Printed letters, June 19, 2011

The Anthony Weiner scandal is the very latest example of a long line of elected officials in Washington who have made highly questionable personal decisions that call directly into question their ability to make the best decisions for their constituents. As we are finding out here in Montrose, Washington doesn’t have a corner on the market for dumb, questionable decisions.

At a recent City Council meeting, we learned that Councilwomen Marvel and McDermott, while in Gunnison representing the city at taxpayer expense, took it upon themselves to launch their own personal investigation of fellow Councilmember Thomas Smits. The ladies sought out Smits’ former bank employer and questioned him about Smits’ integrity, ethics, personal and professional history, as well as his interest in any special interest or political groups. The former employer clearly indicated “the two ladies were on a witch hunt.”

Smits confronted the ladies in the council meeting about their vindictive, unethical and unprofessional behavior. It was obvious to all in attendance that they knew the cat was out of the bag, because they had prepared remarks ready to respond. And a more flimsy response (“We just wanted to know how to get along with you Thomas”) has never been given for such despicable and unethical behind the back behavior. Astoundingly, no public apologies were proffered by either lady.

City Council is a growing, dysfunctional array of poor decisions, topped off by this shameful independent action by Marvel and McDermott. This truly boneheaded stunt should give rise to citizen demands for their resignation. Taxpayers should expect a lot more from their elected officials.

DEE LAIRD

Montrose

City trash haulers prove friendly and helpful

I would like to thank the city of Grand Junction waste removal department. I missed my trash pickup on a recent morning and called to ask if there was any way I could get anyone to return.

I called, and was greeted by a very friendly man who offered to call the driver and ask for him to return. I was delighted to come home the same afternoon and find my waste had been removed.

Thank you to all who contributed.

CRYSTAL PIERCE

Grand Junction

Obama, not Reagan, is to blame for current mess

In response to Al Lefebre’s letter to the editor published on June 14, let me see if I have his logic correct: Ronald Reagan has been dead for a few years and has not been president for about 23 years and yet he is to blame for our economy.

I think it is time to blame our mediocre present president, who previously was a temporary senator who voted “present,” when he should have researched the issues so he could intelligently vote.

The Democrats were in charge of Congress from 2006 through 2010, and President Obama has been in charge for 29 months. Since he has been in charge his administration has added $4.5 trillion to $5 trillion to our national debt.

Face reality. Our country has its woes because of present presidential leadership. President Barack Obama has contributed more to our national debt than all presidents from George Washington through the first term of George W. Bush.

But then again, Lefebre has probably been reading that ultra-liberal, highly biased magazine “Rolling Stone,” or watching MSNBC, just like Daily Sentinel columnist Denny Herzog, instead of a news organization that does a much better job of being “fair and balanced.”

Herzog should go back to full retirement and Lefebre should at least get the facts straight, as well as concentrate on present problems, not those of 23 years ago.

RODNEY MARTINEZ

Grand Junction

Artists tour was a fitting showcase for local artists

A note of gratitude to Artspace and Linda Brotman Evan for the work she did in orchestrating the open artist studio tour.

This is the second year we have attended this two-day event and were very inspired by the quality of work and the number of participating studios.

What an incredible opportunity for all of Grand Junction to meet many of our local artists and view their work. Good for the artists and good for the community as we grow toward being a culture center.

It was a fabulous job by Linda and Artspace, true champions of Grand Junction creative artists.

I can’t wait until next year’s studio tour!

JUDI SAMMONS

Grand Junction



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