E-mail letters, January 19, 2011

City entity could get
grill contract by default

What a disgrace to read in The Daily Sentinel all of the unfounded accusations made about the existing food and beverage small businesses now being pushed out of business by Parks and Recreation so city owned Two Rivers can take over.
As taxpayers, we now subsidize Two Rivers to the tune of $300,000 yearly. What happens now? Do we subsidize more for Venema and Pinon Grill?
I thought the City Council said Two Rivers was out of the picture. It doesn’t look that way to me.

Our city manager says it was “a mistake not to consult council” and I agree with that. I don’t agree with Two Rivers by default. I think all should stay in place until a new evaluation can be made and the City Council can redo the bidding process without bias.
David Trimm
Grand Junction

Tipton votes against
constituents on health

Scott Tipton is to be commended for his consistency. With his first speech in the new Congress, Tipton lived up to his campaign promise to ignore the needs of his constituents, in favor of partisanship, when he spoke in support of depriving the nation of an improved health care system.
Duane Hogue
Grand Junction

Laws on child killing
are far too lenient

I was very upset to read two articles, that ran side by side, in The Daily Sentinel this past week. One article devoted 66 lines to cover the death of one wolf from Wyoming, the other article ran 12 lines to cover the death of a 3-year-old child who was killed by his mother. This leads me to believe that this state cares more about l wolf than the death of a child.

The mother of this child got six years in prison. Can you believe that? If she killed an armed police officer, she would have been put in prison for life. But, no, she killed her defenseless son and she gets six years.

The laws in this state and all states need to be changed to protect our children and the judges need to hand out longer prison time to anyone who abuses and kills children. These children are a gift from the Lord and we as a nation has better start protecting them.
Patricia Gattozzi
Grand Junction

Girl Scout Cookies
taste good and do good

People say it’s just a cookie. What can a cookie do? A Girl Scout Cookie can do a lot! It could help send a girl to camp. It could help buy school supplies for needy kids. It could cheer up a soldier far from home. When you decide to buy Girl Scout Cookies, girls decide where the money goes. They have big hearts and big imaginations.

I recently had a chance to meet with a group of Girl Scouts from the Grand Junction area who have their sights set on visiting Washington, D.C. They researched the area, decided what they want to do and how much it will cost, and now they’re making plans to raise the funds to get there by selling Girl Scout Cookies.
This experience is definitely teaching these girls life skills, but the trip itself could also inspire a future career. I can’t wait for the day our first female President will reminisce about the time she visited Washington, D.C., and stood at the Lincoln Memorial with her Girl Scout sisters. Just think: the Girl Scout Cookies you buy could be the ones that help inspire her.

As the parent of a Girl Scout Brownie, I have seen first-hand the real-life skills my daughter has learned during the Girl Scout Cookie effort, everything from setting goals to learning to speak in front of people. Last year, she was fascinated by Girl Scouts giving back to her community through the Hometown Heroes program (where customers buy cookies to donate to the military, firefighters, police officers or other non-profit organizations), and I’m looking forward to working with her this year to help her learn even more from this valuable Girl Scout program.

No university has produced as many female business owners as has the Girl Scout Cookie Program. With every season of Girl Scout Cookies, another generation of girls learns to set goals, make a plan and manage money.
Almost everybody likes cookies, and there’re a lot of cookies that taste good. But Girl Scout Cookies are the cookies that actually do good. Find your cookies between now and March 13 at girlscoutsofcolorado.org.
Megan Ferland
President and CEO
Girl Scouts of Colorado




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