Printed letters, October 4, 2013

I was quite disappointed to read Thomas Friedman’s column in The Daily Sentinel Sept. 29. He is obviously out of touch with the desires of the American people, who want less intrusion by government in their lives and businesses.

He openly attacks the tea party and conservative representatives in Congress who are attempting to return this nation to the ideals of liberty and freedom. He calls them “angry radicals and barking fools.” This sounds like an angry liberal at his finest.

Friedman’s final sentence, “And thus does a great country, with so much potential, slowly become ungreat,” would be a fitting summary to five years of the Obama administration’s performance, showcasing the poor management of the economy, the hastily passed Affordable Care Act, inept handling of foreign affairs and other scandals such as NSA overreach that are yet unresolved.

FRED ZIMMAT

Grand Junction

Feds and environmentalists 
kill another Colorado industry

It was heartbreaking to read about how the government and the extremist environmental lobby cooperated to kill another industry in Colorado. The only reason that Shell is relocating its successful oil shale operations out of Colorado and into Canada and Jordan is because of the regulatory environment specifically calculated by the Department of the Interior under former Secretary Ken Salazar to stop domestic oil shale production in its tracks.

It has nothing to do with the economics of oil shale. Shell’s technology was proven, its program going forward on time and on target, and oil shale is still being successfully produced on private land that the government cannot get its hands on, and in foreign countries.

It is sickening to think that people in our own government would willingly and deliberately attack an industry by making it impossible to operate. The blame starts with Salazar, but does not end there. Gov. John Hickenlooper could have stood up and fought for his state and its people by opposing the BLM’s Orwellian treatment of the oil shale industry, but chose not to.

Maybe if the jobs and opportunity that the BLM just shipped to the Middle East were coming from the Denver metro area instead of merely northwestern Colorado, Hickenlooper might have been more inclined to step in.

It is a sad day to see so much opportunity, hope and prosperity forced out of our state by our own government.

DENNIS WHITE

Grand Junction

 

Classroom indoctrination 
charge is completely absurd

When I read the letter by James O’Malley about how the “leftist” teachers are indoctrinating their students, I was angry, then baffled. Then I had to laugh at the absurdity of what he wrote.

I am a third-grade teacher. I got my basic education from District 51 and degrees from “liberal” Mesa College, University of Northern Colorado and graduate degree from Adams State, not that leftist, unknowledgeable Stanford.

I can assure every extreme conservative that when I am teaching regrouping, number sense, decomposing numbers or multiplication I am instilling my “leftist” ideals in every lesson. I always try to bring gun control into the lesson through story problems sprinkled with a few anti–American comments. However, I save the “leftist” lessons on the environment and family values for when we learn division; by then I have them well indoctrinated.

I am curious to know which principles of our Founding Fathers O’Malley would like to return to. Would it be disenfranchisement, slavery or discrimination against women and minorities?

I am certainly happy to know that his qualifications to interpret the Constitution are far superior to these “stupid” Stanford people. I wonder where O’Malley received his education.

Letter writers should get accurate information, not from fixed news sources, and study American history and the principles that the United States was founded upon.Then maybe they can write without sounding so biased.

There is a saying at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., that reads, “Freedom of speech is not a license to be stupid.”

CHRISTINA HOBBS

Grand Junction

 

Key Democrats should take 
blame for federal shutdown

Realizing late Monday evening that the government was going to shut down at midnight, one could only predict how the Associated Press, through The Daily Sentinel, would spin it come Tuesday morning. Sure enough, it was those stubborn Republicans who are to blame.

So, if we are going to play the blame game, six names jump immediately into my thinking: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate President Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. And let’s not forget our two Obama lap-dog senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet.

It is beyond understanding when members of the House, who were sent to Washington to represent their constituents, do just that, and the mainstream media then mocks their constituents.

Representing their constituents is a concept Udall and Bennet cannot grasp. Sixty-five percent of Americans do not want Obamacare. Why is that so hard for folks in Washington to understand?

FRANK ROGER LITTLE

Grand Junction



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