Grand Valley Business Times repels Democratic business owners

Placard proposed to be displayed by businesses that advertise in the Business Times.

The Grand Valley Business Times (GVBT) has long been a source of business news in Mesa County, usually focusing on helpful items like what new businesses are moving in, the newest  soups at Zoup, and which authors will be appearing at the downtown bookstores. In his latest issue, though, the paper’s owner, Craig Hall, used his editorial column to denigrate and insult Democratic and progressive business owners in the valley, and criticize women who seek to control their own reproductive destiny.

In a rambling, silly and hard-to-follow editorial in the mid-July issue titled “From one constitutional crisis to the next, it’s all the left has,” Hall, without providing any references, blames today’s Democratic Party for slavery, segregation and Jim Crow laws. He faults Democrats for making an effort to address the health insurance crisis by making sure people with pre-existing medical conditions can get and keep health insurance; he faults Democrats for providing subsidies to people who can’t afford health insurance, for letting parents keep their kids on their insurance policies until they are 26 years old, and for making sure all insurance policies cover bare minimum necessities like preventive care and annual checkups. All these provisions together are otherwise known as Obamacare, a popular and successful program on which millions of people depend. The truth is, millions of Americans wouldn’t have any health insurance coverage at all if Democrats hadn’t put Obamacare into effect.

Hall admits he knows “absolutely nothing about [Trump Supreme Court nominee] Brett Kavanaugh or any of his decisions over his career,” but criticizes people who took the time to become familiar with Mr. Kavanaugh’s long track record in the courts, analyze it and  found fault with it.

Hall is of course entitled to his opinion no matter how divisive it is to the community, and he can certainly use his own paper to denigrate women, Democratic Grand Valley business owners, people on the progressive left or anyone else if he likes. But from what we’ve seen lately, with the historic turnouts in Grand Junction for the Women’s Marches, Science Marches, Tax Marches and pro-immigrant rallies, the progressive left is a fast-growing segment of the population in our area, and we have a right to weigh in as well.

Vote with your advertising and consumer dollars

The Business Times’ editorial was brought to my attention by a local businessman who  had stewed on it for two days. He pointed out how insulting it was and, fuming,  said, “I’m literally, as we write, having an ad designed for the Business Times for a new ad campaign — guess that isn’t going to happen now!” 
This person is a registered Democrat who said he also plans to “stop at some of [the Business Times‘] big advertisers next week and drop off a highlighted copy of the column with some of the attached signs. [See above.] If a company advertises in the Business Times,” he said, “they must support hating Democrats, too. I’m going to invite these businesses to display these signs at their entrances so we don’t have to go through the humiliation of working with companies that discriminate against progressive thinkers.”
Below is a list of advertisers in the Grand Valley Business Times, in case you are one and want to pull your advertising, or if you are a registered Democrat or progressive voter who would rather not patronize businesses that agree that fomenting hatred of local people on the progressive left is good business:
  • LaVonne Gorsuch Insurance Agency, Inc. State Farm
  • The Law Office of Brown & Brown, P.C.
  • Bank of Colorado
  • Colorado Land Advisor, Ltd.
  • Brooke Seeley, Sr. Loan Originator, Cherry Creek Mortgage Company
  • Visiting Angels Private Duty Home Care
  • All Metals Welding and Fabrication Company
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Wabi-Sabi Training FAcility
  • Marcus Straub, Life is Great Coaching
  • Partners
  • Sean Brumelle, Agent, State Farm Insurance
  • Eric Payne and Kvin Brooks, Venture Advocates Business Brokerage
  • Vectra Bank
  • Western Colorado Spine/Community Hospital (James Gebhardt, MD, Kirk Clifford, MD, Jason Bell, PA-C, Todd Ousley, PA-C)
  • The Commercial Company Commercial Sales, Leasing and Property Management
  • Business Incubator Center
  • Grand Junction Regional Airport
  • Colorado West Outdoor Advertising
  • The Foreign Aid
  • Canyon View Vineyard Church
  • Bank of the San Juans
  • Networks Unlimited
  • Amanda Potter, Keller Williams/Colorado West Realty
  • Penske Truck Rentals
  • Mickie Rogers, Lori Lee and Stephanie Smith, Grand Valley Home Loans
  • Office Outfitters and Planners, Inc.
  • Warehouse 25 Sixty Five Kitchen and Bar
  • ProSpace
  • Michael Daniels, Agent, American Family Insurance
  • Bryan Wiman, Brian Bray and Kyle Serrano, Bray Business Brokerage
  • Grand Mesa CPAs, LLC
  • Thin Air Digital Marketing
  • Bananas Fun Park
  • Terry Sweet, D.C., Grand Junction Chiropractic Center
  • Golf Equipment
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Hilltop Senior Living Communities (The Commons and The Fountains)
  • The Law Offices of Kain and Burke, P.C.
  • Mesa County Gold Leaf Phone Book
  • Alpine Bank
  • Oakley, Wanebo, Love, and Mendenhall at Keller Wealth Management (Financial Advisors Eric Oakley, Chuck Wanebo, Helen Love, Linda Mendenhall, Richard Keller and Josh Smith)

More case for gun reform, and fast: Firearms cause massive blaze in Basalt

The Lake Christine fire in Basalt last night, with Whole Foods Market in the foreground. Photo credit: Colorado State Patrol/CBS.

As if firearm massacres occurring regularly throughout the U.S. isn’t enough of a red flag that we need enact gun reform and fast, investigators have found that the massive wildland fire currently raging in Basalt was caused by the illegal use of “tracer bullets” at a firing range.

Tracer bullets have a small pyrotechnic charge  in the base that cause the bullets to leave a bright, burning track of smoke along their trajectory so that when fired, the path of the bullet is visible to the naked eye. The pyrotechnic charge is basically a firework.

Two people shooting tracer rounds at the Basalt SWA firing range caused the Lake Christine fire that is now wreaking havoc in Basalt. It is illegal to use tracer rounds during the current fire ban. The shooters were cited, but that does little to stop the damage their irresponsible use of firearms is causing.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has closed the Basalt shooting range indefinitely.

Massive damage

As of an hour ago, the Lake Christine fire had burned over 2,000 acres, three homes have been destroyed, 500 people have had to evacuate their homes and the fire remains completely uncontained.

Tracer fire at night on Finnish-Soviet border in 1939. (Source: Book Suomi Sodassa, Valitut Palat Oy 1973)

The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun illegally shooting pyrotechnic bullets at a firing range during a fire ban is tens of millions of dollars and thousands of firefighters putting their lives on the line to fight the massive fires they cause.

No further proof is needed that gun ownership rights are misused in a multitude of irresponsible ways on a massive scale in this country. It’s long past time we  did something about it.

To fight efforts to roll back the widespread irresponsible use of firearms in this country and the horrific damage it causes is to be a fake patriot and say you don’t care about America at all.

Western Slope pastor and Mesa County “Patriots” display stunning callousness towards refugees, children

Reverend Babcox, Orchard Mesa Baptist Church

Amid the massive “Keep Families Together” protests in over 750 cities across the country including in Grand Junction last weekend against the Trump administration’s harsh “zero tolerance” immigration policy that separated thousands of refugee children from their parents, some Mesa County citizens are publicly denying that any children of refugees have been taken away from their parents, while also denying there is anything wrong with doing it. Others show utter disdain towards immigrant parents for taking desperate measures to get their families out of harm’s way.

Of all people, Robert Babcox, the pastor of the Orchard Mesa Baptist Church, is one of those people.

Republicans urge people to abandon their First Amendment right to petition

Firestone, CO home explosion resulting from abandoned gas lines buried near home, April, 2017 (Photo: CBS)

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits government from “abridging the right of the people … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” but this isn’t stopping the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and area oil and gas apologist Keira Bresnahan from trying to talk Mesa County residents into voluntarily giving up their right to even sign petitions to get issues on the ballot, where everyone can have a chance to consider them.

Ray Scott relying on huge amounts of campaign financing from outside Mesa County

Ray Scott’s big smile might be because his campaign is being boosted by lots of money from big corporations based outside Mesa County.

A new campaign mailer arriving in people’s mailboxes takes digs at SD-7 candidate Dan Thurlow in an effort to boost Colorado Senator Ray Scott (R-Mesa County) in the primary election this month.

The pro-Scott mailer was funded solely by a group called “Citizens for Cost Effective Government” (CFCEG), whose address is in an unspecified suite in the 56-story Republic Plaza building on 17th Street in downtown Denver. Citizens for Cost Effective Government’s funding comes from just two sources, neither of which are in Mesa County. $25,000 of their total $45,000 in funding comes from Extraction Oil and Gas Company, which — whoops! — just happens to share the same address on 17th Street as “Citizens for Cost Effective Government.”

The other $20,000 of CFCEG’s funding comes from the Colorado Apartment Association based in Denver’s Greenwood Village, not in Mesa County.

Wondering who to vote for for Mesa County Clerk and Recorder? This one’s EASY.

Are you voting a Republican primary ballot and trying to figure out who to vote for for Mesa County Clerk and Recorder? The race is between two candidates: Tina Peters and Bobbie Gross. Here is a brief rundown on both of them, to help you make up your mind about who is most likely to do the best job. Once you know about them both, the choice is very easy.

State Senator Ray Scott of Mesa County caught double-dipping

A Daily Sentinel article from May 24 details how Republican State Senator Ray Scott double-billed his legislative expense account and his campaign account for over $1,000 in Uber rides, and didn’t correct it until the Sentinel exposed it and questioned him about it. The Sentinel obtained information on Scott’s expenditures through a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request to the state.

Sen. Ray Scott supports big-government interference in the construction industry

Water intrusion issues around windows may not become apparent until years after construction is complete.

Water intrusion problems around windows may not become apparent until years after construction is complete.

An election is coming up this month, and supporters of incumbent Senator Ray Scott (R, Dist-7 – Mesa County) need to know who they’re voting for.

Scott supports big nanny-state government interference in the construction industry, according to a bill he introduced in 2015 — a bill that advantaged shoddy homebuilders and was terrible for home buyers.

It’s time to stop advertising guns.

In keeping with the linking of firearms to masculinity, Daily Sentinel ran a Sportsman’s Warehouse’s ad promoting guns as gifts for last Father’s Day

It’s time for our local paper, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, and other publications to stop advertising guns. This is the rock-bottom minimum that can be done to end the glorification of guns and senseless proliferation of gun violence in society. It is the metaphorical lifting a pinky finger to take action against a problem, but it is necessary.

Given the rate at which gun massacres are happening in our country, as a matter of health and safety, it’s time to just stop promoting guns in any way, and nowhere is this more true than in Mesa County.

Anti-Ray Scott billboard campaign starts May 11


Mesa County residents who are fed up with State Senator Ray Scott are running a campaign urging people not to re-elect him in 2018.

Constituents say they’re fed up with Scott’s narrow-minded fossil fuel boosterism, ignorance of climate science, sub-par spelling and grammar and inability to tell credible research from industry-backed studies designed to reach a specific conclusion. Scott’s constituents are also offended by his rudeness. Scott calls voters who disagree with him “idiots.”  In February, 2017, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel threatened Scott with a defamation lawsuit after he called an opinion piece critical of him “fake news.” When a Mesa County resident commented on Scott’s Facebook page that the Sentinel was actually a conservative newspaper, Scott responded with this grammatically-challenged comeback: “Your [sic] a foolish Democrat, go cry somewhere else” and blocked the constituent from his page.