Printed letters, July 27, 2012
What a sorry spectacle. Daily Sentinel columnist Josh Penry was once thought of as someone who could work with the other side of the political aisle. In his July 20 column, Penry claimed that the president “dissed” entrepreneurs and claimed that they were not responsible for the success of their businesses.
In fact, they are not, if you consider the text of the president’s speech in Roanoke, Va., and the context within which his remarks were made. Obama was making the point that there are many elements in making a successful business and the infrastructure within which a business operates makes all the difference.
We are a nation of laws that did not come about miraculously. The businessman operates to his enormous benefit within these laws for his own protection and economic benefit.
If any of the local businessmen Penry cites believes he could have been successful without our legal system, highways, transportation network, police and fire protection — and most of all, competent employees — he’s kidding himself.
We are all in this together and no man can possibly be an island unto himself. Virtually nobody in our country and culture is able to unilaterally be a “success” without assistance from others and all of the development that has taken place over the last 300 years, at least, to make successful businesses possible in this country.
It takes entrepreneurial talents, for sure, but there are countless countries on this planet where that won’t get you very far.
It is very depressing to see a man with promise take the easy way out of preparing a column by parroting what others in the chattering conservative class are promoting.
Is Penry capable of independent thought and coming up with actual potentially feasible ideas to improve our country, or is his mission just to be a faux columnist?
John Leane is a Democrat in ‘unaffiliated’ clothing
Will the real John Leane please stand up? Leane may be running as “Unaffiliated” for Mesa County commissioner, but I urge The Daily Sentinel and all its readers to remember that Leane was a Democrat.
After reading the political tea leaves, he knows that, for another shot at county commissioner, the chances are slim to none for a Democrat in this year’s political environment. To me, that “U” he’s putting after his name looks like an “E” (for expedient).
Leane served one-term as a Mesa County commissioner (from 1989-1993) but failed to win a second term because his ideas and policies were so out of touch with mainstream Mesa County citizens.
For example, one of his plans as commissioner was to eliminate the county fairgrounds. Did he ever once look around and see that this is an agricultural community?
Leane’s Democratic credentials run deep, and no one should forget that he was for many years the face of the Democrat Party in Mesa County. He is just a big “D” dressed up in “U” (ewe’s) clothing.
Don’t condemn a suspect when you don’t have all facts
Many readers no doubt read or heard recent reports of a Grand Junction man, Brady Sipe, “physically forcing a nine-year-old to drink alcohol.“As his grandmother, I don’t believe Brady did this, and I urge readers to wait until all the information comes out before passing judgment on him.
Brady is a 26-year-old man who has had his share of problems.
When the police went to Brady’s home after this incident, he was sleeping and confused as to what they were saying. He became angry at the accusation against him and resisted the effort to restrain him.
His mother asked if she could talk with him to calm him down, but they refused to allow that. This led to a struggle in which Brady injured his head and had to be taken to the hospital for stitches.
This could have been avoided if the police officers would have allowed his mother to talk to him.
Now, some people apparently view Brady as a monster. Please, before anyone condemns Brady, I urge him or her to wait until the entire story is presented.
Paper’s environmental forum was informative and well done
Thank you, Daily Sentinel, for sponsoring the event regarding environmental issues in western Colorado.
Not only was it informative, but also it was well done.
The panelists were exceptional, and I truly appreciate their investment in time to give such a comprehensive look at our environmental issues here in western Colorado.