Printed letters, March 11, 2010

I feel like I went to sleep in Fruita and woke up in Boulder. First, it was licensing marijuana shops and wanting to tax them a paltry 5 percent tax. Then the Fruita City Council voted to license a convenience store, abutting Fruita Monument High School, to sell beer.

To make us feel good about their decisions, the council zoned the “head shops” into a business district. That business district is populated by a world-renowned candy confectioner and another shop that displays Colorado’s best wines.

Wow. Good bud, high-end munchies and a quality jug for the party ride to Grand Junction. The beer being sold near the high school will “only be 3.2,” so no worries there.

Has this council learned anything from the past 90 days? Does Massachusetts ring any bells? The answer to both questions is a resounding: No!

Council members proclaim that passing a resolution to enforce federal law concerning possession of marijuana might cause someone to sue.

Let them sue. No court is going to require Fruita to violate federal law. Just because President Obama orders his Washington toadies to not enforce federal marijuana law does not change the law.

Fruita voters, if you vote “Yes” on the 5 percent tax on marijuana you are doing two things:  First, you’re giving your approval for marijuana dispensaries to operate in Fruita. You’re also precluding a proper tax on marijuana equivalent to what other tobacco products are taxed. Vote “no” on the 5 percent tax.

The good news is that Fruita has some very solid conservatives running for the three open council seats that can help conservative Councilman Moss. All we have to do is vote the two sitting liberals out and the conservatives Fuller, Schuette, and Gunyan in. Afterwards, I would be glad to serve tea at the party

DAN MOORE

Fruita

A state helmet law can help protect kids

The March 4 online commentary, “Over the Top” by Bob Silbernagel, ignores the propensity of teenagers to sometimes disregard parental guidelines.

My 17-year-old daughter was required to wear her helmet when roller blading. Unfortunately, she chose to ignore that, unbeknownst to either me or my wife. She suffered a severe head injury from which she has almost, but not quite, fully recovered.

I would have appreciated any assistance from the community that would have helped us require helmet use.

While I agree that there are other injuries possible when riding, seldom are they as serious as a closed-head injury.

I applaud the common sense of the Legislature rather than, in this case, the misguided political beliefs of Mr. Silbernagel.

CHARLES STONEHOCKER

Grand Junction

Conservatives are not lacking regarding ideas

In his Feb. 28 letter to the editor, Robert Laitres perpetrates the tired myth that the GOP lacks ideas. Recent history may indicate he is right about the GOP, but not about conservatives.

Conservatives had and still have excellent ideas. One is called the Constitution of the United States of America and another is the reconciliation of liberty and law. How about following the Constitution and obeying moral law, for starters?

The problem is that liberals want to ignore or eviscerate the Constitution and reject moral absolutes, substituting relativism in its stead. Liberalism, in its various forms, has ignored truth and history. It has created such a convoluted arrangement of disorder in our culture that it now demands ideas from conservatives — mainly to fix their mess.

TERRY BRIDGMAN

Grand Junction

The Fair Tax will not raise taxes for the U.S.

It is unfortunate that Colorado Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak has no understanding of what the Fair Tax consists of.

Instead of attacking Scott Tipton with falsehoods about the Fair Tax, I would recommend that Pat Waak and other Democratic leaders study the Fair Tax and then work to get it implemented.

It does not raise taxes. It eliminates the federal income tax, payroll taxes, corporate taxes and several other taxes, along with reimbursing people for the basic necessities. At the same time, it implements a fixed tax rate on purchases.

I have written Rep. John Salazar numerous times about supporting the Fair Tax and all I get back are condescending e-mails that expose his total ignorance about the Fair Tax and his lack of interest in learning about it.

RICHARD BLOSSER

Grand Junction



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