Printed letters, Dec. 7, 2010

Safety should have priority over image

This is in response to Jim Langford’s Dec. 1 letter, “Speed traps harm local image,” which leads me to believe that he and others need a reality check.

These “traps” are there because people speed. It is a safety issue, not an image issue. Speed kills and/or hurts people when they have a traffic accident. Police officers are there to enforce our laws, which are meant to help maintain safety for all drivers.

I would prefer to have police officers enforcing the laws rather than having an officer giving a talk on safety. I am sure they can and do perform both.

How many drug runners or violent offenders or illegal immigrants are caught when our traffic laws are enforced, including speeding?

I applaud officers for “stopping an average-looking family man” for speeding. Maybe his family is safer now because he was stopped for speeding.

Grand Junction has five or six officers who are assigned to traffic enforcement. They respond to our calls about speeders, folks running red lights or stop signs, as well as investigating and responding to all vehicle incidents.

Langford should check with city traffic engineers as to why the Riverside Parkway speed limit is set as it is. It has everything to do with traffic flow and left hand turns off the parkway, not how fast you think you should be able to travel on the parkway.

It seems to me that Langford should be more concerned with his speed rather than with how many speed traps there are.

I was recently stopped on Interstate 25 speeding 15 miles over the limit. It was not the speed trap that got me the ticket. It was my disregard for the law. I paid and I will learn. I prefer safety enforcement versus public image.

RODNEY MARTINEZ

Grand Junction

Neither Rangel nor DeLay belongs in Congress

Neither Tom DeLay nor Charles Rangel should be in Congress. The Daily Sentinel condemns Rangel because he personally benefited from his fraud. But it pooh-poohs DeLay and says his potential sentence is “wildly unjust for the circumstances of his crime.”

Well, the circumstances of his crime are that he circumvented Texas law and thereby affected the entire political process by skewing the election. He affected the makeup of the Texas delegation to the House of Representatives. DeLay is not worse than Rangel?

D.D. LEWIS

Clifton

GOP doesn’t appear concerned on economy

If it were truly the intent of the Republican leaders in their actions the past week to create jobs and promote prosperity, to lead us with visionary resolutions to reduce our debt and to make our nation sustainable long into the future, they should be applauded for their refusal to compromise in any way on the extension of tax cuts.

But I do not think these are their motives. Why would this wise group, full knowing that they have to make hard choices to resolve the debt, not immediately pounce upon an opportunity to resolve some portion of that debt?

Why, full knowing that billions of dollars are being taken from our economy by financial groups and other large corporations and deposited without any plan to return those dollars to our economy, would they not want to create incentives to return a portion of those funds to use in the economy and resolve critical budget shortages?

Why this blockade from reasonable actions? If you want to stimulate jobs by reducing taxes, then do so. That is what President Obama has been pushing with small business tax relief.

It is very clear, if you look at the overall picture that the Republicans’ motives are to protect those who have accumulated massive wealth and destroy the power of the president, not to lead this nation from the critical mess in which we now find ourselves.

It’s long past time to think about motives. That should have happened before the election. It is never too late to begin to think about solutions.

FRED PITTENGER

Grand Junction

We can’t afford to extend Bush cuts to the wealthy

I read an excellent article by Michael Cooper of The New York Times about the distressed finances of our local and state governments nationwide. Thanks to the Bush tax cuts and the fact that our governments do not have consistent revenue streams, we find ourselves in a predicament that may eventually lead us to a financial meltdown.

You cannot cut taxes so severely, especially during two wars, and not see the consequences we are seeing. Paying reasonable taxes is the price you pay for living in a civilized society.

Americans have been brainwashed into believing that their taxes are way too high. The rich especially do not pay their burden of the taxes. To extend the Bush tax cuts to them is a crime and will help lead us to financial ruin.

JIM CIHA

Grand Junction



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