Printed letters, Sept. 26, 2010

Konola will represent

people rather than parties

If one would discard the labels — Democrat, Republican, tea party — one might listen and evaluate a candidate’s platform on its merits, not with a pre-determined bias. One candidate worth listening to is Claudette Konola, candidate for Colorado State Senate, District 7.

Although not well known, she has plunged into the Senate race because she has something to offer in these stressful economic times. That “something” is 40 years of experience in the private sector of the banking and finance industry, plus working with small start-up businesses and community development efforts and helping create 40,000 jobs in the United States. More importantly, she is not an incumbent and brings no history of obligation to anyone but voters.

As an educated voter, listen, question her (on Facebook or her blog). Ask yourself which candidate for District 7 is more informed, with the best background to address the needs and implement solutions for us.

Claudette has chosen the color purple as a symbol to blend the red and the blue of Democrats and Republicans. It is a message that she will vote people, not party, as best represents the values and needs of her constituents.

Claudette is coming to the Colorado state Senate representing you and me. Think purple. Vote Claudette Konola.

PAULA STRUCKMAN

Grand Junction

Salazar spreads half-truths regarding Scott Tipton

No! Same old dishonesty. Same old half-truths, out-of-context quotes and insinuations. Salazar’s radio and TV ads charging Scott Tipton with wanting to cut government by 50 percent, eliminate Social Security, add an additional 23 percent sales tax, etc., are false and Salazar knows they are false. Yet he continues to run them. Scott has answered all these charges time and time again, and proved them to be misleading.

I assume that Salazar knew these charges worked in 2006, so he decided to try it again. The only reason it worked in 2006 was because Scott ran out of money near the end of the campaign. Salazar had a huge fund provided by the Democratic machine and could say anything that he wanted to say and Scott could not respond.

It’s a different story this time. Salazar will not be able to say whatever he wants. We do not need, nor want, a half-truther or a prevaricator representing us in Congress.

Let’s put John Salazar out to pasture, back on his (probably multi-million dollar) ranch.

Vote Scott Tipton.

SUSAN VALDEZ

Grand Junction

Tancredo has little support in Delta County

I’ve listened to Tom Tancredo’s attack ads against Dan Maes over and over again, while there was no response from Dan. I decided to look up who exactly is supporting both men.

By looking at the public records available at the Colorado Secretary of State’s website, I found that, as of the Sept. 7 filing, Tom Tancredo had raised $200,507 as opposed to Dan Maes’ $50,201. So I decided to look at those from Delta County who have contributed to Tancredo’s $200,507. All of them.

I found that out of 14,000 Republicans and independents in Delta County, two people gave him a total of $30. That’s it. He raised the remaining $200,477 from other places. Just browsing his contributors, I saw more than half were out of state.

His ads make an issue of what a 22-year-old rookie policemen did when caught in a corrupt police department in Liberal, Kans., that did not want to crack down on gambling. The second issue is a donation, or was it a loan, of $300 from Freda Poundstone.

These are diversions from the issues. Tancredo has revealed a ruthless, deceptive and unprincipled penchant in his attack ads on Maes.

One has to wonder: If he only has two contributors to his campaign from Delta County, who is trying to buy this election in other locations? Or are we in Delta County just the exception?

MIKE MASON

Cedaredge

Konola’s personal attacks won’t defeat Steve King

I attended a debate a few weeks ago between Rep. Steve King and Claudette Konola. Konola seems to think that personally attacking Steve King will help her campaign to get elected to the Colorado state Senate.

In fact, in The Daily Sentinel article of Sept. 13, she again made a petty dig, calling King “the anointed prince who wants to become king.”

Rep. King is to be admired because he has not responded in kind to her silly insults. I don’t know who Konola’s campaign manager is, but she is receiving bad advice with regard to her rhetoric. However, I hope she continues to receive bad advice, because King has too much integrity to stoop to her level, and he will prevail in this political race by sticking to the issues.

JANET BLACKMAN

Grand Junction



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