E-mail letters, July 19, 2011

Perhaps police sensitivity
can be applied to gangs

Having read The Daily Sentinel on the morning of July 17, I learned that there was a fatal shooting involving a gang rumble on North Avenue, that there were two armed robberies and that Grand Junction police have received sensitivity training to help deal with our indigent population.

I believe we have become a nation gone mad. Just imagine if the city spent our tax dollars teaching gang members politeness and armed robbers just to say please before they stick a semi-automatic pistol in someone’s face. We’d have a better world, everyone would get along and we’d all sing “Kumbayah” in harmony.
Joyce Lickers
Grand Junction

Stocker Stadium press box
should be named for Rozelle

No disrespect to Reford Theobold, but when the new press box at Stocker Stadium is complete, it should be named in honor of Gene Rozelle.

Rozelle was THE voice of JUCO, college and high school sports in the Grand Valley for the better part of three decades. Those of us who grew up in Grand Junction will always remember him as the consummate radio
Michael LeFebre

Help needed for Aug. 13
Colorado River clean-up

We are blessed to have the Colorado River run through our valley. It is beautiful, life-giving, and fun. Unfortunately, it is also polluted, and a bit trashy at spots.

The river needs some TLC this year, especially after the ravages of this year’s high water. Tires that had been used to slow bank erosion will be especially numerous to clean up. This is where the W.A.T.E.R.S. organization has traditionally stepped in with a clean-up day from their boats. This year marks year 8 of this wonderful, but largely underreported event.

August 13 is the date of this years clean-up. Your help is needed to make this clean up the most effective ever. There are several groups already engaged in regular bank-side clean-ups, and they are godsends. However, our section of the river (Palisade to Fruita) has parcels that go unpatrolled and uncleaned. We are now working hard to fill in the blanks.

Will you help? The group needs volunteers of many types; nearly everyone can help. Civic and religious groups are especially helpful. Various cleaning materials and tools are needed for the day. If you love the
river and have questions, or time, treasure or energy to donate for an old fashioned, one day “Field Day”, You can contact W.A.T.E.R.S. at (970)245-3720, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Eric L. Niederkruger
Grand Junction

Eating is one of few
things we can control

As David Brooks noted in his column July 17, scientific research has yet to conquer our most feared diseases. Rather, he points to massive efforts that only marginally extend the lives of the very sick.

Unfortunately, we continue to miss the incredible healing properties of food and their role in making people healthier, not to mention preventing illness.

True enough, even if we eat well, there are still no guarantees we won’t get sick. But it is the one thing we ALL do every single day, and the one area in our lives that we can control.

Despite the long view, depending on what you eat, you can most likely feel better tomorrow than you do today.
Paula Massa Anderson
Grand Junction

Additional debt is better
than a massive depression

A recent letter from Barry Lindstrom recited a bunch of statistics relative to the U.S. debt run up under recent presidents. A comparison was made between the Bush II eight years and the 21/2 years of the Obama administration.

Bush II started from a surplus and it went downhill from there, with two wars of choice. Yes, Afghanistan was also a war of choice because there was no reason for the scope of it. Covert Special Forces could have handled the job of ridding the country of al-Qaida. Bush also gave a huge, budget-busting tax break to the very people who didn’t need it and all of his expensive actions and adventures were done without any increase in taxes to pay for it all.

Obama was faced with a potential depression that would have thrown the entire world into depression if he hadn’t acted.

The implication from Lindstrom’s letter seems to be that the desired actions would be to cut back on government expenses in the face of drastically reduced government tax revenue. That would drastically reduce, or even eliminate, unemployment support. Would that have been a good move? How about pulling up stakes immediately in Iraq and Afghanistan? Was that possible? Many complained that the money spent to try to give the economy a boost didn’t work. I complained too. It wasn’t nearly enough. But it did help.
Either Lindstrom is making an apples-and-oranges comparison political statement or he is oblivious to what would have happened if Obama had tried to keep from having more debt. If it weren’t for the additional debt incurred, we would be in a terrible depression right now. Which is better, massive unemployment and suffering, physical and financial, or adding debt that can and will be paid off in time?
John Borgen
Grand Junction

Top-heavy District 51
cuts in wrong places

In response to comments in The Daily Sentinel July 17, having worked many extra hours planning and researching to teach well, spending my own dollars on materials to help kids get excited about learning, I suspect one writer has no idea of what society looks like when it becomes “every man for himself.”

The teacher’s association (we have no union) is weak, from what I see, so it doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things. Remember this is a right-to-work state, a fact weakening unions.

Yes, Mr .Shrum,  District 51 is top heavy. Like all big entities, (look around at hospitals, corporations, etc.) the top always manages to pad its importance with layers of paperwork, and new-old ideas. A recent encounter with a board member underscored this as he didn’t agree. He’s been “smooged.”

Denver schools, with classrooms that never had less than 30 kids? Shrum probably attended at a time when parents enforced discipline at home and didn’t have to work three jobs to stay above water.

I’ve been in classes where “entitled” students could act out because, as one student told me when he was asked to study elsewhere so others could study as he continued to disrupt, “My dad is so and so…who are you?”

In another incident as a student bothered others, my reminder to work and offer to help, resulted in “Why? I’m flunking anyway.” When suggested to ask the teacher for missed assignments with a month left of class, to at least pull the minimum grade to pass, this student responded that he was expelled. To my “Then why are you here?” he responded, “My dad got a lawyer.”

So, thanks to all the “laws” we have, concerning school discipline, we do need some vice principals or such persons to cope with the intrigues of dealing with parents who know their child can’t do, never has done, and isn’t doing anything wrong, yet stay in public schools.

Administration doesn’t always make wise choices. To even consider closing a school, or ax programs that achieve successful levels of education, is a crime.

Having experienced Scenic Elementary, it ‘s evident what happens when parents as a whole, are involved in their children’s education, supporting what teachers recommend in homework, in behavior, with one principal who knows everyone’s name, visits classes, with staff who work together, mentoring acceptable behavior. No wonder so many parents make this their school of choice, even buying homes in that area.
One cannot expect improvement in school productivity without funding, decent-size classes, reading aides at the primary level (too many parents apparently haven’t time or the will to read to their youngsters and be involved in support of education at home).

Our district is top heavy with more directors providing more paperwork for teachers who now have bigger classes to teach. Fifty-one reading aides gone and few cuts in administration doesn’t add up. A school board requiring permission slips to listen to our president encourage students to learn, indicates that weak spinal column.
Vera Mulder


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