Printed letters, January 20, 2013

Why the large headline in the Thursday Sentinel? “Affidavit: Sex while sons roasted.” How naive of us not to expect it. We should congratulate ourselves.

The two kids dying while their mother and her lover were having sex and smoking pot is what “We the People” voted for last November. It’s called recreational marijuana, and there is no better example of it than this.

Embrace it; get used to it. Until we get the law changed and learn how to deal with drugs and their associated mental impairment, catastrophic incidents such as this are not going away.

ROBERT A. TALLARICO

Grand Junction

Choice of words in headline 
was tasteless and insensitive

What a disgusting, insensitive and tasteless banner headline on the front page of the Thursday Daily Sentinel.

It was more like what one would expect from the National Enquirer than a local publication, and it was printed only to further sensationalize the thoughtless, irresponsible, wanton behavior of a mother that resulted in the tragic death of two little innocent tots.

I feel sure I’m not your only reader who felt sickened by your choice of words.

ROUENE BROWN

Grand Junction

 

Man is also responsible
in deaths of Jensen boys

I was appalled to read the article about Heather Jensen having sex while her two sons were in her car, dying of heat.

It was just as appalling to me to read about Colten Childers speaking about one of the boys opening a door or window, only to have his mother lock it and go back and have sex with him.

How self-centered and dumb can one be to not take those poor children into consideration before gratifying oneself? Childers should be charged as well, because he knew the children were there, too.

J. PARKO

Grand Junction

 

Linking gun control to Hitler 
lacks historical evidence

In their penchant to defend the tenets of the Second Amendment, gun-rights supporters become apoplectic at the slightest suggestion of a modicum of sensibility in further gun legislation.

Recently, they have re-employed the argument that any hint of gun control is reminiscent of Hitler, who, not unlike certain persons in our government, they say, wanted to take away all firearms. That argument is fraudulent and unsubstantiated.

History tells us that gun ownership was banned following the Treaty of Versailles (1919), but the German Weapons Law of March 18, 1938, enacted by Hitler’s National Socialist government, relaxed gun restrictions and put into effect a firearm-licensing scheme, thus supporting and encouraging gun ownership, as opposed to restricting it.

It lowered the legal age for gun ownership from 20 to 18, extended the period for which a weapons permit was valid, eliminated a previous limit on the number of guns a person could own, and did away with a previous requirement of permits for long guns. (Under Hitler, even Jews could own guns.)

The NRA has been a practical, viable organization since its inception, and it may one day return to its prominence if it goes back to its roots:  providing instruction in the proper, productive use of firearms. An extreme element within the NRA, however, may now be alienating many citizens, and, I suspect, not just a few members.

ANDY HUTMACHER

Grand Junction

 

Blind panic now drives 
our thinking on weapons

I write in reference to the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.

After watching countless news broadcasts and reading numerous newspaper reports about the tragedy, I have concluded that much of our nation is in a state of blind panic. We hear and read of many “solutions” to the problem of mass murders, and probably none of them will work. The panic situation reminds me of an old saying I learned years ago. I have no idea as to its origin. It goes: “When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.”

Right now I see a lot of running in circles, accompanied by abundant screaming and shouting and precious little serious thinking. It is my feeling that the “assault weapons” are a symptom of a disease that requires serious, deep study over a long period of time. We must find out what prompts mass murderers to commit these atrocities. Simple explanations will not suffice.

PHILIP L. BORN

Grand Junction

 

Shockley did fine reporting 
on Gluten Free Grand Valley

I want to thank Emily Shockley for her article on Gluten Free Grand Valley. Not only has our Facebook page seen growth and we’ve been able to share and educate each other more, but also our January meeting saw huge growth.

I am excited that Shockley listened to what our goals are for the group and portrayed Gluten Free Grand Valley in a great light. Thanks for a great article.

ANGELA WETZEL

Clifton



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