Printed letters, July 4, 2010

Gun rights threatened despite court ruling

I should be happy about the recent Supreme Court decision on gun rights. However, there are some facts that are very disturbing:

✓ Four of the justices voted against the U.S. Constitution. The Second Amendment is in the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was not written as a whim by the founders. Every amendment in the Bill of Rights was intended for use by the entire nation, not to be interfered with by crooked politicians (Chicago Mayor Daley comes to mind). These four justices swore to uphold the Constitution, but they have not done so.

✓ Why is the Second Amendment continuously attacked? I can almost hear the hysterical screams from the news media if the First Amendment were subjected to the abuse the Second Amendment suffers. The Second Amendment is just as much a part of the Bill of Rights as the other nine Amendments.

✓ Despite the extremely restrictive and unconstitutional anti-gun laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C., some of the highest violent crime rates in the nation exist in these two cities. In fact, it was in the news a couple of weeks ago that state lawmakers have asked that the National Guard be sent to Chicago to restore order as violent crime was so bad.  The criminals still have guns and law-abiding citizens have no way to defend themselves.

✓ Where there are minimally restrictive gun laws and “shall issue” concealed-carry laws, violent crime is at a minimum. Why is this? Is an armed society a polite society?

We must insist on adherence to the God-given rights our founders recognized and wrote into the Constitution, not a bunch of blathering nonsense from wimpy left-wing politicians.  I believe the Supreme Court could and should have given much stronger support to the Second Amendment. By doing so it would have strengthened the Constitution.  The justices have left the door open to even more tampering and meddling in our fundamental rights by Mayor Daley and his ilk.

NEWT BURKHALTER Grand Junction

Progressive rates are used in many arenas

I am ever grateful to the indefatigable Rick Wagner for his sharp-eyed exposure of nefarious bureaucratic schemes. However, his discovery of Xcel’s projected progressive rates, which he considers a “bizarre attempt at social engineering,” is a case of the horse being long gone.

Here’s another one for you. Grand Junction and Palisade both increase the rate per gallon of water as consumption rises.

Consider the parsimonious tea-sipping Ute customer who gets 3,000 gallons of water for $11. Then pity the poor plutocrat replenishing his pool under the purview of those same Ute buccaneers who nick him a top of the scale $10 per 1,000 gallons.

And then there’s income tax. Talk about wealth-redistribution.

Oh, where will it all end? Maybe when they clip you five bucks for your third bag of fries, we’ll be getting close.

JIM THAYER

Grand Junction

State’s top court pushes redistribution of wealth

Redistribution of wealth, the mantra of the left, is occurring daily in the lives of Coloradans through increasing “fees” of vehicle registrations, property taxes (mill levy freeze) and the “Dirty Dozen” taxes on candy, etc. This is due to our state Supreme Court’s agenda to overcome the TABOR Amendment, which gives us the right to vote on our taxes.

Responsible for this betrayal of trust are four of the justices: Mullarkey, Bender, Martinez and Rice. Mullarkey has already announced her retirement. Voters will be given a chance to vote out the other three liberals by voting “No” to their retention on the November ballot.

Our state Supreme Court must be accountable to the people of Colorado, not the liberal Denver government.

SUE BENJAMIN

Grand Junction



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