Printed letters, December 2, 2012

During the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of bickering and petty game-playing coming out of Congress. I am disappointed we haven’t seen a long-term, reasonable budget passed in years.

If I didn’t meet my sales goals and budget projections at my job, I’m sure my boss wouldn’t welcome me back. We would all like to hold our congressmen to the same standards we live by: no production, no pay.

Despite all the reasons to be cynical about Congress and politics, I was encouraged to see that, when it comes to this “fiscal cliff,” Congressman Scott Tipton isn’t falling in line like a political lemming. Tipton is the only Republican congressman from Colorado who said he’s not willing to rule out any options yet for passing a budget that solves problems instead of creating them.

Tipton needs to hear from his constituents who respect and value cooperation in Washington. He needs to hear from those of us who have worked hard to keep our heads above water in this tough economy. And above all else, he needs to remember that the middle class re-elected him in November and he was elected to look out for us — even if that means asking millionaires and billionaires to pay a little more while our country is still recovering.

If you think we need members of Congress to roll up their sleeves and get the job done, call Tipton and tell him to listen to his constituents, not Grover Norquist. Remind him to put middle-class needs above those of millionaires.


Grand Junction

Pot legalization exacerbates 
life struggles for children

On Nov. 7, I read Gov. John Hickenlooper’s statement that said, “Voters have spoken and we have to respect their will.” Well, I am a voter, too, and I voted against Amendment 64.

Come now, Colorado. To whom are we catering? Is this vote really for the strength of Colorado and the rising generation?

I have young children, and I have no interest in their smoking cigarettes or pot. I teach them to think for themselves, which requires a clear mind. You can’t do that if you are under the influence of pot, alcohol or cigarettes.

I don’t want my children exposed to pot smokers in their schools, on the playground or in the neighborhood. We already have to walk on the other side of the street when we see someone smoking a cigarette because I have a child who is allergic to smoke.

It makes me sick to think that there may be adults under the influence of marijuana (or anything else) teaching my children. We are to be examples of moral training and positive behavior.

Consider the time that legislators have to spend figuring out how to put this amendment in motion when it is still a federal offense. Our legislators have better things to do with their time.

I’ve heard some who don’t smoke or grow pot say the taxes from selling marijuana can help improve schools. Isn’t that an oxymoron? What message are we sending the children? It’s OK to get high as long as the proceeds go to a good cause? How preposterous!

When we talk about free choices, we all have to remember that we are free to choose, but not free to choose the consequences. Those who have voted for pot speak about their right to privacy and their own behaviors. That’s true for all of us. But some of us realize our choices affect many others around us, including and especially the children. What kind of example are we setting?


Grand Junction


Kearsley column replete 
with political platitudes

In his op-ed piece published Nov. 25, David Kearsley offered Daily Sentinel readers 19 paragraphs of blather about how the Republican Party lost the recent presidential election.

Sprinkled in were references to why the “young and the poor” were being denied entry-level employment. These not only included the onerous Obamacare but other assorted financial roadblocks enacted by liberals. This despite the dropping national unemployment rate.

The last few paragraphs offered neat solutions to the plight of the poor: They should be more independent and self-reliant and have merit. This will ensure their passage into the 1 percent. For those who don’t make it, for whatever reasons, luckily our community is compassionate enough to try to help them.

Kearsley’s piece lacked supporting facts, and worse, was a mish-mash of useless political platitudes.


Grand Junction


Sentinel reporting balanced 
in our highly partisan area

As a life-long Lincoln Republican, reformed since Dick Cheney and his lackey president trashed the concepts of states rights, balanced budgets and free trade in the name of war (a concept they didn’t embrace as young men), I can now only chuckle at the obvious irony of the local Republican plight.

The self-proclaimed champions of fiscal responsibility now have a state representative who is a deadbeat, a former wanna-be U.S. senator who is a deadbeat (both seeking government redress for their own shortcomings) and a gaggle of wacko secessionists who presumably would like to create the sovereign state of “Deadbeatia.” These people make socialism look like a pretty honest trade.

The Daily Sentinel does an even-handed job of political reporting in a highly partisan area. In this there is hope. Thanks.


Grand Junction


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To Kelly Corson: Just because someone smokes cigs or pot or drinks does not make them a bad person, or morally bankrupt. I would much rather sit next to one of them than a pedifile which you can’t tell just by their looks. s.a.

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