Printed letters, September 21, 2012
We owe the men and women who have served in our armed forces a lifetime debt for the immense sacrifices they’ve made for this country. Those sacrifices are the reason individuals who falsely portray themselves as decorated service members for personal gain deserve harsh repercussions.
After the Supreme Court struck down the original Stolen Valor Act as an unconstitutional abridgment of free speech earlier this summer, Congress stepped forward to rework the act and continue to protect American veterans.
Congressman Scott Tipton’s support of the revised Stolen Valor Act was just one example of his apparent respect and gratitude for our military members. It’s easy for some politicians to place veterans’ affairs on the backburner, but Tipton has been an advocate for these courageous Americans from the start.
He has cosponsored legislation expanding access to VA facilities, passed a bill supporting Blue Star Mothers and worked tirelessly to ensure veterans receive benefits and resources they deserve by reducing bureaucratic hurdles.
Our veterans and active-duty military members have found a genuine supporter in Tipton. Let’s make sure they retain that representation this November.
STACIA ANN WOMACK
Pace earns Republican’s vote for backing Simpson-Bowles
Americans must come to the realization that our staggering $16 trillion debt should be the No. 1 issue in this election. Obama and Romney dance around the issue, selling their “plans” that have no chance of survival in this political climate and no chance of succeeding in fiscal reality.
I read last week that Sen. Michael Bennett will introduce legislation supporting the only plan that would effectively deal with our staggering debt, the Simpson-Bowles plan. Now I read that Sal Pace also supports Simpson-Bowles.
Even though I am a staunch Republican, I pledged to support any politician who supports an unamended version of Simpson-Bowles, so Pace will get my vote and Bennett next time he runs.
I sure hope Obama doesn’t flip-flop and support it. Voting for him would be more than I could bear.
Voters on autopilot for GOP candidates
I have put off for some time writing this letter. I have lived in Grand Junction for more than 45 years and continue to see people get elected time and time again because they are Republicans, not because they are the most qualified candidates. A good example was the defeat two years ago of Claudette Konola, who was the more qualified candidate.
I have been asked at times to run for public office, but I have declined because I wouldn’t have an “R” by my name, even though I may have been the most qualified. Why the people of Mesa County keep electing those who have poor qualifications, including now possibly Jared Wright, is beyond comprehension.
Keep electing unqualified people who only have that “R” by their names, and wonder why you don’t get qualified independents and Democrats to run.
The days of getting Democrats such as Bernie Buescher elected are gone.
RON STONEBURNER, SR.
Problems at local airport keep group from air show
Our Grand Junction chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, called EAA800, voted not to be present this year at the Grand Junction Air Show as we have been the past three decades. We want readers to know why.
EAA is an organization with 175,000 members dedicated to growing general aviation. We strive to make aviation easier, more accessible, more rewarding and more fun. EAA ignites and nurtures interest by embracing “the spirit of aviation” in all we do. An important duty of EAA is the Young Eagles Program, where we invite youths to fly with us at no cost.
Our EAA800 has 35 active members who have flown more than 750 Young Eagle flights at Walker Field since 1993, plus about 100 more since we moved.
In 2009, our group was given a briefing by Grand Junction Regional Airport staff, informing us that no one without a $125 badge may be allowed on the general aviation ramp and we must keep all the people inside the hangar with the doors closed or the hangar owner could be fined $11,000 for each violation.
With the construction of the prison-type fence and iron gates, we foresaw the demise of our Young Eagles Program. The general aviation area of the airport is now a ghost town. The GJRA staff and board have acted against the best interests of EAA800 and other owners, users, tenants and the city of Grand Junction itself.
EAA800 cannot pretend that all is well at the airport. It is not.
Last year we moved our operations to Mack-Mesa Airport, where we’ll conduct our Young Eagles Program on this Sept. 29 for youngsters ages 8-17. Pre-registration and details are at http://www.EAA800.ORG. Come on out and have your kids experience the freedom and wonder of flying.