Email Letters: September 28, 2016

To the extent our flag symbolizes racism, it arguably deserves commensurate ‘disrespect’

As a Viet Nam era Army veteran and the father of two children who did not serve in the U.S. military, I can only inadequately imagine the unquenchable grief experienced by Wayne Telford (“Ignorance of athletes protesting is shameful”) and the other Gold Star parents who convened in Durango to commemorate the sacrifice of their daughters and sons who gave the last full measure of devotion on behalf of a grateful Nation.

I also appreciate that Telford refused to allow his daughter’s death to be for nothing – by joining a panel commissioned by our own Senator Michael Bennet to identify how to tackle the issues that led to the tragic loss of AF Sergeant Brooke Leigh Caffrey. See:

However, I would remind Wayne that the oath of service we, his father, his father-in-law, and Brooke all honorably took was to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” and “bear true faith and allegiance to the same” – an oath that makes no mention of either the “Stars and Stripes” or the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Indeed, the poem that later became our National Anthem was written in 1814 – well before enactment of the 13th (1865), 14th (1868), and 15th (1870) Amendments, and it has been unconstitutional to compel recitation of the “Pledge of Allegiance” to that flag since 1943 (in the middle of World War II). Rather, in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, our Supreme Court held that Telford’s perhaps grief-driven brand of ideological dogma is antithetical to the principles of this Country, concluding that:

“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”

Thus, it is particularly ironic that Telford cites the ethnicity of the Fallen, including those minorities for whom – relative to “whites” – the Constitutionally solemn promises of “equal protection of the laws” and unabridged voting rights remain too-often unfulfilled.

Therefore, it is hardly “selfish” or “ignorant” for athletes to peacefully call attention to the continuing disconnect between the cherished words of our Constitution and the disparate treatment of minorities by our criminal justice system. To the extent that our flag still symbolizes persistent structural racism, it arguably deserves commensurate “disrespect.”

Grand Junction

Hillary is the conservative opportunist, and Donald the liberal reformer

In regards to the first presidential debate: Hillary knows the system; Trump knows how to use the system. It’s just a question of to what end. If Donald reformed the system, knowing all its pitfalls, this would not help Hillary. She thrives on the way things are and lives in that world.

So it’s a bit ironic. Hillary is the conservative opportunist, and Donald the liberal reformer.

Grand Junction

Hunters do more for wildlife conservation then all animal rights people

To Claire Denzler: I don’t know if you know it, but hunters do more for wildlife conservation then all the animal rights people put together. It is a million-dollar venture for Colorado businesses. Hunters manage wildlife, and they have saved many a species from being gone forever.


Don’t support an unstable narcissist like Trump

Please, don’t be conned by Donald Trump. While I’m not excited about Hillary Clinton, I can’t support an unstable narcissist like Trump. Most disturbing is that Trump is prone to lying, and making multiple racist and veiled Hillary assassination statements. In fact-checking campaign statements, Politifact has found that Trump makes false or “pants on fire” statements 53 percent of the time versus 12 percent for Clinton. Hillary’s true and mostly true statements are rated 51 percent versus Trump’s 15 percent! Among Trump’s whoppers: the five-year racist lie about Obama not being an American; lying that 81 percent of murdered white people are killed by black people when it’s really 84 percent of murdered white people are murdered by other white people; lying about Clinton wanting to take in 250,000 Syrian refugees when it’s only 10,000 after a two-year vetting.

Can you trust a billionaire with a history of ripping off blue-collar workers and businesses, investors and Trump University students, and lying about his personal wealth or personal charitable donations? Where are his tax returns? Where are Trump’s IRS letters to prove being audited? While Hillary’s blemished, she’s at least competent, steady, and well informed, with a work life committed to America’s families and children.

Palo Cedro, Calif.

The Sentinel has become another left-wing paper

It seems the editorial staff at The Daily Sentinel just cannot resist publishing any article from the AP that is anti Trump or anti conservative, usually on the front page, and pushing more important local news to the back pages. I count at least four or five instances of this in the last two weeks.

This holds especially true if it is co-authored by Julie Pace, who has been an outspoken left-wing shill for the left and the present administration ever since becoming a White House correspondent.

The editorial staff has simply turned The Sentinel into another left-wing paper while it ignores the fact that they are preaching to a mostly conservative audience here in the valley. I hope they are not surprised that a large number of subscribers will probably not renew.


Grand Junction

Sentinel shouldn’t have omitted mention of Fuoco car show

As a participant in Saturday’s downtown Grand Junction Fuoco Motor Company Car Show I was disappointed The Sentinel failed to make mention of it in the Sunday edition of the paper.

Of the 15 Grand Junction annual car shows to date this one had some 170 entrants, the largest number ever. Most of Main Street was blocked off from 6 a.m. to late Saturday afternoon to accommodate the show vehicles.

Probably disappointed as well, are Fuoco Motors and Big-O Tire – major sponsors of the car show who spend a great deal of money in advertising with your paper. No, I did not win a trophy, nor am I an employee of the sponsors, so I have no ulterior motive in play other than to point out this obvious oversight by The Sentinel.

Could it be the Sunday edition of your paper is put to bed by end of workday Friday? It would seem so.

Grand Junction

Gary Johnson deliberately excluded from the first presidential debate

The 3rd party candidate for president, Libertarian Gov. Gary Johnson, was deliberately excluded from the first presidential debate. He requested to be there, but was rejected. Johnson is the only other nominee qualified to be on the ballot in all 50 states. Both Trump and Hillary have “strongly unfavorable” ratings in all polls, worse than any nominee in the past 10 presidential cycles. A large percentage of voters still say they want to consider voting for someone else.

The winners of the debate were the media, who made money on it. The losers were the people who did not get to hear from all the candidates. This is especially regrettable because the American voters are the ones responsible to hire the president, not the politicians.

Intentionally silencing nominees chosen by the people stifles democracy and blocks fairness in elections. But, thank goodness for the internet. If you want to hear the nominees they didn’t want you to hear, go to the Libertarian Party website,, and listen to Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld on video. You will learn more in two minutes listening to these esteemed governors than you did while viewing 90 minutes of hot air debate.

Bluffton, S.C.


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Mr. Smith, no, the Sentinel has gone from an arch-conservative paper over recent years to a middle of the road paper. The coverage of the news has gone from clearly biased to real attempts to be honest and comprehensive.

You have got to be kidding! Maybe you should talk to some people that aren’t part of your echo chamber.

Mr. Hunley, I would suggest that you talked to someone not in your echo chamber. There is no question that the paper is more liberal than in past years but it is hardly a “liberal” paper now. It may not suit your political stance but it is doing a far better job finding and reporting all political positions not just the hard right things you may prefer. It is now a paper for everyone, not just the wishes of a vocal minority.

When you are all the way to the right, just about everything looks liberal to you.

Mr. Iles,
  When you are all the way to the left, just about everything to you looks conservative to you.
                    Rick L. Coleman

Mr. Coleman,

But I’m not the one making a claim about the political leanings of the Sentinel, am I?

Mr. Borgen,
  You are right that the paper is more liberal (I thought you preferred “progressive”?) than it was.  And, you are right that it is not an overtly liberal paper, for that we can look to the likes of the Eugene Register Guard, New York Times, Washington Post, et al.  Those papers are like reading the DNC spin machine.  Finally, you are wrong that the Sentinel is not just for the “wishes of a vocal minority”.  There is a vocal minority, but a silent majority think the paper has gone into a rat hole, rightly so.
                Rick L. Coleman

Mr. Iles,
  Neither am I.  I just had fun with your inane post.
              Rick L. Coleman

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