Printed letters, May 5, 2011

In his April 19 column, Bill Grant attempted to portray me as some type of racist for my views concerning illegal immigration. He did this by attributing a quote to me comparing illegal immigrants to stray cats.

I never said that, and I never would say that.

Grant, obviously frustrated by his inability to make a cohesive, reasoned argument in defense of his liberal position, decided to inject race into the debate according to the left’s “what to do when you have nothing to say” playbook. It is bad enough that he, like many on the left, feels the need to label his opponents as racist when he has exhausted his shallow pool of intellectual ammunition, but to do it by willfully misquoting me transcends the bounds of responsibility and ethical journalism.

Grant knows full well that I did not make that statement, that it was actually the words of the reporter with whom I was having a discussion. He also knows full well that my arguments against programs which directly or indirectly reward those who break our nation’s immigration laws have nothing to do with race, or with painting illegal immigrants as anything less than human.

If Bill Grant’s liberal position is so indefensible that it prevents him from meeting the most basic journalistic standards then perhaps he ought to rethink his position.

SEN. STEVE KING

Grand Junction

Editor’s note: In the April 19 column Sen. Steve King mentions above, Bill Grant referred to comments reported in an April 17 news article about a Utah immigration law by The Daily Sentinel’s Charles Ashby, in which Ashby wrote, “But anything that smacks of amnesty is like giving milk to a stray cat, he said. It will never go away, and it will encourage even more to show up on the doorstep, King said.”

In fairness to both Sen. King and Bill Grant we present here the transcript of that part of Ashby’s recorded conversation with King:

KING: “I question whether in essence when you’re doing, for example, the Utah plan, are you not advocating for more of the same of not protecting the borders, of not controlling the borders, of making a free zone when it comes to travel wherever you want?”

ASHBY: “It’s like feeding the lost kitten milk and expecting it to go away.”

KING: “And then wondering why more lost kittens show up because they smell the milk, too.”

Commissioners wrong to allow Bobby’s Bash

I think I’ll send our county commissioners some five-hour energy drinks. Obviously they’re asleep at the wheel to allow Bobby’s Birthday Bash to occur the same weekend as Country Jam.

Bobby Willis couldn’t finalize his purchase of Country Jam Inc. from its owners, so he’s throwing a hissy fit by having his concert on the same weekend and our commissioners are aiding him in his financial retribution.

Instead of flat-out telling him that he can have his concerts on any other weekend that doesn’t coincide with Country Jam and Rock Jam, they caved in.

I guess all you need is a good lawyer and $100,000 seed money and then you can do anything you want in Mesa County.

LARRY MASLYK

Grand Junction

We must remember who benefits from taxes

Tax Day 2011 is history, and the pain of writing the check for income tax has subsided. Here are some of my thoughts about filing and paying my taxes for this year:

First, I support our troops who risk all for our freedom. I appreciate the efforts of police and fire fighters who keep our communities safe.

I remember the teachers who prepare our children to compete in a global economy. And I support the private contractors and their employees who build our roads and schools.

Without taxes we would not enjoy protection of our troops, safe neighborhoods, educated children contributing to Social Security, sound infrastructure and all the other good services that our government provides.

TOM ORRELL

Grand Junction


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