E-mail letters, August 2, 2011
Monument could have hosted premier bike race
The top three finishers of this year’s Tour de France recently announced their decisions to participate in Colorado’s USA Pro Challenge bike race August 22¬28. This is a race that will be viewed worldwide and is 2011’s premier U.S. bike event.
Our Colorado National Monument could have easily been chosen as one of the race stages. The Coors Classic races we hosted in the 1980s brought excitement, tourism and highlighted the stunning beauty of our valley. It is sad that the decision by the former Colorado National Monument director and our, ever worsening, onerous government rules prevented using the Monument’s road for four hours to accommodate this year’s race.
Downtown experience is exhilarating
Recently, I experienced a wonderful evening in Grand Junction. My family and I visited the Farmer’s Market. The time was truly exhilarating, fun and totally awesome. The atmosphere was friendly; the scene was joyful.
I say congratulations to the visionaries who transformed the downtown area into what it is today. When my family and I moved here in 1968, the change had begun. That is what brought us here in the first place. This change has continued all these years and we have a beautiful place to go many times a year and enjoy the various events offered.
Keep up the good work, Grand Junction. Thank you for it all.
Taxpayer-funding institutions should stop wasting money
Once again I am amazed at how organizations and business that depend on taxpayer dollars either fully or partially can throw away good money. Whether it is the School District, local government or the Grand Valley Transit, all of these people are always crying the poor mouth and then they turn around and spend thousands of dollars hiring out-of-town consultants to perform tasks that most of them should be able to do themselves.
GVT is raising their rates and yet they have $35,000 to spend on a consultant to tell them how to run their own routes? Come on people, no one at GVT can figure out how to do this on their own without outside help.
School District 51 spends $48,000 for a consultant to run a survey to see if the taxpayers will go for yet another tax raise so the board of education can waste even more money. Oh, they try to tell you it is for teachers and aides and this and that, but what happened to all the money they have gotten in the last two or three increases over the last few years?
It was only a short time ago they gave Mesa State a million dollars of the money they got on the last increase. Now they are paying someone else $48,000 to send out flyers and survey forms and make phone calls. With all the intelligent educators working for the district in high positions, you would think they could have handled this task themselves without hiring a consultant for a sum that would have probably paid at least one beginning teacher or two aides for at least a year.
Times are still hard and most of us live on tight budgets because we can’t hit up the taxpayers every time we want more money. It is about time these taxpayer-funded business and groups started to do the same and stop wasting money or things they should be able to do or figure out themselves. City Council and the County Commission are just as bad, they are always hiring consultants for one thing or another. Some of which their own common sense would give them the answers too.
Faith-based organizations should be allowed prayer
On July 22, I attended a very worthy breakfast sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital. The occasion was to recognize Foster Grandparents for their years of service. I asked the director if they were going to ask a blessing over the gathering and food. She responded by saying they (meaning St.Mary’s and the Foster Grandparent Program) did not want to offend anyone. However, I and other attendees were distraught that a faith-based organization would not include a prayer. It is very disturbing the way our nation, state, county, city and civic organizations are shunning the name of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father.
“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10: 32-33.
BENNY L. LENARD