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I’ve been doing some reading recently on George Washington and America’s War of Independence. What has struck me as truly remarkable about that war and Gen. Washington’s role in it was how much Washington had working against him. His Continental Army was out trained, out gunned, and out-numbered by the British Regulars. The Red Coats were a hardened and well-disciplined army against whom Washington’s rag-tag volunteers were no match. Not only that but the colonies were divided over the War, Congress was practically dysfunctional during the most critical period of the War, and in the infamous 1778 winter encampment at Valley Forge Washington’s 11,000 army nearly dissolved from starvation and disease and discouragement among the ranks.

How did Washington and that first generation of American Patriots prevail against such odds? Well, there’s a story to be told there…but a large piece of the answer lies in the strength of Washington’s commitment to the “eternal rules of order and right.” In his inaugural address to Congress on April 30, 1789, President George Washington said: “We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all me are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…

Let us preserve these unalienable Rights for our posterity.

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Joe Fockler


Sounding out

I am writing this letter in response to the article, “Plane engine company addresses noise complaints,” in the Wednesday, June 12 Montrose Press. I was in attendance at the city council meeting where this noise issue was presented. While council members said nothing at the time, I applaud the rapid response of Mayor Dave Bowman and the council to contact the offending noise polluter and come up with an acceptable solution. Although I must whine that the 62 loads of dirt around the Rocky Mountain Turbines facility did very little to alleviate the engine noise in our neighborhood of Woodland Ponds, I feel confident the concrete walls will prove effective in the future.

Mayor Dave Bowman said in the article that Montrose gets very few noise complaints and I strongly believe it is because no one has complained. My husband and I moved to Montrose two years ago; we are retired and enjoy the community, except for one thing. Across the Uncompahgre River is a factory called Gordon Composites. I first noticed the noise as the framing was going up on our house. After we moved in, the noise from their blower, fan, exhaust pipe, whatever it is called, would start at about 7 a.m. and run until 11 p.m., but we would get Sundays off. As their business has grown, I am happy for their success, the noise now continues 24/7. It is most bothersome at night. The decibel readings at times reach around 50. It is like sleeping next to a noisy refrigerator that never turns off. As an American in quest of the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of peace and quiet, I urge Gordon Composites and the City Council of Montrose to work together to find an acceptable solution to this noise pollution.

Bonnie Young


Who let the dogs out?

Please, those of you who have larger breed, more aggressive dogs, like German shepherds or large hunting breeds, and like to let them run off leash, take them to the dog park. That’s what it is there for!

Those of us who have smaller, older dogs are sick and tired of being ambushed by these loose dogs that are definitely not under anyone’s control.

Please be considerate of others and follow the rules as posted so all of us can enjoy the park.

Sue Palmer


My country, my America

Some things I cherish about my country, America… it is made up of all nationalities, a true melting pot; it has good, generous and compassionate people who reach out to help those in need; it is a vast country of incredible beauty with great public lands for all to enjoy.

It is a democracy that: depends on the rule of law; has three branches of government that have checks and balances on each other; has a stable government that is responsible to the Constitution and can be depended on to make well thought out, considered decisions; has been developed by the founding fathers and protected by soldiers, citizens and long time faithful federal employees; supports and depends on a free press; and metes out fairness and justice.

I pray that we live up to the values America represents.

Linda Copley


Thinking Democrats?

I often wonder why thinking Democrats have not completely abandoned their party, given the fact that the mask is now off and it is clear what Democrats think of America and Americans. Hopefully, many liberals watched the recent “debates” and realized they don’t support or agree with any of what the 20 candidates are proposing.

I thought perhaps von Helms’ June 30 letter to the editor would help me understand how anyone could support a party so vastly out of touch with the American people. Holly explained why she is a Democrat. However, I had difficulty making a connection with her beliefs and what today’s Democratic Party actually stands for, other than in three areas.

Holly believes in a woman’s right to choose. I hope she realizes her party is now the party of death, going from acceptance of rare early-stage abortion to a celebration of abortion throughout pregnancy — and beyond. She mentioned the bible verse: “If you do unto the least of these you do it unto me.” I can’t help but think the “least” here is the unborn child being ripped from the mother’s womb with forceps.

Holly believes in building bridges instead of walls. Does she also accept her party’s destructive open borders policy that says illegal immigrants are more important than American citizens, and will be offered free health care at the expense of working class Americans?

She believes in “reasonable gun control.” Her April 5 letter explained that “no one wants to take your guns.” But then she stated, “We need to reinstate the ban on assault weapons,” So she is in line with her party here: talk about “reasonable gun control” and then go for the guns. (An “assault weapon” is any semi-automatic rifle that looks scary.)

Hopefully, totalitarian socialism scares everyone, including informed Democrats.

Ed Henrie



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