Printed letters, November 18, 2011

Conservatives should support Rep. Tipton

I am getting really disgruntled with the disgruntled. A year ago, conservatives in Mesa County helped elect a solid tea-party Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives, Scott Tipton. Already, we are hearing grumblings from some, who swim around the fringes of the local conservative movement, about Tipton’s performance.

There is an ornery cabal that wants to challenge Tipton with an unknown independent. This is the problem; The disgruntled rabble who claim the tea party label completely lack the insight, patience and wherewithal to do what is necessary for conservatives to win this country back from socialist progressives. We must work within the infrastructure of the GOP and, using the influence of the tea party, liberty groups and good old conservatives, recreate it from the inside out.

Tipton is a great example of a conservative Republican who knows the intricacies of the private sector, adheres to the first principles of constitutional government and had the genuine popular appeal to be elected.

The disgruntled bomb throwers, who do all they can to defame Tipton and his record, would be happy to run a third-party candidate who has none of these qualities, who cannot win in a general election and who will ultimately throw the election back to some liberal Democrat. The last thing we need is another liberal, voting in lock step with Nancy Pelosi and the big government Democrats in Congress.

If the disgruntled swimming around the fringes of the tea party get their way, that is exactly what will happen. I would challenge the carpers to do what is right and abandon the idea of supporting an independent challenger in 3rd District, and support the hard-working and consistent man we have already worked so hard to elect.

MARJORIE HAUN

Grand Junction

Frustrated voters need to fight government growth

Do the Republicans, Democrats, tea party, Occupy people not understand what is going on here? They are all falling into the hands of the current administration’s ideals and plans. They are divided, taking sides, blaming each other.

History, for some who know it, has shown that should people want to conquer a nation, you divide the people and create chaos. This is exactly what our government is doing. It is not just the Democrats or the Republicans who have caused this debacle of our housing, banking and economy. They both are equally responsible.

Stop relying on the government to help you. Vote out the cronies, demand term limits on Congress.

It’s wrong to think you have the right to own a car, a house and have health care. If you want these things, earn them. Do not expect the government to give them to you. There is nothing in the Constitution that gives you these rights, only the right to be free from oppression and government intrusion.

Stop blaming and unite against more government. This is, or was, a free country. We are going down a dark path and a slippery slope that we may never get out of. Now is the time for action, not against Wall Street people. They were only following the regulations given to them by our government.

STEVE MENZIES

Fruita

Air quality in valley is being degraded

On a recent evening, the smoke from wood stoves was so thick you could taste it. I asked myself: Where are all those clean-air people who protest about gas drilling, coal mining, etc.?

To me, the smoke in the valley was so heavy you would have to wear a respirator if you were working for one of those companies mentioned above.

Also, where are the same protesters when people on motorcycles are riding and loosening the dirt at the base of the Book Cliffs and when the winds come and blow the dust to the homes on the south side of Interstate 70 and throughout the valley?

Some time last winter, the paper said we had the cleanest air of a number cities sampled. At that time the air, as I can remember, looked the same as it was recently. Maybe the good samples of air are taken at the drill rigs and coal mines and coal-fired power plants, then sent here.

RAFAEL A SALAZ

Grand Junction

Grand Valley displays respect for its veterans

I have been a Navy veteran of the Korean War for 55 years and have lived throughout the United States. This past Veterans Day was one of the most memorable of my life.

Many local citizens, out of the clear blue sky, thanked me for my service (I was wearing my submariner’s veterans cap at the time). I have never felt so honored.

To top the day off, I had a free scrumptious lunch at Famous Dave’s BBQ and a free car wash at Fruita’s Wildcat car wash. The help at both places were very polite and thanked me for my small input into our nation’s security. I am very lucky, grateful and thankful to be one of the fortunate souls to live in the Grand Valley with such caring people.

LEE CARIE

Fruita


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