Email letters, July 11, 2012

Patrons of the arts deserve more amenities than Avalon can offer

According to letters to the Sentinel, it appears others also see the folly in pouring millions of dollars into the Avalon Theatre in its current location.

The Avalon is not a grand opera house, adorned with statues, murals and chandeliers. It is an outdated Saturday afternoon movie theatre that featured weekly series, plus Gene Autry and Tom Mix movies.

Why is there such a strong backing to save it?  Exactly what is being saved? Any dressmaker will tell you it’s easier to start with a pattern and new fabric than to tear out and redo.
Are the promoters of this the same ones who established back-in parking and those Willie Wonka street signs?  It certainly appears as though that is the situation.
Parking is impossible when there is a special event. I have never parked in the parking garage because it is always full. Parking elsewhere is a real challenge.
The people of Mesa County deserve a venue that is convenient to attend, pleasing to the eye, sufficient, offering close parking, etc. The Avalon can claim none of these things.
If you build it, they will come.

GINNY MCGRIFFIN

Grand Junction

Parks and Rec should turn off the tap during hottest part of day

We are constantly being reminded by the news media and the water companies to conserve water during the drought situation this year.

But why is it then that the City of Grand Junction Parks Department is watering the soccer fields at Canyon View Park during the middle of the day and during the hottest part of the day?

If this were an individual homeowner or even a business, I’m quite sure that the city would be out there giving warnings or maybe even tickets.

Is it that the Parks Department is exempt from the water restrictions?

JAMES OWEN

Fruita

Community should fund only homeless who deserve help, not those who don’t

I just wanted to say that I agree 200 percent on the editorial comments on the homeless.

As a community (and a Grand Junction) native, I believe that we are morally obligated to help those individuals that are mentally or physically disabled, as well as our fellow citizens that have temporarily lost their jobs and are trying desperately to find another job and get back on their feet.

I don’t think we should be spending tax dollars and community resources on people that are too lazy and unmotivated to feed themselves or keep roofs over their heads

Furthermore, these individuals should not be allowed to degrade private or public resources within the valley, nor should they be allowed to threaten public safety.

BONNIE BROWN
Delta

Huge debt, open borders, other problems illustrate America’s downfall

This is one of the few times that you can look around America and wonder what has happened to our country:  huge debt, high unemployment, open borders, food-cost inflation, no control over government spending and the leaking of damaging classified information from high level sources in the White House.

Obamacare is a quagmire of bureaucratic bungling, medical care ignorance and government overreach. Hopefully, it is headed for the nearest sewer drop.

The recent bankruptcy filing of the city of Stockton, Calif., with a population of 295,000, is just the beginning. Towns in California and around the United States will follow. The culprit, in a lot of cases, is pension liability that was created over the years by the public unions.

Putting a union boss up against an elected official is like taking candy from a baby. Politicians will do anything to get a vote. In later years, the only chance cities have to solve the problems they created with union negotiated extravagant public pensions and lavish salaries is to file for bankruptcy.

The important thing is that we become involved and get rid of our negative feeling that, “I am just one vote and that I personally cannot do anything about it.”

Your choice this fall is to decide who is the best person to lead us out of this mess. The evidence of America’s downfall is crystal clear. Our nation’s future could be determined in the next four years. Our current president is presently taking actions that are not in the best interest of America, just to get votes.

With no record to run on, he is playing dirty politics. It might work; he is the master of the game.

WILLIAM F. MCKNIGHT
Grand Junction

Temporary staffing agency nailed for giving carpenter job to Denver resident

Kudos to SOS Staffing of Grand Junction for posting a job for a trim carpenter needed in the Fruita area and then giving it away to someone from Denver.

Shopping locally takes on a whole new meaning for us backwoods carpenters of the Grand Valley.

Great job, SOS.

STEVE HABERMAN
Grand Junction

Voters now have chance to abolish Obamacare

Justice Roberts handed Mitt Romney a huge gift in deciding that the individual mandate was a tax, one that is primarily paid by the middle class. The Affordable Care Act has never seemed very affordable to ordinary people, but we were talked down to and told in time we would see it. Now President Obama is going to have to actually explain how it is going to benefit all of us, which is what he should have done in the first place.

If affordability really is the objective, he can tell us why he didn’t include tort reform, interstate insurance competition and most important, a more transparent third-party payer system where we the consumers know what everything costs and can help decide what is really needed. Hospitals should coordinate care and be paid according to performance rather than by their sheer number of treatments. Does the president really think big government can do a better job at controlling costs than informed consumers? 

Romney has focused on promoting healthy economic growth through incentivizing investors and workers with lower taxes and less regulation. Romney should also promote his ideas for common sense healthcare. If the court had booted out the mandate, we wouldn’t have such a clear choice.

A vote for Romney is now a vote against Obamacare, too. We get to make that decision, not the courts or politicians in back rooms making deals. Justice Roberts made it the choice of voters to pay more in taxes.

DAVE KEARSLEY
Mesa

Court’s trespassing decision could raise dust-ups in rural areas

Your July 10 editorial, Trespassing in the 21st century, should get people thinking.

Any farmer, rancher or other landowner needs to be very concerned about Judge Greenacre’s trespass ruling in the Hopper-Belchik case. It sets a very dangerous precedent.

What happens now if a hay farmer has Olathe Spray Service spray his hay crop for bugs as he has for years and his new neighbors claim to be allergic to the spray and he needs to stop? Will it be trespassing?

What if the same farmer is in his field plowing and the dust drifts into his neighbor’s property? Or if he is burning ditches that he has to do in order to get the water through. Same question.

Or maybe a rancher has his cows in the corral calving or branding and the smell or smoke drift across the neighbor’s fence. Is that to trespass?

These are questions we all need to ask and be very concerned about because so many people who are not familiar with the rural life want to move in because of the beauty and privacy. They are not concerned with the people who have lived there all their lives trying to make a living and raise their families.

I don’t know the law, but I’m sure that others are going to sue their neighbors because of this ruling and a higher court is going to have to make decision on who is right, the workingman or the newcomer.

JOHN A. HOTCHKISS

Hotchkiss



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