Email letters, May 4, 2012

Obama’s plan is for more taxes

Have you noticed the only difference between President Obama’s Buffett Plan and a nice restaurant’s buffet plan is a “T.” The additional “T” must stand for additional taxes.
 
BOB STRONG
Montrose

King’s bill sets arbitrary limits

The “Driving-while-high” headline May 2, was misleading and misrepresents Sen. Steve King’s attempts to further a bill, so out of line that no other member of Congress would add their name for sponsorship.

King’s word choice shows his overzealous attempts to stop medical marijuana. He misappropriates influence for impairment and implies they mean the same when that’s not true at all. Not true when his basis is a study he says states 1 nanogram constitutes under the “influence”. and making it equally false is no information of seriously ill patients, like myself.

A more appropriate headline for the bill would be “Driving under the influence according to Steve King.” King unethically chose an unsubstantiated level of 5 nanograms, rushed the process while a public comment period was immorally refused, and produced no facts while fear-mongering a “dramatic rise” in fatal accidents involving marijuana. We know, two of the only three examples he could produce a short time ago for his commentary, were below his new law’s level, but over the permanent zero tolerance he quietly incorporated into the new bill. What is King’s “dramatic rise”? All three of his (2006, 2009, 2010) misleading “examples” plus one, raising fatalities to four since 2001, or
misrepresenting that as a 25 percent increase?

5 nanograms apply only to licensed Medical Marijuana patients for which no studies exist. 5 miniscule nanograms is an arbitrary number that lacks sufficient evidence without further study and information. Ever since the Schedule 1 classification, we’ve been told alcohol and marijuana are totally different but now King picks a number, refuses to pursue any technology, and plans to wield it like alcohol to destroy lives. Another example of the over-zealousness that cost an innocent man nearly 16 years in prison.

RALPH HICKS
Clifton

Confusion over voter registration

Rumors abound, so check your voting status.

GoVoteColorado.com lists all the requirements, in English and Spanish, plus the phone numbers for the State’s County Clerk’s offices under the heading “Voter Information.” If you’ve moved or haven’t voted in 3 consecutive general elections (12 years) you must re-register with a current address.

A Colorado Driver’s License is the ideal ID: otherwise, a government or college ID, birth certificate, passport, a Medicare/Medicaid card, or even a current utility bill. The website has a longer list of valid IDs with registration forms. Note however, a Social Security number is note a valid ID for either registering or voting.

Permanent mail-in ballots are not permanent. If you did not vote by mail in 2010, you must reactivate your eligibility before May 29 for June’s “mail-in only” primary, or Oct. 5th for the general election in November. Confirm your mail-in eligibility via the website, but if lapsed, you may vote in person at the polls in November.

Ignore the confusion. Take a moment to validate your registration; then help someone else do the same—GoVoteColorado.com

AMY KAPLAN
Boulder

Kathy Jordan made a difference in our community

Making a difference in one’s community is not easy, but Kathy Jordan made a difference in Grand Junction with hard work and persistence.

Patrick Eidman, the former Colorado Endangered Places Coordinator, and a good friend of Kathy states,“Historic preservation is about more than saving old buildings. Study after study has shown that reservation of our historic building stock not only makes economic and environmental sense, but contributes significantly to that intangible ‘sense of place’ which new communities simply can’t replicate.”

The 7th Street National Historic District was her idea. It celebrates this ‘grand residential boulevard’ marking the entry into downtown Grand Junction and the site of her family home which, because of its unique group of historic homes and its landscaped median, is of national significance. This was followed up this year, with the city of Grand Junction’s action to adopt standards and guidelines for 7th Street as part of its land code, lead by Kathy Jordan. These actions were the result of two years of neighborhood workshops, revisions and compromises.

Kathy believed that historic buildings reflect the character of a community and its people. She worked hard to protect the Handy Chapel, St. Joseph’s Church, the Old Spanish Trail, the Driggs Mansion, the Dugway trail to Glade Park and other notable landmarks in Grand Junction, the County and western Colorado. She was respected statewide for her work in historic preservation.

She served on the city’s Historic Preservation Board and on the state of Colorado Historic Preservation Board. Through her weekly column in The Daily Sentinel she shed light on the history of our city and the characters and buildings that represent its heritage.

We will miss her sharp sense of humor, her dedication to our community and her efforts to protect our history.

BENNETT BOESCHENSTEIN
Grand Junction



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