Printed letters, September 3, 2013
Consider the following: Our commander in chief makes foolish statement about drawing a red line in the sand regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons. He does this without any coordination with other countries to sign on.
He then unilaterally moves military assets (several ships) into the region, for an attack of some kind, to show Assad how serious he is. His attempt to get international support nets only France (France?). He nevertheless outlines what the ships and their missiles will do in an attack.
All of a sudden, there is seemingly worldwide condemnation of his plans, including by some in Congress. He keenly notes this, and apparently abandons his claim of “I can do it on my own,” and asks for Congress to authorize an attack.
Could it possibly be that our commander in chief has finally recognized the futility of unilateral action? Now, he may be able to blame Congress for not allowing him to make this “humanitarian” strike, thus getting him out of the corner he has painted himself into.
If Congress, for whatever reason, does approve of his plans, and we lose even one single life of an American serviceman, I would vote to expel them all, from the commander in chief on down.
Good Samaritan Clinic thanks community’s good Samaritans
The Good Samaritan Clinic recently found itself in need of a new home. In June, we moved from our location on Patterson Road to a space donated by Mesa County Public Library District right next to its main location.
The offer was for the library to donate space to the clinic until it sold the building. Then, the building, which had been on the market for a long time, sold.
We found ourselves looking for a new home. The word went out, distributed kindly through many local media outlets in the Grand Valley, and emails and calls started coming in with offers of space.
Recently, the clinic moved to the Grand Junction Therapies Building at 321 Rood Ave. We are excited to team up with fellow providers in the medical field who believe in our mission to offer free health care to those in our area who are either uninsured or underinsured.
The Good Samaritan Clinic and I, personally, would like to extend our thanks to the many organizations, businesses and individuals who reached out to help. We greatly appreciate the support of the community as we strive to provide care for those who are very much in need.
ALLISON BLEVINS, Director
Good Samaritan Clinic
of Western Colorado
Daily Sentinel’s work vital in maintaining a democracy
When we renew our subscription to The Daily Sentinel, we reflect on what it means to have a daily paper, and we are ever so grateful.
Without the Sentinel, we would have no idea what is going on politically at the local level. Without the paper, we would begin to think that our views are the only ones and not have the huge benefit of hearing many sides to an issue. We can usually count on knowing what columnists are going to say on a particular issue, and it’s gratifying to know our voice isn’t the only one. Occasionally, we even change our minds.
Without the paper, we wouldn’t know about our schools, building projects and proposed improvements and expenditures. Without the paper, we wouldn’t know about sales and good bargains, and without the paper, I couldn’t start my day with a smile caused by reading my favorite cartoons. Not to mention, without the paper, we wouldn’t exercise our brains with the Jumble and the crossword.
Please accept our thanks to all who make a daily paper possible. It is such an important instrument in a democracy. Whatever your job, you contribute to our local paper, and you are appreciated.
JAMES and VICKI MADDOX
Consider the moral, economic benefits of yard composting
As we approach another open-burning season, I ask those who are planning on burning their yard waste to consider hauling it to the Mesa County landfill composting facility instead. There, yard waste is turned into garden gold. There are many benefits of composting over burning and none but convenience to you of burning over composting.
If you hire someone to haul the waste, you will be providing income to a local worker. By hauling instead of burning, you will help keep our air cleaner and your soil healthier by not adding high pH ash to it. So, please, give all of us who live and breathe in the valley a break and haul or chip your yard waste this year instead of burning.
Fire state legislators who fail to uphold Constitution
Don’t like how the state is run?
Throw out the senators and representatives who aren’t doing their jobs, and especially the ones who don’t or won’t uphold the Constitution of the state and the United States.
It’s simple. If someon does not do the job he or she was hired to do, then fire that person.