Printed letters, Oct. 6, 2010

When his vote was needed for the stimulus bill and health care reform, he supported her. He doesn’t want to defend those bills and others he supported that show you his true colors.

Sen. Michael Bennet’s ad, where he paints his opponent as a radical, takes a page right out of the Democratic National Committee playbook. When you can’t run on your record, your support of wasteful stimulus spending, the planned government takeover of health care and job-killing regulation, what you are left with is feeble attempts at smears.

There will be huge tax increases going into effect Jan. 1 that impact all who pay taxes. What are Bennet’s and Salazar’s position on extending all the Bush tax cuts? Do they want to increase taxes on people making more than $250,000? Many, including many Democrats, question the wisdom of increasing taxes on the people who create jobs.

The record is there for all to see. It is undeniable that Rep. Salazar and Sen. Bennet supported the unprecedented growth in government spending. A result of that spending and the concentration of power in the federal government is the erosion of our personal freedoms. It is nothing less than our American way of life that is at risk.

DAVE KEARSLEY

Mesa

Salazar, Bennet worked to protect school systems

I am a Grand Junction native currently residing in Fruita. I attended and am a graduate of School District 51 along with four other family siblings.

Presently, I am raising two grandchildren also attending District 51 schools.

I will support and vote for Congressman John Salazar and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet because they helped to stabilize District 51 schools and protect teachers’ jobs on our Western Slope by voting to implement the economic stimulus package.

District 51 has a viable school system that plays an integral part in the success of educating our children.

Anyone who would eliminate the present U.S. Education Department by implementing a state and local government system to run our schools will never get my vote!

BARBARA ANDERSON Fruita

Residents, media ignored civil rights group meeting

All seven members of the Colorado State Civil Rights Commission were in Grand Junction Sept. 30 to offer a public meeting and forum for the public.

Neither the TV stations nor The Daily Sentinel were visible for coverage of this newsworthy event. The turnout was disappointing, considering that the bipartisan commission formulates policies and rules and advises the governor and Legislature regarding policies and legislation that address illegal discrimination concerning employment, housing and public accommodation.

The commissioners welcomed discourse, and despite the small number of attendees, the exchange was lively and interesting. In the audience, both Police Chief John Camper and Sheriff Stan Hilkey participated, which I think is a commendable expression of their interest in the community.

PATRICIA AMADEO

Grand Junction



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