Printed letters, Oct. 7, 2010

Don’t trust Tipton’s reversal of positions

As we have all heard recently, the issue of public education is front and center in the political spotlight once again.

No one is too old or too young to have a stake in how educational reform is addressed. So, when I recently saw that Scott Tipton, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, has stated (while running in the primary, in answer to the Southern Colorado Patriots Club survey question) that he believed he needed to abolish the Department of Education, I was shocked.

He has since reversed his position, but I am dubious of his recent turnaround. I have seen candidate Tipton express himself loudly and harshly to Democratic candidate John Salazar (at the September Club 20 debates) to challenge the ideals Salazar stands for, my ideals and those of my peers.

I trust John Salazar’s support for positive, constructive educational reform, and I respect his thoughtful, sincere approach, which includes retention of the Department of Education. Salazar has his feet on the ground and shows us through his dedicated service that he is in touch with reality.

We need a Department of Education to serve parents, teachers and students and John Salazar is the candidate who will demonstrate how he cares for education. As a lifelong educator, that is why I am casting my vote for John Salazar.

TINA K. SMITH

Grand Junction

Salazar doesn’t represent views of the 3rd District

John Salazar’s negative ads give farmers a bad image. How can his blatantly false ads help his campaign? Does he really think the voters in his district are all out of touch like he is?

If Salazar thinks voting with Nancy Pelosi more than 90 percent of the time is representing “rural values” in the 3rd District, he’s wrong.

Salazar said at Club 20 that Obamacare is a deficit reduction bill. Washington’s math is different than math in the 3rd District.

I read somewhere that Salazar has his own plane and flies to sell seed potatoes. If that’s true, with his farm property and other assets, he’s not your average 3rd District farmer.

As a farmer myself, I know that if Salazar had managed his farming operation based on his voting record, he would have been broke and out of business a long time ago.

Our gap insurance is going up in part because of higher Medicare deductibles. Thanks for taking care of the people on Medicare, John Salazar. How many doctors are going to drop taking Medicare patients?

Salazar was sent to Washington to represent the people in the 3rd District, not to be Pelosi’s lap dog.

JOHN JUSTMAN

Fruita

Conservatives should back Maes instead of Tancredo

Tom Tancredo was just in town stumping for votes. I am impressed that he has added other words to his vocabulary besides immigration. That is the only subject he has any interest or knowledge of.

Tancredo still spends all of his money and time attacking Maes because he has no platform.

All over our nation, Republicans who have lost in their primaries are running as third-party candidates or with write-in campaigns. All they are accomplishing is splitting the conservative vote. Tancredo didn’t even lose, he just joined another party and nominated himself.

He has an attack ad with a poor old woman whom Maes supposedly conned money from. Before you feel sorry for her, you should realize that old woman is Freda Poundstone, one of the GOP elite power brokers. Those aren’t wrinkles on her face they are battle scars. Hers and her elite friends’ only problem with Maes is that he unexpectedly won the primary over McInnis, their chosen one. Also, when they yanked on his leash, he didn’t heel like they are used to.

Now they are backing Tancredo, who left their party and joined another. I wonder why they would back him.

If you are one of the 195,000 voters who chose Maes in the primary, don’t quit him now. If you didn’t vote for him maybe this is a good reason why you should. If we are going to fix this country this “old guard” politics as usual has to go. It’s like fixing a bad septic system. Some times there is so much you-know-what in the old system, that you are better off abandoning it and building a new one.

MICHAEL BOHNENKAMP

Montrose



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