Printed letters, April 27, 2010

Sentinel focusing on alcohol use

The Daily Sentinel wants to make my alcohol use the main morality issue of 2010? This has nothing to do with an intelligent debate of the issues that the state of Colorado faces. I have made mistakes in my youth and I have learned from them. I’m not a career politician. I actually hate politics. I’m only in this to try and do some good for the people of Colorado and the wonderful, free country that we live in.

As a representative, I am not there to do whatever I want to do. I am there to do what my constituency wants me to do. As was extremely evident from the final vote on the marijuana legalization initiative that failed in Mesa County by a near 5-to-1 margin, my constituency does not want to legalize marijuana and as their representative I will vote “No” on issues of drug legalization despite my own personal vehement opposition to our absolute failure to prohibit any substance from individual possession or consumption. Not to mention our policy has created an enormous, powerful drug market that only empowers the worst amongst us.

Yes, despite how absolutely stupid prohibition is, I will vote no to end it. Why? If I am a representative, I am there to represent, not to do as I please. I do that on my own time. And by the way, my momma always said, if you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all.


Grand Junction

Candidate shows lack of regard for our laws

I’m saddened by District 54 candidate David Cox’s reported run-ins with the law. The April 25 article quoted him as saying, “I’ve had 13 minor-in-possession-of-alcohols.”

I don’t care who you are, 13 citations is excessive. Perhaps he feels he is above the law or that the law is unfair. Or, as a minor, he felt he was man enough to drink. Well, I hate to break it to him, but real men follow rules and obey laws (even if they disagree with them).

“It’s not unusual to get pulled over. Everybody gets pulled over now and again.” Actually, it is unusual to get pulled over especially repeatedly.

That might suggest that Cox is a habitual offender, a slow learner, someone who has no regard for the law or all of the above. If I can’t trust him to respect the laws of our community or our state, how could I expect him to execute the duties of a lawmaker?

Cox also stated that he was stopped only twice in the last three years and ticketed only once, “I believe for speeding or something.” He honestly doesn’t remember? I was pulled over 11 years ago and received a warning for speeding. It was just west of 32 Road, when I failed to notice that the speed limit was 45, not 55.

If one truly cares about what happens, one remembers and learns. I’m not always the fastest learner but, I promise you, that I have never exceeded 45 mph in that zone since. Learning from my mistakes and doing the right thing are important to me. I would hope they are as important to an aspiring public servant.

Americans have grown to expect less from their leaders. All too often we have viewed strength of character as irrelevant, as long as the person could “do the job.” Well guess what? No more. It’s time to raise the bar for ourselves and our public servants.

Honestly, Cox may be a wonderful man with some wonderful ideas. But, frankly, I’m not convinced that he has the strength of character (yet) for this office. I hope he will take the time to mature and get his life more in focus so you can be a positive influence in our state and a positive role model for future generations.


Grand Junction

Herzog took young reporter under his wing

I read with interest the April 19 column by Denny Herzog about me, and I would like to correct some possible misperceptions the piece may have left with your readers.

If my memory serves me correctly, I was in fact a run-of-the-mill reporter, brash, unseasoned and at times deeply unreasonable, when Mr. Herzog agreed to take me under his wing nearly three decades ago. And it was only through his guidance, encouragement, top-of-the-game editing skill and passion for journalism that I was able to conceive of or write even a single article in my time as a Daily Sentinel reporter, for which I am deeply grateful.

The other real talent at your paper? Bob Silbernagel, whose profound understanding of the West made him as superb a reporter as he now is as the editorial page editor.


New York City


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