Email letters, Nov. 10, 2011

Mosquito Abatement District gives thanks

The board of directors for the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District wants to thank everyone who supported ballot measures 5A and 5B.  Going forward without the constraints of the TABOR amendment means that our future financial situation will reflect an improving economy, when that time comes. 

In the meantime, know that we are committed to safeguarding the community of the North Fork Valley and will continue to strive to bring the best, safest and most cost-effective mosquito control to you. 

Thank you for your support, especially in these economically challenging times.

KEVIN PARKS, President
KRIS KROPP
TARA BUDINGER
ROSEMARY BILCHAK
CATHERIN GOCKLEY
Hotchkiss

Veteran is thankful for Honor Flight experience

Thank you and heartfelt appreciation to all those responsible for the wonderful Honor Flight to Washington, DC. I am a 96-year-old veteran of World War II. I served 4 years in the Army Third Division in Africa, Sicily and Italy, making 6 amphibious landings in enemy territory. I am one of seven out of my entire company who was lucky enough to return home.

I wish to thank the many people and businesses in the Grand Junction area that made this extraordinary trip possible. We were honored in so many ways it is impossible to list them all. The guardians took such good care of us, and we received everything possible to keep us comfortable and happy.

We were also part of “mail call” where we received letters from school children, family and friends, city officials, senators, representatives , Gov. Hickenlooper, and even sports greats John Elway and Troy Tulowitzsky.

The reception we got at our arrival home was absolutely fantastic. I didn’t realize there were so many people in Grand Junction,

Again, thank you all.

HAROLD A. NELSON
Grand Junction

County could raise money by selling calendars

The county needs money. Here is one idea to bring in some revenue: Charge a minimal fee of $5 for the 51,000 city calendars.

5l,000 calendars at $5 each — $255,000.

Cost of printing — $38,000.

Cost of distribution — $5,000.

Profit would be $212,000.

Everyone is happy.
M.E.OUELLETTE
Loma

Add sales tax to let other help raise money for our area

Yes, I do not live in your area, but I have eaten in your area. The only time that I look at the price of your food is when it is time to pay the check. That is how I pay the waiter’s their tip. Yes, people will look at what you charge for your food, but you did not say anything about that. Yes, food has gone up and so has everything else.

The sales tax is just an extra that you pay on ever thing else that you purchase, regardless of the price. Some people, like myself, eat out many times and pay what ever the price is. Come on, let other people help improve your area, with a sales tax and not a tax on your property. If your food and service is good then if they want to come to your place, as I have, they will.

I was told that by one of my gas suppliers year ago, if your tank is not full and they need to go some place for some reason, they will buy it. Yes, this is a tax increase, but not as bad as one own your property. Thanks, for reading this, as some of you will say it is none of my business. Just a 87 year man that is giving a little advice
JOHN B. SCALZO
Rifle

Courts are wrong about destruction of memorials

I agree with the Honorable Justice Clarence Thomas. A decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to not intervene in the case of the roadside memorials (Utah highway Patrol v. American Atheists.) leaves the understanding of the establishment clause in shambles.

The case very much relates to the Mojave Desert Cross (stolen by a misguided thief in a crime of passion fueled by his ignorance of meaning of the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights, Salazar v. Buono). It very much relates to the Mt. Soledad Cross Memorial case and the possible 9th Circuit Court case involving evicting Jesus from the National Forest — that memorial erected by former members of the 10th Mountain Div. (WWII) whose memorial to their fallen friends reflected similar memorials in Italy.

It relates to other memorials destroyed by court order and misconstruing the First Amendment (The Schofeild Barracks Cross 1997 and Camp Smith Cross memorial destroyed in 1988). Either Justice Joseph Story misunderstood the Constitution, as did the Judiciary Committee reports of 1853-1854 on the Establishment Clause or the court decisions in Pennsylvania and New York and the U.S. Supreme Court misunderstood the meaning of the First Amendment when legal decisions and commentaries were published closer to the adoption of the amendment. Or all of those citizens were ignorant — or liars or our post-modern system is wrong.

I side with the Constitution. We cannot honor our fallen heroes if we allow the courts’ order of the destruction of the memorials simply because we no longer understand the document we hold up as the controlling /violated authority.

ROBERT JAMES BURKHOLDER
Fruita

Disgruntled fringe need to work within the Republican Party

I am getting really disgruntled with the disgruntled. A year ago, conservatives in Mesa County helped elect a solid tea-party Republican to the United States House of Representatives, Scott Tipton. Already we are hearing grumblings from some, who swim around the fringes of the local conservative movement, about Tipton’s performance.

There is an ornery cabal who wants to challenge Tipton with an unknown independent. This is the problem; the disgruntled and ornery rabble who claim the “tea party” label completely lack the insight, patience and wherewithal to do what is necessary for conservatives to win this country back from socialist progressives. We must work within the infrastructure of the GOP, and using the influence of the tea party, liberty groups and good, old social/fiscal conservatives, recreate it from the inside out.

Scott Tipton is a great example of a conservative Republican who knows the intricacies of the private sector, adheres to the first principles of constitutional government and had the genuine popular appeal to actually be elected. The disgruntled bomb throwers, who do all they can to defame Scott Tipton and his record, would be happy to put run third-party candidate who has none of these qualities, who cannot win in a general election and who will ultimately throw the election back to some liberal Democrat. That is the last thing needed by Colorado House District 3, another liberal, voting in lock step with Nancy Pelosi and the big government democrats in Congress.

If the disgruntled swimming around the fringes of the tea party get their way, that is exactly what will happen. I would challenge the carpers to do what is right and abandon the idea of supporting an independent challenger in District 3, and support the hard-working and consistent man we have already worked so hard to elect.

MARJORIE HAUN
Grand Junction



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