Email letters, Dec. 21, 2011

Powderhorn improvements are great

Wow! Have you been to Powderhorn Ski Area yet? My husband and I went there on opening weekend and loved all the improvements, plus they had great snow.

Improvements that I really liked were friendly people to greet us, upgrading the women’s restrooms, new flooring on the deck, new deck tables and a new menu. Loved the veggie panini.

I realize that in order to have these improvements some of us are going to pay a little more for our tickets. So far I don’t mind at all. I can hardly wait for the faster lifts.

See you on the slopes.

SUSAN PARMENTER
Cedaredge

I hope to God that I’ve misunderstood recent acts of our Congress. If I understood correctly the Patriot Act and now the most recent National Defense Authorization Act, then I can only conclude our Congress is a traitor to our Constitution and Bill of Rights and that the national media is in thrall to that body.

Most everyone I know understands that the media has been mute in our defense lately, but for the following to have been totally ignored by the media, as were the details of the Patriot Act, is the last echo of the death knell of our Constitution, our freedoms, our heritage and the grandest political experiment in the history of mankind. And so we pass into history without a whisper of protest or, much worse, without a shot being fired. Read on.    

As of the passing last week of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), anyone at all, not just suspected terrorists can:

1) Be “detained” by any military personnel anywhere in the world, including within the borders of the United States;

2) Be denied your right to be told what you are being detained for or accused of;

3) Be denied the right to an attorney;

4) Be denied the right to not only a fair and speedy trial, but any trial whatsoever;

5) Be detained indefinitely without any visitation or even basic prison rights.

Additionally, this new act gives our leaders the right to overturn any verdict that a court or jury may come to, and without having to produce any reason, facts or evidence for doing so (absolute power).

The U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, in answer to a question posed to him about U.S. citizen’s rights to a fair and speedy trial possibly being denied due to the NDAA, “Trials? It’s up to us now whether they’re given a trial or not.” That incredible arrogance comes from knowing we citizens no longer have any rights beyond what the government chooses to allow us.

to that nightmare the new SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) allows any branch of our government to: monitor, record and intercept anything they want from your computer, whether it’s a hard line, wifi, or digitally sent signals from your cell phone or any personal electronic device, or even the 1 watt signal from your Public Service Meter if they want to know what you’re up to at home and you can see that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights have both been fully and totally negated. Our only rights of any description now are at the government’s whim and discretion.

In case you missed the point, we now live in a virtual dictatorship created by Congress at the direction of its mysterious masters, not by being conquered by a foreign power.

The list of tyrannical abominations goes on and on. It’s so hard to believe that it failed to make the major news networks and virtually none the the print media. A sad commentary on the passing of America’s first line of defense against government tyranny.

Sic Transit Gloria America.
 
T.C. STREFF
Grand Junction


I agree all the way with what Allen Dunn wrote in the letters to the editor printed on Dec. 20, that the U.S. Congress needs to be reformed. Not only did he have an opinion, but also had a list of ways to fix this broken country

Most of us only want to complain with no answers of what to do. I would vote for anyone willing to run for any office that is willing to take this on and try to change what is going on in Washington.

I am 71 years old and I do not remember any time is my life that the United States was in worse shape. I fear for my grandchildren’s future.

JOAN WHITE
Grand Junction

Telluride Elks thankful for visit to VA hospital

Last week members of the Telluride Elks Lodge paid their annual holiday visit to veterans in the long-term care facility at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Grand Junction.

We would like to express our immense gratitude to Patty Denny of Telluride Truffle and Denise Weaver of Tomboy Soap for donating their products to the veterans. What a treat it was to see all of the veterans’ smiles upon receiving such great gifts. We would also like to thank Mrs. Horton’s 4th Grade class for the touching and humorous cards they made for the veterans.

Lastly, many thanks go to the VA Hospital’s Customer Relations Director Paul Sweeney for once again taking time out of his busy schedule to introduce us to all the wonderful veterans in the facility.

Our visit was a powerful reminder in this holiday season that the best gift is giving back to those who have served our country.

CINDY BELLAI WYSZYNSKI, Past Exalted Ruler
Telluride Elks Lodge #692



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