Printed letters, March 6, 2013

Duffy Hayes has done a superb job of tracking the treatment of Chantal Unfug’s firing. To quote his last article: “A Daily Sentinel analysis of the emails sent and received by Unfug and the three commissioners between the dates of Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 ... showed that there was no discussion among commissioners about either the Jan. 18 meeting or the Jan. 22 firing, nor was there any discussion about Unfug’s status generally via email.”

Having read the emails provided, it is quite clear Unfug had no inkling of her upcoming firing.

It is also patently obvious that Rose Pugliese, John Justman and possibly Steve Acquafresca had plenty of discussion regarding the matter. This occurred, most probably, before the Jan. 18 meeting, to which they all answered, including the city attorney, “I don’t know” to many of Hayes’ questions.

Did the outgoing commissioners perhaps start that firing ball rolling before the new commissioners were even sworn in? Or after? Or at all?

I suspect the Colorado Sunshine Law was violated to the nth degree. If it was not, I would gladly entertain a discussion with the current commissioners to explain why not. Fat chance of that, I am sure. This does not bode well for a transparent and open environment for our county government.


Grand Junction

Sentinel needs to let up
on Chantal Unfug coverage

Even when you’re an expert at beating a dead horse, simple common sense would tell you at some point the horse is dead and it’s time to take the train.

Duffy Hayes’ March 2 article reporting that an “an analysis of thousands of pages of emails Mesa County commissioners exchanged,” obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and which revealed essentially nothing, should be a wake-up call to The Daily Sentinel that the Unfug firing story is kaput. There’s nothing there.

There is no question that when it obtained the emails from the Mesa County commissioners the Sentinel was digging for something sinister and conspiratorial to indicate impropriety in the release of Chantal Unfug as county administrator.

When this investigation found nothing snarky, gossipy or otherwise untoward, Hayes wrote an article complaining that the emails “showed that there was no discussion among commissioners about either the Jan. 18 meeting or the Jan. 22 firing, nor was there any discussion about Unfug’s status generally via email.”

Perhaps Hayes would like readers to conclude that the absence of talk about Unfug means that there was something afoot so deep and menacing that our county commissioners dared not transmit it via emails.

What will Hayes’ next move be in the saga of Unfug’s firing? Perhaps he will subpoena county commissioners’ text messages. It should be fun to see how he interprets thousands of LOLs, BRBs, LMAOs and the especially crafty RBTLs. Let it go, guys. Just let it go.


Grand Junction


Unfug firing appears
secretive and political

We have been waiting for explanations concerning the firing/resignation of former County Administrator Chantal Unfug. Well, I’ve had enough.

If Lyle Dechant believes the open meetings laws are obstacles to overcome, we need to see his resignation.

If our commissioners, all three of them, believe they are above the law, we need to see their resignations.

There is no way to have a public meeting as required by law and the county administrator to not know about it. If these commissioners are found to have deleted emails to protect themselves, I want to see criminal charges. The truth is, and we all know it, this was political.


Grand Junction


Dems try to tamp down

gun manufacturer’s fears


In the March 3 edition of The Daily Sentinel, an article said the Democrats are trying to assuage Magpul’s fears on the new gun laws they’re trying to pass.

First, Democrats want to pass a law that limits what size magazines they can produce — unless they are sold to out-of-state buyers.

Second, Democrats still want the company, however, to stay in Colorado so that the state can have access to the revenue it will produce.

I find this hypocritical at best. That is like a grocery store that sells milk in your town, but cannot do so unless it sells it to those in another state. But the government gets the revenue from the store’s sale.

I only hope that those who pass more of these laws are around if, God forbid, one of these terrible crimes happens again. They will realize everyone tried to tell them it would happen again; we just did not know when. Criminals don’t care about Democrats’ laws. They have their own agendas.


Grand Junction


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Marjorie Haun are you afraid of what Mr. Hayes will find if he continues with his excellent investigative reporting? Just using common sense, and before Hayes came out with his articles, anyone with any sense of fiscal responsibility would have questioned Unfug’s release from employment.  Imagine that they could “fire” her without speaking, only using telepathy…sounds like something they can do to teachers if the teacher can’t force their students to take tests.

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