E-mail letters, June 21, 2010

Why exempt hotel project
from development fees?
What was the Grand Junction City Council thinking with its decision, “Council waives fees for downtown hotel at Third and Main”?

Was the almost quarter of a million dollars for the Spring Hill Suites fees the council waived a higher priority than the public safety center it is so urgently pushing?

If the Reimer brothers can’t afford the fees, maybe they shouldn’t be building at our taxpayers’ expense.

Why couldn’t the city give them a two- or three-year pay plan for these fees? Where are the grassroots tea party people on this one?
Richard Arcand
Grand Junction

Teller Arms businesses
should embrace veterans

I am responding to the article concerning Teller Arms businesses upset over veterans using the parking lot to visit the VA hospital. I am both a Veteran, who uses the VA clinic, and a small businessman. I am amazed that instead of seeing an opportunity the Teller Arms businesses see
a problem.

I have lived in Grand Junction for nearly 30 years, and in all that time, I cannot remember when that parking lot has ever been full.

The business owners and the hospital should sit down and work up a plan that allows parking and at the same time the VA would hand out discount coupons, provided by the Teller Arms businesses, to those who park there, so that they might take time and visit the stores.

We all know that the VA hospital and clinic is a regional facility and that people come from many miles around to receive medical care there. Many choose to use their trip to shop and visit stores that provide product that they can’t get where they live. I’m sure many buy books at Hastings for patients.

So instead of telling veterans, “We don’t want your business,” businesses should embrace
the fact that hundreds of veterans and their families are visiting the area everyday, and do something to attract their attention, in a positive way.
Gary Smith
Grand Junction

County commissioners
aren’t tea party members

To the person who wrote to “You Said It” about the tea party commissioners: Sorry, you got that one wrong. None of them are tea party members. They may be Republicans passing themselves off as tea party, they may be conservative, they may be 912er’s, but they are not tea party.

As many people are finding out, there is a big difference between tea party and Republican. The tea party will support conservative candidates, no matter what party they belong to. Will Republicans support a Libertarian? Especially a Libertarian that is running for a seat on the county commission?

How many of the commissioners do you suppose will attend the Patriots Tea Party at Sherwood Park on June 27? Come out and see who does attend and meet the candidates who dare to challenge the party anointed picks.

See you at the Park,
Carolyn Patton
Grand Junction

It’s still premature
to ditch oil and coal

Political campaigning has always been a case of candidates promising things they can’t possibly deliver. They speak about correcting problems or situations about which they have no background or experience and aren’t sufficiently informed. Most experienced voters understand this and know the candidates are trying to win us over by convincing us they will do a better job than their opponents. In recent years our choices have often been the lesser of two evils.

This is a time when we need leadership, not wishful thinking. Either our Navy or Army Corps of Engineers could have capped the Gulf Well by now, if given the chance. They know how to make decisions. I question whether White House personnel can.

The Gulf oil disaster raises a great many questions. We supposedly have a rapidly diminishing oil supply and yet this damaged well is gushing out millions of barrels of oil. We supposedly have a great discovery of oil in the Dakota area that is greater than what is in the Saudi Arabian area. We have developed techniques that have made natural gas available in abundance.

The Gulf disaster seemed to be just what the environmental groups were hoping for. Time to stop mining coal! Time to stop drilling for oil! Time to go solar and renewable forms of energy! I won’t argue this point but with one exception, and that is continue using oil and coal until these other kinds of energy are fully available and operational at a reasonable cost.

Let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot by phasing out coal and oil production at this time. We will see prices skyrocket and energy rationed because there isn’t presently enough of this kind available for the nation’s needs.
Neal A. Ward

Siberian elm trees are
little more than weeds

Responding to all the articles on elm trees: Most are referring to Siberian elm trees. They are considered just a weed.

People should thank the ones that have them, as they are providing free shade, no charge. Then the wind sends the seed to you and helps you to let them grow in your yard, Easy planting. Now you are providing the shade for your neighbor — another thank you.

If you do not want them, look at all the exercise you can have by getting down on you knees and praying that you do not leave any of them before they become a large plant — another thank you.

Look at all the benefits that you now have and are giving. If we could only get our elected representatives to pass a law these are really weeds and not good for the general population. This has been done in some cities. The big question is, “Do we have our people with the backbone to do this? Beautiful Dreamer.
John B. Scalzo

Teller Arms lot has
never been entirely full

This is in response to the complaining about the veterans using the Teller Arms Shopping Center for parking when the VA hospital lot is full:

First of all, Lorraine Erickson should be standing out there thanking the vets for all the freedoms
she has, including the freedom of speech. Maybe she could even help them cross 23rd Street if they need the help if she has that much time on her hands. If it wasn’t for them she wouldn’t even be managing a shopping center, the government would be doing it.

I have lived in Grand Junction since 1961, so I was here when Teller Arms was built. Even then the lot was never full and it certainly never is now, especially the lot facing the VA Hospital, behind Hastings.

Maybe instead of complaining she should try to help or find a reasonable solution. By the way, where does the money Ms. Erickson collects from people parking there go?
Lorie Cullum
Grand Junction


Faulkner restores USA
to leadership in farce

Once again Gary Harmon (“Freelancing Faulkner presents a problem for Obama”) has missed the obvious story.

Harmon, the Sentinel’s steady, dependable, pedestrian, pusillanimous columnist, grips Gary Faulkner by the ankles and beats the speaker of the House, Jay Rockefeller and Ted Kennedy — a dead guy — over the head with him. (Jay Rockefeller!)

Mr. Faulkner, in feckless pursuit of Osama bin Laden, has, in fact, given new hope to Americans concerned about the nation’s loss of world leadership in farce.

From the CIA’s guarantee that the Bay of Pigs would be a clambake to our ex-president — an Air National Guard dropout — appearing in a pilot costume on the flight deck of a carrier in front of a sign reading “Mission Accompished,” America has long been a leader in farce.

Remember “Shock and Awe?” Remember “Smart Bombs?” Remember our ex-president staring down the camera lens? (“I misrembered,” quoth he.)

Recently “terrorists” have out-fumbled us in farce. The guy in prison at Florence couldn’t light his shoe on the airplane. He had to borrow a match. The guy on his way to bomb Detroit succeeded merely in torching his crotch. Bomb Detroit? Don’t these guys read the papers? It would be just bouncing the rubble.

The guy trying to blow up Times Square got arrested for buying too much peroxide at a beauty shop. These guys aren’t terrorists, they are turbaned twits, and they have endangered America’s world ranking in farce.

The real story, the obvious story, is that Mr. Faulkner’s inept pursuit of bin Laden has inadvertently, ineluctably, helped us forge back into the lead, in farce.

Once again, “We’re number one!” Enjoy the play.
David L. McWilliams
Grand Junction




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