Printed letters, August 20, 2010

Political change won’t come from inside party system

Now that the primary elections have come to a close, I find myself not a Democrat, Republican or “tea partier,” but rather a political agnostic.

While there are some things to believe, there is much more to doubt. It is believed that the ruling parties have created a dysfunctional system in which governance has become impossible, in which representation of the voter is not achievable, and created solely for the purpose of self-perpetuation and self-enrichment.

While much is said about what our forefathers intended, many people seem to overlook the obvious. I doubt that our forefathers intended for: 1) Campaigns to be funded with millions in potentially anonymous contributions; 2) The creation of a permanent political class to replace those “citizen statesmen” who serve a term or two and then return to the private sector; 3) Campaigns that begin one year into a four-year term, and 4) The current lobbyist system which corrupts an already morally bankrupt system.

I do believe that true change and adjustment will not come from a member of either of the major parties; the fact that they are members of such makes them an immediate insider upon election.

I do pray for term limits, public funding of campaigns, a return to ethical conduct, limited campaigning and the rise of a new class of citizen statesmen who serve for the good of their nation, not their personal betterment or the good of cronies.

JIM HOFFMAN

Grand Junction

Konola is working on key issues for West Slope

Gary Harmon noted that the Western Slope is the big loser in the Aug. 10 primary election. He noted also that “if Republicans run the show, they’ll use the Western Slope as a bargaining chip to get what they want ... The only political asset the Western Slope has is the one it can least control: water.”

Harmon mentioned that no Western Slope candidates for statewide offices remain. But in the race for Colorado Senate District 7, there are Republican Steve King and Democrat Claudette Konola.

We already know King is involved with law enforcement with the legislation to increase penalties for masturbation in public, but why can’t The Daily Sentinel acknowledge that Konola has been studying and writing about the threats to our water since January?

She has gone to and talked with all the people who know and understand this issue, as well as researching all she can find about this most-important issue.

Then there are jobs. Konola worked for years helping find ways to get jobs for people. With her working knowledge of the banking industry, she won’t be easy prey for those institutions to lobby for their own benefits.

It is just too bad this valley can’t vote for the person instead of the party.

VERA MULDER

Fruita

Regional Center staff helped clients in transition

Amy Hamilton did a nice job of reporting on Mesa Developmental Services’ three new group homes. I would like to add to her article by publicly acknowledging the Grand Junction Regional Center for their role in this major endeavor and for the tremendous care they provided to the people affected by this move and as well for the people who still live there.

News of the closure of the skilled nursing unit took an emotional toll on the staff members who cared for the individuals living there. In spite of the loss they experienced, Regional Center staff went out of their way to assist MDS. From the beginning, Regional Center staff placed the needs of the affected individuals first — wanting to assure our staff had all the tools necessary to provide the same high quality of care they had received at the Regional Center.

During the months before the move, they developed plans to assist our staff in learning about the unique needs of each person and allowed our staff to shadow them. During and after the moves, they came to the new group homes daily for several weeks to assist our staff and to be familiar faces to the residents. The staff provided extraordinary support and we still use them as a regular resource.

Without their exceptional collaboration and support, the transition would have been much more difficult for all involved. I commend the Grand Junction Regional Center staff for handling a difficult situation with dignity, compassion and professionalism.

JEFF NICHOLS, CEO

Mesa Developmental Services

Grand Junction

Immigration is OK,  being here illegally is not

The Daily Sentinel headline Aug. 18 is misleading and indicative of why the illegal alien debate is constantly skewed toward a political vernacular instead of simply enforcing the law.

The phrase “Arizona Immigration Law” is misleading. The heat and passion on this is decidedly not about immigration.

Immigration is legal. The voters’ anger is about illegal entry into our nation, illegal residence in our nation, illegal employment in our nation and, illegally obtaining benefits from local, state and federal governments reserved by law unto American citizens. Stop using the term “immigration” in your writing when the correct term is “illegal.”

MICHAEL GEER

Grand Junction



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