Printed letters, May 15, 2013

As a taxpayer and business owner who supports my city, I oppose the city reinstating its membership in the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.

Over the 30-plus years that I have lived here, I have watched the chamber change from a helpful, politically neutral economic-development organization that supported everyone into a highly controversial, partisan political group that functions more like a political action committee.

Chamber Director Diane Schwenke told KREX that the chamber doesn’t need the city’s membership funds because her group gets plenty of funding from other sources.

So, why continue to pour taxpayer money into an organization that doesn’t need it, does fine without it and offers so little recognized value in return? Six thousand dollars is a lot of money, and exactly what does the city have to show for it?

I would prefer that money go toward tangible things people can really use, such as street repairs, park construction and maintenance and building sidewalks in places where there currently are none to help keep pedestrians safer (as in my neighborhood, where the sidewalk ends abruptly and leaves pedestrians walking on only a dangerously narrow, curved gravel shoulder).

It’s time to reel in those taxpayer dollars and put them toward something everyone can support, instead.


Grand Junction

Liberals unfairly attack 
chamber for backing Brainard

In last Wednesday’s paper, the top headline was: “$8M aviation deal is a go.” This West Star project will bring jobs to our economy. Even most liberals have to admit this is a good thing.

It is West Star who hired Rick Brainard and put him into an influential position. Our community, including the Chamber of Commerce, trusted its judgment. Do I blame West Star for not knowing that Brainard would allegedly slap his girlfriend? No, of course they wouldn’t have hired him if anything like this were on his record.

Seems Brainard no longer works for them. The Sentinel did a good job of putting these stories next to each other.

Now, does this stop liberals from trying to tar and feather anyone who was associated with Brainard before they found out who he really is? Liberals have always targeted the chamber.

Promoting the Grand Junction business community, such as West Star, is the primary function of the chamber. Liberals generally are not big supporters of business concerns (such as low taxes, fewer regulations) and have loved taking advantage of this Brainard mess. Don’t be fooled. The liberal mantra is: “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

We’ve seen a lot of this recently in Colorado, including new gun control legislation that hurts our image nationally with hunters. Hunting is big business here, too.

Liberals are not good for business here in western Colorado.




Schwenke’s recent column
demonstrated GOP stance

I would like to address the Diane Schwenke column in The Daily Sentinel recently that was, in part, about labor unions. A bill she referred to would not have allowed workers on strike to receive unemployment benefits. It would have allowed employees locked out of their jobs through no fault of their own to receive unemployment benefits.

An example of this is when grocers such as Albertsons, Safeway and King Soopers have a labor dispute, say a strike at Albertsons. King Soopers and Safeway then lock out their employees to put pressure on the Albertsons employees to end the strike.

The employees at Albertsons receive strike benefits from the union, not the state. The employees at King Soopers and Safeway get nothing, but still have mortgages, rent, utilities and other responsibilities.

It seems Schwenke, being a Republican as she appears to be, shows us once again what the Republican Party thinks about the working man and woman.


Grand Junction


Grand Valley politics
now a three-ring circus

After having been out of town and now catching up, I see that her royal highness and former County Commissioner Janet Rowland denies being at the meeting, but does remember how Jon Peacock was able to lead her and Craig Meis, who doesn’t remember the meeting, to jitterbug around the TABOR initiative, and down the road to where?

And now in the other ring in our three-ring circus (politics) we have the evil chamber versus the City Council and the no-brainard movement.

Just think, folks, if he were a used-car salesman, would you buy a car from him? Golly, aren’t politics so much fun in the Grand Ole Valley?



CHS students ask community
to assist with food drive

I am a student at Central High School. My class is doing a service-learning project to help people who can’t afford food in our town, and we want to get our project out to as many people as we can.

We are going to hold a canned food drive May 22 outside of the Clifton City Market. All of the canned food is going to families and people in need of food. We would really appreciate help getting the word out.


Grand Junction


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Really David, you are throwing support behind the poster boy for wife beater shirts all in the name of business? And by the way, doing something with gun control laws is better than sitting on hands doing nothing.  Didn’t hurt national hunting interests too much as license sales are up over 4%.

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