Email letters, April 5, 2013

Lower Valley firefighters did professional job

We want to thank members of the Lower Valley fire department for their quick response and their professional way of going about putting out our house fire. We appreciated the fact that they took care not to do any additional damage to our home while doing their job.

It’s a blessing to have such a professional fire department in a small town such as Fruita.

Thanks! You saved our house.



Sentinel should publish bios of new councilors

How sweet it is to live in the city of Grand Junction, where “we the people “can throw out some members of a profligate city council, defeat what was essentially a tax increase and support the property rights of a private business threatened by outside special interests.

May I suggest that the Sentinel interview for and publish a biography on each other new council member. The information would help us hold them accountable for and react to their future actions.

Grand Junction

Commissioners have options on BLM’s land use plan

There are those who don’t care if we’re able to sustain our businesses and our lifestyles in Mesa County. They would with a stroke of a pen or an executive order ban us from millions of acres and thousands of miles of trails – trails we built 50 or more years ago and it helped the BLM maintain.

Outdoor recreation has shaped our community and changed lives in small and subtle ways and in profound ways. The mountain bikers, off-road enthusiasts, campers, hunters and fishermen—these fun-loving people we call outdoor enthusiasts, our neighbors and friends—are the glue of our community. The BLM proposes to dramatically change the way we recreate in Mesa County, affecting just about every person who works or resides in the county.

More than 60 percent of the access to our public lands or more than 2,000 miles of dirt roads and trails stand to be closed in the county by the BLM. (The potential economic impact is $250 million a year, according to the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition and the Division of Parks and Wildlife.)

Mesa County commissioners have options that other counties have adopted to protect their land rights from the federal government, namely RS2477. It will be interesting to see if our commissioners take a proactive stance that other counties have found a need to follow.

Whatever they decide, the impacts of their choices and how they decide to deal with the BLM will have the potential of reshaping our economy and how we recreate in Mesa County forever.

Let’s support our commissioners in making the decisions that are necessary to maintain access to our public lands, RS2477.


Grand Junction

If we get navigators for Obamacare, let’s get grief counselors, too

According to reliable media sources (gosh, are the any that aren’t reliable?), the Obama administration will be hiring “tens of thousands” of “navigators” to help people get signed up for Obamacare.

Since the rules allow for these people to come from action groups such as Acorn and Planned Parenthood as well as unions and health providers, we apparently should be confident that they will provide unbiased advice. Does this mean that we can hold them in the same degree of trust that we have in MSNBC and The New York Times for fair and balanced reporting?

Apparently, the navigators will be responsible for explaining and “translating” the unbelievably complicated and excessive rules and regulations contained in the 2,700 pages of the bill and its citations. If more than half of the American public is in opposition, wouldn’t it be appropriate to organize a counter-contingency of grief counselors who would administer to the unknowing victims as they become enlightened on the true disastrous effects of the highly mislabeled “Affordable Care Act”?

By definition, the term “navigator” suggests a person who conducts explorations by sea. Does it not follow that many of these Obama explorers may find themselves in over their heads?
There are some who believe that Obamacare will simply self-destruct as more details come to light. So, could these navigators actually become terminators? 






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