Printed letters, June 4, 2010

I am so happy to say that I attended the Republican State Assembly for the first time in my life. It was amazing.

I found Scott Tipton to be a statesman. He has been married for nearly 30 years and raised his two daughters in this district. He has been a business owner for 30 years and has chosen to run for the 3rd Congressional District because neither he, nor any of us, can afford for the continued government intrusion.

Rep. John Salazar has voted with Nancy Pelosi 98 percent of the time. She is the least popular speaker in history. Salazar’s voting record does not reflect the values of our district. This is Tipton’s year.

Four years ago, the Democrats won seats all over the country. This year, the Republican and grassroots candidates will.

Scott has real ideas and plans: Stop spending, reduce the deficit, create jobs, secure our borders, strengthen our economy and keep the government out of our doctor’s office. He pledges to revert to what the founders intended of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He will protect our property rights and water for the Western Slope. He values life and those who have given theirs for our country.

I am so impressed with his character and am so excited to have a Republican and a grassroots candidate wrapped into one.

JENNIFER BAILEY

Grand Junction

Grassroots movement has given voters choices

I had the privilege of becoming a delegate for the Republican caucus for Precincts 54 and 55. Due to the mix up with our district chairman I did not get to go to state, but things happen.

It is interesting to see how the political system works and how they pick their candidates.

I would like to thank the people from the tea party, grassroots movement here and around the state for getting out and giving the people a choice of whom to vote for instead of a person hand-picked by the party.

I believe that we have too many elected to offices, from the city all the way to the White House, who spend more time listening to lobbyists than to the people who put them there. It is sad that most of them care more about their own agendas than what they said when they were sworn in: “To the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

I would like to thank the grassroots movement from Colorado for giving us a choice again.

DENNIS PATTON

Grand Junction

Fees for trailer licenses have gotten out of hand

The pricing scheme for trailer licensing has gotten out of hand. I have several trailers for different purposes: a long flatbed used mostly to haul four-wheelers, a short flatbed for a couple of motorcycles, a trailer with sides, a boat trailer and a travel trailer.

The cargo trailers cost $11 to $17 each to license in 2009; in 2010, they cost $37 to $40 each. The travel trailer was billed at $115 in 2008; for 2010 it would be $139.

Some years, I don’t use any trailer but the long flatbed, but with license fees only $11 to 15, I licensed all three cargo trailers. Now, with the increase, I’ll probably sell the two smaller trailers and just use the long flatbed.

I do not license the boat trailer or the travel trailer every year because sometimes they sit for several years. It burns me up that to license them, I have to pay for the years that they sat in my yard and contributed nothing to wear and tear on our roads.

On top of that, I have to pay the $100 late fee ($25 per month, up to a maximum of $100).

With past-due licenses and fees, it will cost $425 to license the travel trailer and about $170 to license the boat trailer — $600 before I even buy supplies.

In November, elect people who will cut costs instead of constantly raising our taxes!

BRUCE MANY

Eckert



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