attitude and do some serious evaluation, then humble himself and apologize to rural Coloradoans and Americans all over this nation.

We are God-fearing, conservative people who are the very lifeblood of this nation and are sick and tired of left wing liberals telling us how to live our lives, when they wouldn’t even be around if it wasn’t for us.

God bless the nation.

GARY W. TAYLOR
Grand Junction

McInnis should remove his name from conservation area

With all due respect to Scott McInnis as a human being, no living person deserves to have their name placed on such a beautiful creation as Colorado Canyons NCA. As I recall, Mr. McInnis had no interest in protecting the area until some political gain was to be had.

Congratulations to those that found the sensibility to protect this area. It’s time for McInnis to show some humility and give Flume, Pollack and Rattlesnake, back their rightful name.

STEVE ALLERTON
Grand Junction

Tipton family thanks supporters

We want to thank everyone who helped and supported my husband and our dad, Congressman-Elect Scott Tipton. We hope you know how much we appreciate your hard work, and we could not have done this without each of you. We know that he will fight for all of us and he will not disappoint.

Congressman-Elect Tipton will be there for all of us in the Third Congressional District, our voice will be heard, and we will have someone who we can depend on in Washington. Thank you all and may God bless our great Nation.

JEAN TIPTON, ELIZABETH TIPTON, CHRIS AND LIESL (TIPTON) ROSS
Cortex

Meis’ protest abuses his power

I’m trying to figure out my reaction to the story about Craig Meis’ “Little Personal Tea Party” protest. If I read the facts correctly, he allowed his son to break a state law on state property and objected to a state employee giving him a ticket.

First, he objected to the ticket because his son was not operating unsafely; then he filed a complaint with the state Director of Natural Resources. When Mr. Meis received the director’s reply of not being able to interfere, Mr. Meis demanded a trial.

Next, all county employees (DAs recused themselves) thus, the Mesa County taxpayers paid for a trial — which included the expense of paying for: a prosecutor from Montrose County and a jury.

Mr. Meis states that he believes that we need to lower all government taxes. How does he justify a jury trial for a “frivolous” incident at the cost of Mesa County taxpayers?

Somehow, this looks more like an abuse of power to me.

CAROLYN WILDER
Grand Junction



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