Email letters, June 17,  2013

Butler’s word was his bond

While we were away, my husband Bob and I received the news that our friend Harry Butler had departed from this life. Harry and I’ve known each other for 55 years.

Bob recalls their friendship through his construction work and the many inspections performed by Harry for the Bureau of Reclamation, as well as his competitive spirit while playing town team basketball between De Beque and Collbran Job Corps many years ago. Most recently, Bob has appreciated Harry’s prayers when they met at the V.A. Hospital. When Harry prayed for you, his prayers were heard.

Harry was a rarity during times in which we now live. He had a deep passion for his community, and he wanted his word to be his bond. People knew he was a man of integrity, making us feel secure in knowing an honest job would be done in whatever he pursued. How else could he get elected without spending money?

It will be a long time, if at all, before such a man passes this way again. Godspeed, old friend.

Grand Junction

Councilors urged to see,  not just look at Avalon

The following is a copy of the letter I sent to Mayor Susuras and Councilors Phyllis Norris and Martin Chazen. I feel this information is important for all Avalon supporters.

“Eyes that look are common; eyes that see are rare.” J. Oswald Sanders, author

One begins to truly see by slowing down and observing. It is with great hope and expectation that I look to you, our city council, and pray that your delay in fully supporting the Avalon’s future with the funds that have been set aside for this purpose is because you are taking the time to see.

To look is to view the obvious; to see is to wonder, inquire and perhaps understand at a deep level, make connections and perhaps create a vision much larger than most. The Avalon restoration, when first begun, was just such a vision.

I would suggest as you move forward in seeing this vision and ultimately supporting its continuation that you aid your understanding by referring to the following. The Avalon Scrapbook is preserved at our Museum of Western Colorado. Check the local ordinance for historic preservation and note the Avalon was put on this register in 1995. Also stand in front of the Avalon and look at the beautiful exterior completed in the first restoration. While there, read the names on the bricks of all the supporters who gave not only monies, but also time and energy to the completion of the vision.

Please see that voting for this continued restoration is not only the gift of supporting the arts in our community, but also that it will provide tax revenue from many visitors to our beautiful city who will visit the Avalon.

Thank you for taking the time to see.

Grand Junction

Flag burning a crime, not an act of free speech

On Flag Day 2013 I read with my family around me the editorial by Major General Patrick Brady, “The Red, White, and Blue” posted on World Net Daily. That includes the thoughts that accepting the desecration of our flag as “speech” was not accepted until 1989 when a Communist-led mob of punks in a trail of petty vandalism and vulgar drug-induced-speech and profane gestures stole a person’s flag on the way to a Republican convention site, where they displayed their contempt for our flag in their blasphemous speech, “The Red, the White, the Blue We spit on you!” They then burned and stomped on our flag.

General Brady rightly notes the problem is not those who would burn our flag. “The problem is those who say flag burning is speech. These people are burning our Constitution. ” Brady notes correctly that both James Madison and Thomas Jefferson considered burning our flag “a crime.”

And the editorial in the Sentinel Friday affirmed what General Brady wrote. The Sentinel accepts flag burning as protected speech but bemoans other attacks on free speech, not noticing these all violate our First Amendment rights. Brady is affirmed.

That day I read again “Face the Flag” lyrics from the album narrated by John Wayne, America: Why I love Her. I read again I AM the Flag,” a poem by Howard Schnauber, the “Battle of the Flag” and “That Ragged old Flag” (the latter written by the late Johnny Cash).

I read the “Pledge of Allegiance” as read on the Red Skelton TV show Jan 14, 1969, about six months before I enlisted in the U.S. Army, and I read again “Especially for the Children” (author unknown) and “The Evolution of the United States Flag,” as well as a short history of the pledge which was published in the Spotlight several years ago.

But I did not fly my flag on my flagpole on this day. I will not fly my flag on any other day until the enemy has been removed from the office he has so defiled these past five years.

I am an American. I cannot fly the flag of the United States when the person who has usurped and occupies the office of the president is an enemy of my country and our way of life.



Wright wrong one to lecture on fiscal responsibility

Does anyone else see the irony in Jared Wright lecturing on fiscal responsibility, irresponsible spending and public policy? Is this the same young man who refused to pay his debts by declaring bankruptcy after a frivolous spending spree that included cars, jewelry and a tanning
membership card? Maybe he is an expert on “irresponsible spending.”

In his current position perhaps he is not expected to show up to work on time. Being on duty to provide backup for other legislators is not the life-threatening situation that he faced as a police officer.

What have District 54 voters brought upon themselves by electing Wright? Perhaps when he pays all his creditors he can establish some credibility. Until then he might want to lecture on subjects he knows something about.


Top-notch performing arts venue to enhance entire community

My opinion is that if Grand Junction has an attractive and fully functional performing arts venue, it is going to be much more attractive to tourists, visitors and new businesses alike. This is how overall tax revenues and commerce are increased in most forward-thinking cities.

This is not a downtown issue, but a citywide issue, as downtown is just one of the places that out-of-towners and new business employees spend their money.

A top-notch venue will probably make money, but even if the Avalon only breaks even, it will be worth the monetary investment by the Downtown Development Authority, the community and the city.

Grand Junction

National Hockey League values dollars over creation of fans

It is amazing that I can watch for free the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA championship, innumerable NCAA championships and even the Little League World Series, but I can’t watch the entire Stanley Cup unless I accept the coercion of the NHL to subscribe to its channel or NBCSports.

Apparently a few extra dollars are more meaningful to the NHL than creating fans for a lifetime. We are missing what may prove to be one of the best Stanley Cup finals of all time.


Grand Junction

Americans need to get to work

I drive a Chevy S10 that says in big letters: Wake up, America! And let’s get to work”. This is a powerful statement that needs to be noticed and not put away someplace.


Idea that health insurance industry cares about customers hard to swallow

As usual, Gary Harmon’s story on taxes associated with health insurance is muddled and possibly incomplete. Possibly incomplete because it is not clear on whom the tax is levied.

It matters because under Affordable Care Act rules if the tax is levied on the insurance company, it may be a cost of doing business and insurance companies are only allowed a certain percentage of their gross income for expenses and profit.

In other words, they may charge more for a policy to cover the cost of the tax, but it will be unclear if that cost will be completely borne by the purchaser because of the limitation on profits.
But the real point of this is that the information is coming from an industry association. It has a concern for its customers? Since when? Did Harmon actually interview someone in preparation for his article, and, if so, did he ask questions regarding these concerns? Or was he just regurgitating an industry handout?

I can access the same information distributed by the industry association in a few seconds by way of a Google search. What is harder to find is unbiased information, the kind that intrepid reporter Harmon somehow didn’t seek. Is he a reporter or a PR flack dutifully passing on the industry’s “fair and balanced” wishes?

In this case the industry got a front-page article for its probably highly biased position. It is concerned about taxation on its customers? Give me a break!


Grand Junction







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