Email letters, January 8, 2014

Don’t miss final performance of ‘Les Miserables’ Saturday

To all members of the community interested in seeing a worthwhile stage production, the High Desert Opera is presenting its last performance of “Les Miserables” Saturday at Grand Junction High School.

The production is not flawless (what production is?), but the entire company of volunteers puts on a darned good show and provides a worthwhile evening’s entertainment.

Don’t let the word “opera “scare you off; this is a rousing, exciting and tender story told in song with exuberance and believability by a group of community people who enjoy performing and singing. Who knows? Maybe a member of the company is your neighbor or coworker?

Under the direction of James Werner (who plays the protagonist, Jean Valjean), the production flows smoothly. The cast is always “on”, the orchestra gives great support and the unsung heroes of the technical side of the production all work together to give the community an opportunity to see one of the outstanding musical works in recent times.

I would hope when the City Council, the tourist bureau and the Chamber of Commerce are touting the offerings found in Grand Junction, they do not forget this part of the cultural offerings. (I am not a paid “flack” for the organization and not a close friend of Werner’s, but I do respect his talent.) Go see the show and have a great evening at the theater.

Grand Junction
Crooks are not clients, no matter where they stay

This letter is regarding Tuesday’s article,  “Criminal Justice software update will track clients” by Emily Shockley.  What clients?

The proper name for a person who is convicted of criminal action is a lawbreaker, crook, lifer, yardbird, convict, etc.  – not a client.

A client is a person/organization using the services of a lawyer or professional person, or it is a desktop computer that gets information from a server.

Convicts are convicts (read the definition). Don’t use improper words in your paper; crooks are crooks wherever they stay.

Grand Junction

Mesa County’s growth warrants adding two more commissioners

In light of the numerous assignments to various panels and committees that require our county commissioners’ dedication and direction, is it time to suggest that Mesa County would benefit from having five members to share these responsibilities and decisions?

The growth of Mesa County warrants more than just three individuals directing the “game plan.”

Grand Junction

Extending river trail system to Fruita is a pleasing idea

How pleased I am that the river trail system will extend to Fruita in the near future. Many people in Grand Junction prefer to travel about our city by foot or on bicycle, and they find that using the trails is safe and beautiful way to get from place to place.

During the last month it has been a blessing to have the trail system available for daily exercise walks. It’s not perfectly cleared of snow and ice but, hey, it is winter, after all. Thank goodness our community supports the expansion of the system.

Grand Junction

National politicians should take a page from Mike Davis’ book

Thank you for publishing the article on Desert Tech and sales manager Mike Davis on Monday, Jan, 6.  It is very gratifying to hear of a man and a company willing to put the needs of America and the safety of U.S. troops above their own personal gains.

It would be wonderful to hear of a single prominent national politician willing to demonstrate the same ethics and principles.


Ski industry questions raised for state Senate candidate

Since state Senate candidate Kerry Donovan is a Vail city councilperson, as well as being in management for the Ski and Snowboard School of Vail, I would like to ask her some questions:

1. What are her thoughts on unions for ski and snowboard instructors, being a Democrat?

2. Does she believe the ski schools of Vail or Aspen pay a living wage to their least-paid? For example, is a $69 labor payment to an instructor for a full day fair for a product that these companies charge north of $600?

3. Since she will be representing Aspen, does she think the actions of the Ski School of Aspen in regard to James Cohen* were either ethical or legal?

(Aspen Skiing, as she may be aware, is owned by the owners of General Dynamics and Wall Street’s JP Morgan Chase, billionaires from Chicago, who are “best friends” with the Obamas.)

4. Does she support the efforts of Sen. Gail Schwartz and the governor on gun “safety” measures, or does she believe the elite limousine liberals are trying to take our Second Amendment rights away?

5. Does she believe that the Second Amendment [the people’s right to bear arms] is necessary to protect the First Amendment?

6. Does she support the NRA?

I look forward to her responses.


*James Cohen’s story was covered extensively in the media, but suffice it to say that in 2011 Aspen Skiing was required by the National Labor Relations Board [the feds] to change its freedom of speech policy in the handbook. ROFL (Rolling on the Floor Laughing): So, instead, Skico just told its employees ... verbally. Praise God for digital pens.




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