Printed letters, June 29, 2010

I am a dog owner and love my dog dearly. And that is why I don’t take her to the Farmers Market. I leave her at home where she belongs when the temperatures are as high as they were last week.

I don’t think dog owners realize that when the air temperatures are in the 90s, the temperatures at pavement level can be as high as 100 degrees or more.

I saw many dogs at the market last week straining at their leashes, trying to get to shade, struggling to breathe and without water. This is cruel. Please have a heart and leave your dogs at home when it is hot.

PEGGY SHAW

Grand Junction

Faulkner restores USA to leadership in farce

Once again Gary Harmon has missed the obvious story in his column, “Freelancing Faulkner presents a problem for Obama.”

Harmon, The Daily Sentinel’s steady, dependable, pedestrian, pusillanimous columnist, grips Gary Faulkner by the ankles and beats the speaker of the House Jay Rockefeller and Ted Kennedy — a dead guy — over the head with him. (Jay Rockefeller!)

Mr. Faulkner, in feckless pursuit of Osama bin Laden, has, in fact, given new hope to Americans concerned about the nation’s loss of world leadership in farce.

From the CIA’s guarantee that the Bay of Pigs would be a clambake to our ex-president — an Air National Guard dropout — appearing in a pilot costume on the flight deck of a carrier in front of a sign reading “Mission Accomplished,” America has long been a leader in farce.

Remember “Shock and Awe?” Remember “Smart Bombs?” Remember our ex-president staring down the camera lens? (“I misrembered,” quoth he.)

Recently “terrorists” have out-fumbled us in farce. The guy in prison at Florence couldn’t light his shoe on the airplane. He had to borrow a match. The guy on his way to bomb Detroit succeeded merely in torching his crotch. Bomb Detroit? Don’t these guys read the papers? It would be just bouncing the rubble.

The guy trying to blow up Times Square got arrested for buying too much peroxide at a beauty shop. These guys aren’t terrorists, they are turbaned twits, and they have endangered America’s world ranking in farce.

The real story, the obvious story, is that Mr. Faulkner’s inept pursuit of bin Laden has inadvertently, ineluctably, helped us forge back into the lead, in farce.

Once again, “We’re number one!” Enjoy the play.

DAVID L. MCWILLIAMS

Grand Junction

Cooperative effort needed to protect Colorado River

The Upper Colorado River was named as one of the nation’s most endangered rivers by Colorado Trout Unlimited and others. Preserving it is critical to our future.

The upper Colorado River and its tributaries are home to many prized trout, whitewater recreation and wildlife. Federal data show average annual use of river water is greater than annual average supply. That really has become noticeable to us fishermen through the last years of drought.

After 100 years of diversion, the Eastern Slope is greedily asking for more, without making much effort to conserve. Not only I, as a fisherman, will be hurt, but so will recreation income, as well as wildlife.

With the leadership of the Interior Department and Secretary Ken Salazar, our state and local governments and the collaboration of all stakeholders, we can balance competing demands on the Upper Colorado. Working together, we can keep water — and fish — in the river for our future.

As Jonathan Waterman told The Daily Sentinel in a recent article, rivers aren’t supposed to disappear.

DAVID E. TRIMM, President Grand Valley Anglers

Grand Junction

Emotional voting is a poor way to choose

In the 2008 general election, many voters allowed their emotions to get the better of them by voting for our current president. He could really work a crowd.

Many of those people are now sorry they did. Voting your emotion is like picking a sports team based on the color of its uniform: No substance or facts.

When candidates have the same or very similar positions on issues, the only differentiating factor becomes the candidates’ belief system. The 3rd Congressional District race (for John Salazar’s congressional seat) is one of the most critical because there are stark differences between the two Republican candidates running.

Also this year, there is the race for Steve King’s state House seat in District 54. There are stark differences between these two candidates as well. One is a 25-year businessman. The other is a 20-plus-year federal government employee.

I hope and I pray voters in this election cycle will do their homework and research each candidate’s background to determine his character. Voters are not stupid, just very busy. But this year’s primary and general elections are critical to the future of our country and to our lives as we know them.

Don’t let a candidate work on your emotion. Investigate the facts. Determine what a candidate’s deep personal belief system is. I ask each of you to do your research. We cannot afford another election year like 2008.

RICHARD SCHOENRADT

Grand Junction



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