Email letters, Dec. 11, 2012

Clifton Water rate increases unfair to those who use less

What is Clifton Water District trying to pull on its customers?  An article in Monday’s paper says they are raising the rates [ital] again [ital] to cut down water consumption.

If that is true, then how is it that the rates are going up $3 for a minimum-use customer and only 25 cents to people who use over the first tier?  The heavy users are getting a minimum increase, and the people who use the least are getting socked with a large increase, not to mention an additional $2.50 in some sort of usage charge.  That brings the increase up to a grand total of $5.50 a month for the people who use the least amount of water and many of us who are seniors living on Social Security. 

I guess the water company found out that we were getting an $18 raise this year, so they figured they could steal $5.50 of our money.  Even the City of Grand Junction who always has its hand out is only raising its water rates $2.  Where is the state utilities commission who is supposed to protect consumers from greedy utility companies from overcharging? 

Clifton Water District got a hefty increase last year and now here it is again wanting more. Where is our protection from its overcharging?  Do the customers of Clifton Water have to form a protest group and file complaints with Denver to stop this overcharging abuse? 

Clifton Water gets the water for free out of the river. It should stop gouging us with rate increases,

RICHARD GERHARDT
Fruitvale

BLM’s leasing decision hurts struggling families

Kudos to the Garfield County Board of Commissioners for taking a stand against the obstructionist green lobby and its complicit federal agencies.

The BLM’s decision to withdraw the vast majority of oil shale rich land from ever being considered for potential leasing was an ill-thought-out, knee-jerk reaction to a handful of folks who oppose any viable energy production.

The BLM decision was a slap in the face to Garfield County residents who had dared to hope for a bright economic future for themselves and their children. It was another example of professional environmentalists, few of whom actually live where this development would take place, dictating to the “little people” how we should make our livings and what opportunities should be available to us.

Thank goodness our county is blessed to have elected officials such as Tom Jankovsky and John Martin. They responsibly represent the best interests of their constituents and have the guts to stand up and say “NO!” to a heavy-handed bureaucracy that takes its marching orders from people who care more about advancing an uninformed political agenda designed in Washington DC than they do about struggling families who are their neighbors.

MARILYN ODEN
Rifle

Colorado Gives Day sets record in aiding families

Coloradans, congratulations and thank you for setting a new Colorado Gives Day record. In an inspiring demonstration of support for more than 1,200 Colorado nonprofits, you came forward from across the state to contribute $15 million on Colorado Gives Day 2012. This is an increase of 20 percent over last year. And this means that over the course of the last three Colorado Gives Days you have teamed together to donate more than $35 million.

We hope you feel good about the impact you are making. Individuals such as you gave from $10 to $200,000, and each one of those dollars is truly valued by the nonprofits that do important work every day across our state.

For example, thanks to money raised on Colorado Gives Day, Energy Outreach Colorado can heat more than 200 homes. In fact, it exceeded its goal of raising $77,000 and raised nearly $90,000.

On Dec. 4 we came together and demonstrated once more that through our combined generosity we can accomplish amazing things.
 
MARLA J. WILLIAMS
President and CEO
STEPHANIE TUTHILL
Board chair
Community First Foundation

Refrain from quickly judging those who suffer from depression

I am writing to commend the family of Bradley Aksell Allen for including in his obituary the fact that he chose to end his own life.

There should be no shame in admitting feeling depressed or seeking out help to deal with it. In addition, please never make judgments or assumptions about someone going through severe depression. No one can know what that feels like unless having been through it. Depression can be mild or all consuming and can affect any one of us.

I wish Bradley’s family peace and comfort.

CAROL BUSH
Grand Junction

Political landscape shifts to left

GOP-ers are really disappointed about the election. “Crestfallen” might be a better word. After working hard and doing their part, they got the letdown of another loss. I was one of them, and then, if that wasn’t enough, something else has been bothering me lately.

No, not the “fiscal cliff.” We all expect the GOP to cave on any day now. It was the realization that the whole shebang has shifted left. Conservative views once considered “mainstream” when Reagan was president are now wacko right-wing, the GOP seems wishy-washy and as liberal as Democrats once were, and the Democrats are even farther left than that.

I don’t know exactly when this shift occurred, but it did and with it, law-imposed, but earned, benefits such as Social Security suddenly became “entitlements.” So did Medicare, which, like any other insurance policy, we pay for every month.

So, I guess the bottom line here is that there’s no such thing as plain old conservatives such as JFK Democrats anymore. With both parties being liberal these days, is it any wonder the “tea party” is gaining popularity?

AL CARLEY

Grand Junction

Colorado pot legalization may be good for Chinese business

Colorado’s legalization of pot has to be one of the proudest moments in its history. It has to be right up there with Katherine Lee Bates writing America the Beautiful after being inspired by the view from Pikes Peak.

Perhaps it was futile to think that there were enough marvels in nature to get high on without getting zoned out. Although I’ve never questioned the sick and dying from having what ever they need to get by, getting stoned on pot will never rank high on my mind as a great accomplishment.

Being allowed six plants might tick off the Mexican drug cartel and help our balance of trade. If the average American has lost his or her way and will get high anyway, then so be it and grow your own.

At least it might be organic! Besides, most recreational activities create a whole line of clothes, footwear, goggles and helmets to be competitive. Perhaps this will create a whole new line of products made in China. 

Just remember that driving on winding roads at high altitude is an effort. Perhaps this law is designed to thin out the hop head population.

JOSEPH DUPONT

Towanda, Pa.

 



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