Printed letters, January 24, 2013

Last summer, the battle of Brady Trucking versus the city of Grand Junction came to a brief head, and it was decided to leave the whole matter to a springtime ballot issue.

When the hoopla died down, and I was foolishly involving myself with local issues instead of politically posturing, I had a nice visit with a vice president of Brady in his office. Here is what I learned:

The company’s truck yard was neat, orderly and quiet. I was shown the old rendering plant that Brady cleaned up. Brady also offered to help build a kayak boat launch on its own land with an adjoining parking lot for recreationalists. Brady offered to landscape the area and maintain it also.

The city wants to push Brady away by rezoning Brady’s land, which is less than a half mile from the Botanical Society’s Butterfly Museum that has open space and an existing pavilion. The city needs to promote that space for outdoor use.

What I can see is a prosperous and responsible business expanding on its own land and doing a clean job of it. Riverside renovation is a good idea and Brady Trucking should be allowed to use its own land for what it wants.



Brady Trucking receives 
undeserved criticism

As you drive along I-70 east from Horizon Drive,  you start seeing an unorganized home-building area and junk buildings up on the north side. But the county and the city do not seem to care. The county has not made guidelines to prevent this from getting out of hand, and the city has said nothing.

When the time comes, taxpayers will be forced to pay to clean it up. There is also junk on the south side.

On the other hand, Brady Trucking, at 356 27-1/2 Road, cleaned up the area where it is at and it uses it for a good business. It has received nothing but flak.


Grand Junction






Health providers must report 
teatment for drugs, alcohol

Politicians are at it again, with the proposed assault weapons and large magazine bans,  giving lip service to gun violence without addressing the real problem or finding real solutions.

I am a staunch defender of the Second Amendment. The problem is not my 20-round tube magazine on my 1960s-era .22 rifle. It is the lack of control over mentally unstable people — period.

I support background checks at gun shows and private sales because that is where many criminals obtain firearms. As for background checks being required when giving a firearm to family members, that is a backdoor attempt to register and find old guns that go back in families for generations.

The bottom line is that all the background checks at gun shows and restrictions on assault weapons and magazines will solve nothing. Look at crime in New York City, Washington D.C. and Chicago. These three cities have some of the strictest laws and high crime.

What is needed and required to make any difference is mandatory reporting by all medical personnel and medical facilities of all individuals treated for drug, alcohol and mental disorders, and even DUIs. These people should not be automatically banned from owning firearms, but immediately investigated to see if they are stable enough to have or to obtain firearms.

I can imagine the ruckus by the ACLU over people’s rights and how it will hinder people from seeking treatment. What about my rights to live in safety?

Politicians on all levels of government must get serious about the real issues causing violence in America for things to change. Until then, we can all give ourselves group hugs, drink the Kool-Aid and tell each other how wonderful we are. Oh, that it was so!




Thorough oil shale research 
is a prudent initial step

The recent column, “Denver and West Slope share oil shale-water concerns,” made a compelling case for protecting our water and fostering responsible business growth when it comes to oil shale — an approach that’s good for the West Slope and all of Colorado.

Given that no one knows how much water would be required or what the impacts would be of commercial oil shale development, it makes sense to follow a “research first” approach. The recent drought and wildfires, and our growing population, are reminders that water is a precious resource in the West.

Asking those who hope to develop commercially successful technology for oil shale to prove that their technology works and won’t overburden or pollute our water is the right thing to do.


Grand Junction


Jensen headline showed 
a lack of good judgment

I’m pretty sure everyone in this valley is aching over William and Tyler Jensen and would like to remember them from those sweet faces in the newspaper’s photos rather than from The Daily Sentinel headline’s conjured-up image of “roasted” children. Have the editors been out of touch or just letting a newbie practice Journalism 101 skills?

The headline was beneath you.


Grand Junction


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