Email Letters: October 12, 2017

Protesting is more than a right, it is a civic duty

Protesting is more than a right, it is a civic duty, and can even be an act of sacrificial love. To those who condemn protest, please consider that the right to protest was purchased with the blood and sacrifice of many – not only soldiers – but also the blood or sacrifice of civil rights martyrs like MLK, lynching victims, and yes, even a quarterback who had already made his fame and fortune in the NFL yet was willing to risk it all by taking a stand (ironically) by kneeling, in a selfless attempt to help others. The ultimate protester of all time, Jesus Christ, was crucified shortly after, and largely because of, his protests against temple money changers, against empire on Palm Sunday, and against ethnic supremacists when he dared to compare their lack of compassion with the compassion of The Good Samaritan or in our day The Good Quarterback.

Some countries don’t have a “protest problem”...North Korea, Nazi Germany, Putin’s Russia, and if some have their way, the future U.S.A. The peaceful protest of a compassionate citizen is a worthy bookend to the sacrifice of a soldier, and America at its best honors both. Now stand (or kneel) with me and sing the National Anthem, but not if you have a hateful heart.

DAN FORD
Fruita

Death rate from drug abuse higher than from firearms

I am writing this in response to an editorial by Mr. Goodbody. I did some brief checking of stats that he reported. I am not for gun control when it means taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens.

We have a higher death rate from drug use/abuse than from firearms. Don’t we have a war on drugs? Isn’t opioid use illegal unless prescribed? Statistics can be interpreted or mis-interpreted for anyone to use to try to make a point. My point? Hmm, you decide.

Remember that these deaths that you have reported are per 100,000 persons. What I found on the website Goodbody referenced: In 2016, there were 11,008 firearm homicides. During 2015, drug overdoses accounted for 52,404 U.S. deaths, including 33,091 (63.1 percent) that involved an opioid.

I have heard the same old story; “We must control how people get their hands on guns.” What about “We must control how people get their hands on drugs?”

CHRISTOPHER A MENZIES
Grand Junction

H.R. 3990 would potentially cripple authority of Antiquities Act

I oppose H.R. 3990. On Wednesday Oct. 11, Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, held a full committee markup of his anti-conservation, anti-sportsmen, anti-science bill (H.R. 3990) that would potentially cripple the authority of the Antiquities Act.

The Antiquities Act is responsible for nearly 50 percent of all national parks giving rise to such designations as the Grand Canyon, Devil’s Tower and Muir Woods. This bill would drastically narrow the definition of what is deserving of protection to just fossils, skeletons, artifacts and buildings – ruling out science, geography (the Colorado National Monument for example), wildlife or other natural objects. It would prohibit national monuments to protect oceans, and give presidents the authority to erase vast portions of existing national monuments.

MARY HERTERT

Fruita

Stats in recent Goodbody column are irrelevant to the argument

Sean Goodbody’s column of Oct. 11 deserves a response. All of his statistics are no doubt true, but they are irrelevant to the argument. The discussion needs to be about why we have what seems to be an increase in violence involving guns, and I use “seems to be” advisedly since there is reliable information that gun violence nationally is actually down (another irrelevant statistic).

The fact is that guns per se do not kill people, a gun is simply a tool, and like any tool can be used properly or dangerously depending on the skill of the user. In the case of guns they can be used for good as well as evil depending on the intent of the user.

What the conversation needs to be about is what has gone wrong with our culture that produces so many unbalanced individuals that they take a tool such as a gun, crowbar, tire iron, baseball bat, truck, homemade bomb, or whatever, and deliberately murder other people. The problem is the culture not the guns, and until the culture is corrected all the gun laws in the world will not make any difference in the mayhem.

JIM GESICK
Montrose

City Council should rename 12th Street, not North Avenue

Yesterday, Tuesday, as I drove up 12th Street, stopping at every pedestrian crosswalk between North Avenue and Orchard Avenue for our dear CMU students, it was clear to me that if the City Council wants to name a street, let them name 12th Street “University Boulevard.” The students
already own it, and North Avenue already has a name.

CAROL KELKER
Grand Junction


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Mr. Menzies, so what? As long as we have a drug problem don’t worry about the gun problem? Nobody is trying to do away with guns. We’ll always have some nuts that can pass any controls for head and behavioral problems but the severity of their actions can be cut back by taking assault weapons away from the general public. They are specifically made for killing a lot of people, indiscriminatingly, and should only be used by the military and law enforcement. In other words, those continuously trained to kill when necessary.

Mr. Gesick, yes, there is a question about our cultural problems but read my comment to Mr. Menzies. We don’t have to have assault weapons and unlimited ammo in the hands of the general public. That’s just adding to the problem.

Mr.Menzies and Mr. Gesick, you should read this article on the guns and the 2nd amendment.

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/second-amendment-distortions-kill?akid=16202.2563685.7RarS0&rd=1&src=newsletter1083709&t=8

Mr Borgen.

You actually murdered your own ideas with the following sentence:

“They are specifically made for killing a lot of people,
indiscriminatingly, and should only be used by the military and law
enforcement. In other words, those continuously trained to kill when
necessary.”

“and should only be used by the military and law enforcement.” When
ordered to by a dictator or other leftist nutcase that finally managed
to disarn the American public.

Thank You for your help in this matter John.
Ms. Patton

Ms. Patton, thanks for your very wise comment. Most dictators are far right. As far as leftist nut cases are concerned do you want to give an actual example of your theory or is it just your usual hate drivel? Disarming the American public from having assault rifles ..  that’s what it was all about ..  is going to create great damage? Get a grip!

Mr. Borgen, What is the definition of an “assault”?  My on line dictionary state it is
1. a sudden, violent attack; onslaught:
an assault on tradition.
2. Law. an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.
3. Military. the stage of close combat in an attack.
4. rape1.
verb (used with object)
5. to make an assault upon; attack; assail.

Now I have no doubt that you will correct me if I am wrong, but I do believe that there are many things that can be used as a “weapon”, which is defined as:
1. any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war, as a sword, rifle, or cannon.
2. anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim:
the deadly weapon of satire.

So, an “assault weapon” is ANY instrument of any kind used to attack any opponent or victim. I am sure you can think of many other things than guns that are used to kill high numbers of people. Some examples, airplanes, moving vans with fertilizer, cars, axes, hatchets, knives, fires, etc. Do you want to ban them all?

Oh, yes, one slight correction is needed, 100% of all dictators are socialist, or some derivative thereof. “hateful drivel” Mr Borgen? I have always been respectful to you even though I rarely agree with anything you have to say. That is a big difference between us, you spew hatred at anyone who disagrees with you, I just laugh and say “There goes Mr. Borgen again”, he must be off his meds.

Ms. Patton

Ms. Patton, all dictators are socialists? Do you have any idea what a socialist is? Apparently not. As to the rest of your screed, what does that have to do with what the military calls assault rifles? That is what I was writing about. If you can’t pay attention why are you here?

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