Printed letters, August 25, 2010

John Salazar right about energy independence

My respect for Rep. John Salazar just went up dramatically when he opined that energy independence for the United States will depend on clean coal and nuclear as in the modern and safe designs in Europe.

It will not come from oil shale, natural gas, solar, wind tides, geothermal etc., or any combination thereof. He may be a potato farmer from southern Colorado, but he knows how to evaluate good advice and has done a good job.

My Republican hat is off to him.

LARRY SODERBERG

Parachute

Imam is making mosque a political statement

The issue of an Islamic mosque within two blocks of Ground Zero is troubling.

The site is the center of the 9/11 attack conducted by extremists in the name of Islam against the United States specifically and the western world generally. Never forget that was only part of the 9/11 when 3,000 people were murdered at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania.

The World Trade Center, the commerce center of the western world had been targeted by Islamic radicals in 1993 during the Clinton administration. Islamic extremists also attacked Spain successfully influencing the Spanish to withdraw from Iraq. The name of the proposed mosque is the Cordova Center. Cordova was the capital of Moorish Spain for five centuries at the height of Muslim political expansion. This giant mosque on the site where Muslims knocked down the commercial symbol of the western world will be viewed as a victory memorial by radical Islam. It will be a source of pain to the families of 9/11 victims.

Perhaps not all Muslims are radicals, however, in the name of Islam: a radicalized Muslim attacked and killed unarmed soldiers in Texas, bombed the London train system; attempted to set off a bomb on a U.S. airliner, (Richard Reid); attempted to detonate a car bomb in Times Square; planned to detonate jet fuel tanks at JFK airport and planned to attack soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey. This is not a center for tolerance, reconciliation and understanding.

If this were not a political statement, why is this specific site so important? Imam Rauf has been offered a different site without cost but insists on this one. I believe that’s because he expects deep Saudi pockets to fund this monument to Islamic supremacy.

KENNETH L. BROWNLEE

Grand Junction

Help is needed on the street for homelessness

As a longtime friend of Jacob Richards, it was of great interest to me to read Amy Hamilton’s profile of him. After reading the article, I believe it was well researched, fair and balanced. I’d like to add a few additional comments.

Housing First! No More Deaths! meets every Tuesday in Whitman Park at 1:30. People who are interested in homelessness and its eradication should come to a few meetings to make contact with homeless people in a non-institutional setting — in the rain, snow or searing heat. This is a visceral experience with no substitute.

In the profile, Bev Lampley of Catholic Outreach is quoted as saying that homelessness is a social problem, which doesn’t belong in the street. I cannot disagree more. The street is where the homeless are. That is where the help is needed. I wonder what Ghandi, and Martin Luther King Jr. would think about this.

Finally, there is the frightening admission by police Chief John Camper that he does not consider the homeless to be citizens. Hopefully he misspoke. This mentality of “the other” is part of how rogue officers justified destroying a homeless camp earlier this year. Say it ain’t so, John.

ERIC NIEDERKRUGER

Grand Junction



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