E-mail letters, May 12, 2010

Parking is no picnic
at Canyon View Park

I wonder if anyone else if tired of the parking situation at Canyon View Park on Saturdays? This is a great park with very nice facilities, but the parking situation on the event Saturdays is out of control.

Seems to me that this park is overbooked for available parking places. You want to schedule the city soccer, football, lacrosse and a softball playoff on the same weekend and expect people to find a parking place, along with the school busses that take up 4 to 6 places. Forget it.

Last weekend, I ended up with a ticket for parking on the grass. After showing up at the park 20 minutes early and driving around at least six times, I didn’t care if I got a ticket. As I was walking away from my vehicle a Grand Junction motorcycle officer was quick to show up. He was probably on a motorcycle because a regular cruiser would be too large and get in the way of others going around the lot for hours trying to find a place.

I feel that this is a good example of the city taking advantage of the situation and cashing in on $15 tickets. I will pay the ticket and get it over with, but maybe the city of Grand Junction and the GJPD should send the regular squad cars out to give tickets next time
and see how easy it is for them to find a legal parking place to write an easy ticket.

On the ticket was written “parking available by tennis.” After I read the ticket, I drove around the park and was unable to find the tennis area. Maybe someone can educate me so I can park by the tennis courts next time.
Jeff Olson
Grand Junction


Putting medical records online
is prescription for problems

I was wondering about the Colorado Beacon Consortium and the online collection of medical data. This has got to push doctor/patient confidentiality to it’s limits!

Always be wary of the “We got to get this done by yesterday attitude” and “There’s millions to be made” and government.

Government can’t sort its own house. We expect them to keep hold of our records! Looks as if government is using the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to go beyond the doctor/patient confidentiality.

There is no arguing. Anything you put online will be compromised. There is no way to keep records online out of the wrong hands. Now it takes a court oder to view medical
records for anyone. Why do these guys now say it’s OK because money is involved?

Harold Myers
Palisade


Energy-efficient schools
offer multiple benefits

Thank you for The Daily Sentinel’s article regarding School District 51’s efforts to make our schools more energy efficient.

Western Colorado Congress’ ad hoc Green School Committee, composed of interested parents, teachers and citizens appreciates the efforts now being made by District 51 to incorporate energy savings and sustainabledesign standards into the new Columbine elementary school and all of itsexisting schools. We applaud the news that Chipeta Elementary School has achieved the “gold” standard and that seven schools have achieved energy-star ratings.

As District 51 has publicly stated, the Chipeta School will serve as a model of how schools will be built in the future.
After the 2008 school bond issue was defeated, the district looked at overall heating and cooling expenses and needs. In 2009, an energy audit was conducted of each school and 24 schools received improved lighting and mechanical systems, including the Grand Junction High School gym.

Grants from Xcel Energy and the state of Colorado totaled $1.25 million and helped with the effort to retrofit schools. Thanks to Superintendent Steve Shultz, Cal Clark and Eric Anderson from District 51 for this effort and their vision of how future schools will look.

Our committee stands behind the concepts espoused by LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) and other sustainable, high performance,
green school standards. Some facts we have learned about green schools:
• Student test scores are 20 percent higher and sick days and instances of asthma
are 38.5 percent lower,
• Schools in the United Sates spend $6 billion on energy. That’s more than they spend on computers and books combined.
• Energy spending is only second to salary expenses.
• High Performance Green Buildings on average save $100,000 per year.
• LEED certified schools use 30 percent to 50 percent less energy than conventional schools
• LEED certified school use 30 percent less water and have higher teacher
retention.
Bennett Boeschenstein,
Peter Robinson
Co-Chairs, WCC Green School Committee
Grand Junction



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