Printed Letters: Aug. 30, 2016
better than Clinton
Being an independent voter, I have always voted for who I felt was best for the job — Democrat or Republican. This upcoming election is a no-brainer for me. With everything Obama and Hillary have done to this country, Obama should have been run off years ago and Hillary should be in stripes by now.
Open borders, sanctuary cities, anti-police rhetoric, Black Lives Matter supporters, bad deals with countries that want to wipe us off the face of the map, take your gun-owning rights away so we can’t defend ourselves, lie to us on a regular basic, do whatever they want regardless of the law, and have enough powerful people that will cover their tracks.
With the continued investigation over her underhand doings and the lies, lies and more lies, we’ll find out if there is any justice left in our system, that’s for sure. Hillary’s only concern is to be the first woman president. She will, and already has, stooped to extremely low levels, and will do whatever it takes to achieve that. Period.
I was skeptical of Trump for some time, but after listening to his plans — pro law and order, pro police, taking radical Islamists on, and above all, putting America first — I have to agree with his plans. He is honest, and tells it like it is, and I like knowing the truth instead of being lied to constantly by the other side.
With the Obama/Clinton organization, I’d have to use that old saying, “If it looks like it, and it smells like it, that’s what it is.” That smell travels thousands of miles and I hope a lot of voters got a nose full.
Don’t let Clinton become our leader, voters. Vote Trump and Pence. We, as Americans, need to have a big change, and we deserve better than Hillary Clinton.
Chamber will press on with case against drainage fee
The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce respectfully disagrees with The Sentinel’s assertion that “chances are slim” the chamber and Mesa County will succeed in challenging the Grand Valley Drainage District’s storm water fee as an impermissible tax (“Pay the drainage bill,” 8/26/2016). The case’s only ruling thus far has been to deny a preliminary injunction. Declaring “chances are slim” now is akin to declaring a baseball game over after the first inning.
Here’s why the chamber will press on: News reports frequently mention the $36 annual assessment on homes, but rarely mention the $300, $1,500, and $6,000 assessments the drainage district will impose on individual businesses and nonprofits every year. The court’s initial ruling said that as long as the drainage district invoked the right words when adopting this “fee,” then it’s not a tax. The result is a “fee” exception that swallows the TABOR rule: What prevents another entity from imposing a new “technology fee” or “equipment fee” on businesses? What prevents the drainage district from upping next year’s residential fee to $360, or pegging the fee for a business at $10,000?
The chamber agrees the Grand Valley needs expanded capacity for drainage. But doing it this way sets a dangerous precedent that undermines Colorado’s constitution and threatens the ability of businesses to manage overhead costs. This harms business owners, their employees, and the customers they serve.
The drainage district may prevail in this lawsuit if the courts eventually say it has the power to collect its “fee.” At the end of the day, though, power has the second to last word. Ideas have the last word. And the idea that citizens and businesses should not be taxed outside of the law is an idea the chamber is proud to champion.
DIANE SCHWENKE, CEO
Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Grand Junction
Paper’s front-page should focus on positive coverage
We have been taking your paper since 1988 and up until the last few years it has been a good, decent paper with good reporting, especially on the front page. Now it always has murders, sex parlors, abuse of children and/or adults, kidnappings, knifings, etc.
This Sunday’s paper hit rock bottom with the totally unnecessary detailed account and intimate descriptions of the charges against the lowest form of humanity. That type of information should stay in a courtroom and that story, if even published, should have been buried on a back page, without details. The front page should have had the wonderful article about the Grand Junction Challenger Team, something to really be proud of.
Anyone interested in coming to our town, possibly to move here, would certainly think twice about it after reading the front pages of our one and only daily newspaper.
Paper needs to stop milking the Lester Jones trial
I’m pretty sure that everyone from Mack to Montrose is very familiar with the Lester Jones trial. Why are you so compelled to post a complete history of the case on the front page each day? Do we really need to look at Jones’ face each morning? Must you keeping repeating details of the poor victim’s lifestyle? I’m pretty sure everyone is familiar with that by now.
Keep us informed if you must, but stop milking it.