Printed letters, April 23, 2010

Best man should win, not the heir-apparent

I remember my outrage when Gov. Ritter passed over the heir-apparent for Ken Salazar’s vacant Senate seat, Andrew Romanoff, for the unknown Michael Bennet. I went to hear Bennet speak so I could quote his flaws to the foolish governor and write editorials that might help Romanoff win the primary in two years.

When I heard Bennet speak I recalled something important: We are not a monarchy, we are a democracy and heirs-apparent are neither apparent nor heirs.

Though I had adored the charming and hard-working Romanoff, I deeply trusted Bennet. He seemed smarter than Andrew and I put together, and he lacked political guile.

I did not begrudge Romanoff his bid for the Democratic nomination for Senate. He’s put in his time. But as the race has gone on, Romanoff’s charm has worn thin, and my trust in Bennet has deepened.

At the Mesa County Democrat’s Spring Fling, while Andrew worked the room, Bennet was out front talking to the six furious tea partiers. While Romanoff dazzled, Bennet listened carefully to one protester, a veteran terrified he was losing his health benefits, and then assured him with facts from the bill that ensured his VA benefits.

Put aside the same tired jokes and lack of substance Andrew used as a speech while the other leaders spoke passionately of our need to respectfully and courageously have dialogue with our fellow Americans on topics that elicit anger and fear. It wasn’t until the next morning that I realized I had ceased to support Romanoff. At the bottom of the front page was a campaign photo of Andrew shaking hands with supporters. The story told of how Romanoff’s staff Photoshopped minorities so they appeared next to Andrew.

At the Democratic Assembly a few weeks ago, Mayor Hickenlooper said, “Andrew Romanoff is the best legislator I ever worked with. Michael Bennet is the best man I ever worked with.”

Thank God we’re a democracy and we are able to chose the best man, not simply accept the heir-apparent.


Grand Junction

State politicians show why voters are disgusted

Politicians — they are all the same — regardless of their party affiliations.

On Page 1A of The Daily Sentinel April 17 was the story headlined, “Politicians urge civility” and to fight innuendos with facts.  On the same page is the story of another politician who alters facts to “improve the illustration, not to deceive viewers.”

Both politicians were from the same party and both were attending the same political function. And they wonder why the American voter is disgusted.



Cameo plant could showcase green energy

Why shut down the Cameo power plant, when it could be a showcase for green energy?

The Cameo power plant now has a $6 million solar farm. If it were also powered by natural gas, which is in great abundance nearby, the Cameo plant could set a new precedent for power plants throughout the United States.

The natural gas pipeline feeding the Cameo plant could also be used to fuel natural gas filling stations for automobiles along Interstate 70.

These ideas will help our environment and boost jobs and tax revenue in Colorado.



Democrats are the ones who need to change

The April 18 article in The Daily Sentinel that attributed certain comments to Democrats at a recent Democratic event was laughable.

These liberals want to “stop lies, fear-mongering, polarization and want a return to stability”? All of the above are wholly attributable to them. If they really want it to end, it’s up to them to return to the beliefs of our founders and the foundations of our nation. It’s the liberal who has left to follow the lie and who attempts to transform our country into a “secular city.”

Our liberties and rights are granted to individuals — not by our government, but by God. Our founders recognized this truth and framed a government that would protect these liberties.

Liberals have another view of the world, one where truth is foreign and government sets the moral standard. It is the liberal who believes the government is all powerful, dispenses rights and trumps the individual, family or church.

Liberals cannot see the lie any more than the fish feels wetness. It’s their environment and mind-set.

It is the Democratic liberals who have removed themselves from what our country originally was. If they want civility and stability, then it’s they who must change. Their backward march toward government-controlled Utopia can only result in the way it always has — against the efforts of those who recognize the reality of the nature of man and those who love freedom. It can only lead to ruin again.


Grand Junction


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