Printed Letters: December 1, 2016

Underpass will enhance the Riverfront Trail

Kudos to the Mesa County commissioners for taking the lead in constructing the much-needed underpass beneath 29 Road for connection to the Riverfront Trail. I am a frequent rider of the section of trail from Las Colonias to Corn Lake, and crossing 29 Road is extremely dangerous.

Traffic is generally going at a high rate of speed, and the drivers are not anticipating the crossing of the road or the presence of walkers or bike riders. This situation is an accident waiting to happen. I am just glad that the work is slated for the summer of 2017 instead of waiting for someone to be injured or killer before something was done.

Thank you again to our Mesa County commissioners. This action will greatly enhance the safety and usability of the Riverfront Trail that runs through our valley.

KATIE STEELE
Grand Junction

Jill Stein is fronting for 
Clinton in recount

As the new serial drama “Recount Vote America” splashes across the media, the saga becomes increasingly apparent as being explained by one of two possibilities:

1) Jill Stein, a magna cum laude Harvard graduate, an MD who practiced internal medicine for 25 years and who is an obviously highly intelligent person, has become completely unhinged and now lives in a parallel (or other) universe; or

2) Jill Stein is fronting for Saint Hillary the Innocent, whose hallmarks of operation are “plausible deniability” and “leave no fingerprints behind,” while all the time operating the levers of control from behind the curtain.

Stein’s attack, based on flimsy allegations of voter fraud, just happens to target the three battleground states that could swing the election results. Clinton’s camp, piggybacking on Stein’s originating actions, then just happens to join in as ostensible observers. With the presidency as the prize, who can doubt the presence of a silent guiding hand?

Having garnered only about 1 percent of the national vote, Stein’s assertions of virtuous patriotism are farcical on their face. The more likely conclusion is “Jill the Shill.” Viewed through that lens, the totality of her actions quickly dismiss possibility number one above.

BUD MARKOS
Grand Junction

Recent column offered voice of reason and encouragement

Over the past year I have observed the editorial board offering readers a voice of reason and encouragement for moderation in presidential politics. Your column on Nov. 25, “Too little, too late,” was a case in point. Thank you for spotlighting the racial, religious and orientation crimes and intimidation that are happening throughout our country and community. Thank you for your call to action for President-elect Donald Trump to vigorously speak out against this disturbing trend. It’s really this simple for me. When an election causes a great number of people to feel targeted and fearful, something has gone very, very wrong.

JACQUE PIPE
Grand Junction

Front-page story on 
Thanksgiving was inspiring

Thank you so much for covering the front page with the inspiring story about Fred Pierce and Jerry Tuffy on Thanksgiving Day.

This is what Thanksgiving is all about — love, caring, friendship and family. It seems that all we read anymore is about the child abuse or sexual deviation so prevalent in this community. To read such a wonderful story of love and friendship was a real gift, especially on Thanksgiving Day.

I am honored to know Fred Pierce and I know of no one more deserving of receiving such an incredible gift from a beloved friend. Fred is a beautiful soul who touches everyone with his quiet, gentle manner. He is a deeply caring person who gives a lot to others. I know he would not want that known.

My father died of the same liver disease when he was 42 and I was five. My memories of him are treasured, but too few. The time was so limited. Fred’s children are now grown, but because of Jerry they will have many more treasured memories with their father.

May God be with both of them as they make their journey next month. Thank you for bringing this wonderful story to your readers/

JUDY RITCHEY
Grand Junction

Money spent saving animals should be used to feed children

I wonder how many poor children could be fed with the money spent on lawsuits to save the humpback chub, sage grouse, pike minnow, Utah tortoise, and mustangs. I fail to see the need to save everything. Just like the Jurassic period, nature takes care of its own. Are any of them really needed? Children can live without them, but can’t live without healthy nourishment.

R.M. SHERMAN
Grand Junction


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Mr. Markos makes the claim that, in her demand for a recount, Ms. Stein is “fronting” for Ms. Clinton.  Some of us would ask Mr. Markos if he has anything more than supposition or “I believe it therefore it must be true” to make such a charge.  If he does, then perhaps he should present it in his so-called “opinion”, and if he does not, his entire opinion should get the treatment it actually deserves, immediately thrown into the “round file”.

Mr. Laitres is correct.  I too would like to see his “proof” for his opinion.  Stein is exercising the right of all citizens to request a re-count.  Of course it all costs millions for a recount.  Most of Trump’s appointees for his cabinet could pay for the recount out of their own pockets and not notice the loss.  Stein is not a Billionaire, neither is Clinton…ergo Stein asked for donations and the People responded.

Mr. Sherman, do you not understand that no creature stands alone in survival?  The Earth is a living breathing ecosystem dependent on balance.  Like your own body, you cannot live without a heart.  It is the concept of holism.  Look it up.  In medicine, you have multiple “specialists” like a cardiologist, neurologist, hematologist, etc. Yet without your general practitioner, the holistic practitioner, your care would be totally disjointed.  The same in Nature.

Mr. Sherman:
    Your logic indicates to me that you would not be an individual with whom I would choose to be with on a sinking Titanic.  For their, your “thinking” would be “We don’t have to save everyone, just me”.  Sorry, Mr. Sherman, but unlike the romantic notion some have of themselves, that they can stand alone, none of us stands alone.  That is true between human beings and it is true between human beings and other species as well.  Failure to recognize that means that the human species becomes little else than a pariah, and is what will insure its own destruction, and long before the 1,000 years Stephen Hawkins predicted was the amount of time left on this planet.

“Yes, those others need stuff, but I want to play” is the logic many express in their opinions in favor of this or that public works project.  Some of us have learned that “playing” is for those whose work is completed, and not in its stead.  And, as far as I know, no living individual is exempt from work, not as an employee, but as a human being and, if a citizen, as a citizen.

We have too many being “bribed” with taxpayer monies, for no other reason than they want this or that with some of that “free” money, otherwise referred to as “grants” or “subsidies”. What is hypocritical about it is that it is all too frequently those same individuals (many of them seniors who should know better) will turn right around and complain about the cost of medical care, housing, and food for those truly in need.

Mr. Jacque Pipe would do well to look back at what the Trump campaign largely consisted of.  It was directed at this and or that minority or group of individuals, raising fear and apprehension throughout this country.  To now ask that same individual to turn right around and preach otherwise (and be believable in that role) is not only not reasonable but extremely foolhardy.  It would be like far too many who, while they may preach the words “Love thy neighbor” can’t even stand people.

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