Email Letters: October 11, 2016

Affirm what is good in others, our community, and our country

At this time in our history when people are worried about the election, the economy and terrorist threats, I would like to make a proposal: No matter what your political persuasion or religious preference, get out your Christmas lights and hang them early, turn on a porch light, or light a candle in the window to affirm what is good in ourselves, in others, our community and our country. Let there be light!

Grand Junction

Amendment 71 will give all Coloradans chance to decide what’s on the ballot

Do you want to help steer the direction of “Colorful Colorado” now and into the future? Do you want your voice heard? Do you want a say in what amendments make it on Colorado’s Constitution? I know I do. If you do too, then I urge you to educate yourself on Amendment 71, also referred to as “Raise the Bar,” before you vote this November.

Colorado’s Constitution is the easiest in the country to amend, which essentially makes us the “guinea pig” for out-of-state special interests. In fact, since 2005 there have been more than two-dozen proposed amendments and in that same time period only two proposed changes to statutory law. That is definitely backwards and needs to change!

What happens currently is these special interest groups focus their attention and petitioning efforts (signature gathering) in the counties with the largest populations in Colorado, essentially eliminating smaller counties and rural areas. No matter the issue, Denver and Boulder shouldn’t be telling us what to do in rural Colorado and on the Western Slope. We matter too and we should have a voice. This is about we the people of Colorado, not just a segment of our population. From Denver to Boulder counties and Garfield to Mesa counties and everywhere in between, our opinions all count and we all should support this amendment. Amendment 71 will give all of Colorado a chance to decide what’s on the ballot rather than just a select few.

We need to stop being the guinea pig and make sure Colorado has equal representation when it comes to changing something as fundamental as the constitution.

Grand Junction

Blatantly displayed misogyny needs to be named and condemned

This may seem like a political post, but it’s not. It’s about an attitude so pervasive in our culture that it is on the verge of being endorsed. When misogyny is blatantly displayed it needs to be named and condemned. It is not the same the same thing as infidelity. It is not the same thing as
philandering. It is a weapon of violence, it comes from a place of fear and loathing, and it just got the biggest, brightest spotlight shined right on it.

Left to run amok, misogyny hurts us all, not only women, but men too. I have seen the calls of late to think of our daughters and the messages they are hearing during this season. I agree, but what about our sons? Will we shield our daughters from hateful ideology and leave our sons to drown in it? Will we raise our girls on Sheryl Sandberg and let our boys figure it out in the locker room? I fear this neglect will lead to a future generation of woefully tragic unions.

Speaking of unions, it took ours 50 years after black men were granted the legal right to vote to recognize the right for women. Think about that. Just think about that. Who do you think those women were fighting for their right to vote? One of the tragedies of the civil rights movement is that disenfranchised white people, and I’m including all women here, did not recognize their own oppressors and join forces. Alice Walker wrote, “Resistance is the secret of joy.” I don’t know if that’s true, but I sure hope to find out. The most recent misogynistic rhetoric is not unique or new, but it sure is getting old. I for one do not accept it on behalf of myself, or my daughter, or my son.

Grand Junction

A vote for the Green Party is no wasted protest vote

I was a big supporter of Bernie Sanders. After Clinton was installed as the Democratic nominee, in what historians are likely to remember as a deeply flawed and unfair primary, I looked for ways to pursue Bernie’s revolution. Like a majority of Americans I feel the two party system has failed us miserably. I found the Green Party. Jill Stein, The Green Party candidate for president, has visionary policies on all the major issue of our time. Stein’s “Green New Deal” aims to stop climate change and create 20 million jobs building a healthy and sustainable economy based on clean energy. She want to end the oil wars, cut military spending and with the savings make higher education free and provide Medicare for all. Stein wants to protect voter rights and fix the rigged election system.

Most important, a vote for the Green Party is no wasted protest vote. If Stein wins just 5 percent of the vote nationwide, the Green Party gets federal funding and ballot access and we get a much healthier democracy. In the end that is what it’s all about. Will we have an alternative to the failed two-parties or remain prisoner to a system that is threatening our livelihoods, our planet and our democracy?



Gail Schwartz an advocate for our public lands

I co-founded the environmental activist group, Ancient Forest Rescue in 1989. AFR became the subject of a movie, “Through the Eyes of the Forest,” and recently a novel, Never Summer. Our tactics were entirely nonviolent, but civil disobedience was often employed. Our main reason for existence was preservation of old growth forests in Colorado, but more generally, ecologically intact federal lands were of great concern to us.

Now in any election we pray for a candidate who advocates for our public lands, in this case Gail Schwartz. Her opponent, Scott Tipton, briefly stated, advocates for the one-percent. These are interesting times. If you are a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green or an Independent who cares about the future of our public lands, we can join together on this! Please vote for Gail Schwartz to represent Congressional District 3.


Trump is only the latest example of a party without principles

The latest revelation about “The Donald” is not a surprise. We have known from the very beginning what kind of person he was. What is sickening is how the Republican Party has evolved. Why the GOP has supported a candidate like Trump, even while they claim to have held their collective noses, is proof just how craven they have become. Apparently it is the result of a lack of self-confidence in their message being sufficiently acceptable to actually win elections.

Trump is only the latest example of desperation in seeking power through winning elections. They knew full well what kind of person they were offering the American public. It appeared that he had the support necessary to win so they got behind him. They knew what kinds of people were his “base” but they proceeded ahead regardless. But Trump is only the latest example of a party without principles.

They actively tried everything in their power to sabotage the Bill Clinton administration apparently with the idea that they couldn’t win elections on the merit of their ideas and principles so they chose to make the administration look bad so they could supposedly offer a better way.
So when the Obama administration came along Senator McConnell brazenly announced that they wouldn’t do anything to allow the administration anything that might be considered an accomplishment. In this case they were as good as their word.

But probably the best/worst example of what the party has become is the fact that lying has become an everyday thing for most Republican politicians. Politicians have always been known to stretch the truth but it has come to be that you can’t trust anything a Republican politician says. Everything said has to be fact-checked. Yet another sign of lack of self-confidence in being able to win offices on the merits of your ideology.

Abraham Lincoln is rolling over in his grave!

Grand Junction

During debate, Trump never said how he would solve problems

With all his sniffing and huffing and puffing, the Sexual Predator failed to keep his hot air balloon from deflating. He prowled the stage, pointing at Hillary, attacking her with the same old lies that have been debunked scores of times. He even threatened to have her jailed if he were to become president, oblivious to the irony that he himself may be convicted for bribing the Florida attorney general, for bilking thousands of Trump University students, and for using his so-called charitable foundation for personal gain.

Hillary reminded the audience to look at this man’s exaggerated words and deceptions as indicative of his character, and then moved on to the “high road,” explaining how her intentions and policies would address the critical problems our country faces. The Blustery Bully could do little more than repeat what is wrong with America, again and again, never saying how he would solve those problems.

Should Hillary have been more combative, and respond to each and every spurious charge that the Donald was spewing? To most of the audience who came to hear what she stands for, that would have wasted their time. To a few, however, her lack of response may be interpreted as acquiescence. People often see what they expected to see. And voters vote for people to represent them who look like themselves.

Piedmont, Calif.


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Some questions for those who want to dump Trump.

Did he assualt or rape anyone as Pres. Clinton did? Did he defend a rapist of a 12 year old and laugh about getting him off? Did he stand on the WH lawn and say “get those f***ing retards out of here” as Hillary did as First Lady?  Did he say anything worse than was said here by Pres. Obama?

Have you listened to the music your girls are hearing? The language around the schools their peers are using? Have you seen the movies or read a “romance” novel?

Inquiring minds want to know why the moral outrage now, Trump is not the problem, our acceptance of this kind of culture is and dumping Trump is not going to change that. Only you can by starting to educate and set examples for your children.

Ms. Patton

In fact Mr Patton, Trump has been accused of rape. His ex-wife testified he raped her under oath in the 90’s. He has also been accused by two other women. One who was 13 years old at the time. Here’s a link you may find interesting.

Shanelle Bullen, Now would you like to address the rest of my questions? Are you going to defend Pres. Clinton? Hillary? The music? The movies and books? How about the language our youngsters are using?

You missed the point altogether, it is about our culture, not just one or two individuals.

MS. Patton

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