Printed letters, Sept. 21, 2010

Claudette Konola is the clear choice for the Colorado Senate District 7 race. She is an outsider to state government (throw the bums out)!

Claudette held a management job in private industry for over 30 years. This gave her real-world experience in producing results and getting the job done. We need real-world experience in solving Colorado’s tough economic problems.

Her concern for the community is shown by her second career — managing non-profit lenders. These community lenders include the Mesa County Revolving Loan Fund, and the Community Reinvestment Fund. The Community Reinvestment Fund is responsible for producing and saving over 40,000 jobs since 1988. In this tough economy, we clearly need someone who can produce jobs.

Claudette is also a nationally recognized expert on New Market Tax Credits, having lectured on that topic at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She is listed in “Who’s Who in Finance and Business” and “Who’s Who in America.”

Clearly, Claudette is the best choice for representing District 7 in the state Senate.



Konola’s financial ideas rival Rep. Barney Frank’s

I missed the Senate District 7 debate and it’s a good thing. I would have run screaming from the arena early on. It’s not because of Claudette Konola’s smarmy peacock comments directed toward Rep. Steve King, an experienced Colorado legislator.

It would be at the first mention of community development legislation. Yes, the national legislation on this subject is the root cause of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown and the failure of the Fannie/Freddie entities.

Herein ACORN and other groups coerced banks, through federally set quotas, to take on distressed area home mortgages. With the least equity (down payment), least credit experience, marginal property, lowest income/wealth, and favorable rates these loans were passed on to the Fannie/Freddie folks on the insistence of the likes of Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

Barney Frank is an equally glib talker about finance as Konola. Just three years ago he stated that Fannie/Freddie were not in danger of bankruptcy. Today, taxpayers are keeping Fannie/Freddie afloat to the tune of $150 billion to date and running at over $5 billion each month.

I can assure you, no non-profit fund for small business can give out low-interest loans without a real or implied government (taxpayer) guarantee.

The Small Business Administration has a solid reputation of giving out asset-backed loans. Why do we need more government involvement?

In Bill Grant’s puff-piece in support of Konola, he does not mention King’s record at the Colorado Legislature. Despite being in the minority, he has succeeded in getting many law-enforcement/judicial laws passed, streamlining and clarifying legal issues with the gratitude of the judges and patrolmen alike. King’s legislation did not increase our taxes, to boot.


Grand Junction

Tancredo is acting like a Washington insider

I am disappointed in Tom Tancredo. In the past I thought of him as a viable candidate. Now, he looks like the political-insider we’d all like to get rid of.

Egotistical is the top crust, followed by the Arlen Specter-type game of switching parties when you can’t get elected by your own party.

What does that tell you about how he’d do ias governor? He will do whatever it takes to get his way, much like a toddler kicking and screaming. He’s messing up this election and handing it to the Democrats. How much did they pay him, would be my next question.

If he cared about the citizens he would represent, he’d find another way to represent us. I agree Maes has proved to be less-than-honest, but I feel his politically incorrect statements are more in tune with the feelings of the general public than Tom Tancredo’s dirty, low-down commercials.

FRANCES GREEN Grand Junction

New York imam can’t tell us what is hallowed

I’m shocked — shocked! — that Imam Feisal Abaul Rauf, who wants desperately to build a mosque on the World Trade Center site, is trying to tell us Americans what is or is not hallowed ground. This is our country. We decide.

If he were a man of good will — or even common sense — he’d bow out graciously and might even earn our respect.

Alas, he is not.


Grand Junction


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