Printed letters, February 14, 2014

Congressional candidate David Cox said he wants to “end the corruption of our federal government and return to state-focused and controlled Constitutional government.” He promises to eliminate “cronyism and criminality at work in our capital.”

He must be unaware that the Constitution was written to take power away from the states and the primary reason was to be able to raise national taxes in order to pay our war debts. The confederated states at that time didn’t want to pay their bills.

As for “cronyism,” didn’t Cox get together with his cronies to take guns to a public meeting to make a statement to intimidate, bully and absolutely scare people into doing what they wanted? If he thinks this and “criminality” didn’t exist before, now his naïveté is hitting the skids. He needs to update his high-school history lessons.

James Madison, probably the slickest and most brilliant politician in our history, compromised, wheedled, called in favors and did just about anything other than shoot people to get the Constitution passed.

When some states wanted a Bill of Rights — threatening to withdraw from ratification if they didn’t get it — Madison wrote them as amendments to the Constitution and sent them back to the states to ratify.

As for the Second Amendment, Madison most likely wanted to appease his own constituents who were trying to make Kentucky a state, to sell what they reluctantly ratified. The two top reasons people didn’t want to ratify the Constitution was paying federal taxes (the reason it was written) and the absence of a religious test in Article VI, both of which remained.


Grand Junction

Acceptance of gays may be 
spreading but it isn’t right

This letter is in response to The Daily Sentinel’s editorial on the University of Missouri football player who has openly said he is gay. The sentiment toward accepting homosexuality and same-sex marriage in this country is certainly spreading, but that doesn’t mean that it is right.

I believe in individual rights for every citizen also, but with this belief come responsibility and accountability. Every person has a right to make a choice. Life is filled with choices. Our choices, however, not only affect ourselves but others, as well.

According to the holy scriptures, God hates and condemns homosexuality. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah in part because of this sin.

Will God destroy America as well? He won’t have to. He is allowing us to destroy ourselves.

But don’t take my word for it. Read passages in the Bible, such as Genesis 19; Leviticus 19:22,29; 20:13; Romans 1:26-32; and 1 Corinthians 6:9. The choices we make now will determine our eternal destiny.


Grand Junction


Column on Manning, Leno 
eased Super Bowl distress

I confess I don’t always agree with the opinions expressed in Josh Penry’s columns. Sometimes I find his columns heavy on generalizations and short on balanced perspectives and creative solutions. But I do take time to read them to learn of what some of the local folks are thinking and to be fair-minded regarding the public discourse on issues affecting our community.

But fair is fair. I was impressed with Penry’s Feb. 7 column about Peyton Manning and Jay Leno. After the sour taste left by the Broncos’ Super Bowl loss, I had been looking for something positive to help me get over the disappointment. I think I found something promising in his column. In fact, it’s rather profound and insightful.

It’s easy to deal with life when everything is clicking just right, but what about the way we handle ourselves when we face adversity? Just as we hear that the two things certain in life are death and taxes, so is adversity. It’s when we face adversity that our real character shows.

Yes, I agree that all the records set by Manning and the team gave us a sense of pride, but seeing the character of the man in the way he handled himself through adversity is just as important, if not more so.

It’s a life lesson on which all of us can reflect. It’s certainly a lesson worth sharing with our youth.

So, thanks, Josh. Not only did you encourage me to look up the word “ignominy” and help me see a positive life lesson that can be derived by Manning’s and Leno’s predicament, but you also reminded me that even when we don’t always agree with the opinions of others, there’s still something to be learned from each other.




Front-page article on report 
on jobs, ACA was appreciated

Thank you for publishing the piece on the federal report that explains the truth about jobs and the Affordable Care Act. And thank you for putting it on Page 1.

Surely some of the local folks will be calling you liberal media over it, but we feel it just proves to us once again that you are, if nothing else, fair. We appreciate that.




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