Printed letters, November 30, 2012

It’s been more than three weeks since the passage of Amendment 64. I, as yet, haven’t heard of anyone sticking their hand into a flame thinking it was a flower or jumping off a building because they thought they could fly.

For those of us who actually read Amendment 64 and know there is a lot more to it than justification for hippies, we find there is a very important economic gate that can be opened to us if we can just get beyond being afraid of what we don’t understand.

Hemp is a very hardy, fibrous plant that can be grown easily and produces a high-yield crop with an amazing profit margin.

The once thriving particle board/plywood plant in Delta County could be geared up again to make hemp plywood, giving a huge economic boost to workers in the factory and to local farmers who grow the hemp crop.

Anything done with wood products can be done with hemp, except make a 2 x 4 and similar lumber. Even the hemp seed produces oils that are good for skin and as a digestive aid.

It’s high time (no pun intended) that we all stop whining about too much government, get smart together and start making money from an agricultural source that is well within our reach.



County capital funds not 
 meant for workforce center

In the midst of a recession, when we are surrounded by suffering and hardship, it is disappointing to see the actions of outgoing Mesa County commissioners.

For example, there are plans to build a new building for the Mesa County Workforce Center. There are currently commissioners who want to fund the new workforce building from Mesa County’s capital improvement projects budget.

The citizens of Mesa County desperately need every tax dollar to repair roads and intersections and to fix bridges and pipelines throughout the county.

I completely support helping everyone get a job. And there have been significant tax savings with the recent renovation of the old City Market warehouse into the Mesa County Consolidated Services building.

There are several vacant buildings in Grand Junction with centralized locations and adequate parking space for a workforce center. The old Hobby Lobby building or a former City Market building are a couple of possible choices. I believe they could be remodeled for less than the cost of a new building.

The citizens can have a properly funded professional workforce center and save millions of tax dollars if we stand up to this injustice. The next Mesa County commissioners’ meeting is Dec. 3.We, the citizens of Mesa County, cannot stand by and let public officials abuse their office and waste millions of taxpayer dollars to pander to their personal agendas.   


Grand Junction


As media arm of GOP, 
Fox News lacks credibility

A couple of years ago, a highly regarded nonpartisan polling company came out with interesting results to a national survey. They determined that without any doubt those who get all of their current events information from Fox News are the most misinformed and under-informed people in the country. Even more so than those who listen to no news at all!

Laurel Gallegos’ recent letter on this page certainly does nothing to change that finding. Alan Colmes a liberal? Juan Williams a liberal? Geraldo a liberal?  Give me a break.

It is a great tragedy that nice folks such as Gallegos not only actually believe in the stream of vindictive lies spouted by Fox’s admitted conservatives and pretend liberals, but also believe it to the exclusion of all other options.

What will it take to prove to viewers that Fox is the recognized media arm of the Republican Party and therefore has zero credibility? We can only pray for a miracle.




Honoring God privately 
doesn’t make anyone ungodly

I am writing in response to a letter to the editor from Ginger Barnes, who decried that liberals have “taken God out of every aspect of our lives.”

Wow! I hadn’t realized that liberals or any other group of people had that kind of power.

I thought God existed independently, in everyone and everything. I think God is omnipotent and omnipresent and eternal, mysterious, loving, forgiving, healing and unknowable, except in the silence of one’s heart. Talking and singing and praying about God in public don’t make God more present.

Some of us prefer to pray and meditate in private and don’t think anyone’s version or brand of God should be imposed on anyone else in any public place. Holding another view of God and honoring, praising and praying to God in different ways don’t make liberals or anyone else ungodly.


Grand Junction


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