Email letters, Oct. 5, 2012
Do we want an old-fashioned country or a fantasyland?
Make no mistake. Election Day 2012 is about the future of our country.
Our choice is between a responsible, old-fashioned America that has served us well for decades and Obama’s Euro-like fantasyland where everything is free except you.
Scrap license plate surveillance, bring back in-car video cams
Your article, WATCH-N-U, published Sunday, Sept. 30, finally gives some credence to why there wasn’t money to finance video cams in Grand Junction police cars. It’s odd, Grand Junction paying for equipment now used by Mesa County sheriffs, Colorado State Patrol officers, Fruita police and more. The city council must believe it’s more productive and cost-effective to recover a handful of stolen vehicles than provide unquestionable evidence and/or protection for its law officers and all others involved.
A private vendor from Livermore, Calif., sold Grand Junction the license plate reader and now maintains and sells database storage that’s collected nearly a quarter million license numbers. That was a wise business move for them. Will personal information be released? We know by example that happens.
Is it wise to redirect tax money once used to protect lives and rights to recovering stolen cars, identifying cars owned by drivers with restrained licenses or with terminated insurance? They were identified as having vehicles or plates registered to them, not as driving illegally. Of course, Sgt. Stan Ancell maintains job security using the “if we can solve one” argument as an effort to justify using clandestine surveillance while gathering more than 225,000 plate numbers when only 110,000 people are in the Grand Valley, and using time and a half overtime pay for it.
How many law-abiding citizens have visited stores with parking lots to do their daily business and had no idea they were being entered into police records while innocent? Not even being addressed face to face of any suspected wrongdoing. It’s akin to New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, a police state.
In-car videos benefit as evidence and can’t be disputed. They should be brought back for protection of all involved, citizens and law enforcement alike.
Real danger to America is flock of fools who prevailed in last election
The danger to America is not Barack Obama; the danger is a citizenry capable of entrusting a man such as he, one with absolutely no apparent experience of anything, whatsoever, with the presidency.
It will be far easier to limit and undo all of his horrible mistakes and his hundreds of executive orders than it will be to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment of a depraved electorate willing to elect such a man for its president.
The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast flock of fools that made him their prince.
Yes, the republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools who made him their president.
Time will eventually be up to pay up Chinese bankers
The article in the Tuesday Sentinel, “Taxes will jump if U.S. shoved off ‘fiscal cliff,’” is revealing and a premonition of things to come.
These taxes are the indebtedness that the government and we as its beneficiaries owe for services rendered. While the debt principal and interest continues to grow, we are objecting to payment.
The bill we are running up mostly with the Chinese bankers will have to be paid sometime by either us or our kids. When that time comes, and the note is called, it is not going to be pretty.
ROBERT A. TALLARICO
Obama’s debate comments on jobs seem detached from reality
I listened to President Obama in his own words on his jobs performance and plan. The president says his administration has created 5 million jobs in the past 3-½ years and that his plan will create another 1 million jobs.
So, the president’s goal and his plan for the country are to grow fewer jobs in a second administration than in the past one. Is his ambition for the future that meager?
Does he realize that more than 8 percent unemployment is not a good thing? Or is he just so disconnected from his own words as not to realize that this is not growth?
After watching his performance Tuesday, I’m not at all sure he comprehends the words on his teleprompter.