E-mail letters, Jan. 4, 2011

Leave successful Pinon Grill alone

Last February, my friends gave a bridge party and luncheon for me at the Pinon Grill. The 32 women who attended all thought Steve Hoefer did a great job putting it together and the food was delicious.

In November, we attended the symphony gala fundraiser at the Two Rivers Convention Center and the dinner was very disappointing. In previous years they served an excellent steak dinner to everyone that was medium rare. This time everyone in our section got steak that was overcooked, well done and some said tough without the brandy peppercorn gravy on the menu. Friends at other tables throughout the large room all had the same complaint.

We were told that the City Council, to save money, fired the Convention Center manager the week before and there was no one was in charge of the kitchen. My worry is that in this economy the much needed attendance at the symphony gala will drop next year because of that expensive mediocre dinner.

I think the City Council should work on fixing the poor dining experience at the Convention Center and leave the small successful Pinon Grill alone and under the present management that is doing a great job.

HELAINE COHEN
Grand Junction

Minority party is not to blame for gridlock

This is in response to Wayne Flick’s letter to end the Constitutional privilege of filibuster in the Senate.

While Mr. Flick did not mention the Republican’s by name, you can tell by the tone of his letter which way he leans. I continue to be amazed by the media and public blaming the minority party for gridlock in the government.

Here are the simple facts. From 2008 to 2010, President Obama had a super-majority in both the House and the Senate. These majorities meant that if he really wanted to pass any legislation, he could, in spite of the protests of the Republicans.

I think it is more a comment of the poor quality legislation, legislation that the majority of the American people did not want, than to the obstruction of the minority party.

It is a simplistic solution at best to change the Constitution because your party cannot get its way. The right to filibuster was put into the Constitution to prevent the tyranny of the majority. It needs to stay.

KEVIN MCCARNEY
Clifton

Strong language was not necessary

The front page of the Lifestyle section of Jan. 2 had strong profane adjectives. An article regarding a former drug addict’s transformation (good for her!) but the language used is appalling.

What was reporter Rachel thinking? As a mother of eight, foster parent and a newspaper customer, I would not want my younger children to come across this language in our home. While I give applause to the young woman and to the telling of her courageous story, lowering the verbiage to tell it was unnecessary, uncreative and poor journalistic choice.

KIMBERLY CANNEDY
Grand Junction


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