Email letters, April 17, 2014

Once a woman gets pregnant, she must protect a new life

A woman has reproductive rights: to get pregnant or not get pregnant. Once that line has been crossed, the game changes.

So many talk of law and abiding by the law. All the natural and scientific laws we have came from somewhere. Did they crawl out of the water, muck and mire, or were they given by a supreme lawgiver? The supreme lawgiver spoke of many things in his book. One was life and the sanctity of life. Once started, it continues its journey through life until that physical life is ended.

If I plant a bean seed, it sure doesn’t look like a bean plant or green bean, but sure enough it becomes one. If plucked before it has a chance, no problem — it was only a bean seed.

When does that fertilized egg become a person? Abortionists will suck the brain of an almost full-term fertilized egg and say it isn’t a person or it is the woman’s reproductive rights. My, that is so convenient to make the problem disappear.

Everyone talks about rights. With rights comes responsibilities, and that baby’s fate hangs on the current evidence-based scientific data and medical consensus as Bill Grant says. Medical consensus also said a frontal lobotomy was a great way to help the mentally ill.

JAMES ZUBACK

Grand Junction

Insensitive scavengers destroy beds, bruise couple’s spirits

For the annual curb cleanup this year, my wife and I decided to put our son’s three twin beds out that we’ve had for years. Our sons are now grownups with families of their own.
We neatly stacked up the mattresses on the sidewalk and put together the bed frames (metal) and cherry wood headboards that she had polished for years. We did this to show the beauty of the beds in hopes that some needy family would see them and find continued use in them.

A group of four or five people stopped by, and in front of our eyes they took the bed frames and literally smashed the headboards on the pavement and sidewalk, breaking the beautiful cherry wood into splinters. 

I ran out and stopped them from continuing. They said that all they wanted was the metal frame for scrap. When I asked if they were going to clean up their mess, they abruptly said no.  Granted, by putting the beds out on the street, we were done with them, and the intent was to get rid of them — agreed. But the insensitivity of those jerks to destroy the furniture in front of our noses just made us ill for the rest of the day.

I curse the day that Grand Junction approved the marijuana law, as these people seemed or had to be on drugs to not share in our hurt. I hope this did not happen to other honest citizens of this fine city.  

Yes, the mattresses were taken by a gentle lady who had a need for them for her family.  She was honest and even gave us a hug. What a nice gesture of faith.

ERNIE ALIRE
Grand Junction

Udall attack ad makes him look Republican

Oh, my God. Have you seen the attack ad on TV about Mark Udall? He is actually acting like a Republican, taking big money from big corporations.

We can’t have that only the Republicans are allowed to do such things. How in the world are we going to be able to distinguish between him and a real Republican?
Boy, aren’t politics just so much fun?  We get to tell lies and BS about any and all of them ...

JAMES OWEN
Fruita

EPA and BLM do not have priorities straight

Force the EPA and BLM to enforce laws in the southern border states all along the border and harass the illegals and the drug trades with as much fervor and bullying as they use against law-abiding citizens who are here legally.

That would give them the opportunity to practice the over-reaching, over-reacting thuggery they have been showing the American citizens for whom they work.

IF they had been doing that for the last 40 years, no undocumented’ murderers, rapists and leeches would be on OUR infrastructure.

Perhaps keeping America and her citizens in the face of actual criminals is too scary for the wannabes?

DREW DICKEY
Clifton

Country Jam editorial showed overly simplistic assessment

The editor takes an unfair and narrow view of the commissioners’ recent decision to require Country Jam to pay for enhanced law enforcement.

A pro-business stance does not automatically dictate that local government pay for the external costs that every private initiative advocates for. Rather, a calculated approach weighing the merits of the proposal and its economic and social impacts on the community against the costs of paying to partially fund that proposal, and local government’s ability to pay those costs, warranted or not, is the real pro-business approach to decision-making.

Given the actions that the county has recently had to take in order to match reduced revenues to continued expectations for adequate services from the citizens of Mesa County, the commissioners’ difficult decision regarding Country Jam needs to be viewed in a much more considered manner than the one used by the editor in his recent analysis of this decision.

MARK HARRIS
Grand Junction

Ex-con feels that Colorado Mesa University throws up barriers to those wanting a fresh start

Here are my thoughts on Colorado Mesa University. I’m an ex-con; I have done my time. I am trying to make a better life for my family and me by going to school and getting a degree so that I can start my own business so that I can be a productive citizen.

All Mesa State wants to do is throw up walls to try to dissuade and frustrate me from going to school. I have be out of prison for four years and find it all most impossible to find a job. Not even fast-food will hire me, and the temp services will only send me out like once a week. So, how am I supposed to be a productive citizen if I can’t even go to school to try to further my education? How is Mesa State really helping our community by discriminating on whom it lets in?

I could understand this if I were a threat to their school, such as being a violent predator or a sex offender or a pedophile, but I am not. I have not had any felony charges since 2004, 10 years. All I want is to go to school and better my life.

That is part of the problem for the turnaround for ex-cons here in Colorado. They can’t find a job and they can’t go to school to better themselves, so what is left for them to do?  They will fall back into their old pattern and go out and commit more crimes.  That is what they know, and that is how they survive.
So, is that what we do as a society?  Once a criminal, always a criminal? What is that about?  You’ve done your time, and now it’s time for a fresh start.

DAVID Z. DOWNEY
Grand Junction

 
Conservatives want rule of law consistently, fairly enforced

This is in response to a letter printed April 15 about conservatives wanting rule of law only when it fits their purpose.

Conservatives don’t want rule of law only when it fits their purpose; they want rule of law to be enforced at all times. I think someone has it backwards. Members of the current administration are the ones to look at when it come to picking and choosing what part of the current laws they want to enforce.

The Department of Homeland Security has been instructed to detain and then release illegals. When making contact, if they haven’t committed a crime, let them go. The Department of Justice has instructed attorney generals not to include the amount of drugs seized in reports, so the accused won’t get maximum sentences. Even the Supreme Court has stated that one cannot pick what part of the law one chooses to enforce; yet that doesn’t seem to matter to this administration.

The point being made by ranchers in Nevada was that the federal government was overstepping its authority. It is my belief that the land belongs to Nevada and not the federal government. If you check, the rancher did pay all fees related to the state.

Just imagine what could happen if the government used that much manpower on securing the border. Cattle are on some land illegally, and we get 200 armed BLM personnel with snipers, yet people crossing the border illegally get free money, free education and free housing. In Denver they
might even get to become teachers.

BRADLY STEGALL
Clifton

 


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