Email letters, February 14, 2013

JFK gave Valentine’s Day gift to nation

Valentine’s Day is not only a day to celebrate our love for each other, but also a day to celebrate our love for our parks and waterways. Fifty years ago, today, President John F. Kennedy took a historic step to protect our most special places from pollution and development by laying the foundation for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The LWCF, financed by offshore drilling royalties, was intended to protect America’s natural areas, water resources, and cultural heritage while allowing us to enjoy outdoor recreation.

But with the exception of one year, Congress has reallocated the majority of those funds elsewhere since the fund’s inception. As this protection disappears, the health of our symbolic landscapes and wildlife, like the endangered Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, is threatened.

So, today, in support of all those special outdoor activities we enjoy with our loved ones, we urge you to contact your representatives and ask that they support the full funding of the LWCF.

TILDA EVANS
President, Grand Valley Anglers, Trout Unlimited Chapter
MARGARET MCCALL
Field Associate, Environment Colorado
Denver

Americans must stand together to retain rights

In reference to Eileen O’Toole’s comments, we are talking about our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The government is seeking to infringe on this right, and after it achieves infringing on this right or totally getting rid of it, then the government could start on the others.

As ”AMERICANS,“ we will all suffer. Wars have been fought over these rights, and, as Americans, we should stand and fight for each and every one. No matter whether you own a gun or not, this is a right of every American.

If they would want to infringe on your right to peaceably assemble or your right to religion, I’m sure you would have all these people standing up against any infringement of these rights. So, if you want to give up one right as an “AMERICAN,” you had better be ready to give up ALL your rights.

And, believe me, I would be standing there with the rest of the people, if they wanted to infringe on any of these other rights, as I am standing here screaming about the right to keep and bear arms. So, we need to stand together for our rights as “AMERICANS.”

CURT CLAUSSEN

Grand Junction

Brooks gave pioneers undue credit for altruism

David Brooks (Americans’ zeal to live for the day hurts those who’ll inherit tomorrow”) is full of prunes.

He said, “They volunteered to live in harsh conditions today so their descendants could live well for centuries.” When our European ancestors left the more settled parts of the East Coast, they didn’t really think about braving the hardships so that some spoiled-rotten descendant could have lots of stuff and otherwise live in comfort that was totally beyond their ability to conceive.

Little farms were hacked out of wilderness areas. They fought the original inhabitants of the land and won at a horrendous cost to both peoples. They gave birth to children, many of whom did not survive. They died of old age at ages that are now considered middle-aged. They died of illnesses and injuries that are fixable today.

Some figured out how to obtain cheap labor by enslaving others, thus creating additional hardships. The varied faiths of our ancestors gave them a view of an afterlife that made it possible to handle whatever each day brought them, and for most, I believe, that was the future.


I notice that a lot of the elderly people in the Grand Valley area did not survive the last couple or so months. As an elderly person that struggled through the inversion, I can say with certainty it is not thrilling to face death. I’m not ready to die any more than Brooks or anybody else.

I did get a flu shot at a local pharmacy last fall to try to keep from getting ill. Being a medical pain in the pocket book, Medicare did pay. While the shots were going for $25 to regular people, Medicare was charged $51 for this old person. I suppose that the sale price loss for the regular people was covered out of some other government pocket such as a tax deduction.


In “the olden days” elderly family members lived with family. No doubt the elderly persons helped with the household as best they could and died of “old age” when they couldn’t. We could dump all the programs for the elderly, if today’s younger people want their elderly to live with them.

I don’t think this, however, will make one whit of difference as respects the future of any ordinary people. It is not the elderly who are the problem, but rather those in our society that have no scruples about lining their pockets at the expense of others (and/or the government) and the members of society who do not have the ability or desire to understand what is really happening.


S. JOHNSON
Grand Junction

Wise words of Lincoln immortalized on his memorial
Engraved on the wall of Abraham Lincoln’s memorial in Washington D.C. are the following words taken from Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address:


“The Almighty has His own purposes…........Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, that the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”


You will find the entire oration at the Avalon Project at Yale Law School, “Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln, Saturday, March 4, 1865.“gtoo://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/lincoln2.asp


Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, used this quotation on pages 102-103:  “President Lincoln helped to quell the sin of slavery in our great nation so that slavery would be removed from the land. And President Lincoln gave God, Our Creator, all the glory. Amen.”


JAN REYHER
Olathe

Crazy commissioners have audacity to support U.S. Constitution

How dare our county commissioners put forth a resolution supporting the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment over and above any other form of incursion that might try to supersede it?

These three crazy people might next try to support such ideas as free speech, no unreasonable search, due process, no double jeopardy, no quartering of troops, a trial by jury, no cruel and unusual punishment, power to the states not delegated to the federal government, and protection of rights not in the Constitution.

I ask what can we do about these irrational county commissioners. This freedom thing will never work.

JIM SHULTS

Grand Junction

Grant’s column full of contradictions

It looks as if Bill Grant in his column yesterday missed the celebration of Darwin at Sandy Hook and the Aurora theater this summer. We just finished with another in Big Bear a few days ago. Can we please have a break? In the words of Steve Turner, “this is the sound of man worshipping his maker.”

Carl Sagan said the secret of evolution is death and time. To Darwin, natural selection depends upon the natural death and suffering of the unfit.

Evolution, as defined by Darwin, is a mechanism acting on matter. Mechanisms, and science, are silent in the arenas of ideas, meaning and morality. If death is natural and we are its product, then if people die, it is akin to carrots being harvested.

Grant’s column is one contradiction piled upon another. He failed to explain, with meaning, why there is something rather than nothing and the source of genetic information. Without these, ‘evolution’ has nothing to act upon.

To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, Grant tries to make sense of a random “first cause”; tries to explain with meaning all that has no meaning; makes claims that we ought or ought not do certain things with no basis for morality; believes that we can think rationally and logically while we are just “dancing to our DNA”; and subscribes worth to humans while being a worthless creature himself.

Contrary to his statement concerning the triumph of naturalism over supernaturalism, naturalism has failed in each of these areas.

Trying to teach “young minds” why they are here and how they got here is not only beyond the purview of science but is absolutely bankrupt in Darwin’s worldview. There is just no meaning in these kinds of statements and “young minds” know it.

JEAN BRIDGMAN
Grand Junction

Should car manufacturers now also be held liable?

So, we can hold gun manufacturers liable for a product? Does that mean we can also hold car manufacturers liable if their cars are involved in a fatal accident?

Did our Colorado state representatives start to smoke pot before it was legal?

GREG MORGAN
Palisade

Dorner undeserving of sympathy by some in the liberal media

Chris Dorner and his sick sociopathic behavior is no more. His race gave claims of discrimination enough credibility for some in the liberal media to take up his cause. They seemed ever so sympathetic.

But, the 11,000-word manifest (equivalent to about 37 of these “letters to the editor”) revealed a warped, liberal mentality and a demented plan to exact revenge. I doubt very little of it reflected rational human thought at all.

The “hue and cry” of the commentators I heard, even though he committed murder, was, “Shouldn’t we at least investigate his alleged reasons?” He murdered four people. What’s to investigate?

Using that logic, then, I ask “Shouldn’t we at least investigate the reasons all the murderers in Chicago did what they did?”

AL CARLEY

Grand Junction

Governor ought to oust Moran from trustee job

County Trustee Mike Moran’s comments on Rep. Ray Scott’s bill to eliminate the public trustee position shows that Moran is not qualified to hold his position.

Moran’s disingenuous comment that his office does not cost the county money is outrageous. The “fees” he collects would be collected by the county if his position did not exist. Instead of the surplus, all of the “fees” would be in the county’s coffers.

The salary for Moran and his staff are outside county control, as is his entire office budget. If Moran decides that 100 percent of the “fees” should be spent on his office, there is nothing the county can do about it.

I encourage Moran to review the stories the Denver Post has published the last year and examine the pattern of abuse in these offices.

Clearly, Rep. Scott has a complete understanding of what goes on in the county trustee’s office. Scott believes that the “fees” should be completely under the control of the county involved, not an appointed patron of the governor.

I call on Mesa County residents to call Gov. Hickenlooper. Demand the governor fire Moran from his county trustee position. His comments in the paper prove his lack of qualification.

KEVIN MCCARNEY
Clifton

Sentinel editorial should have acknowledged progress made in Obama’s first administration

Today’s editorial – “State of Union speech ignores debt worries” – selectively disregards the text of President Obama’s address and the context created by Republicans’ ongoing obstructionism and “manufactured crises.”


Indeed, while Obama refused to exacerbate the exaggerated “worries” fueled by his intransigently partisan critics, his speech expressly addressed the long-term debt.


Our $16+ trillion national debt has four principal sources:  the Bush tax cuts, two wars, the Medicare prescription drug benefit and the financial crisis that contracted our GDP in 2009. Obama has systematically addressed each of these underlying causes.


While the Bush tax cuts deprived the federal government of $1.6 trillion in revenue, the “Fiscal Cliff” deal recouped only $600 billion of that. Obama, however, has agreed to some $1.9 trillion in purported spending cuts since 2011 and has reduced the federal deficit every year he’s been in office. 

Obama also ended one war and announced the projected end of another. His proposed Medicare reforms include reducing subsidies to the prescription drug industry.


“As a result, we are more than halfway toward the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances,” the president reported. That goal is based on the debt-carrying capacity of our economy – measured as percent of GDP.


Republicans falsely insist that we face only a “spending problem”—not a companion “revenue problem” – despite mounting evidence that all levels of our governments are chronically underfunded.


Obama and reputable economists maintain that additional fiscal “stimulus” (i.e., infrastructrure spending) – paid for by “tax reform” and/or by borrowing now at negative interest rates – will “create jobs” and thereby increase GDP.


Republicans claimed that the 2009 stimulus “wouldn’t work,” then “didn’t work” – but it did. Therefore, the Sentinel should endorse polices that work, not ideology that doesn’t.


BILL HUGENBERG
Grand Junction

Feds get enough revenue to fund legitimate functions

There is adequate revenue to fund the legitimate functions of the federal government. The common elements of all nations, whether a republic or a dictatorship, are a military to defend; ambassadors to interact with other nations; prisons to control the unlawful; judges to arbitrate; clerks to record information; and a few other agencies or departments such as mail and roads to enhance communication and commerce.

Unfortunately, we have elected politicians who have regulated us to near inactivity and who have enacted subsidies and entitlements that will never be paid for.

Alex de Tocqueville stated more than 175 years ago, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

RALPH G. NASH
Grand Junction



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