E-mail letters, Jan. 8

Minimum wage helps

to drive inflation

In reference to Bill Grant’s column in The Daily Sentinel Jan. 6, as an employer in Grand Junction I have no intention of lowering the minimum wage for my

employees 3 cents.

Since Amendment 42 was passed two years ago, the average increase has been 25 cents. Every hourly employee expects that same raise, so the entire staff gets a raise not based on performance, automatically at the first of the year.

I am just guessing but most employers then pass that cost on to the consumer through increased prices, thus decreasing the purchasing power of the employee who just got the raise. So in a normal economy (which this is not) the increase in the consumer price index is partially driven by the increase in the minimum wage.

Maybe we should peg the minimum wage to the increase in government spending. Then all minimum-wage employees would be multi-millionaires.

Spike Howard

Grand Junction

Parking has improved

with downtown projects

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+ spaces added by the (underutilized) 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 (when?) 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 in the downtown than in any other shopping area in Grand Junction. Isn’t that what we should be telling our customers?

Please support downtown.

Bill Wagner

Grand Junction



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