Best wishes to nonagenarian in Meeker

For two days at the first of the year I was lucky enough to spend time with my aunt, Bonnie, and her second husband, Bob, in Meeker. Bonnie and Bob have been married since the 1980s and are having the time of their lives. They enjoy serving their church as active members and in the food pantry. Together, they enjoy starting their day off early with CNN on tv, followed by a breakfast of cereal and bananas.

Their active lifestyle allows them to visit the cafes and the recreation center. They cook together and do dishes together. Bob enjoys getting out with his friends, traveling to Grand Junction, and reveling in all the activities and companionship Colorado has to offer. A jeep and a 4x4 help transport them throughout the land and out into the fresh air. Bob shovels the snow and loves to care for his yard.

Bob is celebrating the close of his ninth decade and the start of his 10th in Western Colorado. Hearing all about his experience in the mines and in service to his country, I want to send out a big, Happy New Year to Bob and Bonnie and a Big Happy Birthday Wishes to Bob.

Bob and Bonnie show us how good life is in the fresh air of Western Colorado.

VALERIE BRUCE

Evans


Why are people so opposed to things that make life better?

In Sunday's comments column it was said drinks sold in aluminum cans are unhealthy to drink. Along with this they cause a lot of trash. Also complaints are often made about using plastic straws, bags, containers of all kinds and the list is endless. Every city in the nation created landfills to dispose of trash, of what ever it is. There is plenty of depth on the planet, to take care of these things. The container industry has made things more efficient for everyone. And it has created good paying jobs for a lot of people so these same complainers could buy homes, cars, TVs and the list goes on. Why don't these people make comments about the dangers of not paying attention while driving or vaping. The focus is on trying to cause people to go back to burning candles because they want to shut down people's jobs. I kind of like all the things that have made life good and efficient. I do not what to live like a coyote and drink out of creek or hunt my food every day and eat it off a rock and sleep in a cave. Our natural resources are there to use like they've been there since people discovered them for use. I remember being required to make a written report on anything, whether it was a fictional or whatever, just for practice and credit. All these ideas people come up with remind me of them. The story of the sky is falling is one old story.

RAFAEL SALAZ

Grand Junction


Stand up for what's right at the Women's March

“I got elected on bringing our soldiers back home,” stated our president in his 2019 State of the Union address. Yet, just last week he bragged about selling troops to Saudi Arabia and South Korea, and apparently “we” got $1.5 billion for them. No, this money won’t be going to the soldiers or their families, or to any VA hospital. No, it won’t be going to bring down the deficit which has nearly doubled under Trump’s time in office and has now topped $1 trillion. Where will it go? Well, the average trip to Mar-a-lago costs around $3 million. In fact, your tax dollars are spent on travel, hotels, and accommodations every time a member of the Trump family travels. I don’t think the Trumps need our tax dollars. I think if the soldiers are earning this paycheck, then it should go to them.

If you voted for Trump because you support the troops, this is where we may begin to have some common ground. If it bothers you that our president is selling our servicemen and women while at the same time wasting our hard-earned tax dollars for trips to his own properties, we are not as divided as we may have thought. If you think the sacrifice our soldiers make every day is one of the greatest any American could offer, we agree. If you think the president should act in the best interest of the American people, we agree. If you think that the First Amendment gives us the right to say so, we agree. If you think this nation needs to heal, we agree.

Four years in a row the Women’s March has voiced these concerns, and a great many others. People have come together to stand up for what is right. I invite you to march with me on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. We will meet at Centennial Park, 828 Grand Avenue, in Glenwood Springs. A lot has changed in this country, but there is still some greatness left in each and every one of us. The powers that be are not stronger than the powers in we.

LISA DAMERON

Carbondale


Minimum wage is meaningless without hours

As the minimum wage has gone up, so has rent, food and everything else. Hours have decreased. I cannot pay my rent or bills and will soon be homeless. Business owners can afford to pay their employees. They choose not to. I went from 40 hours a week to 10 hours a week. If the employers do not give the hours to their employees, the employees will move to other cities where the wage is higher and they can also get the hours. Grand Junction pays less than towns like Rifle and Montrose. If employers do not give their employees the hours they need, the employers will not be able to operate and therefore go out of business. That will affect the economy in a negative way.

CRAIG JONES

Clifton


Life is tough being married to a prince

We’re all hearing Meghan Markle desires a better living environment than what Britain has been able to provide for her, but for the life of me I don’t know what more she could want after Queen Elizabeth authorized $2 million to renovate Frogmore Cottage for her and Prince Harry’s primary residence upon their request.

Meghan Markle is quickly running out of excuses to explain why she and Prince Harry can no longer live in his own country full time. “We feel like we’re being shoved out.” Or, is it because all the attention is on the royals, as it has always been for many centuries? (Re: Magna Carta 1215.) Parts of Hollywood might roll out the red carpet for a very short period of time for the aging actress because of who she is married to, but she can hardly expect Britain’s royals to act accordingly. Britain is not Hollywood where people are simply dispensed with in a capricious manner. But, Markle, if you think Hollywood wants you, then run to them. All offers are growing old just as fast as you are. You’re married to a prince who will never become the king. C’mon! Like, you didn’t know that?

Has Markle been able to convince anyone that she didn’t know what her position would be after she married Prince Harry? Trying to get Prince Harry to leave England will be the biggest mistake of Markle’s life — bigger than following through with her threat of a no-holds-barred interview. Princess Diana she is not; Di had class!

BETSY TUCHTON

Montrose


Ask City Market to adopt protections for ag workers

As some may have seen from the recent media coverage on KREX and KKCO, the local anti-trafficking initiative, Western Slope Against Trafficking is recognizing Human Trafficking Month. This is the national recognition of a movement to stamp out this horrific crime.

Many people may sympathize with the victims of HT and want to do something, but would not know where to start.

In fact the most common type of human trafficking is not sex trafficking, rather it is labor trafficking. In our country , that sector of the economy where this is prevalent is agriculture. In the 2013 PBS Frontine documentary “Rape in the Fields” the horrifying reality has been that of sexual assault and human trafficking against women: “Many migrant women working in America's fields and packing plants are subjected to sexual assault” is the language introducing this film’s trailer.

That is why we are inviting our community to add their voice to ending these abusive practices by signing a letter addressed to the manager of your local Kroger affiliate asking that company and its affiliates, i.e. City Market, to sign on in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) “Fair Food Program” which the New York Times has called one of the “great human rights success stories of our day.”

Already Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and 14 other major retailers have signed on to this Code of Conduct which through a process of audits and worker input, guarantees that the human rights of all workers are respected in the growing and harvesting of the tomatoes and strawberries that we eat. Then, the retailer can proudly exhibit the seal on the produce they sell as a demonstration of their support of human rights in our community.

So, get informed and bring a letter to your City Market store manager asking him/her to join this important human rights movement.

For more information please contact the Coalition of Immokalee Workers at 239-657-8311 or workers@ciw-online.org.

TOM ACKER

Western Slope Against Trafficking

Hispanic Affairs Project


Trump's targeted assassination of Soleimani was probably justified

If our crackpot President and his sycophantic sidekick Mike Pompeo were not such inveterate liars, it would have been much easier to justify the targeted assassination of Iranian Quds Force Commander General Qassem Soleimani and Iranian-proxy Shiite militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis at Baghdad’s airport on Jan. 3.

However, now that the immediate “wag the dog” crisis of a catastrophic conflagration with Iran may have passed — at least in part due to Iran’s first-denied but now-admitted serendipitous “accidental” shoot-down of the Ukrainian airliner killing 176 — it’s an opportune time to reconsider the incident more objectively and less reactively.

Remembering that the job of intelligence analysts is to assemble and connect “the dots,” and that those “Deep State” professionals responsible for protecting our national security are understandably and prudently paranoid, “the dots” available from “open” (publicly reported) sources added up to a “clear and present” (even if not immediately “imminent”) threat to at least our embassy compound in Baghdad.

On Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day, Iraqi security forces (widely known to have been infiltrated by Shiite militia members) allowed an angry mob of anti-U.S. protestors to penetrate the purportedly secure “Green Zone” to attack and vandalize the U.S. embassy therein (USAToday, “State Department urges all Americans to leave Iraq after US embassy attack”, Jan. 3; https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/01/03/iraq-embassy-attack-state-department-advises-all-americans-leave/2803090001/).

On Jan. 2, U.S. intelligence learned from sources at both Damascus and Baghdad airports (confirmed by Israeli intelligence) that Soleimani was flying into Baghdad from Syria on Cham Wings Airlines (NBCNews, Airport informants, overhead drones; How the U.S. killed Soleimani”, Jan. 10; https://www.nbcnews.com/news/mideast/airport-informants-overhead-drones-how-u-s-killed-soleimani-n1113726).

If, as it appears, neither Soleimani nor al-Muhandis told their Iraqi government contacts that he was coming and thus were not met by any Iraqi officials when he arrived, those “facts” suggest that these two prominent “terrorist” leaders were “up to no good.”

Given the violent protests at the embassy, Soleimani and al-Muhandis were the most likely actors capable of exploiting that chaotic situation by organizing and coordinating an armed assault and/or a suicide bombing by Shiite militias in the Green Zone.

Because Soleimani had seemingly suspended the security precautions that had protected him for over two decades as he traveled around the Middle East virtually unmolested, the U.S. (and thus Trump) had a unique — and perhaps never-again replicable — opportunity and capability to “kill two birds with one stone” (regardless of foreseen and/or unintended consequences – so we did.

BILL HUGENBERG

Grand Junction

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