E-mail letters, March 5, 2010

Safety zone needed at Caprock Academy

As a father to a wonderful little girl. I write this mainly to see if I might be able to get something done about a school zone for Caprock Acadamy.

I understand that it is not a conventional public school, but, as a taxpayer nevertheless, shouldn’t my kid and all the other kids who attend Caprock be as safe as the public school kids?

Duane Coffman


Recreation center needed

When is the city going to stop wasting our tax money and put it to good use?

We will soon to be into another summer with no place for our children and grandchildren to spend time that would be beneficial to the whole family. We need a recreation center here for the families (or a YMCA).

I have counted at least eight roundabouts that probably cost us enough money to have built a rec center. None of those roundabouts are necessary. A four-way stop sign would

have been just as good, if not better, for the cost of the signs and labor to put them in.

Main Street does not need a complete face lift when a few repairs could have worked fine. I could go on and on but the point is what do we have to do to get our money spent on our real needs and not what the city wants. We should have had a recreation center years ago.

Maybe if all of School District 51 schools would write a letter, have all the students sign

it and send it to our representatives or our congressman, we would get the rec center. I doubt if anything short of that will get it.

Linda Pinkerton

Grand Junction

Area residents can stop Mesa College body farm

The Mesa College body farm does not just affect a small group of discontented residents of the 29 Road and D Road area. It affects all of Mesa County .

Yes, we worry about our quality of life, odor, and possible spread of disease, but mostly about the fact that Mesa College (as officials have publicity stated) are not obligated to abide by city or county zoning laws.

Why are the college and other state entities not obligated to follow the same laws that us “mere mortals” must follow? It is dangerous and not right to leave all expansion decisions in the hands of empire builders.

This body farm will ruin our quality of life, lower property values and slow development in this area that is right in the middle of the city development plan. Most importantly, it will trample on the city and county rights to govern.

I urge all concerned citizens of Mesa County to become involved with letters, calls faxes and e-mails to all lawmakers. As a county, we can stop this.

As a group of 29 Road and D Road residents, we are doomed to live by the Mesa College stinking body farm.

Bob Carpendale

Grand Junction

Presidential cola

Socialism is like a cola. There are many kinds. There’s Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Light, Cherry Coke, Coke with Lime, Vanilla Coke, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, RC Cola, Diet Rite, Shasta Cola, supermarket generic cola, and many, many more. They are all basic colas but with different packaging and pricing and slight differences in taste. They are all short-term pleasures with no real staying power and bad long-term effects. And so goes socialism.

Currently, the president is a supermarket generic diet cola. But he likes to hang around and befriend and seek council from colas like Diet Pepsi, Pepsi, Diet Coke and yes, even from the real thing, Coca-Cola.

Forget about the images of the Beer Summit or betting the Canadian prime minister a six-pack of beer on the outcome of an Olympic hockey game or his doctor advising him to moderate his intake of alcohol, I worry that Obama will be upgrading his taste in colas.

Detlef Hoffmann

Grand Junction


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