Printed letters, March 5, 2010

What will officials do about the body farm?

I would like to know what people are going to do about the body farm that Mesa State College is planning to open at 29 and D roads. I understand that the dead bodies will be placed in the open to decompose behind a chain-link fence covered with plastic that will not stop the odor.

I firmly object to such a facility being placed in a residential area. The smell, animals possibly digging under the fence, the birds feeding on and potentially spreading disease do not seem like a reasonable option for any neighborhood.

I cannot believe that an institution of higher learning would condone a body farm in a residential area. There is ample desert or many other vacant areas, including the landfill, that would be better suited for this type of scientific endeavor.

How would you feel if you were trying to sell a house next to the body farm or, for that matter, having a backyard barbecue with that smell? How would you like living next to a body farm?

LARRY CASTONGUAY

Grand Junction

Hislop’s prank suggests he is not trustworthy

Trust and honesty are the main focal points many of us angry voters are looking for in our political candidates. I am disappointed in the actions of Bob Hislop, Republican candidate for House District 54.

Here we have a candidate who feels it is OK to deceive people to further his agenda, as he did on a Democratic Web site last year, a candidate who revels in being the “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

He sees nothing wrong with playing a practical joke on the opposing party, a party that makes up a large minority of the people he wants to represent.

His juvenile prank calls to question whether he has the maturity to hold any office.

We are now left with two viable choices in the Republican Caucus in District 54. David Cox, a young fruit farmer and native of the Grand Valley, and Ray Scott, a businessman who has spent the last 30 years growing his business and family here in the Grand Valley.

Neither candidate would denigrate themselves by playing practical jokes or lying to further their agenda.

I call on all candidates for office to forgo the politics of dishonesty so inherent in Mr. Hislop’s actions.

KEVIN MCCARNEY

Clifton

Hislop is quick thinking and a true conservative

The first day that I met Bob Hislop, we were at a speech emphasizing the benefits of limited constitutional government, where I almost collapsed.

Although Bob Hislop was on the other side of the room, the same Secret Service eyes that guarded Ronald Reagan noticed my worsening color. Before I knew what was happening, Hislop was whisking me out of the room to a place where I could recuperate. He not only stayed with me until he was sure that my condition was stable, but then his wife took the time to find and reassure my worried wife.

Since that evening, we have often had the chance to talk, and I have become increasingly in awe of Bob Hislop, not only for his street sense, but also for his dedication to the ever-more-important values of free markets and limited constitutional government.

I believe the citizens of Colorado House District 54 would be well served with Bob Hislop being their representative.

ELLIOT FLADEN

Denver

Dalton Trumbo refused to turn on his friends

Gary Harmon’s recent column connecting Dalton Trumbo with the Tea Party movement contains an astounding mistake for a local reporter to make. And to anyone who actually understands the story of Trumbo’s career and the era of anti-communist hysteria, it is offensive.

Harmon states Trumbo “was a black-listed screenwriter who had been a communist and turned on his friends when the FBI came a knocking.”

In fact, Trumbo refused to turn on his friends and served time in prison for it. He eloquently stood up to a government that was trampling on rights of free speech and association — something Tea Partiers might actually admire if they looked more carefully than Harmon did.

CHARLES QUIMBY

Grand Junction



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