Email Letters: August 29, 2016
Americans need a big change and deserve better than Hillary Clinton
Being an independent voter, I have always voted for who I felt was best for the job – Democrat or Republican. This upcoming election is a no-brainer for me. With everything the Obama/Hillary cartel has done to this country – open borders, sanctuary cities, anti-police rhetoric, Black Lives Matter supporters, bad deals with countries that want to wipe us off the face of the map, take your gun owning rights away so we can’t defend ourselves, lie to us on a regular basic, do whatever they want regardless of the law, and have enough powerful people that will cover their tracks – Obama should have been run off years ago and Hillary should be in stripes by now.
With the continued investigation over her underhand doings and the lies, lies and more lies, we’ll find out if there is any justice left in our system, that’s for sure. Hillary’s only concern is to be the first woman president. She will, and already has, stooped to extremely low levels, and will do whatever it takes to achieve that. Period.
I was skeptical of Trump for some time, but after listening to his plans – pro law and order, pro police, taking radical Islamists on, and above all, putting America first – I have to agree with his plans. He is honest, and tells it like it is, and I like knowing the truth instead of being lied to constantly by the other side.
With the Obama/Clinton organization, I’d have to use that old saying, “If it looks like it, and it smells like it, that’s what it is.” That smell travels thousands of miles and I hope a lot of voters got a nose full.
Don’t let Hillary Clinton become our leader, voters. Vote Trump and Pence. We, as Americans, need to have a big change, and we deserve better than Hillary Clinton.
Paper’s front-page should focus on positive coverage
We have been taking your paper since 1988 and up until the last few years it has been a good decent paper with good reporting, especially on the front page. Now it always has murders, sex parlors, abuse of children and/or adults, kidnappings, knifings, etc.
This Sunday’s paper hit rock bottom with the totally unnecessary detailed account and intimate descriptions of the charges against the lowest form of humanity. That type of information should stay in a courtroom and that story, if even published, should have been buried on a back page, without details. The front page should have had the wonderful article about the Grand Junction Challenger Team, something to really be proud of.
Anyone interested in coming to our town, possibly to move here, would certainly think twice about it after reading the front pages of our one and only daily newspaper.
Chamber will press on with case against drainage district fee
The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce respectfully disagrees with The Sentinel’s assertion that “chances are slim” the chamber and Mesa County will succeed in challenging the Grand Valley Drainage District’s storm water fee as an impermissible tax (“Pay the drainage bill,” 8/26/2016). The case’s only ruling thus far has been to deny a preliminary injunction. Declaring “chances are slim” now is akin to declaring a baseball game over after the first inning.
Here’s why the chamber will press on: News reports frequently mention the $36 annual assessment on homes, but rarely mention the $300, $1,500, and $6,000 assessments the drainage district will impose on individual businesses and non-profits every year. The court’s initial ruling said that as long as the drainage district invoked the right words when adopting this “fee,” then it’s not a tax. The result is a “fee” exception that swallows the TABOR rule: What prevents another entity from imposing a new “technology fee” or “equipment fee” on businesses? What prevents the drainage district from upping next year’s residential fee to $360, or pegging the fee for a business at $10,000?
The chamber agrees the Grand Valley needs expanded capacity for drainage. But doing it this way sets a dangerous precedent that undermines Colorado’s constitution and threatens the ability of businesses to manage overhead costs. This harms business owners, their employees, and the customers they serve.
The drainage district may prevail in this lawsuit if the courts eventually say it has the power to collect its “fee.” At the end of the day, though, power has the second to last word. Ideas have the last word. And the idea that citizens and businesses should not be taxed outside of the law is an idea the chamber is proud to champion.
DIANE SCHWENKE, CEO
Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce
Let’s eliminate nighttime outdoor burning in residential areas
Oh, the welcome cool nights of fall! Throw open the windows and breathe in the smoky air. I don’t live near any agricultural properties; I live in the heart of downtown Grand Junction where houses are a mere 100 feet apart.
I have lived in the same house for 26 years, and have noticed a steady increase in this pungent smoky odor that invades my home beginning in the spring, and continues to be sucked in through my swamp cooler during the hot summer nights. One night it was so bad our smoke alarms went off. Neighbors are burning anything they please outside at all hours of the night. When I call 911 at midnight or 1 a.m., the dispatcher wants to know if the burning is in a fire pit, how far away from the house the fire pit is, what is being burned, and which neighbor is burning. How should I know? It’s 1 a.m. and all I can tell you is that I have been awakened by the odor of smoke coming in through my swamp cooler vent or windows.
Why is the City Council dragging its feet in presenting some regulations that would address this issue? It seems to me that some black and white regulations would also help 911 dispatchers and the fire department address the issue more simply. Why not eliminate outdoor burning between the hours of dusk to dawn in the older, historic parts of downtown Grand Junction? In addition to odor concerns, this is a tragic accident waiting to happen when an entire block of houses goes up in flames.
Let’s eliminate poverty by withholding contributions from professional athletes
Let’s eliminate poverty. It would be a slam-dunk if any and all sports players who earn more than $1 million annually, that the payer and the player have 10 percent withheld and sent to a worthy charity. No one is worth, or needs, $78 million for five years of part-time work.
It also would be great that any sports player who won’t stand and pay tribute to our country’s flag got booed off the field every time he goes on the playing field. Who wants to pay and watch such an ingrate?
Oil and gas needs to be done right, with more attention paid to violations
I attended the recent public meeting hosted by the Sierra Club and Western Colorado Congress regarding oil and gas. A letter published by The Sentinel from a recent graduate of CMU titled, “Oil and gas not a threat to our community” stated the information presented in this meeting was
misleading. Her scholarships and focus at CMU were on oil and gas.
I lived for years in Garfield County surrounded by gas rigs and until you live it, you cannot grasp the many problems this industry can cause. Serious problems affecting health come from a long list of toxic chemicals used. Most know that methane is a more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide; the associated volatile organic compounds are toxic. I sent for a bucket, which traps toxic gases in a special bag, which I sent to Berkeley Lab to be tested. The captured result was benzene.
Yes, we need gas and oil but it must be done right and more attention paid to the many violations that can occur. There are not enough inspectors and the fines levied against these big companies are minuscule. In the long run, we are the ones who pay.
Listen for the candidate who will correct mistakes, is creative with options
Since Donald Trump appeals to the absurdity of the extreme right of his party… it’s now his job to “reel them in,” along with all present, well intentioned, but impractical Obama policies, and to move in real ways in the real world. Isn’t this the job of a businessman? Why not a president for a change? Trust he doesn’t compromise our spirit. Trust he encourages it.
If Donald Trump is condemned, Hillary will envy him for the relative purity of his reputation. Where does that leave us? Are we no more than a collective “human caterpillar” with our heads up each other’s rear end? Is Hillary leading? What are we to do?
Listen for the one who will correct a mistake, and is creative with options. Hillary is not.
We need to promote healthy, plant-based foods in our own schools
With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are now filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies, and school food. That’s right – school food!
In past years, our nation’s schools were used by the USDA as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. It is neither a surprise nor coincidence that one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Such dietary mistakes at an early age become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Then came President Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requiring double the servings of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, less sodium and fat, and no meat for breakfast. The guidelines are supported by 86 percent of Americans.
Most U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday. Some schools have dropped meat from their menu altogether.
As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our own schools. Going online and searching for “vegetarian options in schools” provides lots of good resources.