Printed letters, January 21, 2014

On Jan. 1 The Daily Sentinel ran an editorial entitled, “Local governments must dare greatly.” Since that editorial, various columns and letters to the editor have followed, expressing varying degrees of support for the newspaper’s premise.

Those pieces took local community leaders to task and implied that, other than the expansion at CMU (which, for clarification purposes, the city does play a role in), nothing is taking place that addresses the efficacy of our future, and that ours is a “community adrift.” 

We view that premise as simply untrue. Far from being adrift, this city and City Council, along with the ones before us, have worked earnestly to set the stage for Grand Junction to have a bright future.

Clear examples include:

✓ The completion of much-needed police and fire facilities;

✓ Improvements at Suplizio Field, including the Lincoln Park tower which brought us the Grand Junction Rockies and secured JUCO for another 25 years;

✓ Award-winning improvements at Lincoln and Rocket parks;

✓ The Avalon Theatre renovation, which will result in an outstanding regional performing arts venue;

✓ The plans for development of Las Colonias and Matchett Parks;

✓ The Three Sisters open space and trail project;

✓ Plans and efforts to revitalize North Avenue;

✓ The city’s involvement in economic development planning;

✓ Our long-range comprehensive plan.

These all indicate the council’s vision of a strong, positive direction for our community in the future.

All of this is in addition to that which often goes unnoticed — $23 million that has been spent over the last five years in maintaining the basic infrastructure of this community, supporting a high quality of life and the ability to expand and grow.

We are proud of the community and the work this organization has completed and has planned for the future, and we feel that these accomplishments clearly show ours is not a “community adrift.”  

BENNETT BOESCHENSTEIN

JIM DOODY

City Councilors

SAM SUSURAS

Mayor

Grand Junction

True believers have inflicted 
considerable pain, suffering

Comment is warranted about the letter from John Cox of Palisade published Jan. 10. Cox very nicely explained the thinking of the true believers he referred to as “Bible believers.”

I wish to point out that many other true believers in this world also demonize those who do not conform to their worldview.

A current example is demonstrated by a staff member and other supporters of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. They gleefully disrupted and endangered the lives of thousands to punish one man whom they believed did not worship Christie as they did.

Another shocking example of the mentality of true believers is the horror of 9/11. Almost daily, one’s senses are assailed by the horrors of the Middle Eastern and African slaughters of designated nonbelievers.

In past times, Catholics and Protestants demonized and murdered one another. The Crusades wrought untold misery.

In more current times, the slaughter of millions of Jewish people and others deemed unfit to live by true believers is within the memories of many of us. One can easily bring to mind other examples of the inability of true believers to live in the world with those deemed different.

True believers have inflicted a tremendous amount of pain and suffering on humanity throughout the ages. Hate is so destructive and so cruel.

S. MILES JOHNSON

Grand Junction

 

Airport Authority members 
must be held accountable

In my opinion all of the Airport Authority people should resign or be taken off by the groups they represent. Why? 

Once again in the Jan. 12 edition of The Daily Sentinel, I read that the building that is being built is a complete mess and that no one has any idea what the plans for building it were since Rex Tippetts kept it in his head. This, coupled with his creative financing, has once again left the authority scrambling.

Correct me if I am wrong, but was it not the authority’s job to oversee the airport manager? And keep track of what he was doing and follow their guidelines?

I am led to only two conclusions. Either they had no idea what he was doing, which means they did not do their job. Or, they knew exactly what he was doing and now are running for the hills that the proverbial stuff has hit the fan and will deny all knowledge of his wrongdoing.

Either way, they apparently were not doing their job and all need to be replaced. 

 RICHARD GERHARDT

Fruitvale



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PART 1. S. Miles Johnson appear to have read just enough to turn himself into a sophist, and to not understand that anything which can be expressed in “secular” (aka faux-erudite “non-true believer”) language/jargon can also be expressed in “ecclesiastical” (aka allegedly mindless fanatical “true believer”) language/jargon. How sad for him.
I don’t know what he has been reading, but he would be better off reading such as “Death by Government” (aka democide), by Rudolph J. Rummel, “Divine Conspiracy”, by Dallas Willard, “The Reason for God”, by Tim Keller, and “The Road Less Traveled”, by M. Scott Peck.
Rummel estimates that over 170 million people have been killed by their own brutish governments. The “true believers” Johnson spoke of were true believers in the wannabe-clever use of inherently evil and inevitably corrupting One-Ring “government” power to steal the labor of their more good-hearted, naïve and gullible fellow humans.
You would never know it from Johnson’s offering, but I respectfully suggest that there are more than a few minor differences between people who “truly believe” in the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments and people who “truly believe” in beheading infidels and subjecting women to clitorectomies.
So the problem is not “believing” per se, as Johnson erroneously and superficially implies, but rather WHAT is the ethic being believed in by the believer. In Johnson’s case, he apparently believes in nihilistic sophistry, cutesy “politics” and the manipulative ideology of “victimhood” (aka demonizing and de-humanizing “The Other”, à la Hitler’s favorite shrink, Carl Schmitt).
Actually, although it may not have contained enough intellectual “bells and whistles” to satisfy Johnson, John Cox’s letter was exactly on point. As I said, what Johnson conveniently doesn’t mention is the SUBSTANCE of what any true believer (including him) is believing in. There is a night-and-day, a life-and-death difference between, say, Ro 13:1; Tit 3:1; Heb 13:17; 1 Pe 2:13; 2 Pe 2:10 kingship-of-man, consumer/client, nominal, so-called “Sunday”, easy-belief, “Jesus-created-the-universe-so-I-can-sin-all-I-want-and-still-get-to-Heaven” government-brainwashed “Christians” and Ex 1:17, 1 Sa 8:5-20, Jg 8:22-23, Jg 9, Ps 118:8-9, Ps 146:3, Jer 17:5, Da 3:18, Mt 17:24-27, Acts 4:19, Acts 5:29, Ga 5:1,14,18-23, Php 3:20, 2 Tim 3:5, Jas 2:25 kingship-of-God REAL Golden-Rule-Ten-Commandments Christians.

PART 2. The discussion began over what the Bible says about homosexuals. John Cox was obviously correct about that. Cox didn’t delve any deeper, so perhaps by doing that, I can illuminate the intellectual superficiality of Johnson’s letter.
I don’t care what homosexuals do behind closed doors in the privacy of their own homes. It’s none of my business and, in my opinion, falls into the category of “too much information”.
As an aside, comedian Dennis Miller has an excruciatingly hilarious rant about “political correctness” on YouTube (http://bit.ly/1dR0Rus), and Ph.D pastor Tim Keller gave a magnificently logical and intellectually honest defense of Christianity in an interview by Martin Bashir, also on YouTube (http://bit.ly/1kz5MFu).
Although I confess to sometimes momentarily resenting homosexuals co-opting the perfectly good word “gay” when I sing “Deck The Hall” at Christmas time, I was always opposed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s anti-gay decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986) — which was finally overrulled by Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) — on the grounds of self-ownership, most gay strategy leaders would still call me a “hater” just because I agree with what one of my favorite writers, humanities professor, Camille Paglia, Ph.D, an open lesbian, said in opposing what she considers to be the serious intellectual dishonesty and manipulativeness engaged in by the gay propaganda strategy leadership. Paglia said that homosexuality is an ADAPTATION that works for some people. She has expressed genuine concern that the “inherent state of being” propaganda argument poses a real threat to serious scientific inquiry into the formation of the human personality. I agree with her so I’m a “hater”, while Paglia, being openly lesbian is merely “self-hating”. That’s sophistry for you.
What with the extreme damage done by the moral, intellectual and anti-Constitution frauds of gay-manipulation-created “hate thought”, “hate speech” and “hate crimes”, it’s a real bummer that so many manipulative sophists in the so-called “gay community” are apparently too stupid (aka willfully or recklessly ignorant) and intellectually dishonest to comprehend what a deadly threat their sophistry poses to the 1st Amendment freedoms of thought and speech and a free marketplace of ideas. They actually believe that they can use the power of government to re-define millenia-old comman usage words such as “marriage” to force everybody else into agreeing with there life style choices. That is real arrogance, that is real intolerance, that is real hate which all freedom lovers and self-ownership advocates should vigorously oppose.
To paraphrase a frequently used phrase popular with U.S. Supreme Court justices, I respectully dissent (from such sophistry as has been demonstrated by S. Miles Johnson).

Yes, I actually do know the correct spellings of “overrulled” and “there” in the context I used them are “overruled” and “their”. I apologize to any readers for which the typos were a distraction from the point I was making.

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