Printed letters, January 24, 2014

Several articles concerning marijuana have appeared recently in The Daily Sentinel. One said the price of pot in state-approved marijuana stores is up to $400 an ounce. Add to that the 25 percent tax, and the price is up to $500 an ounce.

The main reason I voted to legalize pot was my natural libertarian tendencies, but another reason was to get pot off the street. Of course, the first thing politicians saw was just a new way to tax us, for a good cause, of course. We’ll tax for schools, for kids, for parks, for “puppies and kittens.” Tax for things that nobody can seriously oppose. Tax, tax, tax! It seems that all our elected officials ever give a damn about is extracting money from our wallets and purses. Solving a real problem? They seem to be incapable of dealing with that.

I am asking (challenging) The Daily Sentinel to do a real article on marijuana. Tell us what the street dealers are selling pot for. That’s the secret subject that nobody wants to discuss. Selling pot in our approved marijuana stores for more than it goes for on the street will not end our marijuana “problem.”

The real marijuana problem? Street dealers have a built-in incentive to “push” their clients onto hard drugs where the profits are greater. It’s why they are called “pushers.” Getting casual pot smokers out of the clutches of the pushers is another reason I voted to legalize marijuana.

Please, investigate this subject and inform your readers as to what the real street price of marijuana is today. This is the only way we can judge how effective these state-approved marijuana stores will be in getting pushers off the street. This is the “untouchable” subject we need you to report on.



Tri River employees were 
treated unfairly in article

The former Tri River Extension Service Horticulture agent, Nick Meyer, resigned after eight months on the job and is accusing the staff of many things. Emily Shockley’s Jan. 11 article, “Horticulturist’s resignation leaves programming in flux” lays out some of the accusations and got my attention for a couple of reasons.

First, I’m surprised The Daily Sentinel would stick its nose into a contentious personnel matter. Second, I’m surprised the Sentinel would present only one side of any story, let alone a personnel matter.

It’s my opinion the people Meyer is accusing of wrongdoing are hard-working, honest folks who have provided a significant service to this community for a very long time. And, they can’t be interviewed to defend themselves in this situation because of pending lawsuits.

However, the Sentinel sees fit to let Meyer present his case to the public through the newspaper? Not fair.

The programs provided by the Extension Service were excellent. One was the Master Gardener Program. I personally went through that program in 2013 (before Meyer’s arrival) and found it profoundly informative, professional and helpful. The staff members are knowledgeable and courteous and always ready to go the extra mile for anyone.

The Sentinel was out of line in publishing that story.




CIA security force could 
have protected compound

The Jan. 16 article in The Daily Sentinel titled “Panel spreads blame for Benghazi” should place the blame on the CIA, because it is the department that wanted the compound. The CIA’s security force would have been more than adequate to protect the compound.

Why did the State Department ask Ambassador Chris Stevens twice if extra security is needed? The State Department was already aware that it was an explosive situation. The Obama administration blamed it on an American-made video that was anti-Islamic.

This attack was well-planned by terrorists long before the video was seen. Remember it was done on Sept. 11. Don’t be blindsided by the liberal New York Times. It reports that anger from the video had played a significant role in the Benghazi attack. Ask why the State Department did not protect Chris Stevens and his staff.


Grand Junction


AARP Colorado actively aids 
Western Slope senior citizens

As state president of AARP, I was dismayed to read the article about a lack of tax assistance on the Western Slope. I know personally that Volunteer Income Tax Assistance workers are assisting older area residents in tax preparation. And AARP Tax Aide volunteers are assisting people in Cedaredge, Glenwood Springs, Montrose and Delta.

Last year on the Western Slope, AARP Driver’s Safety Program held more than 76 classes, 26 of which were in the Grand Junction area, training seniors to drive safely and obtain a vehicle insurance discount. We were present at fairs and festivals. We disseminated information on fighting fraud and asked people’s opinions on how to strengthen Social Security and Medicare. We had a workshop at CMU on how to increase brainpower and sponsored a day at the Botanical Gardens, free for our members.

AARP is alive and well on the Western Slope.


AARP Colorado



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Ms Brown’s piece must surely be correct. I contacted Ms Shockley during the recent school board elections. Shockley continues to use the term “tenure” in articles about Dist 51 schools/teachers/MVEA etc etc. TENURE DOES NOT EXIST in Dist 51. Period. I contacted Shockley concerning this misstatement, to which she replied to the effect, “I am aware that tenure does not exist however I use that term so readers will understand.” What? I responded that she should report FACTS and allow us “unedumacated” readers decide. To this day Shockley continues to refer to tenure in her articles. I. personally, have zero confidence in Shockley or the Sentinel. It, however, is refreshing that Shockley and others on the sentinel staff have our poor education in mind and chose what we can digest.

Mr. Sanders is splitting hairs.  While the official word “Tenure” is no longer used to describe the job protection system of public schools, all the components of what used to be called “Tenure”.  A duck by any other name is still a duck.  Ms. Shockley did the readers a favor by using a term that most people understand that accurately describes the subject she was reporting on.

I left out the word “remain” at the end of 2nde sentence.

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