E-mail letters, Sept. 10, 2010

Party leaders want
their choice, not Maes

The Republican Party is the biggest foe Dan Maes has. They did not get their anointed one on the ballot and have not been able to force Dan off so they could name their choice.

Instead, they are trying to destroy him and have chosen to back the third-party candidate who was appointed after the candidate for that party stepped down to make way for him. This apparently goes up the party chain clear to the top.

Lesson: If you haven’t been with the party and are not controlled by the party you are not their candidate, no matter how many people vote for and support you. They don’t care about “We the people” or what we want. It is all about the party.

If you support their choice in this gubernatorial race by giving your support to dirty back room party deals you are no better than they are.

Is this the kind of politics we want to continue? Are these the people we want representing us? They are showing us they don’t care about us. It is time to show them how little we care for them.
Carolyn Patton
Grand Junction

Australia’s Rudd
tells it like it is

I have to agree wholeheartedly with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who twice recently took the bull by the horns and told it the way it is.

Basically he told everyone in Australia that if they wanted to enjoy his country, they needed to speak their language or leave. He also told all that his country was founded on Christian principles and it is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of Australian schools.

He said, “This is our country, our land, our lifestyle.”. His best lines were: “Once you’re
done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our Christian beliefs, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, The right to leave. If you aren’t happy here, then leave. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country you accepted.”

I wish he was running for office in this country. He would win by a landslide. We need common-sense leaders here and one can find very few these days. All our leaders seem to do is back up, apologize, give away our freedoms, demand we kow tow to any complaint and just keep on destroying what made this country great — belief in our way of
life and freedom.
Ron Sherman
Grand Junction

Blaming a Christian pastor
for Muslim acts of violence

The Quran-burning issue again illustrates that Americans will do anything but confront the intrinsic realities of Islam.

In the stampede to kill the messenger and message, politicians, pundits and panderers united to turn both stinging cheeks and proclaim our tolerance and values. The narrative began: The dumb white Christian preacher was perpetuating a hate-filled stunt for money, members and fame. The hitherto moderate Muslim world now would be incited to violence against our troops, overseas personnel, and aid workers. The mosque near ground zero quickly was redefined as a Muslim outreach center.

Meanwhile, women are stoned to death for violations of Shariah Law. There still is no church, synagogue, or temple in Saudi Arabia. Muslims riot and continue plotting the death of innocents. The mosque at ground zero will be constructed.

The world continues to deny that Islam is not a religion of peace and tolerance. From this day forward, conflict and violence will be a Florida pastor’s fault, not the Koran, Shariah Law, or Muslims themselves.

It seems that Americans are more comfortable bowing and submitting than admit to a lack of resolve or weakness within.
Dana Isham
Grand Junction

Photos, article on pioneer
families were enjoyable

I really enjoyed William Woody’s photos and article on the three Montrose pioneer ranch families honored at this year’s state fair, (“Centennial Salute: Three longtime Montrose families earn awards for generations of labor on farm, ranch lands” Sept. 6).

The Colorado Centennial Farm and Ranch Awards are a wonderful way to spotlight local families and history on the Western Slope and throughout our state. Woody’s storytelling photos and reporting shine.
Kathy Erbacher







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