Email letters, June 7, 2011

St. Mary’s team shows
this is a caring community

My visit to Grand Junction began May 22 when in the wee hours I arrived on the roof of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center via helicopter from Moab. It ended when I flew home to Seattle June 3.

I only came to sense the nature of your community through the wonderful people in whose hands we put my care and restoration — people like Dean and his flight med team; general medics Drs. Tarpey and Bynum, RNs Jean, Jeff and Heather, asstistants Melissa and the rest; Tom and the Critical Response Team; Barry Chamberlin and the ICU gang; Post-op’s Kathy and Holly and their supports; radiology Drs. Cruz and Neske; Dr. Walsh’s and his G-E team; surgeons Dr. Hanly and Dr. Bradshaw; and all the rest from top to bottom.

We are grateful for their professionalism and even more for their empathy and sensitivity to my and my wife’s needs. We could not have had better care.

If these fine people represent Grand Junction, you are blessed with a responsible, supportive, caring community. You should be proud of them, as we are proud to have known them at least for a brief time.

We hope to return some day, when I again am able to stroll and explore your lovely town
and its surroundings.
Fletch Waller
Mercer Island, Wash.


City traffic lights leave
much to be desired

Grand Junction needs new traffic-light programmers. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve waited up to five minutes, sometimes longer at a crosswalk or traffic light, even when there’s no on-coming traffic. It is completely inexcusable and ridiculous.

In addition, there are no signal lights at the 12th Street pedestrian crossing at Stocker Stadium. And the signals near Mesa State have no lights for the pedestrian to know they can cross. It’s just not safe.

The traffic people need to get their act together or be replaced.
Jeremiah Habecker
Grand Junction


Palin’s strange history lesson
proves partially correct

Although Alaska’s former half-governor may not know why the Korean peninsula is divided, she does seem to know something about American history that most of us either didn’t know, or had forgotten.

In recent remarks, Sarah Palin contended that during Paul Revere’s famous “The British are coming” ride in 1775, he also warned a contingent of British soldiers that “the Americans are coming.”

According to knowledgeable scholars, Palin is correct.

It seems Revere was stopped by the British sometime during his ride and broke under interrogation. According to Revere’s own account, a Major Mitchell of the British 5th Regiment pointed a pistol at his head and said that if he didn’t answer his questions truthfully, he
would be shot on the spot. At this point, Revere stated, “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the country all the way up.”

It’s a good thing Revere gave up his information to the British prior to the writing of the U.S. Constitution, or he could have been charged with committing treason under the “providing aid and comfort to the enemy” provision of Article III, Section 3.

It will now be interesting to see how long it takes Palin to claim she can see the Mexican border from the porch of her recently purchased, $1.7 million mansion in Scottsdale, Ariz. I’ll give her three months, tops!
E. Michael Ervin
Grand Junction


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