Printed letters, Jan. 17, 2012

I was stunned and appalled to see the editorial choice made by The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 13. On the front page with a wonderful story about our Colorado National Guard troops returning home after a long year in Afghanistan, the Sentinel placed a derogatory story about the Marines in Iraq, adjacent to the story.

Did Sentinel editors feel like they had to somehow balance the positive with negative? Why couldn’t we just have the great homecoming story for these deserving soldiers? Put the other story on an inside page, or at least below the fold. All newspaper editors know that our eyes read from left to right, so the positioning of the negative story is obviously deliberate, so that we read it first and then the National Guard story.

As the proud mother of a Colorado National Guard soldier, and the mother-in-law of an active-duty Marine, I want to express in the most emphatic way possible that the Sentinel’s liberal bias is completely out of line and unacceptable.

If you really thought that the negative story had that much merit, you should have held it until the next edition, or at least placed it differently.

Not only did the Sentinel place the story as stated on the front page, but in the continuation of the articles on Page 7, it again positioned the negative story right above the National Guard article.

Our brave soldiers and their families deserve better. I thought we had changed the deplorable way we treat our returning military, but this is akin to the Vietnam days.

I expect a written apology to these families to be printed in your newspaper. God bless the wonderful families and soldiers for their sacrifice. Thank you isn’t enough, but my family and I sincerely thank them.

CAROL GERBER

Grand Junction

Actions of Marines weredefinitely a big deal

Contrary to the general opinions of several local veterans interviewed for a Jan. 13 Daily Sentinel article entitled “Iraq vet: Urinating on corpses no big deal,” the deplorable action recently taken by a Marine sniper team in Afghanistan is a big deal, a very big deal.

No only is urinating on the enemy corpses a direct violation of military law and rules of combat, it is morally indefensible and incredibly stupid.

As a former Marine, I’m deeply embarrassed for the Corps and wholeheartedly agree with the commandant that the miscreants be prosecuted to the fullest extent of military law.

This incident is an unfortunate stain on the history of a proud and otherwise honorable military organization. Semper Fi.

E. MICHAEL ERVIN

Grand Junction

 

Airline’s new flight schedule is inconvenient

Allegiant’s recent announcement about new schedule changes in May from Grand Junction to Las Vegas inconveniences local customers.

From now until May, departures from Grand Junction are leaving later in the afternoon and departures from Las Vegas leave at 6:50 a.m. on Sunday. In May, Friday departures will leave here at 9:05 p.m. bringing the traveler into Las Vegas well after 10 p.m. and,  after check in, it be well after many shows have already started.

The Allegiant flights I have taken have always been full. So why the arbitrary change in a schedule that was so convenient for local travelers? Last year’s schedule of early afternoon departures, both going and coming back, seemed like a stable and successful formula.

It’s hard to believe that the proposed changes are based on customer demand in this local market.

If Allegiant really wanted to please its customers, it would schedule their flights so that individuals like myself could derive maximum enjoyment from a weekend getaway in Las Vegas.

LARRY EILAND

Grand Junction

We have the resources; let’s develop them efficiently

What is disconcerting to me is that we already have numerous oil and gas leases and productions in place. What is stopping us from going ahead and using those until they are very near to being non-productive, then develop more as needed? Might it have something to do with corporate greed?

I do not believe in raping the Earth, but I do believe that these resources were placed here for our use. Are we not using the same resources from other areas of the world? In other words, “... in your back yard, not mine.”
I think that a majority of the “greenies” who protest the advancement of energy development should live a few days freezing in the dark. I believe they would then start changing their minds about development. I am not referring to those who are sincerely trying to live off the grid, just to those who want their cake and yet be able to eat it as well.

That brings to mind business people who have an established business, but cannot accept the idea that another person would like to also establish a business (not related) in the same area.

It’s the “I have my cake, but you cannot have yours” mentality.

LARRY M. HEAD
Hotchkiss

 


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