Printed letters, August 17, 2010

There has been plenty of debate recently about Secretary of State Bernie Buescher’s request for a waiver to exempt Colorado from sending ballots to overseas military voters 45 days before the election. I write because this exemption should not be necessary.

Thankfully, it seems most county clerks can meet the 45-day federal deadline, even with Colorado’s current election calendar. But the new requirement went into place last October, and Colorado had 10 full months to figure out a solution for the entire state.

Sadly, Buescher decided to seek a waiver from federal requirements just days after Congress passed the law. And only this month — 10 months after the law went into effect — did his office contact all clerks and recorders to determine who can and cannot meet the federal requirements.

There have been claims that Colorado must change its primary date. Perhaps. But most local election officials take a “can do” approach under the current time lines. Instead of printing ballots 32 days before the election, they are able to speed up the process by 13 days and meet the 45-day rule for overseas military voters.

And even if Colorado needed to move the primary date, the secretary of state should have had a firm, detailed proposal before the Legislature last January. As the state’s chief election officer, his job is to solve problems.

Even now it is not too late. The secretary of state should immediately identify the counties that are having problems and then give them whatever help they need. Colorado has about 10,000 military and overseas voters. They all deserve a timely absentee ballot.

SCOTT GESSLER

Republican candidate

Colorado Secretary of State

Denver

Which leader has the guts to halt New York mosque?

In what way does the intention to build a mosque at the site of the 9/11 attack differ from, say, sympathizers of the original Nazi Party attempting to build a beer hall at Auschwitz? In either case, the motivation would be identical: Representatives of the perpetrators wish to erect a shrine to the everlasting insult of their victims.

By what twist of mind does approval of zoning for this mosque ever become even a remote possibility? Is the American concept of tolerance so mindlessly myopic that it cannot see through radical Islam’s patently transparent agenda? Or is it just that the media coverage of the issue has so compounded confusion as to prevent those with the power to deny the zoning the will to act?

These questions are not directed solely toward the citizens of New York City. To the contrary, NYC just happens to be the point at which this nation was attacked and as such the resolution of the issue is of national concern.

I suggest the next American hero truly worthy of the appellation will be that man, woman or group who has the position to influence the outcome of the question and the guts to prevent this insult from becoming a reality — politics, political correctness, blind and moronic tolerance be damned.

BOBBY JOHNSON

Parachute

CDOT did poor job of notifying businesses

For Colorado Department of Transportation, it’s time to communicate.

Signs were posted suggesting motorists take alternate routes on U.S. Highway 6 and 50 near Fruita on Aug. 10 and 11for chip sealing. There was no mention of the road being closed to through traffic.

Also, businesses on this section of the highway were not contacted by CDOT regarding its decision to close the road and not leave one lane open.

The project extended into Aug. 12, with no one being notified. So this has resulted in three days of no customers and employees being sent home.

Come on CDOT, in today’s economy don’t make it worse by not thinking of others and only doing what you think is best and easiest for you.

CAROL SMITH

Fruita

Regional Center staff works well with residents

I am a resident at the Regional Center and would like to say the staff does take us on outings. They also help us with plants and gardens. It is a good place to live and helps us be safe and not homeless. I want to be moving on, but it will take a while.

ANGELA BROWN

Grand Junction

District 51 math, writing scores are worrisome

A disturbing note in the new CSAP tally is that the District 51 math and writing averages are consistently less than the state averages. I question the effectiveness of the recently introduced math curriculum and suggest a thorough critique.

ROBERT LOUCKS Grand Junction



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