Printed letters, December 22, 2013

Good to know that your new columnist, Mike Littwin, can “almost make out the wink” in County Sheriff John Cooke’s voice. I can almost make out the wink in Littwin’s voice throughout his column.

Now that Littwin has the winks figured out, he might want to work on reading comprehension skills.

Littwin stated that “a judge has ruled the laws aren’t vaguely written.” I am pretty sure (wink, wink) that the judge did not rule on the constitutionality of the recently passed gun laws, but he ruled that county sheriffs, collectively, had no standing to argue the case.

Of course, I am pretty sure that the judge was winking when he made his ruling. Welcome, Mike! (Wink, wink.)



Sheriffs are just following 
federal government’s example

I found Mike Littwin’s column in the Dec. 19 edition interesting. He seems a bit perplexed as to why several county sheriffs will not enforce recent knee-jerk, gun-control legislation.

I wonder if Littwin considered that the sheriffs in question are just following the federal government’s example. The president instructed the Department of Justice to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in 2011, which has been the law of the land since 1996, and the federal government cherry-picks which federal immigration laws it will and won’t enforce.

These are just two examples right off the top of my head. I’m sure there are more if I dug into it.

Hey, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? As a Marine, I was always taught that one leads from the front. Well, it looks as if our county sheriffs are just following their federal leadership examples.

Littwin quotes the Constitution at the end of his article. I suggest he look at it again to see if there’s anything that says, “When knee-jerk panic legislation is required in the opinion of a misguided politician with an agenda, then bypassing the Constitution is OK.” I doubt he’ll find that either.


Grand Junction






Feds obstruct drilling projects, 
hoard oil and gas royalties

Last week, Mesa County’s Federal Mineral Lease District issued grant awards of almost $2 million to communities in our valley.

Ironically, at the same time, the Department of Interior announced it would keep even more of the royalties from western Colorado’s oil and gas production on our federal lands, at the continued expense of local governments and, therefore, costing every person in our community.

This is more than an outrage when coupled with headlines like the one this week about the BLM further holding up local drilling projects. So, our community is taking a hit by federal obstruction of energy production and then taking another hit with the federal government’s choice to hoard our royalties.

I am calling on Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet to do the right thing by restoring an equitable federal mineral lease payment system for our community, for Colorado and for all of the Western states.

Our U.S. senators need to make sure our state and local communities are reinstated a fair, 50 percent return share on the royalty revenues our local producers pay in.

If this doesn’t happen, the federal government will once again engender an inequitable misappropriation of funds. We simply cannot stand by and watch the continuation of this administrative fee-skimming that was passed in the federal budget deal. This taking of money from the pockets of hard-working people and businesses in energy-producing communities like our own and siphoning it into the bottomless pit of the federal bureaucracy must stop now.

We all know the waste that occurs in Washington. The budget deal should have focused on cutting this waste to solve our debt crisis rather than on misusing the Mineral Leasing Act.

The federal government must stop looking to Western states with our resource-rich public lands — the fulcrum of our local economy — as their slush fund.


Colorado House District 54

Grand Junction


Wright deserves recognition 
for support of Constitution

In last Sunday’s Daily Sentinel editorial, we got our weekly dose of the paper’s attacks on state Rep. Jared Wright.

It’s ironic that the very policies the Sentinel attacks him for are the reasons voters in this district elected him: his dedication to the Constitution and his dedication to stopping the growth of government.

His positions also reflect those of a growing number of Americans. In a recent Gallup Poll, 72 percent saw the growth of government as the greatest threat to America’s future.

More and more people realize that excessive government regulations and intrusions into people’s private lives negatively impact our national prosperity and liberty. This has been especially evident in the energy industry.

Wright’s position is to oppose laws that only benefit narrow special-interest groups who milk the government for our hard-earned tax dollars.

If people take the time to check on Wright’s voting record, they will get a more accurate picture of his job performance as our representative than they will from the Sentinel’s slanted reporting. Why would Wright want an interview with such a biased newspaper?


Grand Junction


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