Printed letters, March 1, 2012

I am writing to express my outrage over the antics of the Lions Club members during their parade. Their actions are more reminiscent of a poorly thought-out college prank than those of so-called community leaders. They have set quite an example for the rest of us.

For one, the FBI and bomb squad had to be called in to blow up one of the props, using valuable emergency services resources that, I’m sure, could be put to better use. This, however, pales in comparison to the display of narrow-minded bigotry shown by their choice of costumes. Of course, I understand this was done in jest, but I would expect more thought to go into a public display of humor by community leaders.

As a member of Grand Junction’s business community, I am disappointed these are the people who represent the best this city has to offer. As an Arab-American, I am offended and disgusted. The whole episode reflects a closed-minded, immature, insensitive attitude I know is not pervasive in our city.


Grand Junction

Lions Club fake IED was certainly no joke

I suppose Gregg Palmer, being who he is, can laugh off the Lions Club joke, along with the rest of the members who were involved. However, had they lost a friend or family member to a Taliban IED (improvised explosive device), perhaps it would not be so funny? In fact, the whole idea is sickening.

My very good friend, Army Rangers (Ret’d) Sgt. Ray Robinson likely didn’t see the humor in any way, shape or form after being blown up by an IED in Iraq and losing his left leg, left ear and receiving a traumatic brain injury. Did the Lions ever for a moment think maybe this would impact those men and women who served fighting the Taliban in a very negative way? No?

The Lions Club does some extraordinary things for our valley and our country. Kudos. But the moment they decided it was a joke and it would be funny to put on costumes and make phony IEDs,  they lost my respect as fellow Americans and citizens of Grand Junction. They may also have selfishly injured soldiers mental stability and definitely tarnished the name of the Lions Club.

By the way, they all owe the city and the taxpayers the cost of the bomb squad having to deal with the joke. Who is the joke now?


Grand Junction


State Rep. Ray Scott voted himself a raise

I am a dedicated state employee for Colorado, and have been for the past three years. I am also a dedicated constituent to the Republican base. I would like to point out that the fact that Rep. Ray Scott voted to give himself a raise

Whether it is a per diem raise or not, it is morally wrong, especially since state employees such as me have not had a raise in four years. For Scott, this must be nice. Meanwhile, the employees who work under him have had cuts made to our pay, and insurance cost have gone up. But he gets a raise.

Did Scott even think about others before he jumped at the decision to give himself a raise? Greed like his gives a bad name to politicians everywhere, and I am ashamed to say he represents a large number of people, because this act alone clearly points out that he is only interested in representing himself.

As a citizen of Colorado, I and other state employees understand that these tough economic times are not ideal for distributing raises. Why doesn’t he understand that?


Grand Junction


City should do more to clear out homeless

The Point is owned by someone. Grand Junction City Council should find out who it is, who has been paying taxes, etc. If no one has been paying taxes, declare it Grand Junction property and get the homeless out of there.

We have to go by the rules, have bathrooms and be hooked to a sewer. They don’t? If the Colorado River is their restroom and trash dump, shouldn’t the county health department get involved?

Grand Junction is a magnet for panhandlers, while officials tout our quality of life. (I got a ticket for overtime parking, so they must have the authority.)


Grand Junction


Visiting Australians appreciate CMU hospitality

It took us three years to get to the U.S.A. to see our son’s university, Colorado Mesa and I can publicly say how impressed we are!

As Australians (Tasmanians) the friendliness is very sincere and a preconception of finding conversation difficult is nonexistent, from lacrosse Coach A.J. Stevens to CMU President Tim Foster.  Students’ well being is foremost. This has been a great comfort, given the thousands of kilometers distance.

Tasmania is an island state at the arse end of Australia that has what the world wants now: Peace, green overtones to both economy and well being without compromising its political significance. We enjoy as many federal representatives as the much larger states. Sometimes the tail does wag the dog.

Grand Junction is a fine place, too. Australians identify with your shopping habits and brand names, but I must say we shouldn’t come at some of your eating habits. Cake for breakfast and whipped cream on cereal? Holey moley, here comes the fat brigade.

Thank you for your hospitality. We’re off to Breckenridge then Denver, the big smoke, then back to see the Aussie boys with CMU stick it to La Moine. Go Mavs!


Tasmania, Australia


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