Printed letters, June 7, 2013

Josh Penry laments that we are no longer a nation of doers? That’s pretty funny. 

  According to Josh, we are not a nation of progress creating things such as the Industrial Revolution, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Glen Canyon Dam, the Eisenhower Tunnel and his beloved Lake Powell.

It’s a laugh because, thanks to people like Josh Penry and the rest of the GOP, we have had the Bush tax cuts in place for the last decade in which hardly anyone pays any taxes.

Now we’ve gone even farther with sequestration and are in what could be a long-term austerity program, that is even more ridiculous. How is that working for Europe?

You see, Josh, in order to create great things, you have to invest in America’s future, and you can’t do that if people are not paying their fair share of taxes, especially the rich.

When all these great things were being built that Josh now laments are not being built today, Americans were paying way more in taxes, and we had the money to invest in great ideas. However, we would need a progressive tax policy to do that.

But instead, we have the regressive Bush tax policy and now sequestration. The only thing the current GOP wants to talk about in budget negotiations is cuts, cuts and more cuts — all of which will eventually result in America becoming a second-class nation.

It’s become so bad that we can’t even keep up with basic infrastructure repair such as maintaining our bridges (look what happened near Seattle) and our beautiful national parks that now have a maintenance backlog of more than $10 billion. If Josh thinks it’s bad now, just wait until sequestration becomes more firmly entrenched.

Yes,  it’s pretty hilarious to hear Josh Penry lamenting the very thing that he and his Tea Party cohorts have now created.

Thanks for making America a nation of dawdlers, debaters and navel-gazers, as you so effectively stated.


Grand Junction

Homeowners must resist
a boost in mill levy

  Recently property owners in Mesa County received new evaluations of the worth of their properties in the eyes of the assessor’s office. Property lost value across the board, some by as much as 30 percent.

Under the current mill levy, this would result in a large property tax decrease for the year 2014. This seems all great and wonderful to the pocketbooks of the people who own real estate.

  I would like to appeal to those good people that what looks good now as far as a tax decrease is soon to turn into a double slap in the face, as all of the entities listed on your tax bill to whom your taxes go will meet this fall to seek to raise the mill levy.

This will ensure them more tax funds. This also leaves us paying more in taxes and owning property that has lost much of its value. A double whammy.

It is up to each of us, you and I, to let our local government entities know that we do not want to pay more taxes and accept a lower value. Let them know that they must live on a tight budget just as we all do individually.

Don’t wait for the other guy to fix our problems. Get involved yourself.




Humble beginnings taught
Butler to care for underdog

Harry Butler and I have been friends for more than 60 years. As a matter of fact, he lived next door to me and we attended junior high and high school together.

Harry was a true shining light in the community, and he always went out of his way to comfort or help anyone in need.

My youngest daughter was killed in an automobile accident many years ago, and Harry was the first one to show up at my house. That told me all I needed to know about him. He was a true friend.

As children, Harry and I always wondered what the future would hold because we were just two poor, minority kids.

Well, Harry let his presence be known and became a productive member of our community.

Harry never asked for much. He just wanted to be a part of the decision-making in the city and the school district.

He always rooted for the underdog, because he had very humble beginnings.


Grand Junction


Many valley residents can’t
afford pleasure of fishing


There is no place around Grand Junction where the fishing is low cost. Many people in Grand Junction cannot afford to fish. Even the free fishing on Grand Mesa is too expensive because of the distance to get there.

The fishing license for the young people under 16 is free, and for residents 64 and up it only $1, but the parks pass required is more than most of them can afford.

With the number of people on welfare and getting free food, none of them can fish. I can afford the charge, but no one else seems to understand this problem.



Grand Junction


Beauregard paid fine tribute
to Special Olympians, families

Steve Beauregard’s column was the best thing written on this year’s Special Olympics.  Steve gets great when he gets serious.  Well, he’s great any time for that matter.

I hope the column will be read by young parents just crushed by the birth of their special baby. 

It is not the end of the world, Mom and Dad.  You will find your child to be forever cherished, despite being different.


Grand Junction


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