Email letters, Nov. 7, 2012

Remember to thank veterans as one way to pull together

I can’t remember ever being as relieved as when Election Day finally came and went this year. I’m sure it’ll stay the main topic of conversation for a few more days before melting into history, but at least it signals a coming return to normal TV and an end to the relentless campaign ads. And none too soon, too, because the “robo” calls were driving me as crazy as a rat in a coffee can.

Unfortunately, the election won’t solve what I see as a glaring problem today. If you guessed unemployment or the economy, you guessed wrong.

I believe partisanship is one of the most noticeable problems we face. The inability of either side to compromise has created a deadlock not likely to fade soon. It looks as if the sides have moved to extreme corners and will stay there as long as the two-party system exists. The Founding Fathers warned us about this very thing hundreds of years ago.

At any rate, it’s all over now, and as Americans we need to pull together and make the best of whatever comes. We can start by paying homage to the men and women who’ve fought as America directed them to, to guarantee our right to vote in the first place. Even though the election didn’t make everybody happy.

So, let’s remember Veteran’s Day Nov. 11. It’s not partisan, and we all need to thank them for their service to this nation. The parade is downtown at 2 p.m. Nov. 10. See you there!

Grand Junction

Wright’s election shows ‘appalling’ adherence to party line

As a Colorado Republican from the east side of the divide, I’m frankly ashamed of my fellow Republican voters in House District 54.

I’m beginning to believe that many of my fellow Republicans would vote for a convicted criminal if he or she had a “R” behind his or her name on a ballot.

I already know that many Democrats would do such a thing, but to see Republicans voting for such a poor candidate in HD 54 is just appalling. Simply appalling.

The only way to redeem themselves at this point is to launch a recall at the first statutory opportunity.

Colorado Springs

Colorado voters responsible for dire effects of legalizing marijuana

Letter to my son,
It’s OK, Son, that when you come visit me you are high, because my state voted for it.

It’s OK, Son, that I notice that you can’t go very long without having to smoke pot, because my state voted for it.

It’s OK, Son, that in your college graduation picture you have glassy red eyes, because my state voted for it.

It’s OK, Son, that chemicals now sometimes lead your mind instead of your personal thoughts and dreams, because my state voted for it. I miss you, though.

It’s OK, Son, when you lost your first job because you could never get to work on time from being high the previous day, because my state voted for it.

It’s OK, Son, when you became depressed and paranoid, because my state voted for it.

It’s OK, Son, when you decided to try cocaine for the first time. After all, you have already been using marijuana almost daily for six years. Drugs are now part of your life, and my state voted for it.

It’s OK, Son, that when I come to visit my grandchildren, you sit on the couch high and don’t pay attention to us playing, because my state voted for it.

It’s OK, Son, that my little boy is gone and is now defined by the drug he uses, because my state voted for it.

Colorado legalizes the recreational use and sale of marijuana. We now have an open invitation for drug tourists to our state, are funneling money from marijuana to our schools, and are closing our door to future employers moving to our state, because who wants a “high” workforce?

But most importantly, we are saying goodbye to our sons and daughters. Individual counties must act to safeguard their future and individually put on the next ballot for exemption from this amendment.

New Raymer

Democracy wins once again in safe transition of power

When the shedding of tears subsides and the high fives have ceased, we can all be thankful that there are no riots or fighting in the streets or militias storming government offices.

Regardless of our choices, democracy wins again. Now all we have to do is get rid of the stench from the negativity from both sides and get back to normal.

Grand Junction


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