Printed Letters: October 12, 2016

Misogyny needs to be named and condemned

This may seem like a political post, but it’s not. It’s about an attitude so pervasive in our culture that it is on the verge of being endorsed. When misogyny is blatantly displayed it needs to be named and condemned. It is not the same the same thing as infidelity. It is not the same thing as philandering.

It is a weapon of violence, it comes from a place of fear and loathing, and it just got the biggest, brightest spotlight shined right on it.

Left to run amok, misogyny hurts us all, not only women, but men too. I have seen the calls of late to think of our daughters and the messages they are hearing during this season. I agree, but what about our sons? Will we shield our daughters from hateful ideology and leave our sons to drown in it? Will we raise our girls on Sheryl Sandberg and let our boys figure it out in the locker room? I fear this neglect will lead to a future generation of woefully tragic unions.

Speaking of unions, it took ours 50 years after black men were granted the legal right to vote to recognize the right for women. Think about that. Just think about that. Who do you think those women were fighting for their right to vote? One of the tragedies of the civil rights movement is that disenfranchised white people, and I’m including all women here, did not recognize their own oppressors and join forces. Alice Walker wrote, “Resistance is the secret of joy.” I don’t know if that’s true, but I sure hope to find out.

The most recent misogynistic rhetoric is not unique or new, but it sure is getting old. I for one do not accept it on behalf of myself, or my daughter, or my son.

TAYLOR McNAIR
Grand Junction

A vote for the Green Party is no wasted protest vote

I was a big supporter of Bernie Sanders. After Clinton was installed as the Democratic nominee, in what historians are likely to remember as a deeply flawed and unfair primary, I looked for ways to pursue Bernie’s revolution. Like a majority of Americans I feel the two-party system has failed us miserably. I found the Green Party. Jill Stein, The Green Party candidate for president, has visionary policies on all the major issue of our time. Stein’s “Green New Deal” aims to stop climate change and create 20 million jobs building a healthy and sustainable economy based on clean energy. She want to end the oil wars, cut military spending and with the savings make higher education free and provide Medicare for all. Stein wants to protect voter rights and fix the rigged election system.

Most important, a vote for the Green Party is no wasted protest vote. If Stein wins just 5 percent of the vote nationwide, the Green Party gets federal funding and ballot access and we get a much healthier democracy. In the end that is what it’s all about. Will we have an alternative to the failed two-parties or remain prisoner to a system that is threatening our livelihoods, our planet and our democracy?

RICHARD MOSER
Mancos

71 gives all Coloradans chance to decide what’s on the ballot

Do you want to help steer the direction of “Colorful Colorado” now and into the future? Do you want your voice heard? Do you want a say in what amendments make it on Colorado’s Constitution? I know I do. If you do too, then I urge you to educate yourself on Amendment 71, also referred to as “Raise the Bar,” before you vote this November.

Colorado’s Constitution is the easiest in the country to amend, which essentially makes us the “guinea pig” for out-of-state special interests. In fact, since 2005 there have been more than two-dozen proposed amendments and in that same time period only two proposed changes to statutory law. That is definitely backwards and needs to change!

What happens currently is these special interest groups focus their attention and petitioning efforts (signature gathering) in the counties with the largest populations in Colorado, essentially eliminating smaller counties and rural areas. No matter the issue, Denver and Boulder shouldn’t be telling us what to do in rural Colorado and on the Western Slope. We matter too and we should have a voice. From Denver to Boulder counties and Garfield to Mesa counties and everywhere in between, our opinions all count and we all should support this amendment. Amendment 71 will give all of Colorado a chance to decide what’s on the ballot rather than just a select few.

We need to stop being the guinea pig and make sure Colorado has equal representation when it comes to changing something as fundamental as the constitution.

KEIRA BRESNAHAN
Grand Junction

What is the logic to opening pot shops in Grand Junction?

Well, it didn’t take long. We saw our first comment in the You Said It section that reasons since our city revenues are down and we can’t afford a lot of the good things that we want to improve our way of life here in the valley, the solution is for the city to approve opening pot shops in Grand Junction.

There must be some logic there somewhere!

Mrs. J.C. SMITH
Grand Junction


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Vote NO on Amendment 71.

Keira Breshnahan, why should people voluntarily give up their right to petition their government granted by our state constitution? I doesn’t make sense. We are fortunate, not unfortunate, to be able to do this. Colorado is one of the few states in the union that allows residents to change their laws by petition. People all over the state have this right equally already. I have personally seen lots of petitioners on the western slope for state-wide ballot issues. Many of them already don’t make it because of the existing difficulty and expense of collecting signatures.

We should not so easily give up our rights. Amendment 71 will make it SO expensive to amend the state constitution that ordinary people, even large groups of them, won’t even stand a chance any more. Wealthy corporations and their “institutes,” lobbying and front groups will be the only ones who will be able to afford the expensive signature gathering campaigns required under this amendment. That must explain why big business, including the extractive energy industries, and the G.J. Area Chamber of Commerce, are all for this measure.

Folks, if you want to keep Colorado’s future out of the hands of rich corporations and maintain your right to petition for change in state government, vote NO on Amendment 71.

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