Printed letters, July 21, 2013

My wife and I have just completed our first year in the Grand Valley after relocating from the Tucson area. It is still somewhat annoying to be constantly asked the question, “Why Grand Junction?”

Viewing with fresh eyes, we can point to the incredible beauty of the surrounding mountains and desert, the actual presence of water in the rivers, outdoor recreation minutes away, etc.

But without one key factor we might have passed on Grand Junction, and that is the wonderful downtown with its farmers market, and, of course, the Avalon. Our first weekend here as full-time residents was spent at the Avalon enjoying Straygrass and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Without this architectural gem and cultural focus, we might not be here. We await with impatience the reopening of the Avalon, the diamond of downtown Grand Junction.


Grand Junction

Doonesbury honors include

Pulitzer, presidential praise


I’d like to address Jack Houseman’s recent plea to remove “Doonesbury” from the comics page. He complains that “Doonesbury” is “sophomoric and one-sided.”

Gary Trudeau, the strip’s author, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in May 1975, making his the first comic strip to receive that honor. That same year, President Gerald Ford, a Republican, praised “Doonesbury” as being one of the “major vehicles” that keeps us informed about what is happening in Washington. Doesn’t sound sophomoric or one-sided to me.

Houseman is entertained by what he sees as “lighthearted, slice-of-life comics.”  He should by all means enjoy them, but let others do the same with what entertains them.

Personally, I only read “Doonesbury” because in comparison I find the rest to be sophomoric. Go figure. I don’t bother reading the ones that don’t appeal to me and don’t understand why Houseman would.

I also don’t watch Fox News, even though it’s broadcast in virtually all public places in the Grand Valley that have TVs, such as the gym, auto shop, bars, restaurants, etc. I put up with it, and occasionally it makes me laugh, since Fox has been shown to be the least informative of all news broadcasts.

Living in a democracy doesn’t shield us from being irritated or annoyed. In fact, it actually ensures that those reactions will sometimes be the case. Enjoy criticizing and condemning “Doonesbury,” or simply ignore it. At least it doesn’t claim to be “fair and balanced.”


Grand Junction


Bill Grant rested his case 
without sufficient evidence

Bill Grant’s column July 17 attempts to connect “Make My Day” laws with an epidemic of murders of young black men. Citing just two cases, the Trayvon Martin case and the killing of a child in Wisconsin, he fails to convince that an epidemic exists, much less that there’s corporate conspiracy intent on legalizing murder.

Malicious corporations intent on undermining democracy are manipulating legislatures to pass laws with the intent of killing young black men? How exactly would this promote their political power? This is either a great breakthrough in the field of muckrake journalism, (if true), or a wacko conspiracy theory (if false). Could Grant provide some documentation?

The Zimmerman jury failed to convict on lack of evidence. The assumption that a conviction would have resulted in the absence of “Make My Day” laws is unsubstantiated. The killer in the Wisconsin case has been convicted of murder.

Looking back 22 years, Grant did note a case in which a shooting may have been unjustified. I don’t suppose anybody would know what that’s like until you’re an old geezer and a teenager has broken into your occupied house. I wonder if the killer considered the law before he pulled the trigger. Grant is suggesting that the right law would have saved lives, which I doubt.

If Grant believes the justice system has failed in the Trayvon Martin case, I encourage him to be patient. Even though the jury couldn’t find Zimmerman guilty of murder, the legal system is far from done.

Just wait until the civil court and the Justice Department get finished with him. Not to mention the court of public opinion, upon which many sit as judge and jury.


Glade Park

County commissioners must
support Orchard Mesa pool

I don’t think I have ever lived in a place where the local governing bodies have so obviously ignored the wishes of the people who live here.

I’m not just referring to the very expensive ballot initiatives that have been ignored or TABOR, which was severely manipulated.

I’m addressing the fact that in spite of the high suicide numbers and the rising number of smokers, there is still no community center in Grand Junction.

While funding can be found for yet another renovation of the Avalon, the Orchard Mesa pool is in danger of closing because the commission will not honor its obligations.

The city has long owned land that was willed by prominent citizens. Now they need to make this a priority.


Grand Junction


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