Printed Letters: September 26, 2017
NFL schedule included displays of disrespect
Sunday, Sept. 24 was National Gold Star Mother’s Day. As to be expected, little or no mention was made in the media across our nation. For those 90 percent of Americans who don’t know about this day, it honors those families who have lost a loved on active military duty.
We are one of those families, having lost our daughter Sgt. Brooke Caffrey, USAF after 17 years of service and four deployments. Sadly, we are not alone on the Western Slope and the number grows each year.
With that said, Sunday’s NFL schedule included disgusting displays of disrespect to our nation, the flag, the national anthem and to those who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces. Once again the disrespect was to protest real or perceived social injustice in the USA. I fully support the right of free speech, yet abhor the national venues that these overpaid professionals use to show their protest.
As the Sunday games became a showcase for their selfishness, one bright moment occurred. While the Steelers were kept in their locker room during the playing of the national anthem (coaches did not want to put players in “a tough position”) Steelers lineman Alejandro Villanueva took the field alone and with hand over heart stood at attention during the playing of the anthem. Alejandro happens to be a West Point graduate, Army Ranger and served three combat tours in Afghanistan subsequent to his making the NFL. What a courageous and selfless act while his teammates hid in the locker room.
Yes, our president chastised pro athletes for their disrespect. He is being shredded by the media for his insensitivity in telling it like it is. Like him or hate him, the president spoke for millions of Americans when he called out these pampered athletes. I am one of them. I hope and pray that the NFL and the NBA get hit where it hurts them most — in the pocketbook.
WAYNE C. TELFORD
City needs to address the issue of deadly First Street curve
While they are going about expanding Two Rivers Convention Center with a hotel and ballroom I hope the city doesn’t forgot to address the issue of the deadly First Street curve.
They say they plan to tear down the old pawn shop and build a parking lot. No. They need to realign the curve before they do anything else. Period!
Perception that District 51 wastes money not based in fact
I am a Republican, a fiscal conservative, and also the vice president of the Mesa Valley Education Association. As I’ve been talking with people about why they should vote yes on 3A and 3B, I hear some talk about how much money District 51 wastes.
If anyone should be concerned with our district wasting money or spending too much on administration, it should be the teachers’ association! Any dollars wasted are dollars that aren’t going to classrooms. So MVEA sent the district’s budget to our parent organization in Denver, the Colorado Education Association.
CEA combed through the budget for several days and they reported back to us that District 51 is incredibly lean and incredibly efficient. Only about 3 percent of the budget goes to administration. CEA could not find any misallocation of funds or any waste. They basically said, “There’s not much money there and what is there is wisely spent.”
It’s important to know the facts when voting. The perception that District 51 wastes money is not based in fact. I’m voting yes on 3A and 3B for two reasons: the ballot language states exactly where every dollar will go, and I know the district will be held accountable to continue being good stewards of our tax dollars.
Scenic Elementary Teacher and MVEA vice president
United States has never been a Christian nation
I’m writing in response to the person who was afraid that “In God We Trust” was going away. That phrase has only been used since 1952 when Joe McCarthy and his fanatics demanded it be put into the Pledge of Allegiance and on our money. And for attacking “Christian” values: Those “values” gave us an excuse for the Confederacy to justify slavery. Those values are used to discriminate against gay marriage and for racial discrimination.
We have never been a Christian nation. There are a lot of Christians in America, they vote and elect other Christians and then say, “We own it all.” Sorry, no. The Founding Fathers wanted religion kept away from government.
Christians control both houses of Congress, the Cabinet and the Supreme Court. Tell me again how powerless and persecuted you are. Your Bible has no more power than my Lord of the Rings. Yours “proves” the existence of God; mine proves the existence of Frodo Baggins.
Keep your religion to yourself.