Printed Letters: Oct. 3, 2017
Support 1A to maintain Mesa County’s lifestyle
I moved to Grand Junction 1994 with Xcel Energy. I retired from Xcel Energy two years ago. While working as the Community Affairs Manager I served on boards or worked with most organization in Mesa County.
During that time I observed the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorneys office achieve excellent results with reduced budgets. Crime has been kept as low as it could be with reduced resources.
Now a critical time has been reached. The voters will determine the lifestyle Mesa County will have. By passing 1A the present lifestyle can continue. If 1A is not passed then the lifestyle in Mesa County will change.
I normally oppose tax increases, but I support Issue 1A. 1A will provide our law enforcement officers with the resources they need to track down more bad guys and put them away, and give them a fighting chance to stop crimes before they happen.
By voting the small sales tax increase in 1A will go a long way to making that a reality. We shouldn’t have to worry about being unsafe in our own homes or afraid that something bad will happen to the grandkids as they ride their bikes to school every day.
I’m voting yes on Issue 1A and hope you will too.
Let’s meet joint responsibility of providing safe places to learn
As a mom, I worry. My first responsibility is to keep my kids safe and healthy but just like every other parent I have to entrust my kids’ safety to our schools each morning. That’s a heavy burden indeed for a school system that lacks the funds to complete basic maintenance and repairs.
I wonder what will happen if we keep deferring these necessary costs. Will there be a fire in a school with a malfunctioning alarm system? Will a roof collapse on a gym full of kids? In order for the schools to meet this heavy responsibility, they need adequate funding. I try to do my part to support my kids and all kids in our community. But I can’t do this alone, and neither can our schools. No one is excited to pay more in taxes, but at least with measures 3A and 3B, we know exactly what we are getting for our tax dollars. The to-do list is published right there on the district’s website and it’s a long one. I so hope we will come together as a community by approving measures 3A and 3B to meet our joint responsibility of providing safe places for our kids to learn.
Solar panels and electric cars can free us from Big Oil
It’s nice not having to buy fuel or power. It’s nice not being held hostage to the whims of Middle East politics and big oil. How do we do that?
With solar panels and an electric car. Electricity is the most price-stable fuel on the market today for two reasons. It can be generated from a wide range of fuels and it is not traded internationally like crude oil, gasoline and diesel. Natural gas is slowly becoming more like oil as more LNG terminals (like Jordan Cove) come online.
So, it too will eventually go up and down with every crisis just like oil. Won’t that be great during a cold, long winter.
I thought of putting a bumper sticker on our electric car that says, “This car runs on coal.” But not just coal, also nuclear, natural gas, wind, solar, hydro, pig manure, landfill methane, geothermal or anything that can make electricity. And it’s local. Anyone can make electricity. No one except Big Oil can make gasoline. If you run on gasoline, Big Oil has you just where they want you. You have no alternatives. Alternatives make you free and powerful.
If we get going with V2G (vehicle to grid), electric cars would provide distributed power storage which would make the grid much more stable, and much more capable of handling more wind and solar.
If we get on board with V2H (vehicle to house) we could use electric cars to power our houses during natural disasters and grid failures. Wouldn’t that have been nice in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.
In their simplicity, performance, minimal maintenance, and benefits to the grid and emergency power, electric cars are vastly superior to “old technology” internal combustion. Electric vehicles set you free, and they’re getting better and cheaper every day.
Taking a knee isn’t a protest, but an insult to military deaths
World War I — 53,402 known U.S. military deaths. World War II — 291,557 known U.S. military deaths. That’s a known total of 344,959.
I do not disagree with the right for peaceful protest, however, those military members gave their lives so we can have the right for peaceful protest as well as all of our other freedoms!
By taking a “knee” during the anthem or not saluting the flag is, in my mind as well as that of many others, not a protest. It is nothing but the same as urination on the graves of those military deaths! There are many other PEACEFUL means of protesting racial, other inequalities, government activity or lack there of.