Email letters, Nov. 26, 2012

‘TrickyTurkmas’ could appease shoppers, business community

For decades businesses have begun their preparations for their annual secular-xmas picking of our pockets toward the middle of October and get serious about it before Thanksgiving, all of which irritates a large portion of our population.

I have a couple of ideas on how to address the fourth quarter angst that plagues both commerce and consumers in our nation. One, starting in January each year folks should buy one or two Christmas presents each month, wrap them, bag them and set them high in a closet; by Labor Day they’d be ready for The Big Day. No anxiety, no budget woes, no seasonal depression, no problems, and the nation’s retailers won’t have to worry about making their annual profits in just one month and might quit annoying us with their Santa Claus-mas mania. Win-win for everyone.

Or we could, and I really like this, be honest about our late-year holidays and create an all-in-one holiday season beginning just after Labor Day and continuing into late December. Let’s call it TrickyTurkmas! This would elate the politically correct bloc with the elimination of all references to our Christian heritage and retailers everywhere with 90 straight days of frenzied consumer celebratory spending.

We can festoon the valley with ghosts, gobblers, plastic snowmen and glitzy lights for three whole months and flood the television channels with endless reruns of second-rate seasonal movies of all sorts and stun our senses with myriads of loud, inane ads for things we never knew we needed.

The official seasonal music all day, every day, would feature “Jingle Bell Rock” played by the Trick ‘n Treat Trio in Pilgrim costumes wearing Santa Claus hats and arriving at their gigs in a corporate-sponsored, red and green balloon, jack-o’-lantern sleigh pulled by eight tiny turkeys through streets crowded with happy shoppers throwing candies.

O! The heartfelt honesty of it all! I can hardly wait for this to come true. The way things are going in this country, I won’t have to wait long.

Grand Junction

BLM must revise outdated plan to treat North Fork Valley fairly

In 1987 the average cost of a new car was $10,300, and the price of one gallon of gas was 98 cents. In 1987 desktop computers were just taking off. (Anyone remember the Radio Shack Tandy?) Cell phones were rare, and you could still find rotary-dial pay phones on street corners.

In 1987 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 1,938. In 1987 the BLM Uncompaghre Field office published its draft resource management plan for the Uncompaghre region.

Today, 25 years later, the BLM insists on using the 1987 RMP data as a basis for decision-making for a proposed lease sale of more than 29,000 acres of public lands that surround the North Fork Valley. These proposed lands for sale include rangeland and prime hunting and recreation areas and are adjacent to water sources, schools and private farmlands.

In 25 years the communities of the North Fork Valley have changed. The unique make-up of our communities – the farms, orchards, vineyards and wineries, recreation opportunities and hunting areas interwoven between public and private lands—is quite simply incompatible with industrial-scale development. But a 25-year-old plan doesn’t reflect that.

The BLM should get its own house in order by finishing the long overdue resource management plan revision that recognizes and protects the North Fork Valley that exists today. The previous plan, written in the 1980s, couldn’t even imagine what today’s North Fork Valley or today’s drilling technology would look like. So, why should we use this foolhardy “management” plan to lease lands for 10 years?

You wouldn’t buy a car or a computer today using 25-year-old requirements and specifications—why should we jeopardize a unique agricultural community such as the North Fork Valley with a 25-year-old BLM plan? It is a very bad idea.



Cedaredge Bruins’ fans laud coverage of team’s quest for state football title

Thank you, Grand Junction Sentinel, for your extensive and informative coverage of the Cedaredge Bruins football team’s pursuit of its first state championship. Your many articles and photos of our high school team have been excellent and effective in capturing the spirit of the team and community.

All of the Bruin fans in the area are proud of our team’s quest for its first state title. Your coverage and interest have been outstanding and much appreciated.



Move Thanksgiving Day’s date to restore its sacredness

I am one of those people distressed by the intrusion of Black Friday into Thanksgiving Day. Not that I am opposed to the concept of Black Friday, it is just that I do not like a day for family and celebrating our “blessings” being chopped up by corporate greed. Heaven knows there is enough of that in this country.

So, why not move the date for Thanksgiving Day? The day and event we celebrate most likely occurred in early October in 1621. President Abraham Lincoln set the original date as the last Thursday in November, and it was later changed to the fourth Thursday to give shoppers a few more days to shop (and stores to sell).

So, why not move Thanksgiving closer to the first of November? I know, there is a certain symmetry having Thanksgiving Day occur between Halloween and Christmas, two more holidays taken over by commercialism, but can’t American keep a few holidays “pure” and focused on their intended purpose?  Of course, we all know what will happen: “Black Friday” will follow. Greed has neither a soul nor any moral obligation to be respectful.

So, create a holiday especially for Black Friday. If we are going to celebrate corporate greed, why not celebrate with its own special holiday? Maybe this way we can hope to keep Thanksgiving Day a bit more sacred.



Citizens should get money’s worth out of ‘free’ pickup of recyclables

In the Nov. 21 article in The Daily Sentinel Fruita’s city manager hit the nail right on the head. He wanted to get the information out there about the FREE recycling service that the people are already paying for.

So, the question goes: What’s FREE about that, if one is already paying for it? So, now that they know they’re paying for it, they will probably use it. I would just because it’s not FREE.


Grand Junction

Jim Spehar’s ‘wacky comments’ provoke research, responses

A few years ago I worked as an equipment arranger for an engineering company. My supervisor had a unique talent. He would look over my shoulder at my work and suggest silly changes and possible improvements and ask stupid questions about why I had done “this or that.” It was maddening, and I dreaded seeing him come.

But, to his credit, he was persistent and kept at it until finally one of his goofy suggestions made sense. As a result, my plan would be better. You see, his unique talent was his ability to provoke thought. Mine.

In much the same way, the Spehar columns in the Sentinel provoke readers who take him seriously. They think, research and then write “letters to the editor” responding to his wacky comments. It’s probably one of his few talents, and I assume it’s why the paper hired him. Provocative, controversial print often times makes interesting, comedic reading that makes “good press,” and that equals sales.

Let’s face it. Spehar couldn’t possibly believe all the stuff he writes. Most people don’t even take him seriously, because normal thinkers aren’t really that liberal. Are they?


Grand Junction

Concealed carry permits make havoc-prone people think twice

Regarding the article in Monday’s paper (11/26/12) on no one moving into CU “gun dorms,” now this is where the wolf is let into the chicken house for whatever reason. If you had a dorm just for people with $1 million, how many do you believe would come running to sign up? 

I believe the idea behind concealed carry permits is that those that do not need to know who is carrying do not. Only the school should possibly have that information and keep it secured.

It is a powerful thing to not know if that person next to you could possibly be the one that could keep you from doing something that could stop you from playing havoc with others.


Grand Junction

Day devoted to reducing violence against women ignored by many

In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution designating Nov. 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

A report released in 1994 by the World Bank, revealed by the Hidden Health Burden, estimated that one out of every four women worldwide has been, or will be, raped. The report also said that violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined.

You’d think that this was important enough to make it a day to remember, but not so. It’s not in my newspaper, on TV or even on my yearly calendar.


Grand Junction

Kearsley column replete with ‘political platitudes’

In his opinion piece of Nov. 25 David Kearsley offered readers 19 paragraphs of blather about how the Republican Party lost the recent presidential election.

Sprinkled into this wordage were references to why the “young and the poor” were being denied entry-level employment. These not only included the onerous Obamacare but other assorted financial roadblocks enacted by liberals—this despite the dropping national unemployment rate.

The last few paragraphs offer neat solutions to the plight of the poor: They should be more independent and self-reliant and have merit. This will ensure their passage into the 1 percent. For those who don’t make it, for whatever reasons, luckily our community is compassionate enough to try to help them.

Kearsley’s piece lacks supporting facts, and worse, is a mish-mash of useless political platitudes.

Grand Junction

Senior citizens with Medicare reduced to second-class citizens

On Sunday’s front page was a pretty concise article about medical care in the Grand Valley. One of the article’s high points was how the usage of emergency room visits was on the high end of the rest of the state. The reasons that the article stated made sense and, I believe, were factual. But one reason was not addressed

I moved to the Grand Valley a little over a year ago. I have enjoyed just about everything the Grand Valley has to offer with the exception of health care provider access.

I tried for more than a month to get a physician’s service to accept me into its practice. The reason for the denials was that Medicare insured me. A majority of the practices I contacted were not accepting Medicare patients. The fact that I had a very good supplemental insurance did not matter.

As a retired Marine, up until I was 65, I was covered by Tricare. Once I turned 65, I was required to go to Medicare as my primary, with Tricare as my supplemental. I never felt that that was a bad thing, until I got here.

I now understand why a lot of seniors are confused and have the opinion that they are no longer good enough. I bet a lot of those who are going to the ER are there as they have no primary care, but are well covered. The other options for care are fine, but they lack the comfort of a primary care physician.

When the greedy primary care services here start to treat those of us on Medicare fairly, you will see the number of needless ER visits drop.

Grand Junction

Hostess collapse largely stems from greed of top management

I would like to share some facts about the collapse of Hostess that seemed to be left out of the letter to the editor in the Sunday (11/25) edition.

Unions did not cause the failure of this company; it was poor management. The union workers have given back to company in the form of wage cuts, and the company quit paying into worker pension funds. When the company filed for bankruptcy for the second time in eight years, the company raised the then-CEO pay threefold and other executives’ pay twofold, while asking workers to take lower wages.

The company chose to reward management for poor management practices on the backs of their hourly employees. In fact, in the current bankruptcy filing they are asking that management receive rather nice compensation packages while the workers receive nothing but blame.

It was not the union who created the collapse of Twinkies; it was poor and “greedy” corporate management. This is exactly why every person in the workplace should be unionized, to have protection from selfish greed and poor management.

Grand Junction



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