Email letters, Feb. 7, 2012

Game was great, commercials were dispicable

After viewing all past games on TV, I feel justified to voice objective opinions on the Super Bowl XLVI telecast. My critique includes four key ingredients: the game, commercials, halftime show and announcers.

The game was sensational, living up to the hype that preceded — a low scoring defensive battle matching two great quarterbacks in a contest down to the wire as predicted. Eli Manning earned his MVP honors, completing 30 of 40 passes, no interceptions and adding another fourth-quarter, come-from-behind victory to his six during the regular season.

That’s the good news.

The commercials were as expected, freakish, obnoxious, demeaning, juvenile, disgusting and despicable. At what level of intelligence is corporate America aiming its messages? Don ‘t these ridiculous commercials document the dumbing-down of America? I respond by simply muting the dialog duplicity and side glancing at the picture. Why can’t I recall ever buying any product as the result of watching a $3.5 million commercial?

Halftime got my attention, briefly when I became a Madonna admirer. She should be an inspiration to all 53 year-olds to get in shape. Because of my short attention span for extravagance, I fortunately missed the obscene gesture by MIA — whoever she is. As usual, the half time show was too long and meaningless, but I awoke in time for the second half kick off.

As for announcers, I’ve enjoyed 40 years of Al Michael’s down-to-earth approach — talk about job security. Conversely, Cris Collinsworth forces me to practice my muting skills. Cris is amazing. He’s proven he knows everything there is to know about pro football, never been wrong in his predictions, always been correct in play selection and analyzing every situation after it happens. To prove my point, in December of 2011, Collinsworth was voted the worst television football commentator in a 2011 Sports Illustrated poll of NFL players. 

In my dreams I can only imagine a Super Bowl game, commercial free, sponsored by a donation from Bill Gates, with the best college marching band as halftime entertainment and Bob Costas and Tony Dungy announcing.


City acted quickly to customer complaint

I would like to give a hearty thank you to the Grand Junction Parks Department for the super speedy installation of mutt mitts and a waste container at the Holey Bucket trailhead off Little Park Road.

The problem of massive quantities of dog droppings at that trailhead was intimidating. It can be a problem not only around the Little Park, Lunch Loop and Old Spanish Trail areas, but also at the Matchet Park and many other places in the valley.

To try to find a solution, I spoke with Fran Parker from the BLM, thinking that the trailhead was on their property, but when we discovered that it was city property, I spoke with Belinda White at the city offices. She let me know that Rob Schoeber at Parks and Recreation would be the person to contact. I did, and because of his competent maintenance staff, within a matter of days, there was a container and mitts just like at any of the other city parks.

Thanks so much. Perhaps this will encourage people to be more responsible regarding this matter in some of the aforementioned areas, too.

Grand Junction

Bad news should be on its own page

I opened the Feb. 6 edition of The Daily Sentinel and was immediately struck by the picture of a young boy with an expression of pure and youthful joy on his face as he was trying to catch a glider airplane.  This picture by Christopher Tomlinson was representative of the great photography he and the other photographers on your staff do photographing Grand Junction and its surroundings.

I would like to offer some constructive criticism at the same time, however, since I have noticed a continuing emphasis on bad news on the front page of the paper. The picture of the young boy on this date was surrounded like a halo of bad news by the nefarious doings of the criminal element in our society. “GJ Man suspected in death of soldier near Fort Campbell” — “Father intentionally kills himself, sons in explosion” — “Willis firm investigated after closure” — “Missing men found dead in Utah canyon.” And stuck down in the corner, “Romney plans to speak today in Grand Junction.”

There is a limit to how much depressing news readers can handle and I would like to suggest that you consider a separate page for your coverage of nefarious, lascivious and salacious events in our town and surroundings. Perhaps you could create a page with this specific type of content and call it “Dysfunction in the Junction.” That way those of us who are faint hearted could flip the page and move on reading items pertinent to our life and livelihood. 

Grand Junction


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