Printed Letters: August 25, 2017
Trump can’t influence true belief in Christ
Regarding Dan Ford’s recent letter to the editor: I can’t help but wonder what “church” he belonged to and subsequently left due to President Trump. The original/Scripture meaning of church is not a building but a group of believers in their risen savior, Jesus Christ.
Later, some “adjusted” the meaning to mean a building, but even then, the purpose of this building was still to worship a risen savior, Jesus. Over the years the word/world has become polluted, to say the least. All of the things he lists, as his reasons for criticizing “the church” are man-made issues not related to the true church at all, and as such are no reason whatsoever to leave the church, unless it is not truly a “church” after all.
To subscribe that President Trump or any other human being has any influence over the church or one’s beliefs in such, is to admit to never have been a true believe in our risen savior, Jesus Christ at all. Many call themselves churches and many call themselves “Christians” but there is only one true meaning — a faithful follower of Jesus Christ — born, crucified, dead, buried (for the world’s sins) and arisen to take His rightful place next our the Father in Heaven. Amen.
League of Women Voters to sponsor program about courts
There is a way to keep addicts out of jail and promote recovery. It is a problem-solving court, an expansion of drug courts that combine treatment and the judicial system. Brenidy Rice, the state’s problem-solving court coordinator says, “You can’t punish someone out of addiction.”
Colorado has 79 problem-solving courts: eight are adult mental health courts, seven are juvenile, 27 are adult drug courts, six are veteran’s courts, 13 are family drug courts and 16 are DUI courts. Mesa County is only one of two counties with no problem-solving court in Colorado. Chief Judge Brian J. Flynn declined to talk to the League of Women Voters about this alternative.
On Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalists Church, 536 Ouray Ave, the League of Women Voters will sponsor a program about problem-solving courts, which will be open to the public.
We have two outstanding speakers. The first will be Martha Amos, a local counselor who recently worked at the jail. She wrote her recent doctorate dissertation about drug courts in Colorado. The second speaker will be Doug Hanshaw, problem-solving court coordinator in our neighboring district that includes Delta and Montrose.
Please come, learn, and become an advocate for our community.
The peace of Palisade is being dismantled for profit
The peace and gentle nature of Palisade is being dismantled piece by piece by those who can profit.
The newest blow is the planned gas station complex, which will raise the noise level and traffic in a now peaceful area. The distant sound of vehicles on the highway has been tolerable in our lovely quiet courts off Elberta and First Street. The ingress and egress off the interstate is congested in busy times, especially when traffic is rerouted through town due to canyon or highway closures.
Further, to place a gas station complex we do not need that will draw away business from those in town, right next to residences and irrigation canals is unconscionable. It reeks of personal gain and pocket lining, whether through bonuses, investments or any other means.
Why is it so important that this town’s and community’s whole nature be changed further by the irresponsible self-interest of a few?
Driving home from Denver last evening on Interstate 70 past two locations near DeBeque and more, the putrid odor of the marijuana growing barns and facilities filled the air. I suppose our kind townspeople were seen as bumpkins and the promotions pounded and geared to manipulate the vote for retail marijuana.
You are on a track to destroy the proverbial goose to lay your personal golden egg. Then you move on to the next target, leaving the mess behind with no care or conscience for your acts here. You may laugh, but the joke will be on you and your families and children to come and you decimate their futures by destroying others’ lifestyles and property values no matter where you go. Your responsibility is really about people, residents, not promoting for dollars.
It’s unbelievable Christians continue to stand with Trump
I agree with Dan Ford’s letters to the editor seen in your newspaper Aug. 22. How anyone who identifies him or herself with Christianity can stand with a president whose every word or deed smacks of anti-Christian immorality leaves me stunned in disbelief.