Printed letters, Oct. 18, 2011

I am an 11-year resident of this area, a senior and writer in other places. It is gratifying to see changes in Grand Junction residents, the new university and The Daily Sentinel.

I deplore America’s wrongheaded reactions to the 9/11 tragedy; incessant wars that divert trillions from public needs into the ravenous purse of the military-industrial-banking-congressional complex, government’s incursion in private lives, our children’s education and local rights.

“Changes in our country” are frightening, as a recent writer stated. Each American lives under an umbrella that potentially follows his every act, call, purchase or email. The young want Big Brother. Orwell didn’t expect slavering robots that deem silence as alien and connectiveness as heaven. In 20 years, freedom will end and uplinks to satellites from embedded chips will be their Holy Grail.

Wall Street buries the struggling and poor while stealing from taxpayers, investors and public pensions, then resists laws which impugn their larceny.

I support anti-Wall Street demonstrations. I deplore flag-wavers who send our youth to death and terrible injury then stand by as they suffer in underfunded, understaffed veterans hospitals.

Abraham Lincoln’s greatest fear was the unbridled threat of corporations. My greatest fear is for young people, including my son and daughter, versus the threats of tomorrow. As local resident and American, I stand appalled.


Grand Junction

Occupy Wall Street is nothing but a ploy

I wonder if those who scramble to validate the animal-house-like street-happening that is the Occupy Wall Street event have any inkling of what they are doing. Attempts to liken this to the street politics of the ‘60s sadly miss the point.

Protests then focused on an ill-conceived war and genuine civil-rights disparities. Those demonstrations were not pure — they were messy, loud and disturbing — but the results were concrete. The Vietnam war was ended and meaningful actions were taken to address racial inequality.

No such clear focus of cause or intended outcome drives the current movement.

The fact that the size of the Occupy Wall Street groups are large and becoming larger is obviously more attributable to the new phenomenon of the social media than to the value of the cause itself.

More disturbing, however, is the support being given them by liberals, the national media and the Obama administration, who doubtless see the ruckus as a timely and sorely needed diversion of public attention from the monumental failings in economic machinations and social engineering that we all are made to suffer.

What a wonderful day in the neighborhood our esteemed president must perceive if he believes so much embarrassment can be obscured by so little as the Occupy Wall Street activism.

Sorry, but more of us than can be imagined see this subterfuge for what it is: The furtherance of the president’s campaign to obfuscate his own record and create the divisive class warfare and chaos he can count on to ensure his re-election in 2012.

Soon, the Occupy Wall Street gamers will go away and so will Obama.



Greed didn’t motivate Jobs as it does many capitalists

Josh Penry’s recent column postulates that all capitalism is grand and glorious, as are the great accomplisments of Steve Jobs.

I’ll grant him that Steve Jobs’ accomplishments showed great entrepreneurial spirit, but greed was way down on the list of things that motivated Steve Jobs.

This isn’t true of all capitalistic ventures. If it were so, why are IRS regulations so full of tax benefits that some organizations pay no income tax? Why are middle-income Americans holding pink slips and stubs from unemployment checks?

Simplistic quarter-page writings about the role of capitalism merely rolls one layer of nonsense over another.



Volunteers assisted in improving public lands

The Bureau of Land Management would like to thank the nearly 100 people who recently dedicated a Saturday to help improve public lands, along with the local businesses that supported them.

Volunteers who attended one of the three BLM Grand Junction Field Office events on National Public Lands Day Sept. 24 removed more than three tons of garbage and debris from public lands and improved over a mile of single-track trail.

In particular, members of the Western Slope ATV Association provided critical support during the clean up of the north desert area.

A number of local businesses also supported the effort, including Castings, Inc., Which Wich, Chick-Fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Main Street Bagels, Starbucks, and Cabela’s.

These volunteers’ time made a difference to everyone who enjoys public lands and living in western Colorado.


Grand Junction Field Manager

Bureau of Land Management

Grand Junction


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