Printed letters, Oct. 27, 2010

As a veteran, I found The Daily Sentinel’s editorial attacking John Salazar incorrect and offensive. Salazar served his country and he has fought tirelessly to enhance veterans’ benefits since he went to Congress.

Listed below are some of Salazar’s VA-related accomplishments, which the Sentinel’s political blindness apparently did not see:

✓ He increased mileage reimbursements for veterans.

✓ He worked with others to bring an outpatient clinic to Craig, which now serves veterans in that region.

✓ Salazar spearheaded the largest GI Bill overhaul in decades, which increased benefits for members of the military reserves and the National Guard.

✓ He used his congressional seniority to secure funding for a new VA facility in Colorado.

✓ Locally, he worked to upgrade the National Guard Armory.

✓ Salazar sponsored the phony-hero legislation, criminalizing one’s lying about their military feats.

I could go on. These accomplishments are hardly the record of an “ineffective congressman.”

Scott Tipton apparently never served in the military. How many of the VA issues that Salazar fought for would this non-veteran fight to eliminate? Third Congressional District veterans should think about this before they vote.

ANDY ANDREWS

Grand Junction

Salazar really did vote for bill with ant-study funds

I was floored when I read Denny Herzog’s insulting Oct. 24 column regarding Scott Tipton. In it, Herzog said Tipton “is perfectly content to let voters think Salazar really wanted to spend millions studying ants in Africa, or some such inanity. All the while he knows full well that’s anything but true.”

Except it is true. The National Science Foundation received $3 billion in stimulus money, $1.9 million of which financed a study entitled, “Ants of the Southwest Indian Ocean and East Africa.” Right there on the NSF website it says, “This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).”

Because John Salazar voted for the stimulus bill, he really did spend millions to study ants in Africa.

Herzog should know by now it’s not OK to lie in campaign ads — unless you’re John Salazar, I guess.

Scott Tipton also opposes other spending that Salazar’s votes authorized: $200,000 on a tattoo removal program in California, $650 million to pay for digital TV conversion coupons, a $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film, $75 million for smoking cessation activities. The Wall Street Journal said that “any Blue Dog Democrat who voted for (stimulus) ought to turn in his ‘deficit hawk’ credentials.”

Tipton has said all along that he wants to cut taxes, stop wasteful spending, save Social Security for seniors and repeal Obamacare. Herzog should check his facts before his next column.

I don’t remember ever seeing Herzog at one of the 18 Town Hall meetings that Tipton hosted throughout the 3rd Congressional District. During these forums — attended by hundreds of voters — Tipton has answered any question that comes his way on the economy, unemployment, federal spending and health care.

I know I am voting for Scott Tipton. When Herzog does his homework, I think he’ll vote for Scott Tipton.

RICHARD SCHOENRADT

Grand Junction

Fruita smoking ban fine, as long as it is enforced

The Fruita City Council’s proposal to ban smoking at Fruita city parks sounds like a great idea if it can or will be enforced. I am concerned that it will just be another unenforced park rule.

There are presently signs at all entrances to Little Saltwash Park, that dogs are required to be on a leash, that has never been enforced. I have friends and neighbors who would like to use the walking paths in the park, but do not because of their fear of dogs running loose. Many times, it looks more like a dog park than a ballpark.

Either enforce the rules that exist or don’t waste the time to enact new ones.

AL AMIRAULT

Fruita

Only politicians have money to spend now

If I had known how much invasion of my privacy would occur, how many stuffed mailboxes and constantly repeated TV ads I’d see, I would have had second thoughts about voting.

With the economy in a recession, only the politicians can spend millions. Do they really care about the homeless, the hungry and the jobless?

GEORGE FERREE

Grand Junction



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