Printed Letters: May 2, 2014

If it’s only a name change, go all out on park status
The editorial in Tuesday’s Sentinel said it’s not nice to try to attempt to misdirect the public on the facts. The editorial goes on to state that changing the name of the Colorado National Monument to a national park is just a name change — nothing more — nothing else changes.

What an opportunity! Using that fact, the subsequent logic should be to do completely away with the “national monument” designation and convert all national monuments to national parks. Nothing changes. But wait, nothing changes except the government bureaucratic overhead to maintain the two separate designations which could (should, would) immediately go away — creating a cost-savings to the taxpayers, right? (Yeah, right!)

That would give Colorado not just four national parks but nine national parks,  and, if drawing tourists is the reason for having national parks, then nine has to be better than four.

But why stop there? We have all those tourist-drawing other “national” attractions: national historic sites, national historic trails and national recreation areas. Change just the designation and then there would be 16 national parks in Colorado — almost reason enough to start charging those tourists admission at the state line. That would be 11 more national parks than neighboring Utah would have, but, alas, two fewer than neighboring Arizona (oops, better leave that state line alone).

If just changing the designation of one is good, then changing the designation on all should be great. Increase the number of tourists, reduce government overhead, etc. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s just the facts.

TOM HOWE
Hotchkiss


Obama’s wins, court rulings may have reignited racism
While the Sentinel’s editorial endorsement of the NBA’s decisive response to Donald Sterling’s racism (“Banned for Life”) is commendable, it facilely condemns the obvious while ignoring more subtle manifestations of deeply ingrained societal nativism.

Particularly troubling are two previous editorials: “Nevada grazing standoff reignites a festering feud” (April 15) and “Court ruling reflects progress on equality” (April 24).

Only when Cliven Bundy revealed himself to be an unrepentant racist did “conservative” Republicans abandon their “hero worship” of that free-loading “welfare cowboy” – but not their perverse definition of “patriot” (gun-toting anti-Constitutionalists using women and children as shields and positioned to assassinate conscientious federal officials).

However, the Sentinel has still not reported that the factual predicate of its sympathy for that “festering feud” – that the Bundys had been grazing cattle there since 1877 – was bogus. Consequently, its anti-government readers don’t know that the Bundys acquired the base property in 1948 and first grazed cattle on the disputed federal lands in 1954. 

Likewise, while the Sentinel equivocatingly applauded the Supreme Court’s retreat from affirmative action and voting rights protections, it ignored the inference that the court’s “conservative” majority’s stated “belief” in “vast improvements” was merely convenient ideologically driven justification to dismantle the successful legal protections that had made more meager improvements possible in the first place.

Similarly, the Sentinel noted that “we have twice elected a [half-] black president to lead our country,” which for some affords “a compelling justification for a re-examination of affirmative action in this country.”

However, an overlay of maps depicting opposition to Obamacare,  support for voter suppression, average education levels, rural poverty and the “Old South” suggests that President Obama’s elections actually reignited latent racism and that the court’s rulings having given the Donald Sterlings, the Cliven Bundys and like-minded local “tea partiers” license to more virulently express themselves.

BILL HUGENBERG
Grand Junction


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Bill Hugenberg must be working from his own sense of guilt when it comes to Racism. Conservatives and Republicans have long been the champions of freedom.

Hugenberg needs a quick review of history.

Democrats led the South out of the Union over the election of Abraham Lincoln, a Republican. Democrats manned the trenches and fought with the Confederacy to keep African Americans slaves. After the war, Democrats in the South formed the Ku Klux Klan. Democrats in the South created the Jim Crow Laws, and took away the freedom the Thousands of Dead Union Soldiers had won for Southern Slaves. Republicans were not elected in the South for 100 years.

Democrats like George Wallace and Robert Byrd, fought the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s. President Johnson never succeeds with out Republican support to pass landmark Civil Rights Legislation.

Fast forward to today. Donald Sterling is not just a racist. He is a dyed in the wool Democrat who gave millions of dollars to the Pelosi and Obama campaigns. He was in line to win his 2nd award from the NAACP for his service to the African American Community, when the reality came to light.

The Local TEA Party members are racists? Did the Sentinel Editorial Board not read the article by Duffy Hayes. This weekend’s TEA Party rally at Lincoln Park, featured Derrick Wilburn Head of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives and American Conservatives of Color. Past years rallies have featured Ryan Frazier, a prominent Denver area Conservative (Also African American) and Niger Innes a prominent African American who works with Herman Cain and is a Fox News Contributor.

Hugenberg and Democrats can no longer defend the lies being perpetuated by the current Administration and so turn to the tried and true of obfuscation by spouting more lies. Shame on Hugenberg for writing a letter packed with untruths; Shame on the Sentinel Editorial Board for giving it unwarranted publicity.

Boy, My hat finally stopped spinning late last night from Hugenbergs spin and after reading this letter to the editor, it’s spinning out of control. At this rate I’ll be bald and have to resort to a comb over. While it’s interesting to think that local Tea Party people are in his eyes racist, he offers absolutely no proof to back his assertions. The last time I looked, the major Tea Party leaders in the country are women, blacks and vocal opponents of any racism slurs made by the progressives against us.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/35094.html
or
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url;=/journals/dissent/v059/59.1.rosen.html
and
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/19/black-conservatives-lead-role-tea-party-movement/

I have to admit, Mr. McCarney did an excellent job of explaining things to you. Perhaps that will satisfy your search for words.
But, then again, probably not, your head is spinning, not your hat.

Buffaloed Bill just can’t help himself
thanks to Kevin and Tim for explaining things to him in rational speak. He may need translating.
Not Mrs. Bright, Missed you at the 4/20 rally and Starbucks Buff
They serve Tea at Starbucks too.

Not Freida Cook - Am a Relative (Ltpar) - Bill, will have to respectfully disagree with you on your analysis of President Obama.  He was elected by a combination of uniformed voters who knew nothing of his background, philosophy or plans for our country.  “Hope & Change” was nothing but the tune the Pied Piper of Chicago was playing while leading his supporters like the Piper did in the original story.  Of course, all the blacks flocked to Obama as he was one of their own. 

That said, had Obama been a leader, surrounded himself with savy advisors who knew the economy, finances, how to keep America strong in foreign affairs and how to deal with our enemies, things might be different.  The problem is not racism, but a complete failure of the American public to see Obama has the country on a one way street headed for the cliff of oblivion.  Personally, I could care less what color, gender or sexual preference the President is.  Show me a person who is a leader, can get the country back on track again and they have my support.  Unfortunately, for all of us there doesn’t seem to be many of those kind of people available from either the Republicans or Democrats. When the train goes over the cliff, hopefully there will be enough pieces to pick up and start over with.

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