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
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.
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.
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.