Email letters, June 24,  2013

Enact anti-smoking law to protect kids in cars

Today I witnessed parents placing their three little children in van seats. Then the father opened a carton of cigarettes. In a few minutes the mother was smoking, with the windows up, as they drove away.

This is just plain child abuse. Isn’t it long overdue for Colorado to pass a law to protect innocent children trapped in vehicles with toxic tobacco smoke?


Community Hospital ranks high among nation’s hospitals

The front-page article comparing Community Hospital with St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday was very interesting.

However, one very important piece of information missing from the article is that Community Hospital is rated as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation.

That says a lot for a small hospital in a small town.


Grand Junction

Chamber’s continued support of Brainard is a disappointment

After reading the June 22 article on Rick Brainard, I am amazed and sorely disappointed in our alleged Chamber of Commerce. After having clamored about assuming “innocence until found guilty by the courts,” which has been done and he did indeed plead guilty, the chamber apparently still supports this perpetrator of “domestic violence.” 

I suspect its members communed together with their heads at six feet under ground during their “closed door regular monthly meeting” before stating they are “prepared to take a position on the candidacy of Councilman Brainard if a recall is certified.”

Maybe I’m going out on a limb here, but I really do believe they will be equally obtuse even if a recall is certified, as long as Brainard votes as they tell him to do. And what makes a difference whether a recall is certified or not?  Have they no shame?

It is a travesty to even have a confessed domestic abuser on our City Council. Will his fellow councilors see fit to rotate him through the mayor’s position at some point?  If this would ever get out beyond our city limits and the Grand Valley, it would be devastatingly embarrassing.


Grand Junction

Sentinel’s coverage of Brainard turning into gossip column

It’s good to see with the continued coverage of Rick Brainard’s now day-to-day activities that The Daily Sentinel has now become The Daily Inquirer with its repeated gossip column writing of Paul Shockley.

It’s a shame that you can’t pick up the paper and read real news instead of the imaginative writings of, in my opinion, a lazy, bored gossip columnist who can’t even put forth the effort to write an accurate article about something the people of Grand Junction are actually interested in reading.

He might as well be writing about how many “growlers he has filled at the local breweries” which is where his profile states he spends an “inordinate amount of his downtime.”

It’s disheartening that we are now no doubt going to have to read about what Brainard has been eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner next instead of at a minimum being informed about the best breweries Shockley has visited.

At least if we learn about the breweries, it could be called “Shockley’s Newcomers” column instead of his not-so-shocking, not-so-accurate “Gossip per Shockley” column we are now reading.

Enough already. Keep your opinions and gossip in the coffee shop and give us real pertinent Grand Junction news for today. Isn’t that what real reporters do?




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Please tell Creighton Bricker that this is already an embarrassment to the city. It has been on the front page of ColoradoPols, a political blog about Colorado Politics multiple times and the Denver Post has run at least one story that I saw. The comments on ColoradoPols indicate that many readers will not visit Grand Junction because of the hideous political environment here. The continued support of Brainard by the Chamber of Commerce is hindering, not helping commerce. Attracting visitors from around the state is important, and the fact that this is being discussed in Denver cannot be helpful for those in the tourism industry.

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