E-mail letters, January 13, 2011

City officials appear
concerned about corporations

The closure of City Market’s Eastgate store means that the vast area from Second Street to 32 Road, the Colorado River to Horizon Drive, has exactly three grocery stores: Albertson’s on 12th, Safeway on Patterson and the Wal-Mart SuperStore on North.

A large number of people are now forced to drive for miles for the basic necessities of life. This seems to indicate that city planners aren’t planning but merely rubber-stamping grocery corporation plans. That may be good for their bottom lines, but for city residents, not so much.

Let’s hope that April’s election will bring some new faces and real leadership for the problems facing our citizens in these tough economic times.
Joe Gardner
Grand Junction

Bill would improve
situation at colleges

This session, in the state Capitol in Denver, there is a new piece of legislation that is long overdue.
Rep. Randy Fischer, is proposing legislation to remedy the unfair conditions imposed on contingent faculty at Colorado’s institutions of higher learning.

Sec. 24-19-101 of the Colorado Revised Statutes currently makes all adjuncts and instructors (“contingent faculty”) teaching in the state’s colleges and universities “at will employees.” Both the administrator and the educator lack any legal guarantee that a class will have a faculty member in it teaching our students at a given time in the semester.

Under this arrangement, this lack of job security is harmful to the students and the academic environment as much as to the well being of the employee. The fact is that higher education has become more reliant upon “contingent faculty” over the last decades, to the point that across the country, nearly 70 percent of the educators are contingent faculty and, as such, do not enjoy any level of job security.

Fischer is trying to remedy this inequity and thereby enhance the learning environment on Colorado’s many campuses. We should urge his colleagues in the state house to support Randy Fischer’s proposed bill.
Tom Acker
Grand Junction

Attack on Giffords
had to be political

I just wasted five minutes reading Rick Wagner’s babbling attempt to blame Democrats for politicizing the murders in Arizona last weekend. I have listened to Republican after Republican deny that these shootings were politically motivated.

Say what? If they were not politically motivated, why not shoot the cab driver or the produce manager or John McCain? Political assassination is the only explanation.

It was also nice for Speaker John Boehner to blow-off the memorial service to attend a
Republican Party fundraiser. Remember, this is the speaker of the House of Representatives. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a member of said House. I wonder, if this was a Republican who was shot in the head, would Speaker Boehner could work the service into his busy schedule?

I dont know Rick Wagner personally, so I have to wonder if he talks down to
everyone or just people he believes to be stupid.
John A. Ijams
Grand Junction


Meis’ ongoing actions
make one regret his vote

Will we ever see the end of stories about Commissioner Craig Meis?

First, we see that he is above the law regarding who may drive his watercraft, and that he has friends in high places. We then hear that someone “falsified” a police report about him. Next heard was about a police checkout of a loud party at his home, wherein the officer was informed of the dignitaries and friends in high places that were attending.  Then there was the minor matter of doing 61 in a 45 mph zone. Again, the officer involved heard about Meis’ position and friends in high places. Next there was the revelation that the police were part of a subversive plot to demean, harass and intimidate Meis because of his having opposed the Public Safety Initiative in 2008.
As Fibber McGee was wont to say, when he detected an injustice: “Drag out the throw-net!”  To hear Meis quoted in The Daily Sentinel’s articles, one might assume he has a GPS locator secreted on his personal vehicles so the police can track him and “harass and intimidate” with all kinds of petty things. 
I was disappointed earlier to read Josh Penry’s supportive column, wherein he did acknowledge Meis’ bluntness and several other “good” points, along with “what you see is what you get.” 
Now we read of another email between Meis and Commissioner Janet Rowland, wherein Meis says he will vote a certain way to drive Commissioner Steve Acquafresca “absolutely nuts.” Nothing petty about that straightforward action!
I have never regretted a vote, until these past months. What I “see” and “get” is an arrogant, self-important politician who just may be a legend in his own mind.
Creighton Bricker
Grand Junction


Changing seating for
Congress makes sense

I would love to see the Republicans and Democrats sit together for the president’s State of the Union speech, as opposed to each sitting on their own side.

There already is too much division between party lines and this would be a refreshing change. Congressman Scott Tipton’s spokesman is wrong. We are interested in both results and members of our government co-mingled.
E. Staten
Grand Junction


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