Email Letters: June 5, 2017

Kathy Griffin is experiencing consequences of her bad behavior

Dear Kathy Griffin,

Try and remember back when you were a little girl and your parents told you there would be consequences for bad behavior, for acting like you are the center of the universe, and for treating others like they simply did not matter. Oh, they never told you that? Sorry. Now you are 56 years old, unemployed, publicly exposed as the spoiled brat that you are, and it is time to learn that lesson.

The other lesson you are in the process of learning is that the citizens of this country will not sit back forever and let you act like the ungrateful fool you apparently are. And now you say you are being bullied! Half right: bull! You are simply feeling the consequences your parents either tried to tell you about, or never told you and should have.

Finally, you should be glad that President Trump is in office and that it is he who is the target of your grotesque stupidity. Such an act directed to the president one year ago would have zoomed past the photo shoot and gone straight to prosecution and sentencing! You are not broken; you are bent, maybe twisted. Get over it; you screwed up.

LES ZETMEIR
Grand Junction

City recklessly approving downtown rental development

Grand Junction’s Planning Department has been recklessly approving large downtown rental developments. According to the city’s 2015 housing plan, the Downtown Development Authority is planning on subsidizing the development of 129 new housing units in the Central Business District. By their calculation it will take 10 years to recover current occupancy levels.

Additional housing in the CBD is not necessarily bad. However, the city’s math did not take into account the 181-plus additional units in the works. These three projects alone more than double the units on which the city based their numbers. This might be of little concern to the average homeowner; however, the effect on all existing downtown properties should be considered. Extensive vacancies in the rental market will bring down property values for all (not to mention taking the rental sector of our economy away from local landlords and putting in the hands of large developers, who might not spend locally). As vacant properties degrade, there is less incentive for the surrounding homeowners to improve their homes, and the positive transformation we are seeing downtown will stagnate.

The city seems to be operating on an “if you build it, they will come” mentality, but simple economics says that an oversupply of goods without the appropriate demand causes collapse. If our goal is to attract people and businesses that will fuel our economy, how does an oversupply of housing at the expense of beautiful historic neighborhoods achieve that goal? Let’s continue with sustainable growth, rather than giving in to impatience and greed that lead to overdevelopment and boom and bust cycles.

NINA PARENTICE
Grand Junction

Trump on track to reduce involvement with other nations, alienate allies

After World War II, under the leadership of Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, the United States became and stayed the most powerful and greatest nation in the world. Believing it necessary to defend our shores, east and west, the U.S. created NATO with European nations and encouraged the creation of SEATO in Southeast Asia. In addition, Republican emphasis on and funding of the Defense Department resulted in the development of the most sophisticated and effective military, unparalleled anywhere. During that same time, the U.S.S.R. declined until it is now, as Russia (having lost most of its former satellite countries to NATO), a minor power economically and politically. It’s so powerless that it has to resort to hacking the internet to disrupt other nations.

International involvement has been a cardinal principal for conservatives and the Republican Party. The Democrats, on the other hand, in the past tended to resist too much involvement in other parts of the world, and particularly military adventures.

President Trump is on track to reduce U.S. involvement with other nations through de-emphasizing NATO, re-negotiating NAFTA, pulling out of the Paris accords, and reducing the role of State Department diplomacy. In addition, he seems to be dead set on alienating many, if not most, of the countries we have counted as allies, not to mention courting pathetically weak Russia, a former and current enemy. Based on the above information, it appears as if President Trump has actually adopted the liberal Democrat kind of foreign policy (with the exception of dealing with Russia). I need to have someone explain to me how this is “making America great again.”

ERNIE STECH
Grand Junction

Political left doesn’t have the right to overthrow will of the people

The political left in this country need to realize they do not have the right to overthrow the will of the people. The will of the people spoke last November and elected Donald Trump and his policies to govern for the next four years. The left have the right to peacefully demonstrate that they disagree with the will of the people, but they do not have the right to block the will of the people.

JACKIE JAMES
Grand Junction

Our ‘Tweeter/Reader-in-Chief’ is out of touch with country

Over the last several weeks, as President Trump traveled abroad, he read a variety of dull, uninspiring prepared speeches. Now he is back home and continues to communicate by either tweeting his random thoughts or blandly reading prepared statements addressing various political issues. Our “Tweeter/Reader in Chief” has shown little interest or aptitude for understanding or developing polices to benefit the American people (even though his party controls both houses of Congress).

On Friday, he read another statement trying to explain the logic for pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord by saying, “I was elected to serve the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” But when 70 percent of our country wants the U.S. to stay in the Paris accord and fulfill our promise to fight global warming with the other nations of the world, whom is he really representing?

Clearly not the majority of Americans, which includes his daughter, and trusted advisor son-in-law. Possibly he made this decision to help his own financial interests, the fossil fuel industry, or the oil producing countries of Saudi Arabia or Russia – but not America as a whole. Just look to where he has traveled in the U.S. since he has been elected. Though he has found time to vacation and play golf at his Mar-A-Lago Resort in Florida seven times, he has not traveled past the Mississippi once. He has shown no real interest in visiting, listening, or representing Americans across our country. He claims his actions will save jobs. But why are a few jobs today valued more than our children’s and grandchildren’s future? What about their jobs and economic future? He further claims the terms of the climate accord were too harsh and unfair for American companies. If this were true, why did so many corporate leaders urge him to stay in the Paris
agreement?

The world used to look to the U.S. for visionary leadership and moral integrity. Unfortunately we elected a Tweeter/Reader-in-Chief who is proving to be woefully unqualified for the job and becoming more out of touch every day.

GARY STUBLER
Grand Junction

Vietnam veteran embarrassed by and for our country

I am a Vietnam veteran whose parents were part of The Greatest Generation. During my life our country has made some costly mistakes (Vietnam, the Iraq War), but has continued to be the leader of the free world. Growing up, I took pride in the role model we played with honor and compassion.

Now we have a president who does not feel constrained to tell the truth or inclined to care about other people. He was a bully during the campaign and remains a bully. He has money but no honor.

For the first time in my life, I am embarrassed by and for my country.

RICHARD M. HALL
Grand Junction

London terrorist attacks show the dark side of humanity

Regarding the London terrorist attacks: Once again the world has been given absolute proof that there are brainless, gutless, worthless people masquerading as human beings.

Anyone who thinks that similar acts cannot be committed here should look to Boston, San Bernadino, etc.

W. D. HAYNES
Grand Junction

Just because you don’t agree with a story doesn’t make it false

I’m 59 years old, have lived in Colorado for more than 30 years and am a news junkie. I read the Sentinel, The Denver Post, The Wall Street Journal and read CNN, Fox, BBC and even Breitbart online.

Recently the Sentinel has printed letters from people objecting to the “liberal” news coverage. There is no such thing as liberal or conservative facts. There is only truth or lies. Citing “alternative facts” is the same as using lies to support your argument. Just because you don’t agree with a story doesn’t make it false: it means you choose to live in denial. The Sentinel is an honorable newspaper that is objective and reports facts.

I grew up on Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley and Woodward and Bernstein and accusing the mainstream press of lying is a small-minded excuse for being too lazy to get the facts. I trust the U.S. media more than anyone from the White House or the GOP. Don’t believe everything you’re told just because it “feels” right. Get the facts.

MARK DEMIST
Palisade

Paris climate agreement good for American business and citizens

It is very sad that the U.S. has chosen to stop being the strongest country and leader of the world, by withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. Now Putin and China can lead the world.

Global business leaders know this will hurt them and us. The BBC says, “One of the strongest voices in favor of the U.S. staying in the Paris deal has been corporate America.” Leaders of companies such as Google, Apple and hundreds of other including major fossil fuel producers such as Exxon Mobil have urged the president to stick with Paris.

The Exxon chief executive Darren Woods wrote a personal letter to Trump saying the U.S. is “well positioned to compete” with the accord in place and staying in means “a seat at the negotiating table to ensure a level playing field.”

The Paris climate agreement is good for Colorado’s economy, and good for American business and citizens. Hopefully Colorado will continue to lead this economic opportunity, and cities like Grand Junction will also show they can lead with steps that save them money.

LEE CASSIN
De Beque

Healthcare coverage options important to local parents

It was bittersweet for many parents as they watched their pride and joy graduate from high school at the end of May. Their work was done and their child was ready to fly off to the world of work or university. But what about health insurance?

Thanks to one of the 10 essentials benefits of the ACA, parents can cover their adult children on their health insurance until the age of 26. Hopefully this provision will be continued by any new plan being considered by the U.S. Senate.

How do Grand Junction parents feel concerning this healthcare coverage option for their adult children until age 26? One mother, Kristin, told me “It’s a huge deal for me. My son is 21 and my daughter 18. He’s had three concussions in college. It’s important to have a doctor he can see as needed.”

“We added Nick on to our insurance when he went back to college at the age of 24. He was only able to work part time and would not have been insured otherwise. We kept him on our insurance until he graduated and found full-time employment with healthcare.” Kristi said.

Robbyn has an active son. “Scott stayed on our insurance for several years until he had a job that offered insurance. ACA was a good safety net. Scott tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus in a skiing accident. That would have been financially devastating without healthcare coverage.”

But what about the other nine essentials? Which ones are not essential? Are there some that you and your family could do without?

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is working on the committee hashing out the details for a new healthcare plan. Be sure to share your comments and concerns with all your elected officials. They can be conveniently reached via email, phone or snail mail.

KAYLA DODSON
Grand Junction

Veteran receives excellent care at local VA Hospital

Kudos to the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Hospital. I am a Vietnam veteran who had surgery on May 15 to repair the ball joint in my left shoulder. Dr. Sillix and his assistant Michael Schroeder both treated me with compassion and concern. The surgery was a success and I spent one day and one night in the hospital. My nurses were two ladies that always made sure I was comfortable and well cared for. They treated me with respect and made me feel at ease. I felt like I was their only patient, although I know I wasn’t. Their names are Monica and Allison. I have always been treated well at our V.A. hospital. I think it is one of the best! Keep up the good work.

EUGENE GREEN
Fruita

Why were no flags were placed on graves this Memorial Day?

I was out at the cemetery on Orchard Mesa on Memorial Day. I was saddened and shocked to see virtually no flags on the graves of the veterans. What happened?

DIANE TIPPING
Grand Junction

Everyone must condemn hate-filled rhetoric and despicable actions

I don’t care what political party you belong to or what way of life you subscribe to, this hate-filled rhetoric and the despicable actions by a handful of people must be condemned by everyone. The leaders of all political parties should stand up and let these intolerable people know that regardless of political affiliation, their actions and behavior go far beyond what should be unacceptable in a civilized society. To sit back and say nothing can only be viewed as silent acceptance.

MS. L.W. HUNLEY
Grand Junction

Adopting an eco-friendly plant-based diet a way to fight back

Are you, too, fighting mad about Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord? Then let’s fight back three times a day by adopting an eco-friendly plant-based diet.

Yes, our diet is pivotal. A 2010 United Nations report blames animal agriculture for 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 38 percent of land use, and 70 percent of global fresh water consumption.

Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by fossil fuels combustion to operate farm machinery, trucks, factory farms, and slaughterhouses. The more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

In an environmentally sustainable world, meat and dairy products in our diet must be replaced by vegetables, fruits, and grains, just as fossil fuels are replaced by wind, solar, and other pollution free energy sources.

Each of us has the power to protest Trump’s failure to maintain America’s leadership in moderating climate change, simply and effectively, by what we choose at the grocery store.

GLEN ZAUCER
Grand Junction

Renewables are the inevitable future

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat writes today about global warming and the apparent current Republican response. Douthat describes himself as ”lukewarm” to the threat of global warming. He admits that it is happening and our civilization and use of carbon burning is a contributor. I think that his approach is rational and he may be right that things may turnout to be livable. But maybe not, but it doesn’t matter.

What we are doing to fight global warming are the very things that we will inevitably have to face, global warming, and more importantly, the fact that there is not an unlimited supply of carbon-based material in the ground to be mined and pumped to the surface for our use.

The steam engine came into use in the 18th century, the use of electrical lighting and power began in the late 19th century and the automobile began to be used roughly at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. In steam, electricity and automobiles we have come a long way in usability and efficiency but in all cases it has taken a long time to reach our current level of convenience and efficiency.

Ultimately, we’ll have to rely on renewable means of powering our civilization: sun, wind, tides and wave action and hydro power and maybe even nuclear power if we feel we can make it’s usage safe enough. Some voices are saying that none of these renewables are efficient enough and we must keep maximum effort in mining coal and drilling for oil and natural gas.

Of course we’ll have to transition and in the meantime we’ll mine and drill. But we should accelerate the development of renewables and do so with incentives for production and usage. Global warming may or may not be a terrible threat but the transition to renewables is a certainty.

Stop the ”either or” nonsense. Renewables are the inevitable future. Transition as rapidly as possible. Leave as much in the ground as possible as a backup source. Worldwide cloud and darkness from volcanic activity, for instance?

JOHN BORGEN
Grand Junction

Saturday’s article on American’s new flights an example of poor journalism

Saturday’s paper had an article on American’s new flights. Great news but the first paragraph says, “AA inaugural flight was to arrive to a water cannon,” but doesn’t say that it didn’t? I read it to mean it was to arrive but either the plane didn’t arrive or the water cannon wasn’t used. No idea. As the piece appeared in Saturday’s edition I would have written, “the flight is scheduled to arrive to a water cannon….”

Second –- there is another airline at the airport in case you hadn’t noticed: Delta Airlines. Granted, they don’t fly direct to L.A., unfortunately, but they do fly quite a few flights out of GJT. You can get to L.A. via SLC quite easily and quickly.

I thought, perhaps, the article didn’t mention them because it was only talking about the direct flights. That wasn’t true, as further along in the piece flights by Allegiant to Las Vegas are mentioned, as well as American Airlines flights to Dallas and Phoenix.

All in all, it was a very poorly written article. It is very frustrating to me that there are so many reporters on television and in the paper that call themselves journalists – and are not. To me, a journalist is someone who takes the time to do proper research on a subject, gets all the facts, double checks them, and reports them in a responsible manner. That doesn’t seem to happen a lot on our local channels or in the paper. Very sad indeed.

PATTY SMITH
Grand Junction

Free speech a bone of contention for recent letter writer

In Friday’s letters to the editor, R.M. Sherman of Grand Junction was harshly critical of the Sentinel, the entire media and all teachers for being purveyors of left wing propaganda and the enemy of free speech. R.M. also charged that the police stand by and allow destruction of property by protestors, which we can only assume R.M. views as left-wing radicals. R.M. softened somewhat on the Sentinel claiming its editorials are only “getting to be not worth reading” so there apparently is still room in his/her budget for a Sentinel subscription if it prints only “objective” right wing Charles Krauthammer, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh influenced articles. Wait. Wasn’t free speech a bone of contention for R.M. Sherman of Grand Junction?

RON CREER
Grand Junction


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Mr. Zetmeir,

How many were prosecuted for burning and lynching President Obama in effigy? I can’t recall any. Perhaps his skin wasn’t as thin as you think it was.

Ms. LW Hunley, can you be more specific of whom you are talking about and in what venues? The first name that comes to mind is what appears to be your husband. Name names if you are so concerned about “free” speech.

Meyers, clever—NOT. 1) what is your objective? 2) assuming you are trying to prove something, what is it?  3) what have the answers to the above have to do with my letter? Supposedly you were commenting on my letter. So far you are all over the place. You really need to be more concise in whatever it is you are trying to accomplish.

Mr. Borgen, you are just insulting. If you can’t accept my wife’s letter for its intent, I feel so sorry for you. Apparently you cannot read or understand. There is not one word about “free speech” in her letter, The letter is critical of ALL parties and ALL the so called leaders and how we must all come together against all this vile hate speech regardless of where it comes from. So sad you do not agree.

Mr. Hunley, why are you putting words in the mouth of your wife. Who are these intolerable people with their hate-filled rhetoric? In the Sentinel? Every letter received by the Sentinel has a name attached. Surely if she is so bothered she can name these hand-full of people. She has a strange way to talk in generalities considering the language she used here. Insulted? I’m often insulted by some of your rhetoric, as are probably 20 or 30% of the local population.
We are liberals and you are obviously one of the Republican majority in town. Can’t we all get along? Is that your wife’s message? Try that one on just about any Republican in town and see what the answer is.  Most likely, “get them out of here”. No, your wife said there are just a few really bad apples speaking bad things here. Name them. Let’s just see how balanced her list is.  I’m pretty sure I know who she is talking about and they should be drummed out of the Republican party. Have they been? No, they are known as valuable Democrat fighters and anything goes.

Wow Mr. Borgen, such unbridled anger over a letter that commented on, well, unbridled anger! We all read the same papers and read the same news as given to us by the main stream media. No further explanation should be needed. It is truly a shame that you can not understand her comments were a positive attempt to make us ALL aware of the terrible discourse and anger in this country right now and it is in the best interest of EVERYONE to rein this in so civil and honest discussion is possible. Your responses only makes her point more clear.

Mr. Hunley, your wife’s letter appeared to be targeted at a particular segment of the local population and en even more particular number of people. It was not a general description of what we all realize is an out-of-control situation. I am particularly sensitive to it since the minority political population is frequently the target of the attacks with some of the most vile language and threats imaginable. We can all have different opinions and express them in a reasonable way. I have had unsigned, of course, letters with threats and even phone calls with unimaginable language because I speak up. If you and your wife feel that you are not part of the problem, so be it. I try very hard to be civil but it becomes very hard with the response I have gotten. In this community, at least , it is not a two-way street. Everybody doesn’t do it. I apologize if my reaction is inappropriate in this case but my first impression was that it was just another liberal-bad and conservative-unbeliveably good letter couched in a little more vague terms than the usual stuff. We are not going to take it sitting down any more. This town seems to be full of angry, separatist people who want people with different opinions to disappear, preferably on their own but with force if necessary. We are very aware of the number of militias in western Colorado and we know what what one of their prime objectives is. Running away is not an easy plan any more. Speaking up is an imperative.

Mr. Borgen, I appreciated your response. We too have been subjected to anonymous letters and vicious responses and yes it raises the temp sometimes. Please appreciate the fact that there are some kind and gentle people, my wife being one, who truly want all this angry rhetoric to stop and is appealing to all sides to set their political anger aside and have civil discussion. We are so blessed to live in this great country and there are some on BOTH sides who don’t care if they destroy it to get their political viewpoint across. Again I appreciate your response and will put this matter to bed.

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