Printed Letters: March 6, 2014

Valley’s diversity diminishes the need for Hispanic plaza
If you’ve lived in the Grand Valley area for any length of time, you know how demographically diverse we are within our community. Reading the letter from Rich Lopez Feb. 28, however,  you might think otherwise.

The Latino Chamber of Commerce was established a year ago to “fill in the gaps” for local Hispanic businesses. I honestly don’t believe there are such gaps within the original Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. If such problems exist, then racial discrimination investigations should be initiated without hesitation. 

No one denies the cultural impression, longevity or social importance that is our Hispanic populous in our nation. Our state’s very name derives from Hispanic origins that also include towns, rivers and mountain ranges. Lopez stated that a Hispanic Plaza would create a positive social integration experience and challenge folks to reach outside their comfort zone because of changing demographics. If you believe this valley isn’t socially diverse or racially integrated, then you are the problem.

If you can’t find diversity, I advise you walk through downtown or visit the surrounding communities during one of our many, many events. During the Art and Jazz Fest, Cinco de Mayo, Farmers Market, Octoberfest, Peach Festival, Wine Fest or Veterans Parade, you can find every walk of life peacefully and enjoyably interacting. We have everything from rodeos to golfing, ice cream to sushi, not to mention the 193-plus restaurants or 250-plus local events showcasing the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Grand Valley.

Innovation, creativity and economic value within the free market dictate if a business will thrive or fail, not racial or ethnic discrimination, as this valley has proved time and time again. If someone is truly racially biased, no matter what alliance is created, he or she is already lost.


Medal of Honor should 
not be awarded cavalierly
This letter is in response to the Associated Press article that appeared in The Daily Sentinel titled, “Obama to award Medal of Honor to 24 overlooked veterans,” in Washington  March 18.

Clinton did much the same thing back in 2000 when he awarded 21 Medals of Honor to veteran Japanese Americans who served in the U.S. Army 442d Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

 Individuals in both groups being decorated are recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second-highest award for valor in combat. This award alone is a high honor.

 The upgrade to Medal of Honor in every instance is going to individuals based on ethnicity issues, real or imagined, that possibly prevented them from receiving the medal originally.

 It’s interesting that both presidents handing out this award never served a day in the U.S. military. President Bill Clinton was a draft dodger from the Vietnam era.

Obama’s reason for not serving is more obscure, much like the rest of his past.

Of the 45 individuals awarded the medal by Clinton, or about to receive it from Obama, no doubt some are deserving. Certainly not all. 

This is nothing more than a cynical political ploy by two Democrat presidents to cater to their constituent base.

The prestige of the Medal of Honor is being diminished greatly by awarding it in such a cavalier fashion.

Grand Junction

Join community physicians 
in supporting the Avalon
On behalf of the Avalon Theatre Foundation, we would like to thank the physicians of the Grand Valley for their generous support of the Avalon Cornerstone Project. The Physicians’ Founders Group has raised more than $100,000 for the renovation and expansion of the historic Avalon Theatre.

Because of the support of this group and of others, the Avalon will now be ADA compliant, as well as provide the performer and patron amenities necessary to become a world-class performing arts facility, such as dressing rooms, bathrooms on all levels, expanded lobby and concessions, improved acoustics and, most importantly, more comfortable seating.

Last year, we, the Avalon Theatre Foundation, made a commitment to the city of Grand Junction that we would raise $1.1 million for the renovation of the Avalon. We are pleased to announce that we have reached that goal. At this point, completion of Phase 1 of the Avalon will cost more than originally anticipated, and we have agreed to continue to fundraise to see this project to completion. We have a new goal to raise an additional $500,000 and need the support of the entire community to reach it. Every dollar matters, whether it’s $25 or $25,000.

Construction is ongoing, and with your help we look forward to celebrating our grand reopening this summer.

Buy a seat; leave a legacy. For more information on investing in the Avalon, please go to our website:

Fundraising Cabinet

It’s time to list name 
of airport efficiently
I needed to call Grand Junction Regional Airport about what I thought was a serious security breach (unattended bag sitting on the curb for almost a half hour), but I had some difficulty locating a number.

So, on a quest to learn how the airport is listed, I found that apparently no one is in charge of checking the listings in the various directories, because sometimes the name is under Grand Junction Regional Airport and sometimes not. Sometimes it is listed under airports in the Yellow Pages and sometimes not, and sometimes one finds it listed under Walker Field.

With one of the reasons for changing the name being to more readily and easily identify the airport as connected with Grand Junction, as opposed to some long-dead “obscure” air transportation and city booster, it seems someone would want to make sure that the name is listed in all places possible and correctly. That is particularly true since it has been seven years since the name was changed.


AG Holder must enforce, 
not change, our country’s laws
I learned at a very young age in social studies classes (U.S. history) that for any society to thrive and succeed, some type of social order was necessary.

I learned that our system in the United States was based on the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, or as it was known, the rule of law. I learned that these rules (laws) stemmed from the people of our country and were to be implemented by our elected officials, local, state and federal.

I hope fervently that today’s students are obtaining the same knowledge. It is now apparent that especially at the federal level, established laws (rules) can be implemented or changed at the whim of the U.S. attorney general, who is charged (I learned) with enforcing the law of the land. I cannot find anywhere that his job description (swearing to defend and uphold the Constitution) has changed. As we have seen for at least the past five years, this is not the case at all.

Without citing each case in point, the latest whim by Eric Holder is to advise state attorneys general that they need not defend any laws if they consider them discriminatory — effectively giving the green light for states to stop defending bans on gay marriage.

Putting the issue of gay marriage aside, how in the world does Holder think he is above the rule of law? We know that is what his boss believes. And, of course, the very next question is whether Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will uphold our laws — laws he has sworn to uphold.

Grand Junction


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Thank you PAUL CURRIE-MILLS for your comments regarding the Medal of Honor.  I find it interesting that no where in the Department of Defense Manual of Military Decorations & Awards does it say anything about the President of the United States playing any role in the decision to award “The Medal”.  The President’s role is to “present” The Medal.

But then Bill and Barack actions prove that just because you’re titled “The Commander in Chief” doesn’t mean you know anything about leadership, Command or being a Chief!

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