Printed letters, November 28, 2012

For decades, businesses have begun their preparations for their annual secular Xmas picking of our pockets toward the middle of October, and they get serious about it before Thanksgiving, all of which irritates a large portion of our population.

I have a couple of ideas on how to address the fourth-quarter angst that plagues both commerce and consumers in our nation.

One, starting in January each year, folks should buy one or two Christmas presents each month, wrap them, bag them and set them high in a closet; by Labor Day they’d be ready for the big day — no anxiety, no budget woes, no seasonal depression, no problems and the nation’s retailers won’t have to worry about making their annual profits in just one month. They might quit annoying us with their Santa Claus-mas mania. Win-win for everyone.

Or we could, and I really like this, be honest about our late-year holidays and create an all-in-one holiday season beginning just after Labor Day and continuing into late December. Let’s call it TrickyTurkmas! This would elate the politically correct bloc with the elimination of all references to our Christian heritage and retailers everywhere with 90 straight days of frenzied consumer celebratory spending.

We can festoon the valley with ghosts, gobblers, plastic snowmen and glitzy lights for three whole months and flood the television channels with endless reruns of second-rate seasonal movies of all sorts. We can also stun our senses with myriads of loud, inane ads for things we never knew we needed.

The official seasonal music all day, every day, would feature “Jingle Bell Rock” played by the Trick ‘n Treat Trio in Pilgrim costumes wearing Santa Claus hats and arriving at their gigs in a corporate-sponsored, red-and-green balloon, jack-o’-lantern sleigh pulled by eight tiny turkeys through streets crowded with happy shoppers throwing candies.

O! The heartfelt honesty of it all! I can hardly wait for this to come true. The way things are going in this country, I won’t have to wait long.


Grand Junction

Cedaredge fans laud coverage 
of football team’s title quest

Thank you to The Daily Sentinel for your extensive and informative coverage of the Cedaredge Bruins football team’s pursuit of its first state championship. Your many articles and photos of our high school team have been excellent and effective in capturing the spirit of the team and community.

All of the Bruin fans in the area are proud of our team’s quest for its first state title. Your coverage and interest have been outstanding and much appreciated.




Identity should be concealed for those with carry permits

Regarding the article in the Nov. 26 Daily Sentinel on no one moving into University of Colorado “gun dorms,” now this is where the wolf is let into the chicken house for whatever reason. If you had a dorm just for people with $1 million, how many do you believe would come running to sign up? 

I believe the idea behind concealed carry permits is that those who do not need to know who is carrying don’t know. Only CU should have that information and should keep it secured.

It is a powerful thing to not know if that person next to you could possibly be the one who could keep you from doing something that could stop you from playing havoc with others.


Grand Junction


Hostess collapse largely stems 
from greed of top management

I want to share some facts about the collapse of Hostess that were left out of the letter to the editor in the Nov. 25 edition of The Daily Sentinel.

Unions did not cause the failure of this company. It was poor management. The union workers have given back to company in the form of wage cuts, and the company quit paying into worker pension funds. When the company filed for bankruptcy for the second time in eight years, the company raised the then-CEO pay threefold and other executives’ pay twofold, while asking workers to take lower wages.

The company chose to reward management for poor management practices on the backs of their hourly employees. In fact, in the current bankruptcy filing it is asking that management receive rather nice compensation packages while the workers receive nothing but blame.

It was not the union that created the collapse of Twinkies. It was poor and greedy corporate management. This is exactly why every person in the workplace should be unionized, to have protection from selfish greed and poor management.


Grand Junction


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