Printed Letters: Aug. 14, 2014

Airport board deserving of support, not criticism
Nothing gets me going in the morning better than a cup of coffee coupled with a misguided article in our local newspaper. For years, the Sentinel turned a blind eye to the questionable actions of our former airport manager Rex Tippetts and his complicit boards and yet now chooses to oversee and/or second-guess the actions taken by the new airport board.

It should come as no surprise that after Tippetts was discharged, the board would be seeking a new airport manager. Duffy Hayes’ article was clearly intended to foment discontent and cast the selection process in a bad light after the fact. Absent from that article was any even-handed reporting that the committee had reviewed almost 60 applications, interviewed several of those individuals before selecting Ben Johnson as the only individual who is a match for the position requirements.

Our new airport board has begun the process of cleaning up the mess resulting from mismanagement, misappropriations, malfeasance and/or perhaps even more serious abuses of public trust left over from the Tippetts’ reign, meanwhile successfully operating the airport and planning for its future. The new board members are doing a commendable job and, rather than nitpick or second guess their every decision, I believe the Sentinel could better serve our community by being more circumspect and recognizing the current board for doing a commendable job in the face of great adversity. Let’s move forward together.


Williams’ death amplifies need for mental health awareness
Thank you so much for your sensitive coverage of Robin Williams’ death, and also for the great article on caregiver stressors and wellness techniques. Many people do not realize that while depression can be acute and seemingly genetic in origin, we forget that extreme stress can bring about all kinds of illness, including depression and anxiety. It is important to continue to tie these things together. It is essential to remind our community that we need to practice self-care and also care for one another as community members.

There is an excellent magazine available online that addresses anxiety and depression and how to develop life skills to help manage these life-threatening illnesses. Esperanza is the name. Online:

There is also a wonderful new movement that has grown from the depression related death of Rick and Kay Warren’s son. Many enlightening videos can be found on YouTube at the “Mental Health and the Church” channel.

Grand Junction

Top boss should be approached for city’s TABOR calculations
Until you know what the boss has asked someone to do or not to do, it is difficult to find fault with that person.

The Daily Sentinel article on Monday by Duffy Hayes, “City holds back key calculations on TABOR” would lead a reader to believe that the city of Grand Junction is thumbing its nose at the Colorado Open Records Act, our newspaper and our citizens with its response, “There are no documents responsive to your request.”

This should be an easy one to resolve. Remember that boss thing mentioned above? Go to the top boss. Have them ask for how the numbers were developed for the years in question, supply the supporting documentation for the reported data to those requesting the information and apologize for being non-responsive and compromising the integrity of our city government.

If the top boss is unwilling or incapable of getting this done in a timely manner, it may be time to get a new top boss.

Grand Junction

Myriad people deserve thanks for Avalon Theatre renovation
As we approach the official opening of the renovated Avalon Theater, I would like to thank the myriad people who have made this project a reality: individuals, business leaders, and businesses. A special accolade goes to the vision and thinking out of the box of Councilman Jim Doody, who made the motion for the city to contribute 
$3 million to the project. And thank you to the Downtown Development Authority for its $3 million contribution as well.

Because of the generosity of these individuals and so many others in Grand Junction and the surrounding areas, all of us will benefit from this most impressive venue. It is acoustically sound, with correct ventilation, comfortable seats and ambiance worthy of a multitude of entertainers, dancers, musicians, singers, and traveling groups. I am confident that this venue will be the “Jewel of the Downtown” and an economic asset to Grand Junction.

Grand Junction


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In light of the situation concerning manipulation of TABOR why doesn’t that “Top Boss” come forward with the calculations? Rather than manipulating the CO Open Records Act as well?

Did Rex Tippetts also have a pen and a phone? Seems to me that the airport board is pretty much intact? The same GOB & G that were asleep at the wheel then are now to be suddenly considered conscientious enough to “fix it.” Really?

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