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.
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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
- 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
- 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
- Golfetail.com 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)