Email letters, May 3, 2013


Give industrious immigrants chance to gain citizenship

Both political parties learned from the last national election that it is time to allow hard-working immigrants a fair chance at one day becoming citizens.

I’m a first-generation-born citizen and am grateful to be an American. We need to be humbly reminded that most of us are a nation of immigrants.

Millions of people have arrived on our shores who were welcome. Now millions more are ready to become citizens, too. Let’s give them a fair chance. Most voters want this.

VALERIE ETTER
Clifton

Jensen boys’ deaths were not ‘accidental’

This letter is in response to The Daily Sentinel article on May 2,“Plea deal offered to Jensen.”

Apparently Mesa County forensic pathologist Robert Kurtzman does not know the meaning between “accidental” and negligence. According to the article, Kurtzman “ruled the deaths were accidental.”

Heather Jensen’s actions on the night of Nov. 27, 2012, that caused the death of her two sons were anything but accidental. This was negligence of care at its very worst that resulted in death, and Jensen needs to be held accountable according to letter of the law.

I just hope that the DA’s office knows the difference between “accidental” and negligence at her hearing.

BOB SMILANICH
Grand Junction


Letting Illegal immigrants obtain drivers’ licenses makes little sense

The hot topic in Washington these days is “immigration reform.” To my knowledge, nothing’s been settled yet, but in the midst of all this bickering and debate comes a proposal in Colorado to allow illegal immigrants the right to obtain drivers’ licenses.

It’s a bizarre idea, and I asked myself, “Why would someone who obviously has no regard for law in the first place even want or need a license to drive? After all, it’s just another law, and this one would allow police to file photos, descriptions, addresses, etc.”

It doesn’t make sense, but then a lot of things don’t make sense to me these days. This cockeyed scheme claims that having a driver’s license would enable authorities to force those holding drivers licenses’ to buy insurance, thereby keeping us all safer on the roads. Horse feathers!

It’s just another law they would ignore, and why not? So then, ask yourself, “In the unlikely event the immigrant does comply but then doesn’t buy insurance, what then, and further, has an accident, again, what then?”

At first mention it sounded really stupid. I’m sure I don’t understand something here. Would somebody please explain this further?

If a half-smart guy such as I can’t make any sense of it, then it definitely needs clarification.

AL CARLEY

Grand Junction

Chained CPI method would unfairly impact senior citizens

Congressional lawmakers need to listen up. Revising the way Social Security beneficiaries receive cost of living increases is grossly unfair. Social Security has not contributed one dime to the current deficit.

According to the experts on the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the chained CPI proposal means someone who’s 65 now will lose about $130 per year in benefits. That benefit cut will grow to around $1,400 per year by the age of 95.

This chained CPI method is a cruel trick that will impact nearly 500,000 Coloradans who rely on Social Security.

I’m a Colorado senior and a woman, and I know the chained CPI method will disproportionately affect women. We live longer; fewer of us have other pensions; and our social security benefits are based on lower earnings than men because we stay home to raise children and take care of parents.

Our congressional representatives need to think about their moms, grandmothers, aunts and sisters who will bear the burden of a Social Security benefit cut. We need to tell our representatives and senators to reject the chained CPI method.

MARY KAY KISSEBERTH
Denver

More illegal immigrants put strain on social resources

Sen. Michael Bennet comes to Western Colorado pretending to be a messiah and solve the immigration issues we have. The illegal alien population is going to provide our farms with workers and voters for him, and then all will be right with the world. Balderdash and horse hockey.

What the morons in Denver and Washington don’t care about is it isn’t the laborers that provide a service and go back to Mexico like they did when my father and I both picked with the Brazeros.

It’s the larger numbers now that stay and drain social resources, file fraudulent tax returns and bring criminals into the country that go on to drug trafficking and other illegal activities.

Dad and I picked with good, hard workers that took care of their families, unlike the majority of the problems we seem to have inherited from Mexico that has no conscience about its impact on our economy after ruining its own.

Instead, the government arms Mexican drug cartels with high-grade weapons, erodes our rights to defend ourselves, taxes us higher to pay for its stupidity and expects us to think it is “really smart.” They put the independent businessmen in the form of the farmers over a barrel and then expect them to pay for the privilege?

When I picked, there were more legal resident pickers and fewer illegal aliens, so are Bennet and his fellow senators saying that Americans wouldn’t take those jobs when offered? That teenagers or others wouldn’t step up and help our farmers out when needed?

I’d rather be picking that be a Walmart greeter! Wake up, America! Bennet should go back over the mountain and enforce the laws we already have.

Illegal aliens shouldn’t get the right to citizenship, to vote or even to work in this country without proper documentation, let alone all the welfare benefits and fraudulent tax money they can carry.

RICHARD BRIGHT
Grand Junction

Are state, EPA, others in denial over spills?

I am sure someone will educate me if I am wrong, but I think that if, as a private citizen, I spill 25 gallons of gas on the ground, it is a reportable incident and EPA will tell me how to clean it up and dispose of the waste.

In December an energy company over a two-week period has a spill and cleans up more than 25 gallons but never reports it until it starts digging around in the area and says, “Oops, what’s going on here?” Then, for weeks we see the figure of 10,000 gallons in the ground and the rest evaporated, as if it was no big deal.

Now, within the last 10 days we see the figure of 40,000 galloons as the amount that evaporated into the air. To me, 40,000 gallons of hydrocarbons evaporating into the air seems like a figure that would arouse some concern someplace (well, OK, not in the Colorado Department of Health). So far there has been nothing said about that pollution or what’s going to be done about it.

Does that mean that the state, EPA and everyone else is going to ignore any spill of fewer than 40,000 gallons if it evaporates within two weeks? Hmmm.

D.D. LEWIS
Clifton

Council, chamber must reevaluate their missions

Two local entities should re-examine their original purpose for existing.

It certainly would be appropriate and useful for the new City Council to study carefully its mission and to state clearly and plainly what the council’s goals are and to communicate them to the voters in our city.

Last week’s action relative to the Chamber of Commerce was vindictive and childish. That decision should be and will be reversed forthwith. The new council should resist any attempt to micromanage other city and county entities with which the council has representation.

It would be great for the Chamber of Commerce to also review its mission and purpose and to seek clear direction from its members relative to its activities.

Most importantly, it is vital to recommunicate established goals and purposes to the members of our community using any willing media. I look forward to reading them.

FRANK ROGER LITTLE

Grand Junction

 



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Illegal immigrants are ILLEGAL PERIOD! What part of the word “ILLEGAL” doesn’t the system understand?

I’m all for LEGAL immigration like those from my parent’s generation who came thru places like Ellis Island. But we don’t need any more illegals getting free gratis from our already overburdened system!

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