Printed letters, September 15, 2010

Court selection shows
election consequences

That the newest left-of-the-electorate member of the Colorado Supreme Court is a Grand Junction High School graduate is a small consolation. Voters should see in the ascension of Monica Marquez to the state’s high court the reality that elections have lasting consequences.

Gov. Bill Ritter will leave office soon as one of many unpopular incumbents, but not before adding to his questionable legacy with the choice of Marquez over far more experienced and qualified candidates.

As the people of Colorado go to the polls in November to elect our next governor, hopefully they will bear in mind that the person they select will, through judicial appointments, extend his influence over the state for years to come, even after leaving office.

VAUGHN PARK

Grand Junction

God caught in middle in world religious wars

With all the human hatred being expressed right now about Islam and mosques, Mark Twain comes to mind.

I don’t remember which book (maybe his “Letters From the Earth”), or the exact words, but he said something like “People and war are a funny thing. They all grab their guns to kill each other, but before they do, each side goes to church to pray to the same god to help them win.”

The three great religions stemming from the Old Testament are all praying “me God, let me win.” Poor God.

EILEEN O’TOOLE

Grand Junction

‘Reefer madness’ is ignoring medical pot

Regarding the column, “Did Reefer Madness afflict Grand Junction City Council?” the question could more appropriately be asked of Bill Grant, the author of the article.

The selling of reefers under the fiction of medical marijuana, using tax income, job and business preservation as justification, is the height of madness.

The type of businesses, jobs and taxes generated by getting people high is not sustainable and does nothing but contribute to the downward spiral of our competitive edge, not only in Colorado and the nation, but also in the world economy. We can’t operate in a foggy haze at 80 percent of our mental, creative and productive abilities and expect to be competitive in a world market.

Reefer madness is what Bill Grant is promoting to benefit the greed of those in the pot business and the inability of politicians who lack the courage and creative ideas to solve current economic problems.

I respect and admire the vision of the Grand Junction City Council to be able to look into the future of the city and see the long-term negative effects of Bill Grant’s and his ilk’s reefer madness.

ROBERT A. TALLARICO

Grand Junction

There’s something like fireflies on Smith Fork

I read with interest the Sept. 6, Page 7A article regarding a firefly shortage. In mid-article, the Associated Press writer stated that there are no fireflies found west of the Rockies.

Maybe the Boston Museum of Science would like to send one of their “bug men” to eastern Delta County and western Gunnison County and check out the mid-to-upper elevations of the Smith Fork River during mid-summer. On numerous trips on this stream, I have observed small UFOs flitting about, their lights going on and off.

I had always thought of them as being fireflies and on close examination, they appeared to be some type of insect with wings and legs. Must be a clever camouflage by the aliens. But I am not trained in the science of studying fireflies.

Here is a chance for some researcher to find a new species.

LARRY M. HEAD

Hotchkiss

Photos, article on pioneer families were enjoyable

I really enjoyed William Woody’s photos and article on the three Montrose pioneer ranch families honored at this year’s state fair. The article, “Centennial Salute: Three longtime Montrose families earn awards for generations of labor on farm, ranch lands,” appeared in The Daily Sentinel Sept. 6.

The Colorado Centennial Farm and Ranch Awards are a wonderful way to spotlight local families and history on the Western Slope and throughout our state. Woody’s storytelling photos and reporting shine.

KATHY ERBACHER Montrose



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