Printed letters, March 11, 2012

The commentary by Charlie Quimby on March 4, regarding the joint bus facility, is a breath of fresh air for The Daily Sentinel and its readers. This is real news. The original story previously published focused on the adversarial issues and did not speak to many underlying facts as Quimby noted.

The bus station has evolved through several companies from Continental Trailways to Greyhound, and has been a business asset within the community since about 1947 at the present location. Throughout the decades, many local businesses depended upon bus transportation for equipment delivery, parts and personnel to arrive through this cost-effective and timely service.

Greyhound and its customers deserve more dignity than was offered in the Sentinel articles. Greyhound would have moved out of downtown with the proposal. The loss of the intermodal transportation facility is emphasized, economically, by the loss of grants.

Under the original proposal presented by Grand Valley Regional Transportation Authority, the cost to this community would have been minimal. Who will now pay for the grant losses? The local taxpayers now bear the expense. This should have been one of main topics in the initial articles.

The diligence with which GVRTA approached the planning for several years has been wasted due to the backlash fueled by misinformation. The issue deserved a thoughtful and open dialogue by the all the political entities having a say in the transportation center. A review of the benefits of this facility should have been thoroughly reported. It also deserved the neutral observations and reporting, as evidenced by Quimby’s column. 

Will the parties to this ever stand to account for their rush to polarize and push an important issue to the entire community aside? The community would be served better through the intermodal transportation center as proposed by GVRTA and Greyhound, at this site or another.

DICK SCARIANO

Grand Junction

Move combined terminal further to the west

For some reason, Greyhound wanted to build its new bus station together with the new Grand Valley Transit transfer station near the mall on 24 1/2 Road. Why? That location is OK for a city bus station, but wouldn’t somewhere a little farther west on 24 Road be better? It would have direct access to Highway 6 & 50 and Interstate-70.

JEREMIAH HABECKER

Grand Junction

 

Democrats should stop crying ‘racism’ at opponents

“Obama supporter sets Democrat’s caucus tone” reads the headline in the March 7 edition of The Daily Sentinel. The story outlines Mr Pace’s objection to the term, “Obamacare.”

Democrats should object to the use of the term from Republicans who use it “because they don’t like our African-American president” and reflect “racist tea party values” Pace said to applause from the group. I notice that whenever Democrats cannot win an argument with facts, they resort to charges of racism.

In my opinion, those who see racism everywhere are the true racists. And the fact that the Democrats at the caucus applaud this behavior only shows where they stand as racists. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Democratic Party could try to win disagreements on policy with intelligent and forceful arguments instead of crying racism at every opportunity.

MICHAEL LOWENSTEIN

Grand Junction



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