E-mail letters, Jan. 13, 2010

Congratulate lawmaker

for pushing mitigation bill

The Daily Sentinel’s Jan. 12, editorial, “Mitigation bill runs against the current,” struck a very pessimistic tone about “basin-of-origin” legislation to be introduced by Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo.  It is true that Front Range water interests have usually opposed efforts to offset the impacts of water diversion on the river basin of origin, and maybe they will do so again.

Even so, that political prospect does not diminish the importance of the issue to the Western Slope, or to southern Colorado and the Eastern Plains. Legal protection against being dried up for the benefit of thirsty cities has always been a good idea.  It was a good idea when proposed earlier by state Reps. Mike Strang, Russ George, Ed Carpenter, Tillie Bishop, Tim Foster, Scott McInnis, Ben Campbell, Dan Noble, Bob Denier, Kathleen Sullivan, Danny Williams, Dave Wattenberg, John Salazar, Gregg Rippey and several others.  It was a good idea when Club 20 pushed it during my tenure there, and it is a good idea now.

There is one potentially important difference today. The idea is now being proposed not only by a majority Democrat, but one from the Front Range itself – and one whose constituents benefit daily from the Frying Pan-Arkansas diversion.  Rep. Pace may actually have an advantage previously missing from the debate.  So rather than list the 50 ways it will never work, we ought to simply congratulate him for his leadership on the issue and tell him we will try to help him get it done this time.

Greg Walcher


Penry helped get Ritter

to drop out of the race

While many of us were disappointed that Josh Penry dropped out of the

governor’s race, it highlighted his character and his interest in doing what is best for Colorado and its citizens, over what is best for Josh.

And it worked!

Gov. Bill Ritter knew the only chance he had at re-election was an expensive,

Primary-election blood-bath between Scott McInnis and Penry. And because Josh was

willing to take one for the team, Ritter dropped out.

And while we are also disappointed that Josh won’t seek re-election for his Senate seat, his commitment to helping Scott McInnis become Colorado’s next governor will no doubt mean a lot of sleepless nights for whoever dares to enter the race.

So, Josh, on behalf of all the residents of Mesa County who have lost their jobs, seen their housing value drop or are struggling to pay Ritter’s $1 billion in new fees (aka taxes), thanks!

Janet Rowland

Grand Junction

Closed-door meetings spell a health care disaster

Why are they repeatedly meeting in the middle of the night, behind closed doors?

Obama, Pelosi, Reid, etc., who were elected to represent the people, continuously sneak around pushing their Health Care bill.  They grease the palms of their fellow Democrats, who are not in favor of the bill, to get their vote. Millions of our tax dollars are changing hands.

It’s extremely possible that the unions will be exempt from this bill. The pharmaceutical companies are making deals.  And, illegal immigrants will, more than likely, also be covered under this 2,000 page monstrosity of a bill.

What do we get?  We get stuck not only paying our share in the state where we live, but also picking up the tab for the other states, where their representatives made big-money

deals to vote on a bill that no one has seen, no one has read and the majority of the American people don’t want.

Most of what is going on behind closed doors in the middle of the night with this administration is against the Constitution and, for the first time in my life, I’m truly afraid for my country.

Would someone please define transparency, honesty, partisanship and oversight to the Obama administration.

Marjorie Ouellette


Main Street wasn’t so hot

even before this project

I had a different reaction to most of the points Bill Wagner made in his Jan.12 letter to the editor.  I was reminded of the first time I saw the beautiful Western town of Grand Junction when, in 1947, I brought my non-driving landlady and landlord over for a one-day trip

My ideal town!  I’ll live here, one day, I thought.

In 1994, we sold out in Utah and, after a few months fifth-wheel touring, pulled back into Grand Junction

Somebody had made an obstacle course out of Main Street. The basic design for maximum traffic movement and safety were nowhere in sight. The wide, roomy street with lots of parking I’d remembered was replaced by a twisting, narrow, tree-hazard road from a little New England village. Added traffic hazards, space-fillers and, no doubt, someone’s idea of ‘art’ were everywhere!

I was reminded of my hill-country, school-marm grandma’s definitions of art: “Art must have an element of beauty to claim the title. No one should need special training to recognize it. Attracting attention is not enough. A gutted carcass can do that

Recently, the same mind-set that “fixed” Main Street spent some un-needed millions to “fix” Colorado Avenue, obviously because it was way too wide and safe to drive on.

I don’t understand the downtown merchants’ tolerance of the reduction in traffic and parking spaces with its probable impact on taxes, pricing and income.

I will spend a couple of hundred dollars on clothing in the coming weeks. Do you suppose I, and hundreds others, will pick the limited choices, poor parking, and other inconveniences of downtown over conditions at Mesa Mall?

Perhaps we should remember, another complete overhaul may be expected in a few more years.

Ray Lashley

Grand Junction

GJ Postal Service workers went beyond call of duty

I want to thank Anna and Ogi at the Grand Junction Post Office for their professional service rendered to me last month.

I arrived home to find a voice mail stating that the birthday package I sent to my second cousin was not delivered due to them not living at that address. But, I was told if I would call with the current address it would be delivered.

I called and spoke to Ogi, told him as soon as I had the address I would call back. I got the correct address late that night and planned to call on Dec. 19 in the morning. Early on Dec. 19, Anna called me. I gave her the current address, she said the package would need to go to the another Post Office location but she would make sure it got there that day.

I had never experienced such impressive service from any post office.  Anna and Ogi are two sincere and dedicated Grand Junction Postal Service employees.

Joyce Aspen

Grand Island, Neb.


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