Printed letters, September 11, 2013

I don’t know whether on past 9/11s, prior to 2012, we had any military assets on alert — just in case. We painfully know that there were none on Sept. 11, 2012. If there had been, perhaps the Benghazi debacle might have turned out significantly different.

It cannot cost much extra to put Special Forces on alert around the world. What more would it cost to have aircraft units on alert also, to include strategically placed tankers for refueling. We have a name for 9/11: Patriot Day.

A lesson learned, or ignored, for this year and the future?

CREIGHTON BRICKER

Grand Junction

School board candidates must 
fight liberal indoctrination

Although I am pleased that more people are getting involved in the local school board elections, I am not seeing new ideas coming from the candidates.

Mesa County RepublicanWomen endorsed three candidates who want to be more prudent, “make things happen” and rethink the effectiveness of English as a Second Language. What about changing the 30-plus years of liberal indoctrination our children have been forced to endure? Let’s face it, our current predicament politically has been caused primarily by a generation of young voters who have been programmed against our standards of religion, rights and national loyalty throughout their public school years.

It is no wonder to me why America has elected and re-elected an administration of socialism and blatant disregard for our constitutional rights. We now have an enormous voting block that has been taught how wrong America is, how political correctness is more important than common sense and how big government is the answer.

I spent a term on an elementary school board in the ‘70s. I saw this indoctrination begin, and now I see what it has become.

Let’s see some new blood running for these positions that will not automatically sign off on more brainwashing such as “Common Core” and stand up for our constitutional rights as parents and Americans.

If they want to reduce the number of courses being taught, let’s get rid of some of the social indoctrinating programs. By any means, let’s teach our children to be good Americans with God and the Constitution as their guidelines. Our children are our future.

JAMES O’MALLEY

Grand Junction

 

Headwaters counties want 
to protect West Slope water

Leaders from the headwaters region of Colorado are engaged in the Colorado Water Plan, much like the Grand Valley water users whose efforts were highlighted in The Daily Sentinel’s Sept. 3 edition. Because the headwaters region experiences the ongoing effects of Front Range water diversions, we have recently adopted a set of principles to guide our participation in the planning process and would like to share those principles with your readers.

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Water Quality/Quantity Committee, made up of local government and water district officials from Grand, Gunnison, Eagle, Park, Pitkin and Summit Counties, is working to ensure that the state’s planning process considers the economy, environment and well-being of the headwaters region. The principles adopted by the Quality/Quantity Committee include the following statements:

✓ The Colorado Water Plan must start with existing local land use plans and regulations before endorsing plans to supply future growth.

✓ Each river basin in Colorado should exhaust available water supply within its own basin before planning to take water from another area of the state.

✓ The governor’s staff should not act as a proponent of a new water project until state and federal regulatory processes have been completed and local governments in the area from which water would be taken approve.

✓ Like the Grand Valley water users, we believe the Colorado Water Plan must acknowledge the risk of lower Colorado River Basin states such as Nevada or California calling water from Colorado, and the plan must outline mechanisms to mitigate that risk.

✓ Finally, the Colorado Water Plan should not identify supply to one part of the state at the expense of another. We will continue to work closely with state agencies to protect water quality and quantity in our headwaters region.

KATHY CHANDLER-HENRY

Eagle County Commissioner

Eagle

 

Hit Assad regime hard for use 
of chemical weapons in Syria

Thousands of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan sacrificed their lives, and that’s not including the tens of thousands who came home emotionally or physically hurt.

However, the issue now is Syria’s use of chemical weapons on its people. Its civil war has already claimed more than 100,000 lives. Do we not want to hold steadfast against chemical weapons prohibited by international law?

Regardless of who’s on whose side in this civil war, the Assad regime should be hit very hard. The world must grasp that the use of this is unacceptable.

Most importantly, we should be on our knees praying for peace. Before Congress votes, e-mail members of Congress with your convictions. Do it now.

DOUG PETERSEN

Grand Junction



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