Printed Letters: August 8, 2017

Palisade High in need of additional gym space

Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the maintenance staff, the main gymnasium at Palisade High School is still in very good condition. The floor has been refurbished, handrails installed on the bleachers for safety, heating and ventilation systems repaired, and scoreboards replaced when they were no longer operational.

This has all been done without asking the public for money. The staff at Palisade High School takes exceptional care of the gym, sweeping the floor multiple times a day and ensuring the proper footwear is worn to protect the floor. The school has been very good stewards of what they have.

An auxiliary gym is on the list of items covered in the upcoming bond. Six years after the original school building was constructed 25 years ago, the west academic building was added in 1998, due to the steady increase in student population. With the funds left over an “auxiliary gym” was also built. These funds afforded a gym with the usable space having dimensions of just 48 feet wide by 53 feet long. This makes it far too small for any sport to play or practice there except table tennis. So to be a good steward of the space they were given, they turned it into a weight room. Even still, the first hour weights class of 75 kids must partially practice outside because there is not enough room for the equipment in the building.

I can tell you as a parent it was very difficult for me to watch our boys leave our home at 5 a.m. so they could make it to 5:30 a.m. practice – and when they had a game, not get home until 7 or 8 at night. These kids are incredibly dedicated to improving themselves, but this type of schedule hurts their education and their future. Please, take some time and read the dozens of reasons why we need this additional gym space, in addition to the other repairs our school desperately needs at http://www.citizensforsd51.com/palisade-high.

DONALD METZLER
Outgoing Palisade High Community Advisory Council President
Palisade

Support upcoming school bond and mill levy override election

The first school I attended was so poor that many of the children came to school barefoot (OK, maybe some preferred to come without shoes). In spite of this, the community found money for the public schools.

Throughout my years in public schools, the community found the money to support them. Many of these folks and business owners had no family members in the schools. My 12 years of public schools well prepared me for subsequent higher education. This story was repeated for my two children.

I was taught that a good gauge of a person’s character was how they took care of their obligations. Others helped pay to educate me and mine. I feel obliged to do the same.

Our current school board and administration are not perfect. However, I cannot see how their minor imperfections would relieve us from our obligations to support the upcoming school bond and mill levy override election.

Please join me in repaying part of our intergenerational debts.

DAVID AUSTIN
Grand Junction


When it comes to politics, 
common sense doesn’t apply

After having read Paul Muldowney’s letter on Aug. 2, I could not resist from trying to get him to understand the rules in the valley here. Paul, your idea of converting the Orchard Mesa Middle School to a recreation center is, and should be, a valid idea. But the problem is that it makes common sense and is logical. Neither the school board nor Grand Junction City Council will buy into it, since it would not only solve the idea of all those Grand Junction residents wanting a recreation center but also the school district having to pay to have it torn down. And it would defeat the idea of both of them justifying going back to the citizens and wanting more money to do whatever they are always wanting more money for from everybody.

It is too bad that common sense and logic do not prevail when it comes to some governmental agencies wanting and needing more money. When it comes to politics, common sense and logic do not apply.

JIM OWEN
Fruita

Laws should be passed holding people responsible for animals

While I don’t condone Mr. Haynes’s solution to his cat problem, I do sympathize with him. He was probably raised in an era when farmers would often take a gunnysack full of kittens down to the river to solve their cat problems. Certainly not humane, but it definitely solved their problem.

As far as I’m concerned, the first citation should have gone to Lisa DeShazer for allowing her animal to run wild. We have the same problem in my neighborhood: cats pooping in yards, killing birds, and leaving paw prints all over vehicles. They’re not pets; they’re pests. These people should be held to the same standards as dog owners and laws should be passed to hold them responsible for their animals. If you treat an animal like its disposable, don’t be shocked and indignant when they disappear.

ROY BAILEY
Fruita


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There are, such as Mr. Bailey and others, who complain about the pets of others, and they have that right.  Unfortunately, what they all too frequently do, is complain about “those others” while not really looking at themselves.

Some of us have pets, and do look after them, it being our responsibility to do so.  We are also accountable for whatever damage or inconvenience they may cause others.  There is, however, a limit to what can be done, with dogs, with cats, with horses and cattle, chickens, etc.  Laws are not the answer but getting individuals to accept responsibility is.

While some of us live out in the country, we experience the same things from dogs and cats.  The difference may be that we are more tolerant of these inconveniences than others.

If a horse comes onto our property, we don’t kill the horse, and if we find that a “cat” or dog comes on our property to “do its business” on our lawn or garden, we don’t over react for, after all, that is what they are, cats, dog, horses, etc.

When we know that it is someone’s pet, we will not destroy that animal simply because it has inconvenienced us (which is all such as Mr. Bailey is speaking about.  What we will do instead is train that animal to stay away from our property or send them home (then know where there home is). 

That dog or cat is, after all, not only a pet but the owner’s friend.  To kill that animal is not only inhumane, but displays a total lack respect for the feelings of others.

Society needs to beware of people like Mr. Haynes, who think little of committing animal cruelty and torturing animals to death. There is a clear link between animal cruelty and violence towards humans. Out of seven school shootings in the U.S. between 1997 and 2001, all involved males who had previously committed acts of cruelty towards animals. Animal abuse is a very strong predictor of violence towards humans. Of people arrested for crimes against animals, 65% had also been arrested for battery against another person.  [Degenhardt, B. 2005. Statistical Summary of Offenders Charged with Crimes against Companion Animals July 2001-July 2005. Report from the Chicago Police Department.]

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