Email letters, December 6,  2013

Grant ignores major scandals, focuses on small state group

It appears that Bill Grant in his column published Dec. 4 has myopic vision at best. Perhaps he should make an appointment with an ophthalmologist.

With all of the scandals plaguing the Obama administration to choose from — be it Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious or the rapidly imploding Affordable Care Act   he chooses to focus on a small group called the Independence Institute and its work in Colorado.

Why not bring into view the millions spent by George Soros for the “progressive agenda” and the redistribution of wealth kept by President Obama in his talking points that is the keystone to all socialist countries?

I bring to attention that ALL of the sources Grant cites in his column are from liberal/progressive groups. Bias? As the headline above Curt Claussen’s recent letter to the editor states, “As our country slips away, our own agendas are blinding us.”

What exactly is Grant’s agenda, and how is that “hope and change” working out for him?

Grand Junction

Snowy day precipitates mishaps but also flurry of kind acts

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the terrific people here in the Grand Valley. Let me start by saying that I don’t drive in the snow unless I absolutely have to. I appreciate that our valley doesn’t get much of the white stuff through which I have to try to maneuver.

So, Wednesday’s record snow threw me a curveball. Almost any other day, I wouldn’t have needed to drive, but on Wednesday I had to drop my husband at the airport at 5:45 a.m. When I couldn’t get traction at the curb, some airport employees gave me a push and got me started. When I got stuck on 12th Street just south of the roundabout, a gentleman got off his bike and helped me get back on the road.

Later that morning I tried to go to work, but a near miss left me shaken, and I decided to head for home. I slid past my intended turn and decided to use the parking lot at Western Slope Ford to turn around. That ended with me stuck in a snow bank. The salesman called some guys, who pulled my jeep out and made me feel better, even though I was shaken and crying.

I am so thankful to live in a place where people are kind and help each other. You all are the reason that this valley is my home, no matter how far away I roam.

Thank you for your kindness.


Grant relies on dubious source of information for his column

Reading the tripe from Bill Grant in the Dec. 4 edition of your paper got me to investigate the single source Grant uses for his attack on the Independence Institute, the Center for Media and Democracy.

According to, “The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is an outfit of left-wing attack dogs disguised as an independent media and information outlet. The group characterizes pro-business or free-market advocacy as bought P.R. for major companies, but CMD takes significant sums of money from left-wing foundations to fund its agitprop.”

From “The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a liberal non-profit American-based media research group. It was founded in 1993 by environmentalist writer and political activist John Stauber, but has been run by Lisa Graves since 2009.” (Just do an Internet search on the names.) Grant’s single source for his attack can hardly be considered an unbiased source.

Also true to left-wing orthodoxy, Grant has to take a swipe at the left’s biggest boogeymen, American businessmen David and Charles Koch for funding conservative causes. While at the same time failing to mention that major funding for his single source, Center for Media and Democracy, comes from the Open Society Institute, an organization founded and funded by the Hungarian-born, NAZI collaborating, turncoat Jew György Schwartz, better known in the U.S. as George Soros.

A single quote from Schwartz can pretty well sum up his position: “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.” (Just Google the quote.) Looking into the single source Grant uses for his editorial should also tell you everything you need to know where he comes from, as well.

As the campaign season hits, everyone should go to and print out the list of Soros’ front groups so they can check to see where groups supporting the Democrats are getting their money. Have plenty of ink in your printer; the list is long.

I would like to thank you for running Grant’s columns; I find them invaluable when considering where I stand on an issue. Whatever Grant is for, I am against; whatever Grant is against, I am for.  At least that is my starting position as I investigate the matter to see if by accident Grant is right.

Grand Junction

President’s misstatements show grade-school intelligence level

George Will’s column of Dec. 4 in which he explained President Obama’s unraveling presidency contained a quote from presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett’s comment struck me as the most preposterous thing I’ve read in The Daily Sentinel since Denny Herzog claimed there was no left wing bias in journalism.

Jarrett said of Obama, “He knows exactly how smart he is ... I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually…”  She has a point if his challengers are limited to fifth-graders and no one older. I have heard from some local Democrats about how intelligent he is, as well. So, to all I ask, how can a man be so, so smart when he has said the following:

  •“I have been in all 57 states…”
  •“Navy corpse man” instead of corpsman.
  •“The intercontinental railroad”
  • “Happy cinco de quatro.”
  •“I don’t speak Austrian.” At least, unlike his comments on health care, Benghazi, etc., he didn’t lie. There is no Austrian language, even in Austria where he was speaking.

These beauties, which are a small sampling, are from a man who usually only speaks when assisted with a teleprompter. I can’t imagine what jewels we could be treated to if teleprompters didn’t exist. Then again, if they didn’t exist, he’d still be only a community organizer looking for another fifth-grader to school intellectually.


Grand Junction

Closed-door meetings flout citizens’ right to know

I wonder just exactly why the school board, city council, county commission and similar government entities conduct any “executive session, closed door” meetings or votes? The Sentinel reports voting results concerning U.S. representatives and senators voting records. The school board in “executive session?” Just exactly what is discussed or voted upon that is NOT the people’s (voters’) right to know?

Grand Junction

Four-wheelers need to understand how they erode backcountry roads

I would like to acquaint readers with the development in public lands policy that deserves more attention than it is getting. In the Gunnison and Uncompahgre national forests, and probably others, roads that were for decades open to all vehicles have been closed to those wider than 50 inches. In other words, they have become dedicated four-wheeler trails.

The ones that I have seen are sections of the power line road north of Paonia and roads on the north and south Love Mesa Benches off the Cabin Bench Road on the Uncompahgre Plateau. I am sure there are others.

Ranchers, hunters and woodcutters created these last roads before four-wheelers even existed, and the roads were navigable by two-wheel-drive pickup in dry conditions.

If erosion had become a problem, seasonal closures and even closure to motorized traffic would be legitimate options. Restricting travel, however, to one of the worst causes of erosion solves nothing, and it is unfair to those who used the routes responsibly for decades. Next time four-wheelers start complaining about travel restrictions on public land, remind them of this.



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The Publisher and editors of the Daily Sentinel should be ashamed of themselves for titling Rick Coleman’s childish on-line letter:  “President’s misstatements show grade-school level intelligence”.

Thus, a comparison of President Obama’s educational resume with Coleman’s would likely suggest that Rick suffers from acute penis envy.  Of course, what the series of gaffes actually illustrates is the stress of continuous public appearances and the dangers of reading speeches from teleprompters without previewing them for pronunciations.

Moreover, Coleman’s litany of malapropisms – coupled with President Obama’s extemporaneous interview on Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” on Wednesday – illustrate how far (in contrast to Coleman) the President has come since the fifth grade. 

Nevertheless, on May 9, 2008, a fatigued Senator Obama – campaigning in Oregon – referred to “57 states” when he obviously (in context) meant “47”.

On April 4, 2009, President Obama responded to an Austrian journalist regarding the term for “wheeling and dealing” in “Austrian”, when “Austria” would have sufficed.

On May 4, 2009, President Obama opened a “Cinco de Mayo” event (held a day early and attended by the Mexican Ambassador) by saying “Cinco de Cuatro” instead of “Cuatro de Mayo”– but then correctly said “Cinco de Mayo” seven time in his speech. 

On February 4, 2010, the President twice misread his teleprompter in honoring Navy “corpsmen” – wrongly pronouncing the “p” (which, like Coleman, should be silent).

On February 16 and September 22, 2011, the President misspoke of the “intercontinental” instead of the “transcontinental” railroad – suggesting that his staff failed to correct him the first time and/or to fact-check The New York Times, which made the same mistake four times in 2009-2011.

Apparently, Coleman also forgets why such gaffes are now referred to as “Bushisms”.

And, in contrast to Bush-Cheney and Iraq’s WMD, President Obama did not “lie” about either Benghazi or health care.


Thanks for responding.  As for my “insults” of Repugnicans in general and “cheap shots” at Scott Tipton in particular, please Google:
“Tipton: “I Never Voted To Shut Down Government”, which reports and records how I caught Tipton publicly lying to constituents about having not voted for the government shutdown.  Merry Christmas.


Rolling on floor laughing. Tipton, cheap shots? None of which were even mentioned in this article. You must be hoping that others keep track of your rant. I took particular note of your evasion concerning your “penis envy complex?” Please, in the future, try to stay on subject. Politicians are adept at smoke, mirrors and diversion. Indeed, MERRY CHRISTMAS. HAPPY NEW YEAR.


Apparently, in your mirth, your memory fails you.  On December 5, you accused me of taking cheap shots at Tipton—promising to take 50 such shots at Senator Udall.  Due to space limitations, I was not able to demonstrate why Tipton deserves them and Udall does not. Thus, you should “hold your fire” until you review the article I referred you to.  And, since I have an educational background similar to President Obama’s, I admire his success, not his penis.


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