Printed letters, Nov. 7, 2010

Really? You are a big game hunter and you cannot tell the difference between a moose and an elk? If you are that inept at identifying big game animals — moose or elk in North America — then you had better go to WalMart and get a coloring book with pictures to color and learn them.

Even my 8-year-old grandson knows the difference between a moose, elk and a deer.

It sure makes me nervous to have people like that out in the field with a rifle, never knowing when they might take a “sound” shot at someone.

Please identify your animal before you pull the trigger!

BOB SMILANICH

Grand Junction

Don’t blame tea party for Republican losses

It is my thought that the GOP and its senate candidates are blaming their losses on the tea party because we, the tea party, believe in choice and not having to vote for their chosen candidates.

The real story is the people spoke with their votes in the primary in Colorado, in which a majority of the GOP-establishment candidates lost. The Republican leaders refused to back the people’s choice of candidates, which turned Colorado into a mess.

We had people joining the races, trying to get candidates to quit and major Republicans donating money to the Democrats, so you can see how the state election turned out.

I think it is disrespectful for the Republican machine to give the state of Colorado to the Democrats because they are not willing to work with the people’s choices. I believe the Republican senators in Washington and our local government have it wrong by blaming their losses on the tea party.

Do we need a change?

DENNIS R. PATTON

Grand Junction

Meis acted irresponsibly in son’s boating case

The front-page article headlined, “Commissioner fined in ‘personal little tea party,’ ” tells us that Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis has a different dictionary than most of us use.

As an adult, parent of a teenage son and a politician, he certainly fails to understand what “responsible” means.

I suspect that being a politician has lessened his ability to make responsible decisions. He demonstrates his failure to be a responsible parent if he knowingly allows his child to disobey the laws and he is certainly not demonstrating he is a responsible politician if he knowingly violates the law.

Come on, Commissioner Meis, are you exempt from the law because you are a politician?

His “venting of frustration” has not only demonstrated his lack of ability to be a responsible citizen, but it has also cost us taxpayers money by taking this frivolous matter to court. The next time he wastes money and the court’s time, he should demonstrate some responsibility and make it over something more meaningful than a $50 fine for allowing his child to break the law.

Meis wrote, “I’m tired of others trying to protect me and lumping me in the category of those that are not responsible.” If that is truly his desire, then I suggest he failed to show it.

Laws are in existence to protect me and my fellow citizens from those like him who believe they are above the law. Why does he believe he is being responsible by teaching his child that laws don’t apply simply because he is “tired of others trying to protect me”? It is because of his type of “responsible” person that we others need that protection.

Meis should stop wasting our tax money on frivolous court hearings.

PAUL V. ROBERTS

Fruita



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