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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Mr. Menger, prior to reading “between the lines”, should have first “read the lines” spoken by “Trumpy, and only then attempted to read between those “lines” he refers to.  However, as he apparently did neither, it is obvious that he understood neither of them.  So, while he may point the proverbial “finger” at members of the Congress and Senate for not doing their “jobs”, it is readily obvious that he has not done his.

When I encounter such words as “socialist” and “hordes”, as used by such as this gentleman, what I see is someone who looks at others as “them”, or how they think of others as “the lesser ones”, thus elevating themselves above others.  It may come as a shock to such individuals, but they are also part of that “horde”.

Mr. Menger, and far too many others, are far too occupied and attempting to be so many other things that they forget to be human beings.  They should constantly remind themselves of that fact.  They might then have the ability to see others in that same light and come to realization (as well as acceptance) of the fact that human civilization is about human beings, humanity and humanism.  The gentleman, if he had taken the time to study history, would know that it is those who forget about humanity and humanism, and who allow themselves to believe otherwise, and allowing themselves to become convinced that they are engaged in some “noble” and even “exalted” cause, who are the cause of all conflicts, from the personal to the international level, as that is when they begin stepping and compromising the “human rights” of others.

Georgann Smith is dissatisfied with the April 3rd edition of the Daily Sentinel because of the stories it ran on that date.  The individual should remember something which has been true of the “press”, and media in general for a very long time.  It is “If it bleeds, it leads”.

Some of us look at such stories as well but do so with a mind prepared to separate the “wheat from the chaff”, or the substantive facts from any emotional content.  That then enables to put things in their proper perspective, something which we consider our own responsibility.  So, if those in the media fails to adhere to standards of objectivity, we make every attempt to do it by ourselves.

What is of major concern to us is something which has become apparent for quite some time. 

It is that once the Daily Sentinel (or any other media outlet) has taken a position, it will then allow letters submitted by readers in support of their position (even if those contain readily obvious falsehoods, or inflammatory rhetoric and words against others),  but will then suppress or marginalize any attempted rebuttal or even expand the conversation to consider other factors such that those can also be considered by the public and the electorate in rendering their decisions. 

When we look at those in the media, and what is all too frequently mediocre reporting, we do keep in mind that publishers, editors and reporters come from society in general (the public) and if their performance is mediocre (and that is deemed acceptable), it is because the public mind is mediocre.  Otherwise, that mediocrity would not be accepted.

Mr. Snyder’s letter is quite interesting, now for what it includes, but for what it leaves out.  He needs to look at something which is occurring not only at the CMU campus, but at other institutions of supposed “higher learning” and throughout the country, something referred to as “free speech zones”.

True, I attended a university a very long time ago (in the 1960’s), and a university much larger than CMU, but we had no such thing as “free speech zones”, the entire campus was a “free speech zone”. 

The only restriction that when someone was “speaking”, either verbally or by demonstrating) could not disrupt the proceeding of he university, or attempt to intimidate others.  Otherwise, everyone could say or do whatever (or pretty much whatever)it was they pleased.

The establishment of “free speech zones” really means that outside of such zones, everyone should just “shut up” and conform, thereby restricting speech. CMU and its staff, as well as its faculty, would do well to examine the real reasons for those “free speech zones”.

Mr. Tipton (as well as Mr. Cory Gardner) reflect something which some of us never believed we would see in this country. They spend most of their time doing only two (2) things, scaring people and blaming others for whatever may possibly go wrong. That is because that is what they believe the people want to hear which, in many cases, is actually the case.

Both Mr. Tipton and Mr. Gardner (as is true of all too many in public office) cannot think at the level to which they have been appointed or elected.  Such as Mr. Tipton and Mr. Gardner, quite obviously cannot think at the national level; i.e. what is best for an entire country.  They are mere reflections of what is true of most of the electorate as well.

We all have personal lives where we do have interests, of that there is no question.  We also have interests as citizens of any organization or polity of which we may be a part and there also we have interests (up to and including an entire nation). There, the necessity exists to think at that level and not only at the personal level or “What’s in it for me?”  That is a concept which most really cannot understand, or simply cannot accept, that despite their personal interests (interests which we all have) none of us is the center of the country or the universe and that not everyone and not everything is there serve only us and what we personally want.

One of the most interesting things to do is to listen to the very young who have one faculty which most of us lose on our way to adulthood. It is that if “The emperor has no clothes” they will tell you that “The emperor has no clothes”.  They will not, as some of us so-called “sophisticated adults” place “clothes” (either on ourselves or others), then deceive ourselves into the conviction that this being actually has clothes or that we or they are more than they/we actually are.

There are those who will say that “life is hard”.  Some of us would not express it in that way.  We would say that life is full of challenges with the mark of maturity in any of us, is the courage to face up to, and actually meet those challenges.

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