Email letters, February 13, 2014

Will bravely revealed Downtown Abbey’s agenda

Finally someone has the courage to expose liberalism’s hidden agenda behind Downton Abbey. I wondered who would be brave enough to expose the Communist Manifesto-leaning plot twists masquerading as entertaining verisimilitude, and I’m so very grateful that George Will fired the opening salvo.

I’ve known for years that what liberals really wanted was Mitt Romney style for all their ilk. Like Will, I have suspected the patriotism of Thomas Jefferson admirers, who all want to live “upstairs,” not “downstairs.”

TV is just another liberal medium, and PBS is the worst. Why, remember that series a few years ago about the “national” parks? Need I say more?

SANDRA HAULMAN
Loma

Acceptance of gays may be spreading, but it still isn’t right

This letter is in response to your editorial on the University of Missouri football player who has openly said he is gay. The sentiment toward homosexuality and same-sex marriage in this country is certainly spreading, but that doesn’t mean that it is right.

I believe in individual rights for every citizen also, but with this belief come responsibility and accountability. Every person has a right to make a choice. Life is filled with choices. Our choices, however, not only affect ourselves but others, as well.

According to the Holy Scriptures, God hates and condemns homosexuality. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of this sin. Will God destroy America as well? He won’t have to. He is allowing us to destroy ourselves.

But don’t take my word for it. Read passages in the Bible, such as Genesis 19; Leviticus 19:22,29; 20:13; Romans1:26-32; and 1Corinthians 6:9. The choices we make now will determine our eternal destiny.

GARY REEDER
Grand Junction

New energy resources cannot reliably meet people’s needs

I keep reading people’s comments in the paper that give the impression that the gas and oil drilling companies are out there on purpose pouring oil into the rivers and streams.

If it weren’t for their willingness to invest money and time to bring out the gas, there would be no gas to heat homes, dry laundry and cook. The solar and the wind power technology is not advanced enough at this time to step in at a bargain price and be reliable in all weather conditions and to fit people’s budgets and the way they live.

RAFAEL A. SALAZ
Grand Junction

Right-wing myth machine resurrects Banghazi ‘scandal’

Now that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has emerged as the likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, the right-wing myth machine is resurrecting the bogus Benghazi “scandal” again.


While Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) “witch hunt” committee claimed that Ambassador Susan Rice lied for President Obama in her infamous “talking points” (the “cover up”), every subsequent inquiry has confirmed that Issa’s claim was false – which he knew all along.


Rather, former Republican favorite General David Patreaus informed Issa that the CIA had massaged those “talking points” to conform with national security policy directives.


While Issa claimed that he could have gotten to Benghazi by private jet in time to save the four Americans who died there, his committee’s own report established that Issa’s claim was false – which the U.S. military had told Issa all along.


While fundamentalist “conservatives” sought to deflect attention from the maliciously anti-Islam video that had sparked violence across the Middle East, both independent journalists and the Senate’s report confirmed that the video played a contributory role.


While Issa’s committee report reiterated what Obama and Clinton had already acknowledged – that they bear ultimate responsibility for the lack of security at the Benghazi consulate – it conveniently ignored how broadly actual “responsibility” extended:  from a Congress that under-funded diplomatic security, to an intrepid ambassador who twice declined additional security, to the private contractors who were caught off-guard and failed to provide the security for which they were hired. 


Moreover, The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reports that Issa himself compromised the sensitive fact that the consular “annex” in Benghazi to which the survivors fled was actually a CIA outpost trying to intercept arms shipments from Libya, a security breach that has led to the deaths of at least 18 Libyans who were cooperating with the CIA.


That’s the real “scandal.”


BILL HUGENBERG
Grand Junction

 



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