Printed Letters: Feb. 28, 2017

All laws, even TABOR, need tweaks over time
Two things: Whether or not I agree with Dan Thurlow, as a resident of Grand Junction and a constituent I appreciate that he accepts the responsibility to address the problems of government. This is both unusual and important at a time when so many of our state and national legislators are so party-line doctrinaire.

Second, and with regard to both Rep. Thurlow’s suggested revision for TABOR and Ms. Cox’s letter to the editor in Sunday’s Daily Sentinel, it should be understood that Rep. Thurlow’s amendment does not reject TABOR.  Rather, it only improves the way TABOR calculates Colorado’s economic growth. We must all recognize that most operating rules for almost any activity are modified as time passes, circumstances change and we all learn. Even that sacred document, the U.S. Constitution, has been amended 27 times in 229 years, or an average of once every 7.5 years. In contrast, the Thurlow amendment would be only one modification in TABOR’s 25-year history.

I thank Rep. Thurlow for serving all of us so well.

WILLIAM F. HYDE
Grand Junction


Urge local representatives to oppose harmful legislation
Our community is threatened by GOP attacks on thousands of Mesa County residents whose only “crime” is having no documantation. You might ignore this, saying “well, I’ve got documentation.” But when hundreds of business-owners in the valley cannot find experienced agricultural workers, our tax base will suffer.

When health-care and construction workers have been forced into hiding, that means a trickle-down, reducing food and fuel sales and rent receipts…serious blows to our fragile economy.

Ray Scott, our GOP state senator, and Dan Thurlow (Grand Junction District 55 state representative) and Yuelen Willett (Mesa County District 54 state representive) are responsible for whether or not Colorado hurts our families and our economy. Please let them know to oppose legislation that criminalizes the lives of our undocumented neighbors.

BOB RICKETTS
Grand Junction


Events center vote amounts to
 taxation without representation
I read with interest on the new convention center and request for the citizens of Grand Junction to vote on a one-quarter percent sales tax increase. I believe that everyone in the Grand Valley should be eligible to vote on this. The 36,990 getting to vote on the matter would not deliver the revenue to build this facility without the 54,000-plus non-city residents who get no say.

All those who live in the Grand Valley provide revenue in paying this tax you are requesting and we do not get to voice our opinion on spending this money and raising taxes without the overall approval of the Grand Valley.

ARTHUR EDWARDS
Grand Junction


Recent event center story lacked voices of opposition
The Sentinel’s Sunday article on the event center was interesting. From reading this, I felt as if I were alone in opposing the center. Talk about a voice crying in the wilderness. I’ve read other letters in opposition to this tax-money bottomless pit, but somehow even that little support seemed invisible in Ms. Hamilton’s otherwise decent article. I wonder, where their voices will be heard, with any significance, unless in the Sentinel? With the Sentinel a prime supporter of this shell game events center, the DDA’s visions of sugar plums bouncing around in their heads, and merchants hearing the golden sound of cash registers ca-chinging, I doubt our concerns will get much play.

How important to the needs of our valley is a D-level hockey and/or basketball venue? D-level, isn’t that just one small step away from an F? People that want to see good, amateur sports have multiple, excellent Division II sports at Colorado Mesa University. The ice rink and Veterans Park could be expanded at far less cost than a new arena and what’s wrong with the Avalon for music and plays? Wasn’t that a selling point? So why waste it?

It isn’t popular to be a tax-money conservative and believing community needs are more important budget matters than civic imagery, but with our law enforcement and fire departments being undermanned, underequipped and underpaid, our infrastructure not only poorly maintained but seemingly inadequate for future population growth, civic events centers in place being underutilized and a drain on our strained city-county bugets, how can anyone with a dog in this fight NOT be a fiscal conservative? Build it and they will come? Pie in the sky! How’s that worked out for the Avalon, Two Rivers and Veteran’s Park? Are folks from Moab, Rangely, Meeker, Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, DeBeque, Parachute, Rifle or Gleanwood Springs coming in large numbers to our venues? Realities are more pressing than idle dreams of gleaming, empty crystal palaces.

There are so many serious, important issues for our citiy and county to address that require sober thinking and planning that wasting time and tax money on ill-conceived dreams of bling-like luxuries is contemptible government and we citizens deserve better.

T. STREFF
Grand Juncton


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