E-mail letters, April 23, 2010

Penry was wrong about
final World Series game
Let’s hope. Josh Penry knows more about the business of government than he seems to know about baseball.

Note: You can lose Game 6 of the World Series and still play in Game 7.  It’s because a team blew their chance to wrap it up in Game 6 that there IS a Game 7. It’s happened more than 25 times.

Mind you, Mr.  Penry is much younger than me.  So I can forgive him if he was nfortunate enough to grow up when the World Series moved to night games, only played after most children’s bedtimes. Perhaps he’s not as familiar with how it all works as we older fans who, as schoolboys, got to actually watch World Series games that were played during the day.

I also wonder how a newspaper editor in a true baseball town like Grand Junction could have allowed this gaffe to appear on Page 1, of all places. A bit embarrassing for all of us fans. Holy Cow!

David Langlois

Real issue with local
Census office is count
Thank you to The Daily Sentinel for the timely reporting of my complaint to the Commerce Department’s Office of Civil Rights regarding my wrongful termination as Grand Junction Local Census Office manager.

Sentinel readers should also know that I have filed complaints with the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General and the Office of Special on other, related matters.

However, it was never my intention to “depict the Grand Junction census office as a den of backbiting and turf battles” because — except for Mr. Copelan’s conduct — nothing could have been further from the truth in describing the office’s cooperative and open internal dynamics under my leadership.

Indeed, the article’s unfortunate characterization does a disservice to the dedicated local Census employees and current office managers who were there at the time.

Nonetheless, in the final analysis, the core issue has little to do with Copelan or me, but is rather whether the Census Bureau’s long-standing and well-documented “gross mismanagement” and the Denver office’s demonstrable incompetence will result in an inaccurate Census 2010 on the Western Slope.

If so, the ultimate victims of the Bureau’s disregard for Western Colorado will be Sentinel readers, whose local government entities stand to lose millions of federal dollars allocated on the basis of census population data.
The Western Slope simply cannot afford an undercount.
Bill Hugenberg
Grand Junction


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