Email Letters: July 17, 2017

Columnist clearly doesn’t respect dissimilar political stance

Surely Mr. Wagner realizes that “our friends on the left” is a much-overused political expression that carries little, if any, truth. I’m sure that for many it is considered somewhat trite. I seriously doubt he views them as friends.

It is evident from one of his recent columns that he holds those with a different political stance from his in the lowest of regards. I am a liberal and I completely defend his right to express his political views. I do this without any hesitation or qualification. I wish that he would extend the same to me, and to others that feel as I do.

How can he possibly believe that those on the far left want to “seize control” any more than those on the far right?

Furthermore he alludes to Trump and Caesar being heroes. Anyone who has a marginal understanding of the history of Rome knows that Caesar’s rise was the beginning of the downfall of Rome. Maybe there is a parallel between Trump and Caesar. Et tu, Mr. Wagner

A respectful liberal,

Grand Junction

Railroad officials should reconsider raising museum’s rent

The following is an open letter to Mr. Lance M. Fritz, President and CEO of the Union Pacific Railroad, addressed to him in the interest of preserving the Railroad Museum in Glenwood Springs, which is threatened by financial failure due to a rent increase.

Mr. Fritz:

I understand that the Union Pacific Railroad is in the process of raising the rent on the Railroad Museum in the Amtrak Station in Glenwood Springs.

In theory, it looks like all of the retail space in Glenwood Springs is very valuable. But I think, because of the unique characteristics of the space it is the least valuable business property in the city.

There are no retail establishments on 7th Street in Glenwood Springs, so in order for retail business to succeed in that building people would have to make a special trip to a place that has no visibility because the Amtrak station and the museum are in a basement. Gordon Brown, one of the foremost experts in the world on why people will not go into one business or another, says that one will go into a retail business only when they see other people shopping there. No one on 7th will even see a retail store from the street.

Another possible use of this space would be a restaurant but it would not be successful. People coming and going on the Amtrak are not sufficient enough in numbers to support any kind of business except a non-profit museum operating at a loss by volunteer staff and supplemented by grants. Only the California Zephyr uses the train station and even though some weekends it has close to 200 passengers, most of them are unlikely to go to a snack bar type restaurant at the station. On typical days, there are fewer passengers, and on some days there are only a handful. Arriving passengers don’t come in to the station except to pick up luggage.

Another thing that would make a poor investment for the station is that people who use Amtrak to come to Glenwood Springs, with the exception of locals, come for the experience they will have at many fine restaurants on 7th and in Glenwood.

The museum’s location would also be a poor office space because it is at ground level about 20 feet away from a very busy railroad track that carries both passengers and freight trains. In addition to being physically depressing, it would be very noisy and vibrations would disturb sensitive electronic equipment.

Railroad officials will find that they are fortunate to have the Railroad Museum there at a rental they can afford. They not only generate a modest income for Union Pacific, but they also generate good will for the railroad.

Glenwood Springs

Blame powerful ranchers and state governments, but let the wolves survive

This is in reference to Greg Walcher’s July 7 opinion piece: “My, what big teeth you have.”

I was born and raised in New Mexico and lived there for over 46 of my 68 years. I started following the Mexican gray wolves in the early seventies when I learned that Norma Ames in Santa Fe was breeding them in captivity. I was blessed to see them in SW New Mexico when I was living in Silver City in 2001. The town, for the most part, was in support of the wolves. The problem has to do with the ranchers and the wolf haters in the area.

Most of the first released wolves were shot, poisoned or run over on the highway. In trying to placate the ranchers, the government agreed to try to contain them in a small area, which of course did not work. The problem is with the ranchers and the New Mexico state government. The current governor does not want the wolves, but U.S. Fish and Wildlife is trying very hard to have the wolf population grow and be sustainable. So any delays can be blamed on politics and mostly the powerful livestock community.

Back in the ‘90s an idea was put forth for the government to buy out ranches in the west. Cattle are an invasive species to the North American continent and do not belong here, especially in the arid west. More beef is grown in the Midwest and eastern United States than in the entire west, yet the damage to the landscapes will take centuries to heal, if ever. When Coronado entered Arizona in the 1500s, the grass in Southern Arizona was belly deep on their horses. No more. The landscape we take for granted with cheat grass, snake grass, arroyos and mesquite, exists only because of over-grazing by livestock, including sheep. Per writer Sharmon Apt Russell, the cowboy is dead.

So, blame the powerful ranchers, the state governments, but please let the wolves survive. U. S. Fish and Wildlife was able to introduce some new blood to the packs, so now all that is needed is for man to get rid of his hatred for a species that only wants to live, and take its rightful place in the wild. It is time to take away the power that the livestock industry has in our government.


Who subsidizes Affordable Care Act coverage?

Letter writer Wayne Flick made a great case for the benefits of his and wife’s Affordable Care Act coverage. One thing he did not mention is who subsidizes their coverage.

Grand Junction

Congress should vote to totally repeal Obamacare and start over

I read in Friday’s editorial page where there are a couple of people who believe that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, works very well for them. Mr. Flick, I am glad that it is working for you and your wife but know that other people are paying for your health care and while it may not be a great burden on your pocketbook it is a burden on mine and many other people’s pocketbooks. My hope is that Sen. Gardner and the rest of Congress vote to totally repeal Obamacare and then start over.

Ms. Dodson doesn’t believe that market based solutions to health care are feasible. Evidently she has forgotten all of the governmental regulations that are placed on our current “market based” health care. How many pages are there in the Obamacare bill? She really believes in a single payer, read, “socialized medicine.” She, and all of the other people in this country who believe as she does, should be careful for what you wish for. Wait until you see the cost of “free” health care.


Grand Junction

Reader shares the ‘Beatitudes of Trumpism’

I recently discovered a tablet at the foot of the Mount of Olives. It appears to be the Beatitudes of Trumpism:

Blessed are the rich in inheritance, for theirs is the luxury of resorts.

Blessed are they who are privileged, for they shall have many comforts and great healthcare.

Blessed are the elite, for they can ravage the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and lust for voluptuousness, for they shall be called winners.

Blessed are the vengeful, for they shall get even.

Blessed are the sure of self, for they shall see gold and be great again.

Blessed are the missile launchers, for they shall be called powerful and awesome.

Blessed are they who are mercilessly persecuted by the liberal media (like nobody else in history), for they shall be popular with the base.

Grand Junction


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Mr. Rininger, Mr. Flick neglected to tell us in his letter that since they are retired teachers they had great coverage before Obamacare and you can bet it will continue if we manage to get rid of Obamacare.

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