Printed letters, Nov. 9, 2010

Meis’ actions amount to abuse of power

I’m trying to figure out my reaction to the story about Craig Meis’ “personal tea party” protest. If I read the facts correctly, he allowed his son to break a state law on state property and objected to a state employee giving him a ticket.

First, he objected to the ticket because his son was not operating unsafely; then he filed a complaint with the state director of Natural Resources. When Mr. Meis received the director’s reply of not being able to interfere, Mr. Meis demanded a trial.

Next, all county employees (DAs recused themselves) thus, the Mesa County taxpayers paid for a trial — which included the expense of paying for a prosecutor from Montrose County and a jury.

Mr. Meis states that he believes that we need to lower all government taxes. How does he justify a jury trial for a “frivolous” incident at the cost of Mesa County taxpayers?

Somehow, this looks more like an abuse of power to me.

CAROLYN WILDER

Grand Junction

Grant’s figures on rally attendance are off

I see that the columnist, Bill Grant, is crowing about the “Rally For Sanity and/or Fear” and how the crowd was at least two and a half times bigger than the “radical fringe” at the rally by Glenn Beck on Aug. 28. Well, that depends. Grant quotes Viacom as claiming the Parks Department privately reported there were “well over” 200,000 at the Sanity rally. He claims Beck only had 87,000 “give or take a few.”

I saw estimates of as many as 300,00 to 500,000 for the Beck crowd. Everybody inflates their counts in this contest of rallies, and I seriously doubt the left gathered more than the Aug. 28 rally. Maybe he had the 87,000 mixed up with the count for the Sanity bunch.

I suggest that Grant gets some overhead photos and make his own count — head by head.

CREIGHTON BRICKER

Grand Junction

McInnis should remove his name from canyons

With all due respect to Scott McInnis as a human being, no living person deserves to have their name placed on such a beautiful creation as Colorado Canyons NCA. As I recall, Mr. McInnis had no interest in protecting the area until some political gain was to be had.

Congratulations to those that found the sensibility to protect this area. It’s time for McInnis to show some humility and give Flume, Pollack and Rattlesnake, back their rightful name.

STEVE ALLERTON

Grand Junction

Firing incumbents is a sign of hope for future

Reactions to recent newspaper news regarding our latest election:

First, there are the thoughts of letter writer Jose Lucero in his letter of Nov. 4,  in which he voiced his concerns (and mine and all those with whom I have discussed the subject) regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling making individuals of corporations that must surely, ultimately, have such an adverse effect on the power of the individual’s vote, thus the intent of our Vonstitution.

Secondly, is the piece in the Nov. 6 issue on Kieth Olbermann’s suspension. Seems he committed the sin of contributing to campaigns of three Democrats. Apparently, it would have been OK if he had donated to Republicans, as others of his class had done with impunity. News Corp, Fox’s parent company, in the last paragraph said, donated a million bucks to something called the Republican Governor’s Association. No report of anyone being fired in either case.

I believe that what we were shown by the last election, besides reaction to President Obama’s sorry attempts to counteract President Bush’s catastrophic economic muddling, was a terrifying demonstration of “the power of money to corrupt” the intent of that wonderful instrument, our Constitution.

The one sign of hope I saw in the election was that so many incumbent Congress folks got fired. We’re telling those folks: We’ve given you power, access to the world’s best talent, facilities, and funding, plus all the authority you could possibly need. If you are not part of the problems, you are also not part of any solutions. Regardless of party, get the job done or expect to get fired.

RAY LASHLEY

Grand Junction



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