Printed letters, May 12, 2013

After reading The Daily Sentinel’s article about the misuse and possible fraud by the former county commissioners regarding TABOR and use of sales taxes to get around refunding money to the local taxpayers, I thought it was important to attend the county commissioners’ meeting last Monday.

I must thank Bill Voss and the others for exposing the misuse of power by the former board. They have done a great job (along with The Daily Sentinel reporter) of calling out the county for its attempts to cheat the taxpayers of Mesa County out of tax refunds required by TABOR.

My confusion and concern is: Where is the tea party in all this? Only one other Mesa County citizen (besides the three who have been involved from the beginning) spoke out against this policy.

I thought a cornerstone of the tea party was to watch over our government and how it manages our money. Yet not one tea party person has spoken out. One has to wonder: What is their true agenda?

Here you have three county commissioners (two no longer there), two of whom were aligned with the tea party, yet cheating the people out of tax refunds.

I guess this is another example of “It’s better to keep quiet when it’s one of our own,” as most tea party members did when Jared Wright ran for office. As long as there is an R in front of a person’s name, what they do in government must be correct.

JEFFREY PHILLIPS

Whitewater

Citizens won’t accept 
Brainard on City Council

After the comments recorded by The Daily Sentinel and other media outlets, the only one in the council oath ceremony seemingly not aware of the protest was Rick Brainard. It is such a shame that this entire sham is being shoved down the throats of the citizens of Grand Junction.

In that ceremony Monday, the city clerk, who noticed the protest, appeared nervous to me, and the attendees (whether pro or con regarding the newly sworn council member) certainly knew we were there. I didn’t, however, expect anything else.

The newly chamber-anointed City Council then forged ahead with its agenda, with only Harry Butler showing the courage not to go with the flow. Thank you, sir, for showing them what ethics look like.

In 60 days, we will be submitting recall petitions, and we will be making sure the council members don’t stonewall that like they did the two sitting members Monday.

As an outraged citizen and voter, I believe the fire has just started. I also believe Brainard and his supporters will find it too hot to bluff their way through the ensuing storms.

RON WATERMAN

Grand Junction

Brainard’s actions mirror
other politicians’ strategies

For the edification of any newcomers to Grand Junction, the ruling party of this city is neither Democratic nor Republican but is now identified as the Chamber of Commerce. And one of the true politicians now on the City Council, backed by this ruling party, is an accused woman abuser known as Rick Brainard. To my knowledge, the chamber still backs him.

I say “true” politician, because he exhibits the qualities of many of our elected representatives at both the local and national levels. These are: If accused of something, deny it; if caught in an untruth, justify it with something like “she needed to shut her mouth”; try to buy your way out by donating money (not from your own income) to the local charity helping abused women (Latimer House, here); and then finish the sordid story by intimating that you may consider becoming an advocate for abused women.

I suspect Brainard also needs an optometrist, since he did not “notice” the silent protest at his swearing-in.

What a sad state of affairs. I wonder if the district attorney will offer a plea agreement of some kind to avoid an embarrassing hearing on the matter or if Councilor Brainard will plead nolo contendre. In his case, I would consider that the same as an outright guilty plea.

I sincerely hope Brainard’s previous live-in girlfriend goes on to better things. Yelling to her 12-year old-son to “call 911” would lead me to believe she was truly fearful of Brainard.

CREIGHTON BRICKER

Grand Junction

 

Energy bill a win for state,
should be signed into law

As an owner of a small renewable energy design and installation firm in western Colorado, I believe expanding renewable energy to all corners of Colorado will help my business and the local economy and will help keep our air and water clean.

Increasing Colorado’s renewable energy standards for rural electric co-ops offers rural Coloradans what they want: more solar, less pollution, more energy security and diversity and more rural Colorado jobs.

Thank you, Gov. John Hickenlooper and your energy office, for supporting SB252 so far.

This is a win for Colorado, including more wind and solar jobs throughout the state and on the Western Slope. This is a major step forward for Colorado as we work to drive toward a clean energy future.

Please keep the momentum going on SB252. Sign it into law and champion all it does for Colorado.

PAUL DIAZ

Whitewater



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