Printed Letters: July 25, 2014

38 Road construction should be fast-tracked
The Palisade Fruit and Wine byway is a unique and picturesque route that supports the heart of the agri-tourism industry. I reside near the top of east Orchard Mesa, enjoy the area and feel very fortunate to call this place home.

The county identified the 38 Road access to Orchard Mesa to have many safety concerns and potential hazards. The route is narrow and steep and has many blind spots for traffic obstructions. The road in the winter has had many traffic accidents and becomes a bottleneck with no alternate route.

My concerns are many. We need to begin the construction project. The county has completed the engineering and scoping process. The county held several hall town meetings regarding the project.

The riverfront project is ongoing, and that is also vital for the tourism industry; however, the 38 Road project should be a priority due to the fact that it is a multiple-use area which includes many bike races, runners and vehicles. This increases the potential for a bike/car accident. The effort of many people should not be wasted. Please act on this quickly.

We need the county commissioners to fast-track this project, and let’s keep investing in our agri-tourism industry.


Grand Valley lucky to have outstanding Sentinel writers

Friends and acquaintances may ridicule me for writing this, but I just feel like having my say on this subject.

I think we here in the Grand Valley area are just darned lucky to have such a good local newspaper as The Daily Sentinel. Though it is far from perfect, I think it does a terrific job of giving its readers a pretty good sense of what is going on in this world, especially those things of local interest. I think you have outstanding writers in people like Harmon, Hamilton, Buchanan, Ashby, Ruland, Haggerty, Webb, and so on.

And I hope you realize (and appropriately compensate) what terrific writers you have in Rachel Sauer and Melinda Mawdsley. They both bring a zest to the paper that piques our interest, informs and entertains us. Sauer’s feature in the July 10 Sentinel captioned “Secret Summer Behaviors” is an excellent case in point.

OK. There. I’ve said it and I meant it and I’m glad.

Grand Junction

Proton therapy a great choice in prostate cancer treatment
Kudos to the Sentinel for publishing the article about proton therapy in the Health and Wellness section of Tuesday’s paper. I am among those who were treated for prostate cancer with proton therapy at the University of Florida’s Proton Therapy Institute in the fall of 2009. The expert quoted in the piece, Dr. Bradford Hoppe, was and remains my doctor there.

I was diagnosed here in Grand Junction, and it was here that I received one of the most significant pieces of advice in my entire cancer episode from a PA — significantly not from the urologist/surgeon. He said that there are many treatment options for prostate cancer and that I had time to explore them all and find the treatment that was right for me and my wife — to not allow myself to be hurried into a choice that might be strongly recommended because it was one of a limited number of options offered locally.

Throughout my research, it soon became clear that proton therapy, while relatively new and unfamiliar to many urologists, was by far the least invasive, had the best statistical results in terms of post treatment quality of life issues (read normal urinary and sexual function) and, most importantly, had as good or better “cure” rates as radical prostatectomy, photon radiation, etc. There was no surgery, no pain, no fatigue and no suspension of normal activities.

I’m now five years post-treatment and doing just fine. I’m in touch regularly by phone with Hoppe’s nurse, who continues to monitor all my health issues — part of the next study, no doubt. So, men, if you’ve received a diagnosis of prostate cancer as so many of you will, do as I did and conduct a thorough search for the treatment option that’s right for you. By all means, include a look at proton therapy.

Grand Junction

Mars orbiter seeks to uncover previously solved mysteries
NASA’s MAVEN, a Mars orbiter about the size of a school bus, is due to start circling Mars Sept. 21 (Sentinel June 6). David Brain, co-investigator of the MAVEN team at CU, hopes the orbiter will give us good answers about what happened to Mars.


Mars is 4.5 billion years old. It was struck by an asteroid/planetoid before its two-billionth birthday. The force of impact knocked all of its water into space, disfigured the planet and altered its orbit by millions of miles. Mystery solved.

Maybe Mars is a she instead of a he. With all these added pheromones (a chemical signal emanating from the female compelling the male to come hither), it would explain why we are “compelled to return.” The scary part: Removing mysteries could disfavor future NASA budgets.



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