Email letters, August 27, 2014
Candidate’s wife responds to statement that Henderson’s resume is thin
Reading the letter to the editor by about Mr. Brownlee’s resume for assessor was impressive, but I have to say that I disagree that Mr. Henderson’s resume is thin. In the 29 years we have been married, I have seen my husband supervise in many positions of authority in his three jobs.
From supervising crews and teaching himself how to read blueprints for his job, to learning good communication skills and problem solving in retail, to learning a very complex job as fee appraiser and the very different kind of appraising in the assessor’s office, to coming up with innovative time-saving procedures used at the assessor’s Office, Henderson has the kind of work ethic and initiative that makes his supervisors sit up and take notice, so much so that those in authority over him encouraged him to run for assessor knowing he could do the job after watching his work for nine years. If they didn’t think he would be perfect for the job, they would not have gone out their way to push him in this direction.
Henderson, also, has done other things in the community such as serving as the president of Western Slope Christian Writers Association, written local political articles for the Mountain Valley News of Cedaredge, and written about other local interests of Grand Junction in other venues, and for the last 17 years helped raise our two adopted special needs children. Anyone who knows us knows what a delightful and sometimes difficult challenge that has
been. It takes a lot of patience, and determination to help special needs children live beautifully in this world. He deserves father of the decade for that.
What Steve does have is the ability to do a fantastic job as Assessor.
Liberal agenda will not bring black community to a higher status
I am spending a few days in Palisade, and happened to read John Spurgeon’s letter printed on Tuesday. Perhaps I can explain things in such a manner that he will understand.
Regarding “prominent black men,” I will name them. Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Eric Holder and Barack Obama, to name a few. They did not come out with their rhetoric two days later when a black policeman shot an unarmed twenty-year old white man. Furthermore, there was no rioting or looting in that city (Salt Lake City).
As far as using any excuse to riot and loot, I must agree with Glenn Menard. When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area a few years ago, the Oakland Raiders won the AFC Title game. The black populace of Oakland poured out onto the streets to “celebrate.” Their celebration consisted of breaking windows, looting buildings and burning cars and trash cans. Then, when the Raiders lost the Super Bowl, they did the same thing.
Racism comes from the likes of Al Sharpton. He spews his venom to incite blacks, rather than taking positive steps to correct the black problems. Those problems include a lack of personal responsibility, respect for the property of others, as well as their own property, and a complete disregard of education.
Education is free in this country, but not mandatory. If the black community wants to change its economic situation, it must start with a change in attitude and self-discipline.
Prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, most blacks (especially in the Democratic controlled South) were slaves. Unfortunately, many are still slaves. However, whips and chains do not control them. They are controlled by welfare, food stamps, and empty liberal promises of a better future in exchange for votes. Most educated black people see through this smoke screen.
There is no free lunch in this world. The liberal agenda has proved to be a disaster that will never succeed in bringing the status of the black community to a higher level.
KEN KOENEN, LLM
Attorney at Law