Printed Letters: May 18, 2017

Predator study a waste of taxpayer dollars

Tax money well spent? Regarding the predator study, I can save taxpayers some money. I have the conclusion of the study already figured out: Bears and lions get hungry. When they are hungry, they will eat mule dear fawns. So, let’s see if killing them will increase the amount of fawns. Duh!

I guess the wildlife people aren’t able to figure that out, so let’s kill dogs to see if we will save on dog food. Humans should not interfere with nature’s course. All the people involved in this study need to think about ways to be more productive in their jobs and stop wasting our money. This is pure idiocy.

CHRIS SUIFFET
Grand Junction

Constituents won’t forget if Senate votes for Trumpcare

Trumpcare will cost me more and cover less. How can the Senate vote to do that to constituents? The Affordable Care Act is important to me because I saved about $45 a month when Obamacare took affect. Trumpcare is a giveaway to corporate insurance companies who can now return to the days of charging us outrageous amounts for junk policies that aren’t there for us when we need it. Trumpcare allows insurers to go back to the days of discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions. That’s appalling. If the Senate votes for it, constituents like me won’t forget. Trumpcare not only ends policies for so many of those on Medicaid, it bans those who keep it from using their insurance to be treated at Planned Parenthood — the only provider in many areas.

WAYNE FLICK
Grand Junction

Let’s fight to ensure existence of culture in Bears Ears

What and how a person shows respect are important in the telling of that person’s character. Do they respect other people’s property and opinions? It’s not just how or what the individual respects but what our culture respects that really shows our maturity. Do we judge other cultures by how much they resemble ours, or by how much we understand theirs? Another measure of our character is how we treat and respect other cultures of different times.

Right now we are threatening the ancient culture that exists in Bears Ears National Monument. This is an example of how and what we respect. There are thousands of scared sites, ancient dwellings, ancient pottery remains, and examples of farming and hunting methods that tell of these people, their concerns, and what they respected. All these show how they lived. If we allow the destruction and razing of this lifestyle, we have little respect for this ancient culture. Maybe it shows how little respect we have for ourselves.

Let’s take a big step beyond our present paradigm and move to respect these ancient people. Let’s fight the political fight to ensure the existence of this culture in Bears Ear National Monument to be enjoyed and studied by future generations. Once it’s crushed, pilfered, or disregarded as trash, it’s gone forever. Is this showing respect?

ERIC RECHEL
Grand Junction

Republicans loathe to 
practice what they preach

Tuesday’s “below-the-fold” headline (“White House denies Trump shared secrets with Russians”) and the accompanying photograph of our so-called President shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov illustrate how the so-called “lamestream media” is complicit in the normalization of Trump’s erratic and irresponsible behavior.

Indeed, when read more closely, the AP story actually confirms that – while National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster “denied” that Trump shared secret information about “sources and methods” with the Russians — his “non-denial denial” and his subordinates’ notifications to the CIA and NSA constitute “admissions” that Trump did in fact violate our intelligence-sharing agreements by leaking highly sensitive information which both the Russians and others can “reverse engineer” to ascertain those “sources and methods.”

Moreover, the article confirms what the photograph conceals: that Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak was also in the Oval Office with Trump and Lavrov — a fact that the White House did not disclose until after the Russians published their exclusive pictures.

Sentinel readers should recall that now former FBI Director James Comey famously but injudiciously testified on July 5, 2016 that Hillary Clinton had been “extremely careless” with classified information — because she received a few e-mails from subordinates that were retroactively deemed “classified” (but were not properly marked as such when she received them) and then stored them on her private server (which could have been hacked but wasn’t), unaware that any of those e-mails contained any classified information.

On July 7, 2016, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tweeted that “individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ with classified information should be denied further access to such info.” Of course, hypocritical Republicans like Ryan remain loath to “practice what they preach.”

Meanwhile, the only way to deny our careless and demonstrably dangerous “leaker-in-chief” any “further access to such info” is to impeach him and then “lock him up” for laundering Russian money and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

BILL HUGENBERG
Grand Junction


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Yesterday, our contemptible so-called President told the graduating Coast Guard class that “no politician in history . . . has been treated worse” by the press than him – albeit conveniently forgetting that no politician in recent memory has treated women, the disabled, his primary rivals, and his election opponent more reprehensibly than he has.

This morning, Trump tweeted that the appointment of Former FBI Director Mueller as Special Counsel was “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” – once again revealing his profound ignorance of that history, including the Whitewater investigation that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment (but exonerated him of all “high crimes and misdemeanors” other than lying under oath about his liaison with Monica Lewinski) and the admittedly partisan Benghazi probes (“one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history”), which Republicans used to bilk “the base” while finding
“no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton”.

Today, we learned that – last year—the Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan directed his colleagues to conceal their informed concerns about Trump’s own links to Putin, and that Trump campaign associates had 18 previously undisclosed contacts with Russians.  Thus, Mueller’s “safari” won’t have far to hunt for the warlock-in-chief.

Under Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution, the House of Representatives “shall have the sole power of impeachment” – by simple majority vote.  The 115th Congress – which is nominally composed of 435 members—is currently comprised of 238 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with four open seats.  Thus, it would take only 23 patriotic Republicans to join a unanimous Democratic minority to impeach Trump by a vote of 216 to 215.

Under Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution, the Senate “shall have the sole power to try all impeachments”—with conviction requiring the concurrence of two thirds of the Members present”.  The current Senate is comprised of 52 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and two Independents (both of whom caucus with the minority).  Thus, it would take only 21 patriotic Republicans to join a unanimous coalition of Democrats and Independents to impeach Trump with 67 votes (assuming no absences).  Only 66 votes would be required to remove Trump from office if any single Senator absented him/herself from the vote.

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