Printed letters, Nov. 28, 2010

Terry Bridgman’s recent contention that Robert Laitres’s lack of historical knowledge of the role of religion in the political development of our country is itself based on a serious misunderstanding of the founders’ intent.

Bridgman is off-base in stating that “... not only biblical Christian philosophy and ethics ... permeated the thinking of our founders and was the prime influence on the type of government they established,” but it was exactly this type of religious influence that Madison and Jefferson tried to make sure did not “permeate” the Constitution. They wanted to ensure that these not be, in Bridgman’s words, “the prime influence(s) on the type of government they established.” Two quotes will make this clear:

Madison:  “Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects?” He also expressed in very harsh terms the tendency of religiously based governments to debase both religion and government.

Jefferson: “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” not from Christian beliefs or philosophy as Bridgman would have it.

So, in the spirit of these founders, let us endorse Laitres’ position of keeping religion out of government, rather than Bridgman’s ill-advised recommendation that partisan theology play a dominant role in our public affairs.

EARLE MULLEN, President

Western Colorado Atheists & Freethinkers

Grand Junction

Contact Congress about latest mosque outrage

Not only do Muslims want to build a mosque in New York City near the 9/11 site where 2,900 innocent men, women and children were murdered, now they want us taxpayers to help finance it with stimulus money.

If you agree with my outrage at the idea, please contact your congress person and let him or her known in the strongest terms possible how inappropriate and insulting the idea is.

DAVE E. BROWN

Grand Junction

More respect needed for symphony professionals

No, no, a thousand times no! The Avalon Theatre should not even be a consideration as a location for our symphony to play.

Volunteer or no, this is a group of trained professionals and deserving of a concert hall. We all are familiar with the phrase “putting lipstick on a pig.”

Since there will be millions of dollars spent, let’s consider other suitable venues. On the northwest corner of Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, there is a structure for sale with considerable parking space.

The First Assembly Church of God is an example of something that perhaps could be considered, to convert the sanctuary into concert hall and utilize the other areas for rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, etc. The symphony and director’s offices could be located here. Other spaces could be rented for income. Is valet parking something that could be considered?

How is it that Montrose can support such a beautiful pavilion? Maybe if we had such a facility the people of Grand Junction would appreciate such cultural events and not come to a performance as though they had just changed the oil in their trucks. “Casual” is one thing; “sloppy” is too apparent.

All the orchestra members are in formal attire. What an insult to them to play in a high school auditorium to an audience that barely respects the talent and beauty of the performances.

GINNY MCGRIFFIN

Grand Junction

County staff in jeopardy, thanks to Meis, Rowland

Considering the antics of Craig Meis and Janet Rowland on our county board of commissioners, the gentleman from Fremont, Neb., who was tapped to run our county health department probably had it right the first time in deciding not to be another victim of our micromanaging county commissioners.

The two commissioners have a reputation for petulancy in dealing with county government, and it certainly has the appearance of causing the loss of valuable employees as a result.

Now Rowland tips her hand in suggesting that the commissioners may consider not hiring an administrator in the wake of the fiasco involving the administrator candidate from Florida and just take over the day-to-day operations of county government services. Yeah, that’s just what we need, operations by committee.

How much longer do we have to put up with these two? Meis, who considers himself above the laws designed for others, and Rowland, who is constantly running her mouth off at the slightest suggestion that she and Meis may leave a lot to be desired in having the temperament to handle the people’s business in the 21st century, are really a burden that citizens of Mesa County shouldn’t have to accept.

Will we have any of the county’s great employees left after these two are finally term-limited out? With our growing reputation, will we be able to recruit great employees in the future?

JOHN BORGEN

Grand Junction



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