Printed letters, August 17, 2011

Why not allow voting
in all languages

So this state, Colorado, is thinking of having multi-language voting. Why don’t we just say vote in whatever language you come into this world with? It just adds to the cost of our economy.

The cost of printing ballots should not be a problem. We can vote in whatever language our ancestor used. The United States of America has more different ancestry than any other country on Earth. We are fully a mongrel nation today, so let’s live it up.

California tried it over 20 years ago, printing ballots in 17 different languages. It was too costly.

Besides cost and being burdened beyond belief, why don’t people want to be American?

Go ahead make your ballots.


Grand Junction

Answer to homelessness is to provide more homes

It is not a matter of reclaiming our parks or our riverfront. It is a matter of reclaiming people. People like us.

With a really tough economy, with foreclosures and no jobs, the homeless are us. We all need a good night’s sleep.

The answer to homelessness is homes. It is well past time for us to demand that our city, our county, our social agencies and people with homes get serious about creating very low-cost housing opportunities for those people now without homes.

There is only one proven strategy for confronting homelessness. It is creating housing opportunities for all.


Grand Junction

Were homeless bused into Grand Junction?

Recent letters to the editor regarding the homeless population and how Grand Junction seems to have a higher population than other surrounding towns on the Western Slope, along with the comment that maybe many were bused in from other areas, got me to thinking.

Does anybody else remember what seemed to be a sudden increase in the Grand Junction homeless population before the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, and during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver? One could speculate neither venue wanted its homeless population to be seen on an international stage, and possibly some were “relocated” to Grand Junction.

Certainly, the answer is not out of sight, out of mind — we shouldn’t be busing homeless people all over a two- state area. However, if Grand Junction truly is the victim of this fallout, maybe the issue deserves further study.


Grand Junction

Montrose residents pay for commissioners’ follies

The Montrose County commissioners are always making news. In late July came the headline about Montrose Memorial Hospital prevailing in court over the county commissioners.

Next came the article with an ignoble quote from Commissioner David White, saying that Judge Herron was “out of his league” and that White was “concerned” the judge did not understand the issues. If accurately reported, what an incredibly ill-conceived statement by a public official.

Certainly, judges do err, and that is why we have appellate courts. While I predict that Judge Herron’s decision will be affirmed, my primary concern is the disrespect shown by Commissioner White to the judiciary.

News this month described the recall effort that has been launched against the commissioners. That action, by the way, has been smoldering since the last election. The real news, however, was a report that a year ago, the vice-chairman of the 7th Judicial District Performance Review Committee, David White, praised Judge Herron, stating that the judge’s performance was “very good” and that “He is a fair judge.” I guess White’s opinion must have changed over the past year.

Yes indeed, Montrose County is certainly a lawyers’ Garden of Eden. How truly sad, since it is the residents and property owners in Montrose County who continue to pay the awful price of the commissioners’ folly.



Marching band photo was breath of fresh air

Thank you, for the beautiful picture of the Palisade Marching Band camp participants. What a breath of fresh air on a page otherwise filled with references to stabbings, shootings, sex assaults and sexual exploitations of young girls.

I would have loved the picture anyway, but I was struck by the contrast between the band and its wholesomeness and the other sick stories. Thanks to the band for making my day more enjoyable. Keep up the good work.



Columnist’s prescriptions show uncommon sense

Congrats on the column written by Rick Wagner titled “Prescriptions for change at the federal, state and local levels” in the Aug. 11 Daily Sentinel. It certainly demonstrated uncommon sense — so refreshing.




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