Printed letters, Jan. 22, 2010

Don’t fall for blackmail on ballot measures

Why is it that whenever there is something on the ballot that cuts out a small portion of the numerous taxes we pay, our local governments always threaten they will have to cut street maintenance and public safety to accommodate it? How come we never hear them say, “If we don’t get this money, we are going to have to cut funding to the golf course or the stadium or the art projects”?

The services we really do need and want are used as blackmail against us, in order to keep funding the things we don’t want or need, or can’t afford, but that our elected officials find to be more important than what they were actually elected to do.

Extraneous things have taken precedence over basic services.

Amendments 60 and 61, and proposition 101 will strengthen the economy of the people, rather than the spending power of the government. Don’t fall for the blackmail.


Haitian earthquake shows that sin has consequences

I love The Daily Sentinel, but I was quite disappointed to read the editorial regarding Pat Robertson’s comments on the tragedy in Haiti.

The “legend” is not a fabrication. It is a known, historical fact.

Also, may I respectfully challenge the Sentinel’s theology? Sin has consequences — far-ranging, tragic consequences — on the innocent. This is just one reason our righteous, not vengeful, God hates sin.

The real issue is that in this age of tolerance and political correctness, a real, live, holy, righteous God who dares to judge mankind is a very uncomfortable and unpopular idea. Well, tough. Amos 3:16 says, “When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it?” God is who he is, not who we suppose or imagine him to be.

A careful reading of the Bible would rather raise the question, “Who suffers most in such a disaster?” Could it be the one who loves most, God himself, the one who gave the most to free us from sin, the one who longs to be able to bless and not judge? But, with a breaking heart, he will and does judge. Get used to it, because we seem determined not to believe truth.



Brown’s deserves thanks for sending shoes to Haiti

Like countless others in our community, my wife and I made our way to Brown’s Shoe Fit on Main Street to drop off shoes that we can live without. City Councilman and former Mayor Gregg Palmer, and his wonderful staff, set out to gather footwear that will be sent to those in Haiti who now have nothing and are desperate for anything to wear on their feet.

Each contributor was generously given a “thank you” discount on a future purchase at the store.

Literally thousands of pairs of sandals and sneakers have been collected. Mr. Palmer and his staff are also boxing and shipping these items at their expense.

Brown’s Shoe Fit is to be applauded for creating and providing the opportunity for each of us to do our own “little act of kindness.” Doing good things for those in need is a defining aspect of the many businesses and citizens in our Grand Valley — but this undertaking was particularly unique, timely and generous. A huge “thank you” to all at Brown’s Shoe Fit.



Democrats need to suck it up after loss

To the Democrats of Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., I say: “Suck it up. You lost, so now you need to dance to the tune being played by the will of the people.”

The last poll I saw showed 46 percent of people nationwide disagree with what’s happening in Washington.

You are not going to get any cheese with your whine.



Headline propagates Senate-seat gaffe

In reference to The Daily Sentinel’s Jan. 20 front-page headline, “GOP wins Kennedy’s Senate seat:” Am I to commend your sense of humor or admonish your naivety?

Practically all the world knows that the now-famous, foot-in-mouth news commentator, editor, teacher and advisor to presidents, David Gergen, made the mistake of referring to “the Kennedys’ seat” when questioning Scott Brown in one of the senatorial debates with Martha Coakley.

In the words of the now-famous Senator-elect Brown, “Well, with all due respect, it’s not the Kennedys’ seat, and it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat.”

Thank you, Daily Sentinel, for keeping the Gergen gaffe alive in your now-famous headline.



Populace is tired of liberal socialists

All the letters, phone calls, e-mails, Tea Party and Town Hall messages that we, the people of Colorado, sent to Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet fell on deaf ears.

We gave them ample warning that their continued support of President Obama’s liberal socialist agenda would imperil their careers in the U.S. Senate. They didn’t listen. They voted for Obamacare.

The recent special senatorial election in Massachusetts shows that the predominantly conservative electorate is fed up with politicians like our two senators here in Colorado.

I wonder if they both now realize that they are lame ducks and it is time for them to look for new careers?



Thanks to all who helped send off troops

I would like to express my humble gratitude to our 21 Team for their weeks of planning for sending our troops from Grand Junction with a bang.

I want to say thank you to all the law enforcement personnel — from the Colorado State Patrol, Grand Junction Police, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, Palisade Police Department — as well as members of the National Guard, the Patriot Guard Riders and all the other motorcycle riders, who braved the 12-degree temperature to show respect for our 21 members leaving to continue to keep the peace and freedom for this nation and others.

To all the citizens who braved the cold weather, to all the students who lined the route to cheer for our troops, we thank each of you.

You will never know how much this meant, not only to them, but to those of us escorting them. Being a veteran or not, it brought a tear or two.

With our greatest respect to all: Thank you.



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