Printed Letters: April 22, 2014

Real ‘Wonderland’ stretch is 
to call Tipton a conservative
It’s quite a stretch for Jim Spehar to accuse Republican candidate David Cox of having a “criminal record” for minor-in-possession-of-alcohol charges from drinking parties in college. Most reasonable people don’t consider youthful folly to be the same as “criminal behavior.”

If Spehar or his children ever went to underage parties, does that make them criminal, as well? Or is that only reserved for Republicans?

Charles Ashby was even bolder in describing Cox as a convicted felon. He corrected that statement later in a small, inconspicuous section of the paper called “Getting It Right.”

Spehar enters his own version of “Alice in Wonderland” when he worries over extremists in the GOP.

Many people consider the $17.6 trillion debt our nation has been saddled with (by politicians from both parties) to be a real-life extreme. It averages out to be $55,000 owed by every man, woman and child in our nation. My baby nephew already owed $55,000 on the day he was born. Millions of young people will be forced to bear this burden of taxation without representation.

Our current representative, Scott Tipton, recently bragged about voting for a budget that “slashed” spending. He neglected to mention the “slashing” really only amounted to a reduction in the increased spending they actually passed – an old trick used by D.C. politicians.

This kind of deception is the real “criminal record” to which voters ought to pay closer attention.

The real “Wonderland” stretch is to call Tipton a conservative and say that demanding a change of leadership is “going too far.”

KRIS PETRANDIS
Palisade


McCallister’s column might also be viewed as proselytizing
John Borgen was in high dudgeon over a Rick Wagner column and the showing of a “religious” film in a public school (April 18, “Incident in public school was quite simply proselytizing.”)

I would imagine both the alleged “freethinkers” and he are going through the roof over Saturday’s column by Gary McCallister (“Christianity plays big role in modern science”). I found this to be both thought-provoking and interesting.

McCallister’s columns are usually quite humorous and enjoyable. This one is not done in a humorous vein but, in its way, it was just as enjoyable —  and quite fitting for Easter weekend.

But, is it “quite simply proselytizing” also?

CREIGHTON BRICKER
Grand Junction


Insensitive scavengers destroy beds, bruise couple’s spirits
For the annual curb cleanup this year, my wife and I decided to put our sons’ three twin beds out that we’ve had for years. Our sons are now grownups with families of their own.

We neatly stacked up the mattresses on the sidewalk and put together the bed frames (metal) and cherry wood headboards that she had polished for years. We did this to show the beauty of the beds in hopes that some needy family would see them and find continued use in them.

A group of four or five people stopped by, and in front of our eyes they took the bed frames and literally smashed the headboards on the pavement and sidewalk, breaking the beautiful cherry wood into splinters. 

I ran out and stopped them from continuing. They said that all they wanted was the metal frame for scrap. When I asked if they were going to clean up their mess, they abruptly said no. Granted, by putting the beds out on the street, we were done with them, and the intent was to get rid of them — agreed. But the insensitivity of those jerks to destroy the furniture in front of our noses just made us ill for the rest of the day.

I curse the day that Grand Junction approved the marijuana law, as these people seemed or had to be on drugs to not share in our hurt. I hope this did not happen to other honest citizens of this fine city.  

Yes, the mattresses were taken by a gentle lady who had a need for them for her family.  She was honest and even gave us a hug. What a nice gesture of faith.

ERNIE ALIRE
Grand Junction


City Council must take on ACLU, support citizens
I read in the Sentinel that the ACLU is not giving up on imposing its special interest relative to panhandlers on the city of Grand Junction. Grand Junction is a home rule city, as chartered in the state of Colorado. The City Council sets policies, and the city administration enforces those policies.

I am tired of minorities telling me in my city what we can and cannot do. The city constantly receives letters stating and demanding that the city do something about unwanted panhandlers. It’s time all citizens stand up and inform these outsiders to “bug off.”

Grand Junction probably leads the state in taking care of truly needy folks.  Catholic Outreach has daily food, and it offers housing and much more to aid those in distress. We have the homeless shelter, and we take care of teens, etc. We are a caring community.

If it takes court action, bring it on. City Council, stand up for our citizens.

BILL PITTS
Grand Junction


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