E-mail letters, Feb. 4, 2010

King pushes more government

This is in response to Rep Steve Kings’ Jan. 24 letter to the editor. He was lamenting the fact that institutes of higher education in Colorado aren’t in favor of his proposal to make safety training for students mandatory.

Steve is good at wanting to expand government, and of course with that there is always a fee or tax. We have had enough of that with Gov. Ritter.

For example 2 1/2 years ago he was for gun registration. But when challenged, and to his credit, he admitted that he made a mistake.

Last year he slipped in legislation for a DNA data base, which on it’s face sounds

good, but it requires DNA samples from innocent people, not just convicted felons. Plus, every ticket that gets issued in Colorado has a DNA surcharge attached. One more little chip in the block of freedom.

Last year King was for the school bonds and Grand Junction’s new public safety buildings. He made a statement that “Now’s the time for us to put our money where our mouths are!” The citizens of Grand Junction did, and they said, “No, let’s cut spending and slow down.”

Beware the politician who repeatedly says, “but it’s for the children.”

Why do politicians think that just because they may have a good idea, that

it must be legislated? We need less government, NOT more.

Lee Allee


Round-ups kill wild horses

I appreciated the story on the wild horse round-up, though feel it at least slightly slanted. There is also this reality happening — as reported in The New York Times on Jan. 30:

Now, 23 horses have died, plus 20-30 mares have had spontaneous abortions in the corrals in their third trimesters from the stress.>

Joseph Sheader

Grand Junction

Good work on Central High gun incident

Kudos to Jody Diers, Ani Wood, Mesa County Sheriff and the staff /teachers and students at Central High School.  The gun incident last week was obviously difficult for everyone involved. Timely communication of the facts kept this situation from turning into widespread panic.

Margery Grandbouche

Grand Junction

Republicans try to take over Tea Parties

I don’t know for sure why people felt the Tea Party at Lincoln Park last year, put together by GJResult.com, was a step in the right direction. For thefirst time in years, thousands of conservatives joined together to voice their opinion publicly. These people saw the direction in which our country was headed, if we didn’t take a stand, and they answered the call to stand up and be heard!

Out of that Tea Party came the Western Colorado Conservative Alliance, which I understood from attending their meetings, was supposed to be a place where all conservative groups could come together and work for the common, hard-working people who our politicians no longer represent.  So I am puzzled as to why all the leadership within the WSCA seems to be on loan from the Republican Party? Where are the Independents? Libertarians?

This is not about the Democrat or Republican Party. It is, for me, about how one of these parties seems to have taken over, seems to feel it needs to dictate to the Tea

Party supporters who we should support in the upcoming elections. They ask for our support of their handpicked candidates, but offer no support in return for the candidates supported by the the people.

Are we once again going to be fooled into thinking we are being given representation, when actually the only candidates we will have to choose from will be hand picked by the Republican and Democratic parties? It is time for the true Tea Party supporters to show up at the caucuses on March 16 and make sure we are represented, that our candidates receive a fair chance to get on the ballot.

Donna Sasso


Don’t raise taxes, cut services

I have to wonder how Bill Grant forms his opinions or if he actually reads the newspaper.

In his column of Feb. 3, he seems to believe that the voters of Colorado Springs are misers and unwilling to support their city and its spending habits.

In the same paper is a story about Grand Junction’s new police chief, at a salary of $120,000 plus benefits plus a “contribution” to his former employer of $43,800 just because city officials are nice.

Not long ago, there was an article about the large number of free and reduced lunches in the schools. Articles about high unemployment, tough times, etc., etc. Yet Grant still supports increasing tax contributions from the dwindling number of people who are working.

I found an estimated average income in Grand Junction of $27,000. Not much wiggle room there, is there? I also read recently that soon more people will be receiving government benefits than are actually paying taxes!

It looks to me like we all need to reduce our consumption of (and the cost of) public services and start living within our means, before we end up with more serious problems than no flowers in the parks.

Larry Simms


Great job on new Web site

I am writing this letter to those people at The Daily Sentinel who worked on this new and improved GJSentinel.com Web site.

I was in a mass communications class last semester at Mesa State College, when Sentinel people made a visit and talked about the Web site and changes that were planned.

Our class gave input about the things about the site that we did not like. these issues included too many distracting ads, not enough main news, and wasted space. I look at the news on your site daily and just wanted to let you know that you have done a great job!

The site is much better. I think it will be much easier for people to find the news that they are interested in. There are no real distractions going on anymore. You used your space very well. The page looks great! Keep up the great news and the great work!

Kelly Garner

Grand Junction

Where was editorial concern for Birgfeld’s request?

Wednesday’s editorial applauds Chief Camper’s action of an external review of police culture conducted after allegations of domestic violence by an officer and a suspicion of rape by another and that “he hasn’t tried to avoid tough questions or hide what was taking place.”

Compare that with the May 15 editorial, which condescendingly trivialized my request of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department to probe into money missing amid the criminal investigation of my disappeared daughter, Paige Birgfeld.

It became immediately evident that Paige was handling thousands of dollars away from bank accounts, in one instance $80,000. I promptly reported this to the Sheriff’s Department, and searched but found no money. About a year later, the CBS News show “48 Hours” said that “a contact close to the investigation reported investigators recovered a large amount of cash from her residence — tens of thousands of dollars.” CBS News assured me that this source is absolutely reliable.

Sheriff Stan Hilkey refused my request for an investigation. Without taking easy steps of verifying what I saw as to the money or speaking with CBS News, he said nothing further was needed, since there was no money reported on the department’s “evidence/property report forms.” Then, after I made the same request of the FBI Public Corruption Unit months later, he, in grand politician form, said that he’d “welcome and encourage such an investigation.”

This isn’t so much about the money. It’s about tampering with evidence in a homicide investigation and obstructing justice.

Now compare this newspaper’s applause for Camper’s review on two female violence incidents versus Hilkey’s refusal to do likewise in Paige’s case.

If there’s a dirty cop, has he done it before? Will he in future cases? Nevertheless, the editor in May said that “the FBI shouldn’t spend too much time on this.”

Frank J. Birgfeld

Centennial, Colorado

President has right to question Supreme Court

I watched President Obama’s State of the Union address last week. Generally, I found it one of the more interesting and possibly even inspiring speeches of this type that I have been able to hear.

However, I have to address Chuck McConnell’s criticism of the speech in his letter on GJSentinel.com Feb. 3.

If the executive branch really is independent of the judicial branch, wouldn’t you expect criticism of Supreme Court decisions every now and then? McConnell is suggesting that there should be no criticism of the court by the president because they are equal in power. This makes no sense whatsoever.

Jack S. Byrom

Rancho Cordova, Calif.


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