Printed letters, August 30, 2013
To all of you out there who think you’re being treated like a redheaded stepchild and want to secede from the state of Colorado, here are some of your burdens as a new state:
✓ Creating and maintaining a criminal justice system: state prisons, court system with judges, buildings, etc.
✓ Financially providing for all your educational needs — state schools K through college. What? You don’t have a college? If you send your kids to Colorado colleges, we will charge you out-of-state tuition. If you already have a college (UNC), you will now have to support it. If you don’t and it closes its doors, all of its employees, students and business they generate will be lost.
✓ Providing funding for all of your transportation needs: highways, license plates, airports and the like.
✓ Try to implement these services in your mostly rural counties without raising taxes (the root of all evil). If taxes are raised disproportionately on businesses, they will likely move out of state. There goes your revenue!
✓ Dealing with workmen’s comp, unemployment benefits, Medicaid, state employee benefits, illegal immigrants and a host of other services now taken for granted, including responding to natural disasters.
✓ Shopping in larger cities not included in your new state, but we in Colorado don’t accept out-of-state checks or do deliveries out of state.
Wyoming doesn’t need your baggage. Leave it out of the picture.
It may be bad right now, but it could always be worse. You might try to get along with those in Colorado. (Remember, you elected some of your state representatives.) If, however, you choose not to, do the rest of us a favor. Please secede. Act in haste; repent in leisure.
Santa Cruz acknowledged debt to GJ’s Operation Foresight
City Manager Joe Lacy’s Operation Foresight really did inspire towns all over the United States. I should know; I live in one of them.
The city of Santa Cruz has acknowledged its debt to Grand Junction more than once (see “Pacific Garden Mall is remembered 40 years after its founding and 20 years since its demise,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, Oct. 3, 2009, and “Santa Cruz unveils downtown sculptures,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, Nov. 14, 2008).
Anyway, I’m glad I saw Greg Ruland’s front-page story in The Daily Sentinel Sunday morning. I’m saving it, just like I saved the 40-page special supplement you guys published to commemorate Operation Foresight’s 25th anniversary on July 22, 1987.
Grand Junction and
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Expanding trail system means liabilities and opportunities
My only experience with trails along canals or irrigation ditches is from Glenwood Springs. Obviously, they were not scaled up to the size in the Grand Valley. When the agricultural economy changed or was superseded by urban development, they were abandoned and the right of way became coveted by adjacent homeowners.
The point is, no one wants to share water or waterways. It’s the story of the desert West. Understand the liabilities of having people frequent the canal banks. There is the possibility of vandalism, accidents and crime, not to mention the intrusion of people over or near otherwise personal space. Lawyers can demonstrate these facts all day.
The bigger issue is the vision and design of potential trails and how truly unique the Grand Valley canal systems are. Think the bicycle tourism of Fruita is great? Think how much more appeal a 600-mile trail system would be with the accompanying water. It could change the caliber of the economy and the quality of life in the valley.
In this age of contentiousness driven by self-interest, money and lawyers, we are surrendering to just those interests without a care about you, John Q. Public. Once a waterway is abandoned, it loses a dimension of its charm and then is a real unshared liability — a great place for repossession and atrophy.
The irrigation companies need some assurance to cover liabilities such as lawsuits and property damage. The bottom line: Agriculture gets its allotted water. A trail system could facilitate maintenance and/or even build better infrastructure for this. The water companies don’t need a bulldog attorney to defend their interest; they need an awakening to make the economy bloom.
Corporations deserve credit for increasing job numbers
I am always amazed at the spin that liberals such as Judith Chapin put on the reason that our country is in such trouble with creating jobs. They always blame the corporations for it, ignoring the fact that corporations are the ones that actually create jobs and allow people to work.
Chapin also totally ignores the fact that ObamaCare and Obama’s anti-business policies are the main reasons that corporations are changing the way they employ people so that they do not go out of business, thus putting more people out of work. Chapin and the rest of the liberals need to get into the real world.