We should all back our duly elected president

I question former teacher Roger Fulks’ highly opinionated column critical of President Trump and the Republican Party. Was he teaching American History for 30-plus years, or attempting to indoctrinate his students to see things as he wanted them to?

He suggests that the President has little support among his constituents. In fact, he has 87 percent Republican support at 500 days, 75 percent support from the total Evangelical population (81 percent of men), 36 percent support from Independents and currently 41 percent of the general population, although it has been as high as 43 percent recently. Forty-six percent of all approve of President Trump’s handling of the economy.

Now, the resistance party, the Democrats, approval is just 9 percent. Therein lies Mr. Fulks fallacy. How can he say that only 30 percent of the people support him and accuse him of being “under investigation for crimes we can only imagine at this time.”?

We should all back our duly elected president during these difficult times, and perhaps we need to take a closer look to see what is being put forth in our classrooms.


Grand Junction

Elections laws a bigger threat to democracy than Russians

Voters understand that we are often soft targets for good marketers. Although we say we despise negative advertising, we know it works. Once we are convinced of one negative, we don’t often take or have the time for a deeper understanding of good governance or appreciate the many individuals that contribute to our orderly civilized life through public services. Although we are busy working and raising families “We the People” are wondering what is happening to our middle-class voice in elections.

We vaguely understand that big money overpowers individual contributions in elections. Koch Industries alone expects to contribute $300-400 million on our 2018 elections. When a corporation is pressured to make the most profit to please the shareholder, you can understand their political motives. Because of Citizen’s United, and further judicial decisions eroding election transparency, eliminating financial oversight and suppressing voter turnout, we have a complex and secretive election process, too often influenced by “dark money.”

Koch Industries with a net worth of well over $90 billion can create think tanks, SuperPACs, and 501c4s that politically operate on their own, outside of regular campaign finance laws, to either support or oppose a candidate for office. In the Koch Industry case, they have the Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners, among others. They have been hedging their bets with both parties and winning big. What do Koch Industries want?

They want significantly lower taxes for their businesses, restrictions on unions, privatization of public services, and no pesky regulatory oversight for their environmental impacts.

Because they are heavily invested in oil and gas development, they have spent millions over a long period of time, vilifying climate scientists and sponsoring groups that deny the reality, severity and human origins of climate change. There are many more stories of dark corporate money, but all of them follow the same route to power.

It may not be Russia that is the biggest threat to a government by the people, but our very own election laws. I urge you, no matter what party affiliation, be skeptical and take the time to understand economical models that work for middle class America. An informed voter is the foundation of democracy.


Grand Junction

Municipal league pleased to partner with CMU on survey

We appreciate the July 11 editorial, “New survey unpacks West Slope mystique,” which praises CMU’s recently released statewide community attitude survey. The League was pleased to be a partner in its development. Especially noteworthy in the survey is the strong support citizens across the state have for their local governments. Local government leaders are at their core problem solvers, and when you can pair these folks with a major institution of higher education like CMU, you have nothing less than a winning combination for the citizens we serve.


Executive Director, Colorado Municipal League


Senate should not confirm Kavanaugh for high court

Brett Kavanaugh is the wrong choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed to the Supreme Court, everything that we hold dear as a nation will be at stake. From a protecting a woman’s right to choose to dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Kavanaugh could be the swing vote that takes away our rights. His lifetime appointment also means he could also cement the Citizens United decision in for decades, giving corporate special interests and mega-donors with extreme agendas even more influence in our democracy.

It’s time to take the “For Sale” sign off of our democracy. The Senate should NOT vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.



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