Printed letters, June 13, 2010

Terminated officers disrespect community

The three terminated Grand Junction police officers, (Joseph Mulcahy, Justin Roberts, Phillip Van Why) have stooped to new levels of disrespect by filing post-disciplinary appeal meetings with the city. These actions, along with their conduct that led to their termination, show little respect for the people whom they were sworn to protect and serve or for the organization they represented.

Although District Attorney Pete Hautzinger declined to prosecute the trio, citing a lack of evidence, their actions were not those of a “person of trust.” As a person of trust — those who have great influence and control over others — one must be held accountable to a higher level of conduct and standards. After all, if you can’t trust those whom you look to for help, aid, personal security and safety, when what they represent is no longer a viable entity and fear will reside in those whom they serve.

It also casts a huge shadow of doubt over any court appearance. I doubt any judge would view their future actions and testimony with the needed 100 percent respect and honesty to be admissible evidence in his/her court.

I’m sure that, with this black mark on their individual histories, it will be difficult to find employment in law enforcement anywhere in Colorado. But perhaps the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, a branch of the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office, should either revoke or fail to renew their certifications and ensure their conduct will no longer be an issue to the citizens and visitors of Colorado.

I wish these men the best for their future, but I believe that a career change would be best for them and all of us.


West Valley City, Utah

New law will scare docs from prescribing pot

Big pharmaceutical companies are partly behind this big push to close down dispensaries as they don’t want the competition. They would lose so much revenue as people would need less medications.

Doctors used to prescribe medical marijuana for many problems, because it helped with so many different ailments. It works on pain because it relaxes the muscles and, if more people knew it, they would be so happy.

Making medical marijuana harder to get plus more expensive is too sad. It could be helping so many people.

The reason it was outlawed was not because it was a dangerous drug. Our government made movies that showed young, college-age students killing each other. The new laws will make doctors scared to prescribe it.

The American Medical Association doctors in 1937 were very upset about the new laws because they knew of its many benefits. Will propaganda ads and scare tactics win out again?



VA card renewal shouldn’t require trip to Front Range

As a World War II veteran, my wife carries a Veterans Administration identification card that expires every five years and which entitles her to VA benefits.

Western Colorado politicians please take note. We are informed that at present there is nowhere in western Colorado to get it renewed. We must go to either Buckley Air Force Base in Denver or Fort Carson in Colorado Springs.

The card-making machine and trained operator are not available in either Montrose or Grand Junction and her card expires in July.

What a lousy way to treat western Colorado veterans’ spouses.



Comments about kicking won’t solve Gulf oil crisis

Had President Bush spent the time on vacations and parties and “dates” that Obama has during the Katrina emergency, he would have been tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail by the press. Now Obama is really engaged, so he “knows whose ass to kick.” Wonderful.

How about getting off his and doing everything within our power to help stem this mess, whatever that may be. Plugging and relieving the blowout is not within our capabilities, but a heck of a lot of other things are: more booms, more absorbent materials, finding more ships to suck up the mess and so on.

Worrying about whom is to blame and prosecute now does nothing to help. There are plenty of months ahead to accomplish that. Of course, this could (or will ) be blamed on the evil President Bush.


Grand Junction


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