Printed Letters: September 14, 2017
Help keep the history of CAF plane alive
The world we live in is constantly changing; but if we forget where we have been, do we lose our way? There are people here in Grand Junction devoted to preserving a piece of our history that is a constant reminder of where we have been and a reminder of the lives given to protect our way of life.
The Commemorative Air Force has a beautiful plane, a TBM Avenger to be precise, that served this country well during World War II to preserve our freedom. Now they are working to preserve that plane.
Could you imagine being on a crew during the war? The long hours of working on those planes and the grueling flights in unpressurized cockpits to protect people you would never see? Many of those flight members never returned. That all becomes very real when you get to put your hands on the plane the CAF keeps here in our own city.
Now they want to bring another piece of that history forward for the city. They are hosting a hangar dance at their facility on Oct. 1,4 where people will be able to dress the part and experience what a night off duty in a USO style dance would be like. It’s like stepping into a time machine.
Live music, airplanes and costume contests are all part of their plans. Tickets are available by calling 970-256-0693, or visiting their booth at the coming air show. Also, online ticket sales to the dance will be available soon.
Please help us keep this piece of history alive. Thank you.
League of Women Voters applauds work of senators
The League of Women Voters of Colorado applauds the bipartisan work of Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner in cosponsoring the Dream Act of 2017, a bill that offers the possibility for reducing the uncertainty facing young law-abiding immigrants. This show of bipartisanship is refreshing and a step forward in addressing long-term comprehensive immigration reform. Diversity has always strengthened and enriched our country. Allowing Dreamers to stay and become productive members will benefit the U.S. economy and our communities and send a message that we are a welcoming and open society.
Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters U.S., has made this statement, “The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and we urge congress to pass a clean Dreamers Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children.”
President, League of Women Voters of Colorado
Public relations an important part of law enforcement
First, vote yes on the sheriff’s and DA’s ballot issue. They are only trying to protect us. Beyond that, vote yes on every revenue improvement issue on the ballot. I cringe every time I hear the statement that we have to show the authorities that they can’t get away with fleecing us. Vote for, maybe, one issue but don’t give them carte blanche.
This is why more civic-minded people don’t run for office. Our system calls for our elected reps to be our spokesperson on issues before the various governments, not our adversary.
Second, the sheriff and DA are doing the right thing. They have to be out front with what they are doing and why the citizens should be better supporting them. They are the recipients of government funds and they need to attend to PR to prove what they do and what support they need. Yes, PR. It is not a dirty word. Public relations.
We have public safety organizations. The fire department can try to take steps to reduce fires but their main business is as first responders and transportation for medical emergencies. I’m not sure what preventative role they can play.
The biggest job of the police and sheriff’s office, on the other hand, should be to prevent crime, not just do a good job at doing reports for the insurance companies. Both offices should do a better job at educating the public at how they are preventing crime, not responding after the fact. What are they doing in the area of prevention and how successful are they? We read about crimes committed in the paper every day. How about crimes prevented? Response times? To crimes prevented or already occurred?
Yes, we know that there is a drug task force and we see that interventions take place in the transportation of drugs just east of the state line. What else? Some techniques, if revealed, might let criminals catch on to ways to deter them. Fine! But what else is being done and how successful has it been? I prefer crime prevention to good reporting after the fact if a choice has to be made. It shouldn’t.
Yes, those departments have to start emphasizing more how good they are at prevention. PR — not a dirty word.