Printed letters, June 29, 2011

On June 20, the Mesa County commissioners approved a resolution declaring their support for the Taxpayer Bill Of Rights. This was done in response to a lawsuit, brought about by big-government politicians and liberal groups in Denver, challenging the constitutionality of the TABOR Amendment.

I want to publicly thank Commissioners Janet Rowland, Craig Meis and Steve Acquafresca, on behalf of the Mesa County chapter of Americans For Prosperity Colorado and the thousands of Mesa County residents, taxpayers and business owners who voted for, and continue to support TABOR.

TABOR has been a vital restraint on unsustainable growth of government in Colorado, and has been instrumental during the recession in helping to prevent (for the most part) politicians from causing even greater damage to the economy by raising taxes on those already struggling financially.

Our county commissioners have demonstrated not only their support for the checks on government growth through the tax discipline enforced by TABOR, and the public accountability that it represents, but also their recognition that this lawsuit is about more than just TABOR. It is an assault on states’ rights and on the voters rights of initiative and referendum, led by those who would apparently wish to see Colorado’s government reduced to little more than a series of dictatorships between elections.

It is heartening to see that, on this issue, our elected county officials remain respectful of the will of the people. For that, they have our thanks.

KELLY SLOAN

Mesa County Director Americans For Prosperity Colorado

Grand Junction

Those behind gun plan deserve to do hard time

Regarding the recent editorial, “Operation Fast and Exceedingly Foolish,” The Daily Sentinel suggested that BATF Director Kenneth Melson should not be the only one to lose his job. That is good as far as the Sentinel dared go.

Soldier of Fortune magazine has been doing follow-up stories on this crime by our own government officials. June 26 on Free Republic, I read an excellent piece from Pajamas Media by Howard Nemerov, suggesting Attorney General Eric Holder is an accessory and ought be impeached, both for failing to say: “This is crazy,” as the Sentinel put it so well, but for his role in the government cover-up of the crime.

Recently I visited my father in Yuma, Ariz., and while there visited the famous Yuma Prison (now a museum). One of the prisoners remembered in the museum did time there — with no air conditioning, no ClubFed (Gitmo) treatment — for the crime of selling guns and liquor to the Indians.

I see no reason why those in this administration who in any way are connected to “Operation Fast and Furious” shouldn’t be treated as America once treated citizens who sold guns or liquor to the Indians.

The idea that Holder or the BATF thought it would be a good thing if President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon were made to look like they were honorable men, telling a truth, when the law enforcement officers at the BATF, under Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, knew of criminal activity and not only allowed it to continue but hoped to benefit from it, means they ought do more than lose their jobs. They ought do hard time.

ROBERT BURKHOLDER

Fruita

Don’t judge a mom by her tattooed cover

I’d like to thank my neighbors for not being like the judgmental person who wrote into the “You Said It” column.

I am female, tattooed and pierced. I have three children, all gifted and talented. One son graduated as a junior. The next is both intelligent and gifted in his sports abilities. My youngest has four years of perfect attendance.

I have a nice home that I keep up because I appreciate home ownership. Nobody gave me handouts to get what I have. I worked hard for what I have.

Judge me by looks? I raise my children to be accepting of others, respect their elders, respect others’ property and always be polite. It isn’t that hard to raise good children if you pay attention. It has nothing to do with tattoos.

FRANCES GREEN

Grand Junction


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