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The city of Fruita and the towns of Palisade and Collbran all include their portion of the 1981 voter-approved county sales tax in their TABOR revenue limit calculation. Mesa County and the city of Grand Junction currently do not include this same sales tax in their respective TABOR calculations.

Coincidentally, Mesa County and Grand Junction are clients of Dee Wisor, a high-priced Denver attorney. Wisor is billed as a “TABOR expert,” but in reality, his specialty is in circumventing the TABOR amendment.

Perhaps the smaller municipalities of Mesa County should add a few more dollars to their budget line item, “out–of-town legal opinion fees,” so they, too, can join in this fleece of the taxpayer.


Grand Junction

Support for Rick Brainard 
at ceremony was dismaying

I attended the City Council swearing-in ceremony Monday, and, like many, turned my back on the swearing-in of Rick Brainard. Upon the completion of his swearing-in, those of us who had turned our backs walked out of the chambers in protest.

His supporters cheered and clapped for Brainard as we walked out. The remaining crowd was cheering for a guy who allegedly beat his girlfriend in front of her child.

God help us.


Grand Junction


Coons’ comment on working 
for greater good impressive

I was delighted to see that Harry Butler, in his first council meeting, has supported two issues that are appropriate to the concerns of the so-called middle-class taxpayers of Grand Junction.

To me, the only apparent reason for the city of Grand Junction to contribute $6,000 per year to the Chamber of Commerce would be to support those political activities designed for the financial enhancement of the ultra-conservative group that is trying, seemingly quite successfully, to affect as many aspects of Grand Junction as possible.

I was particularly impressed by the indirect quote from former councilor Teresa Coons, indicating she has tried to work for the greater good. Obviously, this is not going to be an emphasis for our new council.

I’m sure there will be more comment from The Daily Sentinel pertinent to the postponement of Councilor Rick Brainard’s hearing having to do with his self-confessed behavior.

It is so good that there have been several individuals talking about due process and all that sort of thing in his defense. I certainly wouldn’t want those individuals to be associated with my daughters or granddaughters.

Until very recently in my eighth decade, I’ve never had the opportunity to observe court action having to do with person-to-person physical activity. Unfortunately, I’ve had that opportunity in our neighborhood.

In attending, for the first time in decades, it became clearly obvious the results had nothing to do with what was right or wrong. It was contingent on who you know. Will that be the case with new Councilor Brainard?

My goodness, once again, we got what we voted for.


Grand Junction


Coons’ political career 
was not so accidental

Regarding the front-page article of May 6 on Teresa Coons:  First, I know and like her.  Second, she moves here and within just four years runs for Colorado state representative and then makes two successful runs for City Council and holds several government- appointed positions and still calls herself an “accidental politician,” as the story headline said.

If all of that is “accidental,” then please tell me what the definition is for an intentional politician.


Grand Junction


Teachers not the only ones 
who have demanding careers

In her column published May 5, Tyra Clinkingbeard’s barrage of accolades (very talented, deeply committed, qualified, caring, asked to do so much more, truly magnificent) portrays District 51 teachers as almost heaven-sent.

Perhaps some are, as several of her examples suggest. To those and their selfless actions, a salute for deeds well done. My guess, however, is that these are fundamentally good people who also hold teaching certificates.

Clinkingbeard asserts, “We do far more for kids than teachers in most other countries do.” Maybe so, maybe no. Attending athletic events and school plays is fine, but as a math teacher she must know, for example, U.S. high school graduates rank 32nd in mathematics globally. “Doing far more” still comes up plenty short for kids competing against the best.

As to her “12- to 14-hour day” lament, give it a rest already. Completely ignored in that perpetual pity-party is acknowledgment of other occupations with similar or greater demands.

And, to cite the obvious, those others don’t get two weeks’ vacation at Christmas, one week at spring break and three months in the summer.


Grand Junction


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