Printed letters, November 22, 2013

Grand Junction and Colorado are known for their 300 sunny days per year, yet we get less than 1 percent of our energy from the sun. Coastal, cloudier New Jersey leads Colorado in solar.

I recently fulfilled a dream of adding active solar to my home. After I went online in July, the system is so efficient that we already have 1,000 kilowatt hours in our solar “bank.” We have sent more power out into the grid than we’ve drawn. As we have shorter day length, our “bank” will provide a “cushion,” so we still don’t have to pay the local utility for power.

Let’s convince the governor to set a state-level solar goal of 1 million rooftop systems for Colorado. Grand Junction could lead the charge to stimulate jobs and relieve dependence on fossil fuels.

Unlike large, commercial arrays, rooftop systems don’t require expensive transmission lines from the new site and they don’t disturb desert ecosystems.

Rooftop solar systems are simply the right thing to do for the Colorado economy and the Colorado environment that we all love.


Grand Junction

Homeowners must better
control weeds on B 1/2 Road

During the summer, the road leading to my neighborhood, B 1/2, is completely surrounded by weeds. These weeds should be cut, especially around the sidewalk. Towering and unseemly, the weeds seem to be shielding anybody walking through them.

Secondly, it is also the job of the owners next to the sidewalk to exterminate the weeds along their fences. Although some have done their part, many of the owners are ignoring their responsibility. Though the city has taken care of some of the weeds, it does not seem to mow them down quite enough.

Finally, cutting them down would create much nicer neighborhoods. Freed from the annoyance, everyone would enjoy walking on the sidewalk more than they did before. The neighborhood would look more inviting, and far fewer people would complain.


Grand Junction

Dentist treats vet’s toothache,
raises spirits on Veterans Day

Shortly before Veterans Day, I developed a toothache.  On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, I called my dentist. Personnel in his office made room to take me in, and he had to pull my tooth.

As I was leaving and discussing more work to be done, his assistant informed me that they wouldn’t be charging me for the work that day, as I was a vet.

This was a tremendous gesture and so much appreciated. I want to thank my dentist and his assistant again.


Grand Junction


Greed lies behind economic
inequality in our nation

I recently watched a showing of a film on hunger in the USA. The most striking thing about it wasn’t that there isn’t enough food but that there is a growing economic inequality in the USA.

Afterward in a discussion on solutions to this problem someone mentioned that we had to strengthen the economy so people can get jobs. I think, though, that they have just missed the point of the film. The film wasn’t talking about an economic problem but a human problem. Strengthening the economy won’t make the situation any better if the inequality remains.

If you want an example of this, just look at China. China has one of the strongest economies on the planet yet some of the poorest living conditions on the planet. Economics isn’t the problem. The inequality of greed is.


Grand Junction


Funding education by lottery
would unfairly burden poor

A letter from Randy Fricke in Tuesday’s Sentinel regarding educational funding in Colorado cries out for questioning. He suggests using lottery money either to fund education or to at least supplement what already exists.

It has been shown many times that the expenditures by lottery participants come heavily from lower-income people. So, Fricke would like our educational system to be heavily funded by those who can least afford it?

It’s bad enough that the state and its residents feel the necessity for a lottery, but to use the proceeds for a basic expenditure required of all citizens for public education is outlandish.

Public education is a basic foundation of our democratic form of government. All citizens benefit, and all citizens should pay for it directly and obviously without the sleight of hand of trying to establish an indirect method of funding that falls heavily on the segment of the population that can least afford it.

It is the free choice of participants of the lottery to spend their money on what many feel is unwise, but it is quite another to try to divert those funds to shield citizens from a basic expenditure that supports our society.

Some people constantly refer to the founders of our country for their tortured analyses of what we should and should not do with our government. The founders were unanimous in their attitude of the need for education as being crucial for the survival of our democratic government.

As such, it is a basic responsibility of citizenship to pay for our educational system without deflecting all or a portion of that responsibility to only a portion of the citizenry.


Grand Junction


After vote for legal marijuana
kids now getting into trouble

I hope the people who voted for legalized marijuana are satisfied now that the kids are getting into trouble.It is hard to believe this is occurring in beautiful Colorado. The liberals have taken over. Now it is time to fight for the Colorado “of old.”


Grand Junction


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