Email letters, May 1, 2013

Bullying of Mt. Garfield student raises questions about safety

Recently four girls at Mt. Garfield Middle School threatened my niece’s daughter with bodily harm.

After school they went to Rocky Mountain Middle School to continue their bullying of this child when she went to pick up her little sister from school and sent her threatening texts on her cell phone.

When my niece called the school to complain, she was told the security officer would be out until Monday and he is the only one who can handle this bullying issue. Meanwhile, my great-niece was not able to attend school the last week of April because she was afraid for her safety. Her mother was told she could have an excused absence for that week until the security officer came back. The four girls who bullied her, however, attended school that week as if nothing had happened.

What is wrong with this picture? Is there no one accountable for students’ safety while the safety officer is gone? Whatever we are paying that principal, it is too much.

Who is watching out for your child’s safety when the security officer is out for a week?  What happened to the no-bullying tolerance policy? These girls should have been expelled immediately.

We are also aware of one of her friends, a boy, who has been threatened with a baseball bat at this school. Is your child safe at Mount Garfield Middle School?

SALLY FREY
Fruita

Bill Grant’s column lacked true information

Having been born and raised in the Collbran area and having spent about 70 years there, I will impart a few facts to Bill Grant.

Collbran is not a food desert, but a land of plenty, with vast amounts of food being raised, or could be raised with little effort. It is not an isolated community, the road being paved from the mouth of Plateau Canyon to Collbran in the fall of 1949. It is a very progressive, friendly, help-our-neighbor type of place to reside.

I made a few phone calls to some of my old neighbors in the Collbran area after reading Grant’s column, as I believed there were many inconsistencies about hunger in Plateau Valley.

The Plateau Valley School serves breakfast, also lunch, at no cost or reduced cost to all that qualify. The Assembly of God church provides a warm, nutritious dish after school to those wishing to partake, no questions asked. Also, the church sponsors the backpack program for the weekend.

A food bank also distributes many pounds of food once a week, with fresh produce. In season many of the locals donate extra fresh vegetables from their gardens to the program. In season vendors bring fresh fruit and vegetables from out of the area and set up stands to sell their produce.

Grant states there are no supermarkets in Collbran. True, but there are several small grocery stores. Just a rough guess, but I imagine most households come to Palisade, Clifton or Grand Junction at least once a week or even more often.

SCOTT WALCK
Grand Junction

Obamacare a dangerous oxymoron

Oxymorons fascinate us. They are entertaining and humorous, but not usually dangerous. The combination of contradictory words strung together such as “jumbo shrimp” or “steel wool” are good examples of safe and simple word play.

However, there’s one we’ll experience soon that’s not only an oxymoron, but dangerous. It goes by the name “Affordable Care Act.” It’s not affordable, and care for some will be questionable, particularly those deemed unworthy like the elderly and incapacitated by government bureaucrats.

The “affordable” part applies only to those who now pay nothing and will get something, courtesy of those who work, pay taxes and buy it for them. For everybody else, very costly.

So, a word of caution, beware of what the government calls freebies. They’re probably something else, like fish sticks — technically fish, but certainly not sticks.

The health care takeover, aka Obamacare, is another broken promise, a socialist “half truth,” concealing the take away of yet another freedom.

Like a stage magician distracting an audience, one hand does the trick, promising an illusion of affordable health care while the other passes Obamacare, taking over another private industry.

AL CARLEY

Grand Junction

City sought more money as sales tax receipts dipped


Has anyone else noticed that the same month in which the city sought unfettered, unaccountable, unspecified spending authority on the ballot is the same month that we learn sales tax receipts have recently declined?


RICHARD RININGER
Grand Junction



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