E-mail letters, July 7, 2011

College neighbors will lose
money with the expansion

The Grand Junction City Council recently denied the request of one of Mesa State College’s neighbors for a zoning change partly based on the need to continue to work with the school.

I am one of the neighbors who will be affected by the future expansion of the college west of Cannell. I have lived in my house for over 30 years. When I am eventually forced to move as a result of the expansion, I will not be able to find a comparable home (not just a house) for comparable money in a comparable neighborhood. I estimate the difference to be between $50,000 and $75,000. I will have to borrow additional money or cash in investments.

How does a retiree obtain a 30-year mortgage? Not likely! If I cash in investments, I will have less income and higher expenses. 
The college is not using eminent domain, but it is using a shadow process through the purchase of surrounding property and making parking lots, building dorms, etc., essentially forcing people to move.
It should be noted that the decision makers at both the city and the college level do not live in the expansion area. Their attitude might be different if they were being forced out of their home — not just a house. It is easy to make decisions when it is not your house or your own money.
The City Council and the college trustees might want to consider the long-term residents in their future decision making. We deserve to be kept financially whole by the college and the city.
T. L. Carruthers
Grand Junction

Bachmann’s views on
women, gays are troubling

Now that Michele Bachmann has emerged as a solid player in the Republican presidential wannabe sweepstakes, the lives of she and her husband (and key advisor) Marcus, are coming under more scrutiny than either of them really want.

It’s well-known both are devout fundamentalist Christians, and it has now become evident they enter the national arena with some serious political baggage — especially regarding the role of women and
attitudes concerning homosexuality.

For example, it appears Michele believes in the unquestioning submission of women to their husbands. In 2006, she told the congregation of the Living World Christian Center, “The Lord says: Be submissive, wives. You are to be submissive to your husbands.”

According to The Washing Post, one of Marcus’ main problems centers on his extreme antipathy for members of the LGBT community. He’s quoted as referring to homosexuals as “‘barbarians” who “need to be educated, 
need to be disciplined.” The couple, it is reported, share a “common abhorrence of homosexuality.”

I don’t know about you, but the prospect of having someone like Michele Bachmann (with Marcus lurking in the background) in the Oval Office with access, among other things, to the nations nuclear launch codes, will keep me awake nights if she gets the Republican nomination.

Although she would undoubtedly triumph here in Mesa County, I will find comfort in knowing she is incapable of winning more than 40 percent of the national vote.
E. Michael Ervin
Grand Junction

Church opened its lot
to fireworks viewers

After reading the letter to the editor about Spyglass Ridge’s public streets being closed to people wanting to watch fireworks, I wanted to thank Northeast Christian Church for opening their private land to many people who enjoyed the good food and a great viewing opportunity on the same night.

I’m not sure if the good church folks will do this next year, but I would love to enjoy the same experience
again. It’s a view from the other side of the valley! Great job, Northeast Christian Church!
Zema Chambers
Grand Junction


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