Printed letters, February 12, 2013

In reading your story and observing the picture of Laura Luke laughing at the expense of a spelling error made by City Council candidate Phyllis Norris, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the biblical admonition about whoever is without sin should throw the first stone.

I have observed spelling errors from time to time in The Daily Sentinel and I would wager that almost everyone at some point has been the victim of spell-check.

What I found refreshing in the article is a candidate owning up to a mistake, not fixing blame elsewhere or, for that matter, laughing at someone else’s misfortune. I do not think it was a coincidence that Laura Luke was there when your reporter showed up. This was clearly a ploy to embarrass Norris.

Norris showed real class in her response to the situation. Someone else did not.

My vote for City Council goes to the kind of person who shows such integrity. It is no wonder that she rose through the ranks from grocery store checker to president of City Market. She took ownership of the error and fixed it. That is the kind of leadership we need on City Council.


Grand Junction

Photo indicates it’s wrong 
to misspell, but OK to bully

Laughing at someone’s mistake is a form of bullying.

How can we expect our children’s behavior to differ from what is being modeled by a city councilwoman and displayed in The Daily Sentinel?


Grand Junction


Middle East turmoil shows
Clinton’s poor leadership

Gordon Olsen’s letter saying that Hillary Clinton should be given the Nobel Peace Prize and be our next president because of her wonderful efforts in the Middle East would be laughable if it weren’t so scary.

Clinton allowed an ambassador and four other Americans to be murdered in Benghazi, with no repercussions to the people who carried out the attacks.


The Middle East is in turmoil from Egypt to Syria, Iran and Libya under the “superb” leadership of Obama and Clinton. I pray to God that the people of America come to their senses before the next election.


Grand Junction


Pugliese’s resolution
violates her oath of office

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese has created a timely opportunity to educate local citizens on the meaning of the Second Amendment and the implications of two recent Supreme Court decisions interpreting it.

Of course, as Pugliese already knows, nothing in her oath of office requires her to “support” or enforce a “federal order” or state law that is actually “unlawful” or “unconstitutional.”  The meaningful question is:  Who decides what is “lawful” and/or “constitutional”?

Because our county commissioners are sworn to uphold “the Constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado,” they have also sworn to support and defend not only the Second Amendment, but Article III of the U.S. Constitution and Article VI of the Colorado Constitution, as well.

Under those articles, the federal courts (and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court) as well as analogous Colorado state courts — but not any locally elected Board of County Commissioners – are the final arbiters of “what the law is.”

Thus, in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that in-home possession of handguns was indeed an individual right that could not be infringed by the district,  a federal enclave.

However, Justice Antonin Scalia also wrote that “the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited,” and the Heller ruling did not preclude federal regulation of “dangerous and unusual weapons” (originally, machine guns, but by extension, that could include assault rifles and more).

In McDonald v. Chicago, the court held that in-home possession of handguns was an individual right that could not be infringed by any state or municipality.

However, Justice Alito recognized that extending to the states the Second Amendment’s prohibition against infringing on the right to bear arms also precluded them from regulating firearms less stringently than federal law requires.

Consequently, the misguided call for “nullification” in Pugliese’s resolution is profoundly unpatriotic and antithetical to her oath of office.

                      BILL HUGENBERG

Grand Junction


Thanks to heroes’ hard work, hunter, hound now doing well

The family of John Leyh, the hunter who fell into the icy Colorado River Jan. 15, would like to extend a sincere thank-you to all of the personnel involved in his rescue.

First and foremost, we would like to thank Dr. Mark Madsen and Adam Ford for being there to make the 911 call.

State Trooper Chris Wright made the initial call to the family.

Deputy Derek Geer was so thoughtful to call us every 10 minutes to apprise us of the situation.

We appreciate all of the first responders for their coordinated effort, especially our good friend, Ryan Jordan, who clearly risked his life to save John. What a wonderful feeling it was when John heard it was him swimming across the river.

Also, thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Mary’s Hospital, who were so kind and caring. Kallie Faye, our chocolate lab, and John are both doing well, thanks to everyone’s hard work.


Grand Junction


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