Printed Letters: May 6, 2014
Booth, other museum staffers, deserve praise
I recently had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the staff members of the Museum of Western Colorado. As a volunteer on spring cleaning day at Dinosaur Journey Museum, I witnessed the passion, dedication and hard work of these fine folks.
Being a grandmother of a child who suffers from nut allergies, I was especially pleased with the replacement of the crushed walnut shells in the dig pit. I wish to thank Peter Booth, Ph.D., who, in his short 15 months as executive director, put forth much effort to find a suitable and safe substitute to replace the shells, which were donated many years before his time.
Along with that search for an alternative material came the challenge of how to finance it (no easy task for our nonprofit organizations). A special thank-you also goes to the city of Fruita for its financial support of this project.
Please visit and support this fun, educational, little gem in our valley and perhaps join me next year on spring-cleaning day. Participating in the “bathing of 40-foot dinosaurs” makes for an interesting topic of conversation!
D51, superintendent thanked for adding security officers
Congratulations to Steve Schultz, superintendent of School District 51.
On April 15, District 51 implemented its armed security officer program at the Basil T. Knight Center. Schultz introduced the officers to the board and the attending public. They were in their uniforms and looked very professional.
He referred to the tremendous amount of work involved to bring this program to fruition, extending his appreciation and thanks to all of the members of this community who, by their hard work, made this a reality.
We want to praise him for recognizing the need and for his vision to put a security team into place, when the emotional knee-jerk reaction was NIMBY — not in my backyard. We also acknowledge him for the monumental task he took on by assembling, sifting through and refining the information to produce a plan to “protect those who cannot protect themselves, our 22,000 students.”
Taxpayers are footing bill for high schoolers in college
I read the “Credit without the card” article on the cover of the Sentinel April 24, and at first it looked OK.
Then I got to the paragraph that said, “The student has to take those classes at a college that has agreed to partner with the student’s school district to pay a negotiated price for that student’s tuition and fees. The district uses money allocated per student by the state to pay that amount — $6,021 this year to pay tuition and fees.” The article also stated that 19 other students applied, which would be a total of $114,399.
I believe that one way or the other that money is provided by taxpayers which is probably you and me. The state has no funds of its own — only what it takes from us. Somehow I am not liking this idea. Of course, it helps his family; many families are paying for it.
‘Re-elect No One’ sticker actually gives sensible advice
At first I thought the “Re-elect No One” bumper sticker was nonsensical, because we have some good people in Congress. Then I decided I liked it.
“The War on Poverty” began 50 years ago. Yet today we have more people on food stamps and unemployment benefits than ever before. Think of that. Despite our government spending billions of dollars in hundreds of programs for 50 years, poverty has increased.
The Department of Energy was created in the 1970s partly to assure good supplies of affordable energy. In 1974, gas cost 53 cents per gallon. Today it costs approximately 700 percent more. Electricity is skyrocketing, too.
The U.S. Post Office runs deficits in the billions, even though it has a virtual monopoly on delivering letters and junk mail. Our health care system, which needed tweaks, is now being destroyed courtesy of Washington, D.C.
Government owns approximately one-third of our country’s land and removes most of it from productive use. These lands incur prohibitive management cost losses; still government keeps them.
Our deficit is $17 trillion. And still members of Congress keep spending. And still we keep voting them back in.
We now expect so little from our leaders that we don’t even throw them out when they lie to us, when they’re involved in sexual or financial scandals, or when programs don’t accomplish goals. Surely we can do better.
We will do better only if we make our leaders accountable by refusing to reinstall them. With apologies to the few good politicians, “Re-elect No One!”