Email letters, August 28,  2013

Good Samaritan Clinic thanks good Samaritans in community

The Good Samaritan Clinic recently found itself in need of a new home. In June, we moved from our location on Patterson Road to a space donated by Mesa County Public Library District right next to its main location on Ouray Ave.

The offer was that the library would donate space to the clinic until it sold the building. Then, the building, which had been on the market for a long time, sold.

We found ourselves looking for a new home. The word went out, distributed kindly through many local media outlets in the Grand Valley, and emails and calls started coming in with offers of space.

Last Sunday, the clinic moved to the Grand Junction Therapies Building at 321 Rood Ave. We are excited to team up with fellow providers in the medical field who believe in our mission to offer free health care to those in our area who are either uninsured or under-insured.

The Good Samaritan Clinic and I, personally, would like to extend our thanks to the many organizations, businesses and individuals who reached out to help. We greatly appreciate the support of the community as we strive to provide care for those who are very much in need.

ALLISON BLEVINS
Director
Good Samaritan Clinic of Western Colorado
Grand Junction

Congress, state Legislature must approve of secession

Your paper should take steps to remind the folks talking about secession that the county commissions must have approval of the Colorado state Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

This is clearly stated in the U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 3: “New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”

I daresay a simple majority of votes won’t be the threshold. The state Legislature probably wouldn’t touch it until it was voted on in a special election in the concerned areas and the state as a whole after the counties
voted to secede. As for the U.S. Congress, I would venture a no vote is most likely.

As far as the water compacts go, I would say, yes, you will lose the rights understanding agreements and have to formulate and get passage for new ones to cover your areas with all other sides to the original ones. Again, good luck!

MICHAEL SCOTT
Colorado Springs

National debt, federal tyranny put U.S. at critical crossroad

I believe that our nation is at a critical crossroad. Our rush to socialism and abandonment of our Founders’ wisdom and capitalist principles has left us as the greatest debtor nation in history.
We can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman and provide all Americans a middle-class income, regardless of their personal efforts or achievements. Our total national debt and unfunded liabilities now exceed an inconceivable $100 trillion — and growing.

It is time for our people and public officials to deal with this reality and rethink both our foreign and domestic policies. Since we can no longer afford to attempt to force democracy worldwide, our foreign policy should be oriented only to protect us from those overseas challenges that endanger our freedoms. We are on a 20-year losing streak in the Middle East, and it is time to cease fighting a war we can neither afford nor win.

At home we must rein in our tyrannical central government, return power to our individual states, shed the statist “One size fits all” philosophy and return to the individual thinking, innovation and local experimentation that made our country great in the first place. Repealing the 17th Amendment would be a good start.

Consider the musings of John Stuart Mill. “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.”
Finally, we must become fiscally responsible, pass a balanced budget amendment and build our national priorities to fit within that budget. This is indeed a difficult task, but unless we make these changes, and quickly, we will surely experience a national economic collapse, and the world will lose its only real example of a country based on individual freedom and liberty.

HANS CROEBER  
Montrose

Sentinel did fine job on MLK editorial but succumbed to ‘false equivalency’

Kudos to The Daily Sentinel’s editors for “Dreams of day when race doesn’t matter.”

On this 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the entirely non-violent March on Washington, it is important to recall that Malcolm X was still alive then and preaching a more forceful message.  Even so, it took the assassination of JFK and grief mustered by a white Southerner – LBJ – to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Now, almost 50 years later, in gutting the most effective prophylactic provisions of the VRA – and despite the Fifteenth Amendment’s plain language – our Supreme Court (with Justice Scalia characterizing minority citizens’ “fundamental right to vote” as just another “racial entitlement” akin to “affirmative action”) has reopened the “sore in our culture” and given license to the lingering racism that was closeted for decades.

The debated relevance of minority crime statistics is symptomatic.  “Liberals” attribute those statistics to “external factors” – e.g., poverty, educational deprivation, the War on Drugs, etc.; “conservatives” attribute them to “internal factors”, insisting that non-white minorities – even if not inherently inferior—have a greater propensity for violent crime, which justifies unconstitutional “racial profiling” and/or “Stand Your Ground” laws.

While both sides rely on dubious anecdotal evidence to “prove their point,” the revealing “tell” is that “conservatives” oppose funding every program that is proven to ameliorate the “external factors” and instead rely on prisons and guns to protect white society.

Unfortunately, the Sentinel succumbs to the false equivalency of “voter I.D.” laws and the VRA – equating the entirely unsupported fear-mongered assertion of “widespread but undetected” voter fraud with deliberate efforts to suppress minority and student voting.

Nevertheless, the ultimate legal question is whether election laws designed to promote partisan Repugnican interests also have the “intent and/or effect” of unconstitutionally discriminating against racial minorities.

BILL HUGENBERG

Grand Junction

Latest march on Washington disappointing to watch

What did I see on the news yesterday and this morning? I saw thousands of black citizens acting as though this country had cast them aside. I saw numerous speeches that sounded like bigots from the ‘60s harboring hatred
and deceit towards a race and a country that has provided quite well.

I saw fingers pointed at Republicans, you know the Party of Lincoln, the leaders of the Civil Rights laws, the promoters of freedom for all when the Democrats like Al Gore’s father were in adamant hate for all civil rights enactments. I saw people bitching cause “da man” hadn’t given them enough.

Equality really sucks, huh? Whew! I sure worked hard for more than 40 years to collect the things I apparently was entitled to. So, where do I sign up for that $40 an hour welfare benefit package?

RICHARD BRIGHT
Grand Junction

 



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