Email letters, July 26, 2012

Pugliese lacks education, experience for commissioner job

Republicans did a great disservice to Mesa County by promoting and voting Rose Pugliese to be their commissioner candidate this fall. Pugliese is a nice and compassionate woman from what I have observed, but she is horribly unqualified to be addressing the issues of county commissioners.

Commissioners deal with roads, bridges and highways; zoning and development; health care and social services; public safety, parks and recreation; and other very pragmatic and physical asset concerns. There is obviously a huge amount of complex accounting and large organization personnel matters involved in administering these things.

Pugliese appears to have no education or work experience backgrounds in these areas. She has presented herself in the past to be an extreme socio-moral ideologue looking for a political office. Even in conservative Mesa County, a large number of voters do not share her beliefs regarding creationism, abortion and global warming.

Republicans should not vote for her just because of the “R” after her name. The Democratic candidate in District 3, David Edwards, has the administrative background and fiscal philosophies that Republicans would greatly appreciate and benefit from.

Rose Pugliese really should do her proselytizing through religious ministry.

Grand Junction

All we should ask for – and give – is a little respect

There is one crucial element that has been slowly declining in our society and we need to start getting it back: respect. Children need to respect their parents. Parents need to respect their grandparents. Grandparents need to respect young people.

Citizens need to respect the law, including the speed limit. We need to drive as though our friends are in the cars around us, not our enemies.

We need to treat the president of the United States with respect and refer to him as President Obama, not Obama. Politicians on both sides of the aisle need to treat each other with respect. They need to take responsibility for their campaigns and not let “political action committees” distort and lie about each other, whether they are Democrats or Republicans.

Parents need to pay attention to their children when they are walking or driving with them and not be talking on their cell phones.

Finally, we need to respect human life, as the recent tragedies have demonstrated. We need to help each other in times of need and plenty.

There is a saying that applies to all of us: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In other words, respect each other.

We all need to teach this to our children and grandchildren. We need to remember and live by what we believe in.

Grand Junction

Armed citizen might have stopped Aurora theater gunman

In regards to David L. Cox’s letter printed July 24, I commend him. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Eileen O’Toole should think about this. If that man had come into the theater with say, a flamethrower, a pipe bomb or a couple of very sharp hatchets, whom then would she blame? Certainly not that poor excuse for a human being.

Had O’Toole been at that theater and a legally armed citizen jumped up and eliminated the threat, would that person be a hero, would O’Toole commend the NRA for its education of gun owners? I think not.


Grand Junction

Man accused of forcing child to drink alcohol is no monster

Many readers no doubt read or heard recent reports of a Grand Junction man, Brady Sipe, “physically forcing a nine-year-old to drink alcohol.” As his grandmother, I don’t believe Brady did this, and I urge readers to wait until all the information comes out before passing judgment on him.

Brady is a 26-year-old man who has had his share of problems.

When the police went to Brady’s home, he was sleeping and confused as to what they were saying. He became angry at the accusation against him and resisted the effort to restrain him.

His mother asked if she could talk with him to calm him down, but they refused to allow that. This led to a struggle in which Brady injured his head and had to be taken to the hospital for stitches. This could have been avoided if the police officers would have allowed his mother to talk to him.

Now, some people apparently view Brady as a monster. Please, before anyone condemns Brady, I urge him or her to wait until the entire story is presented.

Grand Junction

Unstable people can access info on Internet to learn how to commit crimes

I cannot agree more with the column David Brooks wrote in the paper of July 25, noting that better mental health is key to preventing rampages.

This led me to analyze his facts regarding the violence recorded in the past century and notice a very startling but understandable trend. From the beginning of the article’s brief history dissertation to the end, one trend seems very apparent, and that is the availability of information.

To go straight to the heart of the issue, from the Internet period on, the killings happen more frequently and with more magnitude.

Now I am not one to discredit or shun the information highway; I am a daily visitor to the World Wide Web and enjoy its instant answers and the ability to order what one cannot find on a regular basis. This, however, leaves the door open to all people, sane or not, to access the same information.

Most are aware that the “shake and bake” method of making methamphetamine in only a couple of hours is readily available online. Also, I surmise, is the information to build bombs, manufacture and procure weapons and learn just about anything else you would like to know.

The information superhighway is a priceless tool in today’s world, but it does not discriminate, nor does it perform background checks. According to surveys, one in four young men suffer from a mental illness, but only 13% of the affected seek professional help, mostly because of substance abuse.

While those against guns and those who are pro weapon argue, I believe the primary and most important issue at stake is early, educated recognition of mental illness, as well as the ability to begin treatment as soon as possible.

The Aurora killer was recognized as a quiet, highly intelligent person who was pursuing a degree at a Colorado university. Within several months, he was withdrawing from school and spending his time ordering ammunition. This was an unrecognized red flag, one that we need to begin recognizing.

Once an unstable individual gains independence, the world is his playground. We will never be able to identify all affected, but with work and public education, we may be able to prevent some of future tragedies from occurring.

Grand Junction

Nevins needs to learn more about scientific dating methods

In response to Mike Nevins’ letter claiming that evolution is a fraud, I have to challenge his assertions. First of all, he presented no evidence whatsoever of this so-called fraud. He did assert that dating methods are speculations based on assumptions.

I would suggest he actually learn what dating methods are and what they are based on. Far from being assumptions, the basic principles of radiometric dating are continually tested and are well supported.

Secondly, Nevins appears to get his information from creationist sources. It is obvious that he did not use the original source, as he would have corrected the name of the physicist in question, which is actually Mano Singham, not Mark Singham.

Dr. Singham’s original article, which appeared in Physics Today (June 2000) and is available for free on its website, was an opinion piece in which he discussed the problems inherent in teaching basic courses where there are no opportunities to allow students to follow the same path of discovery that hundreds of years of scientists have followed.

It is also notable that the quote that Nevins copied left out the end of the article, which I will reproduce here:

“Listen carefully and courteously to what knowledgeable people have to say, and be able to use that information when necessary. Weigh the arguments for and against any issue but, ultimately, stand up for what you believe. Don’t ever feel forced to accept something just because some ‘expert’ tells you it is true. Believe things only when they make sense to you and you are good and ready for them.”

You’ll never hear creationists telling you that.

Grand Junction

Sentinel’s forum on environmental issues well done

Thank you, Daily Sentinel, for sponsoring the event regarding environmental issues in Western Colorado.

Not only was it informative, but also it was well done. The panelists were exceptional, and I truly appreciate their investment in time to give such a comprehensive look at our issues here in Western Colorado.

Grand Junction

Transport districts’ actual operation costs can be hidden

Rick Wagner’s column on Grand Valley Transit was good. Regional transportation districts give financial reports without profit and loss statements so they can hide their losses.

Any financial report on RTD/GVT finances must be estimated. Their actual cost of operation is hidden in “ridership” totals that list every transfer as another rider.

The financial reports on Boulder-Denver RTD started with a $50 million annual loss. It is now up to $200 million (estimated from their data) loss. Selling an asset (bus) that is in good condition for $1 is not shown on their financial report as a loss.

GVT financial reports are impossible to use for accurate profit and loss totals. They must be “estimated.”

It was great to see a truthful column on the GVT/RTD operation.


Grand Junction


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