E-mail letters, Feb. 10, 2010

City should employ photographing traffic violators

My daughter recently received a $75 traffic violation for running a red light in Albuquerque, NM in the mail with a picture of the car and license plate clearly visible.

I feel the city and county should get together and implement this technique here in Grand Junction. This could be a cash cow source of revenue while making our streets much safer.

Just a thought and observation from a concerned citizen having seen this violation commonplace in this city.

GARY KNISELY Grand Junction

Cameo plant closure is indicative of Ritter’s failed policy

In its editorial urging local legislators to sit and watch while jobs are lost at the Cameo Power Plant, The Daily Sentinel misses the vital point at hand:

Xcel is closing the plant in substantial response to the Climate Action Plan developed by Gov. Bill Ritter, a plan that creates significant regulatory bias against coal-fired power generation in Colorado. Gov. Ritter’s Climate Action Plan is motivated by the same heresy propelling the cap-and-trade movement in Washington, and the Cameo Power Plant is the first power source in its crosshairs.

Indeed, when I predicted three years ago that the Cameo Power Plant would be the first fatality of Bill Ritter’s new energy economy, the Sentinel scoffed at the notion, just as the paper argued at the time that Ritter’s oil and gas restrictions were A-OK.

Far from a response to the ebb-and-flow of the economy, the closure of the Cameo Power Plant represents exactly what’s wrong with government these days — rapacious left-wing ideology making its way into public policies, killing jobs and strangling the economy at a time when times are tough enough.

Sadly, the Sentinel’s editorial gave Bill Ritter and the Democrats political cover to impose a different kind of cap-and-trade in our Grand Valley — capping energy production, and trading still more jobs from our Grand Valley.

SEN. JOSH PENRY Grand Junction

Property owners shouldn’t claim waterway ownership

I don’t understand how property owners can claim ownership of a waterway any more than they can claim ownership of the land beneath a public road or highway that abuts or divides their property.

In fact, those waterways should have public rights of way just as roads and highways do, if not alongside the waterway, at least at bridge crossings.

Why should a road right-of-way, which is a “given” in all other circumstances, end where it crosses a waterway? People using the waterway, which they should have every right to do, could depend on definite put-in and take-out points at bridges.

SUE HUGHEY Grand Junction

Heart patient may not need new heart

I am writing regarding the Feb. 8 story in The Daily Sentinel about Addison Scott, the local girl born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The article was a little misleading.

Readers were given the impression that Addison’s heart surgeries were either unsuccessful or had been unexpected. In fact the headline stated explicitly that she would need a heart transplant by age five. This is not true.

In fact, Addison is right on schedule for the most widely utilized treatment for her condition. This involves a series of planned surgeries, known collectively as the Norwood procedure.

The first two surgeries are done in infancy and the third surgery is typically done between 2 and 4 years old. This sequencing allows a heart with only one ventricle to work as close to normal as possible. Addison has completed the first two (and most difficult) surgeries and is currently awaiting the planned third surgery, probably next year.

The real story here is the story of a young girl who is overcoming a life-threatening condition with dignity. Her parents, sister and brother have given freely of themselves to see Addison through her first year. In spite of the challenges, they have maintained the spirit of family, doing what was necessary. In fact, after all they have been through, Addison’s mother Angela is now reaching out to the community, not asking for pity, but seeking others with common experiences in order to be mutually supportive.

This is a family of heroes and I salute all of them. Most of all I marvel at Addison, whose smile lights up a room. This is not a story of the failing of a heart, it is a story of the triumph of a spirit.


PERA recipients earned their retirement

To the people complaining about PERA, let me fill you in on some facts.

As a retired Colorado state employee, I pay $545a month for health insurance. I was not given a choice of retirement funds to pay into.

PERA is probably not in any worse shape than Social Security, so with your attitude about PERA maybe I should hope yours goes broke and no one will help you out.

I’m sure you can count on Congress, to help since they don’t pay into Social Security and get a great retirement after serving for as little as four years. They also don’t pay for their Cadillac health insurance plans. We do.

There was not a day in the 30 years I worked that I wasn’t spit on, bit, kicked, hit, shoved or worse, but I did a job that you probably wouldn’t have done and started out making $350 a month and glad to have made that. Most PERA retirees worked just as hard or harder for their retirement as anyone else.

LORIE COLLUM Grand Junction


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