Printed letters, Jan. 12, 2010

Parking downtown is better than most places

Parking has always been a hot topic downtown. But the reality is that there has been a net gain in on-the-street parking spaces downtown in the past few years, without even taking into account the 100-plus spaces added by the (under utilized) parking garage. In fact, a new breezeway now blesses Main Street, and especially the 400 block, with a direct connection from the parking garage.

After several years of planning and dozens of meetings involving every segment of the community, the so- called “superblock” is now a watered-down version of what many of those participants envisioned, and of which an overwhelming majority of the involved community members voted for.

One would think the merchants, landowners and politicians now carping about the loss of “most” of the parking on the 400 block would have at least lent an ear to the community members (customers) who took the time to participate in that planning process. These folks overwhelmingly asked for a far more progressive plan than what they’re going to get now, especially if the powers-that-be cave in to the naysayers.

They have gladly exchanged a few parking spaces on Main Street for the incredible amenities that will be added to Main Street, especially to the 400 block, by the Uplift Project as currently designed.

I would suggest that we all change the negativity regarding a perceived parking problem, and look forward to extending a celebratory welcome to an incredible downtown renovation, one that could rival the original Project Foresight in it’s vision. Please support progress.

I’ll venture a guess that from wherever you park to the front of any store you want to go, it’s likely to be a shorter distance downtown than in any other shopping area in Grand Junction. Isn’t that what we should be telling our customers? Please support downtown.


VA Hospital is a model for public-run health care

I have been a fan of the Veterans Affairs medical care system for a number of years, and would most likely not be here today without them. I get tired of hearing all the complaints and whimpering about the VA.

I am not in favor of a government-controlled health program because it will destroy our current system, just as the government shows incompetence in everything else it does. If the government could run a national system as well as they run the VA, perhaps national care could work.

The problems that arise with VA care are a result of having a tremendous workload and a poor government support system. The successes most likely are a result of the military ties within the design of the VA and competent caring staff. Our military is probably the only other government entity that works comparatively well. Like the military, there is a hurry-up-and-wait problem, but just try going to a civilian ER and see if it works any better for you.

A few months ago, I went to the VA emergency room, and 30 minutes later I was in surgery, waking later in intensive care. My care for the week spent recovering until discharge was excellent. The doctors were kind, informative and caring. The nursing staff was spot on, and even the food was good. I have nothing but good to say about my care, and a grateful thank- you to all those who helped speed my recovery — including the surgical team, nursing staff, administrators, housekeeping folks and kitchen people.

May all of you have a healthy and prosperous New Year. My best to all of you from a grateful veteran and patient.



Humans are on Earth as a result of evolution

I strongly endorse the letter written by Charles Blount in response to a letter by Mike Nevins.

What Mr. Nevins does not seem to realize is that evolution is scientific fact. It would be a sad day for this country if we were to start teaching myths in science classes instead of fact-based science.

We, as humans, are here on this planet as the result of a long evolutionary process. Mr. Nevin needs to adjust his religious beliefs to fit the science. If we are to remain in a leadership position in science, then we need to have science and math instruction that is the best in the world, with students getting a firm understanding of the scientific method.



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