E-mail letters, December 13, 2010

Costco should locate
in Eastgate center

While it sad that City Market is no longer in the Eastgate Shopping Center, now is the time to look for new opportunities. This end of North Avenue is struggling—especially with all the new businesses that continue to focus on the Highway 6 & 50 corridor. Now we hear Hobby Lobby is moving that direction too.

I’ve heard “rumors” that Costco was interested in locating in Grand Junction. Having Costco locate in the Eastgate Shopping Center would be just what this end of town needs! And if Startek is leaving, too, I can’t imagine there wouldn’t be enough space for Costco at Eastgate!

I’d like to suggest that all interested people in this city e-mail or write to Costco and invite them to come here to the Eastgate Shopping Center.
Therese Luellen
Grand Junction

Grant’s columns help
keep one focused on reality

The first few times I read any of Bill Grant’s articles I thought, “Where on Earth did the paper find this guy?” I was appalled!

After continuing to read his articles, I formed a genuine appreciation for his writings. Grant has helped me to keep my thoughts centered and on track when it comes to complicated political issues. He is proof that a person can have an opinion and make it sound like it is based on nothing but the actual facts.
The truth of the matter is that whenever I have doubts about an issue, along comes Grant with one of his “opinions,” and I am immediately brought back to reality. With only two exceptions, I have disagreed with everything Bill Grant has to say on every issue.

Logical thinking is a process. It goes something like this: A+B+C+D+E =F.  Grant, as is typical of all narrow-minded liberal thinkers, uses this process to arrive at a “logical” conclusion:  A+B+C=F.  It works for them, but never leads to what is actually the truth.
Please keep him as a contributor to the paper because every now and then I lose touch with reality.
David Shrum
Grand Junction

Congress should pass
the DREAM Act Now

This important topic cannot wait any longer. It is not a political problem, it is something that goes way beyond that. It is a social situation that needs to be attended to immediately.

Some politicians insist on passing the topic from one to another and they don’t arrive at an agreement. President Obama doesn’t do more than offer political rhetoric. He doesn’t even try
to coordinate the senators and the representatives form both parties and do what he promised during his campaign. Fortunately, some legislators truly understand this situation and they are the ones that keep this topic on the table.

I insist on the urgency of the DREAM Act because my experience as an educator demonstrates it to me. I have been working with young people in this marvelous country for seven years and I observe with great frustration how many plans and grandiose dreams are cut down. We are talking about thousands of future doctors, teachers, lawyers, etc. Some even wish to become part of the armed services and law-enforcement officers. And there is no doubt of the economic benefits that this represents for this country.

These people feel like United States citizens and all they know is that they were born in another country, which they don’t know.

As an educator and an immigrant, I understand what they are going through. But I also understand that the DREAM Act has to be implemented in an orderly fashion with compliance of certain requirements. All of these thousands of young people are waiting for this vote of approval so they can give the best of themselves to this, their country.
Juan Rivera-Meraza

One person’s complaint
changes rules in Mesa

I went to my local post office in Mesa Dec. 9 to post an announcement that our regular bingo games would be cancelled until further notice.

Now, this is nothing new in Mesa. People have been posting messages, announcements and all kinds of things for well over 20 years without any major complaints. Our Post Office is like our communication center and has been utilized by businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals.

When I asked our local post mistress why we can no longer post, the answer was one of total shock. A woman, who would not give her name because everyone would know her, complained to the post master in Grand Junction about all the “religious” announcements on the board —things like our local Christmas dinners, plays, candlelight services, etc.  Since she was so offended the local post mistress was forced to remove EVERYTHING off the board.

Now we have no central place to post anything publicly in Mesa because of the narrow thinking of a single person. This person got her Christmas wish, it looks like, but I wonder how she will sleep at night knowing that her act of intolerance has eliminated a posting tradition in Mesa that has been going on for years, long before she arrived.
Beverly Duzenack

Meis’ excuses don’t
make up for breaking law

Craig Meis’s answer to his misconduct regarding the law is that he’s “become a target” and he did not run for office as a career path.

It’s his duty to obey the laws as the rest of us. Many laws need changing for different reasons, but not the way he’s doing it. How dare a public servant try to “get away” with what the rest of us have to live by! Help change bad laws, not by breaking them like a spoiled little brat. As Meis said, it’s good to question and challenge law enforcement, but not through the route he is taking.

Look at how many in Washington, D.C., lie, cheat and steal from us because they think they
are owed and above the law.

Speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone does not deserve a warning, no matter how late you are. The warning is on the 45 mph speed-limit signs.

Letting a 14-year-old drive a boat when it’s not allowed until 16 is the law.

Annoying your neighbors with a loud party instead of being courteous — then naming all the
bigwigs who were there, as if that was a legit excuse is totally lame. And Meis thinks he is getting “paid back?”

Sure, I’d love to do many things I know are against the law. I’d like to speed when I want to, carry a gun without a permit, refuse to wear a life vest in a boat when I don’t want to, etc. Sure, there are many laws we consider stupid and need to be changed, but until then, we are expected to
do the moral thing and abide by laws.

Controlling traffic is not a way to “intimidate and harass” anyone. It’s meant for safety reasons, whether Meis likes it or not. He should leave a little earlier, like the rest of us try to do.

Oh, by the way, it’s not cool to tell everyone how important you are and all the important people you know. Cheap shot! I wouldn’t give Meis a bye forthat reason alone.

Jimmi Willard
Grand Junction

Why aren’t peace groups
worried about Afghanistan deaths?

I’m not sure just when the Peace and Freedom or Voice Of Reason or whichever group last “remembered” the deaths of our troops in Iraq with their field of crosses in one of our city’s parks.  Back in 2005 there was one in March, and a later “celebration” for the 2,000th combat death in Iraq that prompted Gary Harmon to comment that the “ghouls” were out.

What has happened to all those who protested war and combat deaths for several years?

I do note a deathly silence regarding our troops dying in Afghanistan. My conclusion is that these groups do not wish to call attention to the “right war” supported by President Barack Obama.

When is the next rally to “remember” going to be held?  If combat deaths in Iraq were more special, I fail to see the logic involved.  Any combat loss is tragic, and the silence seems to support my conclusion.
Creighton Bricker
Grand Junction

Unions and their friends
have devastated business

As we watch government and private sector union jobs being cut because school and other government budgets are tight and businesses are struggling, I’m compelled to say this to all my Union friends:

“I know you’re taught to hate businesses and their owners because I’ve seen some of your union
newsletters. Unions have busted their butts to get many of their business-hating friends elected to office and now they’ve been running the country and our state since 2007. Boy have they done damage to the business community.

Not only did our oil and gas industry leave, destroying numerous jobs on the Western Slope, but hundreds of thousands of small businesses have died in America since they took over. How’s that helping our police and school budgets?

High taxes, massive regulation and big government only help a few people prosper and it’s time even my union buddies realize it. A strong business community helps everyone prosper. It also helps unions and all government budgets. That’s something none of us should forget it.
Mike Bambino
Grand Junction

Mesa State Holiday Concert
was entertaining, exciting

Bravo to Mesa State College’s Holiday Concert on Dec. 12. The combined choir and symphony brought tears to my eyes with their performance of Gwyneth Walker’s “Alpha and Omega 2010.”

The kettle drums at the beginning of “I Saw Three Ships” made my heart race! The flawless
“Sleigh Ride” could have been the Boston Pops, if you closed your eyes. Tyler Hardwick and Cody Krieger blew us all away with their saxophones playing “We Three Kings” with the Jazz Ensemble.

The prelude, intermission and postlude music was very, very entertaining and kept us all
in the Christmas mood as we were leaving Robinson Theatre.

Our valley is truly blessed by the talents and energy of Mesa State’s students and faculty. Thanks to everyone — directors, conductors and performers.
Lyn Cronk-Weber
Grand Junction


Congress has no reason
to control pork spending

How much change can we afford? Obama and the Democrats did not bring it, and the recent Republican landslide did not bring it.

The House Republicans declared a two-year moratorium on earmarks, and Rep. John Kyl immediately grabbed $200 million for his district. However, in his defense, he went on record to state that although it looked like pork, oinked like pork, and smelled like pork, it was not pork, but something entirely different.

Call it what you will, pork barrel, earmark or Congressional directed spending, it is what we asked you to eliminate, not merely re-title.

The Senate Democrats, on the other hand, voted to retain earmarks. The ability to bribe other senators with American tax dollars to forget their principles, their promises and their ethics to vote for another huge expenditure of American tax dollars has become so ingrained in our political process it has become “necessary.” What has become abundantly apparent is that our “representatives” have become unable to vote on any piece of legislation based on the merits of the legislation or what is good for America.

As bills come up for vote, they say basically to Senator X or Representative Y, “If you vote for this bill (which will add $700 billion to the deficit) we will give you $250 million (American taxpayer dollars) for that project in your district that will be completed by your contributor.” This type of “give and take” has become emblematic of an institutional cancer of corruption and greed that demands elimination.

Granted, elimination of earmarks will not balance the budget, and maybe not even reduce spending, but it will eliminate the appearance of greed, corruption and malfeasance that permeates our Congress. Perception is reality, and those in Washington, D.C. have yet to realize the seriousness of this situation.

We need to immediately demand that bills be voted on and enacted without the insertions of non-related items. If the bill is worthwhile, vote for it. If you need to be bribed to vote for it, then you are a person of no scruples or principle.

Is it not possible for our representatives to represent America? Earmarks have not been a permanent fixture in this process, but have become such a fount of corruption and payback, the institution we call Congress will not likely concede them without demand.

Sadly, if they are eliminated, both parties will claim credit and then quietly reintroduce them in another, more hidden fashion. The “fiscal conservatives” can soon crow that they championed the continued tax breaks for all; the “progressives” can brag about the new stimulus spending they extracted for the passage of the status quo. We taxpayers can take comfort in the fact our taxes did not go up a few percent while our deficit expands another trillion.

James Hoffman
Grand Junction



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