E-mail letters, November 9, 2010

Sharia Law is a threat
to entire United States

If people not familiar with Sharia Law, they might want to familiarize themselves with it, especially women.
Believe it or not it appeared on the ballot in Oklahoma.  Fortunately 70 percent of voters voted to block judges from considering Sharia Law. I didn’t think I would ever live to see Sharia on any ballot in any state in this country. Muslims are not happy with the outcome and have already challenged it in court.
I agree wholeheartedly with Newt Gingrich when he said, “We should have a federal law that says under no circumstances, in any jurisdiction in the United States will Sharia Law be used in any court to apply to any judgment made about American Law.”
I pray that Americans will study up on Sharia and when they realize the horrors it will introduce into American society, they will stand up and fight with all their might to stop it in its tracks.
Here are just a few examples: A thief will have his/her hand cut off; drinking alcohol will result in floggings; woman may be stoned to death if they’re accused of being adulterers; women are subservient to men and treated accordingly.
It’s not only being introduced in Oklahoma. Minnesota is also on Muslims’ radar. This is serious and dangerous and it’s starting to sneak across the country. We need to wake up and not let it spread across America like it did in the UK.

Diverse interests can
cooperate on public lands

One of the most remarkable developments in public policy in this country is the convergence of diverse interests, stakeholders and federal and state agencies in broad coalitions to protect and preserve ecological zones, watersheds, riparian areas, forests, and remaining wild lands. As our country becomes increasingly urbanized and sprawl spreads across the West, these developments come none too soon to help define the future of our public lands.

FOND and other groups highlighted in a recent story are the perfect example of how right here, at the local level, people from a variety of backgrounds, representing the spectrum of ideologies, and with varied interests in the use of public lands, have come together to take the lead in conserving our prized landscapes and seeking permanent protections for our opportunities to enjoy backcountry and primitive recreation.

I attended the Calamity Camp Trail Day and Historic Mining Celebration, hosted by the Friends of Northern Dolores (FOND) this past August, and I was utterly blown away by all the different folks it brought together, from the Gateway community to the greenies, the history buffs, the resort folks and the motorized crowd.

Turns out, we can be allies and not enemies. And, while we won’t all walk away from this effort with everything we wanted, we’re all going to get a lot more and lose a lot less by walking (or rafting, or biking, or ATVing!) away together.
Christopher Jones
Grand Junction

End ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
during lame-duck session

According to outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Congress would be well advised to repeal the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays serving openly in the military during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress or repeal could be delayed indefinitely, possibly for years.

The concern centers on two important factors: Republican and tea party control of the next full session of the House and strong opposition from Gen. James Amos, the new Commandant of the Marine Corps.

During recent interviews, Gen. Amos told reporters that he is “concerned about the possible loss of unit cohesion and combat readiness if the ban is overturned.”

The reporters noted that “Amos said the policy’s repeal may have unique consequences for the Marines, which are exempt from a Defense Department rule for troops to have private living quarters except at basic training or officer candidate schools. The Marines put two people in each room to promote a sense of unity.”

Amos also observed that, “there is nothing more intimate than young men and women —and when you talk of infantry, we’re talking our young men — laying out, sleeping alongside of one another and sharing death, fear and loss of brothers.”

The U.S. Marine Corps is arguably the most tradition-bound of our armed services. Unfortunately, rejection of gays openly serving in their ranks is one of those traditions.
E. Michael Ervin
Grand Junction

Some support billions for war,
but nothing for fellow Americans

It has been difficult to keep silent for the last couple years while listening to the people who have “hard-earned” money whine and complain that they might have to contribute to the benefit of people who have, for whatever reason, minimally contributed to their own good. My family was raised helping others who needed it, and I just don’t understand the aversion to helping.

They don’t seem to be complaining about the people in Europe, Japan, Philippines and other places where we have rebuilt and supported for many decades. Certainly they don’t mean all the billions in Aids money that President Bush gave to the people in Africa.  No, I don’t think they are talking about them.

I’m pretty sure they are talking about a whole bunch of fellow Americans who are uninsured, and I don’t understand this. Why is it that these same people are willing to give billions for the good of people all over the world, but not at home? Isn’t this a case of “the cobbler’s kids have no shoes”?

How can these Americans justify billions to kill Osama Bin Laden without a whimper, but will not contribute a like amount to help millions of their fellow Americans? Where were these people when Bush was sending hundreds of billions to Iraq and Afghanistan?

Should I conclude that these people are willing to support death and destruction on a global scale, but will not support the health and welfare of their fellow countrymen? Because, that’s sure how it looks to me!  I don’t understand!
Roger Dobbs
Grand Junction

Justice system even more
lenient in other locales

I just read the letter to the editor about how upset people are with the justice system concerning the man who was tried for rape. I can tell you it is much worse where I live.

There have been two people tried for the same offense here and neither spent one day behind bars after they were tried. They just have to register as sex offenders.

So you see, it’s all places where our justice sytem needs overhauled.
Alma Hare
Columbus, N.C.

Meis owes an apology
to all county residents

Craig Meis definitely doesn’t wear the mantle of commissioner with any humility does he? His “venting” is, to me, a clear attempt to exert influence based on his position. I believe that’s criminal.

As an elected official, he is held to the same standards as the rest of us (preferably a little higher).  I would like to see a full disclosure as to the ultimate cost of his little temper tantrum. He doesn’t deserve to continue in his position and we need to
initiate a recall.

The rules apply to all of us, regardless to our station in life. Get over it Mr. Meis and just pay your ticket next time. Oh, by the way, you owe the law-abiding citizens of this
county an apology.
Charlie Post
Grand Junction

United States has more than
misunderstanding with Muslim world

President Barack Obama, in a speech in Indonesia, stated that the United States needs to work towards resolving the “misunderstandings” we have with the Muslims, as quoted on NPR radio.

Wow, I did not know that 9/11 was just a misunderstanding.
Larry M. Head

Area Agency on Aging
director receives award

I am very pleased to announce that Dave Norman, director for the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy Award from the Colorado Commission on Aging through the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Dave Norman is a Colorado native and has been the director of the Area Agency on Aging for 36 years. He is being honored because of the dedication and distinction he has brought to the AAA and to numerous groups and activities within and outside of the Northwest region.

Norman was nominated by Bob Dey, a retired educator from Colorado Community College in Rangely and volunteer senior advocate. In his nomination, Dey highlighted Norman’s sense of vision and purpose and his drive to understand and meet the needs of senior citizens along with his “exceptional grasp of issues affecting the aging population and of the methods and means of addressing those issues.”

This award will be presented to Norman at the annual Commission on Aging conference,
Nov. 19 in Denver. This prestigious honor is a well-deserved recognition of Norman’s passion and dedication to senior citizens in our community.
Len Stewart, Director
Mesa County Department of Human Services
Grand Junction

Continued support of
liberals is insane

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. — attributed to various people.

Colorado continues to elect liberal governors and senators, yet the voters expect a different outcome? Wake up.

If you want a very clear picture of what will happen to us as a state and as a nation, you just have to take a look to the west. California continues to elect liberal governors, senators and congressmen, yet they think something is going to change? The California House and Senate are controlled by the Democrats and have been for over 20 years. Unemployment is over 10 percent, there are ridiculously high taxes, and the state is broke!

California should be a utopia if liberalism really worked, but what it shows is that higher taxes, bigger government and more regulation do not help the economy. They actually hurt it. Colorado had better wake up or we will be in the same boat, sooner rather than later.

If you think Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall are going to be anything other than rubber-stamp, lap dogs for Harry Reid, then you are not paying attention to how these two have voted in the last two years.

If you think Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper is going to be better than Gov. Bill Ritter, then you are kidding yourself.

At least Colorado got it right with the state House, so at least we can thwart the liberal agenda that has
killed our state’s economy.

Ask yourself this question: Which party has held the purse strings for the state and nation for the past four years? Yes, the Democrats have been in charge of the budget at the state level and federally. What is he result? Worst economy in 50 years. Stop the insanity!

We took a step in the right direction on Election Day, but we have a long way to go to get our country back and our economy going again. Hold these elected officials’ feet to the fire. Lower taxes for everyone, reduce regulation and balance the budget. Cut spending!

Younger generation will
pay if we don’t halt spending

A new book out by Denish D’Souza, “Roots of Obama’s Rage” should be required reading for everyone under 60 years of age.

Our children and grandchildren will be the ones who will have to pay the massive debt and regulation we have and will accumulate. The youngest citizens are the people who will lose their liberty if we don’t stop the acceleration toward an economic and regulatory abyss.
Ralph Nash
Grand Junction


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