Printed letters, February 23, 2014

Sincere thanks to the thousands of Grand Valley residents, organizations and businesses that have signed on to support legislation to make the Colorado National Monument a national park.

National park status is not a random or arbitrary designation handed out on a whim or to “sell hot dogs and T-shirts.” In the National Park Service’s 142-year history only 59 sites have met the stringent criteria to become national parks. Colorado National Monument is one of the rare few left qualified to join their ranks as America’s 60th national park.

Its uniquely formed hanging canyons, petrified sand dunes, Native American sites dating to 10,000 B.C., petroglyphs, pictographs, fossils, thousand-year-old piñyon trees and breathtaking monoliths combine to tell a story like no other. This is the only place on Earth you can simultaneously view every layer of time except the Paleozoic.

Little was known of that timeline when John Otto devoted his life to making it a national park in 1907, but he knew it was special. Otto was right. It absolutely deserves to be America’s next national park.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall appointed five local citizens to write draft legislation for national park status: Warren Gore, Kristi Pollard, Michael Burke, Ginny McBride and Jamie Lummis. They eschewed personal politics and agendas and sacrificed great personal time to research, address and fairly represent community desires within their draft. In coming weeks residents will see it firsthand.

Following three years of exhaustive study, our representatives now have all the information and support they need to announce legislation. This isn’t about T-shirts, fast food or size. It’s about our community’s historical heritage and future, our economy and our quality of life.

Simply put, it’s the right thing to do.


Grand Valley Region Citizens

for a National Park

Grand Junction

Schools should reject unions
as did Tennessee auto workers

It was great to see that the union effort in the southern VW factory failed.

We all know the major obstacle to our schools having ratings that are on par with other advanced nations is unions stopping every attempt to implement new and innovative ways to hire and teach.

As long as unions in the public sector rule the roost, the dumbing-down of our nation will continue.


Grand Junction

Susuras off-base in seeking
to pay ‘mystery bill’

I cannot believe it. Now Airport Authority Board member Sam Susuras wants to pay a “mystery bill” for $92,000.

This despite the fact that nobody is really sure what the invoice is for. This is truly an example of great oversight.

Please don’t pay it again, Sam.


Grand Junction

Just signing up for Medicaid might have been cheaper

With all the billions spent on the government website, the Obamacare exchanges, all the silly advertising, all the additional people who were hired to handle but a very few new enrollees, all to the dissatisfaction of the vast majority of the taxpayers, wouldn’t it have been cheaper just to let all the uninsured sign up for Medicaid?

Just wondering.


Grand Junction




Olathe sweet should join

Palisade peaches on list

I’m happy to see the energy towards making peaches the state fruit. I’m also onboard with the state vegetable being Olathe sweet corn. If only someone could come up with a state herb?



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There is a petition circulating that asks Sam Susuras to step down from Council. See it and sign it at

He’s not making any sense any more, and seems out of touch. He was also never elected to office. He was appointed to Council and never won an election to any office.

Ms. Landman:  Your heart is in the right place. Sam is all about Sam and does much more harm than he does good.  However, your petition is factually inaccurate.  Sam was appointed in 2010 and was elected in 2011.  And I think it is time to quit harping about Rick Brainard.  It is only 13 months until we get a chance to get rid of Sam.  The question is: Can we find a candidate who can defeat him?

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