Printed letters, June 11, 2010

I’ve had the opportunity to participate in many countywide meetings with Dave Walker as a past member of the Fruita City Council. Mayor Walker always demonstrated a strong commitment and understanding of issues pertaining to the town of Palisade and Mesa County.

His strong leadership skills have moved him into chair positions on important committees and, of course, recently elected mayor of Palisade.  Dave is demonstrating the kind of leadership our community needs every day.

It’s unfortunate that “side shows” get all the press. Even elected officials have the right to defend themselves, as Mr. Walker has done.

I would urge the citizens of Palisade to support Mr. Walker, and allow their town board to continue the work of governing their community.



Republicans are trying to block Obama’s efforts

I’ve been watching a lot of news on FoxNews, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and reading The Daily Sentinel. I have come to the conclusion that all of the blockheaded Republicans in Congress are there to block anything our president is trying to do to help a lot of hard-working people.

Now, the people of the United States can see what the electing of oil men like Dick Cheney and George W. Bush has done to our country. They have turned all of the oil companies loose just to make big bucks at the expense of everyone in this land.

Here are a few examples: Gas prices have shot up in recent years. The war in Iraq is for the benefit of the oil companies. The opening of the BLM land in the West to oil and gas drilling is contaminating millions of gallons of fresh water.

Now BP is contaminating the whole Gulf of Mexico. The company said it was only a small spill. Now all of the states on the Gulf Coast of Mexico will have their economy destroyed.


Grand Junction

Federal regulators must be held responsible

Here we go again. The Obama administration appears eager to penalize BP for the spill, which is understandable, but how about the inspectors who were neglecting their duty to inspect the drilling rigs?

We keep seeing federal government inspectors failing to do their jobs, but don’t see them fired or penalized for failing to perform (S.E.C. inspectors didn’t investigate Bernie Madoff in spite of people reporting him. Other inspectors watched porn for eight hours a day and no one is fired).

Do you know any federal agency or department that is doing a good job? Some of the agencies fail to do their jobs and their executives get really big bonuses (Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae).

We need to hold agency executives and administrators responsible, through firings or financial penalties, or we will never see responsibility.


Grand Junction

Elder-Watch campaign seeks to reduce scams

The article by Amy Hamilton on scammers preying on the elderly was very informative, with useful tips on how to avoid being scammed.

One of the most important things we can do as a community is raise awareness of scams and prevent seniors from becoming victims. That is why the Colorado Attorney General’s office has joined with AARP ElderWatch and partners across the state to conduct a mail-fraud sweep this month.

Between June 1 and June 25, people in Mesa Country are encouraged to drop off fraudulent or suspicious mailings in a marked box at their library branches. The Grand Junction, Orchard Mesa, Clifton, Fruita and Palisade library branches are participating in this effort. All submitted mails will be destroyed at the end of the campaign.

This effort will not only raise awareness, but will hopefully prevent future victims from sending checks to fake charities and organizations.


AARP Executive Council Member



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