Email letters, Oct. 4, 2011

School district offers twisted thinking

Suppose you own an enterprise where everybody on staff is paid the same, regardless of talent. And further, suppose none of them could be fired, regardless of reason. Then suppose you consider that normal. Twisted thinking and a bad business plan I’d say. Also quite a fantasy ... but is
it?

Oh wait! As a Mesa County taxpayer you do own such an enterprise. It’s called School District 51, and now they want your vote to raise taxes so they can pay for more of that twisted thinking and bad business plan.

AL CARLEY
Grand Junction

Candidate has not made a decision about 3B

As a candidate for the School District 51 Board, I would like to express my appreciation for the diligent efforts of The Daily Sentinel to cover this important campaign.

The article from Sept. 29, however, may have left readers with the impression that I have officially taken a position on Referred Measure 3B. To help clarify, I would like to state that I have not.

3B will be decided by the voters at the same time as my race. If elected, I will be expected to perform my duties, whatever the outcome of the 3B vote. If 3B passes, one of my primary tasks will be to ensure that the money entrusted to us is spent in the best, most efficient manner possible.

If it does not pass, I will need to work with the other members of the board to effectively manage the school district and deliver a quality education with the existing resources at our disposal.

Therefore, I feel it would be inappropriate for me to lobby for either side of this issue, when I will be expected to conscientiously handle either outcome. I will leave to the voters, my ultimate bosses, both decisions: that of whether to hire me and that of what resources to provide.

ANN TISUE
School Board Candidate
Grand Junction

U.S. needs business-friendly environment

The popular opinion is that CEOs, sports figures, entertainment figures and various Wall Street money movers receive obscene amounts of money for their small efforts. It’s probably true, but it amounts to a small amount of our country’s total commerce. It’s our fault for permitting those salaries to happen.

The United States was a vibrant land of opportunity, the envy of the world when we made what we used. Today, who makes our furniture, can openers, shirts, socks, shoes, bed sheets and all the other items we need every day? China. Whose economy is booming? China. Who is out of work? America.

Instead of creating a business environment that stimulates manufacturing, our government suppresses bankers, builders and entrepreneurs in the name of such things as the environment and fair play then compensates by offering tax credits. What good is a tax credit if you are not making a taxable profit?

Let’s cut down on the “class warfare” talk. We don’t need more expensive government. Lets create a friendly environment for business to put people to work. Send a message to Washington.
BARRY LINDSTROM
Montrose

Thanks to Foster and CMU for induction into Hall of Honor

As a now Colorado Mesa University alumnus, I wanted to write to express my gratitude to the University President Tim Foster, Athletic Directo Butch Miller, Alumni Director Rick Adleman and their staffs for honoring their 1982 Mesa Mavericks football team by inducting us into their Hall of Honor.

It has been some time since I have come back to Grand Junction or the University campus, and I have to say, I am honored to say I am an alumnus. The incredible, wonderful things I saw while there this weekend simply amazed me. President Tim Foster, the administration and Board of Trustees have done a most impressive thing with this university. The new architecture, buildings, campus design and layout, the increases in available educational and sports programs took my breath away.

Moreover, in asking us who were the 1982 football team back to be provided such an honor as we were, was one of the most wonderful things I have experienced in my life.

I wanted to express my feelings and gratitude to Tim Foster and the others who now personify Colorado Mesa University, for all I have seen done over the very recent years. Thank you so very much.

MICHAEL FOSSENIER
Littleton



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