Printed letters, April 17, 2013

It seems to me that in the case of Rick Brainard, many of us have forgotten some of the basic tenets of our republic. The first and foremost of those is that one is innocent until proven guilty of an offense. The second is that we are each granted due process in legal cases.

I don’t know what occurred with Brainard, but it is apparent that the editorial staff at the Sentinel has forgotten about these two tenets as have many others, including at least two members of the current city council.

The report I read was that the girlfriend had been yelling at him. Had the tables been reversed, and he was the one yelling at her and she struck him, my guess is that he would have been accused of verbal abuse in a domestic violence case against him. He couldn’t win, it appears to me.

Why was she not arrested for initiating the altercation through her verbal abuse?

None of us know what occurred, but I would suggest that instead of trying and convicting him before he even gets his day in court, that we allow the process to work and see what comes of it.  He may just be innocent.

DON PETTYGROVE

Grand Junction

Brainard brouhaha exposes
valley’s political machinery

I sure hope the civics teachers in the Grand Valley are capitalizing on this outstanding example of political machinery we are seeing right before our eyes in the form of the 2013 Grand Junction City Council race.

As philosophers have said, “Democracy only works as long as the people focus on the greater good rather than their selfish desires.”

First, we had members of the Chamber of Commerce openly discuss their plan to get their hand-picked candidates on the ballot.

They succeeded in three seats, being unable to beat Harry Butler, a man of integrity who has served on the school board and in many other areas in our community. Sam Susuras is already “on board” as part of the in-crowd.

We’re all set for consensus on most issues (also known in the management world as “group think” and little discussion of alternative views or opportunity for creative problem solving or community input).

Now, one of their “stars” is charged with poor anger management skills. This could make for more colorful news in the future; however, if the machine stays true to form, Brainard will respectfully resign within six months in order to be replaced by another person hand-picked by the Chamber of Commerce and voted in by the council who will agree with its choices.

If Brainard resigned now, the current council would pick the replacement, thus allowing for more diversity of thought in council decision-making. This is the political science lesson to watch and one rarely viewed in such a blatant manner.

Enjoy the circus!

CHERLYN CRAWFORD

Grand Junction

Catholic Outreach requests
fresh produce for guests

  First, I need to thank my fellow citizens of Grand Junction for your continuing support of Catholic Outreach and the soup kitchen. It takes the entire valley to maintain all the services.

  May I please bring to your attention to the current need at the soup kitchen for fresh produce of all kinds, as we serve hot and nourishing meals six days a week to our guests.

Our guests are a variety of ages, sexes and cultures, and they have few resources — resources and support systems that we take for granted.

We wish to offer green and fruit salads for lunch, but we can only serve what is donated by your kind generosity.

The cooler has been void of fresh produce for a month now. Please help.

ANN FEDLER

Grand Junction

Conservatives must speak up
to counter liberal agenda

If a law is passed that liberals don’t agree with (pick one — the list is long), they have a lawsuit prepared and file it the day after the law is signed, holding up implementation until the court decides.

Of course, if the court doesn’t agree with them, they immediately file an appeal and recall action is initiated.

I have heard nothing of any legal action being taken against the idiotic, “feel good” gun laws our illustrious leaders in the state Capitol recently passed. Where is the anti-ACLU?

It seems that conservative and passive are becoming more synonymous. If we don’t soon start playing by their rules, we might as well replace our stars and stripes with a flag featuring the round, blue, wavy thing Obama uses.

GLENN MENARD

Grand Junction

Brainard’s actions don’t
bode well for public office

Rick Brainard has admitted pushing and slapping his girlfriend for remarks so awful he is unable to remember them.

What other wrong, offensive, questionable decisions and actions will Brainard make on behalf of the city of Grand Junction?

Resign!

MARTHA BARRETT SCOTT

Grand Junction



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Why was she not arrested, Mr. Pettygrove?  It seems she was the one with the black eye.

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