E-mail letters, July 13, 2011

Industrial chicken operation
doesn’t fit North Fork Valley

This letter is in opposition to the proposed confinement animal operation on Powell Mesa, Hotchkiss, (a 400-foot by 50-foot building plus 15,000 confined chickens).

I have been an active real estate broker for over 30 years, and I’m speaking about the ramifications of protecting property rights, or in this case, not protecting property rights. By not having any zoning regulations Delta County is always at a risk of decreasing the value of property and leaving itself open to any and all possible uses, including commercial or industrial. Itcould be moving in next door to you. 

Allowing an industrial/commercial use in a mostly residential/agricultural environment will have detrimental effects on property values, negatively impact the quality of life and opening the door for further developments of this nature. By allowing this, the county commissioners are setting a precedent for the next guy. Who is to stop the hog farm, the feedlot or the dump next door?

The North Fork Valley has quietly gained a reputation for all things green and healthy. Foodies flock to the valley, vineyards have sprouted and thrived, and it has attracted people who were in search of this lifestyle, rural ambiance along with the natural beauty of the area. I can rightly say that the real estate market here has not suffered as much as other areas in Colorado have during this recession.

I hope that Delta County will take a stand to protect our property rights and defend the master plan. Otherwise the buying of property in Delta County will be like taking your money to Las Vegas! The right to develop and improve private property does not constitute the right to physically damage or adversely impact the property or property value or neighboring landowners. (Delta County Masterplan, 1996).

Please join me in protecting our property rights by a show of hand at the Delta P&Z meeting on July 21, 2011.
Mogli Cooper

Debt fight isn’t about
U.S. losing credit rating

According to the Bureau of Public Debt, the 1998 National Debt was 22 percent of the federal budget. In 2010, it was 11.5 percent, nearly half as much.

The numbers are out there for everyone to see, including the media and politicians, so raising the national debt again isn’t the end of the world. 

It isn’t about the United States losing it’s credit credibility, or other pronouncements of doom. It’s about another Republican delay tactic to keep political pressure on Obama and keep from addressing the more important issues.
Richard L Stover
Grand Junction

Rangers should have warned
of problems on Crag Crest Trail

My 4-year-old daughter and I hiked the lower loop of the Crag Crest Trail on Grand Mesa July 10. We barely survived!

Two-thirds of the way across the 3.4-mile trail, there were many big trees that had fallen over the trail
and the only way to get through the trail was either swim through a lake or scale a huge hill with boulders and wet mud. Also, hikers better be prepared for the millions of mosquitoes biting incessantly.

We had to continue along this trail because a storm was quickly approaching, with lighting so close to us we were scared to be up there for much longer.

The forest rangers did not disclose that there was anything wrong or dangerous with the trails and they
admitted they knew nothing about the trees that were in the way. These trees had fallen towards the east side of the lower loop of Crag Crest Trail.

I seriously wondered if we would make it out alive. Dragging your little, scared, screaming, bitten and scratched up child up a rocky and boulder-filled hill loaded with jagged sticks is not something I would
recommend trying anytime soon. I am worried about this major communication problem because this could have led to the deaths of my child and me.

When I entered the Grand Mesa Visitors Center, I feel that the forest ranger should have informed me of the great danger along that trail. I am writing this to other potential hikers to warn them before they make the same mistake I did.
Summer Nimmons
Grand Junction

White House and congressional
staff don’t share in our pain

Every time I hear a politician from Washington tell me we have to “cut spending” or “we all must share in the pain,” I can’t help but want to ask them “what is the unemployment rate of congressional and White House staffers? While I know I won’t ever get a response, you have to admit it deserves and answer.
L. Hunley
Grand Junction

There’s no good reason
to raise taxes for schools

Sorry, Rollie Heath. I, for one, would not support more taxes for schools.

We keep throwing money at the school system but it doesn’t seem to get any better.  The graduation rate is abysmal. The U.S. is lagging behind so many other countries. You know that old saw of doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.

Then, it would supposedly only be for five years? Hah! Don’t believe it. Taxes are never temporary. When we got to the end, people would be begging to extend it just like with Referendum C.

No, Mr. Heath, the only way I would support any more taxes would be for the school system to be completely overhauled and revamped. The ones being hurt by the current system are the children going through it. They deserve better.
E. States
Grand Junction

Throwing money at schools
won’t fix their problems

It should not be difficult for state Sen. Rollie Heath to obtain 86,000 signatures for tax increases for schools, seeing there are that many teachers, union members and administrators just waiting to get their hands on more money.

It is a proven fact throwing gobs of money toward schools does little good and never will until Amendment 23 is trashed and the unions stop gutting or stopping every new idea that would get us back close to the top of countries with superior educational systems.

Like us, schools can learn to be lean and mean during these times of high unemployment and astronomical deficits that need corrected prior to taxing the public more for zero results.
R.M. Sherman
Grand Junction


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