Printed letters, April 5, 2013

Again, The Daily Sentinel has printed an article from the Associated Press (see page 9A Monday) that makes the AP (and maybe the Sentinel) appear pro-abortion. This is the fourth or fifth time recently an article has declared with certainty that abortion is legal only up to about 22-24 weeks.

Have you forgotten about late-term abortions? That is what has pro-lifers so up in arms. Supreme Court decision have cleared the way for legal abortionsl to the day of birth, if states choose to allow it.

Any abortion is a blow to all involved, scarring them for life. I know. I helped on one in surgery a long time ago, and I can tell you it was not membranes and tissue. It was a baby. I wonder what happened to the “mother” involved.

May God forgive us. We’ve lost a whole generation and it goes on, almost 3,000 a day. That’s why we fight.

MARY KRONVALL

Grand Junction

Acknowledge good attributes
of Kent Calhoun, also

I write in regard to the article on Kent Calhoun. While I understand that it is a reporter’s job to write about the news, I feel that your article brought up a lot of things about Calhoun that were not necessary to say.

Just report the story and leave it at that. Don’t kick a guy when he is down.

Your paper did a darn fine job of trying to make Calhoun seem like a bad person by bringing up every possible negative thing you could find on his past. It is not fair to him or his family that so many who read the story in the paper will judge him just based on what the reporter said about him. Even the best of people make bad decisions sometimes.

It is definitely a tragedy that a deputy got shot, and thank goodness he is going to recover, but it is also a tragedy that so many people lost someone who was such an amazing man.

Calhoun was a truly kind man who had a huge heart. He was never quick to pass judgment and would have done anything for just about anybody. He was a great dad and grandpa who loved his kids and grandkids unconditionally.

We, the Carson family, will forever miss him and never forget all of the great times we had with him and his family. He will always hold a very special place in the heart of our family, and we are truly blessed to have been able to have him be a part of our lives and call him our friend.

DANI CARSON

Delta

 

Governor’s gun policies harm
law-abiding citizens, economy

Shame on Gov. Hickenlooper for depriving law-abiding citizens of their freedoms instead of fixing broken mental health and penal systems. A clerical error releases a violent offender?  He apparently kills Hickenlooper’s top penal guy. Should not have happened.

Shame on him for ignoring the honest evaluations of the new gun laws by the law-abiding, especially the 62 sheriffs of Colorado. We now have a collapse of the economic benefits of national matches, TV shows and the gun accessory industry, as well as cancellations by sportspeople who hunt and fish in Colorado. Wildlife management will suffer, and people who depend on the above activities for their livelihood will suffer.

Shame on him for following the policies of big-city politicians whose aim seems to oppress law-abiding citizens while depriving them of the means to defend themselves adequately from the criminal element.

His policies will fail, and there will be attempts to enact more of the same. This must stop.

Where do I sign the recall petition?

DALE SOUCEK

Paonia

Trickle of bankrupt cities
may soon turn into flood

In the headlines this week is news that a federal judge has indicated that the bankrupt city of Stockton, Calif., might have to cut payments to its pension fund.

Government benefits in some cities and states, primarily “blue states,” are seriously underfunded. Stockton is a harbinger of what is to come.

In 1974, Congress passed legislation, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, that regulated pensions in the private sector but exempted government pensions.

The result was many corporations did away with their generous pension plans in favor of 401(k)s that employees needed to fund, at least in part, for themselves.

In the government sector, politicians were able to grant much more generous benefits. Politicians didn’t care if they were affordable. They knew they wouldn’t be around when the bills came due.

Today, many government employees have much better retirement benefits than most retirees in the private sector.

I don’t care what excesses cities in places such as California, Illinois and other “blue” states vote for themselves, as long as they don’t expect the rest of us to bail them out. When the trickle of bankruptcies turns into a flood, the cry will be “bail us out like you did the banks.”

The fact is the banks that were helped have paid back the money they borrowed. These cities, like Detroit, will never be able to pay back what they owe. Crazy spending will choke you. The warning sign is that you turn blue.

DAVE KEARSLEY

Mesa



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Though I do appreciate you publishing my letter pretty much as I wrote it, & in a timely fashion, did I really say that about states limiting abortions? Please let me know, because it changes the whole point of my letter. That just isn’t the way it is. The states have tried to limit abortions, but as you have to know from late term abortions being legal, there is no limit on when they can be performed, up to the DAY OF BIRTH! Thank you for facing the truth, it’s hard, I know. Mary Kronvall
PS now you know why I don’t write letters to the Editor, they seem to get changed and change my whole point in writing.

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