Printed letters, July 7, 2013

I am writing to express my displeasure and disgust with the content of this year’s Fourth of July parade.

The Fourth of July parade is supposed to be a family-friendly event for kids to enjoy. Instead of celebrating our city’s veterans and the freedom’s they fought so hard to protect, downtown parade organizers allowed the parade to by hijacked by politically charged filth that insults the very ideals of this national holiday.

Shame on the parade organizers for allowing this cancerous garbage to disrespect our nation’s veterans and pollute the minds of our city’s young people. I would hope this sends a message to our downtown leaders to wake up and let common sense take over.

A parade is the perfect place to celebrate all the positive things a city has to offer. I hope that in future city organized events these radicalized presentations will be noticeably absent and replaced by images that better represent the city we call home.

GEORGE JOHNSON

Grand Junction

Fourth is a time to warn 
about threats to our rights

The Grand Junction Independence Day parade brought out free people celebrating what so many have fought and died to protect. This is a day to remind ourselves what it is that makes our nation great.

The Mesa County Patriots entered a float in the parade themed around the egregious violations of our individual rights by federal and state governments. Our float attempted to produce a theatrical juxtaposition of previous years’ floats with a speaker reading from the Bill of Rights and our Declaration of Independence.

This year’s pursuing “G-man” vehicle was meant to warn the citizenry of violations to fundamental rights of privacy and due process that are currently in progress under the NSA’s illegal spy program, the president’s illegal assassination of U.S. citizens abroad without trial, and the executive’s arresting and holding of “enemies of the state” without due process for an indefinite length of time.

Most people are aware of our Legislature’s attempt to incrementally disarm us by banning 30-round magazines and instituting universal background checks that are actually universal registration.

Independence Day reminds us of the wonderful place we live, a society with individual rights not subject to political whims and violent suppression of dissent. My family members who were mangled in pursuit of protecting these rights did so with the understanding that we would not turn around and allow a domestic assault against them to happen at home.

Our float tastefully and appropriately reminded people of the perils our foundational rule of law faces. The few who complained of “filth” degrading the parade have absolutely no clue why we are celebrating and what our veterans, many marching with us, fought and died to protect. Shame in this case belongs to those who have forgotten the meaning of American independence and liberty.

DAVID L. COX

Palisade

 

Patriot group’s float offered 
needed wake-up call to people

I was there with my family at the Fourth of July parade and absolutely loved the float. I am an honorably discharged veteran and, to me, the people of this town needed to see such a float.

This world is not all rainbows and unicorns, as some Democrats want us to believe, and for a group to stand up to the tyranny that is going on makes me proud to be an American.

MICHAEL TRIPLETT

Grand Junction

 

Republicans rule supreme 
in Mesa County politics

This is regarding the recent article written by Virginia Brooks in response to the vacancy on the City Council as a result of the death of Harry Butler.

Harry was a refreshing member of the council because he was not owned by either political party, he was an independent thinker. I wish and hope that our council will become more of a group of free-thinking individuals and not be ruled by either political party. Of course, living in Mesa County, this is not going to happen.

Brooks was obviously disappointed with Sam Susuras for stepping outside the wishes of the conservative coalition of Mesa County. Shame on Sam for being a free thinker. I am sure she thinks Jim Doody and Bennett Boeschenstein should get on a bus and take their liberal leanings to Denver. While they’re at it, maybe Susuras should join them. I don’t know what Brooks is so worried about. The chances of a liberal winning that council seat are slim and none.

My personal feelings are that there should be two vacancies, Harry Butler’s seat and Rick Brainard’s — if both the City Council and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce would do what they should do and pull their support of Brainard. After all, what is it that they don’t understand about a guilty plea?

The chamber has now decided to take the safe way out of this debacle and withhold its opinion until the recall is official. Why would chamber officials want to tarnish their spit-shined image?

I’m sure many conservatives also supported the election of Rep. Jared Wright, our shining example of the perfect state representative from our county. The only reason for going ahead with Wright was to make sure the Republican Party maintained that seat in the House.

The Grand Old Party rules supreme in Mesa County. There is no room for thinking out of the box. It is quite obvious that any of your party members who step out of line will be whipped right back in shape. Ask Sam Susuras about this.

REESE SKIP HUGHES

Grand Junction



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Since most of the surveillance programs—or their earlier counterpart including renditions—were in use by the former president as well, I am unsure why Mr. Cox’s group is just now noticing.  All Americans should be concerned by the growing surveillance state, which has been steadily expanded under many presidents in a ‘bi-partisan’ fashion.  Most of the authorities that the current president is expanding (in a worrisome way) derived from the PATRIOT Act and similar efforts by Congress under President Bush.  Out ability as citizens to push back on this is weakened by making it more partisan fodder for political attacks, IMO.

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