Email Letters: November 30, 2016

29 Road underpass will greatly enhance Riverfront Trail

Kudos to the Mesa County Commissioners for taking the lead in constructing the much-needed underpass beneath 29 Road for connection to the Riverfront Trail.

I am a frequent rider of the section of trail from Las Colonias to Corn Lake, and crossing 29 Road is extremely dangerous. Traffic is generally going at a high rate of speed, and the drivers are not anticipating the crossing of the road or the presence of walkers or bike riders. This situation is an accident waiting to happen. I am just glad that the work is slated for the summer of 2017 instead of waiting for someone to be injured or killer before something was done.

Thank you again to our Mesa County Commissioners. This action will greatly enhance the safety and usability of the Riverfront Trail that runs through our valley.

KATIE STEELE
Grand Junction

Recent column offered voice of reason and encouragement

Over the past year I have observed the editorial board offering readers a voice of reason and encouragement for moderation in presidential politics. Your column on Nov. 25, “Too little, too late,” was a case in point. Thank you for spotlighting the racial, religious and orientation crimes and intimidation that are happening throughout our country and community. Thank you for your call to action for President-elect Donald Trump to vigorously speak out against this disturbing trend. It’s really this simple for me. When an election causes a great number of people to feel targeted and fearful, something has gone very, very wrong.

JACQUE PIPE
Grand Junction

Jill Stein is fronting for Clinton in recount

As the new serial drama “Recount Vote America” splashes across the media, the saga becomes increasingly apparent as being explained by one of two possibilities:

1) Jill Stein, a magna cum laude Harvard graduate, an MD who practiced internal medicine for 25 years and who is an obviously highly intelligent person, has become completely unhinged and now lives in a parallel (or other) universe; or

2) Jill Stein is fronting for Saint Hillary the Innocent, whose hallmarks of operation are “plausible deniability” and “leave no fingerprints behind,” while all the time operating the levers of control from behind the curtain.

Stein’s attack, based on flimsy allegations of voter fraud, just happens to target the three battleground states that could swing the election results. Clinton’s camp, piggybacking on Stein’s originating actions, then just happens to join in as ostensible observers. With the presidency as the prize, who can doubt the presence of a silent guiding hand?

Having garnered only about 1 percent of the national vote, Stein’s assertions of virtuous patriotism are farcical on their face. The more likely conclusion is “Jill the Shill.” Viewed through that lens, the totality of her actions quickly dismiss possibility number one above.

BUD MARKOS
Grand Junction

Money spent saving endangered species should be used to feed children

I wonder how many poor children could be fed with the money spent on lawsuits to save the humpback chub, sage grouse, pike minnow, Utah tortoise, and mustangs. I fail to see the need to save everything. Just like the Jurassic period, nature takes care of its own. Are any of them really needed? Children can live without them, but can’t live without healthy nourishment.

R.M. SHERMAN

Grand Junction

Update historical structures rather than bulldozing them

The Tabor Opera House, The Hotel Colorado, Clevehome Manor, or The Redstone Castle are a few recent purchases or pending purchases with bright futures. At one time, the owners of Redstone Castle also owned The Daily Sentinel. These are just a few of the buildings left from the early era that could have been demolished as “white elephants,” but have a chance to radiate culture again.

The fact is, bulldozing historical structures and building anything as substantial is not cost effective. They are more valuable to leave and upgrade. Hopefully, this concept will apply to the old Midland Railroad Depot here in Grand Junction.

FRED STEWART

Grand Junction


COMMENTS

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Ms Pipe
  The fear and targeting goes both ways.  Read about the vet’s home in Florida that was subject to arson and had anti Trump graffiti plastered on it.  It is not the first case either.

JACQUE PIPE
Grand Junction

Jacque Pipe, I am assuming you are speaking of the ‘black lives matter’ that is vigorously supported by the current administration.
I have yet to hear him denounce the disruptive behavior of blocking traffic, rioting, thuggery at Trump rallies and assorted other acts of Civil Disobedience.

Why is that?

The FIRST AMENDMENT protects for the RIGHT to “PEACEABLE ASSEMBLE”,there is no ‘right’ to Willfully and ILLEGALLY INTERFERE with other Citizens going about their daily lives.

Again, silence from the current administration.

I think you need to take a step back, stop ‘feeling’ and look at this nation as it was 10 years ago and how it is now.How you “feel’ about something has ZERO to do with the real world that even you have to live in.
Ms.Patton

Katie Steele, I think it would be more correct for you to thank the taxpayers that paid the bills that created the ‘riverfront play place’ for the few that actually use it.
Ms. Patton

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