Printed Letters: June 20, 2014

Governor’s admission is election-year pandering
I appreciate the governor’s honesty in admitting that he made a mistake making the magazine ban the law of the land in Colorado.

However, I question how seriously the governor took this issue and the Constitution’s Second Amendment in a time of political posturing in Colorado and with pressure from outside sources like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vice President Joe Biden.

To say that the governor did not have all the information he needed in order to make a good decision on the issue only raises the question of whether he did any meaningful due diligence, listened to citizen input or took the issue as seriously as it is. Or did he turn to the New York mayor and vice president to make the call?

Leadership involves making a mistake, admitting the mistake and then correcting the mistake — anything less than that is just election-year Second Amendment smoke-and-mirrors pandering. There was legislation in the 2014 session that dealt with the Democrats and governor’s “mistake.”  Rather than solve the problem, the governor and the Democrat majority sent the legislation to a “kill committee,” and it was dispatched with no fuss or muss. 

Sadly, the governor’s statements on this issue that he did not have enough information appear to be an attempt to deflect criticism in an election year. At least, I hope that he does not take his position and our rights that lightly. Colorado sheriffs and voters should not be buying what the governor is selling. 

Colorado State Senate District 7
Grand Junction

Pennington’s qualifications not enough to receive vote
I read two letters on June 11 highly recommending John Pennington for Mesa County sheriff. Since I am not sure just what entails a “constitutional sheriff,” I thought I had better look up his qualifications.

Pennington’s background and qualifications include “nearly five years” as a Marine, editor for a college newspaper, a bachelor’s degree in social work, a number of years as a social worker, various work in home health care agencies and some work in the energy industry. “Nearly five years” is not an exact amount of time, but this has not been clarified.

I appreciate his military service, but I just voted for Steve King.

Grand Junction

King’s record indicates he is not best candidate for sheriff
Steve King must not ever become sheriff. His tax and spend policies are more of the progressive kind that we don’t want or need. He co-sponsored SB14-077, which cuddled up to the federal government on access to public land. It was defeated, no thanks to King.

We will be paying for his firefighting fleet forever with a new government “department” for our “safety.”

King is a tax and spend progressive who has no solutions for the sheriff position of Mesa County. His record shows a complete picture of King.

Grand Junction

Local Republicans left little room for sheriff candidates
I am the former second vice chairman of the Mesa County Republican Party. About two years ago, after we had finished a board meeting, a couple of us, Ruth Ehlers included, had a discussion about not the upcoming 2012 elections, but what we could expect in 2014.

At that time I was told that Steve King would be the sheriff and that Laura Bradford would be the senator to replace him. I inquired at the time what would happen if the people wanted something different, and was told, “That’s the way it is going to be!”

This is the open and fair election process you have in Mesa County.

Reading the paper recently, with letters from Ehlers, among others, demanding the coronation of their hand-chosen candidate for sheriff, I was struck by the fear tactics these “honorable people” have sunk to. It seems the background of John Pennington, which has been the topic of discussion this campaign, is fair game, but the background of King is off-limits.

Ignore King’s ethics violation for misspending campaign finances. Ignore the fact that he has absolutely no hands-on management experience in handling large employee groups. Forget the fact that he does not remember what he has written in his bills, giving federal officers the right to arrest on any nonfederal felony or misdemeanor — the first paragraph of SB13-013 sponsored by King. Ignore the potential circus divorce trial we might have with King as sheriff in the spotlight. Ignore the outright intimidation of potential opponents, discouraging people to run — an apparent formal policy of this Mesa County Republican executive board.

Why even hold this election? This has all been decided years ago. That’s the way it is going to be.


Outsiders shouldn’t have say in monument redesignation
The June 11 front page of The Daily Sentinel featured a man named Ken Burns, who lives in New Hampshire. Burns said that if he were to live in Colorado, he would live in Telluride. He also thinks the monument should be called a national park. I ask: Since Burns does not live in Grand Junction and doesn’t intend to, who thinks we should listen to him?

I also wonder who is in charge of changing names in the valley. The names of the college, the airport and the hospice have all been changed, and now some want to change the name of the monument. Do these people not have enough to do?



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