Email Letters: April 7, 2017
Residents pass up economic opportunity by voting against 2A
The headline of Thursday’s paper “A Tale of Two States,” really, Grand Junction? Wake up. Our community is dying. We get exactly what we asked for: a retirement community that is not progressive, that is not growing, and is stagnant. The very first paragraph of this article tells the tale comparing Denver’s thriving robust growing economy, while comparing that to the statement, “Western Slope residents tend to be somewhat disappointed with the lack of economic activity.” Really? How could the Western Slope residents be disappointed when they just voted against Measure 2A, the single largest economic opportunity it saw in years. Grand Junction, you have no idea the level of fiscal opportunity you just let pass you by on I-70 heading to Denver.
MICHAEL P ANTON
Commissioners must find solution to air pollution problems
I am writing to urge our County Commissioners to work toward a solution to the air pollution problems in the county, and more specifically in the valley where the pollution seems to settle. I appreciate the changes to open burning rules passed by our City Council as a great start to solving a big problem but I believe more needs to be done for the health of our residents and to attract new business to the Grand Junction area.
People do not want to live, play, or work in a dirty environment so it is time to talk about vehicle emissions and open burning except for ditch maintenance or when necessary for actual farming or ranching.
Resident proudly votes against event center, and for schools
I am proud to say I voted against the event center. It was not due to lack of marketing or “education” efforts by proponents. After the possibly reasonably paid jobs available to construction workers, the long range “jobs” touted would be more low wage service industry jobs in food service and hotels.
I am supportive of tax increases for our schools, whether or not a building project goes with it. Technology is expensive and our students deserve to keep up with Front Range students in technology, as well as the arts, which are underfunded and constantly under threat of being cut.
Appearing conservative takes precedence over critical thinking in valley
In the 40 years I have lived in Grand Junction there has been one solid theory of living, conservative. There is nothing wrong with conservative values; I have some myself. However, in this valley the outward appearance of conservatism, especially financial, takes precedence over critical thinking skills. Although I am not impressed with today’s county commissioners, the valley’s current problems are not entirely their fault.
As long as I can remember both the city and the county have been overwhelmed by a need to appear financially conservative. When the animal control building was built in the current location it was built on land incompatible with supporting a sturdy outhouse. The reasons behind buying that particular piece of land are unknown and I will leave to someone else the chore of proper investigation. The primary purpose appears to be because it looked like the financially conservative thing to do. They put a nice building on a piece of land whose soil shifts constantly. More money spent on decent land would have saved the community $2.4 million. What a concept!
A decade after that regrettable decision the county commissioners balk at having people pay an extra five dollars on license plates. If you own a car in this valley I am assuming a one-time charge of five dollars won’t break you. The problem is the county commissioners want to polish their conservative badge of honor. Therefore they would rather lay off more employees, or lower wages, than charge vehicle owners five bucks. Five bucks? People waste much more on lottery tickets or lattes in a week.
My message to the county commissioners would be this: For once be smarter than the ones who went before you. Proceed with more walk and less talk. Quit padding your resumes for the next election. Develop a backbone and tell the people of this valley things that may not get you reelected. Spend a little more for quality and we won’t get a $2.4 million bill on your next great adventure. In the end, with more critical thinking skills and fewer decisions made on appearance perhaps hope can come back to the valley.
Urge Sen. Scott to support multimodal transportation bill
We here on the Western Slope often get overlooked when it comes to transportation funding, since the lion’s share of the attention is focused on development along the Front Range and I-25 corridor. The new transportation bill attempts to give us our due with allocations for local governments and communities to build up their “multimodal” infrastructure.
Many in our community rely on public transit or biking, walking or skateboarding and the “multimodal” fund would allow us to develop and implement projects that best fit our needs locally. The recent appalling accident on the East Slope where teenagers were struck by a car while legally crossing a “protected” crosswalk points to the overall increase in pedestrian injuries and fatalities. It’s been shown that properly separating transportation modes increases safety. Rep. Thurlow clearly understands this, and voted in favor of this bill. Now it’s time for Sen. Scott to do the same. This bill will make it easier for our disabled and elderly residents to move around, ensure your children have safe routes to school, and represent an investment in the future of our communities as the Western Slope continues to see our population grow.
Rep. Thurlow has shown his commitment to improving our communities, and I’m calling on Sen. Scott to follow his lead in supporting this bill. Colorado has the 45th lowest sales tax rate in the nation so a modest increase will not make us less competitive for investment, whereas failing transportation infrastructure and a lack of mobility will hamper our chances to compete for investments in Colorado. Give us this chance!
Situation in Syria makes Sen. Schumer’s political games look petty
After watching dying children and the U.S. finally standing up to the murderer in Syria, doesn’t it make Sen. Schumer’s childish political games look petty?
Wake up, Chuckie! There’s a whole world out there that is more important than you trying to score political points in Washington.
Call your state senators to shut down SB61
I’m a former teacher with a grandchild in 3rd grade, and I’m very concerned about SB61, sponsored by senators Williams and Hill, and representatives Rosenthal and Sias, to dilute local school boards’ mil levy funds by including charter schools on a per-pupil basis. I’m not against supporting charter schools, but this bill is too broad. Even worse, it is a stepping-stone for corporate and right wing agendas to gain a foothold in public schools.
For-profit organizations are increasingly operating charter schools. In our own state, we have so far approved funding for two school districts to operate corporate-run online schools to serve any students K-12. The corporation receiving your tax dollars to educate our kids is based in Maryland, from which it operates on-line charter schools in 28 states. Its regional name is Colorado Connections and it is owned by backers of the DeVos “reform” of public education, Pearson Learning Corporation.
It is inconceivable that a five-year-old can receive an appropriate education on-line, from a virtual teacher. I wonder if education officials would so willingly turn over the reins of public schools to a corporation had they sufficient funds for actual classrooms and teachers. It’s true, qualified teachers are expensive – and priceless.
Colorado schools rank 13th from the bottom in the nation for per-pupil funding. Legislators should change that before forcing a one-size-fits-all mandate on local school boards. Call your state senator to shut down this bill.
SANDRA R BACKLUND
Nations must collaborate to both condemn and prohibit the use of chemical weapons
Just when I thought that the situation in Syria reached its plateau, the news of the chemical gas attack on innocent civilians have exceeded expectations of the cruelty that can arise from political instability and injustice.
The visceral images and videos of the victims – many of them being children – have surfaced and stirred a public outcry to identify the perpetrators of the attack. Regardless of whether or not this was conducted under the auspices of the Syrian government, world leaders have a responsibility to their country, and for global safety. While identifying the cause of the attack is important, by pointing fingers and playing “the blame game,” international conflict will further augment. There needs to be a greater collaborative effort among nations to both condemn and prohibit the use of chemical weapons.
I send my sincere well wishes and prayers to the victims of this horrendous attack.
Alliston, Ontario, Canada
Reader raises several issues with Grant’s recent column
According to “Poor Old Bill” Grant the Trump administration is not operating in reality and is operating in the theater of the absurd, with policies that have no relationship to problems. According to POB the source of Michael Bennet’s ire was President Trump’s executive order to roll back Obama’s executive order installing the Clean Power Plan. Reality number one is that such a plan should have been crafted in Congress and then sent to the president, not summarily proclaimed by then King Obama.
POB then dips into the classic Democrat playbook accusing Republicans of wanting dirty water, dirty air, and wanting to kill and make sick many Americans. He then trots out the Democrats always favorite; the president’s order is a direct assault on children. Of course Republicans and President Trump have no children, so they don’t care.
Reality number two is that global warming or climate change or whatever POB and the rest of his liberal friends (this includes the people of the editorial page of The Daily Sentinel who in their minds confirmed global warming when we had four days in a row of warm weather) is a hoax. There is no science that proves this. There are only computer models created by people who want a certain outcome and provide their own data to make it appear so. Wasn’t it just ten years ago that a certain Mr. Gore proclaimed that coastal cities would be flooded by now if we didn’t take immediate action? Well?
Lastly, POB writes about all of the clean energy jobs that were going to be brought to rural communities with this clean energy plan. What about all of the fossil fuel jobs that were lost, in part, because of the overreach of the EPA? If such jobs do exist, how many of these so-called clean energy jobs would it take to replace the purchasing power of the 600 miners jobs lost in the Paonia area? Are there 600 so-called clean energy jobs to be had in Delta County?