Printed Letters, October 21, 2012

In response to The Daily Sentinel’s endorsement of attorney Dan Robinson for House District 55, he’s not the man for the job at this time. Ray Scott is.

His knowledge of the energy industry and business eminently qualifies him, as well as his political savvy gained over the past two years. Because the local economy is so weak, we need more businessmen like Scott in our state government instead of more attorneys. From what I’ve seen, attorneys make government more complex and expensive.

Scott wants to return to the Legislature because he’s upset with the status quo in Colorado government and wants to continue to help his constituents in HD 55, as well as the Western Slope.

Scott has been endorsed by 14 organizations, including Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Colorado Association of Realtors, Colorado Medical Society, NRA and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.

He supports reducing regulations on businesses to promote growth and job creation. Robinson wants more regulation of business and the resulting growth of government.

For seniors, Scott helped win back the Homestead Exemption Act, which reduces their property taxes. If re-elected, he will be working on an amendment to this act to allow seniors to move and keep their exemption. He is also against Obamacare, which Robinson supports, and the resulting weakened Medicare.

Scott is also interested in a bill to implement the conversion of government vehicles to compressed natural gas.

He is a strong backer of school choice, responsible production of natural resources and support for the Second Amendment; he opposes circumvention of the TABOR amendment. A vote for Scott is a vote for the people of the Western Slope.

SUE BENJAMIN

Grand Junction

Leadership skills needed 
for tough county decisions

Tuesday’s front-page headline, “Lodging call center to close,” has me seriously concerned. The news that Mesa County is again losing more than 100 jobs is quite troubling. We can’t afford the loss of vital, good-paying jobs, and I believe at this time there is a role for county government to play in helping to grow the economy of Mesa County.

Unlike my opponents, I have a plan for economic growth.

I have shared at public forums and on my website several plans to help growth and development of new jobs here in Mesa County. Specifically, my small business jobs growth plan allows small businesses to receive a $5,000 grant after they increase their work force by four full-time employees for a year and pay at least $15 per hour.

Mesa County has the money in the general fund surplus account to financially support my incentive program with no increase in taxes or reduction of services.

Currently the excessive funds, nearly $4 million sitting in a savings account, are doing little to grow interest or help increase the economic vitality of this beautiful county. These excessive funds belong to Mesa County citizens. It takes someone who is willing to make tough decisions to implement a growth strategy for the future of our county.

As a former commissioner, I made tough decisions such as locating the county jail downtown. Locating the jail and justice center at its current location at the west end of downtown has helped to revitalize this vibrant area.

Leadership takes courage.

Neither of my opponents has offered a plan to grow the county’s economy.

I believe one of the roles of a county commissioner is to plan, research and implement sound programs that will help to ensure a fiscally viable community for our future. Tuesday’s news is not just a bad dream, it’s the reality of our current troubled economic situation. It is time for a plan and action.

If citizens believe, as I do, that leadership takes the vision to make tough decisions and viable plans for growth, I hope they will vote for me Nov. 6.

JOHN LEANE, Candidate

Mesa County Commissioner

Grand Junction

 

Colorado cannot become 
nation’s marijuana epicenter

Colorado voters have a big decision to make this fall about the future of our children and our state. Amendment 64 seeks to legalize up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes. If passed, this measure would harm our children and Colorado’s brand.

Nationwide, drugs other than alcohol account for about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A recent survey found that 6.8 percent of drivers, mostly under 35, who were involved in accidents tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

That’s exactly what happened on the afternoon of Nov. 12, 2004, when 15-year-old Rachel Kelly was walking with a friend to a grocery store near Greeley West High School. A driver who was high on marijuana hit Rachel, dragging her under the vehicle and turning her life upside down.

But beyond tragedies on the road, the legalization of marijuana would have a huge impact on our children. Already, 42 percent of teens have tried marijuana by the time they graduate from high school. And one out of 10 teens today report being “heavy” marijuana users, smoking the drug at least 20 times per month.

Children who are exposed to marijuana are more likely to have problems with memory, problem-solving and paying attention in school.

Established science also tells us that marijuana is addictive and that instances of addiction increase among those who start abusing the drug at a young age.

We also have to consider how the legalization of marijuana would impact our Colorado brand. We can’t afford to become known as the marijuana epicenter of the United States, where businesses face legal uncertainties about employees who smoke and possess a drug that’s illegal under federal law.

This November, it’s our responsibility as parents, brothers, sisters and Colorado residents to vote “no” on Amendment 64.

KEN BUCK

Weld County District Attorney

Greeley

 

VP debate an argument 
between wise man, fool

I ran across this in searching for something else, but it seems to capture, quite nicely, the vice presidential debate the other day in a nutshell:

“If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.” 

CREIGHTON BRICKER

Grand Junction



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