Published letters, November 21, 2012

There has been an abundance of almost daily coverage regarding the passage of Amendment 64 (legalization of marijuana), which passed by a margin of 10 percent.

Curiously, however, the passage of Amendment 65 (a non-binding petition in support of campaign finance limits) has elicited relatively scant press, despite the fact that it passed by a landslide of almost 74 percent of Colorado voters.

This is one issue on which there is overwhelming public consensus.

Therefore, I hope The Daily Sentinel will rise above its objections to Amendment 65 (as stated in its editorial of Oct. 23) and yield to resounding voter sentiment by holding legislators’ feet to the fire on this paramount issue.

A good start would be to spotlight the call by the group Public Citizen for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, a narrow 5-4 ruling that made a bad situation infinitely worse by widening the floodgates of big money into politics.

ARTHUR HOULE

Grand Junction

State epilepsy month declared 
to increase public awareness

Although our state and country have been focused on the news of our presidential election this month, the month of November deserves attention for another reason — one very important to a small community of Coloradans. Today, about 50,000 of our neighbors, friends, coworkers and relatives live with epilepsy, facing challenges that many around them don’t know about or understand.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado works every day in support of those living with epilepsy, whether they are newly diagnosed or have been living with epilepsy for years. And this month, Epilepsy Awareness Month, we hope to extend our reach even further. We want to get the word out about the resources and programs we provide as well as raise awareness about the disorder, which can affect 1 in 26 people over their lifetimes.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock have offered their support, signing proclamations about Epilepsy Awareness Month.

We invite all in Grand Junction and across the state to visit http://www.epilepsycolorado.org to learn more about epilepsy and how you can support Epilepsy Awareness Month. Our goal is to foster understanding and welcoming communities that are empowered to meet the needs of the thousands of families affected by epilepsy every day.

GAIL PUNDSACK

Executive Director

Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado

Greenwood Village

 

President restricts freedom 
in his quest for socialism

As the daughter of a disabled World War I veteran and the wife of a World War II and Korean conflict veteran, I deeply resent the American voters electing for a second term a man who is determined to take our country down the road to progressive socialism.

I resent my freedom being diminished by more rules in every area of my life. I don’t need someone to tell me what health insurance I need, what kind of car I can drive, that I can’t give my children my property without sharing with the government and that I must believe in man-made climate change.

I love my country, and I am now becoming sorry that my dad and my husband, plus millions of others, sacrificed so much to keep our republic and Constitution alive.

ROBERTA REDMOND

Grand Junction

 

Labeling welfare recipients 
is thoughtless stereotyping

Yada, yada, yada. They drone on and on — calling others “entitled,” “taker,” “lazy,” “illegal.” Those sorts of defining words are used to refer to Hispanic people and African-Americans. What about all the white folks who are on welfare and food stamps? I become incensed with such stereotyping.

Most people on welfare, regardless of their ethnicity, have pride and want to work. Many do work and cannot make enough to provide for their families.

We cannot ignore those who need governmental assistance to survive. Capitalism doesn’t work unless everyone has an equal opportunity to become self-supporting and successful. That will require investments in education, such as better teacher training.

It will require training programs, cleaning up the ghettos, putting money into the infrastructure and providing affordable birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Would you let them go hungry, homeless and cold? Have you ever wondered where your next meal is coming from or had to sleep on a park bench?

One way or another, your tax dollars are going to be used. Better to use them trying to improve the conditions for millions of people than to give them handouts, I agree, but we cannot let them flounder and die in the meantime.

I wonder how some people can call themselves Christians. Jesus said, “If you do it unto these, you do it unto me also.” How much clearer could his message be?

HOLLY VON HELMS

Montrose



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