Printed letters, December 16, 2010

Congress must pass
DREAM Act now

This important topic cannot wait any longer. It is not a political problem, it is something that goes way beyond that. It is a social situation that needs to be attended to immediately.

Some politicians insist on passing the topic from one to another and they don’t arrive at an agreement.

President Barack Obama doesn’t do more than offer political rhetoric. He doesn’t even try to coordinate the senators and the representatives from both parties and do what he promised during his campaign.

Fortunately, some legislators truly understand this situation and they are the ones who are keeping this topic on the table.

I insist on the urgency of the DREAM Act because my experience as an educator demonstrates it to me. I have been working with young people in this marvelous country for seven years and I observe with great frustration how many plans and grandiose dreams are cut down.

We are talking about thousands of future doctors, teachers, lawyers, etc. Some even wish to become part of the armed services and law-enforcement officers. And there is no doubt of the economic benefits that this represents for this country.

These people feel like United States citizens and all they know is that they were born in another country, which they don’t know.

As an educator and an immigrant, I understand what they are going through. But I also understand that the DREAM Act has to be implemented in an orderly fashion with compliance of certain requirements. All of these thousands of young people are waiting for this vote of approval so they can give the best of themselves to this, their country.

JUAN RIVERA-MERAZA Parachute

Why aren’t peace groups citing Afghanistan deaths?

I’m not sure just when the Peace and Freedom or Voice Of Reason or whichever group last “remembered” the deaths of our troops in Iraq with their field of crosses in one of our city’s parks.

Back in 2005, there was one in March, and a later celebration for the 2,000th combat death in Iraq that prompted Gary Harmon to comment that the “ghouls” were out.

What has happened to all those who protested war and combat deaths for several years?

I do note a deathly silence regarding our troops dying in Afghanistan. My conclusion is that these groups do not wish to call attention to the “right war” that is supported by President Barack Obama.

When is the next rally to remember going to be held?  If combat deaths in Iraq were more special, I fail to see the logic involved. Any combat loss is tragic. The silence seems to support my conclusion.

CREIGHTON BRICKER

Grand Junction

What’s more important than helping the rich?

Certainly we want to help the rich get richer. We’re more than willing to live with wages that decline in value every year if that means they will have more money.

And we don’t mind paying taxes at the same rate they do. It makes us feel we’re just like them.

And the deficit in our federal budget is really not a problem. We don’t mind that half of our tax dollars go to pay interest on the debt.

We have broad shoulders and can carry that deficit burden as long as necessary to ensure that our wealthier brethren can continue to enjoy the prosperous lives to which they are accustomed.

If we knew which of our friends and neighbors were rich, perhaps we could contribute an extra $1,000 or so to them to enable them to enjoy a spectacular holiday season.

Let’s not be suggesting that the wealthy should pay their fair share to pay for a wrong war in Iraq or for the mess many of them were complicit in with the mortgage and derivative disaster, which the rest of us are living with.

NEVILLE WOODRUFF

Grand Junction

Community supported synthetic skating rink

We at On Edge Skating would like to thank everyone who came out last weekend and saw our synthetic ice rink at Olde Fashioned Christmas. We hope that all the children enjoyed skating.

Thank you to West Star Aviation for graciously sponsoring our being there and to the Glacier Ice Arena for providing free rental skates for the children. It was great to see all the kids having a great time and great to see skating back in the Grand Valley.

We look forward to being able to grow our ice surface and provide our environmentally friendly skating alternative to the area for many years to come.

CHARLES CRAWFORD

Grand Junction



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