E-mail letters, December 14, 2010

Community supported
synthetic skating rink

We at On Edge Skating would like to thank everyone who came out last weekend and saw our synthetic ice rink at Olde Fashioned Christmas.  We hope that all the children enjoyed skating.

Thank you to West Star Aviation for graciously sponsoring our being there and to the Glacier for providing free rental skates for the children. It was great to see all the kids having a great time and great to see skating back in the Grand Valley!  We look forward to being able to grow our ice surface and provide our environmentally friendly skating alternative to the area for many years to come.
Charles Crawford
Grand Junction

‘You Said It’ item was
way off base on library

I am writing in response to the recent “You Said It” item regarding the Library.

Here is what the person wrote: “So we need another under-used auditorium? Why doesn’t the library lease Two Rivers Convention Center? It is huge, would make a great library and it
has the added bonus of being close to the soup kitchen so the homeless guys wouldn’t have to walk so far.”

Obviously, the writer knows nothing about the Mesa County Libraries. Our facilities
are so under-used that we managed to check out over one million items before August.

Rent Two Rivers? What a wonderful idea. All we would have to do is get approval to spend
money every time we wanted to do anything, then call and coordinate our schedule with theirs, then lug all of our stuff over and back for the event. We would not be able to offer Mesa County residents even half of the programs that we currently do. How could this possibly be a better idea than keeping library programs on library property?

The comment about the homeless seems to be quite derogatory. As an employee of the library, I understand perfectly how many homeless use our facilities on a daily basis. To mock or ridicule them, or the library for opening its doors to them seems insensitive and cruel. I, for one, take pride in the fact that we do offer a bit of safe haven from the elements to people who find themselves with nowhere else to go.

The aforementioned one million check-outs did not come solely from the homeless community, as they are only able to check out three items at a time.

If the writer were to come down to the library he or she would find quite a diverse group using our facilities; mothers with young children, business people, retirees, teens, and everything in-between. And, yes, even a few homeless people.

We help people on a daily basis who are trying not to get passed-by by the latest technologies and we pride ourselves in helping whoever comes through our doors.
David Borders
Grand Junction


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