Email Letters: May 19, 2017
Erdogan and thugs should be prosecuted for attack on protestors
In these days of partisan division and extreme rhetoric, I have become numb to most of the noise. But something that happened this week that broke through my calloused sensibilities.
On Tuesday, Turkish President Erdogan was visiting Washington when his bodyguards viciously attacked a peaceful group of protesters in front of the Turkish embassy. This is America, where we respect and protect the right to peacefully speak our minds, regardless of our politics. The Turkish ambassador should be thrown out of the country, and Erdogan and his thugs should be prosecuted for assault.
One good thing: At least now, no one can be in doubt as to exactly who Mr. Erdogan really is.
Letters opposing Trump should not be published
Personally, I don’t think letters in opposition to our President Trump should be printed. It continues to divide our country and there is enough of that without printing them. I think our mindset should be to build up our country in word and deed.
Parks and Wildlife predator study not funded by taxpayer dollars
I take umbrage to Chris Suiffet’s May 18 letter, “Predator study a waste of taxpayer dollars” telling folks it is a waste of taxpayer money.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife, for those than do not know, is not funded by taxpayer money. It is funded by outdoors people in the form of licenses, etc. Please do your research before making such statements.
Kudos to Trump administration for reviving Jordan Cove Project
Kudos to the Trump administration for reviving the Jordan Cove Project and vowing to make the project a priority. It’s refreshing to have an administration that supports energy development and is excited about stimulating our country’s economy while contributing to our independence.
In western Colorado, we are sitting on a treasure trove of natural gas reserves in the Piceance Basin. Expanding U.S. LNG exports is critical to the development of this area. Our gas is a “dry” gas that doesn’t have the value of the “wets” that most other gases have. We need to find sources that value it for the energy value primarily. Asian markets recognize this. Green lighting Jordan Cove will reinvigorate natural gas development in our region creating a vast economic benefit to surrounding bedroom communities like Grand Junction and Rifle.
Boom and bust naysayers should also be quelled by the Jordan Cover project. LNG development is sustainable for decades to come and several Asian Pacific markets have already committed to purchasing LNG for decades to come. This sustainability removes the fears of the boom and bust cycles that we have experienced in the past and that are typically associated with the industry.
The Jordan Cove project is truly a win-win: it’s good for our region, our state, our country and is helping our global allies. We have a valuable resource in our backyard that the rest of the world needs – it’s time to cut the red tape and capitalize on it. Now that the voters in Coos Bay have knocked down the radicals’ proposal to prohibit it, the Jordan Cove Project can proceed and should, for our health and that of the economy of Colorado, Oregon and the Unites States.
Congress and press are crazy because they lost track of reality
I want my news fix. Make it entertaining. I don’t care about sources and accuracy. I want the story to precede fact.
A crazy person may be sane…if you buy the premise. The members of Congress and the press are crazy because they lost track of reality…spoon fed by a “shadow.” Our highest-ranking general/president had a name for it in his farewell address. Suffice to say, this “shadow” looks out for its own interests in the guise of keeping us, the U.S., safe.
It is now the fourth branch of government after Congress, the courts and executive branch. “Shadow” is a good name but it doesn’t resonate with the other three. It’s not supposed to. It is an entity unto itself. It eats up a good portion of the federal budget. It is necessary in small doses, but when it outgrows its intended purpose, it looks for other purposes. It is invincible and unaccountable. We want the invincible, not the unaccountable. Ever wonder about the unaccountable source of leaks and “fake news?”
This is the kind of blather our forefathers fought against. We would have already begun a war with Russia if Hillary were elected, just to keep the “shadow” happy. The “shadow” does not give up. It’s still trying with Trump.
It’s ironic that a part of the USSR famous for vampires, has found a home within the U.S. Thanks “shadow.” More likely attributed to the weaker side of human nature, rather than Russia. Sorry, all you “daisy down the gun-barrel” pushers. Oh yeah: “make love, not war.”
This is no good, on any number of levels, when there is so much injustice throughout the world, and so much untapped potential in the universe.
Reader takes issue with recent letter
We are so lucky here in Grand Junction to have the world’s leading expert in all things political, Bill Hugenberg. I refer to his letter printed in letters on May 18. He just knows for a fact that, despite all denials, President Trump has violated all sorts of laws, yet Hillary was just careless because none of her emails were marked as “classified.” This is a dodge used by some to avoid the extra effort required for handling such information and to get the info out more easily. Yet, he readily accepts the notion that “our leaker-in-chief,” President Trump, should be locked up and impeached for “laundering Russian money and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.” How much “money” was that, Bill? And where did it go?
Mueller’s ‘safari’ won’t have far to hunt for the warlock-in-chief
Yesterday, our contemptible so-called president told the graduating Coast Guard Academy class that “no politician in history . . . has been treated worse” by the press than him – albeit conveniently forgetting that no politician in recent memory has treated women, the disabled, his primary rivals, his election opponent, and/or a sitting president more reprehensibly than he has.
This morning, Trump tweeted that the appointment of Former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel was “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” – once again revealing his profound ignorance of that history, which includes the Whitewater investigation that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment (but exonerated him of all “high crimes and misdemeanors” other than lying under oath about his liaison with Monica Lewinski) and the admittedly partisan Benghazi probes (“one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history”), by which Republicans excited and bilked their base while finding “no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton.”
Today, we learned that – last year – the Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan directed his colleagues to conceal their informed concerns about Trump’s own Russia connections, and that Trump campaign associates had 18 previously undisclosed contacts with the Russians. Thus, Mueller’s “safari” won’t have far to hunt for the warlock-in-chief.
Under Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution, the House of Representatives “shall have the sole power of impeachment” – by simple majority vote. The 115th Congress – which is nominally composed of 435 members – is currently comprised of 238 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with four open seats. Thus, it would take only 23 patriotic Republicans to join a unanimous Democratic minority to impeach Trump by a vote of 216 to 215.
Under Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution, the Senate “shall have the sole power to try all impeachments” – with conviction requiring the concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.” The current Senate is comprised of 52 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and two Independents (both of whom caucus with the minority). Thus, it would take only 21 patriotic Republicans to join a unanimous coalition of Democrats and Independents to impeach Trump with 67 votes (assuming no absences). Only 66 votes would be required to remove Trump from office if any single Senator absented him/herself from the vote.