You Said It, April 29, 2012

It’s a failure of citizenship for people to claim the Second Amendment is critical to their very existence, but the Fourth Amendment is just “ancillary.”

“Welcome to Communist America.” Seriously? It’s sad when people side with a convicted felon over a trooper. I say we make steel-toe boots mandatory for officers and let them do their job. If you’re a law-abiding citizen, you’ll have nothing to worry about.


We are not a communist country because a jury acquitted an accused felon. It would be, though, if the government convicted him without due process of law.


I back local law enforcement all the way, at least until they forcibly break into a house without a warrant and shoot the unarmed occupant dead. At that point, the officers have broken the same laws they have sworn to uphold.


To the writer in the You Said It of April 22, who criticized Ann Romney: Your implication was that she has no empathy for everyday household challenges faced by you and your husband. I ask, where is your empathy for a lady who deals with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis every day of her life and is a brave cancer survivor?


How many times are we going to read in the newspaper that people have died because they ran from law enforcement? For your own and others’ safety, stop when approached.


As a cyclist who rides across the Seventh and Ninth streets railroad crossings, I was happy to see crews fixing the bumpy pavement. But while Seventh Street is greatly improved, Ninth Street is a huge disappointment. It was not bad before, but now it is much worse, for a bike anyway. Each rail now sticks up, smacking the tires. If the railroad or city can revisit the Ninth Street crossing, this user would really appreciate it.


Really? We are going to clean up the Horizon corridor when North Avenue is looking more and more like a slum every day? The businesses that have moved off North Avenue to greener grass should be an indicator to someone. Where is our city’s pride?


Why should Congress have to decide what to do about student loans? If you get through college and the only thing you have learned is that it’s OK to borrow more money than you can afford to pay back, then you haven’t learned a thing.


Let me see if I understand this: ATV riders pay a yearly registration fee, which generates $5 million for Colorado, and most of the money is used for biking, hiking and horse trails. Why can’t bikers, hikers and horseback riders pay their own way?


A big thank you to the gentleman who paid for our dinner at Applebee’s on Thursday evening. It is greatly appreciated.


I hope Sentinel readers (and editors) appreciate how excellent Sherida Warner’s quilting column is. I’d read about snow artist Simon Beck before but had not seen such breadth and depth about what he faces or how he creates. I read her each week, and I’m not a quilter.


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I’m tired of “felons” being referred to like they were the scum of the earth. True, some felons are scum, but many are people who have made serious mistakes, paid their debt to society, and have to live with a black mark on their record for life. They may have since become decent people. Before judging all felons, remember the saying “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”.

I find it interesting and troubling that the local media is intentionally ignoring the violation of Mr. Kemps’s rights resulting in his death at the hand of a trooper who said he knew no better.  We should demand this case be reviewed by a federal grand jury and the trooper tried under federal jurisdiction for his unlawful acts.  What the media prints is Lawyer wants his job back.  Just what we need, give him another bite at the apple so maybe he will gun you down in your car because you were to slow to pull out your registration because he had been chastised for failing to use enough force in the past.  The actions of four troopers from Troop A should give us all pause as to the prevailing culture in this troop.  A culture of filing false reports and perjured testimony, the forcible warrantless entry into a man’s home while one supervisor assisted and the other one stood back idle because he didn’t know what to do.  When all else fails, the police mantra is it is better to be tried by twelve than carried by six.  Unfortunately, the jury for Lawyer agreed.  I am a retired law enforcement officer from here and I am outraged such conduct is being tolerated in Mesa County.  I hope the Kemp’s continue to pressure the FBI to investigate this travesty and bring Lawyer before the court where the 4th amendment is not viewed as ancillary.

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