Email letters, July 4, 2013

Don’t let political radicals
hijack Fourth of July parade
I am writing to express my displeasure and disgust with the content of this year’s Fourth of July parade.
The Fourth of July parade is supposed to be a family-friendly event for kids to enjoy. Instead of celebrating our city’s veterans and the freedom’s they fought so hard to protect, downtown parade organizers allowed the parade to by hijacked by politically charged filth
that insults the very ideals of this national holiday.
Shame on the parade organizers for allowing this cancerous garbage to disrespect our nation’s veterans and pollute the minds of our city’s young people. I would hope this sends a message to our downtown city leaders to wake up and let common sense take over.
A parade is the perfect place to celebrate all the positive things a city has to offer. I hope that in future city organized events these radicalized presentations will be noticeably absent and replaced by
images that better represent the city we call home.
GEORGE JOHNSON
Grand Junction

Letter writer was wrong
about federal sequestration
What an erroneous and contradictory stance about the reasons and consequences of the federal sequestration by Daily Sentinel letter writer Don Boyles.
Sequestration occurred because the radical regressives in the House of Representatives wouldn’t accept a bipartisan-arranged budget. These ideologues would not accept a budget that did not cut Social Security and Medicare funding significantly and one that called for nominal income tax increases for millionaires. Polls showed that over 70 percent of Americans did not agree with their stance on these provisions.
Why lambaste Obama for cutting the frivolities of fireworks and tourist visits of the White House to accommodate the sequester? These seem like the least impacting measures to take. Conservatives are always crowing about eliminating non-essential governmental expenditures. Obama’s cuts seem to clearly fall into that category, in my opinion. The Congressional regressives prefer cutting school lunch funding for poor kids and/or other humanitarian expenditures.
Regressives need to quit being shills for hate radio programs. A huge majority of Americans do not want to be dragged back to the 1850’s by these people. It is bad enough that they get a stage for their pronouncements but to have our government in total gridlock because of them is a travesty the majority should not have to endure.
JOEL PRUDHOMME
Grand Junction

Boy Scouts flag ceremony
was moving for firefighters
This is a thank you letter to the local Boy Scout troop for their wonderful flag ceremony that they put on for all of us firefighters at the middle school in town.
It was a very moving ceremony to remember and honor our fallen brothers. It was such an inspiring thing to see. Thank you again!
LUKE BRIGHAM
Granby

Failed leadership resulting
in decline of our country
Our country is in decline because of failed leadership in Washington. The top legislative priorities of our current Democratic administration are at the bottom of the list of what is important to most Americans. Importance of gun control (newly renamed gun safety.) and immigration poll in single digits while the economy, job and the national deficit are the top three, totaling above 60 percent of people’s concerns.
The only possible answer for this misdirection of effort is for political gain, as excessive government spending and growing debt will, sooner or later, collapse our economy.
President Obama and the Democratic Senate will not seriously address the deficit or debt, as it requires making very difficult decisions. To make any real progress, extensive government policy shifts and significant employee layoffs are required, and elected Democrats are not willing to be held accountable for such action.
There has been virtually no government layoffs as a result of the sequester, just a few unpaid days off, mostly from areas in the field that deal directly with the public, less from the millions in the bloated Washington bureaucracy.
Any gun control legislation will have zero effect because all that is proposed is to make gun ownership more onerous for law-abiding citizens. Criminals will still enjoy all the weaponry they currently have. Immigration legislation will also have zero effect unless our southern boarder is well-secured, but there is no real will in Congress to accomplish this either.
Thus, nothing will be accomplished and the Democrats will have two emotional issues for which to blame Republicans to skew the 2014 election in their favor, while our critical problem of a fading economy languishes ominously in the background.
“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” Thomas Jefferson.
HANS CROEBER
Montrose



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