Printed Letters: July 27, 2017
Workshop a good start to reducing child abuse
The numbers in Erin McIntyre’s report, “Parental assistance the goal of workshop,” are alarming — 300 children were placed outside their homes by child-protective services and 700 abuse or neglect cases substantiated by child-protection officials among 4,200 referrals to CPS in 2016.
Thanks to the support of Janet Roland, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates and funding donated by Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant, the workshop is addressing a very complex issue: the abuse of children. One scenario discussed was the polite, well-meaning intervention to an already agitated individual acting inappropriately to a child’s misguided behavior in a public setting. A cautionary note: Intervention may put you at risk due to the volatile nature of our society: hair-triggered, short-fused time-bombed sociopaths proliferating exponentially. How do you assess this situation, what to do? The workshop will bring solutions to these delicate questions.
The array of abuse in all aspects is a barometer of a far greater problem: the erosion of the human condition. The Daily Sentinel brings disturbing accounts of very inappropriate human behavior on a daily basis. Case in point: recently, the Sentinel reported that we had 21 murder cases in Mesa County. Two days later a horribly tragic event on Orchard Mesa adds the 22nd.
I have no viable answers, but I relate this: In my formative years, I was forewarned of actions requiring the application of the board of education. Six infractions during my childhood brought swift appropriate action as promised, providing poignant lasting lessons of right and wrong as prevalent and clear today as in 1955.
We have gone soft; time-outs, non-use of electronics, go to your room and “you’re grounded” appear to have minimal effect in the formation of young minds. The board of education has been taboo for decades; thought a form of child abuse. Well, look where we are now. Mental state and health, history of being abused, drugs, (prescribed and otherwise) stress and upbringing are but a few of the causes of child abuse. The workshop is charged with a huge challenge, but it’s a great start to proactively reducing an ugly social trait.
H.L. SANDERS II
Gardner needs to give the facts about proposed BLM move
In 2014 Cory Gardner was inducted into the Dirty Dozen program by the League of Conservation Voters. He earned a 9 percent lifetime score on the National Environmental Scorecard, a nonpartisan yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental issues. His current voting record keeps his membership firmly intact.
Two of his most recent votes include; voting to confirm Pruitt as head of the EPA when Pruitt’s record shows him to have undermined the protection of the environment; and voting against the Methane Gas Rule. These are the headline issues. Other votes show he is against mitigating impacts on fish and wildlife, attacking the Clean Water Rule, and not encouraging energy-efficient homes. The list goes on but my space in this letter cannot.
He is also on record and has voted that, while climate change is real, human actions do not significantly cause it. So when he touts moving the BLM west I am suspicious. His campaign donors and allies include Club for Growth, the Koch Industries, Anadarko Petroleum, and Noble Energy.
Gardner stated in a recent article, “Every U.S. senator representing a Western state should want to give their constituents a louder voice when it comes to a federal agency’s decision-making process that directly impacts their constituent’s everyday lives.” While that sounds good on paper, Gardner himself does not practice open dialogue and town halls with his constituents.
Gardner also states, “…partisanship is on the rise in Washington, it is increasingly difficult to achieve real results…” He is leaving out the fact that his party controls Congress and his party owns the presidency. If Washington can’t manage the BLM in its current location under this scenario, how can relocation manage it better?
Gardner has dangled the possibility of the BLM move to Grand Junction. More local jobs could be a benefit to the move to Coloradans, but to be fair, the move might be better suited to northern Nevada if we are looking at proximity to the largest BLM area.
If any other senator proposed this legislation, I might give it clear consideration. But coming from Sen. Gardner, I need nonpartisan transparency, facts and a clear reason to make a move. Give me the facts and not generalizations. What would be achieved with this proposed move?
Atheists and freethinkers should not give invocation
I am appalled that our city council would even consider having the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers give invocation at their meeting. (Not the first time?) Whatever happened to “In God we trust,” or “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord?”
Our nation and our city council is so succumbed to the pressure of political correctness in our desire to be inclusive that we honor other gods as though our true God is just one of many. We must confess that we no longer fear God and have lost all wisdom. May God have mercy on us!