Printed letters, June 2, 2013

City Council members should vote to support refurbishing the Avalon Theatre. The Avalon is a grand old building and an historic treasure, but that is not the primary reason we ask for a yes vote.

Grand Junction has done a good job of keeping the downtown core from suffering the urban decay that has befallen so many cities and towns.

Art on the Corner and the Main Street redesign have been booming successes. However, having a functional theater available not only for movies, but for a variety of live entertainment is key to advancing our downtown’s vitality.

When we moved here eight years ago, we were pleased to discover at least eight different venues for live theater productions, several in the Main Street area. One by one, due to economic factors, mismanagement or insufficient size to attract larger talent and productions, they all closed.

An enlarged and refurbished Avalon would become a wonderful resource for the community to enjoy quality entertainment such as live theater and concert productions that would include performances by our symphony.

No venue in all of western Colorado can rival what the Avalon can become. It will attract people from the entire region to enjoy entertainment otherwise unavailable between Denver and Salt Lake City.

Businesses will benefit immediately through additional downtown visitation from locals and from out-of-towners coming in for an overnight getaway. (We remember well sharing tables at the Cabaret with attendees from Montrose, Delta and eastern Utah.)

We are ready to put our money where our mouths are. Many have been burned before with donations, but once the council votes to begin this transformation, we know many local donors and patrons of the arts are ready to help.

We ask the council to please approve the contract. Let’s keep improving the city’s cultural opportunities and vibrantly moving the downtown business core forward.

JERRY and SUSAN NORTON

Grand Junction

 

Those who minimize tax bills 
should be considered patriotic

Citizens, engage your minds! Radio commentators and now, Tina Dupuy, in a column in The Daily Sentinel, May 26, tell us that it is unpatriotic not to pay more income taxes. Think about that.

Really, it is unpatriotic not to be better informed. And why does the Sentinel publish such fallacious opinions?

Fellow taxpayers, we all are allowed to arrange our affairs to minimize our income tax obligation. We are not allowed to evade the tax law. Shareholders would likely sue corporate officers if they breached their fiduciary duty to manage their companies in an efficient and profitable manner.

Don’t blame individuals or corporations (or their accountants and lawyers) for minimizing their tax bills. Take your friends in Congress to task for creating such complex tax laws.

DICK ARNOLD

Grand Junction

 

Make Fruita chicken festival 
event worth crowing about

With each year that passes, I find myself more and more disappointed by the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival. It used to be a rather large event (almost as big as the Fruita Fall Festival) that brought in a lot of tourism, and I remember when the event made national news. But every year it gets more and more pathetic.

This last year, there were a handful of food booths, a handful of vendors, a street filled with sand and a band that did a rather poor job of sticking with its gimmick.

While I love Fruita Fall Fest, fall festivals are a dime a dozen. Mike the Headless Chicken is something unique that our community does. If we would promote it more and make it at least half as big as the Fall Fest, if not the same size, then the town could make a lot of money off tourism alone, not to mention vendors’ fees.

It just seemed strange to me that every year the town puts less and less effort into it, when it could be a real boost to the community.

ASHLEY VALENCIA

Fruita

 

Many vets wait for benefits as Fort Hood shooter draws pay

This Memorial Day weekend, as we honored U.S. military veterans as well as our fallen heroes, I was reminded of the ongoing scandal regarding veterans’ disability benefits.

At present, 600,000 of our brave veterans are waiting for their deserved disability benefits, in some instances for more than a year. This number has more than doubled since President Obama took office and named Eric Shinseki as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

While these great Americans anguish over the antiquated process and delays for their very well earned and deserved benefits, Nidal Hasan, who in the name of Allah cowardly murdered 13 fellow unarmed American soldiers in cold blood, as well as wounding 30 of their fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2009, has collected just under $300,000 of U.S. taxpayer money while he awaits his trial.

The reason Hasan has collected his full salary all this time is that Obama classified the cowardly terrorist attack as “workplace violence.” Obama is incapable of calling it what it really is, presumably for fear of offending other terrorists.

DON BOYLES

Grand Junction



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