Printed letters, April 7, 2013

Two entities in the Grand Valley should re-examine their original purposes for existing.

It would be appropriate and useful for the new City Council to study carefully its mission and to state clearly what the council’s goals are and to communicate them to the voters in our city.

Last week’s action relative to the Chamber of Commerce was vindictive and childish. That decision should be and will be reversed forthwith. The new council should resist any attempt to micromanage other city and county entities with which the council has representation.

It would be great for the Chamber of Commerce to also review its mission and to seek clear direction from its members relative to its activities.

Most importantly, it is vital to recommunicate established goals and purposes to the members of our community using any willing media. I look forward to reading them.


Grand Junction

Are state, EPA, others 
in denial over spills?

I am sure someone will educate me if I am wrong, but I think that if, as a private citizen, I spill 25 gallons of gas on the ground, it is a reportable incident and EPA will tell me how to clean it up and dispose of the waste.

In December, an energy company has a spill and cleans up more than 25 gallons but never reports it until it starts digging around in the area and says, “Oops, what’s going on here?” Then, for weeks we see the figure of 10,000 gallons in the ground and the rest evaporated, as if it was no big deal.

Now, within the last 10 days we see the figure of 40,000 galloons as the amount that evaporated into the air. To me, 40,000 gallons of hydrocarbons evaporating into the air seems like a figure that would arouse some concern someplace (well, OK, not in the Colorado Department of Health). So far there has been nothing said about that pollution or what’s going to be done about it.

Does that mean that the state, EPA and everyone else is going to ignore any spill of fewer than 40,000 gallons if it evaporates within two weeks? Hmmm.




The deaths of the Jensen boys 
certainly were not ‘accidental’

This letter is in response to The Daily Sentinel article on May 2:“Plea deal offered to Jensen.”

Apparently Mesa County forensic pathologist Robert Kurtzman does not know the difference between “accidental” and “negligent.” According to the article, Kurtzman “ruled the deaths were accidental.”

Heather Jensen’s actions on the night of Nov. 27, 2012, which caused the death of her two sons, were anything but accidental. This was negligence of care at its very worst that resulted in death, and Jensen needs to be held accountable according to letter of the law.

I hope that the district attorney’s office knows the difference between “accidental” and “negligent” at her hearing.


Grand Junction


Chained CPI method would 
unfairly impact seniors

Congressional lawmakers need to listen up. Revising the way Social Security beneficiaries receive cost of living increases is grossly unfair. Social Security has not contributed one dime to the current deficit.

According to the experts on the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the chained CPI proposal means someone who’s 65 now will lose about $130 per year in benefits. That benefit cut will grow to around $1,400 per year by the age of 95.

This chained CPI method is a cruel trick that will impact nearly 500,000 Coloradans who rely on Social Security.

I’m a Colorado senior and a woman, and I know the chained CPI method will disproportionately affect women. We live longer; fewer of us have other pensions; and our social security benefits are based on lower earnings than men because we stay home to raise children and take care of parents.

Our congressional representatives need to think about their moms, grandmothers, aunts and sisters who will bear the burden of a Social Security benefit cut. We need to tell our representatives and senators to reject the chained CPI method.




North I-70 development 
no draw for new business

Recently, we had visitors who drove to our home via I-70 coming from Denver. We had told them of our beautiful valley of orchards and red rock canyons in hopes of luring them to move here with their lucrative business.

What they saw first was the various “homes” scattered north of Palisade and Grand Junction on the desert below the Bookcliffs, which can only be described as junk yards. Our friends were not impressed.

Shame on our Mesa County commissioners for allowing this kind of trashing. Don’t we have any restrictions on using land (even private land) as a “land-fill”?  It has only gotten worse year after year!  It is time to step up, do your jobs and take action.




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