E-mail letters, March 15, 2010

Foster could be model for other public officials

Bravo Tim Foster, a breath of fresh air in an era of tone-deaf public officials.

Although Tim and I have had public policy disagreements during his legislative career, I always admired his work and, in particular, his outstanding performance at Mesa State.

Now I salute Tim for the courage to admit to the mistake with the “body farm” and to chart a new course. He has listened and we should hold him up as an example to public officials throughout the USA.

If only those in Denver and Washington would follow Foster’s lead, I think the course of this state and the nation would be greatly served.


Tom Huerkamp

Orchard Mesa

Staff for coroner, sheriff deserve praise for actions

My wife and I had a rough February — not as rough as our neighbor, though. She

lost her husband and while she was dealing with her loss, my wife and I, along with our neighbors, tried to help.

In our relations with the Mesa County Coroner and the Mesa County Sheriff ‘s officers, we were fortunate to deal with some very professional and kind people. The officers who were on site were very patient and diligent in their duties, and Mr. Stogsdill was compassionate

and caring. They all dealt with a tough situation with smiles and genuine concern.

Their praise in a terrible time should be sung. We hear all the negative and seldom hear the positive.

Please, if you would, let the good people of this valley know that we have some invaluable representatives in our law enforcement and coroner’s office.

Thank you again gentlemen.

Mike Parker

Grand Junction

Health reform must address effects on the entire body

We all know that when one part of the body or mind is ill, the whole body suffers. Yet not being addressed by so-called health care reform is total body and mind health.

When it comes to jaw-joint (the temporomandibular joint) health, for example, Medicare and Medicaid services inaccurately regard illness, shy of a malignancy, as dental in nature, rather than medical.

As such, thousands are not receiving the medical care they need while enduring dysfunction from chronic pain that is largely preventable and treatable.

I have begun an online petition targeted at Medicare and Medicaid services addressing this issue, and I invite all to read, sign and share the petition. No one should have to endure severe pain for illness that is avoidable.

We don’t let our pets suffer needlessly, and our lawmakers need stop forcing humans do so. The petition can be viewed at the following web link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/medicare.

Jill Johnson


Tea Party participants must remain united

It’s been almost a year since our Tea Party held at Lincoln Park that was attended by conservatives, Democrats, independents, Libertarians and, yes, Republicans.

We were all upset about the same things — spending money we don’t have, a health care bill with national implications, and cap and trade. Shoulder to shoulder, we met each challenge as it came along. Protesting ABC for being the All Barack Channel for their health care infomercial. Demonstrating against cap and trade and Obamacare.

We attended health care rallies with many people in the community. We were all brand new at this and raring to go and do anything we could to help take our country back.

As the representatives in Washington ignored us, our signs and calls got more innovative. I made many new friends. I don’t know about you, but I’m proud of myself and the others who have participated in this truly grassroots movement

Caucus time is now upon us and, by golly, we have more people running for office than ever before. This has been a period of time to listen to everyone who is running and evaluate their ideas, regardless of ideology or party. This is not a time to only listen to one side of the story.

We have choices and we should take it upon ourselves to make decisions about candidates by listening carefully to them and evaluating their solutions.

It has become apparent that we are not as united in this endeavor as we once were. We need to keep in mind that the large goal is to replace candidates nationally with people who will stand up to the establishment and at the same time be able to work with others in Congress or the Senate. We must be determined to unite at the end of this grueling process, pick up the pieces and work to elect those who are left standing. If we do not, then we will lose. If we lose, we may also lose our country.

Linda Gregory

Grand Junction

Hislop was well-respected Secret Service agent

My name is Bill Matens and I served in the FBI from 1969-1997. Recently, I learned that Bob Hislop is a Republican candidate for the Colorado House of Representatives, District 54. I would like to offer my support.

I first met Bob in 1982 when he came to the Denver FBI office to introduce himself to our staff. I was in charge of the activities of the Denver Joint Terrorist Task Force. Bob was the U. S. Secret Service’s liaison to the task force.

He was always available to provide assistance and was one of the hardest working and most reliable members of this multi-agency task force. Some of the finest local, state and federal agents were on the task force.  We became friends and I was instrumental in his retirement roast. It was one of the largest gatherings for a retiring agent that I had ever attended.

Bob was honored by the Denver Police Department with the highest honor ever bestowed on an agent when they awarded him the position of honorary captain. Denver had honored several others with honorary lieutenant’s appointments, but never before had they presented the honorary Captain to a retiring federal agent.  This action speaks volumes about how Bob was perceived by the law enforcement community.

In my opinion, Bob has served his country exceptionally well and will serve the state of Colorado similarly. He is of the highest character, reputation and integrity.

Bill Matens

Lake Charles, Ill.

State lawmakers, governor must oppose federal tyranny

According to Article I, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, “there shall be an enumeration of the population for the purpose of apportionment of Representatives and direct Taxes.” Nothing more than a head count is authorized by this contract, nor is any use authorized other than the apportionment of Representation and of direct taxes

The 2010 census asks for much more than the number of people living in a residence, and as advertised, promises to use all information collected for purposes far beyond what is authorized.

But, when the general government violates the agreement among the states which formed it and oppresses their citizens, what can those citizens do but comply and hope not to fall under the condemnation of the bureaucrats of the general government?

We, as individuals, are powerless to resist the general government and we must by rights, look to our duly elected state Legislature and governor, who are responsible to protect us from such tyranny by the general government and to stand as defender of the natural and constitutional rights of our citizens.

We, the citizens of Colorado, expect no less and demand that our state officials provide such protection or relinquish their positions and make way for those who will do their duty and stand in opposition to an abusive and tyrannical general government.

Dennis Petticrew

Collbran, CO

Logic and morality stem from God’s law

In his March 14 letter to the editor arguing for religious tolerance, Jack Kingley also makes the case that beliefs cannot be proven. If he were consistent with his belief, we would not be hearing from him. He also holds a belief that cannot be proved and spends a great deal of time expressing intolerance for others.

Although he probably will not resort to violence, he tries to convince us his is the “only way.” Remember that it was those acting consistently with atheistic philosophy that resulted in the deaths of some 100 million people in the 20th century. Did Kingsley forget this theological perspective?

If the statement by Kingsley were true that no one “can make observations that support their belief,” it would be so for him also. However he proves that it is not true.

In order to make his moral argument (moral law), he must use the laws of logic and think rationally. Morality and logic are primary suppositions of the Biblical worldview. We use these laws to make sense of the world at every turn, and arguing against them ultimately proves them. Kingsley must borrow from a worldview that he condemns to make his arguments.

Yes, one can be moral and logical without a belief in God, but there would be no reference

point for either. Logic and morals don’t arise by themselves, but must be given by a higher mind than man’s.

Jean Bridgman

Grand Junction

Innovative proposal will protect Dominguez waters

Regarding the March 11 editorial by The Daily Sentinel, “Future may be clear for Dominguez waters:” Trout Unlimited applauds the Sentinel for supporting a balanced, innovative plan to meet the water needs of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and Dominguez Canyons Wilderness Area.

Healthy wilderness rivers and streams require more than minimal flows. They also require larger “flushing” flows in the spring to ensure that natural stream processes and hydrology are maintained. In last year’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison settlement, for instance, all parties agreed on the need for flushing flows to mimic the flow variability that occurs under natural conditions

In the Dominguez case, the BLM plan is innovative in calling for the state to claim water rights to meet the flow needs of the federal wilderness area.  This arrangement allows Colorado to maintain control over the water resource while satisfying the purposes of the federal wilderness designation which, as the Sentinel points out, resulted from a constructive, cooperative effort

The Colorado Water Conservation Board should approve this plan to keep the Big and Little Dominguez creeks running wild

Drew Peternell, Director

Colorado Water Project

Trout Unlimited


Ritter should stand up to latest EPA regulations

While governors from 18 U.S. states spent last Wednesday urging Congress to nix the EPA’s “harmful” regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Bill Ritter chose to stand idly by.

The EPA’s plan will directly impact five western counties: Mesa, Rio Blanco, Gunnison, La Plata and Montezuma, yet Gov. Ritter has thus far refused to stand up for our Western counties.

The EPA is attempting to change the ozone standard from .075 parts per million to somewhere between 60 and 70 ppm

Fifteen Colorado counties will not meet the standard if it’s changed. And with this

comes the potential loss in federal highway dollars, compliance costs and job loss.

The industry that will get hit the hardest if the standard changes?  Oil and gas. If the rule is passed, our oil and gas operators will be hit with more federal regulations and, of course, more fees

La Plata and Montezuma counties in the San Juan Basin had 340 active drilling permits issued last year, and Gunnison, Mesa and Rio Blanco counties in the Piceance basin held nearly 800 permits in 2009. These five counties produced more than 852 million cubic feet of natural gas last year and four million barrels of oil.

This proposed rule doesn’t have definitive science to back it up. If you read the Federal Register on the proposed rule, you’ll see the EPA states its decision is based on “inconclusive scientific and technical information” and that the risk of harm isn’t even “precisely identified.”

I don’t want a rule that isn’t based on science and will harm an industry that is the backbone of the Western Slope. Come on Ritter, it’s time to stand up for what is right. It’s time to tell the EPA we aren’t putting up with this political move.

Sam Susuras

Grand Junction

Truly free market will

restore economic prosperity

“Let my people go!” was the cry to the tyrant. Today this needs to ring again throughout our economy

Some say that the free market was to blame for our current economic malaise. But I say that our commerce system is so entangled with regulation that George Orwell, a one-time socialist, would be decrying it. Business is far from free and every layer of bureaucratic entanglement that is added cannibalizes productivity.

One mantra sung these days is that all are entitled to a “living wage,” but isn’t the employer also entitled to a “profitable payroll”?

Entitlements are guaranteed benefits granted by privilege. Truly “free people” would never grant titles of nobility or tender entitlements if we believe that all men are created equal and therefore are equal under the law.

What about the small-business owners trying to get started? Oft times they make a lot less than the so-called “living wage.” They slave away, taking on all the risk of failure. They optimize all their resources, carefully striving to succeed. There is no advocate for their guaranteed success, for their “living wage.”

I will keep it simple: The only cure to our current economic disaster is to get all governing authorities out of the way and to stop micromanaging the economy. The imposed discipline of free markets will facilitate economic prosperity through the exercise of choice.

Economies that prosper leave the decisions to the lowest unit of governing authority. Without overhead, without the micromanagement of resources by the state, the people will determine the market by allocating their resources according to their desires.

Let our people decide for themselves!

Robert Hemmerich



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