E-mail letters, December 7, 2010

Don’t exempt Congress
from federal pay freeze

Why does the proposed federal pay freeze not include members of Congress or their staffs? This is yet another example of how members of Congress (from both parties) are totally out of touch with the real world.

Please contact your senators and representatives and ask why they are exempted.
Paul Preston
Grand Junction

Leaders should show
the way on pay cuts

Our president is doing well with his agenda to only give our troops a 1.4 percent raise. This after taking his time to ponder the troop surge, while our men and women are taking fire, and being blown up by IED’s.

Does anyone remember that after President Barack Obama was elected he never once made a comment on Nancy Pelosi’s hike on salaries for Congress and their staffs? How about the increase in their expense funds?

If we want to speak about the deficit, shouldn’t the cuts start at the top with our nation’s leaders?
Lead by example. No wonder everything is in a state of disarray.
Mike Parker

Redlands junkyard
must follow the law

I am writing in response to The Daily Sentinel article about the junkyard owned by Mike Knowles along the Redlands Parkway.

When we moved here 10 years ago, I frequently heard the locals referring to Grand Junction as “Grand Junkyard.” I would always protest because I felt I had moved to one of the most beautiful spots in the state and felt lucky to be here. Over the years, however, I have begun to understand how the terrible nickname came to be.

It seems too often property owners feel it is their right to pile junk on their property without regard to their neighbors or to the zoning governing the use of their land. They then apply for “forgiveness” in the form of a variance or fight any action by the appropriate bodies to get them to remove their junk.

All we want Knowles to do is follow the law. No matter how “neat” his junkyard is, the fact remains that it is a junkyard in violation of current zoning and should be immediately removed.
Peggy Shaw
Grand Junction

Dec. 7 article helped
remind people of history

Thank you to The Daily Sentinel for the coverage on the anniversary of Dec. 7, 1941.  I can remember that day as if it was yesterday. It is questionable if my grandchildren have any real knowledge of “that day of infamy.”

We all need to be reminded and informed of our country’s history. All gave a little, some gave all.
Ginny McGriffin
Grand Junction


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