Welcome, Sen. Obama

By the time most folks read this, national media crews already will be descending on Cross Orchards, setting up satellite television feeds and computer connections, in preparation for Sen. Barack Obama’s visit, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Having a candidate for president of the United States visit Grand Junction is an unusual event. In fact, it’s been a dozen years since the last such appearance. In 1996, it was Republican Sen. Bob Dole, challenging President Bill Clinton for the White House, who stopped here.

Given the intensity of this campaign on both sides of the political divide, Obama’s appearance here is likely to generate a great deal of public interest. Obama supporters will turn out in large numbers, we expect. But opponents of the Illinois senator may also appear to protest his visit.

That’s fine. Both sides have every right to peacefully express their views. We encourage all to remain civil and courteous.

And we offer a hearty, Western Slope welcome to Obama and his entourage.


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