Email letters, Nov. 29, 2012

Dipping into capital improvement funds for workforce center is unacceptable

In the midst of a recession and where we are surrounded by suffering and hardship, it is disappointing to see the actions of outgoing Mesa County commissioners.

For example, there are plans to build a new building for the Mesa County Workforce Center. There are currently certain commissioners who want to fund the workforce building from the Mesa County Capital Improvement Project budget. The citizens of Mesa County desperately need every tax dollar to repair roads/intersections and to fix bridges and pipelines throughout the county.

I completely support helping everyone get a job. There have been significant tax dollar savings with the recent renovation of the old City Market warehouse into the Mesa County Consolidated Services building.

There are several vacant buildings in Grand Junction with centralized location and adequate parking space for a workforce center. The old Hobby Lobby building or a former City Market building could be just a few possible choices. I believe they can be remodeled for less than the cost of a new building.

The citizens can have a properly funded professional workforce center and save millions of tax dollars if we stand up to this injustice.

The next Mesa County commissioners’ meeting is Dec. 3. We, the citizens of Mesa County, cannot stand by and let public officials abuse their office and waste millions of taxpayer dollars to pander to their personal post-office agendas.   

S. MILLER
Grand Junction

Remind Scott Tipton to fight for budget that’s fair to middle-class

During the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of bickering and petty game-playing coming out of Congress. I am disappointed we haven’t seen a long-term, reasonable budget passed in years. If I didn’t meet my sales goals and budget projections at my job, I’m sure my boss wouldn’t welcome me back. We would all like to hold our congressmen to the same standards we live by—no production, no pay.

Despite all the reasons to be cynical about Congress and politics, I was encouraged to see that when it comes to this “fiscal cliff,” Congressman Tipton isn’t falling in line like a political lemming. Scott Tipton is the only Republican congressman from Colorado who said he’s not willing to rule out any options yet in the hopes of passing a budget that solves problems instead of creating them.

Tipton needs to hear from his constituents who respect and value cooperation in Washington. He needs to hear from those of us who have worked hard to keep our heads above water in this tough economy. And above all else, he needs to remember that the middle class re-elected him in November and he was elected to look out for us – even if that means asking millionaires and billionaires to pay a little more while our country is still recovering.

If you think we need members of Congress to roll up their sleeves and get the job done, please call Tipton and tell him to listen to his constituents and not Grover Norquist.  Remind him to put our middle-class needs above those of millionaires.

SCOTT BEILFUSS
Grand Junction

Daily Sentinel thanked for balanced political coverage

As a life-long Lincoln Republican reformed since Uncle Dick Cheney and his lackey president trashed the concepts of states rights, balanced budgets, and free trade in the name of war (a concept they were unwilling to embrace as young men liable to get into a fight), I can now only chuckle at the obvious irony of the local Republican plight.

The self-proclaimed champions of fiscal responsibility now have a state rep who is a deadbeat, a former wanna-be U.S. senator who is a deadbeat (both seeking government redress for their own shortcomings) and a gaggle of wacko secessionists who presumably would like to create the sovereign state of “Deadbeatia.” These people make socialism look like a pretty honest trade.

Your paper does an even-handed job of political reporting in a highly partisan area. In this there is hope. Thanks.

BRIAN G. TOBIN
Grand Junction

Pot legalization exacerbates life struggles for children

On Nov. 7, I read Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement that said, “Voters have spoken and we have to respect their will.” Well, I am a voter, too, and I voted against Amendment 64.

Come now, Colorado. To whom are we catering? Is this vote really for the strength of Colorado and the rising generation? I have young children, ages 10, 8 and 5. I have no interest in their smoking cigarettes or pot. I teach them to think for themselves, which requires a clear mind. You can’t have a clear mind if you are under the influence of chemical in pot, alcohol or cigarettes. There comes a point for some where they are run by their addictive habits.

I do not want my children having to be exposed to pot smokers in their schools or on the playground or in the neighborhood. We already have to walk on the other side of the street when we see someone smoking a cigarette because I have a child who is allergic to smoke. There are enough vices and life struggles that children have to deal with to grow up to become contributing citizens and leaders of our communities.

As well, it makes me sick to think that there may be other adults under the influence of marijuana (or anything else) teaching my children in the public arena. We are to be examples of moral training and positive behavior.

I consider the time now that legislators have to spend figuring out how to put this amendment in motion when it is still a federal offense. It’s illegal across most of the rest of the country. Our legislators have better things to do with their time and efforts.

I have heard some who neither smoke nor grow pot say that the taxes that come from selling marijuana can help build and improve schools. Isn’t that an oxymoron? What message are we sending the children we are supposed to be teaching and serving in our communities?  It’s OK to get high as long as the proceeds go to a good cause?  How preposterous!

I would hope that we would not fall into complacency. What lies ahead of us if we continue to demoralize ourselves as upstanding and rational-thinking human beings? 

Voters, when we talk about free choices, we all have to remember that we are free to choose, but not free to choose the consequences. You who have voted for pot speak about your right to privacy and to your own behaviors.

That is true for all of us. But some of us have a conscience and realize that our choices affect many others around us, including and especially the children. What kind of example are we all setting?

KELLY CORSON
Grand Junction



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