Printed letters, Oct. 17, 2010

Anti-Obama billboard is way over the top

Thank you for The Daily Sentinel’s expression of opprobrium regarding the odious billboard erected to broadcast untruths about our president. It would not have been unseemly had you also mentioned the lack of moral courage on the part of the billboard’s sponsor who is unwilling to be identified with this scurrilous message.

The various depictions of the president are akin to what might have been an illustration showing President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney using Iraqi babies for target practice, i.e. way over the top.

DUANE HOGUE

Grand Junction

Controversial billboard not racist nor homophobic

The billboard on I70-B is neither racist nor homophobic. If you look at it, you will see that it very cleverly shows, in a cartoonish way, the major problems President Barack Obama is facing. The only one missing is the homeless, unemployed veteran.

As for being disrespectful, I think everyone respects the office of the president. However, people have to earn respect, they don’t get it just because of a position they fill.

I don’t think it was meant to be bigoted, homophobic or disrespectful. People who feel that way need to get a life.

Why is it that anything said about Obama that is not filled with praises needs to be called racist. The people who are racist are the ones who keep using that as an excuse for not liking things people say and feel about Obama.

Thank you, Unnamed, for bringing a bit of humor into our lives during this very political unstable time.

DAVID SHRUM

Grand Junction

Location makes disputed billboard less relevant

While the anti-Obama billboard on the I-70 Business Loop referenced in a recent Daily Sentinel editorial is certainly offensive, all of us can take some comfort from the fact that because of its location and artwork style, few will see it or understand its message.

Firstly, the billboard’s location on the far northeast side of the loop makes it almost impossible to read and comprehend while driving eastbound at 40-50 mph.

Secondly, the artwork itself violates virtually every design rule for effective billboard advertising. Rather than simplicity, the artist opted for a complicated scene with far too many images, then compounded the error by choosing a typeface for the copy which tends to blend into the background rather than boldly stand out. The only way one can really see and understand the billboard’s message is to stand directly in front of it, something few will take the time to do.

Whoever commissioned the billboard artwork and chose the location for displaying it certainly didn’t get their money’s worth.

E. MICHAEL ERVIN

Grand Junction

Veteran was surprised by outstanding treatment

From all of the World War II Honor Flight veterans, I hope that any sentiments expressed by me would be shared by all comrades who living and dead were included on this flight.

I would say that never before have I covered so much territory, seen so many beautiful things, had so many people worrying about my well-being, in such a short period of time.

Thanks to the pilots and crew, who handled that massive, fully-loaded aircraft. Thanks also to the professional and essential staff who organized the flight and with the help of many volunteers saw to our every need.

Our sponsors who worked under difficult times and conditions deserve our respect and thanks. Raising money for such an Honor Flight when many had little is greatly appreciated.

The return to Grand Junction was outstanding and surprising. Crowds of well-wishers, marching bands, celebrities, relatives and others shook the ambiance of Grand Junction Regional Airport. We heard about these things, but that was for big cities. Our duties were to find employment or start businesses, find girls, start families, enhance community values and register to vote.

MILTON WALLS

Loma

Reception for veterans demonstrated ‘wow factor’

As a World War II veteran and a guest on the Western Slope Honor Flight this month, I was overwhelmed by the homecoming reception accorded us veterans on our return to Grand Junction. For me, it was an experience of a lifetime and far beyond anything I could have imagined.

I would like for every Boy Scout, law enforcement officer, fireman, musician, military personnel, other veteran and each private citizen in attendance that evening to know how very much that greeting meant to me and how much it was appreciated. If ever the “wow factor” was appropriate, it was then.

Thank you, Grand Junction.

J.S. PALMER

Grand Junction

Marine was honored by trip and reception

I would like to thank everyone for the support and letters we received during our recent honor trip to Washington D.C. We had a fantastic trip.

We received many letters during our “last mail call” while there, and it warmed our hearts that so many people took the time to write and send letters to honor the veterans who have served our country.

We were astounded to come home and find the airport packed with people waiting to welcome us home and honor us.

Thanks again. We will always remember our wonderful trip.

LEROY B. LATHAM Veteran, U.S. Marine Corps

De Beque



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