E-mail letters, March 10

Wind is creating jobs for Leitner-Poma

Regarding the recent Daily Sentinel article, “Jobs report a bit of a Stretch,” I feel that clarification is required.

Leitner-Poma of America is actively forging ahead with our wind turbine business. We recently completed our first North American wind turbine at Grouse Mountain (Vancouver) Ski Resort just in time for the Olympic Games. The NBC “Today Show” filmed a segment in the viewing pod located at the top of this 190 foot high turbine.

Because of the pod and elevator the turbine’s tower had to conform to the British Columbia Building Code, which in turn required welding by BC-certified welders only. This greatly reduced the amount of work normally performed at our new factory in Grand Junction.

Electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, as well as machining of many components, was performed here, as we logged over 4,000 hours of time on the project.

I don’t mean to throw my ski lift sales manager, Tom Clink, under the bus (as I just did) but he was not aware of all facts.

We have promised the city of Grand Junction GJEP and IDI that we would do our very best to add 100 employees over 5 years. The recession has for sure hurt this endeavor, but

this too will pass, and we will add employees and many of them will be in the wind turbine sector of our business.

Gov. Bill Ritter and Sen. Mark Udall have been very supportive of our wind generation business and for that we are extremely grateful.

Rick Spear

Grand Junction

Ring bearer made day for World War II vet

To the special lady who spied my wife’s wedding-engagement ring outside the front of the VA Hospital: You turned it in the very first day and it eventually found its way back to me. You didn’t leave your name but you are very special to me.

My wife and I were in love for over 61 years. I am a World WarII veteran and I loved my wife very much. She passed away two years ago. Thank you very much for your kindness. You made my day. Darrell Durham

Grand Junction

Census computer problems hurt local jobs and funding

Two articles in The Daily Sentinel March 8, “More people willing to cooperate with census” (Sentinel Staff) and “Tribal leaders hope count equates to federal dollars” (Gary Harmon) — afford timely opportunity for insight into Census 2010’s local operations.

First, a complete and accurate Census count means more federal dollars, not just for Indian tribes, but for county and municipal governments all across the Western Slope

Second, hand-delivery of almost 250,000 census questionnaires has already begun in the more rural tracts in western Colorado, and questionnaires will be mailed to residents of municipal Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Montrose in late March. Thus, it behooves community leaders and citizens to encourage local folks to promptly complete   and return their questionnaires. Funding of many local services depends on it.

Meanwhile, as widely reported by the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office and the press, the Census Bureau’s critical computer systems are so seriously flawed that the integrity of the entire decennial census is at risk

While the unreliability of the Census Bureau’s “Information Technology Systems” has been well-documented in four high-level reports to Congress, little has been said about the effects of such problems on the ability of local census offices to do their jobs.

For example, in February, the Grand Junction census office sought to hire 950 census workers to hand-deliver questionnaires. But it selected only 656 because faulty computer software denied access to 1,000-plus residents of Grand Junction who were ready, willing, and able to work

Thus, the defective Census Bureau computer systems deprived 300-plus Grand Junction constituents of immediate cCensus jobs (while local unemployment remains near record highs) – which could ultimately result in a significant “undercount” in western Colorado.  Therefore, I have requested an investigation by the OIG, the GAO, and our congressional delegation.

Bill Hugenberg

Grand Junction

Democrats, not the GOP, are increasing our taxes

As a strong supporter of both Scott Tipton and the Fair Tax, I find it necessary to comment on Gary Harmon’s recent article about Democrats attacking both. I’m tired of Colorado Democrats’ contrived criticisms of good people and good ideas.

Tipton is a man of the people and will represent us well in Washington. The Fair Tax, if it is ever implemented, would greatly help our nation and its citizens become prosperous and strong once again.

A lot of peoples’ minds would be changed in favor of the Fair Tax if they would read the book about how it works. “The Fair Tax Book,” by Neal Boortz and Rep. John Linder, is an interesting and short book, and it gives a history of the income tax in this country and how it has slowly and insidiously taken control of our daily lives.

If the Fair Tax should ever take the place of the IRS, our tax burdens would be greatly reduced, as well as government control of our lives, something the Democrats don’t want.

Working-class families would be helped by this new tax system, not hurt, contrary to what the present system does to them.

To think that Scott Tipton can increase (or decrease) our federal taxes is laughable. It is impossible for one legislator to do that, simply because he favors the Fair Tax. It would take congressional action to create the Fair Tax system, creating a new amendment and then repealing the old amendment that established the income tax. In addition, the states would also have to approve the amendment before it becomes law.

When it comes to massive tax increases levied on us by both Denver and Washington, it is the Democrats who are doing it, not Republicans like Scott Tipton.

Sue Benjamin

Grand Junction

Herzog’s column was right about police officers

I am writing to thank you for publishing the column by Denny Herzog, who wrote the article “Policemen suffer from shooting, too” that appeared in the March 9 edition of the Daily Sentinel.

My son is a police officer in another state, and I know all too well how often they put their lives on the line to protect the community and themselves. Far too often, police officers are lied about and not appreciated for what they do. And, while they do sometimes make mistakes, the decisions they make must often literally be made in seconds, as the two officers mentioned in this article had to do. Otherwise they may well have been the ones who died.

So thank you for the fine column.

James C. Sparks

Grand Junction

Tea partiers must back caucus candidates

March 16 is the culmination of all the Tea Party’s hopes and dreams for limited smaller government.

On that day, grassroots Republicans will chose delegates at county caucuses that will either select the same old party candidates or new citizen volunteers. These citizens have made the effort to run for office to restore our precious, God-given “unalienable” rights, to roll back government regulation, reduce spending, cut taxes and generally return to a smaller, more responsible government.

Up to now, typically, the people who have attended this most important grassroots activity have been those with a vested interest in larger, more expansive government —government employees, lobbyists and special interests, and attorneys who benefit from the mountain of laws and bureaucracy that are a part of big government.

We are so lucky to be able to choose “smaller government” candidates. Those candidates are: Dan Maes for governor, Cleve Tidwell for U.S. senator, Bob McConnell for congressman and Bob Rankin for state Senate District 5.

If we don’t select these candidates, it will be business as usual. It will be big-government, special-interest candidates who believe in government solutions and control of our lives and who will continue to savage our “unalienable rights” as they did during the Bush years.

If you are happy with the candidates chosen for you by those vested interests, then just stay home and that is what you will get.

The caucuses last only about two hours. Don’t let up now, please take the time to attend.

Mike Mason


Why the demand for nonprofit pot shops?

Regarding the March 8 editorial, “Dispense with the nonsense on medical pot dispensaries:”

It is hard to understand why people supplying medical marijuana should have a non-profit condition for a license. When I get my medicines from Walgreens or Longs or Safeway, there is no nonsense about being non-profit operations. There are no discounts for a socialist agenda. Every pill is sold at free-market prices.

Perhaps I missed something in my civics classes, but I seem to recall a good deal of effort being expended to convince students that the capitalist, for-profit system was the best in the world. Communism and socialism were denounced constantly.

So what gives with notions of a communistic-socialistic medical-marijuana arrangement.  Did I miss the revolution?

Ralph Givens

Daly City, Calif.

Start deer season sooner to prevent herd damage

Colorado’s 2010 deer seasons on average are 20 percent longer and extend seven days deeper into the rutting cycle than in 2009. The change was made because many Coloradoans cannot get time off during the week, and therefore will have a second weekend to hunt.

That explains the increase in length. But why not open the seasons a weekend earlier instead of a weekend later than in ‘09? If that were done, the first season would close one day earlier and the second and third two days later than they did. Herd sires will not be more vulnerable. There will be fewer chances in any one ecosystem for excessive harvests of them. More does will get bred during their first estrus cycles, and more fawns will survive.

Furthermore, according to Jack O’Connor, Ted Trueblood, and Earnest Thompson Seaton, less meat will be wasted as its palatability will be greater.

T.J. Elsbury

Grand Junction

Local Veterans hospital should be national model

I am a veteran of that Asian “police action” in the late 1960s. Since coming back home in 1970, I have had the opportunity to visit a number of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country, as well regular medical facilities when I was fortunate enough to have insurance. I have been in Grand Junction since 1994 and have made use of the VA Hospital here over these past 15 years.

I am moving out of state and wanted to take this opportunity to thank this VA center and let those who may not know what a fine facility it is. In 15 years I have never been treated with anything less than the best of care and respect. Attitude and care of the staff has been consistently positive, professional and kind. How this facility came to have such a high degree of care and professionalism is beyond me. But please believe that, at the age of 60, I have never had better care.

Perhaps there are some VA facilities that do not measure up. Maybe our medical care needs an overhaul. If I had a magic wand and the throne of power, I would make the Grand Junction VA Medical Center the model for all that is right with caring for people in need. There is a feel of family there and I will miss them.

Robert Sipes

Grand Junction

Writer shows attitude that provokes religious wars

Andrew Linder’s letter deploring diversity of thought in religion demonstrates why so many millions of people have died in religious wars over the millennia, why we were attacked on 9/11 and why radical Muslims continue to be a threat to our way of life:

The devout hold their beliefs so deeply that they may kill others who hold differing beliefs.

The underlying problem is that no one can prove that their beliefs are the only “true” beliefs. They can’t do an experiment that proves their position. Nor can they make an observation that supports their beliefs. They may cite the Christian Bible, as Mr. Linder does, but others may site the Koran or Talmud as irrefutable evidence that the writings they follow must be the right ones.

Each individual accepts his source as the only correct one, even though he has no evidence beyond the fact that at some point in him life, someone convinced him it was so

Mr. Linder’s “my way or the highway” attitude is an example of what causes religious strife.

Irish Catholics could not prove that the pope is the Holy Father any more than Protestant Irish could prove that he is not. So for years they went about murdering each other. Israelis are confident that their Bible gives them the right to confiscate the property of inferior Palestinians, even though it triggers violence in the Middle East. The Sunnis

and Shiites are both Muslim, but they don’t hesitate to kill each other over differences that we non-Muslims consider completely trivial

No one has the right to impose their beliefs on others. Everyone has the right to believe as they wish, but no one has the right to hold beliefs that result in the slightest harm to others just because they think differently.

Jack Kingsley

Grand Junction

John Salazar follows

Democratic Party line

We are running a national debt of $12.5 trillion dollars. Both the Congressional Budget Office and the Obama administration predict that our debt will nearly double this fiscal year to over $20 trillion dollars. Our country is in a financial crisis.

The two government-run mortgage giants, Freddie MAC and Fannie MAE, almost went belly up in 2008, costing US taxpayers billions of dollars. The Post Office is also losing billions each year. AMTRAK is broke. Medicare and Medicaid are going broke. They survive each year on congressional smoke and mirrors. Social Security is an approaching financial disaster of biblical proportions.

Now the Obama Administration and our representative, John Salazar, want to transfer one sixth of the U.S. economy — our health care system — to government control. What must these people be thinking and why do they want to destroy our country?

John Salazar says he is a moderate Democrat. He’s not. On important votes like health hare, Salazar follows Nancy Pelosi and the liberal Democratic Party line. He votes with the Democrat Party 97 percent of the time.

Why? Follow the money. The two groups that will benefit most from health care reform are lawyers and government employee unions. Not surprisingly, among John Salazar’s largest campaign contributors are lawyers and the unions.

Bill Weidner

Grand Junction


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