Email letters, January 2, 2014

Packing heat hikes risks for problems

I have always thought of Grand Junction as a safe city with a low crime rate. However, based on the increased number of concealed weapons applications, apparently many residents view Grand Junction as a very dangerous place.

I have concerns about the thought process of making our world safer by acquiring even more guns. Look at the recent incident in Colorado Springs in which a man inadvertently shot his stepdaughter. In Montrose, the wife of one of our county commissioners forgot she had her gun in her purse and tried to go through security at the Montrose airport.

Some complemented her because she carried a gun. Would they have done the same if she had forgot she had a gun in her purse at a social function and some kids had found it?

At this point in time, many of us lead very busy and sometimes hectic lives. There are numerous opportunities for accidents to occur when carrying a gun. I think in most cases carrying a gun creates more problems for deaths and injuries to occur than it does in preventing incidents.


Many unanswered questions remain in Arapahoe High shooting

I read with interest the Associated Press article regarding the murderer at Arapahoe High, who entered the school through a blocked open door with a legally-purchased shotgun, 125 shells, a machete and three firebombs.  That information, in and of itself, is enough to make one wonder about the blocked-open door.  Apparently, Sheriff Grayson Robinson doesn’t see it that way.  Said door was “supposed” to be locked, but was propped open.

We have all been in public schools – doors to the outside are fitted so that if you go out, you can’t get back in through the same door, because it locks when it closes.  The main entry doors, however have a thumb release to allow entry from the outside, generally, and are unlocked during school hours.
Several things bother me about this information:  In school, I learned that a good story includes “who, what, when, where, why and how.”  Apparently, again Sheriff Robinson’s concern isn’t with those questions, because he says “it wouldn’t have deterred 18-year-old Karl Pierson.”

Let us look at it yet another way:  Could Pierson have had an as yet un-named accomplice?  Somebody blocked the door open that he entered.  Was the blocking unintentional that allowed him in with all his weapons?  Possibly.  Could it have been planned?  Possibly.  Supposed to be closed means just that – closed.  Who opened it, and why?  Easier exit and entry?  It’s supposed to be closed.  Doesn’t that tell us something?  Easier exit and entry for whom?  Or, possibly easier entry for Pierson?

What kind of a room was this?  We don’t know – yet.  Was it supposed to have an automatic locking feature on the door?  If it were any door other than the main entrances – probably.  That is the most likely reason it was propped open, although Sheriff Robinson didn’t share that information with us.  Why?  If it wasn’t an accomplice who blocked it open, was it a teacher?  Is that against school rules?  If so, why isn’t it important just who blocked the door open?  Again, the sheriff doesn’t seem to be too concerned.  That the door was one of the few details released Monday.  I can see why.

With school children being murdered at a rate nobody wants to think about, in gun-free zones, even without a door being blocked open – and yet another promising 17 year-old innocent having been murdered — how is it that Sheriff Robinson isn’t concerned about the propped-open door?  To this writer – uninformed as I am – the propped-open door stands out like a sore thumb, along with the person, authorized (which I doubt) or unauthorized to prop it open, which is more likely.  That person owns some responsibility for Pierson having access, and Sheriff Robinson should know that.

Grand Junction

Ricky Clark truly deserves his ‘new’ set of wheels

On Tuesday, the last day of 2013, you printed a photo along with a paragraph describing an event. It was about a man named Ricky Clark who is a military vet and an employee of Larchwood Inn.

Three businesses and two community clubs had pooled their resources to give this fellow a “new” used vehicle to better enable him to get back and forth to work. I was amazed and so grateful that all these folks did this for him.

For, you see, a few years ago my parents lived for a while at Larchwood Inn, and I witnessed firsthand what a valuable person Ricky is. He would go way beyond his duties of “floor-man” by talking, joking, caring and always smiling for the residents. It was pure joy to watch his interactions.

Here’s a big thank-you to all of those who helped Ricky with the car. And, Ricky, thank you for being such a blessing to those you serve. Have a happy and healthy new year!

Grand Junction

Young more likely to buy pot than to sign up for Obamacare

Could not help but think that probably more young people stood in line to buy pot in Colorado than have signed up for Obamacare. Let’s just say they must think it’s a greater bang for their buck!

Grand Junction

Local businesses thanked for helping Scouts sell trees

As Scoutmaster of Troop 303, I would like to publicly thank local businesses for their generous donations of time and materials for Troop 303’s annual Christmas tree sales fundraiser, located next to Community Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center. 

This annual fund-raiser allows our troop to fund summer camps, merit badges and other troop activities throughout the year.  After paying for the trees, 100 percent of the funds raised goes toward Boy Scout activities. 

We thank these businesses for their dedication to our Boy Scout troop as these young men and women develop life and leadership skills that will serve our community well in years to come.

Storm’s Specialty Services            
Western Implement              
Rocky Mountain Sanitation
KB Excavation & Construction          
FCI Constructors                  
Bud’s Signs
Richardson Electric                      
Community Hospital              
Grand Valley Drainage District

We’d also like to thank all the community members who helped our troop by purchasing Christmas trees at our lot.  Our troop sold 750 trees in 11 days.  We offer a special thanks to our supporters who return year after year to make our Christmas trees part of their family holiday.
Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 303
Grand Junction

President ignores Constitution

Our Constitution supposedly dictates how laws are to be enacted and revised. That procedure has worked for several hundred years. But not now. With the passage of the “Affordable Care Act,” we’ve suddenly reverted to “one-person” rule again, allowing the president to pick and choose which parts of this law to enact and which not.

It’s clearly unconstitutional, but since no one in government objects then it’s deemed acceptable. Since compliance with certain parts of the law causes hardships, especially on politicians seeking reelection, then those parts are deferred.

Parts and pieces of laws should not be so easily set aside. It sets a dangerous precedent, and allows one man to ignore the Constitution. Which law will he choose to ignore next?

Grand Junction

Colorado Springs homeowner had right to self-defense

What gives Jim Ciha the right to push his unreasonable notions on everybody else? His ignorance—not only of the facts in the specific case he refers to—but in general of our society amaze me. He ought be ashamed of himself for exploiting the death of a delinquent child for his own political agenda.

The man who defended his own home was a soldier who had served in combat. Clearly Ciha is ignorant of both military training and LAW. I am certain in Ciha’s home it is perfectly normal for anyone to enter his home after he goes to bed   through a window. Yup, good folk do that all the time in progressive and unarmed America.

Ciha considers the God-given right to self-defense as reflected in the Castle doctrine of our national laws “sick” Ciha can’t understand why in so many police reports following the shooting of anyone—unless there is clear proof that the police acted in the wrong most Courts defer to the judgment of the officer.

The same is true in any military court—or ought to be. Individual soldiers ought be deferred to whenever they use deadly force. But unthinking, unreasonable wonders like Ciha think they know better than God—or the homeowner who finds someone breaking in through a window after he or she has gone to bed for the night.






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