Email letters, Sept. 27, 2011

Trudeau is a great contemporary cartoonist

I couldn’t believe the recent letter from Mike McInaney, that suggested The Daily Sentinel remove “Doonesbury” from the comic page.

Gary Trudeau is one of our great contemporary cartoonists and is also great at offering a different perspective, with humor, to some of our more colorful people running (or not) running for public office. When these politicians seek the spotlight, they should be prepared for a certain amount of criticism.
The old saying applies here, “if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Regardless of your political affiliation, removing Gary Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” would be tantamount to refusing to publish Mark Twain 100 years ago because of his political views.
Grand Junction    

On challenging Einstein

I am outraged that The Daily Sentinel would publish such nonsense as some scientists challenging Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

As we have all learned from Al Gore, the high priest of science in the 21st century, we cannot challenge anything that a majority of scientists agree upon. This is settled science. We’re wasting time and resources listening to these relativity deniers.

No doubt they aren’t really scientists at all, but are surely Tea Party Christian fundamentalist right wing racists funded by evil corporations.

Grand Junction

Are Mesa County kids important?

Did you know that Mesa County’s kids are the least important kids in the state?

You may disagree with that notion — I know I do — but that’s the message we are clearly sending to the world when we’re forced to admit the ugly fact that Mesa County ranks dead last in per-pupil funding in Colorado.

How much is your child worth? Judging by the amount we choose to spend on his or her education, your child is worth $400 less than a Montrose youngster. And darling as your baby might be, he or she is worth much less than a child who lives in the Cherry Creek school district outside Denver, where they have approximately $60 million extra in mill levy override dollars, compared to our approximately $8 million.
The money we spend on our children’s education pays dividends in many ways. We know children who drop out of school are much more likely to be convicted of a crime later in life. We know that their future financial health will be dependent on their education. Seen in this light, the fact that Colorado ranks 40th among states in K-12 funds per student, and that Mesa County School District 51 ranks last within the state, is not merely shocking. It is shameful.

The district has already been pared to the bone (and faces further cuts down the road), yet enrollment continues to grow. It is imperative that we offset the damage those cuts have already done and will continue to do to our children’s education.

Referred Measure 3B will help stop the bleeding. Since the money raised by Measure 3B will be locally controlled, and because it will bring an estimated $12.5 million per year to help ensure our children get the three Ts — time, teachers and technology — they need for a meaningful education, the Mesa County Democrats join the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Junction Economic Partnership in supporting Measure 3B.

If you believe your kids are not the least important in the state, then we urge you to visit for more information and vote “Yes” on 3B.

Co-Chair, Mesa County Democrats
Grand Junction

We are all under our own power

Recently, I saw a church sign that read, “When you are angry with someone, you are under that person’s power.” Poppycock. I am a Christian, and there’s one particular fella I get angry with every now and then — and probably not often enough — myself.

God forbid that I continue to be satisfied with myself when I lose my temper, or say, do or think something that is not in accord with the spirit of Christ within me. I am only in “my” power when I remained pleased with myself when I act wrongly. But then, in our present culture where self-esteem is the highest virtue, I suppose we must always feel good about ourselves.

Surely, the message of God’s love for us is at the heart of the Good News of Christ. Yet, if one was to remove from Scripture all the instances where God, or Jesus, or the apostles and prophets were angry, one might be surprised how little is left. It should not require a heavily scholared theologian to understand the difference between what the Bible understands as righteous anger, and unrighteous anger. That there is a difference is acknowledged in Apostle’ Paul’s counsel, “Be angry, but do not sin.”

Christians are rightly those who accept the reality of their own falleness and constant need of grace and forgiveness. If we were to be a bit more indignant at ourselves for some of our attitudes, we might be better representatives of the Christ we claim to serve. Yet, in a culture reeking with the sexualization of our children, and where lust, greed, the love- and abuse- of power, and the idol of egoism is wreaking havoc in political, economic, social, family, and — yes — religious life, it is not the church that is angry about such things that is “under the power” of those things, but the church that expresses no anger because it has simply accommodated itself to the spirit of the age.

Jesus commanded those who would follow Him: “Have salt in yourselves.” But He also warned, “If the salt has lost its saltiness, it is fit for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.”



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