E-mail letters, January 20, 2011

Buescher may not find
job that’s not government

I’m struck by The Daily Sentinel’s infatuation with Bernie Buescher.
Given his record, I’m wondering whether it’s possible for Buescher to obtain employment anywhere other than the public trough.
Richard Rininger
Grand Junction

City looks ridiculous
with food service bids

I must congratulate The Daily Sentinel’s reporting staff on keeping abreast of local government shenanigans.  The city staff, at least in Parks and Recreation, seems to be rife with collusion in the bidding/selection process for a new food-and-beverage-services contract at Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park golf courses.
Federal government selection processes are strictly controlled, and any mere hint of favoritism is grounds for investigation. I have seen people fired or careers ruined for such infractions. To me, it appears that this selection was outright amateurish and obvious in shading the selection to Two Rivers. The evaluators who changed scores, and whoever urged them to do so, should be disciplined.
Now, on an “interim” basis, the city has backed Two Rivers into the job because the “new” bidding process will take two months or more and apparently the current contract is up.  What would be the problem with continuing, also on an “interim” basis, the current contract?

This whole brouhaha makes the city look ridiculous. What would be wrong with extending the incumbent’s contract for this “interim” period while city staff dreams up more ways to steer the selection to Two Rivers?
City Council must intervene here, with a large club, to ensure an open and honest process, which we certainly do not have and apparently will not have amongst the current maneuverings.
Creighton Bricker
Grand Junction



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