Email letters, Nov. 14, 2011

People want to hear candidate’s plan for the economy

The recent CNBC debate should give notice to journalists and networks that Americans are interested in our nation’s future, not biased political “gotcha” questions. As CNBC attempted to direct a question away from the economy and toward Herman Cain, the audience responded with forceful loud boos. The audience solidly applauded as Cain responded by saying America deserved better than trials by public media directed to discredit a candidate’s character. Even more distasteful, a CNBC commentator asked Cain, how he felt when the audience booed him, pretending not to comprehend the audience’s reaction to the off subject “gotcha” question.

What I found interesting was the audience’s disgust to any question which drifted away from the economy. Journalists would do a great service in reporting the candidate’s ideas or explaining what is proposed in a ballot initiative versus reporting political opinions or unsubstantiated accusations. The level of corruption and deception in politics alone is frightening but when media slants the news, for or against any candidate or ballot issue, we might as well watch a government owned TV station. CNBC’s presidential debate clearly demonstrated Americans want to focus on the candidate’s ideas, not on allegations or opinions that appear to be politically motivated.

I encourage the media to educate the public on the serious issues our nation faces and avoid political and personal opinions. Americans will make good choices if they understand what is being proposed by a candidate versus relying on political advertisements, endorsements or unproven allegations.


HAL MASON
Grand Junction

Sentinel and Harmon showing bias against public trustee

The Daily Sentinel and Gary Harmon have gone too far in their biased, inaccurate and incomplete reporting on their dispute with Paul Brown (lost revenue is what the dispute is really about). In the Nov. 13 edition, Harmon weighs in again quoting sources from Denver and Arlington, Va. as to the value of publishing in the Sentinel.

What is most disturbing is that Mr. Harmon quotes his East Coast source as saying “Renters are not part of the foreclosure-notification process.” Mr. Harmon has probably spent sufficient time in the Trustee’s office of late to know this is not true. In addition to published notices there are numerous written notices to owners, all known lien holders and “occupant.” Renters are occupants of the property and if they open the mail they will easily discover they are paying rent to an owner in default. This form of notification is more viable than a barely legible notice buried among the Sentinel classifieds.

It is time for Harmon to re-discover journalistic ethics and for the Sentinel to cease its vendetta. This ceaseless attack is based on its lust for a lucrative income source rather than righteous concern for the poor uninformed now deprived of Mr. Brown’s notices within its pages.
JIM HOFFMAN
Grand Junction

Money from college football should fund K–12 education

Apparently the world’s “oldest profession” is thriving at state universities across the nation.  The revelations in the Nov. 11 column by George Will angered me so much I can barely maintain civil language.  Will revealed the “accelerating preposterousness of big-time college football” by exposing the salaries of the head football coaches of LSU and Alabama State at $3.75 million and $4.6 million (apparently per year) respectively.  Mind you these are two of our poorest states. 

Also Texas A&M signed a “20 year $300 million deal with ESPN” and ABC “will by next year spend more than $700 million” on college athletics and from my understanding all this money goes into college athletic programs (and coaches).

This is not only ludicrous but it is absolutely shameful that while these schools prostitute themselves to get on TV, taxpayers are being continually asked to pony up more to support “higher education” and increasing tuition. If a college coach is worth that much money it’s time for him to go to the pros.
Earning several times more than the college president just fails intellect and ethics.

If any state school (even private schools) get this much money from TV contracts that money should go into the state higher education system to help lower students cost of education (all, not just one school and not just athletes) and to move some of the tax money saved into general education funds.  I think of ALL the students and their heavy student loans and ALL of the teachers struggling to comply with a population that thinks they’re worthless and then see higher education turned into little more than a pimp grooming high priced whores is simply sickening.

EILEEN O’TOOLE
Grand Junction

Veterans treated well at Village Inn

On Nov. 11, 2011, we retired telephone pioneers (non-veterans) invited six veterans to breakfast at the Village Inn on Horizon Drive. Five of the veterans served in World War II and are also retired telephone pioneers. The sixth veteran is our semi-retired barber who served in the Navy during the Korean conflict. Village Inn Manager, Debbie and Sally, our server, decorated the tables with American flags and “Support Our Troops” signs. After we were all seated and orders taken, Sally asked how many were World War II veterans. She later announced that the Village Inn would pick up the tab for not only the World War II vets, but for all eight of us. We want to thank Debbie, Sally and the Village Inn for the good food, excellent service and hospitality in helping us honor these special servicemen.

DAVE COLLARD
JACK BROPHY
Grand Junction

Mercury safeguards are necessary and much needed

Throughout the United States there are 25 state attorneys general, including Attorney General John Suthers right here in Colorado, who have signed on to a letter opposing new mercury safeguards designed to keep women and children safe. John Suthers has made the wrong choice. By choosing to stand with polluters and not the Coloradans he is supposed to represent, dangerous mercury pollution from coal burning power plants will not be significantly cut.

Coal burning power plants are the single largest source of mercury pollution in the United States. Just one ounce of the heavy metal can contaminate a 20-acre lake and coal fired plants pump out 48 tons a year.

Mercury from coal plants gets into Colorado rivers, lakes, and streams ending up in the fish we eat. At least 1 in 12 and as many as 1 in 6, American women have enough mercury in their bodies to put a baby at risk. That means that over 300,000 babies are born each year at risk of mercury poisoning. Exposure to mercury while in the womb can contribute to birth defects, neurological disorders, learning disabilities, developmental delays and cerebral palsy. Strong mercury safeguards would prevent 12,200 trips to the hospital and save nearly 17,000 lives every year

Powering our homes should not poison our families and foul our water. Attorney General Suthers should be acting in the best interests of Coloradans instead of siding with polluters.

It is impossible to put a price on children’s health, but by standing with polluters Attorney General Suthers is digging deeper into our pocket books by endangering the health of our families and worsening the nation’s health care crisis.

WAYNE FLICK
Cimarron

Grand Valley honors veterans well

I have been a Navy veteran of the Korean War for 55 years and have lived throughout the United States. This past Veterans Day was one of the most memorable of my life. Many local citizens, out of the clear blue sky, thanked me for my service (I was wearing my submariners veterans cap at the time). I have never felt so honored.

To top the day off, I had a free scrumptious lunch at Famous Dave’s BBQ and a free car wash at Fruita’s Wildcat car wash. The help at both places were very polite and thanked me for my small input into our nation’s security. I am very lucky, grateful and thankful to be one of the fortunate souls to live in the Grand Valley with such caring people.

LEE CARIE
Fruita

Air quality in the valley is being degraded

On a recent evening, the smoke from wood burning stoves was so thick you could taste it. I asked myself, where are all those clean-air people who protest about the gas drilling, coal mining, etc. To me the smoke in the valley was so heavy you would be required to wear a respirator if you were working for one of those companies mentioned above.

Also where are the same protesters when people on motorcycles are riding and loosening the dirt at the base of the Bookcliffs and when the winds come and blow the dust to the homes on the south side of the interstate I-70 and through out the valley?

Now some time back last winter, the paper said we had the cleanest air of a number cities sampled. And at that time the air as I can remember looked the same as it was recently. Maybe the good samples of air are taken at the drill rigs and coalmines and coal fired power plants then sent here.

RAFAEL A SALAZ
Grand Junction

We are a nation dying of suicide

Western Washington University in their actions recently disinviting Liberty University from a law school information fair for public university undergraduates mirrors the actions of certain institutions against the ROTC back when Elana Kagin was at Harvard and discriminated against the ROTC. The military rightly understood one cannot divorce behavior from sexual orientation.

Back in Dec.1791 the states ratified the Bill of Rights adopted by Congress in direct response to the requests of several states as conditional to accepting our U.S. Constitution. When any institution set up an orientation and specifically a certain type of orientation as condition for acceptance in the group then the entire First Amendment to the bill of Rights has been subverted and we can no longer claim to be a nation of freemen, but are dying from suicide.

ROBERT JAMES BURKHOLDER
Fruita

We should strive to get things back on track

I read with some amusement the comments of Colorado state Sen. Josh Penry in The Daily Sentinel several weeks ago comparing President Obama and Tim Tebow. He stated from experience, I would guess, that President Obama and Tebow both seemed to lack experience and were not really ready, and I am paraphrasing here, for “prime time.”

I would like to point out to the distinguished senator that it is somewhat amazing what a little positive support, and a team which is willing to work toward a common goal can accomplish. And if one “who is not ready to lead” can be supported and worked with, amazing things most certainly can happen. Tebow most certainly still needs some constructive help and the season is far from over, and the American economy is in much the same shape, perhaps instead of making flawed footabll and political analogies we should strive to work together to get things back on track.

ERIC BRODERSON
Grand Junction



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