Printed letters, Dec. 31, 2010

Support McConnell for Senate vacancy

There is a matter of great importance taking place on Jan. 3 at the Moffat County Courthouse in Craig.

A Republican replacement will be selected to fill the Senate District 8 seat being vacated by Al White. The vacancy committee of nine people, including the chairs from the six-county district, will meet to make the choice. These counties are Garfield, Routt, Moffat, Jackson, Rio Blanco and Eagle.

This decision will affect all of us. It is fundamental to the conservative cause that we have appropriate people representing us in our state Legislature, regardless of the district in which we reside.

Bob McConnell is the right choice to fill the District 8 Republican seat, primarily because he is the candidate of the people, not just the party. To clarify, Bob is a dedicated Republican, he’s just not a member of the so-called establishment.

The November election proved that conservative principles are in demand by voters, and McConnell’s principles of limited government, free market and fiscal discipline are much needed in our state government.

We here in Senate District 7 are indeed fortunate to have Steve King representing us. I urge those who want to help McConnell’s worthy cause to contact the chairpersons in the above-listed counties to voice support and instill confidence with those involved in the selection process.

Regardless of your district it is still “our” state Legislature.



Sexual orientation is of no consequence

In his most recent letter to the editor, Ray Lashley makes several comments on the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, all of which are based not upon reason, but on emotion, and something which is true of all too many, an obsession with sex.

He attributes “lust” to gay men and women. But it is just as prevalent in heterosexuals.

Therefore, it is not the individual’s sexuality that matters, but rather absence of self-discipline.

It is his contention that respect for superiors is required in the military. That is correct, but that respect is controlled by two things: rank (a very strict separation between officers and enlisted) and competence in one’s position. It has absolutely nothing to do with sexual orientation, an entirely private matter. Mature individuals will recognize and accept that fact.

Lashley makes the claim that, having spoken to others who served in the military, he knows they would “prefer” not to serve with “openly gay” individuals. The military is not a place to express or be guided by ones preferences or feelings. Those who believe differently should not be in uniform.

It also a strange statement as it tells us that those same individuals have no problem serving with gays and lesbians, so as long as they don’t know of their sexual orientation. The argument makes absolutely no sense.

Whenever someone reveals his or her sexual orientation to yours truly, I have only one response: So? And that is the only question to ask, as it is of absolutely no consequence.  We still remain the same persons.

Whether in military or civilian life, those who keep arguing against equality for others are really looking for some sense of superiority.



Bear-den hunt story leaves reader nauseated

Although it’s been more than a week since the “heart warming” story appeared in The Daily Sentinel, telling of how the brave hunter bagged his game — “Ursa Major, hunt for 703-pound bear” — I continue to be repulsed and haunted by the thought of the manner in which this “hunt” was conducted and carried out.

Some years ago, then-Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson used the word “smarmy” to describe something connected with politics. To me this word also perfectly fits Richard Kendall.

I can only hope the rules will be changed so we never again have to hear of such a cowardly incident. And isn’t it too bad the hunter (if indeed he can be called a hunter) is so tired of dealing with the “stuff,” as he has referred to it, concerning the pursuit and killing? And he thinks the critics are jealous?

In addition to making me nauseated, just the thought of it still makes my heart hurt.


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