Printed Letters: April 7, 2017

Caring for planet is our moral imperative

If you are a rancher, Rep. Scott Tipton is your prairie fire. If you are a provider for your family, he is your next vector born disease. If you are a farmer or depend on food to eat, he is your drought. If you are a parent he is your President Assad.

We cannot look at children in a far-off region of the world struggling to breathe and being poisoned by their leaders, without being reminded that our addiction to fossil fuels is depriving the most vulnerable of food, water and shelter right now.

Climate change violence has doubled billion-dollar damage events already. Look to the root cause; profit over people. You only need to look at the voting records of climate deniers to prove my point. While we are working, they are inventing fake science, undermining the integrity of the EPA, assaulting any environmental standard that gets in the way of polluting industries profits, rolling back wildlife protections and blocking local input on public lands. They are shifting our tax money from clean energy, education and infrastructure to incentives for the richest members of our country to get even richer.

So, let’s remind ourselves about the moral imperative we are given to care for others, our planet and our regeneration responsibilities. Before we cast judgment on a far-off cruel dictator, let’s remove the log jammed in our own eyes. We have to put public service back into government and cast out the profiteers, and we have to take personal responsibility to reduce our own carbon footprint.

TANYA TRAVIS
Grand Junction

Faculty Senate welcomes all members of CMU community

In August 2012, Colorado Mesa University passed a resolution embracing “its role as the cultural hub of western Colorado” and striving “to nurture a respectful, inclusive, physically and emotionally safe campus culture free of violence, physical or verbal abuse, intimidation or discrimination.”

As faculty, we are concerned about the evolving changes to immigration laws, policies, and practices that may affect the status and safety of CMU students, staff, and faculty, and their families. We the faculty believe we must state clearly that we intend to continue “to nurture a respectful… [and] inclusive … safe campus culture.” We believe students, staff, and faculty from other countries, documented or undocumented, are invaluable members of our community.

To this end, we resolve to welcome all of the members of the CMU community, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, or status. We will work to protect and support students, staff, and faculty to the full extent of our abilities and the law.

DR. JOHNNY SNYDER
Faculty Senate President,
CMU Faculty Senate, 2016-2017
Grand Junction

Trump’s agenda railroaded by entrenched Republicans

When I voted for Trumpy, I was pleased to find that so many other good American people had read between the lines of socialistic brainwashing to elect a president who cared for our American ideals.

What I hadn’t accounted for is the entrenched “stuck in the mud” Republican faction of leaders who have had far too many years of feeding at the free congressional lunch buffet.  These deep-rooted officials hate Trump because he forces them to do a thing that they loathe — their jobs!

Too much important work on their slates has given them all indigestion and makes them yearn for the old days of simply thumbing their noses at Democrats and acting like large children in real life.

Without support of these “I’ve got mine, so who cares” Republicans, Trump will fail, and victory will be claimed by all the scared, whining, globalist hordes. Unless, of course, we as Americans get more involved in decision-making.

TIM MENGER
Whitewater

Recent column in Sentinel was bitter, mean, and childish

The Daily Sentinel constantly amazes me with the drivel that is printed on the editorial page, but the recent column written by Kathleen Parker, “Rapunzel, let down your hair,” really takes the cake. How bitter, how mean, how childish! The media in all forms just cannot accept that Trump won the election fair and square. To write the drivel Parker wrote, especially about the first lady, is just beyond civility. How sad to be so nasty! And, how very, very questionable is the integrity of The Sentinel to print it.

JANET BLACKMAN
Grand Junction

Sentinel should focus on 
reporting real, current news

Your front page on April 3 sunk to a new low for me. You had reporters, apparently, working on crime stories that were old news, not new news. The article was on the problems of teens being tried as adults. Your second front-page article was on a trailer park shooting. This is not news to me.

I would really appreciate if you would concentrate on real and current news. Not the horrific news that goes from coast to coast but real news. I love my morning paper; I drink coffee and read it. But I would like news, not horror.

GEORGANN SMITH
Clifton


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