Email letters, April 15, 2011

Changing name will be hard, but it should be done

I’ve got Mesa State College pride and I think it’s a great school. I’ve served on many committees for Mesa and I love the name. It carries with it such history and I’m so proud of that. But the name hasn’t always been Mesa State College.

It started it out as Grand Junction Junior College. In 1932, this name fit the school quite well. But seven years later when the school had grown, the college added State to the name. Five years later it became Mesa College.

Then in 1988, the name changed to Mesa State College. And now, as the school has more than doubled its enrollment rates in a very short duration, it’s time again to change the name to better reflect the scope and size of the institution.

Will it be hard to put down my MSC swag? Of course. But the new name will better reflect the school, where it’s come and where it’s going. This is not the same institution it was when it was christened Mesa State in ‘88. Changing the name of the school will be a transition, but it gives us the opportunity to expand our programs, market to a broader audience and attract more diverse students.

Grand Junction

Tipton stands up for his constituent’s values

Columnist Bill Grant recently wrote an unfounded attack against Congressman Scott Tipton that attempts to paint him as a “radical right winger.” Grant lambastes the good congressman as well as other GOP representatives for their endorsement of Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2012, calling the plan “radical” and “ludicrous.”

What little evidence he offers to support such a charge is laughable. He cites New York contributor Paul Krugman, a proud member of the Democratic Party as well as a largely discredited economist with a chip on his should for anyone right of Harry Reid. This is the same guy who tried to argue that opposition to Obamacare was “racist” in an op-ed which was later rescinded and corrected by the New York Times.

Mr. Grant follows suit and proceeds to make the blind accusation the Ryan’s budget proposal is an attack on the middle class. The attack loosely based on details of the plan the seek to fix failing government programs. He quotes the standard liberal Democrat talking point that th proposal is merely a method to increase health care costs and eliminate Medicare. In reality, most of the real experts maintain that the plan will lower costs while implementing premium support, a plan that would slow Medicare’s growth by providing cheaper private health care options for lower income seniors, as well as preserve the program for future generations, rather than watch it continue down the path to bankruptcy.

Congressman Tipton was voted into office because people see the disastrous economic effects of the liberal federal governments overspending, overtaxing and over regulation led by the Democrat party.
It is no secret that this county is suffering through a monstrous deficit that will not be solved by levying more taxes and spending more on obese government programs. My family has had to make cuts and budget within our means, and so should the federal government. Congressman Tipton is steadfastly standing up for the people of this district,  regardless of their political stripe, and working to ensure that our economic future is sustainable for our children and grand children.

While on the campaign trail Scott Tipton showed the people of the 3rd congressional district who he is and the values that he stands for. As Congressman Tipton, he not only keeps his promise to the citizens of Western Colorado, but he also has kept a promise that he made to himself to live up to the values of our founding fathers.

Grand Junction

Sentinel cover hockey playoffs

I moved out here with a horde of people originally from Buffalo, NY. I’m looking at this paper this morning and I couldn’t help notice that The Daily Sentinel had nothing on playoff hockey. A low 6th and 7th seed won upsets in their opening games last night (including Buffalo) and the third game went into a crazy overtime.

Baseball was everywhere. I could see it on every page ... and it’s just the beginning of the season. This is playoffs and Hockey still has a market.

I promise you that this town (mainly full of transplants) would love to see at least some little blurbs on each playoff game being played — not just the scores.

Grand Junction



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