Printed Letters: May 2, 2017

Drainage district fees are called into question

This year’s drainage bills have been sent out. I’m not sure what they are doing with the money. But, I don’t believe any is being used to keep accurate records. I received a bill for a property I haven’t owned since April of last year.

At time of development, the building where I office was required to install a large underground drain that runs through the parking lot and develop a retention area large enough to significantly reduce the footprint of building and parking area. It seems that investment should be adequate for the impact to drainage created by this 10-year-old building. Yet now the building owners are required to pay the drainage district an extra $600 year, on top of the amount collected through the building’s real estate taxes.

I understand that there is probably more water that drains into the river from the north. However, there is still an abundant amount that ends up in the river from the south too, miraculously, without any drainage district and their “fee.”

MIKE MCGINNIS
Grand Junction

Meat alternatives are healthier and more affordable

Greg Walcher’s objection to the tax on cattle (“Eating tofu in the dark,” April 28) rests on numerous questionable claims, yet his assertion that consumers will not choose to eat meat alternatives (such as tofu) if given the choice is perhaps the most distasteful (if the pun may be forgiven) — as Americans already are choosing something else for dinner.

Tofu is not only healthier and more nutritious than animal protein, but also is more affordable. Tofu is trouble-free to prepare, and delicious. The FDA says 25 grams of soy protein per day reduces the risk of coronary heart disease — and at the same time urges consumers to reduce and limit their consumption of animal protein. Beyond tofu, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes and beans also possess numerous health benefits while providing protein superior in quality to beef. Or any other animal protein.

Perhaps this is why annual per-capita red meat consumption in the U.S. fell 15 percent to 101 pounds in the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s down by a third since the early 1970s, when per-capita consumption was pushing 150 pounds per year. And with nearly a third of Americans already reducing their consumption of animal protein, it seems Americans would rather not see steak for dinner. Or any other animal protein at any time of day.

The over-consumption of meat, especially beef, and other poor dietary choices are now killing more Americans than tobacco (University of Washington). Yet there are no known dangers to a diet rich in tofu, or other plant protein. We hold ranchers in the highest regard, and respect Mr. Walcher’s “holy cow,” but we must hope Mr. Walcher has a change of heart about tofu — for the long-term health of his heart. And the planet.

AARON BRACHFELD
Grand Junction

Sentinel should publish letters covering all opinions

In Sunday’s paper there was a picture of the home of Walter Walker, the former publisher of The Daily Sentinel. In those years The Daily Sentinel did not trash-can the letters to the editor that spoke people’s minds as to what was sent in of their opinions in politics or other matters, whether conservative or liberal.

Nowadays the Daily Sentinel prints the articles that degrade the conservative side of our government leaders and highlights the articles of disgruntled liberal people. If the paper is going to allow letters to be sent in on opinions, then both sides need to be heard. I’ve sent in several opinions in the last couple of months, and none got printed. Several people have told me they have noticed a change in The Daily Sentinel in the same way. I don’t think this letter will get printed either — but it’s worth a try.

RAFAEL A SALAZ
Grand Junction

Thanks to those involved in Share Fest volunteer effort

Months past, seeing the notice for Share Fest, I encouraged an elderly couple to sign up for help. Sure hope they did. This caused me to finally admit that at almost 75, with a bad back and eyes damaged from cataract surgery, some chores were becoming difficult, even dangerous. Getting on a step stool to change batteries in smoke alarm and a high light bulb makes me dizzy. Never finished raking the leaves in the fall, and juniper hedges were taking over the walkway.

I put in a request for Share Fest help for myself. What a wonderful program! I do not know how many churches take part, nor how many volunteers sign up, or how many people are helped. I do know that the six people who came to my house made an amazing difference in two and a half hours. Profound thanks to John, Christy, Jacob and Cody Gordon, and John and Melissa Kleppinger from Fellowship Church.

My deepest thanks to all involved in this volunteer effort.

CAROLE CHOWEN
Grand Junction


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Perhaps Mr. Salaz wants to hear or read only wants to read, and repeatedly.  Some of us have learned that to be nothing more than a waste of our time. We don’t need, nor do want the same thing repeated over and over again, even if it is stated in different words or presents nothing new.

If “the press” has gone downhill, the reason is that it reflects the intellectual decline of the general population as those who now publish, editorialize and write, are not any special “breed” of individual or a different species of being, but come from the general population as well.  When it is said that “The people get the government they deserve”, that is true.  The same can be said of the media and the press as well.

Speaking of, “If “the press” has gone downhill, the reason is that it reflects the intellectual decline of the general population as those who now publish, editorialize and write…”
Mr. Laitres gives us, “Perhaps Mr. Salaz wants to hear or read only wants to read, and repeatedly.”. 
Thank you, Mr. Laitres for reminding me why I hardly ever read your endless bloviations.

Mr. Meyers,

You unwittingly provide a perfect example of what Mr. Laitres was talking about, typo notwithstanding. You don’t like what he has to say, so you don’t read what he writes. He couldn’t have asked for a better example. Good job!

Wrong again, Mr. Iles.  I quit wasting my time trying to make sense of someone who types on and on and on and on, but apparently never checks for incomplete and/or run-on senseless sentences.

Mr. Meyers,  Amen on your comments of Laitres.  He perfectly demonstrates the intellectual decline in progress by using far more words to say nothing than anyone else who posts here.  Although, one can’t blame him for not proof reading what he writes, the length simply requires too much time. 
                Rick L. Coleman

So in other words, Mr. Coleman, if it can’t be encapsulated in a sound bite, you aren’t interested. You guys are demonstrating his point amazingly well.

Scott:
    They must read what I write.  They have to, if they are critiquing my style of writing, something which can always be improved.  It is just that they are concentrating more on “style” than substance.

Mr. Laitres,  Dream on!  How many times has it been said that your style (too many words) never has any substance (nothing said)? 
                    Rick L. Coleman

Mr. Iles,  Mr. Laitres certainly is no sound bite, I’ll grant that.
The point is, he seldom (I’ll be generous) makes a cogent point despite an excess of words.  If he could be as concise as you, he would still be wrong, just like you, but he might at least seem sensible.
                    Rick L. Coleman

Well, Mr. Coleman, in our interactions I have noticed a tendency for you to accept simplistic explanations over more accurate, but more complicated ones. So forgive me for not taking your word that I am wrong. It takes a lot more than someone’s opinion to convince me.

Mr. Iles, We all know you will not accept any information that you did not see on Snopes or CNN, so we never expect you to change your mind.  Since you have no sense of humor apparently you are unable to figure out when someone is merely, “jerking your chain”.

Its easy to change my mind, Mr. Meyers. It just takes more than you have to offer - facts and evidence, instead of opinion and assertions. Feel free to prove me wrong.

Why should I bother…
I really don’t care what you think.

I don’t care what you think either. I care what you can support. So far…

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