Printed letters, June 26, 2013

Fiscal conservatives in Grand Junction, please get involved by making your thoughts known on the upcoming appointment of the seventh member of the City Council. The remaining six members are the only people who get to vote on this one.

In the recent election, the people took the first step in changing the direction of our city government. Some in the community think that the Chamber of Commerce directed the outcome. I disagree.

Most voters could care less who the chamber endorses. We voted the way we did because we were not happy with the arrogance displayed by the former council.

While we have made progress in attempts to rein in the big spenders, we have not yet impacted actual decisions. The votes to continue the end run on TABOR and to devote millions to the Avalon project prove this point.

The last thing we need is another member who shares the philosophy of the left wing of the council — Councilors Jim Doody and Bennett Boeschenstein.

Sam Susuras likes to tell people he is a conservative. His recent votes, however, indicate he thinks like Doody and Boeschenstein.

It is very possible that the vote could end up three to three. The city charter does not prescribe a way to break the tie, but it seems obvious that a special election is the only choice.

The three newly elected members need to be prepared for a battle and need to know their constituents support them. They should not be tempted to compromise on this very important issue.

Please contact Councilors Susuras, Marty Chazen, Rick Brainard and Phyllis Norris. You can leave a message by calling 244-1504, or you can find email addresses on the city’s website. Let them know that you want things to change and that they should vote for the candidate who will help implement a new direction.


Grand Junction


Chamber’s continued support 
of Brainard is disappointing

After reading the June 22 article on Rick Brainard, I am amazed and sorely disappointed in our Chamber of Commerce. After having clamored about assuming “innocence until found guilty by the courts,” which has been done and he did indeed plead guilty, the chamber apparently still supports this perpetrator of domestic violence.   

I suspect its members communed together with their heads at six feet underground during their “closed-door regular monthly meeting” before stating they are “prepared to take a position on the candidacy of Councilman Brainard if a recall is certified.”

Maybe I’m going out on a limb here, but I really do believe they will be equally obtuse, even if a recall is certified, as long as Brainard votes as they tell him to. And why does it make a difference whether a recall is certified or not? Have the chamber members no shame?

It is a travesty to even have a confessed domestic abuser on our City Council. Will his fellow councilors see fit to rotate him through the mayor’s position at some point? If this would ever get out beyond our city limits and the Grand Valley, it would be devastatingly embarrassing.


Grand Junction


Restore the hours for the 
taxpayer-funded splash pad

I moved here to be with my grandchildren, and one of our great treats is to go downtown to visit the splash pad. While we are downtown we shop, have lunch and patronize merchants.

One company reportedly told the city it would sue if the splash pad continued to be used full-time. So, sadly, now it is open only occasionally.

Recently, we were fortunate to see it working, so we stopped with the boys. Within five minutes, it was again turned off. We waited for an entire hour, along with some other very angry parents and grandparents, for it to re-open. It did not. Interestingly, a posted sign now states fountain usage is cut because of conservation of the recycled water.

The splash pad is a downtown destination, and if I owned a business frequented by all of us who use the splash pad, I would be even more upset than we who use it. I would expect some of my clientele to stop coming downtown.

Taxpayers — not one firm — paid for this entertainment. If one firm sees families outside of its business and finds it irritating and bad for business, that is too bad.

We want our splash pad back. According to one mom, she cannot afford to go to Lincoln Park on every hot day. I am sure she is not alone.


Grand Junction


Enact anti-smoking law 
to protect children in cars

Recently,  I witnessed parents placing their three little children in van seats. Then the father opened a carton of cigarettes. In a few minutes the mother was smoking, with the windows up, as they drove away.

This is just plain child abuse. Isn’t it long overdue for Colorado to pass a law to protect innocent children trapped in vehicles with toxic tobacco smoke?




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