E-mail letters, December 31, 2010

‘Nation of nannies’ will
last until the bubble bursts

As a guest on TV recently said, “We really are a nation of nannies”!
Don’t want to work? Take a two year vacation and take government unemployment. Hungry? Use government food stamps. Kids hungry? The schools will feed them with government money. Sick? No worry, the government will give you free medical care.
All this, and 48 percent of our government-takers don’t pay a dime in income taxes,. In fact, many get a check from IRS for nothing.
What a pathetic change for a nation of people who used to work for whatever they and their families needed.
Many wonder why government employees earn more than the average person and have three times the retirement benefits most of us enjoy. No wonder half of the states are broke. The government takes care of everything, no need to worry until the bubble breaks. 
Grand Junction

Proposal for Piñon Grill
looks to be self-serving

As the president of Grand Valley Anglers of Trout Unlimted, representing our small nonprofit, I had to scour the valley to find a place where we could meet, enjoy good affordable food and not be charged an arm and a leg for a quiet meeting space (it’s free). Though we found that there were very few viable options, Steve and his team have done an exceptional job and deserve high praise for the individual quality that they provide. The current management at the Piñon Grill represents the essence of what both local residents and guests to the valley regard as the charm of Grand Junction.
Regardless of what selection process was used to award future management of the grill, the fact that the City Council would consider appointing its own management to run the operation above that of a very well-managed small privately owned business, will not be well received in the community.

Certainly, the recent Federal elections demonstrate that the public will not tolerate even the appearance of self-dealing. Why would the good people at both the City Council and staff level want to open such an issue to public concern?
Mac Cunningham
Grand Junction


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