Email Letters: September 27, 2017

Both name and business on North need to be saved

After starting to work on saving the North Avenue name, I have come to realize that it is not just the name we are trying to save, but also the businesses on North Avenue. I would drive down North Avenue but never really took the time to look at the businesses. I have also realized that it is sad to see so many storefronts empty. That is what is so confusing – how changing the name to University Boulevard will help the economy.

I see it as enticing new businesses to come to North Avenue (University Boulevard), while shunning the existing ones. I really don’t see how changing the name is going to help. I see it costing unnecessary money to the existing businesses that are already struggling. Instead, why not use that money to help the remaining businesses with painting so that they catch peoples’ eyes when driving by. Or better yet, go in with the county to help put in sidewalks after 29 Road.

I do want to add one more thing. We are not against the students at CMU. We actually have friends and family that attend school and work there. So to bring in that is a low blow.

VICTORIA WAGNER
Clifton

We need to throw out politicians from both parties and start fresh

Throw ‘em all out!

The Democratic Party should be ashamed. Its members have enacted programs that reduce personal initiative. They are harming this country with illegal immigration, handouts to able-bodied people, a health insurance program that greatly increased rates, deductibles, regulations, and costs, taxpayer-funded payouts to cronies, expensive, unconstitutional legislation, and so much more.

And Republican Party politicians should be too embarrassed to appear in public. For seven years they’ve promised – if we would just put them in power – tax reform, repeal and replace, and other laws to counteract expensive and intrusive legislation enacted by Democrats. So how much more power do they need than the presidency and majorities in the Senate, the House, and state governorships? When it comes down to it, they’re too spineless to make any move that might antagonize a voter.

When this country first began, it was a sacrifice to serve in Congress. Pay was low and travel to the capital could take weeks, as could communication with family and businesses left behind. Most members served a few years out of duty and returned to their normal lives. Today, politics is a career and too often gaining power, money, and prestige rate well above citizens and the country.

I think we need to throw all politicians – of both parties – out and start over. They’ve become the elites who will do anything to stay in power—and the heck with the American people.

BRUCE MANY
Eckert

Disrespecting flag shows preference for government oppression

Respecting the flag is a symbol of our constitution and the freedoms we supposedly enjoy from government oppression. Disrespecting the flag is a symbol of one’s preference for government oppression.

RALPH G. NASH
Grand Junction

NFL players should say silent prayer before national anthem

Instead of protesting The United States of America – which is the best thing the NFL and the players have going for them – how about saying a silent prayer before the national anthem, in memory of the thousands killed each year by black-on-black violence? And ask God to help put an end to illegal drug use, drug dealers, gangs and domestic violence. This is something the whole country would support and get behind. And it might help restore some respect and credibility to the NFL and the players.

JACKIE JAMES
Grand Junction

Law enforcement training exercise showed lack of regard for residents

Let me be clear. I am retired Federal Law Enforcement. I support law enforcement at all levels. I understand the need for training for officers in all of their skill sets. I know how difficult planning such training can be and the detail work that goes into it.

That said, a recent incident has me a little disappointed and a little angry at our Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. I live on Ouray Avenue, close to the intersection with 10th Street. At the corner of Grand and 10th Street (across the alley behind our house) is an abandoned church that will soon be torn down for a building project. It is vacant and hollowed out.

Yesterday, the MCSO used it for a training exercise for their SWAT Team. They set off a flash bang grenade as part of that exercise. It is incredibly loud. It drew the attention of people in a two-block radius. The problem is – there had been no notification to the residents of the neighborhood about this exercise. It was frankly frightening. It was very disrespectful to the residents. It was really poor planning. Some of us called to complain and the officers we spoke to were apologetic, but I’m not sure that is sufficient. I’d like to see – instead of an apology from lower ranking officers – a letter from the sheriff guaranteeing that it won’t happen again. Training should receive some sort of review from their community relations office that will try, as far as is humanly possible, to avoid a repetition of this event.

Let me reiterate, I understand the need for this type of training. What I don’t understand is the apparent lack of regard for the residents of the surrounding neighborhood.

ROBERT NOBLE

Grand Junction

North Avenue doesn’t have the best reputation and a new name can only help

Reading the front page of The Daily Sentinel on Sunday Sept. 24, I couldn’t help but notice the visual differences in people on either side of this issue. While looking at the sweet picture of Levi and Bernice Lucero you see something that you might not expect – progression and prosperity. In contrast, the front-page picture was of a very used and not so well maintained vehicle. Not new or progressive. Maybe this was intentional?

North Avenue doesn’t have the best reputation and a new name can only help. If the diehards want to keep North Avenue let them have it…. change G Road to North Avenue – since it is actually North. Just a thought.

BEE WALKER

Grand Junction

Congress, please pass tax cuts now and give small business the boost they need

Americans are ready and it is time for Congress to start focusing on tax cuts. Two-thirds of Americans support lowering the small business tax rate to 15 percent, and it makes sense why.

Almost 98 percent of Colorado’s businesses are small businesses, employing one million workers. It is absurd that the drivers of our economy are subject to tax burdens as high as 50 percent.

High taxes are a barrier to job creation and production of goods and services. A recent JPMorgan Chase study shows that small businesses are struggling financially, with most of them lacking emergency cash on hand to survive an economic downturn.

Tax cuts can fix that problem. Lowering tax rates would allow business owners to save more of their earnings, using them to create jobs and reward hardworking employees with higher wages.

Congress, please pass tax cuts now and give small business the boost they need!

LIBBY SZABO
Jefferson County Commissioner
Jefferson

Methane rule will ensure fair return of public resources

The Sentinel ran an op-ed on the delay or repeal of the methane rule yesterday and it brought up some valid points that jumped out.

The methane rule brings with it a lot of positives to communities like ours here in Grand Junction. The article points out that the methane rule will give taxpayers their fair share of revenue by giving them a return in royalties from currently wasted methane. The methane is wasted because of “flaring,” which is when oil and gas operators burn off methane during the drilling process. Instead of flaring methane wastefully, the rule requires that it be captured and brought to market.

Resources extracted from our public lands should not be wasted. It’s a common-sense approach. Look, if you are a farmer and selling tomatoes and you need to get your tomatoes to the market, you will make sure when you transport your tomatoes that they all get to market to be sold. You wouldn’t load up your tomatoes in a truck without securing them and drive to the market while tomatoes fly out everywhere, so when you arrive at the market you have less than you harvested to sell. That would be wasteful of not only the produce, but it would also hurt your pockets. Similarly, we shouldn’t waste methane by burning it off, losing it before it gets to market. We should capture it, and get our fair share of return. Public land, public resource.

I hope Rep. Tipton changes his view of defunding the methane rule and instead works to get hard working taxpayers their fair share.

ANGELICA MANJARREZ
Clifton

Our nation should not be divided by ‘under God’

Thanks to the letter writer who said that the U.S. is a secular nation. There is a growing minority in this country that believe natural causes explain everything about the universe. Many think that “maybe at the beginning but…” And among believers there are many divisions and shades of belief.

I can’t be sure about anything. But I’m not going to invent something just so I can be sure.

I would ask Christians to show their love and respect us. I ask that, “One Nation, indivisible” not be divided by “under God.”

ANDY WOMACK
Grand Junction

Media should cover Emergency Nurses’ Week in October

I would like to request for an article to feature Emergency Nurses’ Week which will be from October 8-14. The theme this year is: Resourceful, Powerful, and Masterful.

I would like to salute all emergency nurses worldwide and what they do to save lives. It takes a lot of mind, a lot of energy, and a lot of heart to be an emergency room nurse. We take care of varied patients – from those with simple toothache to patients who are on the brink of death, day in and day out. We get spat on, punched, called names, cussed at, and threatened. In light of the latest incident where Alex Wubbels was arrested for protecting her patient’s rights, violence and protection of emergency nurses and staff need to be examined, what protocols are in place, and what protection nurses can rely on.

I hope that my request will be granted. We have a week long of activities for our emergency nurses at Saint Mary’s Hospital. We appreciate them for their dedication and commitment to emergency nursing.

GRACE POTEET
Grand Junction

Mesa County libraries are a part of Banned Books Week

When I was president of an American Association of University women branch in California, I learned about the American Library Association’s list of banned books in 1981. I wrote the president for that list. She mailed it to me, and I immediately found a use for it. The principal of a county high school banned Mother Jones magazine, so I went to the school to talk to the librarian. Soon the local media covered this case.

From that incident, I decided to publicize the 60 banned books, and, with all county schools’ permission, put the reasons for banning the books next to the books in every school library. I then began going to schools all over the state and met with principals to learn what books they banned and their reasons for doing so.

One example of a banned book on the list was “Little Black Sambo.” This book was written by a grandmother during a long train ride through India to keep her grandchildren entertained. For those wondering, there are no tigers in Africa, but they are native to India. I met a superintendent who banned all Shakespeare’s works except Romeo and Juliet. I asked his reason. He said it is about love. I agreed, but it is also about what the power of anger can do. Perhaps he had not read the piece.

I was invited to speak at several universities and always included practical reasons librarians could use when faced with angry people demanding a book be removed from the shelves. When I moved to Colorado, after we were able to get a Banned Book Week started in California, I read of a principal in Colorado who banned a prize-winning book I had owned for years. I wondered if Colorado would have a Banned Book Week.

I read in the Sentinel yesterday about CMU’s special event in their library called Freedom to Read, in line with our Banned Books Week. It is a way to encourage students to understand the importance of political freedom, the director of Tomlinson Library said. Mesa County libraries are a part of Banned Books Week, inviting the public to vote this week on two of their favorite banned books. What a change from Little Black Sambo and Romeo and Juliet!

PEGGY RAWLINS

Grand Junction

Nuclear or civil war: which will come first?

What is happening to our country? Booing at our nation’s favorite pastime: NFL Sunday. Police officers being acquitted for killing unarmed and mentally ill people. Protestors turning violent at every provocation. Threats to foreign countries by our president. How can one individual be allowed to continue disrupting our way of life and create such turmoil?

There has always been and will always be bigotry and racism in the United States, but it has been held at bay by civility. If we continue down the path that’s being paved by the White House, we’ll soon become so divided that another civil war could erupt – a war without borders, state against state, and no line of demarcation. Anarchy is in the air and it scares me to death.

We had passed the fear of nuclear war, and now it’s raised its ugly head again thanks to Twitter Dee and Rocket Man, taking turns to see how fearsome they both are. Why don’t we just give each a sword and let them settle it between themselves?

Our country, once held in high esteem by the entire world, is now the laughingstock of the entire world. Not only have we lost face, but we’re putting other countries in harm’s way as we sink lower and lower.

Every morning I check the news to see who’s fired the first shot. Believe me when I say, “There will be no winner.”

JUDITH CHAPIN
Fruita

Grand Junction is what we make it, and we should move in a positive direction

Rick Wagner suggested 12th Street, rather than North Avenue, would be better renamed “University” because its run is longer. If the university continues its way west, that may not be true. It would certainly be less controversial to rename 12th.

Whatever the case, the city can rename and improve streets for commerce, but the mindset of the business people also must be in sync. It makes one wonder, when improvements are made and businesses neglect weeds, gum globs and debris in front of the store, not to mention the condition of the building and obsolete signage when a business vacates or relocates, is the city’s effort unappreciated?

A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet; however, names matter, but so do attitudes. Attitudes reflect who and where we are, so why not move in a positive direction? The product would draw people from wider areas. Right now Grand Junction, for all its amenities, draws folks in dire economic conditions from areas on the Western Slope. I am a refugee from the Roaring Fork Valley.

Grand Mesa, Colorado National Monument, the Bookcliffs and farming are all assets to the area, not to mention CMU, the shopping and the airlines. Consider the Hyperloop, a 700 mph transportation system proposed for the Front Range and as far west as Vail. Just doing the math, a system expanded from Denver to Las Vegas would change everything. Denver would be 20 minutes away and Las Vegas would be 40 minutes away. Easily within practical commuter distances from Grand Junction.

Pie in the sky? Most likely, but, not impossible or improbable…be it a blackjack dealer in Vegas or a corporate lawyer in Denver, Grand Junction could be the home of a diversity. The point is, Grand Junction is what we make it. Grand Junction is a cool place.

FRED STEWART
Grand Junction

Displays of allegiance in public do not determine who is and who is not a patriot

The recent letter from Mr. Telford mixes a number of things that represent his opinion relative to public displays of ”patriotism.” He has a constitutional right to make his feelings known. So do the people he disparages for their expression of displeasure in our country not attacking a variety of situations existing that we claim are acceptable, but are not either constitutional nor what we tell the world our country is all about.

We have an element of the local population that claims they want us to return to following our national constitution. I’ve heard their cries but I have yet to hear about just how we have deviated from the constitution except for irrational ranting about how certain parts of the constitution are being interpreted falsely.

Nowhere in the constitution is there a requirement that saluting the flag, publicly verbally proclaiming allegiance to the flag and standing in a certain way is required when the national anthem is being played. In fact, there is nothing about “how to be patriotic.”

This is where Mr. Telford’s letter goes astray. Part of the public display of protest at a number of sporting events was about our president’s display of uncalled-for distaste of the actions of the protesters. Mr. Telford claims the president was merely “telling it like it is.” The protesters were somehow disrespecting our country, or its habits or those who did respect the entire scene as having been a patriotic event. No, Mr. Telford, there is nothing about the supposed ”patriotic” preliminary ceremonies that determines who is and who is not a patriotic American, as our demented, juvenile president seemed to allege. Yes, the public display of hatred from him was nothing new and was part of his right as an American. But it was not what one would expect from any elected official, least of all the president.

In this area of extreme respect for capitalism and efficiencies of the market the comments of Mr. Telford and the president relative to the earnings of athletes is ludicrous to the extreme. They are no more outlandish in dealing with life than those of anybody fortunate enough to equal or surpass their earnings. Are athlete’s earnings not expressions of their ”worth” according to the market? Assumedly Mr. Telford was watching the event(s) in question on TV. His viewership contributed to what the market felt the “worth” was of the athletes he was watching. Pampered and selfish? No more than anybody with their earnings and accumulated worth.

Finally, irrational displays of “allegiance” in public do not determine who is and who is not a patriot. I don’t think genuine patriots have to tell the public that is who and what they are. I think modesty is one of the most important elements of a patriot’s makeup. We have more than our share of loud, self-described “patriots” these days.

JOHN BORGEN
Grand Junction


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Mr. Many, your answer to the current problems are intriguing. But the problem is money in our elections and the bribery of those elected. How is a house cleaning going to help as long as we entice those elected with offers they can’t likely refuse unless they are in a gerrymandered “safe” district?
If democratic policies hurt personal initiative how do you explain the Apple’s of the country and all the other things we lead the world in? That is a doctrinaire assertion that cannot be proved in any way, including economic.

Mr.Nash, interesting letter but the exact opposite is the truth. The flag is a symbol of our country, nothing else. It has no magical qualities that either benefit us or require anything from us. Every country has a flag identifying it. Over the years we have imagined many things about the flag but those who are considered to protesting are protesting the country’s policies, not the flag.

Ms. Szabo, can we expect a comparable lowering of retail prices, Companies pass taxes on to buyers. So, if their taxes are lower it seems logical that retail prices will be lower. Or does the money saved go into the owners pocket? If he is in business and the business sustains itself, how do lower taxes benefit anybody but owners? Gives then the incentive to do better? Isn’t the assumption that competition makes him to always do better anyway?

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