Email letters, August 27, 2013
UN must precisely identify those using nerve gas in Syria
Without solid evidence, one can have reasonable doubts that President Bashar al Assad initiated the nerve gas attacks reported in Syria. An Alawite Muslim and despot, he is less oppressive than his father, Hafez al Assad. He has maintained peace in Syria, as did his father, protecting all minority religions, importantly including native Christians.
The inflamed rebels in Syria fighting against him are radical Muslim groups of vague number and origin that cannot even agree among themselves. If Assad is overthrown, we can anticipate a deadly display of these groups fighting each other for control of Syria. Their only apparent common goal is to expel or murder all Christians while imposing Sharia law. In Egypt, the Coptic Christians are being harassed and murdered and dozens of their churches destroyed. It’s safe to assume the same will happen in Syria.
Putin and his Russia are allies of Syria. Along with the Obama administration, they are encouraging United Nations review of the suspected nerve gas attacks in attempt to determine their origin. It’s quite possible that Putin pursues the investigation believing it will exonerate Assad. President Obama seems adrift without a coherent plan and is simply buying time.
American progressives have become insistent upon military aggression to install their form of democracy, even where it is likely unworkable. Where is the anti-war left of the Democrat party?
Perhaps it expired in the 1990s with President Clinton. Recall his Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, whose fatuous line was: “What’s the point of having this superb military that you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?” Nothing changed during the administrations of Bush II or Obama.
We’ve squandered too many precious lives and too much unaffordable treasure in the Middle East; it’s time to come home. With our covert assistance, Israel can take care of itself.
Many with respiratory problems find open burning season unfair
I am very upset that open burning starts next week. There are a lot of us who have breathing problems, and many even have to leave the area while others are burning.
This is so unfair that we can’t breathe when we go outside while this is going on. I don’t understand why burning is encouraged in Grand Junction.
Replace handouts to panhandlers with donations to local charities
Panhandling is a nuisance in our community, but the answer lies not in laws or giving citations. The answer lies within educating ourselves about panhandling. When you see a panhandler on the street with a sign, you may feel sorry for that person as being down and out on luck, mentally ill or just passing through. The truth of the matter is that all three are valid assumptions. What you might not know is that giving them money only encourages them to ask for more with nothing in return to the community.
We have many resources in Grand Junction that offer help. Not one person needs to go hungry in our city. Homeward Bound, the community food bank, the Rescue Mission, and Catholic Outreach among others all offer food, clothing and shelter for those that ask. The Veterans Administration can also help with housing veterans and help them get food. To stand on a corner with a sign saying they are hungry, will work for food, etc. is almost always not really the case. They probably know where these places are, and if they won’t go, it may be because of the “rules” imposed upon their freedom or lifestyle choice.
Here is our challenge: Instead of giving money, let them know they can get meals and shelter at the Homeward Bound, Catholic Charities and Rescue Mission, and then they have a real choice. If you must give money, please give it to a charity that you support in the effort to stamp out hunger and homelessness.
I know of no charity that offers your donation back to panhandlers to help them buy alcohol and drugs. I cannot say the same for giving money directly to the panhandler.
In directing them toward going to where the food and shelter are, they can make the choice, but with no money being given directly to them, they will either move on to an easier city, or they will take advantage of what’s offered here. Either way, panhandling will end.
Secessionists must consider all ramifications of leaving
To all of you out there who think you’re being treated like a redheaded stepchild and want to secede from the state of Colorado, here are some of your burdens as a new state:
√ Creating and maintaining a criminal justice system – state penitentiary, court system with judges, buildings, computers, etc.
√ Financially providing for all your educational needs – state schools K through college. What? You don’t have a college? If you send your kids to Colorado colleges, we will charge you out-of-state tuition. If you already have a college (UNC), you will now have to support it. If you don’t and it closes its doors, all of its employees, students and business they generate will be lost.
√ Providing the funding for all of your transportation needs: highway infrastructure, license plates, airports and the like.
√ As most of the areas that want this secession are predominately rural without a large tax base, try to implement these services without raising taxes (the root of all evil). If taxes are raised disproportionately on businesses (Greeley, Montfort, Swift), they will likely move out of state. There goes your revenue!
√ Dealing with Workmen’s Comp, unemployment benefits, Medicaid, state employee benefits, illegal immigrants and a host of other services now taken for granted, including responding to natural disasters.
√ So, you like shopping in some of the larger cities not included in your new state? We in Colorado don’t accept out-of-state checks or do deliveries out of state.
√ Wyoming doesn’t need your baggage. Leave it out of the picture.
It may be bad right now, but it could always be worse. You might all try to get along with those in Colorado. (Remember, you elected some of your state representatives.) If, however, you choose not, do the rest of us a favor. Please secede. Act in haste – repent in leisure.