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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Mr. Flick is quite correct in wanting to hold the Senate (and Senator Cory Gardner) accountable should they support what is referred to as “Trumpcare” as, in my humble opinion, it violates the trust of the American people.  In the process, let us not forget another local character (Mr. Scott Tipton) who voted for the House version of “Trumpcare”.

Neither should we forget the “tax breaks” for the uber-wealthy (who really don’t need the money) in this ongoing charade. 

It is also necessary to put this entire thing in perspective and it is one group vs. another group, in claiming what they believe they are entitled to.  The middle-class (what little is left) is told that the problem lies with those who have less than they do, and having been convinced of that, they then vote to give the wealthy (who claim to be more deserving because they have more) even further tax breaks, not realizing that if they do, it will come out of their pockets as well as those who have even less than they do. 

So, this supposed “middle class” have been sold a “bill of goods”, referred to as “trickle down” or “voodoo” economics, a false economic theory which an entire generation was brought up believing.

What we then have is the Libertarians who keep chanting their mantra of “liberal economics”, which is so simplistic as to defy credulity, as it is based upon nothing more than the rather obvious dogma they promote, that “If everyone has a lemonade stand everyone will be rich”.

That type of thinking has never worked throughout the history of humanity, and some of us wonder why anyone would believe that it would work now, or at any time in the future.  It can only be because such individuals have not bothered to study history.  That includes Mr. Scott Tipton and Senator Cory Gardner, as well as their minions who blindly follow them.  Such individuals are of the mindset that “It worked for me.  Therefore, it has to be working for everyone else.”  Another way of expressing that is “I have mine and the heck with everyone else.”  And, as that pervades their thinking, they will carry it forward even into the realm of medical care, as they are totally incapable of doing otherwise.

Some of us, when we undertake a task or make a decision want to understand the consequences, and don’t just launch ourselves into either of them.  In other words, we do the up-front work necessary to make some type of intelligent (or semi-intelligent) decision.  If we are to judge from the contents of his letter, Mr. Suiffet does not consider that at all important.  So, we have to wonder if that is what he does in the simplest of tasks, and does not even look where he is stepping when taking a stroll.

If he does pay attention in that case, then why does he not want to do it in the matter of “wildlife” or, could it possibly be that he really doesn’t care because he sees it as not affecting him so, “Let’s just forget it”.

Perhaps this gentleman, as well as many others, should expand their perspective beyond the “me, here and now”, and begin considering the long-term effects of what they do or don’t do, advocate or don’t advocate.

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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