Email letters, July 31, 2013

Child prostitution ring customers deserve prosecution

Like everyone else, I was relieved to hear that a prostitution ring involving children was ended, and that more than a hundred children were rescued - hopefully
to be reunited with loving families. The pimps of these child prostitution rings were arrested and will process through our justice system.

However, the real criminals were not caught. Those men - our fathers, brothers, sons, friends - will not be prosecuted for raping children. For this is the bottom
line. In our neighborhoods, our towns, our state, this incident of child prostitution was going on. Someone demanded and paid for raping children. My question is: Who are you?

We’ve recently been warned that a sex offender will be moving to our town. But who are the child rapists that are living among us now?  Aren’t they just as guilty – if not more so since they knew full well that they were raping a child and paid for that vile perversion?

Missing and exploited children is a reality. Here. Not somewhere else. We let this happen to our children by people we know - whether through ignorance or deliberately turning a blind eye.

Why aren’t we ferreting out and prosecuting these child rapists to the full extent of the law?  We are morally outraged when we think our rights are violated (e.g. the Second Amendment), but where are our voices, our protests, our outrage for this obscene violation of our children?

Who are you, raper of children?

BETTY M. BLEVINS
Grand Junction

It’s difficult to shop locally without bus service

“Shopping Local” is a wonderful idea! Why didn’t I think of that? I’ll head downtown right away! Wait … the bus doesn’t run on Sunday. Guess I’ll walk to Walmart.

SUSAN HAINES
Grand Junction

Many NSA staffers should be charged with treason

I wonder how soon it will be until our public prosecutors begin to prosecute the staff of the NSA spy agency. You know, the one whose work is described as “erected in secret, without any public input, whose surveillance programs amount to an electronic concentration camp which houses every single person in the United States today.”

The charge, of course, will be treason, and violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

All employees except whistleblowers should be charged with treason and replaced with people who have the ethical standards to observe the Constitution. It is illegal to enforce laws selectively, and the citizens in the private sector are getting tired of it. Let’s go, boys. File those charges!

CARL R. GOODWIN
Colorado Springs

Selection of new councilor was a troubling rush to judgment

I find it troubling that three people out of the entire city of Grand Junction were able to select a city council member after Harry Butler’s vacancy upon his demise. I believe that in a true democracy another election should have been held to place McArthur (possibly) into a council seat.

It is now a definitive decision without the votes of the majority of the citizens. What was the rush to judgment by three people to vote in Butler’s replacement rather than the entire city? I may be sitting in Clifton, but it bothers me how this was done.

VALERIE ETTER
Clifton

Western Slope’s economy interlaced with energy industry

In a recent letter to the editor Curt Claussen makes excellent points. Most people don’t know the difference between fracking and drilling, and like most they don’t want to take the time to learn. That’s how we wind up with
politicians and economies like we have now.

Curt has been a driller as long as I have known him, and his family is proud Colorado folk that work hard and know how interlaced our region’s economy is with drilling, fracking, and the products they provide that fuel our great nation.

Unfortunately, politicians and yahoos from out of our region come here and try and turn it into another Boulder or San Francisco. This is a great country to live in if you can make a living here.

I recently retired back here after having to take a job in Seattle for many years. The area has changed, some of the people have changed, the state seems to have more problems thrust at it from the Front Range and Washington D.C. than it used to.

Those of us for whom this area is home and grew up here have an undying spirit and love for this area that nobody can take away from us — no matter how many communists and socialists are put in office.

RICHARD BRIGHT

Grand Junction

NSA activities seem in compliance with Patriot Act

Our senior senator may be correct — “Udall:  Quit collecting Americans’ phone records” — that it’s time to “narrow the reach of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.”


However, even if controlling (albeit still secret) Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court interpretations of that provision are arguably “at odds with the plain meaning of the law”, NSA activities seem clearly consistent with the plain text of the Patriot Act (2003).


Section 215 amended FISA (1978) by inserting Section 501, “Access to Certain Business Records for Foreign Intelligence and International Terrorism Investigations”, authorizing the FBI to seek “business records” from their custodians by making application to a FISA court and specifying (not proving) only that the records “are sought for an authorized investigation conducted in accordance with” guidelines approved by the Attorney General “to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities .”


Records of every telephone call made (but not their contents) are “business records” routinely maintained by telephone companies, and – when an identifiable individual is party thereto – are lawfully provided to law enforcement only pursuant to a subpoena.

FISA judges have apparently ruled that NSA collection and consolidation in a searchable database of impersonal “meta-data” – multiple telephone companies’ call logs, which do not identify any individuals involved – constitutes a legitimate investigative and/or lead-generating tool which can reasonably contribute to national security.

Because our Constitution does not explicitly guarantee a right of “privacy,” and because the Fourth Amendment prohibits only “unreasonable searches and seizures,” the question boils down to this:  Who decides what is currently “reasonable”?

Presumably, President Obama could order changes to AG “guidelines,” Congress could enact clarifying language, and/or a FISA court could conclude that – with secrecy lost and disposable cell phones plentiful – massive collection of “meta-data” is no longer a “reasonable” way to deter or “protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.”

BILL HUGENBERG
Grand Junction

 

 

 



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