Printed Letters: April 11, 2017

United Way thanks community volunteers

Our agencies wouldn’t exist without volunteers. Shoestring staff and frugal budgets limit what small nonprofits can do, however, volunteers make the difference. That’s why for National Volunteer Week (April 23-29) we would like to say thank you.

Volunteers put others’ needs in front of their own. Volunteers take time away from their busy lives to help others navigate an illness, deliver meals to homebound seniors, or read with children who are struggling. Many of our local nonprofit organizations have paid staff and the skills to manage the day-to-day operations, however, often it’s volunteers who spread the word, staff events, and raise the funds. Here at United Way of Mesa County, it’s our volunteers who decide where donations will be invested.

We call them our allocations team. Each of these nearly 50 volunteers spends dozens of hours training, reading grants, paying visits to local agencies, and making tough decisions on how best to allocate funds. As you can imagine, it’s not easy to find volunteers who are committed and make the time to help our community. Their funding decisions impact an estimated one in three people in our county. Allocations volunteers then recommend funding decisions to United Way of Mesa County’s Board of Directors (also a group of volunteers) for approval.

Helping others is in our DNA. Not everyone however, has the time, resources or energy. In closing, we want to extend to all of you who passionately reach a hand out to help, share a skill, or spend your time making a difference, our most heartfelt appreciation.

You keep the missions within our community going by choosing to serve others. If you’d like to find out how to get involved, go to: http://getconnected.wc211.org/.

GREG COREN
President Elect
Mesa County United Way 
Board of Directors
Grand Junction

Majority of residents would not benefit from events center

In Sunday’s letters, Mr. Anton lamented about the fiscal opportunity that was passed up by the defeat of 2A. Wake up? Well, I think it’s time for the backers of the events center and for improvement to the Two Rivers Convention Center to wake up.

You can’t continue to fool the masses into thinking how great this is going to be for them, when in reality it’s the few that really see real benefits. What they (the masses) are really saying “when are you going to do something for us?” A rec center would give all the ability to benefit, and would give the youth a place to go instead of the streets.

If you are all so sure this is such a great deal, why don’t you produce the year-ending numbers of the existing locations for the last 15 years and show how great were the benefits for the “masses?” Had the benefits been as projected, the city would be rolling in benefit dollars!

ROBERT BROWN
Clifton

CMU faculty publicly flaunts
 policy abbetting immigrants

In his April 7 letter, CMU’s Faculty Senate President Dr. Johnny Snyder openly stated the faculty’s intention to protect and support “undocumented students, staff and faculty” to the full extent of the law.

The plain fact, however, is that in the eyes of the law these euphemistically described “undocumented” individuals are illegal aliens. The Senate’s torturous disregard and tiptoeing around this fundamental issue parallels the output from some of the now fashionable “campus safe spaces,” …where never is heard…a discouraging word…and the skies are not cloudy all day.

Nations choose whom, and on what terms, foreigners may enter their countries, not the other way around. This foundational principle of sovereignty apparently was never learned by, or perhaps has now been dismissed by, CMU’s smug, self-appointed guardian angels as they publicly flaunt their abetting policy.

BUD MARKOS
Grand Junction

Citing CAP does nothing to advance journalistic neutrality

I read the story in Saturday’s edition and simply cannot let it pass when your reporter, in the second paragraph of the above-the-fold front page story on Bears Ears, made an attempt to bolster the authority of the study by citing the Center for American Progress as a “non-partisan” policy institute.

As Mr. Webb should have known, the CAP is a well-known and extremely partisan left-wing advocacy group with very strong ties to the Obama administration.

However you feel about Bears Ears, such misrepresentation does nothing to advance any sense of journalistic neutrality (it was not on the editorial page) in a now suspect but otherwise interesting article.

BOB LOVE
Grand Junction


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Mr. Markos was not “impressed” with the letter from Mr. Snyder, relative to the issue of immigrants.  Some of us are even less impressed with the ultra-nationalistic sentiments expressed by this gentleman and many others like him. What they need to remind themselves is that those “immigrants” are also human beings, something which such as Mr. Markos have apparently never learned to accept.

There are different ways of handling things and a “law” which is not humane is bad law.  Separation of families is inhumane, and so is deporting those who have never known anything but this country “dreamers”.  Those are individuals who may have a much better understanding and appreciation of what this country is really all about than do those such as Mr. Markos, or citizens who, and purely by accident of birth, have lived here all of their lives.

Now, perhaps Mr. Markos would be satisfied with “trains” moving South, but some of us are not prepared for, nor are we willing to accept such a practice, although many (in their ultra-nationalistic fervor) would like that to see that happen.

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