Printed letters, November 28, 2013
The way people and organizations in our community treat homeless children is a terrible sin.
The Homeward Bound shelter takes in families for the night. They are fed, allowed to take a shower, and given a bed for the night, but unless a couple can prove they are legally married, the men are housed separately and not allowed any contact with their families. The mother and children can be given nights out if she is even seen arriving on the shelter’s property with her boyfriend, or if one of the kids sees the man they know as daddy in the food line and tries to go to him.
Come morning, everyone is dumped onto the streets of Grand Junction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and even tiny newborns are forced to deal with having nowhere to go.
At the Catholic Day Center, children are only allowed in the small front waiting room. There is no privacy or facilities for diaper changes or breast-feeding, and potential predators are always coming and going through the front door.
There are businesses and public buildings where children are welcome, such as the Mesa County Public Library and the mall, but anyone caught asleep in those places will be asked to leave and sometimes banned.
I know of no place where a mother can take her sick child to rest and recuperate, or even take a nap in the afternoon. For a city as giving and supportive as this one, I am amazed that we ignore the most innocent and blameless residents.
LOREN JOSEPH GREEN
Dems went nuclear only after long GOP abuse of filibuster
The op-ed piece in Friday’s paper, “Senate goes nuclear,” stated that (during the Bush administration) “it was the minority Democrats in the Senate who routinely used the filibuster to block Bush’s nominees to the federal bench and other positions.” In fact, the Democrats did use the filibuster seven times during Bush’s administration.
In comparison, the Republicans have used it 72 times during Obama’s. From the Eisenhower administration to today, the total number of filibusters used to block presidential nominees is 92, according to The New York Times.
The Republicans have abused the filibuster since 2008. Hence, the Democrats exercised the nuclear option.
U.S. nuclear deal with Iran illustrates power of diplomacy
The nuclear deal brokered by the United States and Iran in Geneva is historic. Just as the agreement to peacefully disarm Syria of its chemical weapons demonstrated, diplomacy makes the world a safer place.
Now comes the hard part: U.S. diplomats are working to secure a final agreement to prevent war and a nuclear-armed Iran. I hope my senators and representative will publicly support these efforts and oppose calls by some in Congress for more sanctions.
As former national security advisors Zbigniew Brezinski and Brent Scowcroft have pointed out, “additional sanctions now against Iran ... will risk undermining or even shutting down the negotiations.” Sabotaging diplomacy would jeopardize the unprecedented progress our diplomats have achieved to guard against yet another war and nuclear-armed nation.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation has more on supporting this unprecedented deal at its website, http://www.fcnl.org/iran.
Remember Udall’s votes in next year’s election
So, our two senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, voted for the “nuclear option,” in effect tearing up one of our historic political traditions.
The nuclear option essentially eliminates opportunity for the minority party (at this time, the Republicans) to filibuster. The Republicans no longer have a voice when it comes to some appointments, such as lifetime appointments to circuit courts and other presidential appointments.
With the nuclear option, the Senate needs only a simple majority — instead of 60 votes, as previously required — to bring to a vote of confirmation for such appointments, then a simple majority vote to confirm the appointments. That means that the Senate majority can impose its will, and the minority has absolutely no voice in the appointment process.
It’s interesting that Udall comes around trying to convince us that he is a centrist. This is always the case when liberals are running for re-election. It behooves us to remember both Udall and Bennet voted for, and continue to support Obamacare.
For the welfare of Colorado, and indeed, the entire country, it is essential that Udall be defeated in 2014. No need to worry about him, as he will have a very generous retirement package provided by the taxpayers..
Broncos played to maintain status quo rather than win
Aw, don’t the Denver Broncos just break your heart?
In the second half of last Sunday’s game, the Patriots played to win the game. The Broncos played to maintain the status quo.
Maintaining the status quo won’t cut it in the big game — if the Broncos are even lucky enough to make it to the big game now.
The steps they are hearing behind them are those of San Diego.