Printed letters, Nov. 26, 2010

Call for resignation was based on facts

The letter from R.J. Rinderle, which appeared in print Nov. 17 is fraught with errors. This case is not about character assassination, it is about the misdeeds of Commissioner Craig Meis.

Mr. Meis is accused by Officer Johnson of using his position of county commissioner to avoid a ticket, a violation of county regulations, and is one of the several reasons we asked him to resign.

He used his time on the taxpayer’s dollar, county equipment to send e-mails, and tried to use his friends in other high-up positions to support his views. All these are violations of county rules, spelled out in the Mesa County employees’ handbook. His right to defend himself has never been questioned, just how he did it.

It is easy for R.J. Rinderle to accuse Officer Johnson of misconduct. He was following his book of code by not issuing warnings. Many have called on Meis to submit to a polygraph test, but he did not answer, just ignoring the request. I have had offers from people who will pay for the test.

As for the tea party that nominated Dan Maes, there was nobody from the tea party who nominated him. He was nominated in Loveland by State Sen. Kevin Lunberg, publisher Lana Fore-Warkocz and a cousin of the Salazar brothers, Silver Salazar. None of them belong to a tea party as far as I know.

We were the first to defend our valley, sponsoring the April 15, 2009 rally at Lincoln Park. We are an elected board, registered with the secretary of state.

We ask for Meis’ resignation based on facts, we find his refusal to do so, a slap in the face to every taxpayer.

TIM FENWICK

President of the Board gjresult Tea Party

Grand Junction

Herzog’s column adds to forces dividing us

Regarding Denny Herzog’s Nov. 21 column, “Silliness abounds on both national and local news fronts”:

It seems to me that his column greatly adds to the silliness.

I do not know Herzog, but am trying to figure out his writing. I do know he is so far left he might fall over.

Is he trying to be funny and not succeeding? Does he not know that this kind of column typifies the problem we have in the United States of being divided?

Does he wish to offend at least one-half of his readers (which would probably be five people)? Does he think his column unites, or does he not care?

LAVONNE WILSON Grand Junction

Meis, Rowland show need for five commissioners

Congratulations to County Commissioners Craig Meis and Janet Rowland. They have solidified the very reason we need to increase the Board of County Commissioners to five members.

Meis has shown his immaturity as a result of his very public statements and actions (“My way or the highway” attitude) and Rowland has been very condescending to the very people who help pay her salary.

These are not the people who represent me and I have lived in Mesa County for 30 years. Regardless of their personal beliefs, they represent Mesa County — all parts of Mesa County.

Having been an educator for 40 years, I find the actions of Meis to be reprehensible in teaching, not only his children, but other children the values of laws and enforcement of those laws. May I remind the commissioners, they work for us, we don’t work for them.

HELEN CARLSON

Grand Junction

Dream Act will help both immigrants and America

Sen. Harry Reid will introduce the Dream Act for a vote in the Senate. Passage of the Dream Act would enhance the Unted States’s standing in a number of ways.

From a human rights stand point, we would demonstrate that we are governed by compassion. In this case, it would show compassion for the young people who were brought here by their parents when they were children, unwittingly becoming undocumented and in many cases not realizing that fact until they graduate from high school and discover that they are people without the same rights as their classmates.

If these students are allowed to attend university, serve in the armed forces and become participatory members of our society, the United States will wisely be incorporating this cohort of young talent into the workforce, again providing a much-needed boost to our economy as the baby boomers retire.

Finally, the danger of not passing the Dream Act: We would be condemning perhaps millions of young people to second-class status, living in the shadows, unable to attain secure and good-paying jobs.

It is time that we understand the human cost of the policies that govern our country. We should pass the Dream Act and give the young people of our communities a vote of confidence.

TOM ACKER

Grand Junction



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