Printed letters, Sept. 30, 2010

New law is needed to protect voting

Rick Wagner’s recent column pointed out a horrible flaw in our election system: Anyone can register to vote with a utility bill or a Colorado driver’s license.

All American voters should have to show proof of citizenship, with a birth certificate or naturalization papers.

Our country must enact legislation to prevent illegal immigrants from voting in our election. We cannot afford to have any illegals vote in this country.

A new law to prevent this outrage must be enacted before the November elections this year.

JOE JORGENSEN

Grand Junction

Warrant information was inaccurate for county

While I do not wish to enter the debate over Proposition 102, which would limit the court’s ability to order pretrial services supervision as a bond condition, I do want to correct a misstatement in the article that appeared on Sept. 15 on the topic. In it, bondsmen Bob Cunningham and Heather Good are reported as saying there are 22,000 warrants active in Mesa County for people who missed court dates.

In fact, we have a total of 5,094 outstanding warrants. Of these, we estimate that 3,700 are for people who missed court dates. The remainder of approximately 1,400 are for people who have allegedly failed to comply with court orders.

DAVID BOTTGER

Chief Judge, 21st Judicial District

Grand Junction

Salazar has proved to be a centrist representative

John Salazar has represented the 3rd Congressional District with a centrist vision since 2003. As a Blue Dog Democrat, John has pushed for pay-as-you-go responsible fiscal policies throughout his tenure in the House.

It is true that John voted for the $789 billion bailout. What has not been said is that most of his harshest critics got a tax credit as part of that bailout.

It is a very dangerous year in politics. Irrational thoughts prevail. Vicious accusations without merit fly like wild demons across the TV and the radio.

The bailout stabilized school districts, cities, towns and states across this nation, protecting the jobs of teachers, firemen and police officers. While the stimulus may not have created as many new jobs as hoped, it has given us, as a nation, time to adjust to a new realization, a chance to redevelop a new economy in America that will drive jobs and growth into the future. This fact has been largely ignored or denied by the right.

Members of the right have become satiated within their delusions, their rhetoric and no longer question themselves, no longer question how their proposals will affect the economy. They do not question how their vision will affect our civilization. It is time to look around you, and think about our civilization.

What are you willing to give up in your daily life? Are you willing to forego the safety you currently enjoy to drive to your job or the grocery store, or drop your son off at his football practice? Are you willing to slash the fire department budget, only to have your house insurance skyrocket? Are you sure the right is the right choice to lead this nation from this recession?

Think very hard before choosing your next representative.

FRED PITTENGER

Grand Junction

Hautzinger’s comments could be prejudicial

So, District Attorney Pete Hautzinger finds the actions of Colorado State Patrol troopers “troubling.”

I find it troubling that our district attorney would offer his opinion of an ongoing investigation on the front page of the newspaper.

His opinion should not have been made public. By so doing, he has effectively prejudiced the grand jury investigation against the trooper.

J. A. HUNSINGER

Grand Junction

Don’t blame Republicans for current economy

I find it curious that the Associated Press GFK poll “Dems and GOP disliked by most,” on the front page of the Sept. 25 edition of The Daily Sentinel, shows that 64 percent of those polled disapprove of the way Republicans are handling the economy, compared to 59 percent attributed to the Democrats.

The curiosity is that the GOP has had zero control over the process since the 2008 election, and has therefore had precious little to do with the current handling of the economy. Once again, this is a symptom of a poorly informed electorate.

DAVID POWERS

Montrose

Eliminating Harmon’s column is a crime

The Daily Sentinel has just lost a ton of its charm. The very first column we read every Sunday was Gary Harmon’s. While we consider him your best reporter, we also looked forward to his humorous treatment of whatever issue currently took his fancy.

It appears he is now persona non grata on the Sunday editorial pages. Big bummer. I can think of two columnists that could be ushered out instead, so you could show no favoritism.

What you have done is a crime of the first water.

CREIGHTON BRICKER

Grand Junction



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