Printed letters, June 5, 2012
Recently, I was in Fruita and decided to visit the public library, which turned out to be in the new Fruita Community Center building.
I liked the library a lot, but more than that, I was very impressed with what was going on in the rest of the building. I saw and spoke with various individuals either using the facility or working there. Very evident was their sincerity and happiness in being there.
I checked out the senior center and noticed that an enormous number of appealing events and community activities were posted on the bulletin board.
My point in all this is that Ken Henry, Fruita’s former mayor, was a key leader in the effort to create a community center for Fruita — and it seemed to me the result was abundantly successful. I see this facility as merely one of Ken Henry’s numerous accomplishments.
My suggestion? Vote for Ken Henry as a commissioner for Mesa County. The primary election is June 26, and mail ballots should be sent this week.
RICHARD W. FREEMAN
Founding Fathers showed their belief in God, scriptures
In a recent letter to the editor, Dale Stapleton stated (without any historic references) that “Most leading Founding Fathers were not deeply religious.” In particular, he mentioned Jefferson and Washington.
Perhaps if he had read Jefferson’s “Notes on Virginia,” a book written in 1785, he would have come across this passage: “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God. That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?”
Washington said in his farewell address in 1796, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensible supports.” Washington knew that without religious teachings in the Christian tradition, the Republic needed moral and virtuous leaders and individuals in order to survive.
He believed, as did Jefferson, that man was a flawed and fallible creature, created by God, and that the only way to impart those principles was through religious teaching.
During Washington’s presidency the Northwest Ordinance was passed, providing rules for the governing of the newly acquired territory in the Midwest that later became five states. Article III in that ordinance states, “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
The vast majority of the Founding Fathers were, in fact, Christians, and several of the signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were ministers or pastors.
The rewriting of history has been going on since early in the last century. It is important that we do not forget that the principles on which this country was founded were derived in large part from the scriptures that were being used, at that time, in all of the schools and the primary textbooks.
Through the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers didn’t want an established religion, but they also clearly stated that they did not want government to interfere with the free exercise of religion, public or private.
Romney’s record suggests we should give him a chance
Facts about Mitt Romney: As a venture capitalist, Romney’s job was to help a start-up company called Staples. It now has more than 2,000 stores and employs more than 90,000 people.
At Bain Capital he also did the same thing with Dominos, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama and Home Depot. Not too bad, I would say.
I know that 50 years ago he was a naughty boy in high school, but I think we should give Romney a chance and see what he can do. He can’t be all bad.
JOHN O. SPENDRUP
Two groups work Legislature to support illegal immigrants
It is disappointing to see the American Civil Liberties Union and the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence using their organizations to further their open-borders, pro-illegal immigrant agenda. Case in point is the harassment of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department for processing illegal immigrants in accordance with state and federal laws.
SB 90, the law requiring law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, is there to ensure that Colorado law enforcement helps reduce the number of illegal immigrants. Legal immigrants and U.S. citizens are happy to see them go.
Illegal immigrants involved in domestic violence should be held accountable under state law and be referred to immigration officials. People entering this country illegally are aware they are subject to deportation.
Both the ACLU and the Domestic Violence Coalition have been down at the Legislature like a jack-in-the-box to support illegal immigration. It is time to take a look at such organizations and their true intent, not their worthy-sounding names.
American Citizens Party