Printed Letters: Aug. 7, 2014
County not responsible for fixing 38 Road woes
Well it’s already started. People are asking the county to fund improvements to 38 Road because of the increased traffic.
Let’s be clear, the county didn’t designate the Fruit and Wine Byway. Businesses along the route began calling that stretch of road the Fruit and Wine Byway to help increase their business. They noted the byway on tourism maps, and then asked the county to designate the byway as the Fruit and Wine Byway. The county declined.
At the time the request was made, commissioners voiced concerns that the road was already too dangerous and we didn’t need to make the problem worse by encouraging more traffic, especially when it is stop and go traffic and a mixture of automobiles and bikes. While we couldn’t prohibit the group from printing maps to help promote their businesses, we were very clear that if they created traffic or safety problems as a result of their “byway” promotion they shouldn’t expect the county to fix their problems.
This group of individuals wanted to post signs along this stretch of road and told the county they would raise the money to purchase the signs themselves. But further review of the county code revealed that these types of signs in the right of way would be a violation of the county code, which only permits directional signage (defined in the code as entrance and exit types of signage). I pointed this out to staff and assumed the matter was settled. Imagine my surprise to get an invitation to the ribbon cutting ceremony after the signs had been installed.
So if 38 Road is a disaster it is the people who created the problem, not the county, who should be financially responsible to fix the problem. When other businesses develop and expand they are required to pay for the costs of necessary traffic improvements. This case should be no different. This group of businesses should not expect special treatment.
Reader disagrees with recently published ‘leftist’ letters
There must have been a fairly recent change in editorial staff at the Sentinel. In recent months, the Sentinel seems willing, even compelled, to print letters from the likes of the local radical leftist Bill Hugenberg. It is difficult to imagine what purpose the Sentinel might have in printing letters like his latest in-the-tank-for-Obama, delusional, non-fact-based rant, whereby after almost six years into Obama’s term, he still blames everything on George Bush.
Surely the Sentinel must receive frequent letters that contain actual facts, as opposed to mere personal misguided ideology. Hugenberg’s letter alleges “war crimes” against Bush and Cheney and conflates torture with enhanced interrogation, which was determined to be not only in America’s best interest at the time, but also to be legal.
I, for one, am very thankful to the Bush/Cheney administration. They were an administration that was willing to make tough decisions to protect Americans, as opposed to engaging in the long, drawn out dithering process that we have seen with the Obama administration. Red lines were drawn, only to be erased or, even worse, blamed on the American people.
The Obama administration frequently responds to all challenging situations with empty platitudes and vague statements such as “Let me be clear,” “Make no mistake,” “There will be consequences,” or “There will be costs,” all clearly devoid of any potential consequence. These are all statements made to buy time, avoid actual decision-making and to avoid any level of actual engagement in conflicts vital to the American people and the rest of the world.
Obama has abandoned our key allies like Israel, while emboldening our enemies with this feckless, undefined foreign policy. He is presently risking the health, safety and financial stability of all Americans with a reckless, ideologically driven immigration policy, crafted more to garner votes than to protect Americans or defend the U.S. Constitution.
Money should be spent on school supplies, not athletics
I get angry every year when I hear that the school children are in need of basic supplies like pencils and crayons. The begging on the news and at stores seeking supplies donated by the Rotary is disgusting when one considers the following:
1. The huge sums spent on athletic coaches for football, basketball, track, and so on.
2. The trips for these “few” stars (mainly boys). These are trips to destinations that cause the athletes to stay overnight in expensive hotels, eating in restaurants at taxpayer expense. The cost of gas, bus drivers and guardians, usually paid overtime or a special rate, is sheer stupidity.
3. Next is the expense of prepping football fields: mowing, seeding, watering, and cleaning the bleachers are, again, costs paid by taxpayers.
Are we running a sports school for a handful of jocks? I thought we were a facility teaching reading, writing, math, science, music and more.
How much of the school budget goes to maintaining these sports? They should not be a part of an educational system.
We have students that are way behind the rest of the world in most subjects. We have large class sizes, poorly paid teachers and an overly expensive sports program.
I agree that students need exercise, but what happened to gym class? What happened to intramural teams? Has our school board lost sight of the purpose of an educational system meant to help all?
Now, back to the topic of buying supplies for the school. The money spent on sports should be diverted to buying school supplies and should not be used for expensive sports programs, coaches and fancy games away from Grand Junction.
Get real. Run an educational system, not a sports-training program for want-to-be NFL players.