Amazed, but proud


While the Democrats don’t seem to have time for anything except for finding fault with President Trump, which is not a recognizable profession, there are people in congress that are looking out for Colorado. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) has worked tirelessly to relocate the headquarters of Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction, Colorado. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is also an advocate for this move. Even Democrat Gov. Jared Polis says he’s completely on board with this move. I’m amazed, but proud (finally) that our Republicans and Democrats have demonstrated to the rest of Congress and the U.S. how much can be accomplished when working as a team for the good of the land and the people.

It’s only practical to move BLM to Grand Junction; after all, what does Wasington. D.C. know about ‘open spaces’? For that matter, what do they know about the best way to utilize them? Their idea of open space is a paved parking lot.

Relocating the BLM headquarters to Grand Junction will provide good paying jobs while protecting our environment. It’s a win-win situation.

Betsy Tutchton


Convention of States drive ongoing

Re: Montrose County Fair

The Constitution of the United States is arguably the greatest constitution known to man that was chartered for the purpose of securing the rights of its citizens. The framers of the Constitution established strict limitations and divisions between state power and federal power. Article I, section 8 of the Constitution enumerates the powers of the federal government. The 10th Amendment states the redundant proposition that all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved to the states and the people. In other words, the powers granted to the federal government are strictly limited. The powers granted to the states and the people are unlimited.

So how have we gotten to this place in our nation of such gross federal overreach and abuse of the Constitution? It has arisen primarily from (1) over-broad interpretation of specific constitutional language such as the commerce clause, and (2) Congress’ failure to consult the Constitution for authority before enacting legislation.

It’s a big problem, but We the People have a solution as big as the problem. The solution is

Article V which gives the people of every state, acting through their state legislatures, the right to call for a Convention of the States to amend the Constitution to stop the abuse of the

Constitution. Join the grassroots movement to check federal overreach, restore fiscal responsibility and establish term limits for all elected officials. Support the call for a Convention of States under Article V. Sign the petition.

Convention of States Action will have a table at the Montrose County Fair in Friendship Hall all this week. Come see us and learn more about this powerful tool under Article V.

For more information contact Joe Fockler at

Joe Fockler


Second-generation legal

Re: Immigration

First, I want to make the point that I am the second generation of legal immigrants. My grandparents had jobs here in the US before they left their country of origin.

Congress not making rules to deter illegal immigration starts a cascade of illegal actions.

Cartels make money by trafficking illegal immigrants across the border. Many laws (prostitution, sex crimes, bribery) are broken so they can get passage or money to pay for passage. This creates a revenue stream for the drug cartels and many immigrants are used as bait by the drug cartels to deter border agents so they can get their drugs across the border.

If immigrants lie to border agents or courts, perjury laws are broken. Illegal immigrants working is illegal under US laws. If immigrants try to work without documentation, laws are broken by employers if they do not check the immigrants’ work status. If false documents are provided, fraud occurs by the provider of the documents and the illegal immigrant who uses them. If immigrants’ are paid cash, income tax laws are broken by the immigrant and the payer of cash. If sanctuary is given to immigrants, those who give sanctuary are guilty of aiding and abetting. If paid less than minimum wage, labor laws are broken.

Now Democrats are trying to make criminals of the people (ICE and CBP) they pay to enforce the laws they made and have failed to make. When Congress held a vote for Homeland Security to make detainment facilities more comfortable, the “squad” voted against the bill. Laws are laws, and all laws should be enforced.

Also: The City Council of St. Louis Park, Minnesota reinstated the Pledge of Allegiance. I guess some lawmakers hear their voters. Maybe Colorado legislative Democrats and governor could change their vote on oil regulation.

Ed Moreland


A new low

Re: President Donald Trump

A new low for the country was reached when, at one of Trump’s rallies, he enjoyed a racist visit with his “followers.”

It visually reminded me of those newsreels from WWII which showed Italian dictator Mussolini stirring up his followers’ fury regarding the annihilation of fellow Italians. Smug, and so satisfied with himself, he just can’t resist the whole lower lip, “aren’t I wonderful,” stance.

Mr. Trump has so clearly shown himself to be just what he is day after day. Not too bright, a bully, a racist, a white nationalist, and ah, yes, a sexist.

The four young congresswomen whom he has chosen to harass are anything but anti-American. They have all endured American-style racism growing up and ran for election to make change a real possibility for those of color and those who are female. They should be, by all that stands for America, held in esteem for their courage.

Yes, they are young and idealistic, but that should in no way drive the haters to race-bait. Having courage isn’t only for the young. As many of us age we seem to lose sight of just what it takes to have courage in the time of the likes of Trump.

The question for me is why does Mr. Trump hate smart women so much? Most women can answer this, because most of us, at one time or another, have been denigrated for our sex. For instance, we are clearly not intelligent enough to make life and death choices regarding our own bodies.

As I watch his base show its true colors, I have to ask why they support disgusting rhetoric of someone intent on hate. Get your stories worked out. You, as we all, will be judged by how you stand as Americans and just what you stand for.

Susan Woody


I’m appalled

Re: Immigration

I found Jerry Bartholome’s letter of 7/19/2019 to be ‘appalling’. I wish he would just once check the facts before he puts his vitriolic words on paper. According to, “People arriving at the U.S. border (escaping from gang violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) have the right to request asylum without being criminalized, turned back, or separated from their children.”

To continue quoting, “Asylum is a form of protection granted to individuals who can demonstrate that they are unable or unwilling to return to their country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The right to seek asylum was incorporated into international law following the atrocities of World War II. Congress adopted key provisions of the Geneva Refugee Convention into U.S. immigration law when it passed the Refugee Act of 1980.”

Mr. Bartholome, please tell me what diseases specifically they are bringing into our country. To accuse families with small children of dealing in drugs and being criminals and terrorists defies common sense to the nth degree.

The Mexican housekeepers that I worked with at the old Comfort Inn paid for their own healthcare and also had taxes and social security deducted from their paychecks. They were anything but freeloaders.

I would wager that the number of US citizens dealing drugs and living off welfare greatly outnumber those immigrants who come to this country seeking asylum legally.

Re: terrorists — if you follow the national news, most terrorist attacks in this country have been perpetrated by white males who are natural born citizens of the USA.

Do yourself a favor and take a break from your hatred and vitriol.

Holly von Helms


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