E-mail letters, May 27, 2011

Hope remains for
restoring train depot

Thanks to The Daily Sentinel for covering National Train Day in Grand Junction and in sending reporters to Denver on the scenic Amtrak California Zephyr.

Train travel remains the most energy efficient, pleasant and safest form of transportation. As we welcomed the hundreds of passengers and locals in our historic depot on National Train Day, the Friends of the Depot continue to hope that this landmark building can be restored and train
travel can be again be viewed as a viable means of transportation.
Bennett Boeschenstein
Grand Junction

Airport security plan
threatens general aviation

Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority is on its way to creating a major roadblock for general aviation businesses.

Today’s economic climate has already created enough problems for companies trying to do business in general aviation. The Airport Authority’s plan to surround all of the general aviation businesses with a perimeter fence and a gate will add one more challenge in dealing with our dwindling customer base.

The airport wants everyone to think this is mandated by TSA. They did not mandate the measures in this plan. If airport officials go thru with their fence and gate plans, it will be a major restriction to customer’s access to our offices.
We can only hope that people at Grand Junction Regional Airpor will come to their senses before implementing an over-the-top reaction to general aviation security requirements.
Steve Rich
Bell Aviation West
Grand Junction

Credit due to Tipton
for Patriot Act vote

Federal bureaucrats can continue to eavesdrop on our conversations, pry into our mail and hack into our computers at will for another four years, thanks to passage of the Orwellian-titled Patriot Act.

It is disappointing that a majority of federal legislators believe it appropriate to continue suspension of constitutionally guaranteed 4th Amendment protections against unwarranted search and seizure, but at least Scott Tipton has seen the light.

We owe Tipton a big thanks for voting “No” to eliminating privacy in America. After initially voting “Yes” earlier in the year to extend, he has apparently recognized that our security can be ensured by our traditional process of investigation. Thanks Scott.
David L. Cox
Grand Junction


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