E-mail letters, Sept. 1, 2010

Beck rally was about
restoring America

My wife and I and four kids were six of the few hundred thousand that attended the Restoring Honor Rally in Washington DC. We were next to the fence on the edge of the reflecting pool half way down on the south side. That is the spot I found at 515 am. When I arrived there were 50,000+ from the night before.

The morning was filled with song and chant. We sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic, U S A, the National Anthem and more. Right on the dot at 10 am, the start of the Rally, a formation of 12 geese flew down the center of the reflecting pool. They started over the WWII Memorial and peeled off towards the Vietnam Memorial. Emotions were high and the crowd respectful as we watched the event unfold over the next three hours. My favorite and most chilling memory is the playing of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” video. The sound echoed down the reflecting pool from one jumbo-tron to the next all the way down to the Washington Monument. For a moment it felt like 1963.

Many who attended the Rally did not know how this event would unfold. Hundreds of thousands of American’s traveled from around the country in faith that they would be invigorated in God and Country. The Rally delivered. It gave me hope that there are many like me who have seen our country in the past few decades lose its core values and principles. It’s partly our fault, we were busy working and building our lives and distracted from maintaining our country while Big Government slowly took over.

I have observed the media reaction since the Rally’s end. They seem confused because they cannot put it into some neat little box. They cannot understand why a half-a-million American’s showed up for a non-political rally in the most political city in America on a hot and humid August day.

It’s quit simple, we discovered some cracks in the American foundation. We were there to start the restoration process.

Detlef Hoffmann
Grand Junction

Letter critique argues
distinctions without differences

David Cooper, of Clifton, took exception to my Aug. 25 letter to The Daily Sentinel in which I criticized the proposal to build a “giant mosque” near ground zero. Specifically, he argued such a phrase contains three errors making the entire letter moot.

First, he says the proposed building is not a mosque but a community center. It is referred to in both the Sentinel and in The New York Times as a mosque, sometimes as “a community center and mosque.”

Second, he says the mosque is dwarfed by the tall buildings around it. Even in New York, $100 million should buy a pretty substantial building. I suppose giant is subjective, but a 15-story high rise religious center certainly seems to qualify. I would love to be able to fund a church with such deep pockets.

The third error, he alleges, is that it is not actually at Ground Zero and one cannot see the World Trade Center site from this site. I stated that the site is two blocks from Ground Zero. It is, however, close enough that reportedly one of the landing gear from one of the airplanes used to commit the murder of 2,700 innocent people by terrorists in the name of Islam struck the building on that site. That makes the site too close. In addition, the location so close to Ground Zero is both the reason for the objection and the reason it has been so stubbornly chosen.

If Imam Rauf truly seeks to foster understanding and reconciliation, he needs to move his project further away because this site is salt in the wound. It will be remembered not as a
site of reconciliation but as a reminder of the attack.

I would love to have a conversation and attempt to reconcile differences in regard to current events and the proper role of government, but we must first agree to an honest exchange of ideas and not argue over distinctions without differences.
Kenneth Brownlee
Grand Junction

Herzog has little knowledge
of talk show hosts like Beck

In the Aug. 31 edition of The Daily Sentinel, Denny Herzog opined on the credibility of Glenn Beck.  I must say I was quite disappointed in his journalistic approach to a genuine news article, which he ignored, with the report all about bashing talk show hosts.

I thought the phenomena, such as a record crowd and turnout on the mall in Washington D.C. was a major news event. Apparently the event was big enough to get Denny’s attention and was worth his editorializing on it. 
Herzog should tell us what is the truth today, as presented by the media. It would seem to me that the untruths provided the public by politicians, pundits and pragmatists have proliferated in journalism.

After reading this column, I had to question Herzog’s knowledge of the various talk show hosts, particularly Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh. If nothing else, they are communicators, but if you don’t listen to them you can’t very well know what they talk about unless you get the info second hand from Stephen Colbert.

Glen Beck prides himself on the truth in American history with the utilization of expert historians, which, I think, provides adequate documentation to give Beck credibility. I had to question Herzog’s credibility relative to his statements of the untruths offered by Beck, as well as Limbaugh and other talk show hosts. I have not seen him opining on our president who thinks that America is not a country built on Christian beliefs.
Edward R. Frost
Grand Junction

Ballot measures will
compromise quality of life

I believe all of us have an expectation that our state government entities be efficient and accountable in spending our tax dollars. With that expectation we, as citizens, also have a responsibility to be mindful that our tax dollars are appropriately spent and to constructively challenge the process if we believe they are not.

At times we don’t do our part so who have no interests in contributing to finding practical solutions. I believe that apathy has allowed the caustic public policy positions in
Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 to be on the ballot this fall.

For 20 years, I have enjoyed the benefits living and working in Colorado and I absolutely believe these three ballot measures will compromise our quality lifestyle. Before it’s too late, I encourage every voter to take time to read these measures and consider the resulting deep-impact consequences they have on Colorado businesses, schools, highways, judicial system, human services, every component of our infrastructure.

If, as I have, you find the measures compromise Colorado’s lifestyle, please take time to vote “No” on all three measures.
Lon Carpenter
Grand Junction

Herzog is a member of
overwhelmingly liberal media

In response to Mr. Herzog’s article of Aug. 31, it is ironic that he would talk about “truthiness” and call Rush Limbaugh the mother of all shouters. If he were the journalist he portrays himself to be, I suggest he should research and listen to Limbaugh to find out why he has captured the minds and hearts of millions, before he writes his article.
That’s unlike the president and the rest of the liberals and Democrats, who think if you tell a lie over and over, somehow the people will eventually believe it. For example, Obama keeps telling us our economy is improving and he has saved and created millions of jobs. In fact, we know the economy is not improving and the numbers of the unemployed keep growing.
Limbaugh tells it the way it is. He has carefully researched and has the facts to back it up before he discusses it on the air.
Furthermore, Herzog complains about the amount of Beck and Limbaugh material that people are exposed to, calling it “the (unfortunate) truth.” Does he not realize that he is a member of the overwhelming majority of news and entertainment media people who are unquestionably left-leaning, including the heavily used Associated Pres, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, PBS, NBC, CBS, BBC and the Hollywood movie industry, to name a few.
Finally, would Herzog propose to limit certain types of speech?
Amaryllis Selk
Grand Junction


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