Help stop the dilution of conservative values

I read Charles Ashby’s article on the popular vote critics and the effort to put the question on the ballot as an initiative. I found it disturbing that Ruth Stemler, president of the League of Women Voters of Colorado, stated that the Voter Interstate Compact would “empower voters” and “defend democracy.” I believe that the opposite is true.

Our Founding Fathers had the foresight to understand that a presidential vote by popular vote would favor states with larger populations, New York at the time, and would allow large-population states to determine the outcome of an election by popular vote. The Electoral College was designed to protect the votes of voters in low population states and put them on an equal basis with voters in larger population states.

The Voter Interstate Compact is an effort by members of my political party, the Democrats, to circumvent the Constitution of the United States by giving my vote to a voter in California or New York.

The middle of the country’s votes would be negated and the East and West coasts would dominate presidential elections evermore. We would not see presidential candidates from mid-America nor would they ever have a chance of being elected.

My mother was a member and supporter of recommendations of the League of Women Voters in Grand Junction and was a conservative Democrat. My grandmother in Missouri was a leader of the suffragette movement in the city and county where she lived in 1915. I guess those two women have influenced me over the years. Being a conservative Democrat is not a popular position these days. I am against the Voter Interstate Compact and support the recall effort of Gov. Jared Polis and feel there are not many people in the East Slope metroplex that embrace the traditional conservative values of Colorado. Populist and socialist efforts to dilute the conservative views in this nation must be stopped starting at the local level. There is a need to elect more conservative, common sense-embracing representatives and governors in this state and across the nation.

JIM BRAND

Placerville


Condolences are useless when not supported by action

In the first week of August 2019, more than 30 people lost their lives and 50 more were injured in three separate mass shootings. One shooter cited racial motivation, and the second had a long history of violence that has been all but ignored by authorities and the media. These lives are just a handful in the seemingly unending string that has become the American normal. What we, the majority of the American public, are asking is that our congressional representatives urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring H.R. 8 to the Senate floor. We understand that it is not going to eliminate a problem that was allowed to get grossly out of hand, but “thoughts and prayers” and condolences are useless when not supported by action. We don’t want empty words; we need effort on the part of those we elected to represent us.

DESIREE JENSEN

Grand Junction


We need a simpler system of taking care of each other

Reading the Friday editorial “Provisional applause” was a reminder of the old adage “If you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance, baffle ‘em with bullsh—.”

We should be channeling our energies to a simpler system, known by whatever you want to call it, of universal health care. You get sick, you go to a doctor. You get treated. You get well. The rich help care for the poor. The healthy help care for the infirm. The young and the old provide and care for one another with understanding and wisdom. We are One.

BILL WAGNER

Grand Junction

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