Printed letters, February 27, 2014

I appreciate The Daily Sentinel’s coverage of the panhandling ordinance that was passed by our City Council Wednesday. The day after Wednesday’s council meeting, you followed up with another article that included some of my comments.

Specifically, I requested the council revisit passage of the panhandling ordinance in one year’s time to learn how it has really affected people’s lives and to see if the goals they hoped to achieve have been reached. The article then stated that the councilors “did not entertain that option.”

However, I am happy to share with you that they actually did.

While my request for a revisit was not specifically attached to the motion made on the floor, Mayor Sam Susuras did state in his remarks at the time of voting that the council would review the ordinance at the end of a year.

Also, in the break just after the vote, I reiterated to Councilor Marty Chazen how important I felt it was to revisit this ordinance after one year.

He gave me his word that would happen. Therefore, I am very confident members of the City Council will review this ordinance as promised, but should it slip their minds, I will be sure to remind them.


Grand Valley Peace & Justice

Grand Junction

After gun incident, Wright 
does not merit public trust

Congratulations to Rep. Jared Wright for setting a shining example of “responsible” gun ownership. Because he is apparently POST certified, he can be “trusted” to carry a concealed weapon within the Statehouse.

It appears he can be trusted to possess a concealed weapon about as much as he can be trusted to actually report for duty as a Fruita police officer.

In other words, he should probably just phone in his attendance at legislative meetings and stay inside his home when carrying a gun.

Some people wonder why it might not be a good idea to have teachers armed in the classroom. Rep. Wright has demonstrated the very real flaw of this proposal.


Grand Junction


Luckily, Wright soon to lose 
peace officer certification

So, Rep. Jared Wright explains his unattended handgun incident at the capitol by asserting that he is a peace officer allowed to carry in that environment. He also feels a “duty” to be a first responder wherever he may be.

Seems that he is no longer a peace officer, at least in part because he did not feel a “duty” to respond when his shift was scheduled to begin.

At that time, Wright seemed uninterested in being a first responder, even though he was being paid to be exactly that.

Fortunately, his peace officer certification will expire soon, since he is no longer one, and remove one more empty shirt from his closet.

Someone once observed that diapers and politicians should be changed frequently, and for the same reason. Still true.


Grand Junction


Olathe sweet should join 
Palisade peaches on list

I’m happy to see the energy toward making peaches the state fruit. I’m also on board with the state vegetable being Olathe sweet corn.

If only someone could come up with a state herb?




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Note to Mr. Forté: I think the Amendment 64 people already did.

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