Printed Letters: September 27, 2016
You Said It complaints should have attribution
The You Said It pieces in The Sentinel offer anonymity to those writing or calling in to make remarks. I consider those who criticize a specific person in writing or directly refer to an obviously known person to be cowards. If you are to complain about or denigrate someone you should own up to your comments.
Using You Said It to thank some unknowns, to the writer, is quite acceptable, and a way to praise someone or a group for good deeds.
Complaints should have attribution. Thus, I sign this as my own.
Reasons for supporting Trump focused on what he will not do
In response to “Which letter to the editor do we believe?” I respect one who states his/her position. I find no satisfaction discussing important issues with one who wears out the “?” key, looking for a “gotcha.”
I, too, have changed my mind as to whom I support in this election. Dr. Ben Carson was, and is, my first choice. He has a good mind, has tact, has compassion and has courage. However, the political process eliminated him and Ted Cruz. Now, along with Dave Kearsley, I support Donald Trump.
My reasons for supporting Trump, regrettably, are focused on what I believe he will not do.
Trump will not be actively hostile to the coal industry. One only has to drive on the parkway and see the endless lines of idle railroad locomotives that used to be driven by idled train crews and hauling coal produced by idled miners. Hopefully, a conservative government will provide incentives to promising alternative energy concepts, rather than destroying existing business.
Trump will not import “refugees” and provide them with more benefits than to our veterans and seniors, in return for their vote.
Trump will not degrade our military further and will not tolerate taunting tactics by foreign units involving our aircraft or ships at sea.
Trump will not further increase taxes and regulations on business. I expect a more conservative government will provide incentives for manufacturing to return to the U.S. I am a product of the industrial Midwest and, as an engineer, experienced good income, good benefits, good housing and safe neighborhoods to raise our family while working “at the plant.”
We should appreciate Tipton for his support on local issues
A recent column in The Daily Sentinel had several accusations against Rep. Scott Tipton. One of the familiar attacks was the refrain that Tipton wants to sell off our public lands. Ms. Konola supports this claim by saying Tipton voted against a recent amendment by Jared Polis on the appropriations bill.
Anyone who follows politics knows that “riders,” as they are called, particularly on an appropriations bill, is often a non-starter that can sink the entire appropriations process. Polis’ amendment stated that the use of funds from illegal land sales was illegal: a pointless and redundant political ploy. One vote against an amendment is not indicative of his general philosophy on public lands.
Tipton sponsored legislation to designate Chimney Rock as a national monument and fought to designate the Hermosa Creek area as the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection area, with more than 38,000 acres of designated wilderness area.
He has sponsored bills to protect our national forests from wildfires and protect our water rights.
Ms. Konola ends her article, “amused” and accusing Tipton of crushing community banks. I am not sure which bill she is referring to, but one of Scott Tipton’s signature pieces of legislation is the TAILOR Act, designed to grow our community banks and local credit unions by tailoring regulations to the business model and risk profile of institutions, relieving them of the more onerous requirements of Dodd-Frank if they are not considered a systematic risk.
While Scott Tipton has been in Washington passing laws to protect our public lands and create common-sense financial regulation, Gail Schwartz has been lobbying for a carbon tax, something she admitted to supporting at the Club 20 debate this month. A carbon tax would only add onto the increasingly high utility rates we have been experiencing in Colorado. I appreciate Scott Tipton’s support on these important local issues.
Former Grand Junction Mayor
It’s ironic for Trump Jr. to speak on wildlife conservation
How ironic and typically crude of the rich son who so enjoys the blood sport of trophy hunting to visit our area and hold forth on wildlife conservation.
But then, nothing about the Trump family surprises us anymore. His father equates killing animals on safari with playing golf.