Printed letters, August 27, 2010

Habitat for Humanity should be buying houses

Here we have a glut of homes for sale and in foreclosure because of the economy, yet Habitat for Humanity is happily building new ones. Why can’t they buy one of the many sitting on the market and rehab if necessary? Seems like it would be cheaper and therefore they could help more people and it would help those trying to sell.

CYNTHIA BUTTERMORE

Clifton

It’s time for America to start proving what it is

I read Denny Herzog’s Aug. 24 column in The Daily Sentinel. After I read his comments, I sat back and said to myself, “What is wrong with this picture?” I came to the conclusion that I completely disagree (not even respectfully disagree) with his comments. As far as I am concerned, it is high time that America stops trying to prove what it isn’t and start proving what it is. God bless America.

HELEN CARLSON

Grand Junction

Sentinel is too biased in favor of the Republicans

For some reason I subscribe to The Daily Sentinel. Lately, it has become more like the John Birch Society newsletter.  I realize Republicans are a majority in Mesa County and it would not be good business to print opposing viewpoints. But, is the Sentinel in the news business or the GOP/tea party pimp business?

I submit letter after letter and none of them are printed. Why? Letters opposing the president and John Salazar are printed daily. Why does The Daily Sentinel editorial staff fear opposing viewpoints?

Scott McInnis gets caught taking $300,000 from a Middle Eastern Islamic faction in what is an obvious attempt to circumvent campaign finance laws. Again. And no one asked what they were buying. Why would wealthy Front Range Muslims be interested in the governer’s race in Colorado? I think it’s safe to say they aren’t interested in water. So, what is their interest? It is the job of an unbiased press to ask these questions. The key word here is unbiased.

This question and questions along these lines need to be asked. And answered. However, The Daily Sentinel staff lacks the courage and civil responsibility to do so. In my opinion, the Daily Sentinel editorial staff has lost what little creditability they had prior to the sale of the paper last year.

Either way, it looks like Scott McInnis will have enough money in his campaign check book to keep his wife grossly overpaid until the next election.

Some things never change. At least if the Daily Sentinel has its way.

JOHN A. IJAMS

Grand Junction

Railroad should clean up its part of parkway

It’s really a shame that after the millions that were spent on the new Riverside Parkway that the Union Pacific Railroad chooses not to be a good corporate neighbor.

While the city has planted and maintained handsome borders and medians on the south, there are hundreds of 6-foot-plus weeds on the north side of the Parkway for over a mile. No one expects the railroad to groom their entire right of way, but wouldn’t it be great to spruce up the only part of our community that many travelers ever see?

PAUL W. NELSON

Grand Junction



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