Printed letters, July 5, 2011

Since the 2010 midterm elections, we have seen many rulings by federal judges that strike down attempts by the states to execute the will of the people as expressed in the elections. These rulings have largely supported the liberal point of view, not the conservative one.

Examples include states attempting to deal with illegal immigration, nullify Obamacare and balance their budgets by limiting collective bargaining by government employees unions.

Most recently, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a voter-approved amendment to the Michigan Constitution that required its colleges to ignore race and gender when deciding who will be admitted. In short, the ruling reinstated affirmative action selection criteria favoring a particular race over others. Oddly, the court based its interpretation on the 14th Amendment that requires all citizens to be given equal opportunity under the law.

Add to this rash of liberal court decisions the news that George Soros has been spending millions to pack the federal courts with left-leaning judges, and I am beginning to smell a rat. Could it be that the left has succeeded in taking control of our federal justice system?

Having just celebrated the Fourth of July, we should remember the founding fathers created a government of and by the people with freedom and justice for all. Their intent was that the people should make the laws, and the judiciary should fairly and impartially interpret them. It appears that impartial interpretation is in serious doubt.


Grand Junction

Protect U.S. citizens, over terror suspects

Sen. Mark Udall was against all enhanced interrogation 100 percent in a recent article.  Does that lead to the conclusion he is more concerned over people willing to destroy themselves to achieve their ideological agenda than innocent, law-abiding citizens having their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? The flip side of rights is responsibilities.

The senator is responsible to protect the people of this country.  Terrorists gave up their rights when they entered into their dastardly plans.  These terrorists believe it is them or us and we know, or should see, their goals.  Ours has to be that way also — them or us.

We need to protect our country and our way of life.  These have always been American values from our humble beginnings.

The senator is concerned about creating new enemies. He shouldn’t be concerned about that. They already hate us and continue to breed more at home and abroad with their philosophy.

Let us not be like England in the 1930s. Appeasement only delays the inevitable, a struggle of good versus evil.


Grand Junction

Palisade, Grand Junction poured out compassion

On June 18, 2011, our brother Steve, sister-in-law Tori and nieces Kaela and Jessica Hellmann suffered a very significant loss. Their son and brother, Gabe, was tragically taken from them in a freakish accident when he drowned while fishing at a pond with some friends near Orchard Mesa.

Gabe’s untimely death affected not only his immediate family members, but also his friends, teachers and a number of people in both communities. This was never more evident than at his funeral service at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Grand Junction on June 23, where there were not enough seats available for those in attendance.

The point of this letter is to pass along the heartfelt gratitude of the rest of Gabe’s family members, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to the communities of Grand Junction and Palisade for all of the friendship, love and, most of all, support they have given and shown to Steve, Tori, Kaela and Jessica during this very difficult period in their lives.

Those of us who were able to attend the funeral and visit afterward were in total awe of the community spirit.

The outpouring of sympathy, friendship and fellowship was amazing, as you made us all feel like members of your own family.

Friends stayed with Steve and helped him notify Tori, Kaela and Jessica. Numerous folks offered up rooms in their homes, and in some cases their homes, for traveling family members, while others provided enormous amounts of food for the funeral reception and the family.

Grand Junction and Palisade citizens should feel an enormous amount of pride as your selfless acts of kindness, support, love and community spirit are an outstanding example for all communities to emulate.

On behalf of all of Steve and Tori’s family members, we would like to express our gratitude for everything you have done for them and us during our time of grief.

A simple “thank you” just doesn’t seem to be enough of an expression for our gratefulness, so “Thank you one and all from the bottom of our hearts.”


Fairborn, Ohio

And other family members of Steve and Tori (Clark) Hellmann


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