Printed Letters: April 9, 2014
Citizens should know where Pennington stands on issues
Where does John Pennington stand? I think it’s pretty clear that as sheriff he would not enforce drug laws or traffic laws. What about domestic violence and underage drinking? Does he share the constitutionalist belief that only the sheriff is authorized to enforce laws? If so, does he plan to work with police chiefs and other state and county law enforcement entities?
What about federal law enforcement? Does he plan to cooperate with them or ban them from the county? Would he enforce civil orders such as evictions and garnishments? How about restraining orders and protection orders issued by the courts — ignore them or enforce them?
What other laws or practices would he choose to set aside based on his constitutional beliefs? Does he plan to assemble a volunteer, armed, citizens’ militia? Would he direct his deputies and his militia to pursue and arrest illegal immigrants here in Mesa County?
As a 30-year veteran in Mesa County law enforcement, I think county citizens deserve to know where Pennington stands on these important issues before a single vote is cast in the upcoming Republican primary.
County needs constitutional sheriff who will protect liberty
Without a doubt, the sheriff has duties that are discernable as being the protector of the citizenry of his county. The Sentinel provides hyperbole to its readers, a distorted view of John Pennington, one of the candidates for sheriff.
Apparently it is fine with the Sentinel that our Congress, our president and our state officials determine which laws and which parts of our constitutions to uphold while misinterpreting them — and which ones to ignore. But it is not all right with the Sentinel if Pennington tries to live up to that oath he will be taking and defend our county by following those very laws broken by our leaders.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that also part of being a sheriff? Isn’t that what our way of life is all about?
Shouldn’t a sheriff be concerned with protection? Protection from officials who bend laws, ignore rulings from our Supreme Court, ignore the very laws we live under as a republic and ignore our states’ rights. Protection from agencies bent on serving their own needs. This republic is not a country that can ignore its citizenry and the god-given rights written into our Constitution.
It makes sense to me to have stability in our county, following our freedoms, enjoying our liberties as set forth in our very constitutions while not worrying about the encroachments from an out-of-control government.
Sen. Steve King has introduced several laws that were passed that encroach on our rights as citizens of Colorado. As a result, we now are forced to live with diminished freedom and diminished liberty and are exposed as never before to an out-of-control federal government.
The last thing this county needs is a “king.” What we need is a constitutional sheriff.
Many generous volunteers make book sale successful
The Friends of the Mesa County Public Library Book sale March 19-22 was a huge success because so many people in the Grand Valley stepped up to help. Alongside our members, volunteers from Partners, R-5 High School, Caprock Academy, Colorado Mesa State University, First Methodist Church and First Congregational Church, as well as clients of Mesa County Corrections, supplied much-needed manpower and muscle. In addition, Record Management Services, Grand Mesa Graphics, Commercial Refuse and the Art Center all contributed to the success of our sale.
We also wish to thank the generous folks of the Grand Valley including Fruita, Orchard Mesa and Clifton who donated nearly 20,000 books to our sale. Friends know how difficult it can be to give up “old book friends” from personal libraries and collections.
The coverage of the sale by The Daily Sentinel and other news outlets was terrific and was enhanced by those who sent in the Sentinel’s golden tickets at Christmas time.
Because we worked together, Friends of the Library has more money to continue our special projects at Mesa County Public Libraries.
Thank you and keep reading.
Friends of the Mesa County Public Libraries