Letters To The Editor, Nov. 20

Wagner has unrealistic

view of U.K. way of life

This letter is in response to a recent column by Rick Wagner on the election loss by the conservatives.

omewhat unrelated to this title, he commented about how bad things are in the U.K. by stating, “Take a trip to Great Britain and look at the average size home, the number and kind of cars people have and what conveniences and amenities they surround themselves with.”

He went on to say what you will see is “apart from some celebrities and a few normal wealthy folks” (whatever that means) is a standard of living most would not aspire to in this neck of the woods. (I assume he means the Grand Valley).

I am not sure when or where Wagner went on his holidays and how many normal U.K. houses he managed to get inside. I suspect not too many. First, I hope my answer does not offend people living here. I find it one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the houses, no matter how modest, are appropriate for the area and climate.

There are few, if any, wooden houses in the U.K. All are brick, and many are more than 300 years old. Go on the Internet and look at houses for sale there. All have lots of photos, both outside and inside. Some may be old and some are new, but all are very modern with all amenities. Pricewise, for about $200,000 you might get a two-bed, one-bath, lower-middle-class home. For $1 million, an upper-middle-class home.

When seeing some Grand Valley houses, some U.K. friends referred to them as shacks (mine included!), and the large number of trailer parks in the valley is virtually unknown in the U.K. No offense. The property of this area is in the tradition of this part of the West.

In 2011 the average U.K. family owned two to three cars. How many more does one need?

So, let’s not judge or compare other people’s countries if one’s knowledge is limited. No one, wealthy or poor, goes bankrupt in the U.K. or the rest of Europe because he or she has a health problem, unlike the U.S. where 60 percent of all private bankruptcies are caused by this very problem.

This is just one attribute of the standard of living in the U.K. and Europe to which many people living in, as Wagner says, “this neck of the woods” may aspire.




Two intersections by Nisley should have crossing guards


I’m writing this letter to call attention to the fact that there are no crossing guards in the area around Nisley Elementary School. No buses run for this school, so every child either has to walk or get a ride. So, a lot of kids walk to and from school each day. I’m afraid that sooner or later someone is going to get hurt.

Two intersections in particular that I know about that should have crossing guards are 28 3/4 Road and Orchard Avenue and 29 Road and Sandra/Texas. (It’s the same street, but it has different names on each side of the street, Sandra on the east, Texas on the west. A crosswalk is painted on the street at that intersection.) The 29 and Texas intersection is really bad because traffic is usually going at least 35 mph there and almost nobody wants to stop. A school zone should be through that area at the very least, and having a crossing guard would be ideal.

One thing that makes me angry about it is that police officers drive by, see these kids and don’t do anything about it. Isn’t “protect and serve” their motto? It seems as though the police or sheriffs could spare a couple of officers for about 30 minutes each day to act as crossing guards.

This is a problem, and I hope that it’s not one of those problems that get fixed after it’s too late.


Grand Junction


Regulations make drilling

infeasible in Colorado

It seems to me Colorado has taken a hard line on drilling or the production of gas and oil. I can only hope that the petroleum industry gets fed up with Colorado, sells its lease acreage back to the state, closes in all its wells and takes the business to other states.

Then, all the environmentalists can go elsewhere, and the state can do without any funding that comes from the oil and gas industry. With all the regulations that have come in the last seven years, there is no way it would be worth drilling in Colorado.

So, I hope the people that don’t want drilling in the state get what’s owed them because once the industry is gone, I wouldn’t expect it to come back.


Grand Junction


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