Printed letters, Jan. 16, 2011

Culture of violence is what led to killings

This is regarding the hysteria surrounding the attempted assassination a congresswoman and murders of a judge and other innocent victims of a deranged individual in Arizona.

We, through rationalization, are covering up the root cause of the problem. This root cause exists not only in the state of Arizona, but in the United States and worldwide. It is not politicians hammering away at each other with irrelevance, but with ourselves.

We live in and tolerate a culture of violence. It surrounds us every day, primarily as presented in the media, not only in the reporting of worldwide events such as the daily brutalizing of innocent people in the Middle East, but with violence everywhere.

Consider the programming of shows presented to the general population as entertainment. Consider the commercials on television today or images of people running through burning cities brandishing weapons and setting off explosives demolishing buildings, vehicles and each other. Consider the games today presented to our children, depicting the same scenes of destruction. If we witness numerous killings every day, surely we will become inured to killing, accept it as a commonplace thing and as the accepted solution to problems.

Police in schools. Kids carrying weapons to school. Bodyguards for all public figures. Fear to express an idea that is contrary to current thought. Political correctness rather than truth and reality.

Whatever happened to kids playing games in neighborhood streets? Fun without alcohol? Athletes with morals? Drugs for real illnesses? Environmental health ahead of greed? Dependence on individual strength, self-sufficiency and character? The unwritten laws of common sense?

If our sense of reality comes to us electronically, then we are subliminally being programmed to accept the ideas, values and morals of a few very persuasive individuals.  Unfortunately these individuals are motivated by money, with little regard for the consequences of their productions.

How will our leadership, ourselves and our children ever be able to make correct choices and decisions when our experiences are based on electronic fiction?

ROBERT A. TALLARICO

Grand Junction

Changing seating for Congress makes sense

I would love to see the Republicans and Democrats sit together for the president’s State of the Union speech, as opposed to each sitting on their own side.

There already is too much division between party lines and this would be a refreshing change. Congressman Scott Tipton’s spokesman is wrong. We are interested in both results and members of our government co-mingled.

E. STATEN

Grand Junction

Attack on Giffords had to be political

I just wasted five minutes reading Rick Wagner’s babbling attempt to blame Democrats for politicizing the murders in Arizona last weekend. I have listened to Republican after Republican deny that these shootings were politically motivated.

Say what? If they were not politically motivated, why not shoot the cab driver or the produce manager or John McCain? Political assassination is the only explanation.

It was also nice for Speaker John Boehner to blow-off the memorial service to attend a Republican Party fundraiser. Remember, this is the speaker of the House of Representatives. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a member of said House. I wonder, if this was a Republican who was shot in the head, would Speaker Boehner work the service into his busy schedule?

I dont know Rick Wagner personally, so I have to wonder if he talks down to everyone or just people he believes to be stupid.

JOHN A. IJAMS

Grand Junction

Series showed girls can aspire to anything

When I was a girl, I could aspire to be a nurse, a teacher or a secretary. Today girls, like boys, have a better opportunity to be anything they want to be, and to bring their skills and experiences to the workplace and to the community.

My hat is off to The Daily Sentinel for its fine series featuring many women in our community who are serving our community in ways that were not open to women not so very long ago. I believe that our community is a better place to live today because we have the contribution of the female half of the populace.

The exciting thing for me is that there are hundreds of local women like those chosen by The Daily Sentinel who also could have been profiled.

DOT HOSKIN

Grand Junction



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