Printed letters, March 7, 2013

Brady Trucking has been, and continues to be, a good corporate citizen of Grand Junction. It has played by the rules in every respect in developing its property.

Brady Trucking granted a significant part of its property for the riverfront trail to continue through its property and to screen its business. And the City Council, with that in mind, approved the zoning.

Now the “not in my backyarders” are asking you to say “No” to Brady Trucking without giving Brady anything in return. Just as with our federal government woes, it takes compromise to reach a fair outcome.

In this instance, Brady Trucking has gone more than halfway with its 50-foot easement, but its detractors are unwilling to give even an inch.

Let’s be fair to Brady and vote “Yes” to allow it to use its property as approved by the Grand Junction City Council five years ago.

MICHAEL J. RUSSELL

Grand Junction

Support fair land-use policy 
by voting “Yes” on Measure A

Vendors, suppliers and service companies create most of the energy jobs in western Colorado. These companies are also the backbone of the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association.

We have joined the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, the Western Colorado Contractors Association and many other community groups in endorsing Referred Measure A in the upcoming Grand Junction municipal election.

We believe respecting business rights, enhancing trails and recreation and treating the valley’s job creators with fairness are important goals that will be achieved when voters say “Yes” to Measure A.

If you value the Grand Valley’s riverfront trail system, then join us in endorsing Measure A. If you believe businesses should be treated fairly and with respect, then join us in endorsing Measure A.

If you believe, as we do, that a fair and predictable land-use policy is critical in supporting community investment and job creation, then join us in endorsing Measure A.

DAVID LUDLAM

Executive Director

West Slope Colorado

Oil & Gas Association

Grand Junction

 

Monument lacks grandeur 
compared to Yellowstone, Zion

Changing the name of Colorado National Monument to a national park is wrong.

National park status designates the finest natural treasures in our country. National parks are not designated to increase tourism and boost the local economy.

They preserve and present to the public the most special places.

Colorado National Monument is nice, and I visit it often. It, however, does not have the grandeur or size that warrants calling it a national park.

To designate it as a national park diminishes all those national parks that are truly special. It simply is not in the same league as Yellowstone, Zion or Grand Canyon.

Renaming the monument is like saying the Dalton Trumbo bronze in front of the Avalon is as special as the Lincoln Memorial.

STEPHEN WENGER

Glade Park



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Michael Russell, you have been reading too many Chamber of Commerce road signs. No one is trying to take the land on the river without just compensation. I know this because I have been involved with Brady Trucking and Chuck Johnson VP of Brady in an attempt to get the City to pay for the Appraisal so a land swap or outright buy out could happen.  If you want to know the truth, and not the Chamber propaganda, come to KAFM Thursday evening at 6pm to attend the “Honoring the Riverfront” and the history behind why we must compensate this local company. Make sure you let me know you are there.  My name is Benita Phillips and I am President of Western Colorado Congress of MESA COUNTY.

David Ludlum, I do not think it is respecting business in this valley to vote against 35 years of work and $100 million of taxpayer money to now stop that vision for the want of 12.43 acres on the river.  I have been working with Brady Trucking through Chuck Johnson VP of Brady Trucking to get the city to pay for an appraisal of the property so a land swap or outright buyout can be initiated. Brady’s business would be better served by acquisition of properties adjacent to their office and work shop area.  They would prefer that or even a swap for industrial land closer to the I-70 corridor. The Chamber of Commerce, specifically Diane Schwanke, framed what was perceived as a “private property” issue.  I cannot disagree. But in the past, the same entities you announced as supporters of “Measure A” were supporters of all the work done over 3.5 decades. Lions Club has donated a lot of talent, money and time over those years. It is like says you are against it now because you are against the people of this valley.  Your business is the people of this valley.  Can you imagine what GJ would be like now if 35 years ago people and organizations like yours kept the riverfront as it was…where would your business be now? You would have no business my friend.  Come to KAFM Thursday at 6 pm to learn about the real reason the riverfront is important to your businesses and to the community and why one should vote “NO” on Measure A.

The issue with the use of the Brady property is the extended future of Grand Junction and its livability.  There is only one riverfront, while there are numerous appropriate places where Brady could do its business without adversely impacting the beauty and usability of the river corridor. Maintaining low-key development options and compensating fairly for their property will allow a comprehensive river corridor plan that will increase the livability of Grand Junction for ourselves and for our children’s children.  It’s important to keep a long range view of our community and what will benefit us all.

If people want to control someone else’s private property they should pony up the money and BUY IT!

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