Printed letters, Feb. 2, 2011

In his Jan. 30 commentary, Denny Herzog expressed his concern that Rep. Scott Tipton is simply going to continue with “business as usual, just from the right side instead of the left.” Herzog fears that Tipton will stick to the right, just like his predecessor, John Salazar, stuck to the left.

Perhaps it’s just my conservative bias, but my observation of political business as usual is as follows: When the Democrats are in power, they run roughshod over the Republicans and govern against the will of our mostly conservation nation. And when the Republicans are in power they cave in to the will of the minority Democrats and step from the right-wing box to the left-wing box with RINO regularity.

I don’t hear much condemnation of partisanship when the Democrats are forcing liberalism on us. But when the Republicans are in charge, partisanship is a terrible evil that must be avoided by allowing the Democrats to force liberalism on us.

Maybe I’m wrong, but if Herzog’s version of business as usual were accurate, there would be no grassroots tea party revolution. If the tea party can help Scott Tipton be what Herzog calls “a right-wing version of John Salazar” we could avoid the frustration of business as usual.

GARY YEAGER Grand Junction

Abortion doesn’t solve problems, it creates more

Regarding The Daily Sentinel article Jan. 27 about an abortion study, I think that study is not only flawed, but very negatively influential.

Yes, a very small minority of new mothers experience post-partum depression (due to hormonal changes) to a serious degree, requiring hospitalizations. Virtually every woman who experiences an abortion has many serious negative affects, including depression, substance abuse, lack of future fertility, increased risks of breast cancer and more.

Other members of the family — grandparents, siblings and possibly the father — are also seriously affected, not to mention the child who is brutally killed.

The pain of a child lost to abortion never goes away. Please do not allow young women to be misled into thinking they are doing themselves a favor by aborting their children. Abortion never solves a problem. It doesn’t make the pregnancy “go away.” It just brings far more severe and long-lasting problems.

CAROL ANDERSON

Collbran

Picture inappropriate since film is inaccurate

The picture from “Gasland,” placed on the front page of The Daily Sentinel Jan. 27 was not appropriate. The information in that film has been shown to be false, misleading and incorrect.

MARTIN KNAUSS

Grand Junction

Free speech must be tempered with civil speech

Free speech is important, but civil free speech is more important.

No one knows what motivated an extremely mentally ill person to carry out such a heinous crime on Jan. 8. And no one should be blamed for the act, except for the perpetrator himself.

However, our public officials must be held to a higher standard than how they have been behaving. They have the responsibility to set an example for their constituents and anyone else with whom they have contact, by way of personal interaction or the media.

Thus, when politicians publicly spew vile, threatening or provoking remarks and don’t sternly admonish or denounce anyone else who may do so at events associated with their name or party, then other responsible citizens have the duty and obligation to rebuke, with civility, any or all of them personally, privately, publicly and at the polls.

Any politician who can’t convey his or her position without visceral attacks should be held accountable and denied the privilege of representing their more rational constituents. We must expect and demand more from our representatives. If any representative can’t abide by a high standard of civil discourse, dissatisfaction must be demonstrated at the polls.

Free speech is a right that every citizen in our country must cherish to the point of protecting it to the highest level. Civil free speech is a responsibility to be conducted by every citizen and should be encouraged, demonstrated and exhibited to the highest intensity, out of respect, but also as an example to anyone we come into contact with. This should pertain to all of us collectively as a country.

Therefore, only when our public officials start acting respectfully toward one another at all times should they escape criticism and accusations of having provoked others to behave atrociously.

BRENDA ST. JOHN

Grand Junction



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