Email letters, July 12, 2013

President misuses power of his office on Obamacare

Obamacare is now “the law of the land.” It’s codified. This monstrosity, thrust on most Americans against their will, will no doubt bring unintended consequences as yet undetermined. Its popularity has never been lower. Nonetheless, it is the law.

Just in time for Democrat incumbents to face less angry constituents during mid-term elections, a presidential decree delayed implementation of a certain part of the law. What? How can a codified law be changed by presidential
decree, or anyone?

A delay would benefit many small businesses, so they’re staying quiet. However, as this delay demonstrates, this law is and will continue to be impossible to implement.

Regardless, it is the law and should not be subject to the whims of one man.

It’s been said that we get the government we deserve. If ours was the only generation to suffer from this foolishness, then so be it. Unfortunately, our massive national debt insures suffering for generations yet unborn.

AL CARLEY
Grand Junction


Voice opinions on motorized access at next BLM advisory council meeting

A review of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Draft Resource Management Plan reveals another assault on motorized access by the BLM in western Colorado.  The Preferred Alternative E proposes closing 53 percent of current motorized access that is allowed in the area today. Alternative C proposes closing a whopping 83 percent.

I was hopeful we would not see the attack on legal motorized access in this DRMP, since we had an area advisory council appointed.  After conversations with two advisory council members, it’s very apparent they were not told during advisory council meetings how many miles of routes were to be proposed for closure.

It’s important for the public to show up to the remaining public comment meetings and let the advisory council and BLM know how you feel. The next Dominguez Escalante DRMP Advisory Council meeting runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 17 at the John McConnell Math and Science Center.

BRANDON SIEGFRIED
Grand Junction

Avalon serves a multitude of citizens, not just ‘elite’

The idea that the Avalon Theatre only serves an elite few is simply wrong. In 2012 the Avalon hosted 433 events, and more than 65,000 patrons crossed the threshold to watch movies, kids’ dance recitals, church services, live concerts, film festivals, choral concerts and other live arts performances that catered to a wide-ranging audience of all ages and economic backgrounds.

More than 15 performing arts organizations use the Avalon on a regular basis, as well as multiple concert promoters and a church. When not otherwise in use, the city shows movies for $5. Every Tuesday night, a movie is free for those that eat dinner in a downtown restaurant, thereby creating an affordable night out for everyone. The Avalon Theatre is truly the cornerstone of commerce and culture in our community.

People come from all over the Western Slope to Grand Junction to shop, attend games at Stoker Stadium, use our hospitals and our airport, attend CMU and go to the Avalon. The Avalon fills a need not filled elsewhere as the largest civic theater between Denver and Salt Lake City. It is an economic driver for our restaurants, shops and hotels.

We would like to thank the City Council for understanding how important the Avalon is in reaching the city’s goal of becoming the most livable community west of the Rockies by 2025 and moving forward with construction of Phase I.

An improved and expanded Avalon Theatre brings us one step closer to attracting increased tourism opportunities, new businesses and young families to our community.

We invite the entire community to come celebrate with us at our groundbreaking ceremony at 4 p.m. July 25 at the Avalon Theatre.

KATHY HALL
KAREN HILDEBRANDT

Co-chairs, Avalon Cornerstone Project

Leaders’ obsession with security stemmed from post 9/11 fears

The telltale “tell” in Josh Penry’s Friday column (“In wake of Snowden’s disclosures, administration must stop obfuscating”) is its second word:  “political”.  Penry remains focused on the “political fallout” from Edward Snowden’s revelations, rather than on the security implications of the controversy.
Since 9/11, officials charged with protecting our national security have been obsessed with the “doomsday” scenario – wherein anti-American terrorists acquire and detonate a “dirty bomb” or nuclear device within our homeland.


Regardless of how unlikely the possibility, the Bush-Cheney cabal insisted that a mere 1 percent chance that Saddam Hussein intended to do just that justified the invasion of Iraq – and warrantless domestic “wiretaps.”
Meanwhile, the junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama joined with Sen, Richard Lugar, R.-Ind.,  to successfully sponsor legislation that enabled us to secure “loose nukes” and fissionable material around the globe, thereby responsibly addressing – and lending credence to—the apocalyptic possibility most feared by intelligence insiders.


In this legitimate national security context, complete transparency is oxymoronic – and the real question becomes how much public disclosure is too much. 

 
Consequently, it is disingenuous for Penry to feign being “unnerved” by post facto assertions that the Obama administration “systematically duped and deceived the public about virtually all aspects of its domestic spy program” – when “plausible denial” in public is necessarily implicit in the “Top Secret” classification of those details.


Moreover, Obama’s “domestic spy program” was inherited from the lawless Republican Bush administration, which conducted domestic spying without obtaining warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act courts – until Bush’s own attorney generals refused to certify the legality of those programs.


Nevertheless, and even if the Obama administration is demonstrating more “respect for civil liberties and privacy” than did his predecessor, the contours of our surveillance programs must still fit within the confines of the Fourth Amendment without unreasonably jeopardizing its perpetuity.


BILL HUGENBERG
Grand Junction

 



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