Printed letters, November 15, 2012

What are you smoking in The Daily Sentinel editorial office these days? Something is really screwing up your brain. You have a front-page article on Gen. David Petraeus that (at least at this point) indicates he never revealed any national secrets during the time of his extramarital affair and then in an editorial you imply he was “unfaithful” to the country.

There is nothing that implies in any form that he was “unfaithful” to our country. So why say this? Are you that desperate for sensationalism now that the elections are over?

Petraeus took the honorable act to resign, even though the FBI investigation does not implicate him in any criminal activity, other than the affair, which is not a federal offense.

It has been reported (but not in The Daily Sentinel) that he did this to protect the integrity of the office of the director of the CIA. How many people in Congress have ever done something similar to protect the integrity of Congress?

Try your best to grow up. This person gave 37 years of his life to this country, and he screwed up in his personal life after he left the military. He was unfaithful to his wife, not the country.

MICKEY SHANABARGER

Fruita

Petraeus no worse than 
many skirt-chasing pols

I cannot agree in total with the editorial about the latest skirt chasing in D.C. True, it was wrong, but not worse than Clinton, Jack and Bobby Kennedy, Ike or FDR. I only went back this far, because most of us were around when they were in office. Of course, I could go back to Jefferson, but what would be the point?

Sure, it was against their spouses and families and a sin, according to the Christian Bible.

However, it was not a security problem as the other cases could be, because she was a fellow officer and a member of the U.S. Army Intelligence, in reserve status.

Come on, what they did meets with the standards (low) set by Clinton with a young, awestruck woman, or Ike with a driver who was a British subject, and on and on.

Was what they did wrong? Yes, it was, but it violated moral codes, violated the the Uniform Code of Military Justice (if either of them fell under it at the time). And, most of all, it was action against their families, but not against the country.

LARRY DAVIS

Fruita

 

County clerk needs to rethink 
voting venue for Palisade

This is a short message to Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner.

It is hard to believe that the only place on the east side of this valley for those of us in Palisade and the surrounding area made available to us for casting our vote was the deserted road and bridge building up on C 1/2 Road.

“Really!”  I said to my husband. “Are they serious?”

Most unfortunately, they were. Apparently, not a lot of thought was given to the fact that this location was not considered for its convenience.

Nor was any thought given to how accommodating it needed to be for large numbers of people to squeeze into the only entry and exit door made available to us.

It was also apparent the county clerk’s office didn’t consider the condition of the building or the fact that once inside, it was very hot, smelly and extremely crowded. Let’s hope asbestos wasn’t floating around to boot.

I’m not sure why this location was chosen over the past locations that have actually been in the town of Palisade, but I’m hopeful that come the next election, the powers that be will certainly put more thought and consideration into their decision-making when it comes to locating a decent place to cast our votes.

LISA SCOTT

Palisade

 

WPX Energy doesn’t condone 
boycotting area businesses

WPX Energy has been questioned about a very serious matter. That is: Did the company direct its employees to boycott a Parachute business?

WPX Energy would never direct any of its employees to boycott a business for any reason. Nor does WPX Energy condone such actions by any of its employees.

There is no truth to the rumor that WPX Energy suggested boycotting our good friends, Vance, Jean and Geno at VJ’s Ribbs. On the contrary, we consider them good business partners and enjoy their food both in the restaurant and at our office.

We recently used the restaurant for a large catering event.

After WPX Energy learned of the rumor, we reached out to Jean Johnson to explain the company’s position and offer support. We did so again Monday.

What WPX Energy does tell our employees is to work safely, be active in the community and be good ambassadors for the company.

SUSAN B. ALVILLAR

WPX Energy

Parachute



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