Printed letters, May 2, 2010

Harmon underestimates Grand Junction voters

Gary believes he is a colorful character. He pokes fun at a real community need regarding the “Taj Martial” and the “Riverside Porkway.”

He has decided that “the council should tell us exactly the direction they think is in order.” He must have forgotten that a majority voted to not support the Public Safety Initiative presented to them in 2008.

His quote says, “the council needs to come out directly and say what it wants.” It’s not what they want, it’s what we want and it’s my hope the council will be listening as they do their “Listening Tour.”

In regard to the Riverside Parkway, it was what we wanted as well. A vast majority of us voted on it, as we have a vision of commuting with ease through our community while not waiting till we are behind the inflationary curve that keeps us stalled at every choke point, be it wallet or street light.

Gary underestimates the citizens of Grand Junction. In accordance with TABOR, I, as mayor of the city, had the opportunity to ask my constituents if we could pay the parkway debt down early and they responded with a resounding majority vote of “Yes.”

So let’s hear what the people have to say and maybe Harmon can write a column that reflects some sort of professional journalism.

JIM DOODY

Former Mayor

Grand Junction

Candidate’s infractions qualify him for Congress

There was a strong article about a young man in our community, who cares enough to try to make a difference. He is very dynamic and future thinking in his views on conservation easements and protection of the east end of the valley.

If the life infractions stated in the April 25 edition of The Daily Sentinel article are an effort to discourage him from running on a state level, they would qualify him for most U.S. Senate or congressional seats.

JIM TEMPLE

Palisade

Debate over Arizona law is really about amnesty

It seems the recent Arizona law may ignite the immigration debate that has been shelved since 2007. You might wonder why. It’s simply Politics 101.

The president and Democrat-controlled Congress are desperate for an issue to bolster re-election. They feel amnesty will divide Republicans and woo the Hispanic vote, which could include 20 million new citizens by 2012.

The hullabaloo over the Arizona law is merely a smokescreen to bring amnesty to the forefront. This law is not about race or profiling unless you want to label 70 percent of Arizonans and 46 percent of Arizona’s Hispanics as racists. Gary Harmon’s Sentinel straw poll elicited a call for comprehensive immigration reform (codeword: amnesty) from all Democratic hopefuls. Republicans, of course, would prefer not discussing the “A” word.

Amnesty is the real issue, and the antagonists have not changed. One side demands amnesty for illegal immigrants. The other side requires a secure border and enforcement of immigration laws as prerequisites to discussing it. It’s really that basic.

Let’s dispense with the charade of fear-mongering and race-baiting over the Arizona law. The question is whether the amnesty battle will be fought before the election of 2010 or the election of 2012. To repeat, when you separate the wheat from the chaff, it’s really that basic.

DANA ISHAM

Grand Junction



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