Printed Letters: March 27, 2014

WCAF hypocritically denies freethinking in others

Members of Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers are hypocritical humbugs. They claim to be “freethinkers,” but want to deny to others an exposure to a source of human knowledge and experience that is old as dirt.

WCAF would deny children the knowledge of a facility where they can visit and recreate, fearing exposure to an alternate world view. I support their right to be “freethinkers,” but I detest their denying others the opportunity to think freely.  If our children are to learn and think for themselves, they must be exposed to and allowed to understand all sources of thought, not just nihilism.

With regard to the separation of church and state, that was never the intention of the First Amendment, but was a comment by Thomas Jefferson 20 years later. The original 13 states each had a different, official state religion, and many refused to ratify the federal Constitution unless it stipulated there would be no overriding federal religion.

This was so important it is the First Amendment, it’s why religious organizations support our nation, and it’s why our nation and the WCAF must tolerate other world views and free speech, as well.

WES SUTTERLIN
Grand Junction


WCAF once again sets sights upon ‘God-fearing people’

Again the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers are out after those nasty God-fearing people. You know — the Christians and other religious weasels who are always trying to sneak their faith into the public forum, thereby duping the poor fools who might not know how badly their sad little intellects are being abused by these deceivers.

The entertaining irony is that the WCAF professes an allegiance to
“freethinking.” Yet, according to its strict purview, personal consideration of religion, publicly expressed, is beyond the rational inquiry and speculation of a real honest-to-goodness freethinker.

I always wondered why a self-respecting atheist, secure in his own “faith,” would care what those religious nut cases were doing, anyway.

God help us.

ALAN METCALFE
Delta


Fruita’s ‘edgy’ slogan shows alarming disrespect to women

Sunday’s headline, “Edgy slogan proves over the top for Fruita,” and article, made me cringe, as I recalled hearing middle-school boys on school grounds during lunch break laughing at the word “rape” while looking at girls.

The article on Anita Hill, who still receives threats because she came forward about sexual harassment from Clarence Thomas, who was rewarded by his Supreme Court appointment, was also in the paper. 

With the multitude of rapes reported and those not reported in our military, and recent incidences involving higher ranks of military noted by escapades of General Patraeus, and the current scandal involving Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, who gets off with a “slap on his hands” because the chief prosecutor Lt. Col. William Helixon wanted to stop the prosecution, it makes me wonder why any parent would want his or her daughter to join the military.

One of the factors that contribute to poverty in the U.S. and in the rest of the world is gender inequality, as noted so often in reports from The World Trade Organization, Journal of International Economics, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Center for American Progress.

 In a recent course I completed from Wesleyan University, “You can Change the World,” the inequality of genders was one of the biggest reasons for world poverty, and this applies to our country, as well. As an example, single-parent women frequently find themselves on a limb financially because, for the same job, men are paid more, women less, which does impact their children’s chances in life.

Then, the fact that a municipality would actually pay tax money to a public relations company to provide “edgy” mottos for publicity: “B…..ride.”  Why, when women have to work harder and have more education than their male counterparts to get a job, would a municipality pay to hear slogans demeaning women — wives, daughters and grandmothers?

VERA MULDER
Fruita


Weigh whether investigations are more essential than reports

Well, here we go again!  The Sentinel loves to malign Republicans.

We can say that Dr. Dean Havlik is a Republican, but that has only been for a few months, as someone advised him it would get him more votes. Dr. Rob Kurtzman has been a Republican his whole life.  

Hundreds of reports were incomplete?  But Kurtzman completed the autopsy investigations, filed the death certificates with the state and made sure that if anyone requested a report that it was completed.  

No requests went unanswered. Mesa County’s ability to accurately track and report community deaths has not been hamstrung, because that information comes from statistics filed with the state. In fact, autopsies are down in Mesa County.  

Those performed in 2013 are lower than they have ever been. Are there some of those deaths that should have been investigated? Who’s to know? Is the current county coroner really fulfilling his position? What’s more important, assuring that a questionable death is properly investigated, or completing a report after the death certificate has been completed and filed with the state?

JOAN KELSEY
Grand Junction


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