Printed Letters: April 9, 2017
We need a solution to air pollution problem
I am writing to urge our county commissioners to work toward a solution to the air pollution problems in the county, and more specifically in the valley where the pollution seems to settle. I appreciate the changes to open burning rules passed by our City Council as a great start to solving a big problem.
I believe more needs to be done for the health of our residents and to attract new business to the Grand Junction area.
People do not want to live, play, or work in a dirty environment so it is time to talk about vehicle emissions and open burning except for ditch maintenance or when necessary for actual farming or ranching.
Resident proudly votes against event center, and for schools
I am proud to say I voted against the event center. It was not due to lack of marketing or “education” efforts by proponents. After the possibly reasonably paid jobs available to construction workers, the long-range “jobs” touted would be more low-wage service industry jobs in food service and hotels.
I am supportive of tax increases for our schools, whether or not a building project goes with it. Technology is expensive and our students deserve to keep up with Front Range students in technology, as well as the arts, which are underfunded and constantly under threat of being cut.
Rec center, not event center, should have been on ballot
I’m glad that the citizens turned down the event center. Maybe a lot of them remember how Two Rivers was supposed to be the next great thing in Grand Junction, and what a failure that has been. When was the last time anyone went there for anything besides a home and garden show?
Or The Avalon — that was supposed to attract all kinds of big name entertainment. All they do is show old movies and a few old has-beens. It certainly doesn’t pay for itself.
If the city, out-of-touch big shots, bothered to listen to the people who elected them, they would have seen the value of something like a recreation center that is used and pays for itself. Fruita and Montrose listened to what their citizens wanted, and made it work. The Grand Junction elite has always had their own agenda — always have, always will.
Residents pass up economic opportunity by voting down 2A
Regarding the story in Thursday’s paper “A Tale of Two States”: Really, Grand Junction? Wake up! Our community is dying. We get exactly what we asked for: a retirement community that is not progressive, that is not growing, and is stagnant. The very first paragraph of this article tells the tale comparing Denver’s thriving robust growing economy, while comparing that to the statement, “Western Slope residents tend to be somewhat disappointed with the lack of economic activity.” Really? How could the Western Slope residents be disappointed when they just voted against Measure 2A, the single largest economic opportunity it saw in years? Grand Junction, you have no idea the level of fiscal opportunity you just let pass you by on I-70 heading to Denver.
MICHAEL P ANTON
Physical activity important in mitigating health risks
This year’s annual cancer report held promising news: more Americans are surviving their cancer diagnoses, thanks to advancement in research, prevention, and early detection.
Still, with more than 1.6 million diagnoses anticipated this year, we have room to improve. This April is “Cancer Control Month,” so there’s no time like the present.
Research indicates a substantial proportion of cancers might be prevented with lifestyle changes. While activists and celebrities woo consumers with organic juice diets and stainless steel bottles, the key to prevention is likely much less trendy.
Research indicates that physical activity is the strongest deterrent of breast cancer recurrence. Patients who exercise at least 2.5 hours each week are 40 percent more likely to stay in remission. Evidence also suggests the tangential effect of reducing obesity decreases one’s risk of eight of the 14 common cancers.
Exercise is also far more important than diet in mitigating health risks. Studies comparing diets high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and chicken against diets high in processed grains, processed meats, and red meats found cancer occurs equally between the two.
This April, ensure your prevention strategies are scientifically sound by talking to your doctor, and leaving the celebrity endorsements to Hollywood.
JOSEPH PERRONE, Sc.D.
Chief Science Officer
Center for Accountability in Science