Email Letters: May 3, 2017

Horizon Drive area generates large amount of business in city

We appreciate Mr. Rick Wagner’s recent mention in his opinion piece (“Practical isn’t always boring,” April 27, 2017). The Horizon Drive Business Improvement District does in fact generate “a tremendous amount of business” in the city. An economic impact study conducted in 2011 found that the district contributes about $300 million in economic value annually; at that time, roughly the same as Colorado Mesa University.

While the Horizon Drive area doesn’t get nearly the amount of support as downtown, we were fortunate to partner with the city and the Colorado Department of Transportation to complete the I-70 interchange last year. The keystone project helped to make our “Gateway to Grand Junction” more welcoming and memorable, as well as safer and more functional. This $6.6 million project has already stimulated $10 million in private investment in the Horizon Drive corridor, an impressive return on investment in a short time frame.

Of course, there is still much to be done in the Horizon Drive District. 49 percent of the land within the district is currently undeveloped. Nearly 700 acres of land adjacent to the district is undeveloped. And safety of pedestrians continues to be a major concern. Three pedestrian deaths have occurred in a five-year span on Horizon Drive.

While we tirelessly continue to work to find monies to complete Phase 2 of our Horizon Drive corridor improvement, we do recognize the support the city has given us thus far and also are aware there simply are too many areas of the city needing improvement, and not enough revenue to address them all.

VARA KUSAL

Manager
Horizon Drive Business Improvement District
Grand Junction

Soldiers’ deaths should have received front-page coverage

I came within a year of being in the draft for Vietnam and would have gone had the need still existed. But I would never be hypocritical enough to say I wish I could have gone. After listening to years of stories all the way from my dad in Korea to a personal friend fighting in Iraq, I have come to believe that these individuals serving our country are members of a very elite club, which the rest of us can never understand, but can appreciate.

Therefore I wonder at why the deaths of three American soldiers goes from The Daily Sentinel’s front page at the start of the war in Iraq to page seven on April 30.

PAUL M. CROSS
Delta

We need to keep our public lands in public hands

As someone who has helped develop the outdoor industry in Colorado and watched it grow into an economic powerhouse, I am very concerned with the ongoing campaign by anti-public land interests to transfer America’s public lands to states or sell them off to private investors. I’m skeptical of the review announced last week by President Trump that could scale back or even abolish national monuments in Colorado and elsewhere established in recent decades by presidents of both parties.

This would be a terrible mistake. Public lands such as the new Browns Canyon National Monument preserve incredible outdoor opportunities to hunt, fish, hike, bike, camp and float –and they’re strongly supported by local communities, who understand that these lands offer one of the best new, sustainable ways to grow their local economies.

Let’s not kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Keep our public lands in public hands and don’t roll back protections for our special places.

JIM BARTSCHI
President, Scott Fly Rods
Montrose

What part of the constitution makes Antiquities Act un-constitutional?

Interesting letter this AM from Roland Reynolds who wants to get rid of the Antiquities Act. I’m curious, though. What part of the constitution makes the act un-constitutional? Although I don’t know what the mention of Arizona has to do with it, Arizona became a state in 1912, not after World War I. Does Reynolds have a factual problem with his letter?

The land in question today that has Reynolds concerned about constitutionality belongs to all of the people of the country and the fact that it is in Utah doesn’t change that fact. The people of the state don’t have some kind of special right to it and the land speculators, energy companies or ranchers don’t either.

Utah has gained huge benefits from the monuments and national parks within its borders. Would that have been possible if they were state parks and had to be supported by the state? Or would they have been parks at all?

Utah’s elected representatives have been particularly vocal about this issue. Do they have the resources to protect the land better than the BLM or Park Service? Or is their interest in obtaining the land and selling all, or part, of it to private interests? What happens, in that case, to the public’s ability to use it recreationally?

No, the United States owns the land that is susceptible to action using the Antiquities Act and we got it fair and square by stealing it from the Native-Americans, warfare or even buying it. I don’t know what Reynolds’s purpose is with his letter. Do the right thing? That’s highly questionable. Or is it part of the cult-like issues that drives the current Republican Party? Reynolds is doing his duty by writing a letter to the editor regardless whether the issue is of any pressing interest to most Americans. Or if it is a genuine issue at all.

JOHN BORGEN
Grand Junction

Reader doubts eating meat causes more deaths than tobacco

Not that I would ever doubt data that came from the liberal University of Washington, but I really doubt that eating meat causes more deaths than tobacco. I have been eating a sensible balanced diet for my whole life, along with my parents, sisters and friends for over 70 years and we have done just fine.

Mr. Brachfeld, please don’t tell me what is good for me to eat. I can decide that for my self. You can eat your tofu and I will continue to eat my balanced diet, including meat.

RICHARD BLOSSER
Grand Junction

Public is invited to semi-annual Animal Memorial Service
The public, both animal and human, is invited to Church of the Nativity’s semi-annual Animal Memorial Service. The service will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:00 PM on the church grounds. The church is located at:

2175 Broadway
Grand Junction, CO 81507
(Across the street from Redlands Middle School)
This is a gentle, non-denominational service of remembrance intended for all those grieving the loss of an animal.

In response to the very recent cases of contemptible animal torture in our community, this service will also include a special remembrance for pitties Calypso and BB, both victims of cruel and reprehensible animal abuse. In addition, there will be prayers for healing for Simba, another recent victim of animal abuse in our community.

These despicable acts are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.

LYNNE HABBERFIELD
Loma

We are seeing a replay of the Hillary political prep being played out

We are seeing a replay of the Hillary political prep being played out by the media, Democrat donors, and Clintonite talking heads. Chelsea will get a bunch of awards for doing nothing, be interviewed by every left wing magazine, appear on all the talk shows, and soon will be named one of the smartest and most influential women in the world. Can a Nobel Peace Prize be far behind? Please, not again!

L.W. HUNLEY
Grand Junction


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Mr Blosser:

“Not that I would ever doubt data that came from the liberal University of Washington, but…”

You were good to that point, however….

“A few million generations of MEAT EATERS proves the premise faulty.”

Had the premise been true, ALL ‘meat eaters’ would have died out with the dinosaurs and only herbivores would have survived.

Ms. Patton

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