Email letters, August 29, 2013
Consider many moral, economic benefits of composting yard waste
As we approach another open-burning season, I ask those who are planning on burning their yard waste to consider hauling it to the Mesa County landfill composting facility instead. There yard waste is turned into garden gold. There are many benefits of composting over burning and none but convenience to you of burning over composting.
If you hire someone to haul the waste, you will be providing income to a local worker. By hauling instead of burning, you will help keep our air cleaner and your soil healthier by not adding high pH ash to it. So, please, give all of us who live and breathe in the valley a break and haul or chip your yard waste this year instead of burning.
Bennet, Udall blindly follow party line, bow to United Nations.
Bennet and Udall again blindly followed instructions from the party and voted to let the U.N. control our laws and supersede our constitution by voting for the bill.
What were they thinking?
Rifle voters ought to vote no on proposed sales tax hike
As the song goes, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” Indeed it has. It’s been five months since we started educating people about the proposed Rifle sales tax increase, and why they should vote no. Alliances have been formed, and new friends have been made. Mini-wars have occurred on social media, and some true colors came out. It all boils down to freedom of speech and the duty to vote here in this glorious country of ours.
When it comes to campaigning for No New TAXES, never has there been such a passionate, driven group. Thousands of fliers were handed out. Hundreds of envelopes were mailed and door-to-door conversations held. When we thought the volunteers are done, they asked for more.
As election day draws near, we would like to thank the following people and organizations: The Rifle City Council, Citizen Telegram, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and Post Independent for allowing us to speak our minds, City Clerk Lisa Cain for helping us register our group, the numerous Facebook contributors including City Council candidate Dirk Myers, the two campaign behind the scene sounding boards, letters to the editor authors, the Garfield County Fair Board for the successful parade, the Rifle Police Department, Rifle City Finance Director Charles Kelty, the Rifle Chamber of Commerce, KMTS Radio, Cable Channel 10, the various surrounding area recreation center directors, the dozens of volunteers who tirelessly helped behind and in front of the scenes, and last, but not least, the hundreds of Rifle citizens for their support.
Ballots are going to be mailed out next week and are due back Sept. 10. Vote no on D.
Rifle No More TAXES Volunteer
Corporations actually increase jobs, do not deserve blame for downturn
I am always amazed at the spin that liberals such as Judith Chapin put on the reason that our country is in such trouble with creating jobs. They always blame the corporations for it, ignoring the fact that corporations are the ones that actually create jobs and allow people to work.
Chapin also totally ignores the fact that ObamaCare and Obama’s anti-business policies are the main reasons that corporations are changing the way they employ people so that they do not go out of business, thus putting more people out of work. Chapin and the rest of the liberals need to get into the real world.
New sidewalk by Thunder Mountain unrelated to girl getting hit last year
I love the way the Sentinel can spin a story any way it wants. The reporters and editors should be dizzy from all that spinning.
Thunder Mountain getting a sidewalk nearby has nothing to do with the girl getting hit a year ago. District 51 has yet to change its busing boundaries, and no changes really resulted from that incident. In true Sentinel fashion, however, something that is totally unrelated becomes the focus of the story.
A better headline would be “New neighborhood starts construction on F½ Road, Thunder Mountain Elementary to benefit.” The new neighborhood HAS to have a sidewalk and THAT’S why it’s being put in. And, yes, it’s great for those who live east of the school. But let’s not forget that both incidents in the last two years in which children were hit in that area were caused by kids unsafely darting out into traffic, NOT by driver irresponsibility.
Hopefully, kids will use the sidewalk and not dart on and off it, have pushing matches, etc. Responsibility is on the part of all, not just some.
Delta County school board candidate would vote for offering vouchers
I will be on the ballot for Delta County School Board District 4.
If elected, I will be able to help preserve local control, stop Common Core in favor of local curricula and local teacher student evaluation and offer parents options and choices in education, including public school facilities and support for home schooling.
If Douglas County is successful at the Colorado Supreme Court after already winning in the appeals court, I would vote to offer vouchers in Delta County patterned on its method. I personally think that technology, i.e. the Internet and online courses, can offer a lower-cost education and yet produce superior results. I believe in competition, including sharing results from one school’s success to another as the best way to fine-tune the system. There could be competition from private schools if vouchers are approved and competition with and among public schools, including charter schools.
Grand Valley cyclists do not need access to ditch banks
This letter is in regard to the front-page article of The Daily Sentinel Monday Aug, 26, ” No bridging the differences.”
I congratulate the commissioners, the city council and the irrigation and drainage districts for standing firm on not allowing the ditch banks to become thoroughfares. They were never designed for this purpose, anyway. And as for Dave Grossman’s remarks about how much he wishes that this community could just be like so many others who allow such access, sorry, fellow rider, but we are not those other places, and that’s just fine, too.
I, too, enjoy riding just as much as anyone. I enjoy Fruita’s Fat Tire Festival, the upcoming “Tour of the Moon and many other events around our valley, but I’ve never found it necessary to trespass down the ditch banks to enjoy the sport. That’s because it’s not a necessity. It’s a want or desire on Grossman’s part — especially when one considers all that we have now for biking.
Examples are the River Front Trail, Tabeguache Trail, Kokopelli Trail, 16 Road, 18 Road, 21 Road, Lunch Loop, Little Park, Glade Park and Bangs Canyon. Soon, our fragile monument will be a bike path, as well, when it becomes a park. Not to mention that almost every paved road in the city has a bike lane designated just for that purpose. No. There is really no necessity to risk traveling down the canal banks.
Grossman needs to consider this, as well: Once we open this door to public access to the canal banks, we’ll have four-wheelers, dirt bikes, dune buggies, Go Karts and anything else with a lawnmower engine on it sharing your canal bank. We recently saw how well that worked up on the monument when a bicyclist and motor vehicle met head on. At last word the cyclist was still in the hospital.
Well, one might say, just limit the access to bikes only. There is no way to successfully enforce such a limit. We haven’t the resources to police the miles and miles of canal roads and the intersecting crossroads. Also, this isn’t the Grand Junction of 25 or 30 years ago, when people actually had respect for private property or anything else.
No, the council, commissioners, irrigation companies and drainage district that provide a very necessary commodity of water to our farmers, fields, crops, lawns and gardens do not need Grossman or me on the ditch banks.
Grossman’s statement, “If they are morally opposed to putting lines on maps that go across private property they’re going to have a hard time doing anything (in this community),” suggests he is dissatisfied with the decision by these entities and this community as a whole.
If Grossman is dissatisfied, perhaps the time has come for him to pack up, bike and all, and move to wherever he thinks it’s better. He should just be sure to take two like-minded individuals under each arm as he leaves. Happy cycling.