Printed letters, Oct. 3, 2010

Bennet, Salazar value people over big firms

Here are three good reasons to vote for Michael Bennet and John Salazar this November. When the chips were down, they voted for people, not big corporations. Washington Republicans, in every case, took the side of big business, big insurance companies and big financial dealers.

First, Bennet and Salazar voted for banking reform that strengthened government regulation of the financial industry. Virtually every Republican voted against reining in free-wheeling Wall Street banks that made risky junk investments and toppled the economy. Republicans were not serious about regulating Wall Street and they will coddle Wall Street donors again if we elect them in November.

Second, Bennet and Salazar helped insure 31 million more Americans. That’s 31 million fewer people who won’t file medical bankruptcies, won’t swell the welfare rolls and won’t walk away from expensive hospital bills. Insuring America is an economic benefit to everyone.

Third, Sen. Bennet and Rep. Salazar supported a campaign finance disclosure law, a bill that every single Republican in the Senate opposed. A vote for their Republican opponents is a vote for more murky politics, funded by foreign business interests and shadowy millionaire contributors.

We deserve better government than what the Republicans offer. Slick slogans and emotional arguments won’t bring good government. Only taking tough stands against big corporate lobbies will bring power back to the people.


New Castle

Salazar and Bennet ignore constituents

Don’t plan on Michael Bennet or John Salazar representing the people.

I sent numerous e-mails to both of them during the health care debates, before they voted. I ask if they had read the bill and cited sections I was concerned about.

Michael Bennet responded by saying he was committed to voting for the bill and committed to his friend, President Barack Obama. My response was that he represents the citizens of Colorado, not President Obama.

I sent e-mails concerning cap-and-trade and immigration, and I got similar responses — in essence: “Your opinion will not be considered. I vote with the Democratic Party and the president.”

This is not a dictatorship, where the representatives cater to the president so they will not be removed. This is a democracy, where the senator is supposed to represent the electorate who elected him.

John Salazar gave similar responses: “I am going with the president and the Democratic Party.” I asked him if he had read the health bill and got no response.

I truly believe the candidates opposing these two men, who refuse to listen to the people they represent, will be a tremendous improvement and will be open to representing the people of Colorado instead of a Chicago politician and a California girl, who finagled the health care bill through the back door.

Vote for Ken Buck for the U.S. Senate and Scott Tipton for the U.S. House of Representatives. We need true representation, not dominance and a deaf ear to the electorate.


Grand Junction

Salazar has record of supporting sportsmen

I read with interest a recent story about Rep. John Salazar and challenger Scott Tipton and which one has the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. A later Gary Harmon article confirmed that Salazar gets the nod from the gun-rights group.

Although I am not a member of the NRA, I am a lifelong sportsman. I have known the Salazar family since I lived in the San Luis Valley in the 1970s. Rep. Salazar is an avid sportsman and he comes from a ranching family that cares about wildlife and the outdoors.

As a legislator, Salazar has always supported the interests of those of us who hunt and fish. The endorsement of the NRA is one thing, but a proven track record of supporting hunting, fishing and wildlife is good enough to get me to vote for John Salazar.


Grand Junction

Editorial let readers decide about Salazar

The editorial in the Sept. 29 edition of The Daily Sentinel is one reason why I subscribe to The Daily Sentinel, not the Montrose Daily Press, even though I live in Montrose.

When I took high school civics classes, I was taught that true journalists should report the facts and let the reader or listener decide for him or herself. In this day and age, it seems most journalists just use their jobs to push their own agendas.

This particular editorial pointed out the inaccuracies of the John Salazar TV ads discrediting Scott Tipton. The editorial simply gives facts, rather than implying falsehoods, as the TV ad does. The Sentinel allows the reader to then decide based on the facts.

In the last election, I voted for John Salazar. However, now he just comes across as the typical Washington fat cat intent only on keeping his job, not serving the people of his congressional district. Alas, he is not a statesman, simply another politician.



Konola will do better at managing money

Claudette Konola is a much better candidate than Steve King.

King has not helped create more jobs in Colorado, although he says this time he will. Colorado’s government budget has gone down under King’s watch, especially for our valley.

Colorado government funds many services with our taxes, like state fire protection, safety in highways, highway condition, bridge maintenance, services and funds for the well-being of seniors and the disabled, child protection and health, protection against sex offenders and fraud, preservation of our natural beauty, consumer protection, school services, college services, licenses, protection against water pollution, farm programs, help for beef exports, animal health, elections, etc. All of these services could be at risk if Steve King stays in government.

Instead, we need someone who knows how to manage money. We need someone to advocate for our community.

Sending Claudette Konola to the state Senate will ensure us that a skillful person who really knows about budgets and service will be there for the Western Slope. She has proved to be sensitive to the necessities of those in need by helping non-profit organizations.

Claudette Konola will be a great senator.


Grand Junction


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