E-mail letters, Aug 4, 2010

Mountain-bike parks will
attract tourists, business

I was pleased with The Daily Sentinel’s Aug. 2 article about Jen Taylor and COPMOBA’s
efforts to build three mountain-bike skills parks here in the valley.

Some of our neighbors may not be aware of the huge potential of mountain biking to boost our local economy. People come from all over the nation and the world to ride our superb single-track trails. This not only draws tourist dollars but also contributes significantly to the quality of life here, and that encourages the leaders of business and industry to locate their operations
The recent development of the first free-ride mountain bike trail on public property in the nation, as well as an internationally attended mountain bike free-ride competition known as the Ranchstyle, hosted by the owners of Grassroots Cycles in Glade Park, has drawn the attention of the mountain-biking industry.

These new mountain-bike parks are not only a great way to provide a healthy activity for our children (and grown children), they are an investment in the economic future of our home. I hope that the staff members at the city of Grand Junction will see it that way, too, and do everything in their power to help Ms. Taylor and COPMOBA get the necessary approvals as fast as possible.
Jessica Kirkpatrick
Grand Junction

Public should obey
commands of police

As a highway maintenance employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation, we see law officers serving the public 24 hours, every day of the year. I appreciate and support them.

When an officer gives a command it should be obeyed. Any questions should be addressed after the incident.
John Pond
Grand Junction

City administration
misses the point again

The Daily Sentinel’s front page article Aug. 3 outlines the new plan for the city public safety facility. The article says the neighborhood fire stations will not be included in the first phase.

The only part of the plan that improves the public safety response is the neighborhood fire stations. Granted, the downtown police and fire stations need to be replaced, but new
buildings won’t improve response times.

If you call for a fire or medical response, you may wait eight to 15 minutes, depending on where you live. If you have a serious medical problem, long response times are not compatible with life, not to mention the increased property damage and possible loss of life should you have a fire. The only way to decrease the time it takes to get to your house is to have a fire
station closer then you have now.

To spend $30 million on a couple of new buildings with no increase in service to the public is irresponsible. The first phase should include the three neighborhood fire stations and the rest should wait.
Mike Kelley
Grand Junction

A few people have received
marijuana from pharmacies

This is regarding recent letters to the editor about medical marijuana. At least until 2009, four patients had been supplied medical marijuana through a pharmacy. The marijuana is sent there by the National Institute Of Drug Abuse, acting with approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

One patient has received medical marijuana for 27 years. The patient receives “300 federally grown and rolled cigarettes” every month. (Smokable marijuana). He has 200-plus tumors due to multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis. He had tried, opoid painkillers, prescription muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, sleeping pills, Demoral, Darvon and codeine, before being approved and supplied by the Federal government, according to Fortune Magazine.
Jay Bell
Grand Junction

Ballot items will tear down
what communities built

Communities are strong, yet delicate. They can be slowly built and they can be instantly broken. To participate in a community is to understand and respect this.

Every one who lives in Grand Junction is a beneficiary of its 130-year history of community building. Community infrastructures like streets, parks, schools, water systems and fire and police protection have been slowly built by citizens and public servants who were concerned not only about themselves, but also held concern for those who followed. These common areas benefit the quality of life for all of our citizens.

In times of crises or unrest the danger is that we react and vote out of fear and self-interest rather than out of the best wisdom that we’ve learned through the years. Reactivity in civic affairs runs the danger of creating unintended consequences that can in a moment destroy a
century’s worth of community building. This is exactly what is at stake in the ill-conceived “tax reform” measures on the November ballot (Amendments 60 and 61; Proposition 101).

Rather than destroying the home that nurtures us, we need to be asking: What is a successful community? What does a successful community look like? How does a community create the quality of life we enjoy? Is the heritage we enjoy just for us, or do we have responsibility to maintain it and grow it and pass it on?

As we consider what kind of community we want, we can celebrate the factions and differences in our midst. When people of good intention enter into honest dialogue, each of those differences will be found to have at least a little bit of the truth we need to develop effective solutions. When
differences are overcome through principled engagement, the end product is stronger and more relevant.
Mike Burr
Grand Junction

Latest plan for pipeline
could harm W. Divide Creek

Mesa County residents, plan to attend either the planning commission meeting Aug. 5 or the county commissioners’ meeting Aug. 24 regarding the zoning changes proposed by SG1 interests.

This is on West Divide Creek Rd. and is the next part of starting up the controversial Bull
Mountain Pipeline. SG1 proposes to place a treatment facility at this location, claiming it doesn’t change the land use. It does.

The company proposes a facility to treat “dirty” gas. There is a threat of water contamination,
which, would hurt the water in West Divide Creek. There have been two previous spills. Divide Creek flows into the Colorado River and has the potential to pollute it.

There is an alternate site that has been approved in Gunnison County, but SGI does not wish to use it, as it will make the company less money in the end.

Placing the factory in Mesa County will make it a lot of money and permanently destroy the area. The lifespan of the project is approximately 50 years.

There are alternatives. Please come to stop a huge company from Texas before it can do more damage to our beautiful Colorado.
Maureen K. Bratcher





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