Email letters, Oct. 9, 2012

Voters must ask some critical questions

God bless America. Let freedom ring!

This is still the greatest country in the world, in spite of what the nation has endured since the 2008 election. We’re blessed with the opportunity to implement change if we are displeased or to allow conditions to continue, if satisfied.

Politics seem to produce a predominance of preaching to the choir rather than reaching the opposition. The freedom to express views here on the opinion page is a way to be heard by reaching a diverse audience and an abundant number of open-minded people, as well as those with opposing viewpoints.

Yes, God bless America for the privilege to speak out and let freedom ring for the opportunity to take a stand.

Facing the most important election in history, voters might benefit by answering for themselves a few critical questions.

Exactly what hope and change are we experiencing after three years of rhetoric?

Specifically how are you and our nation better off or worse off now than in 2007?

What concerns you about the future status of our nation in world affairs?

How do you evaluate your own economic security and our national security?

How confident are you that our children and grandchildren will inherit the same lifestyles, freedoms and opportunities that preceding generations passed on?

Selecting from the candidates in this 2012 election need not rely on expert analysis nor campaign promises. It isn’t really rocket science or political science. The best decisions rely more on good judgment and common sense along with a gut feeling.

This year’s national election deserves the utmost in careful selection, along with a record turnout at the polls.

State, county and local elections are critical, as well. Fortunately, we can view the candidates at close range with more meaningful insight.

More than ever before, the 2012 election is a time when each voter must objectively vote his or her conscience.



Superb marching band festival shows what dedication can do

Watching the 2012 Colorado West Invitational Marching Band Festival sponsored by School District 51 this past Saturday was a true pleasure. All enjoyed the downtown parade competition, and the field show competition was a superb display of the result of hours and days of intense preparation by students and directors with the full support, I’m sure, of many parent organizations.

Those in attendance were treated to a superb musical program as well as the supporting display of flag twirlers, rifle drill teams and precise marching formations. If you missed it, put it on the watch list for 2013. Hats off to our young people!

Grand Junction

Robinson’s legal help based on crucial constitutional clauses

During a local news story centered around Dan Robinson’s professional legal representation of people who may have violated a law, Ray Scott stated “they are breaking federal law [and] for anyone to assist them is illegal.” The idea that it is criminal for an attorney to help people understand their rights is shocking, scary and, of course, wrong.

The rights found in the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the United States Constitution specifically apply to “any person.” “Any person” covers you and your neighbors but also all “those” people that you do not agree with, or that look different than you or that have different lifestyles.

When a lawyer assists people with understanding their rights, the lawyer is performing a crucial role in promoting equal protection and due process. I am not “pro-violator,” but I am afraid of the day when equal protection and due process only apply to some of the people.


Grand Junction

Seniors should consider fate of progeny when voting

I am a senior citizen drawing Social Security, blessed with children and grandchildren and very concerned about their future and the future of this great country.

I have concluded that voting for President Obama, in hopes of keeping the benefits I now receive from the government, would be completely SELFISH. I won’t be here to suffer the long-term consequences of his wayward policies, but they will.

Younger voters should realize that they will be paying for his out of control spending all their lives. China is surely not going to pay for his mismanagement.

So, when you cast your vote for president of the United States, take a moment to consider your own family members and this great United States. Don’t leave her leaderless for another four years and squandering in debt for the next 100.



Tour of Moon race shows how events can upraise spirits

After a successful Tour of the Moon bicycle event last weekend, we must again question the Colorado National Monument’s restrictions on bicycle races through our public lands. Please understand, I greatly treasure our parklands and have hiked and biked the monument’s roads and trails with my parents, children, grandchildren and friends for more than 30 years. I highly value and appreciate its pristine beauty.

Three experiences I have had make me question the Park Service’s depth of
thought in this matter.  I had great hesitation when Pope John Paul II was to visit to Cherry Creek Park in 1993 in Denver for fear that the anticipated half million people would have a crushing effect on the park’s ecosystem. After visiting the park pre- and post-event, I found that my fears were unfounded.

I have ridden many stages of the Tour de France after the events and found the most lasting effects to be the pride and excitement of the French people without observable race aftereffects.

But not until recently did I fully understand the positive benefits of such events on a community. During a recent cycling trip to London, I observed the melting away of the temporary structures of the Olympic and Paralympics Games from their parks and monuments. The people of Great Britain love their parks and historical sites as much as we do ours.

The major benefit was not how the city was returning to normal after millions of visitors and temporary alterations, but the positive effects on its citizens. I did not appreciate the pride that had come from making thousands of attendees happy while being personally changed by the event.

I had read about the pride of the “Game Makers.” and I had seen the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, report their buoyed spirit on news broadcasts, but it was not until I personally saw him cycling the busy streets of London in his black dress suite with not the most athletic build that I understood how much the games had changed the people of Great Britain for the better.

As a physician I truly understand how we first “must do no harm”. But I also understand that sometimes for our betterment, we must intervene and structure this intervention to minimize any side effects.

As the Olympic Games benefited the people of London, so can such an event inspire the people of the Grand Valley. We can become better by welcoming guests from all over the world to our community and to an event that will not only have minimum impact on the monument but positively change not only the lives of our guests but also ours.

In the course of life, it’s not just about the destination, it’s about the journey. Our community cannot only host this event without negative impacts, but have the world see us positively and we can become a stronger and healthier community at the same time.

The Colorado National Monument and the Grand Valley share with and owe much to each other. Surely we can host a world event and both be to the better.

Grand Junction




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