Printed Letters: Aug. 10, 2014

Delta residents thrilled with Avalon renovation
For all of the colorful politics in the small city of Grand Junction, it’s a dynamic municipality that is a delight to visit. It offers venues for sports, trails for the health-conscious, park and recreation facilities for families, varied retailers for shoppers and some truly one-of-a-kind restaurants. These venues can likely stand on their own against any city of similar size.

As longtime Delta residents, we are frequent visitors to Grand Junction. We have felt that one venue was sorely missing in your city: a performing arts center. Following a recent tour of The Avalon Theatre project we are convinced that this deficiency is being corrected.

A thoroughly knowledgeable development director, Robin Brown, led us through the progress in renovating The Avalon, and we were utterly astounded. We first noticed how carefully costs were considered. There is no extravagant seating, gilded fixtures, Italian marble floors or imported statuary.

Yet, critical aspects of a fine performing arts center were considered and incorporated. The acoustics, we understand, are remarkable. An advanced wireless connection, for those with hearing aids, is installed. The floor plans were logically considered, reflected in locations of doors, stairs, restrooms and elevators. Rooms of varying size are available to satisfy different event demands, and can be used simultaneously. The view from the roof is spectacular.

This is a performing arts center of which everyone in Grand Junction can be proud. We, and likely others, as neighbors, will be attending many events to enjoy a facility of this quality.

The Avalon Theatre is a jewel that belongs to all Grand Junction; there is nothing elitist about this marvelous building. It will surely profit the sensibilities of souls seeking the beauty of the arts, and in time, we can’t help but think it will profit the city’s bottom line, too.

ALAN & PAULA METCALFE
Delta


Markey’s dubious logic would be disastrous for treasury
With regard to your profile on Wednesday of Betsy Markey (“State Treasurer challenger defends PERA”), Markey seemed to spend the entire interview attacking Walker Stapleton without advancing a single policy position of her own. Perhaps this is because her track record leaves much to be desired.

As a member of Congress, Markey didn’t just vote for Obamacare; she called it “the biggest deficit reduction bill to come before Congress in more than a decade.” Putting someone with such dubious logic in charge of Colorado’s public finances would be nothing short of disastrous for the state.

LOIS DUNN
Grand Junction


Markey’s views on preserving PERA a positive in campaign
I am writing to commend The Daily Sentinel for the well-written, and accurate article about Betsy Markey, and her views on preserving the Colorado Public Employers Retirement Association (PERA).

How refreshing it is to finally hear from someone who is positive about the status of PERA, and how well it has done in its history. Most people in Colorado are getting sick and tired of hearing Walker Stapleton constantly attacking PERA, and not giving PERA credit for its success. Markey understands how important PERA dollars are to the local economies. She knows how Senate Bill 10-1 has put the employees association on a sound financial future, and how the bill continues to work.

It is a known fact that Stapleton has for four years blasted PERA. He can’t stand the fact that PERA has had returns for the past two years of over 12 percent and 15 percent when the projection was 7.5 percent.

According to Stapleton, the taxpayers of Colorado are on the hook for bailing out PERA, when he knows that less than 2 percent of the state budget supports PERA.

What is good about Markey is that she is campaigning on what is now, not like Stapleton who wants to believe what he wants PERA to be.

I am asking Colorado voters to support Markey for the office of Colorado treasurer. Colorado communities will all benefit from the millions of dollars that PERA members put in local businesses. We all benefit from PERA success.

RON STONEBURNER JR.
Grand Junction


Koch brothers spending 
nothing compared to Soros
Every few weeks someone writes in whining about the Koch brothers and their excessive spending on the right wing agenda while George Soros makes more money before breakfast than the brothers will make in their entire lives.

GORDON NIELSEN
Grand Junction


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How about the Sentinel hire a fact-checker?  Opinions are fine but when they are founded on falsehoods do they need to be printed? 

“Koch Industries, an oil refiner, is the nation’s second largest private company with about $100 billion in annual revenue. Soros is chairman of Soros Fund Management, a highly successful hedge fund that has provided financial and investment strategies to a variety of funds. As of June 30, 2009, the hedge fund had holdings valued at $4.2 billion.
David and Charles Koch are tied at No. 24 on Forbes top billionaires list with a personal fortunes of $17.5 billion each. Soros is No. 35 on the list with a net worth of $14 billion.” https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/09/opensecrets-battle-koch-brothers/

If I’m not mistaken Lois Dunn is an officer in the local Republican party, or maybe a recent past officer. Shouldn’t the Sentinel make that known on partisan Letters to the Editor? She has chosen to be more than just a voter and taken a very partisan position. Her letter reflects a party position, beyond that of an interested citizen.

What Pete said.

Soros holdings internationally are far more than reported. They are privately held and don’t report him other than being on the boards of several overseas companies investing in world wide entities. I believe Bloomberg reported that two of his investment associations overseas had contributed to terrorist organizations inadvertently of course. He also is a major holder in Progressive insurance as well. Mr.Bright

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