Printed letters, January 21, 2014
On Jan. 1 The Daily Sentinel ran an editorial entitled, “Local governments must dare greatly.” Since that editorial, various columns and letters to the editor have followed, expressing varying degrees of support for the newspaper’s premise.
Those pieces took local community leaders to task and implied that, other than the expansion at CMU (which, for clarification purposes, the city does play a role in), nothing is taking place that addresses the efficacy of our future, and that ours is a “community adrift.”
We view that premise as simply untrue. Far from being adrift, this city and City Council, along with the ones before us, have worked earnestly to set the stage for Grand Junction to have a bright future.
Clear examples include:
✓ The completion of much-needed police and fire facilities;
✓ Improvements at Suplizio Field, including the Lincoln Park tower which brought us the Grand Junction Rockies and secured JUCO for another 25 years;
✓ Award-winning improvements at Lincoln and Rocket parks;
✓ The Avalon Theatre renovation, which will result in an outstanding regional performing arts venue;
✓ The plans for development of Las Colonias and Matchett Parks;
✓ The Three Sisters open space and trail project;
✓ Plans and efforts to revitalize North Avenue;
✓ The city’s involvement in economic development planning;
✓ Our long-range comprehensive plan.
These all indicate the council’s vision of a strong, positive direction for our community in the future.
All of this is in addition to that which often goes unnoticed — $23 million that has been spent over the last five years in maintaining the basic infrastructure of this community, supporting a high quality of life and the ability to expand and grow.
We are proud of the community and the work this organization has completed and has planned for the future, and we feel that these accomplishments clearly show ours is not a “community adrift.”
True believers have inflicted considerable pain, suffering
Comment is warranted about the letter from John Cox of Palisade published Jan. 10. Cox very nicely explained the thinking of the true believers he referred to as “Bible believers.”
I wish to point out that many other true believers in this world also demonize those who do not conform to their worldview.
A current example is demonstrated by a staff member and other supporters of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. They gleefully disrupted and endangered the lives of thousands to punish one man whom they believed did not worship Christie as they did.
Another shocking example of the mentality of true believers is the horror of 9/11. Almost daily, one’s senses are assailed by the horrors of the Middle Eastern and African slaughters of designated nonbelievers.
In past times, Catholics and Protestants demonized and murdered one another. The Crusades wrought untold misery.
In more current times, the slaughter of millions of Jewish people and others deemed unfit to live by true believers is within the memories of many of us. One can easily bring to mind other examples of the inability of true believers to live in the world with those deemed different.
True believers have inflicted a tremendous amount of pain and suffering on humanity throughout the ages. Hate is so destructive and so cruel.
S. MILES JOHNSON
Airport Authority members must be held accountable
In my opinion all of the Airport Authority people should resign or be taken off by the groups they represent. Why?
Once again in the Jan. 12 edition of The Daily Sentinel, I read that the building that is being built is a complete mess and that no one has any idea what the plans for building it were since Rex Tippetts kept it in his head. This, coupled with his creative financing, has once again left the authority scrambling.
Correct me if I am wrong, but was it not the authority’s job to oversee the airport manager? And keep track of what he was doing and follow their guidelines?
I am led to only two conclusions. Either they had no idea what he was doing, which means they did not do their job. Or, they knew exactly what he was doing and now are running for the hills that the proverbial stuff has hit the fan and will deny all knowledge of his wrongdoing.
Either way, they apparently were not doing their job and all need to be replaced.