Printed letters, April 20, 2010

It boggles the mind to think parents would actually take an infant and a 3-year-old on the Colorado River. Thank you, Ken Goss, for saving their lives.

I have been floating rivers for decades and, of late, I am always baffled at the armadas that take to the river — complete with infants, dogs and even cats, not to mention boom boxes and even portable DVD players.

The Colorado looks like a docile river, but it still moves an amazing amount of water and has tremendous power, even on “flat” water.

Pulling over for a break can bring many unwanted surprises these days, such as a dog snarling at you or wanting to take your food or you get to clean dog dung off your shoes.

Nothing like floating the serene river, soaking in the amazing formations, only to be interrupted by a baby wailing at highest possible volume or the wondrous boom, boom of the boom box. Two Siamese cats were the most bizarre non-native animals I have seen put to the waters. I can’t even go there.

Parents and pet owners — I am both — do everyone a favor and leave the little ones at home. The same for the pets. It’s not all about you. It’s about not putting your children in needless danger and it’s about using common sense and being considerate of all who are around you.

We take to the river to get away from the day-to-day chores. It’s not appreciated when you bring those chores with you and share them with us.


Grand Junction

People will be surprised about new health plan

Tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Americans are in for a big surprise when it turns out that the new health care plan will not come between them and their doctors, will not involve any additional cost to them and that there are no death panels in this legislation.

It should also be noted that not one, single Republican voted for the bill. But it would be a safe bet to say that once the bill has begun to accomplish its goals, congressional Republicans will be falling all over each other trying to take credit for it.



Norton’s primary plans lead to suspicion about her

I am writing with respect to Jane Norton’s decision to bypass the normal Republican nominating process in her try to become Colorado’s newest U. S. senator.  She has been the consummate party insider — a business-as-usual Republican — and to pull out now is beyond bizarre.  Her explanation as to why seems dishonest.

I suspect it shows that she recognizes her weaknesses and hopes to avoid the embarrassment of rejection at the state GOP nominating convention. By avoiding such a loss, she hopes to flood the airwaves and count on name recognition to win the primary election against little-known Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck. Buck is strongly committed to conservative governance and, support for him has been swelling among the party base.

The last well-known party insider who pulled an end run to the nominating process was Bruce Benson in 1994. He had been state GOP chairman. And while Benson was able to virtually buy the nomination in his try for governor against Roy Romer, his general election campaign unraveled when unsavory personal issues came to light.

I do not know Jane Norton, but I sense that the party faithful know her pretty well and are not happy with that picture. She does not deserve support and good sense should dictate her withdrawal from the U.S. Senate contest.


Grand Junction

Where is the opposition for treasurer candidate?

I am disappointed no one is running against Janice Rich for county treasurer. Janice is a longtime politician who just term-limited out as clerk and recorder, and now wants to belly up to the trough in the treasurer’s office.

I pity the employees in the treasurer’s office if she is elected. There was an enormous turnover rate in the motor vehicle division during her eight years of running it.



What are alternatives for picking college boards?

Recently, The Daily Sentinel quoted James Garland as telling Club 20 that trustees and regents for higher education systems should be chosen differently than appointment or election. He did not offer alternatives. What does Mr. Garland suggest; that we plant a seed and grow them like beans or corn?




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