Printed letters, February 13, 2013
Much thanks to The Daily Sentinel and Gary Harmon for the excellent continued coverage of the discussion to redesignate the Colorado National Monument as a national park.
I just wanted to make some important clarifications regarding your Feb. 11 article: Our group’s goal is to coalesce support for an astounding opportunity.
We did not present a resolution for Club 20’s Tourism Committee to approve. We made a presentation, but all of the wording of the resolution was theirs.
Though it’s true Club 20’s resolution refers to a Fruita water line on the monument, our research tells us that 100-plus-year-old line has been ruled out for any future use, per an agreement between the city of Fruita and monument representation. There are no inherent water sources within monument boundaries and no city, county or individual water rights will be impacted by designation as a national park.
Further, Club 20’s Tourism Committee resolution requested a newly formed park be required to hold two bicycle events per year, and I’m certain that when Congressman Scott Tipton and Sen. Mark Udall create legislation, they will consider that request.
TERRI L. CHAPPELL
Grand Valley Region Citizens for a National Park
Colorado National Monument should keep current name
The vast expanse of land that lies west and south of Grand Junction, known as Colorado National Monument, is so named for a reason. Those sandstone spirals and deep canyon walls of Morrison and Kayenta formations are indeed monuments — statues — a testimonial to the unique beauty that is western Colorado and part of this Grand Valley.
For far too long now, those of us who were born, raised or spent most of our lives here have been subjected to changes that, at best, were unnecessary. An example is our airport. For 75 years it was known as Walker Field. Then suddenly one day, that was no longer acceptable. And our city fathers changed the name to “Big City Metropolis Municipal Airport,” just to put us on the map.
Then, of course, Mesa State College, which had served exceedingly well with that name for decades, was suddenly too obscure for our local bureaucrats. The answer? Another name change crammed down our throats. Welcome to “Big City Metropolis University.” Perhaps now those scholarly skulls full of mush can find us on a map.
And now comes the latest assault on the national monument, with the same urgency for a name change, citing the same arguments: obscurity, attendance, access, etc. However, it’s really more about the almighty dollar. Our commissioners, town council, mayor and Club 20 have been hell-bent for some time on turning us into “Denver West.”
And, I submit that they are well on their way to attaining that goal. We have the pollution, congestion, traffic-flow woes, crime, violence, drugs, gangs, graffiti, all the things that make Denver such a desirable place to live.
Now, evidently many of us don’t care. But if we truly cherished what we have here, we would put a stop to this name-change nonsense. We’d find a way to keep our mouths shut, stop calling attention to ourselves at any cost, stop promoting ourselves at any price and stay off the radar. Leave our monument a monument, simply because it is one.
National park status would boost area economy
My grandfather used to hang out with John Otto, whose original intent was for a Colorado Monument National Park.
National Park status puts you in front of a lot more visitors from around the world and our own country. That visibility translates in many more dollars from tourism and a better economy for the surrounding communities.
In reviewing all the information for a redesignation to a national park, I can’t see any negative impact. It is truly a win-win situation. I would hope that folks would support this great idea and, if they have concerns about anything, that they ask questions to get those concerns cleared up.
Ninth Amendment protects rights that aren’t named
There are many problems in the United States, and the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution could solve every one of them.
Hardly anyone seems to know of the Ninth Amendment, as I have asked them. It reads, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
ALAN R. STORY
Second-grader requests sidewalks for Nisley
Did you know that Nisley Elementary School has no sidewalks near the school? All the way from my house to school, there are no sidewalks, and Orchard Avenue is full of cars.
I don’t like walking in the mud. In the fall I was walking in tall weeds. In winter it is slippery and snowy. I can’t even ride my scooter to school.
We need sidewalks. Will the sidewalk people please put sidewalks down Orchard Avenue by Nisley School? I am John, and I am a second-grader at Nisley.