Email letters, March 20, 2013

All taxpayers have the right to voice opinions on schools

It was frightening to read the opinion of Grand Junction High School Principal Jon Bilbo that public input is not wanted in the School District. It was even more frightening to hear the parents outside of the Basil Knight Center who oppose armed responsible adults in schools tell me that because I do not have children in the district, I am not allowed to have an opinion.

Both Bilbo and the parents need to reread their American history. Forced taxation without input was what drove the American colonies to revolt against the British crown. I believe that my tax dollars pay for those schools and pay Bilbo’s salary.

Maybe I and others like me should be allowed to remove that portion of our taxes that support the School District since it is clear our input is not wanted.

Freedom of speech, apparently, only exists in the minds of the left if you agree with their opinion. If you do not, shut up and go home.


Peaceful, patriotic Coloradans may have to buy guns elsewhere

It is getting so that a peaceful American who loves this country and the Constitution and what it stands for would want to leave this state of Colorado and move to another that wants to uphold what the Founding Fathers have given us.

Our esteemed governor is signing or has signed the gun control bills that the cowards in our Senate and House passed, thus limiting what we as upstanding loyal Americans stand for.

Did the Correction Department chief get shot by an assault rifle with more than 10 rounds? I doubt that. If someone knocks on your door and then shoots you, it is with a handgun, not an assault rifle.

I know that the people that my friends and I have voted for and the majority of the intelligent people on the Western Slope tried to vote in people who stand for us and our beliefs.

It is no wonder that the people that live on the Front Range are targets for people that are mentally deranged. It seems to me that what they do is place signs all around saying that they are in a gun-free zone.

Well, here on the great Western Slope we don’t believe in such things. If our so-called governor who is not looking after his people wants to ban all these things, well, we do not live far from Utah and Arizona where they believe in protecting their citizens and their right to bear arms.

I am not saying that we would move there, but we can purchase our protection there.


Brady Trucking has proven itself to be community-minded neighbor

As the president/owner of Brady Trucking, I read with great interest the story in Saturday’s paper and some of the comments about the history and proposed use of our property.

I was particularly surprised by the comments of Councilman Bennett Boeschenstein regarding the previous zoning of our site. As a previous planner with local governments in the county, he would know, I would think, that the rendering plant site was zoned heavy industrial when we purchased it in the county, not residential or industrial office, as he is quoted as saying in the article. But his was not the only statement I objected to. Here are a couple of others:

Bill Haggerty commented that having diesel trucks in a floodplain doesn’t make any sense. Yes, it does make sense, since those trucks can then be moved out of harm’s way if the waters do rise. The same cannot be said for a restaurant, a coffee shop or any other residential or commercial developments proponents of mixed-use zoning would like to see on the site.

Haggerty also commented that industry should not be expanded on the other side of the path. Right now there IS no path and there won’t be one until we transfer a permanent easement to the City of Grand Junction at no cost to the taxpayers and one is built. But if this path did exist right now it could be next to the remnants of a rendering plant had not we used private funds to clean it up.

Let’s be clear. It was not pristine open space prior to our purchase. The “other side of the path” will see more than 25 feet of landscaping and will look actually better than many places along our trail system that has been developed with the help of companies just like ours.

I agree with Boeschenstein that the taxpayers’ dollars need to be protected. But so do the dollars of job creators such as my company if you are going to prosper as a community and be able to maintain and build the parks that everyone wants to see.

The money that is used by the City of Grand Junction and other governmental agencies does not just magically appear. It is collected from companies like ours in the way of property taxes and employees like ours who work and shop here.

It has always been our goal to be good neighbors. We provide jobs, pay taxes and contribute to community causes, school activities, the county fair, athletics and several other worthy causes. I insure that our people go out of their way to be good stewards of all of the resources around us.

To this point, I take great pride in the fact that this month the Oil and Gas Awards named our company the 2012 Rocky Mountain Trucking Company of the Year. This award was achieved in large part because of our efforts toward both safety and the environment, attesting to our desire to be good, quality members of this community.

We make expansion of the riverfront trail system possible, and we would appreciate a “Yes” vote on Referred Measure A.

Vernal, Utah


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