Printed letters, Feb. 9, 2010

Tea Party activists must

fight for their candidates

I don’t know for sure why people felt the Tea Party at Lincoln Park last year, put together by GJResult.com, was a step in the right direction. For the first time in years, thousands of conservatives joined together to voice their opinion publicly. These people saw the direction in which our country was headed, if we didn’t take a stand, and they answered the call to stand up and be heard.

Out of that Tea Party came the Western Slope Conservative Alliance, which I understood from attending their meetings, was supposed to be a place where all conservative groups could come together and work for the common, hard-working people who our politicians no longer represent. So I am puzzled as to why all the leadership within the WSCA seems to be on loan from the Republican Party? Where are the Independents? Libertarians?

This is not about the Democrat or Republican Party. It is, for me, about how one of these parties seems to have taken over, seems to feel it needs to dictate to the Tea Party supporters who we should support in the upcoming elections. They ask for our support of their handpicked candidates, but offer no support in return for the candidates supported by the people.

Are we once again going to be fooled into thinking we are being given representation, when actually the only candidates we will have to choose from will be hand-picked by the Republican and Democratic parties?

It is time for the true Tea Party supporters to show up at the caucuses on March 16 and make sure we are represented, that our candidates receive a fair chance to get on the ballot.

DONNA SASSO

Delta

Family thanks community for its continuing support

In October of last year, Kenny Gross, our dad and husband, was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma multiforme (brain cancer).

Kenny means the world to us. And, as much as Kenny means to all of us, we know he means a lot to our family and friends, as well as his colleagues and peers.

We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and visits. The fundraiser at Bananas Fun Park in early December showed us how loved Kenny is and how much this community supports our family.

It was amazing to see how many people showed up, and how many people donated their time, energy, money, food and more to make the event a success.

The support we have received from family, friends and even friends of friends is absolutely phenomenal, and we can’t even begin to tell you how much it means to us.

As Kenny fights this battle, we will continue to think of the love and support we’ve received.

Our gratitude is simply indescribable. Happy New Year from our home to yours, and God bless.

KENNY, SHAWNA, LEXIE

DYLANA AND HALEY GROSS

Grand Junction

Where is outrage over injury to waste worker?

I understand the outrage of so many people over the horrific abuse and death of the dog, Buddy. I concur that the two individuals responsible should receive the maximum penalty allowed.

Where is the outrage when a human being is grievously injured at the hands of a chronic offender reportedly driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol? She was allegedly driving with a revoked license and no insurance. She allegedly hit a dumpster and a fence before crushing a person last month. Then she reportedly drove home without stopping to help.

This young man was doing his job for Waste Management, collecting garbage, to support his wife and four children. He will always suffer some physical consequences from these injuries. I was also surprised to read about the abuse and rudeness that our trash collectors put up with from ignorant people.

I am totally frustrated that someone like Debra Devoe could still be driving on our streets and highways. Where are the judges, attorneys and family members of these people?  This woman could have killed this man, a child, a family or even an animal.

VERNIE RATHBONE

Grand Junction



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