Printed letters, December 15, 2010

Grant Seems to forget
who controls Congress

Columnist Bill Grant’s eclectic columns always intrigue me with their surprise endings. His recent article that implored the “newcomer Democrats” to break the tyranny of the minority wonderfully follows that pattern.

Does he not recall that Barack Obama won the 2008 election, that the Democrats also won a huge majority in the House and a 60–40 filibuster proof majority in the Senate? Does he not understand that until their overreaching socialist agenda lost them the famed Kennedy Senate seat, if they could muster all of the Democratic votes, the minority Republicans were powerless to stop any legislation?

Does he not recall the unseemly bribing of Democrats with the likes of the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase, the brazen political arm-twisting and the late night stealth votes in order to pass the unconstitutional Obamacare?

Does he not remember Nancy Pelosi, the Queen of Transparency, saying that we had to pass Obamacare to find out what is in it? Did he miss the many polls that demonstrated the majority of our citizens did not support this legislation? Did he also miss the polling that showed only 20 percent of our citizens claim to be liberal, while 40 percent claim to be conservative?

His column concludes, “Only by breaking the tyranny of the minority in the Senate can they restore the principle of representative government on which the nation was founded.” However, by the tyranny of the minority, the founding fathers meant government control by a king or an oligarchy, not a minority in one house of Congress.

The Obama administration has ruled as a national minority for the past two years, and our citizens rejected its policies and rule during this past November’s election, thankfully returning the United States to a representative government.



Costco should locate in Eastgate center

While it sad that City Market is no longer in the Eastgate Shopping Center, now is the time to look for new opportunities. This end of North Avenue is struggling — especially with all the new businesses that continue to focus on the Highway 6 & 50 corridor. Now we hear Hobby Lobby is moving that direction, too.

I’ve heard rumors that Costco was interested in locating in Grand Junction. Having Costco in the Eastgate Shopping Center would be just what this end of town needs. If StarTek is leaving, too, there should be enough space for Costco at Eastgate.

I’d like to suggest that all interested people in this city e-mail or write to Costco and invite them to come here to the Eastgate Shopping Center.


Grand Junction

Boys’ toy drive is heartwarming story

I loved the article in Dec. 8 edition of The Daily Sentinel regarding the toy drive headed by four Grand Junction boys aged 9 through 11. It was truly a heart-warmer.

Congratulations to them, their parents and all the neighbors that assisted them in their endeavor. What a different place this world would be if there were more like them. I hope everyone got a chance to read the article.



Mesa State concert was entertaining, exciting

Bravo to Mesa State College’s Holiday Concert on Dec. 12. The choir and symphony brought tears to my eyes with their performance of Gwyneth Walker’s “Alpha and Omega 2010.”

The kettle drums at the beginning of “I Saw Three Ships” made my heart race! The flawless “Sleigh Ride” could have been the Boston Pops, if you closed your eyes. Tyler Hardwick and Cody Krieger blew us all away with their saxophones playing “We Three Kings” with the Jazz Ensemble.

The prelude, intermission and postlude music was very, very entertaining and kept us all in the Christmas mood as we were leaving Robinson Theatre. Our valley is truly blessed by the talents and energy of Mesa State’s students and faculty.

Thanks to everyone: directors, conductors and performers.


Grand Junction


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