Email Letters: May 9, 2017
Homeless situation in Whitman Park may tell us something
Anyone with a sense of history can tell you it is safe to assume a city will always have some, shall we say, rowdy and unruly people congregating someplace. Assuming one percent is a valid number, then out of 100 people, you have one troublemaker. In 1,000 people, you have 10. In 150,000 (today’s population in Mesa County), you could expect 1,500. Even if it is just one half of one percent, you are still facing 750 rowdy and unruly souls.
Having lived here for 47 years, it seems there has always been a place where they congregated: on Colorado Avenue, on South 5th, at 27 Road and 6&50. Now it seems to be Whitman Park.
Does all of this tell us something about economic development, population growth, and their unintended consequences?
Dinner honors foster parents in community
May is National Foster Parent Appreciation Month. Last week, The Mesa County Department of Human Services held a dinner for our foster parents to honor them and the work that they do to provide safe and loving homes to children who come into care due to abuse and neglect. We had a fun-filled evening with all of our foster parents, including games and door prizes.
I want to personally thank all the local Grand Junction and Fruita businesses that donated gifts to all our foster families. Your generosity is simply amazing. If anyone is interested in becoming a foster parent, please visit our website at FosterCareOfMesaCounty.org.
JONI A. BEDELL
Child Welfare Manager, MCDHS
There are serious ethical issues with Trump presidency
Many in favor of President Trump have stated that it is time to embrace this president and to accept the results of the election. Are those in favor of Trump also supportive of his constant crossing of ethical lines in pursuit of his passion of golf and resorts – or more specifically, to make millions more personally?
According to The Washington Post, Trump has spent over $25 million on his trips to his branded properties, which he visits every 2.8 days. He also squeezes in a round of golf every 5.6 days. Meanwhile, membership fees at Mar-a-Lago have doubled to $200,000. Is that OK America? Is that OK to use the Presidency to double membership fees for his private business interests? And what of the golf carts rented to the Secret Service? Is that OK America – to make a quick side buck or two while causing even more unnecessary debt for the U.S. government?
This information has been on many news outlets and as well verified. It’s not “fake news”; it is real, and really disconcerting. But, it seems to be taken as OK as it is Trump’s way of draining the swamp and making America great again.
I feel swindled and like I have purchased at great cost swampland in Florida as there are no calls for ethics violations. Trump vowed to “always be in Washington,” which he does not have to be. However, his family and his weekend dealings should largely be at the White House. He needs to make use of Camp David, as many before him have, and save his flying for diplomatic work, visiting other partnering countries, or visiting areas in need of relief. Trump needs to take dramatic steps to distance himself from his businesses, which he has not done and there does not appear to be any concern from others in our government.
These serious ethical issues ensure that I will not embrace the presidency of Mr. Trump. Action needs to be taken – ideally by Mr. Trump – but if he will not, then our government must act and intervene.