Email Letters: July 24, 2017

Workshop a great start to reducing ugly social trait of child abuse

The numbers in Erin McIntyre’s report, “Parental assistance the goal of workshop,” are alarming. Three hundred children were placed outside their homes by child-protective services and 700 abuse or neglect cases substantiated by child-protection officials among 4,200 referrals to CPS. In 2016.

Thanks to the support of Janet Roland, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates and funding ($11,000) donated by Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant, the workshop is addressing a very complex issue: the abuse of children. One scenario discussed was the polite well-meaning intervention to an already agitated individual acting inappropriately to a child’s misguided behavior in a public setting. A cautionary note: Intervention may put you at risk due to the volatile nature of our society; hair-triggered, short fused time-bombed sociopaths proliferating exponentially. How do you assess this situation, what to do? The workshop will bring solutions to these delicate questions.

The array of abuse in all aspects is a barometer of a far greater problem: the erosion of the human condition. The Daily Sentinel, (only the messenger doing their job) brings disturbing accounts of very inappropriate human behavior on a daily basis. Case in point: recently, the Sentinel reported that we had 21 murder cases in Mesa County. Two days later a horribly tragic event on Orchard Mesa adds the 22nd.

I have no viable answers, but I relate this: In my formative years, I was forewarned of actions requiring the application of the board of education. Six infractions during my childhood brought swift appropriate action as promised, providing poignant lasting lessons of right and wrong as prevalent and clear today as in 1955.

We have gone soft; time-outs, non-use of electronics, go to your room and “you’re grounded” appear to have minimal effect in the formation of young minds. The board of education has been taboo for decades. Thought a form of child abuse. Well, look where we are now. Mental state and health, history of being abused, drugs, (prescribed and otherwise) stress and upbringing are but a few of the causes of child abuse. The workshop is charged with a huge challenge, but it’s a great start to proactively reducing an ugly social trait.

Grand Junction

Trump expects respect but does not extend it to others

After watching, listening and reading this week’s news concerning the president and his surrounding scandals something either emerged or jumped out at me. President Trump has repeatedly stated that he has been treated unfairly with the obviously conservative media sources parroting the same sentiment.

What came to mind here was: Has or does Donald Trump treat others fairly and with respect? The short and long answer is no. Accusing the last president of not being born in the U.S., for at least five years, along with inferring that he never went to college and nobody ever remembered him there. Making fun of a disabled guy. Lying, lying and lying about anything and everything. Telling his supporters they should kick a guys a*#. Constantly calling media sources fake news. Embarrassing the U.S. at international meetings. Calling the Russia thing a witch-hunt even after his son confirms that it is not. Threatening members of his staff for being ethical. Attempting to stop investigations into his potential wrongdoings. Actually considering pardoning himself and others if it becomes obvious they are caught colluding.

All this sounds harsh but it is true. The president is expecting to be treated fairly when he does not do so for others. He creates disrespect through his own actions. Something else comes to mind here: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you and you reap what you sow.


Promoters of name change may have it backwards

I’ve been thinking about the proposed street name change (North Avenue to University Boulevard, 12th Street to Maverick Way) and think the promoters have it backwards. CMU fronts 12th Street for about a mile; it fronts North for only about a half mile. Most of the public CMU buildings – Moss Performing Arts Center, University Center, the parking garage, soccer field, Suplizio Field Tower, for example – front on 12th Street. At this time the only CMU buildings that front North are Houston Hall, the old church that will soon be vacant, and the retail topped with dorms building. It is easier to reach the university from I-70 via Horizon and 12th than it is from I-70B and that weird intersection with North (maybe a roundabout in waiting?). The usual definition of “boulevard” more nearly fits 12th Street than does North Avenue, even with its recent pitiful “beautification,” which is just that – pitiful.

I do not live in the city limits (they creep closer every year) but I work at CMU and spend a lot of money in this town. A name change for either of these streets will have no economic effect on me. I just hope that the city mother and fathers do the right thing and put this issue to a vote of the people.

Grand Junction

Bikes could be taxed on same fee schedule as automobiles

If the state wants to tax my road bike with the same fee schedule that automobiles and tractor-trailers are charged, I am fine with that. According to the Department of Transportation, semi-trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds are charged as much as $2,373 for annual license plates in Colorado. This means that my 17-pound road bike would be charged 49 cents a year. Sure, that seems fair to me.

Grand Junction

Gardner’s argument to move BLM to the west has no legitimacy

I read Sen. Cory Gardner’s letter in Sunday’s paper soliciting help to get the BLM moved to the west. I assume the senator would be promoting Colorado as the ideal choice. What nonsense! Sen. Gardner needs to remember that all federal tax dollars from every state in the union help
administer the BLM lands, not just those west of the Mississippi. I think Sen. Gardner hopes that by moving the BLM to the west, that the appointed administrators will be “co-opted” into a more “Western way” of thinking (i.e. and e.g.: oil and gas development trumps every other use).

If he is actually serious with this harebrained idea, I think the senator’s first legislative move should be to introduce legislation that requires BLM funding only by federal taxes collected from those states in which BLM lands occur. That would give his argument more legitimacy. The senator needs to spend more time helping craft a reasonable health care alternative than spending federal tax dollars throwing red meat to his base.

Grand Junction

Scott’s plan for bike tax doesn’t take it far enough

Ray Scott isn’t going far enough with a one-time sales tax of $15 on bikes over $200 if he follows Oregon’s plan.

There should be an annual fee of at least $25, just like the ATVs. We were told that fee (which started at $5 a year) was to improve trails and track stolen ATVs. So far the fee has increased and many trails are being closed while new bike trails are being built on virgin land. Explain this, please. Boaters pay an annual few for their use too. About time the bikers step up.

Bicyclists say they have no impact on roads. Look at all the bike paths that have been built. I met a group of bikers out of Eagle riding full lane on the road with a bike path right next to them. They should be ticketed for that. Share the road. Share the expense.


The city council invocation should be for good

In the July 21 Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Anne Landman of the Western Colorado Atheist and Freethinkers is quoted as saying the city council invocation is “wasted time…and has nothing to do with city business.” It seems to us looking to a higher power for wisdom in dealing with city issues is an asset, not a waste of time. It may give council members pause to reflect on issues more objectively than from their own personal agendas.

As for Satanists giving an invocation, historically and Biblically Satan has always been considered a power for evil, not for good. Why on Earth would any well-intending group begin a meeting with such an invocation?

Grand Junction

The free ride for cyclists should be over

Yes, tax the bicycle. I’m all for taxing and/or registering bicycles to help pay for the various paths and facilities the rather vocal bicycle community want to ride on. Why?

Well, once again our newspaper of record totally ignores an important point about bicycles and bicyclists, namely, who pays for the bicycle path? Yes, Sentinel editorial staff, where does the money come from to design, construct, and maintain said bicycle paths? Do you just assume these paths somehow magically appear overnight?

Since you apparently don’t know the answer to this all-important question, I’ll tell you. Good ol’ taxes, that’s where. Taxes pay for the bicycle paths. Yet the Sentinel editorial staff seems to wholeheartedly support the notion that bicyclists should be able to enjoy the complete access and total use of any and all bicycle facilities without the corresponding responsibilities and obligations necessary to bring such facilities into existence in the first place.

So, you’re OK with someone else footing the bill? Really?

That’s why I’m all in favor of taxing bicycles at the time of purchase and also for registering them on a yearly basis like we do the automobile. It’s about time the bicycle starts paying for itself and that cyclists begin to contribute financially to their facilities and have some actual skin in the game. The free ride should be over. That’s only fair.

But why stop there?

According to the Colorado Revised Statutes bicycles/bicyclists are considered vehicles and are therefore subject to the same corresponding laws governing the use of vehicles on the roadway, cars, trucks, and bicycles notwithstanding. Specifically, bicyclists are required by law to obey all traffic devices defined and established by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

How many times have we all witnessed bicyclists riding the wrong way on a one-way street, failing to yield the right of way, or failing to stop at a stop sign, or traffic signal? I have personally witnessed such activity committed in front of the local police and state troopers no less. Yet not one ticket was issued to the bicyclist for breaking the law. To anyone who has received a ticket for any of the above offenses, points and fines were issued against your driver’s license, right?

Why should the bicycling community be any different? Should the law apply equally to bicycles or not?

Grand Junction

There should be a strict separation of church and state

As a Jehovah’s Witness I must agree that there should be a strict separation of church and state as it’s inappropriate for public officials to schedule prayer at government functions. As the July 21 article noted, what took place at the Pensacola City Council should be enough reason for people to see this.

God wants His people to worship Him in spirit and truth. Not divided – with so-called Christians holding Bibles and producing a low murmur of prayer as Suhor began to sing his invocation. The one man standing in the front row refused to settle down and said, “No, he’s going to pronounce curses on us and you.” Do you really think God listened to any of them? Such a disgusting show of Christianity. I am sure Satan got a charge out of this mockery.

We, as Jehovah’s Witnesses, don’t even pray with Trinitarians since they pray to a different God than we do. Our God is one God only, and His son, who He created, is lower than He is. I repeat, God does not exist divided. Why do you think Jesus said his kingdom isn’t from this source, and so our loyalty belongs only to God and His son? A thought for consideration is that the USA government exists divided and has become quite a mockery, not to mention all governments. Do you really think God approves of such division, filled with anger, lies and corruption? What kind of a God is worshipped in this regard anyway?

What puzzles me is that so-called Christians have adopted most of paganism’s holidays: Easter with eggs and bunnies, etc., Halloween,” egads,” Christmas, helping bring back the warmth of the sun, etc., that I wonder why it is so hard to pray right along with Satanists since there is so much common ground.

Just some research could open minds instead of following each other and wondering why things like what happened in Pensacola City take place at all.



Global warming is a charade

Two wrongs make a right. “Global warming” masks “global dimming,” or vise versa. That’s why this “sky is falling” hysteria about global warming is hysteria; it doesn’t give the whole picture.

Common sense says: when a fuel is combusted, particulates and CO2 are emitted. CO2 is never seen, that’s why everyone, including Al Gore, looks like a soapbox street crier. On the other hand, particulates are easier to imagine and see. They are the “brown cloud” seen from the ground and from space. So what? This “pollution” is the price of civilization. This isn’t what Al Gore and friends are talking about. Besides, all this pollution would be cooling off the planet. Fact is: it does, it balances this existential and elusive CO2. So, “global cooling” sort of balances global warming.

Each without the other, the world would be cooking or freezing. It’s analogous to robbing Peter to pay Paul, or some kind of pyramid scheme. Things reach a critical mass and collapse. In other words, the clear skies without global dimming would allow the world to cook. On the other hand, without CO2, the world would freeze under the brown cloud.

This is where, as in the Wizard of Oz, the wizard, once exposed, speaking into the microphone, broadcasts: “Ignore that man over there.” Dorothy sees the charade for what it is, and we should see it too. This “global conundrum” seems unsolvable; that’s why it’s denied.


Grand Junction

It’s politically incorrect to disregard contributions of all faith groups

In 1956 our national motto became “in god we trust.” It used to be “e pluribus unum,” out of many, one. And despite efforts to Christianize our culture, we remain a nation of many gods.

It wasn’t political correctness by which the Jew Francis Salvador was elected to Congress – and then gave his life in our war for American independence. Nor political correctness that Yusuf ben Ali (or any of his fellow Muslims) joined Salvador. Nor why Muslims helped build the West, becoming the first to explore the Colorado River, to defend our nation in the Mexican War, to establish clinics and schools – and mosques – from California to Montana. Nor why they were joined by so many countless Hindus. Political correctness did not motivate Thoreau to translate Hindu scriptures into English for the first time, or Lt. Col. Oppenheimer to quote it when he armed our nation for victory against the Japanese Empire. The many gods of Native Americans are enshrined here – without demand by political correctness.
From West to East, to territories across the oceans, the numerous achievements of our nation’s Christians shouldn’t be forgotten – but neither should any of the achievements of our other religious minorities. And this includes the atheists, whose irreligiosity is found, despite jibes to the contrary, even on the battlefields.

When we declared one monotheistic god to be our nation’s deity, requiring a pledge of allegiance to that god, not permitting commerce or to transact business without that god’s name and blessing, and even recently in the Grand Valley denying religious minorities their right to purchase housing because of their faith, we disregard all the contributions other faith groups have made to building and preserving America – and discourage similar future participation. That is un-American political correctness.


Grand Junction

City Market should invest in improvements to the Fruita store

In Thursday’s “Biz Buzz” spokesman for City Market, Adam Williamson, indicated the store on 24 Road (opened in 2010) was going to undergo some remodel changes due to high traffic. He listed some of those changes.

Let me point out that the City Market in Fruita; which I understand opened in 1979; could benefit and be best served by many of those proposed changes.

Fruita store:
Parking, unable to accommodate the growing population of Fruita and surrounding areas. One would be wise to shop in the early morning hours and never on weekends.

Produce and meat/fish departments could expand to double the size to best display produces with more display cases.

Deli department is crammed into a small area in the far corner of the store where several employees struggle to work around one another.

The aisles are extremely crowded and congested with people tripping over one another trying to find items.

Front of store could use a facelift as it’s not inviting, especially during the summer months when all the garden products are taking up space that could be used and much needed for any available parking.

Starbucks is non-existent.

I would suggest Mr. Williamson visit the Fruita store with some executives of City Market and then explain why they are putting so much money and energy into a 7-year-old store while totally ignoring an almost 40-year-old store. The changes they made a few years ago didn’t amount to anything to encourage customers.

If another entity decides to come into the Fruita area – due to its expanding population – and open a new, large beautiful store with a huge parking lot, I fear the existing City Market will fall by the wayside.


Government’s involvement in free market makes things cost more and makes things worse

Medicare for all or “single-payer” are just other ways of saying socialism. It is another way of saying we currently have the best health care system in the world and you want to destroy it. I snickered to myself while Sean Goodbody was complaining about the out-of-pocket cost of having a child and the out-of-pocket cost of having his child get a stitch in the ER. Mr. Goodbody evidently believes that the free market caused this pricing and is unwilling to admit that this pricing is a result of Obamacare. Would he have really shopped ERs for the cheapest price?

Anytime the government gets involved in the free market it makes things cost more and it makes things worse. The non-partisan Urban Institute estimated that “single-payer” would necessarily increase government spending by $32 trillion over 10 years. Plus, doctors would have to get paid less and patients would have to accept different standards of access and comfort. Who is willing to do that? Mr. Goodbody even cites a Cornell economist who claims that single-payer will save money and we will pay less and have better health care. I wonder where I have heard that before. I see that Al Gore is calling for single-payer health care, which tells me that it is a loser for sure. If the free market were allowed to, it would provide health insurance that people could pick what they want and could afford. Actually the argument that there is a government-based solution to the health care is the one that is untenable, as the economics would only lead this country further into debt. The argument is that the U.S. is a rich country and we should have the dignity to care of the sick and elderly although I hadn’t heard of people dying in the streets. Ask yourself, is the U.S. a rich country because of government or because the free market allowed for it to happen?


Grand Junction


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I think the first step to fixing Obamacare should be for Trump to write an Executive Order making all Congress-critters and their staffers covered by the same medical plans available to the rest of us.

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