E-mail letters, April 28, 2010

Harmon underestimates
voters of Grand Junction

Regarding Gary Harmon’s April 25 column, it makes me think that a major part of the problem, not the solution, lies with The Daily Sentinel.

Gary believes he is a colorful character. With an audience, he pokes fun at a real community need regarding the Taj Martial and again the Riverside Porkway.

He has decided that “the council should tell us exactly the direction they think is in order.” He must have forgotten that a majority voted to not support the Public Safety Initiative proposal presented to them in 2008.

His quote says, “the council needs to come out directly and say what it wants.” It’s not what they want, it’s what we want, and it’s my hope the council will be listening as they do their “Listening Tour.”

In regard to the Riverside Parkway, it was what we wanted as well. A vast majority of us voted on it, as we have a vision of commuting with ease through our community while not waiting till we our behind the inflationary curve that keeps us stalled at every choke point, be it wallet or street light.

Gary underestimates the citizens of Grand Junction. In accordance with TABOR I. as mayor of the city, had the opportunity to ask my constituents if we could pay the parkway debt down early and they responded with a resounding majority vote of “Yes.”

So let’s hear what the people have to say and maybe Harmon can write a column that reflects some sort of professional journalism.
Jim Doody
Former Mayor
Grand Junction

There’s nothing funny
about MSNBC broadcasts
My friend Denny Herzog likes watching the Comedy Channel’s Jon Stewart and
the Colbert Report for the hypocrisy of FOX News in its reporting.

We do,too. FOX News, as self annointed spokesman for the extreme right, is a
laugh for a bunch of us.

Denny goes on to say that he hopes the Comedy Channel or some other
television program does the same to MSNBC as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
have done to FOX News.

Denny, my friend, you cannot make a funny story of the truth. The success of
MSNBC is also based upon the hypocrisy of FOX News and its constituents, the
tea party right.

As to MSNBC, there’s no funny there.
Dennis Baker
Grand Junction

Orchard Mesa trails
offer biking opportunities
Sunday’s edition of The Daily Sentinel included the beautiful special edition devoted to biking around the Grand Valley and I was glad that it had some information about
family bike riding opportunities.

Bike riders of all levels of experience may want to check out the Old Spanish Trail and Gunnison River Bluffs area — the Sister Trails — from Orchard Mesa to Whitewater. While these two trail systems may not provide the technical features some area trails do, there are certain advantages: both trailheads are within minutes of downtown Grand
Junction, they are definitely family-friendly, and non-motorized vehicles are prohibited

More information about the Sister Trails can be viewed at sistertrails.org.

Vicki Felmlee
Orchard Mesa Neighbors in Action
Grand Junction

Cannabis prohibition
just doesn’t make sense
Who can blame David Cox for eliminating the chance of being misquoted about the cannabis (marijuana) issue while running as a Republican candidate for House District 54?

I cannot imagine an intelligent person knowing the truth about cannabis and cannabis laws suddenly changing his mind and rationalizing prohibition, persecution and extermination of this relatively safe, God-given plant. The country is full of politicians who do crazy, sinful and dishonest things to get elected though and we’ll just have to wait and see.

Cannabis prohibition runs against true Republican principals, but I’ve grown accustomed to Republicans who want to spend money caging responsible adults for using this plant. David Cox gets it. His GOP challengers Ray “What’s our next step? Medical crack?” Scott and Robert “what I would do is have stricter restrictions” Hislop, don’t get it. 

For the record, I’m a registered Democrat, but I would consider changing that if a Republican candidate in my Colorado district supported ending the sin of cannabis prohibition.
Stan White


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