Printed letters, Nov. 19, 2010

Airline passengers – and justifiably more so, the airlines’ flying employees — are increasingly frustrated with TSA policies that expand intrusive electronic and physical scrutiny.

Electronic scans and groping are the norm at airport checkpoints. One might think that TSA hopes, through the passage of time, that its offensive ministrations will become acceptable to passengers who will again become docile sheep (even if partly shorn).

This past year, my wife and I bypassed airline flights three times and chose to drive. We flew once, and only because of time constraints. On that trip we found the Houston airport to be a massive stockyard of fencing, cross-fencing and chutes.

The only things missing were cattle prods in the hands of TSA employees. Perhaps that’s the next instrument to be used on the recalcitrant traveler.

Our decision is to now avoid the invasive, demeaning procedures that TSA militia enforces at airports.

Ken Dunlap, director of security in North America for the International Air Transport Association recently said, “We’ve spent eight years looking for little scissors and toenail clippers … Perhaps the emphasis should be looking for bad people.”

He’s correct, and it’s called profiling. Until TSA begins to employ this effective means of screening (proven by El Al Airlines), halts its demands that we partially strip, expose ourselves to radiation and be groped, my wife and I will not return to regular air travel.

Only absolute necessity will force us into an airport.



Bring back trapping to aid state economy

Now that the elections are over, it’s time for our elected officials to get to work on their promises, to improve the economy and creation of new jobs. How about bringing back an old industry that has proved itself successful in this country for over 300 years and still is in 48 states.

Only California and Little California — oops, I mean Colorado — have been foolish enough to ban trapping.

Before 1996, thousands of Colorado families depended on trapping to supplement their income, pumping millions of dollars into the state’s economy. Now these furbearing animals are just being killed and smashed along our state’s highways. What a waste of one of our state’s most valuable and renewable resources.



Vote against dispensaries will help street dealers

Well, you did it Mesa County. You voted out dispensaries. Was it because, as you’ve been saying, most customers are recreational users, just wanting to get high? Maybe. But a lot of us who hadn’t had pain relief in years because we didn’t like our choices, finally had good days.

When medical marijuana was voted in, I was skeptical, too. I don’t smoke it, don’t even like the smell. But someone gave me some marijuana candy for my back and it was like magic: no pain, no fuzzy head, no sleepiness. For the first time in a long time, I could tie my shoes without pain.

So I saw a doctor who took x-rays and I got a recommendation. I applied for a medical marijuana registration and started buying hard candy from a dispensary. What a relief.

But without any care or consideration for people like me, the county has voted “No” to the availability I had to this miracle medicine.

And here’s the kicker: Those recreational users, the ones who were smoking pot before legalization and will continue to now, are the only ones not affected by the vote. We just won’t get the tax income from the sales now.

Also, there is one group of people who will be really happy with this vote —  the street dealers who will get their business back.

Thanks a lot.


Grand Junction

Ending white pages hurts those without computers

After reading the article about communications departments wanting to drop white pages of phone books, I’m so angry. Here I am, visually legally blind and now ignorant people want to take more of my independence away.

I use a highlight machine for my visual disability — my lifeline for daily living.

The claim that we’re too old is nonsense. I cannot use a computer. Besides, cell phone numbers and addresses are not in most computer directories. One has to pay for some numbers.

Why are disabled hit again? We have rights, also.

Please do not cancel the white pages. When traveling, where does one look for phone numbers and addresses? I hope this brings communication companies to their senses.


Grand Junction


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