Occupy group fills Tipton office

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Penni Palthe of Occupy Grand Junction reads a letter of concerns Tuesday to Richard Schoenradt, a staff member in the Grand Junction office of U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.  About 20 protesters went to the office to deliver the letter and discuss political issues with Tipton’s staff.

About 20 people generally under the Occupy Grand Junction banner cheered as one of them, a woman who lives in a home that was foreclosed, scolded U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., on Tuesday.

Penni Palthe, an unemployed sculptor and artist, delivered a two-page, single-spaced letter to Tipton’s Grand Junction office, 225 N. Fifth St., in the Alpine Bank building.

“Shame on you and shame on every other politician who has not pressed criminal charges on these corporations for destroying the lives of millions of Americans, who have stood by and benefited from the suffering and degradation of the people you swore to serve,” Palthe said, reading a passage in all-capital letters.

In addition to criticizing Tipton for “your interests in big oil and gas,” Palthe heaped scorn on House Resolution 3235, a measure sponsored by Tipton which would amend the Mineral Leasing Act to require that a portion of revenue from sales, bonuses, royalties and rentals from new mineral and geothermal leases go to states for use in public schools and colleges and universities instead of the federal treasury.

The bill amounted to “coercive tactics” forcing people to trade off their children’s health for education, Palthe said.

The Education and Energy Act, as Tipton dubbed it, is a good piece of legislation, according to his Washington, D.C., spokesman Josh Green.

The bill garnered two Republicans and a Democrat as cosponsors and meets three goals of increased education funding, creating new jobs and producing secure, reliable American energy, Green said, “kind of a win-win-win situation.”

Palthe, a Grand Junction resident since 2001, said she wasn’t politically active until recently, when she joined the occupy movement after losing her job and finding out that her mortgage was being foreclosed because she was no longer able to make payments.

Palthe said she remains in the house, though, and she continues to seek work while learning whether she has any options for dealing with her mortgage.

Before heading to Tipton’s office, members of the occupy movement gathered outside the Alpine Bank building, where two Tea Party activists watched but turned down the offer to join the Occupy group in visiting the congressman’s office.


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Right on, Occupy Grand Junction! The important thing now is to send Rep. Tipton packing from congress.

Gary Harmon must be using the new math, as I did not see 20 people in any video or picture. Once again, the media bias is on display for the Daily Sentinel. 10 Occupy Protestors is news, but 120 Conservatives meetings does not get any coverage.

And what did this woman expect, the bank to say, ok you lost your job so you do not have to pay your bills, all is forgiven?

I fail to understand how it is Scott Tipton’s fault that Penni lost her home, but is still living in. How irresponsible of Penni to think that by not paying your mortgage you can still live in the house. Get a real job Penni.

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