Printed letters, November 1, 2012

So you think marijuana can be controlled like alcohol? Hmmm.

Let’s say I’m sitting on the couch next to my kids, having a beer. Unless those kids grab that beer and take a swig, the truth is that beer won’t affect them.

Now let’s say I’m sitting on the couch next to my kids smoking a joint. There’s no question the air in the room will be filled with smoke and anyone in that room will be subjected to the THC and other chemicals stemming from that marijuana. The kids will be inhaling the same exact smoke I’m inhaling.

Common sense proves marijuana and alcohol cannot be controlled the same way, no matter what supporters say.

And anyone who says marijuana isn’t a gateway drug just wants Amendment 64 passed, regardless of the truth. Every drug addict I’ve ever known started with pot, including my cousin, who ended up doing heavy drugs before he was killed on the monument.

There’s no question kids will be subjected to heavy doses of marijuana if 64 passes. But in this America, I’m not sure how many people even care.

MIKE BAMBINO

Grand Junction

 

Amendment 64 will not 
end the war on drugs

I was astonished to see an ex-cop from Denver do a pro-Amendment 64 ad on the basis that the “war on drugs doesn’t work.”

The fact is that the war on drugs will not go away just because the use of one illicit drug becomes a protected right. There will still be meth, cocaine, heroine and scores of designer narcotics, pharmaceuticals, off-the-shelf substances and unregulated pot that will come across the border and continue to spread in all parts of the country.

Legalizing pot will not end or even put a dent in the war on drugs. That argument is another deceptive fallacy.

The first solution is to physically secure the borders and enforce current immigration law. Continue random searching of vehicles coming from Mexico and Canada and patrol the skies over the borders using drones.

Allow border states like Arizona to enforce existing law and use technological innovations to secure their own borders.

Drugs in America are not a result of too much government. They are a symptom of a spiritual and moral crisis in our civil society. The war on drugs will not end until the war against God and morality is ended and parents and our social institutions begin to model moral behavior for the younger generations and governments end constraints on religion in public spaces.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” reads the First Amendment.

America needs a spiritual revival to address the problem of drugs in our homes, schools and communities. Permissive laws that encourage the sale of destructive substances will only add to the moral crisis that is already destroying us from within.

MARJORIE HAUN

Grand Junction

 

Do we want a fantasyland 
or old-fashioned country?

Make no mistake, Election Day 2012 is about the future of our country.

Our choice is between a responsible, old-fashioned America that has served us well for decades and Obama’s Euro-like fantasyland where everything is free except you.

BOB STRONG

Montrose

 

Re-elect President Obama 
to ensure national security

I strongly recommend that we do not change our presidential decision-maker during this critical time of a potential nuclear war crisis in the Middle East. Disaster could be ignited by the actions of either the fundamentally religious leaders of Iran or Israel.

Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons while Iran desires parity. Both are being driven by the fear of a future surprise pre-emptive attack. They are putting their hopes in the insanely immoral policy of mutually assured destruction as a deterrent.

We need a seasoned statesman, such as JFK during the Cuban missile crisis, to thread this dangerous passage. We need a president who will pursue tough, independent decision-making policies to hold them both in check.

Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Bush administration, recently endorsed President Obama. He stated his concerns about Gov. Romney’s economic and foreign policy plans, arguing Romney had provided a “moving target.”

“One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan, but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal. Same thing in Iraq,” Powell said. “On every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Gov. Romney agreed with the president, with some nuances, but this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign.”

Powell went on to praise Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq, thus essentially ending the conflict that began during Powell’s tenure in the Bush administration. “I think that the actions he’s taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very solid,” Powell said. “So I think we ought to keep on the track that we’re on.”

Trust the man who’s lived and experienced all the pitfalls and complications of the Bush administration’s wars. For our nation’s safety and national security, Gen. Colin Powell recommends the re-election of Obama.

LANCE OSWALD

Grand Junction

 

Authorities watched attack 
in Benghazi but did nothing

If your son or daughter died in the service to their country, would you not want answers?

The attack on our Benghazi consulate is a scandal of epic proportions, pretty much ignored by the news media. That, in itself, makes the mainstream media just as complicit as President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Four Americans were killed as a result of the administration’s failure to pay attention. Multiple times over a period of months, our ambassador requested increased security and stated the potential for violence was escalating. These requests were ignored and existing security reduced. Obama and Clinton are directly responsible for the murder of these four precious Americans. These men could have been your family members.

Now we know how Obama will handle that 3 a.m. phone call Clinton mentioned in the 2008 campaign: He goes to bed.

Only the president had the authority to order all avenues of assistance to “stand down.” It is totally un-American to stand by idly and just watch others die. We just are not like that, and these were our own people!

Obama claims he did not know of requests for increased security at this location. Why didn’t he know? It is his job to know. Perhaps it was because he skipped nearly 60 percent of the intelligence briefings. Obama consistently refuses to take responsibility for anything that happens on his watch.

Those in the D.C. situation room watched the attack in Benghazi in real time. They watched our people under attack, watched them die and did nothing — not before, not during and very little since. Whether or not they actually watched it or went bowling is anybody’s guess. Obama did not let it keep him awake. He had a fundraiser the next day in Las Vegas.

Obama has proven himself unfit to be president of the United States.

JUANITA R. WILLIAMS

Parachute

 

Blame natural gas reserves,
not Obama, for ‘war on coal’

As a resident of the North Fork Valley and a former coal miner, I would like to address this “war on coal” President Barack Obama is supposedly waging.

As reported in The Daily Sentinel, virtually every request by the local mines for lease enlargements has been approved. Recently the BLM approved a reduction in royalty payments at West Elk Mine, to the tune of nearly $3 million, because of difficult mining conditions. Federal agencies have adopted the Colorado model for roadless areas that specifically allows the road building and drilling these mines need to operate.

This doesn’t sound like a war on coal to me.

Then there is the EPA. Without clean air standards there would be no reason to ship clean Western coal to Eastern markets that have plenty of dirty coal underfoot.

Coal’s share of the domestic market is shrinking because huge natural gas reserves have come online close to major markets. Coal is going to suffer from this competition no matter who is president. All the scapegoating in the world will not change this.

JOE SCHEETZ

Paonia

 

Obama’s achievements aren’t 
what letter writer claimed

In response to letter writer Harmon Lisnow’s support of Obama’s accomplishments these past 3 1/2 years, the “results” should be stated in a follow-up.

Let’s look at Obamacare. We know it is going to cost much more than we were told. We know Obama took $716 billion out of Medicare to reduce the projected cost of Obamacare. Then, he immediately reduced benefit amounts to doctors and hospitals and called it waste and abuse within the system.

If you are like me, over 65, and need elective surgery for, say, a knee replacement, it won’t happen. The 15-member panel in D.C. will approve a cane, then crutches, then a walker, and finally a wheelchair.

If you are on Medicare and don’t have a doctor, good luck! If we maintain the Medicare and Social Security programs as is, those 55 years old and younger will most likely outlive both programs.

Reports on the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act indicate that even within the Obama administration, this is not the being achieved. Women are not being paid the same as their male counterparts for the same job. Oops!

The war in Iraq ended as was the Bush plan. Osama bin Laden was located and eliminated as a result of Bush administration interrogations at Gitmo. Wait, it is still there?

The General Motors bailout resulted in unfair treatment of employees if you were on the wrong team. The teams are Team Union or Team Non-Union. Full benefits were paid to 28,000 UAW workers but 41,000 non-UAW workers did not receive full benefits, and thousands of GM dealerships were chopped. Great plan!

I would like to add some accomplishments Lisnow ignored. Obama said in 2008 the possibility of a $1.4 trillion deficit was un-American and he would cut that year’s deficit in half. If you check the results, oops, he nearly tripled it.

The “Fast and Furious” program was an attempt to increase gun control. We have a border guard and reportedly 1,500 Mexican deaths as a result. Oops.

Now, we have attacked at embassies or consulates in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Morocco, and Sudan. Oops!

TOM KEENAN

Palisade

 

Despite partisan bickering, 
there’s much good to be found

Amid all the partisan letters and bad news that we read about daily, I would like to say that it is a real joy to live in Grand Junction.

We are surrounded with beauty: Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa, the Bookcliffs, the Colorado and Gunnison rivers, our unique high desert climate. Our downtown is vibrant and lovely, with wonderful restaurants, bars and shops. There’s Art on the Corner, trees, flowers and places to sit and enjoy.

Our city government is responsible, and we breathe clean air and drink clean water.

Our farmers and wineries and brewers give us fabulous fresh fruit and vegetables, wine and beer.

And there is still old-fashioned customer service at local businesses.

Find the good and praise it. I love you, Grand Junction.

MARTHA BARRETT SCOTT

Grand Junction



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