Printed letters, July 25, 2010

Palin endorsement is second most important

A few months back, people used to ask “Who is that guy on the brochure pictured on horseback galloping full speed with the American flag fluttering in the breeze?” Well, according to the information in the copy, that’s Bob McConnell retired colonel, Airborne Ranger, with no political experience, now running for U.S. Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.

That was then and this is now! How quickly things can change in the wonderful world of politics.

Ask now who that patriotic horseman is and people will say, “That’s Bob McConnell the ‘people’s’ candidate with huge grassroots support throughout the district and he’s running rings around his opponent even without any ties to a political past or political party.”

This man has gained incredible recognition in a short period of time as “the representative of the people,” who seeks to limit government, protect our 2nd Amendment rights, respect the sanctity of life, support our military, protect our borders and encourage free enterprise.

Oh yes, by the way, he has just been endorsed by Sarah Palin. She says, “He’s running a dynamic, prudent campaign” — not bad for a common-sense conservative with no personal political agenda.

With the Palin endorsement, Mc-Connell headed into the primary election with a full head of steam, backed by Combat Veterans for Congress, the National Defense PAC, Medal of Honor winner Col. “Bud” Day, Sheriff Richard Mack and six tea parties throughout the district, among his many other backers.

Voters, take notice. In spite of his momentum and the following he has gathered, Bob says it best when he expresses pride in “the most important endorsement there is — the people.” When was the last time you heard a political candidate say that?

RICHARD DORAN

Parachute

Tea party sentiments are not anything new

“There is a backlash against big government in this country. It is not a backlash against people of color. This is a movement of the people, and it doesn’t make any difference whether the leading politicians endorse it or not. There are a mass of people who are going to support a change on the domestic scene in this country. If the politicians get in the way of this movement, a lot of them are going to get run over.”

Heard at a tea party rally? No. This was said by George Wallace on “Meet the Press,” April 23, 1967.

RICHARD GAMBLE

Grand Junction

Scott Tipton will fight for 3rd District residents

Scott Tipton is not just a politician. He believes in and works for people. I met Scott and his family over three years ago and continue to be impressed with his dedication, people-oriented agenda and Christian conservative values. He plans to reduce the deficit (except for defense) and capital gains tax by 10 percent, prevent our energy costs from skyrocketing by blocking cap and trade, block funding for Obamacare and work on a less expensive health reform.

Scott and his family have owned a small business for 30 years and he knows how to balance a budget and work on our country’s economic crisis.

I could write a book about this man. He is a genuine down-to-Earth person and he will fight for you, your pocketbook and our beloved country.

Vote for Scott Tipton. You won’t regret it!

LOUISE BELL

Montrose

Archaeology program shows MSC considers jobs

In a recent article in The Daily Sentinel regarding the importance of post-high school education in relation to finding jobs in Colorado, Mesa State College spokeswoman Dana Nunn stated that “Every time we create a major, we consider if there’s a demand. Are we creating an employable graduate?”

I would like to reference a local case-in-point that substantiates this. In the academic year of 2008-2009, Mesa State initiated a new minor in archaeology, based on a perceived need for educated archaeologists in western Colorado.

Three new courses, taught by myself and two other local archaeologists, were offered to augment those already in the catalog. Of the students who took our classes that year, seven are already employed as archaeologists by two Grand Junction consulting firms. Without this new minor at Mesa State, these firms would have had to look elsewhere, outside of Mesa County, to fill the positions.

If this trend continues, perhaps it is time to create a major in archaeology at Mesa State.

CURTIS MARTIN

Professor of Archaeology

Mesa State College

Grand Junction

Shakespeare was champ when it came to plagiarism

Whether or not Scott McInnis is a plagiarist, one thing is certain: If he is, he’s a rank amateur compared to William Shakespeare, who couldn’t have written his masterpieces without Plutarch, Ovid, Holinshed and who knows how many others.

A famous line from “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” is almost an exact quote from Plutarch: “Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look.”

Here is another example, from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”: “Ye airs and winds, ye elves of hills, of brook, of woods alone, Of standing lakes, and of the night, approach ye everyone …”

From Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”: “Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves, And ye that on the sands with printless foot …”

My souce is Charles Nicholl, who discussed this plagiarism at length in “The Lodger [Shakespeare]: His life on Silver Street,” an account of the playwright’s London years.

LORRAINE BOSCHI

Grand Junction

Don’t let “Forgotten War”  be forgotten on anniversary

July 27 marks the 57th anniversary of the armistice ending the Korean War, often referred to as the “Forgotten War.”

I recently attended a reunion with some of the Korean War veterans who defended Outpost Harry, a critical battle that lasted from June 10 through June 18, 1953. The outpost was closer to our enemy’s main line of resistance than it was to our own. It served as an early warning position in the event of a major Chinese Communist offensive that could have led to their recapture of Seoul.

Orders from the United Nations headquarters were to hold Harry at all cost. The outpost was held by elements of the 3rd Infantry Division, the 5th Regimental Combat Team and the Greek Expeditionary Forces. The costs to both sides were extremely high.

We were privileged to preview a documentary about that battle at our June reunion. It had also been shown at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on May 30, 2010. The documentary is appropriately titled, “Hold At All Cost.” The final version should be out and shown on PBS around Veterans Day.

While it is about the siege of Outpost Harry, it is not unlike many of the battles that took place during the “Forgotten War.” I encourage anyone who is curious about the Korean War to watch for the showing of this accurate documentary.

Grand Valley men who served on Harry were James Herrera, Del Tolen, now deceased, and me. Another local man that I met a few years ago told me that he had been there with the 72nd Combat Engineers.

JIM STEFFAN

Grand Junction



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