Printed letters, August 28, 2013
On behalf of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, I would like to publicly thank and acknowledge the work done by Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennett to help one of the Grand Valley’s job creators.
As noted in the Aug. 23 edition of The Daily Sentinel, small-business owner Tom Kliensntiz was faced with some very real threats to the future viability of Adventure Bound and the ability of that company to continue to operate rafting trips through Dinosaur National Monument.
National Park Service officials were placing some additional requirements on anyone wishing to continue to have a concessionaire license in the monument, without even the opportunity for public comment as to the appropriateness or necessity of these requirements.
The Grand Junction chamber, along with others, wrote our congressional delegation asking for help. Time was of the essence as the permitting process was about to close.
Both senators and their staffs responded quickly, and we truly believe that their intervention in requesting that these requirements be reviewed was instrumental in the subsequent cancellation of the process. The issue is still not totally resolved, but at least for now one small business that contributes to our economy will have some assurances that his business will be allowed to operate in the monument.
We truly appreciate that Udall and Bennett stood up for a job creator in our community. Well done.
GOP resistance to Obamacare will cause suffering for many
Some in the GOP want to refuse to raise the debt ceiling until Obamacare is defunded. In plain English, that means that they will not pay their bills until 30 million people are denied insurance, young adults cannot be on parents’ plans, insurance companies will not have to take those with pre-existing conditions (almost everyone over 40), insurance companies can drop those who get too sick, Medicare’s life is shortened by 10 years, free preventive checkups are gone, no more drug help in the donut hole for seniors, an end to state market places and no expansion of Medicaid for home care.
The Republican House voted 40 times to defund the Affordable Care Act. So, the gun to America’s head is either destroy help to millions or they will destroy what’s left of the American economy.
Republicans have already refused to end sequester, which takes about 0.5 percent off the American economy. They have refused to work with Democrats to improve infrastructure or do anything that might lead to jobs. Most are against an immigration bill that would add billions to the economy.
The GOP view of life is one where the wealthy do what they want while the rest work for as close to nothing as possible. They want to keep people from voting and make college for the privileged. Evidently to help someone other than the wealthy is “big government.”
The GOP has no solutions. Its members will not work to solve problems. They exist by exploiting fears, misinformation, prejudice and Obama hatred.
Emphasize positive news to attract more tourists
The “Tackling Tourism” report in the Aug. 18 business section of The Daily Sentinel emphasizes that Mesa County lags behind the state in tourism dollars and tries to answer the question why.
Think about it. If you were looking for a place to visit, let alone bring a family to live or establish a business, would you select a place where the media, including this newspaper, spotlight a failed and bankrupt cop who is now a representative of the people, an elected councilman who beats up his woman, con artists, child abusers and sexual predators?
Want to find a panhandler? Refer to the local paper for a map highlighting the choice locations. This type of coverage may sell papers but it does nothing to sell this community.
Perhaps the answer to trailing tourism dollars lies in the lack of coverage of events that indicate what a grand place the Grand Valley is. Refer to the Aug. 19 edition of the Sentinel that pictures Gary Ambrosier leading the all-volunteer Centennial Band. Along with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the King N Trio, the band entertained more than 2,500 people at the Evening Under the Stars event in Lincoln Park.
What a nice break from the usual coverage of corrupt and salacious events presented as news. This is really a nice place to visit, live and do business in. Why not get the word out?
ROBERT A. TALLARICO
Open burning season unfair to those with breathing issues
I am very upset that open burning starts next week. There are a lot of us who have breathing problems, and many even have to leave the area while others are burning.
This is so unfair that we can’t breathe when we go outside while this is going on. I don’t understand why burning is encouraged in Grand Junction.