Printed letters, September 28, 2012

Would we really be that bad off if Obama gets re-elected? I was pondering that question recently. For one, we would find out how much money we can spend before our huge debt tanks the stock markets, spikes interest rates to double digits and puts the economy into a downward spiral.

I am sure a lot of people would like to know how much debt we can pile on. It would be like a history lesson.

We can relax about being self-sufficient in oil and gas. When the price gets too high, simple, we stop driving. These government people try to make things so damn complicated.

Sure, America has more than adequate reserves to be self-sufficient, but we are putting them off for the future. A mile not driven today will be a mile saved for tomorrow. We also could sell oil for food and grow more corn.

Think positive. Corn is great. It can be processed as food, liquor and fuel. It is amazing. If you own a cornfield, you can eat, get drunk and have your mother pick you up at the bar.

We don’t have to worry about Iran. Obama is so docile, Iran can build a nuclear weapon and he will not do anything about it. Iranians are not stupid enough to attack Israel now. All they have to do is wait out Obama. There will be no Iranian war with Israel while Obama is president. What a relief!

Vote for Obama and relax. Take a blip out of history and maybe live to tell about it. Sometimes a weak man and government can work. History just hasn’t given them enough time.

WILLIAM F. MCKNIGHT

Grand Junction

Christians would not react 
violently to attacks on Jesus

I am responding to a letter to the editor in Sunday’s paper that was written in defense of the recent worldwide outcry of Muslims over the terrible anti-Islamic film made here in the USA. The writer told us to think about a Muslim-created video that pictured Jesus in a negative light and then he asked the question: “How would fundamentalist Christians react?”

I am a Christian who believes the fundamental, historical doctrines of Christianity, and I would be most happy to answer his question.

I am 59 and have witnessed many public displays of Jesus that were degrading — movies that portray Jesus in ways which are unflattering, art works financed by my own government that picture Jesus in contemptible ways. We do not have to wait until Jesus has been mocked and ridiculed. That has already happened. The belittling of Jesus began almost 2,000 years ago and has continued from that time until now.

So, how do I react? How do real fundamentalist Christians react? Our sacred writings, the Bible, call for us to love our enemies, pray for those who would use us and to proclaim with love the truth of the Gospel. I would never send my son with bombs strapped to his body to kill those who disagree with me.

JIM WELCH

Montrose

 

President made good call in 
Chimney Rock designation

Western Colorado Interpretive Association could not agree more with The Daily Sentinel’s recent editorial. The designation of Chimney Rock was an appropriate recognition.

Located in southwest Colorado, Chimney Rock National Monument contains 4,700 acres of dramatic rock formations and the remains of an ancient settlement. The designation will permanently protect Chimney Rock while bringing attention to the area, boosting tourism and helping the local economy.

President Obama’s executive action comes as a bill to give the area monument status stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate after a bill sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., passed the Republican-controlled House. We should also applaud Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who introduced the measure in the Senate. He was pleased that the president intervened after being urged to do so.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 allows presidents to designate monuments as areas of scientific, archaeological or geological importance. We thank President Obama for taking decisive action to designate the Chimney Rock National Monument and protect a place of great importance to our nation’s shared cultural heritage.

CHRIS MILLER

Executive Director

Western Colorado

Interpretive Association

Delta

 

AP article displayed 
the writer’s opinions

I am glad that Bill Barrow of the Associated Press had the courage to use his byline in the Sept. 25 article headlined, “Decision 2012: Someone has to win.” At least we know this is an opinion piece, since most AP articles are opinion pieces, not genuine reporting, and do not carry bylines.

So, apparently it is Barrow’s opinion that the Republican convention was “lackluster.” In my opinion it was terrific. The speeches were terrific, plus viewers and delegates were not subjected to Sandra Fluke’s ranting.

It is apparently also his opinion that Republicans are “growing restless.” Yes, they may be growing restless, but for an entirely different reason — to have a president who is not so self-absorbed that the country is going to hell with no leadership. Vote Romney!

JANET BLACKMAN

Grand Junction



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