Email letters, April 23, 2014

Even in lackluster economy, positive thinking is important

Conservatives have harped in doomsday unison that the economy is growing slowly because of President Obama.  

I look back to the Clinton years when the economy grew steadily for nine years. At the time I wondered what would happen in slow/bad economic times.  We now know; it appears the duration of bad times increased, creating what we now perceive as the Great Recession.  

I have to ask, what could possibly be wrong with slow growth?  Isn’t it possible that slow growth will create longer-term benefits?  Isn’t it possible that the ups and downs coupled with the boom/bust cycles of Colorado West is not an endearing re-occurrence and not something for which we should be wishing?

I like what I read from one pundit on the April 21 issue of The Daily Sentinel. It was something to the effect that it is great that events seem to turn out better than doomsayers expect. I say “Amen to that, sister.” I propose a toast for positive thinking. It will be of grave importance for posterity.


Grand Junction

Maybe it’s time for Reid to muck out some corrals

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., calls his constituent Cliven Bundy, the cattle rancher, a domestic terrorist. If he doesn’t know the difference between a cattle rancher and a domestic terrorist, maybe he should go to Bundy’s ranch and help him clean corrals for a couple of weeks.


DA’s handling of Cook’s death raises concerns and questions

The Mesa County coroner determined the shooting of Randy Cook on Jan. 1 was a homicide. The Mesa County district attorney has sealed the records and is refusing to file charges, allowing someone that has murdered another person to walk free and putting the community at risk.

It appears as if the district attorney is selectively enforcing laws in the county based on social position or wealth. Can the community do anything to insure the justice system is enforced equally?


Grand Junction

Caprock pupil could’ve found better way to support friend

What would motivate parents to send their child to school with a shaved head in direct violation of the school rule?

There are many ways for students to show support for anyone with a problem without violating school rules. It appears that the parents messed up a prime opportunity to teach that rules are important and need to be adhered regardless of what you want to do.

School personnel spent a lot of time and effort to develop policies and procedures that provide an environment that’s safe and conducive to learning with a minimum of distractions. It’s a shame that this little girl, who is now getting all the attention and who simply wanted to do something positive for her friend, wasn’t given the opportunity to brainstorm with her parents or possibly consult with the school to find a better way to support her friend.


Elder learns so much from the wisdom of children

I’m old-fashioned. I like to read newspapers, and the part I like best in them is the letters to the editor section because I often find wisdom there and messages I’ve never forgotten.

I don’t always agree with what I’ve read, but it makes me think. And sometimes I even change my mind about what I thought was truth, because the letter writer has expressed his or her beliefs so very well it becomes incontrovertible to me, and it broadens my education.

Another area of education I found is things I’ve heard children say, which were so wise I could never forget them, and have no desire to because of that wisdom. And I ask myself, “How come I never saw that? I, who am very old and have had lots of experience?”

The one that sticks with me came from the mouth of a five-year-old, who came home from school one day with a tale of disappointment over a story his teacher told, which he thought was stupid.

It was about an ugly duckling, he said, that all the other ducklings made fun of because it was ugly. But then that duckling turned into a beautiful swan, and somehow that made up for all the cruel taunting it had endured.

Yes, I was familiar with that story, I said, and what wasn’t there about it that upset him so much? “Well,” he responded, “everyone knows that if you were told you were ugly all the time when you were growing up, it won’t matter if you turn into a beautiful swan, because inside yourself you would still feel like an ugly duckling, so it’s not a happy story.”

And he was right. So, why is it that the story has been told to children for many generations, and adults think it is a good message, and it excuses some of the cruelty and bullying many kids have had to endure.

Another wise comment I heard from a three-year-old that stuck with me for more than 25 years was her response to some teasing that came from my husband. We were staying at her house while we were doing some painting at her grandmother’s house. She was such a cutie he told her he was going to marry her when she grew up, and he called her his darling.

She called him darling, too, and seem to have no objections to the marriage plans. But one day she quietly came to me and said, “Don’t tell my darling, but I’m not going to marry him when I grow up.” Then she added, “He will be broken-hearted, but he’ll get over it.”

That cracked me up, and I thought, “Here she is, the modern woman, and she is only three.” And I wished I had been that smart when I was your age. And now that young woman lives in Washington D.C. and works for a senator from Wisconsin, although she grew up in California.

Another one of the “from the mouth of babes” statements I will always remember came from my granddaughter when she was five, when the family dog she had grown up with died, and she was having a very hard time accepting his loss, and she asked me if dogs went to heaven when they died.

I said I didn’t know, but said some folks thought they didn’t, and some thought they might. Then, because I always turned herr questions back to her to encourage her to think and arrive at her own answers, I asked her what she thought, and her response will stay with me forever because it was very wise.

She said that if you love dogs or other animals and have them in your home, and then when you got to heaven, there were none of them there, that sure wouldn’t be heaven to you. And it made me think about Nipoper and Baby and Sean, and the other pets I’d loved. They had loved me, too, and showed that love in their ways. I said a prayer right then and there to God, and said please, if I’m lucky enough to go to what we call heaven, let them be there, too. And, of course, granddaughters, and all the other kids I been around my life who were often wiser than I was, so I’d keep on learning what really counts in this world or the other.







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I am betting that the Caprock parents have done an outstanding job in raising their child. I am further betting that the choice was made by the student. An effort to show the cancer fighter was not alone and without hair. Many times in America, Colorado and Mesa County laws and rules are NOT correct. They need changing and time is not on our side. In times such as these civil disobedience becomes a must. Kudos to the parents and their child.

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