Printed Letters: October 1, 2017
Give educators and school district support
I ask everyone to support measures 3A and 3B for School District 51. The information made available by Citizens for School District 51 is amazing and overwhelming. The data provided helps one to be informed as to the needs, but also to learn about the community impact directly to our economy.
Investing in our community really does make it thrive and attract others, and it is surprising how consistently the voters of Grand Junction elect not to help take our community to a higher standard — be it for safety, library, or even for our emergency response.
It is well established that when people or businesses seek to move, they consider the public schools — not just performance, but actual facilities and ability to keep up with the modern times. Considering the average age of the buildings to be 44 years and then some — that exceeds the standard for efficiency in a facility by a good nine years. The school district facilities have hard use due to the high numbers of individuals coming and going throughout much of the year and as capital projects become more severe and numerous, then there must be concern for the safety of all.
Education as a whole runs with expenses that are well shy of other industries and professions. Cries to find more efficiencies and reductions are severe for an employer that already has people working from the heart. Let us all join in and give educators and our district support. An infusion of compassion to help our community learn and grow can be done by voting “yes” for 3A and 3B.
Orchard Mesa Middle School needs your support
I’m Carlos Martinez, president of student council at Orchard Mesa Middle School. I believe my fellow students deserve a new school. The students and I believe it’s hard to learn when you can smell mold when the air conditioning or heater is on. The tiles are falling from the gymnasium ceiling, which could cause serious injuries.
If you really think students should smell mold or risk injury, then don’t help. Stand up for what you think is right. Our school is getting older by the day, the hour, the minute, and even the second. So please help me on this, and help our community make the world a better place. That should be an easy choice to make. The Orchard Mesa Middle School students deserve a new school. Don’t you think?
Local Realtors stand in support of 3A and 3B
We as Realtors stand with the Grand Junction Chamber, GJEP, and other business leaders in this community in support of 3A and 3B. We firmly believe that in order to scale our economy, we must invest in the foundation of our community: our public education system.
It is easy to see why so many in our industry support the measure. We are the largest industry in the region, and on a daily basis, we are questioned about the quality of our schools. Whether buyers are moving across town or businesses are relocating from across the nation, schools are an important factor in determining where they will buy their next home or locate their business. Home buyers and business owners desire schools with the curriculum, teacher training, technology, safety, and school calendar that are necessary to remain competitive with other districts. Each of us has had at least one client who chose another place over Mesa County given our funding per pupil ranking 16th among the 20 comparably sized districts.
Studies show that home values increase in communities with good schools. Imagine what could happen to property values around a new Orchard Mesa Middle School or the 45 other D51 facilities scheduled for maintenance or upgrades. Every homeowner in the district could benefit from increased home values, as the measures will improve all schools in the district.
In regards to the cost of residential property taxes relative to home values in D51, the facts speak for themselves. Despite a quadrupling of the median home price between 1986 and 2016 the median annual residential property tax paid to D51 has decreased by 18.5 percent from $702 per year in 1986 to $592 per year in 2016. That is correct! Home values have quadrupled since 1986 and residential property taxes have decreased during that same time frame primarily due to the Gallagher Amendment.
It is time that Grand Junction residents provide a much-needed boost to our under-funded public schools. The graduating class of 2018 has not seen one increase in school funding since they started kindergarten, but in fact has had to deal with the results of massive budget cuts. Let’s show them, and the potential residents that are considering moving to the Grand Valley, that we value our kids and their education. Please vote YES on 3A and 3B.
CHRISTI REECE, Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties
MIKE FOSTER, Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties
KEVIN BRAY, Bray Real Estate
JOHN DUFFY, Bray Real Estate
JOANNA LITTLE, Re/Max 4000
JOE TRIPOLI, Re/Max 4000
Recent letter on immigrants enrages native-born citizen
I was enraged and very much offended when I read the letter by Shari Vandervelde insinuating that only people who are immigrants are part of this nation by her statement that “We are a nation of immigrants.”
My parents were immigrants but I was born here and consider myself to be a part of this nation just as they were and I am proud to be a native-born citizen. I would like to inform Ms. Vandervelde that, according to the last census, approximately 90 percent of American citizens were born here. So, her statement is patently false.
This is a typical example of how the people who do not respect this nation or its citizens are attempting to divide and tribalize our once great nation by spreading divisive propaganda like this.
Local mainstream media could inspire positive change
We, future generations that is, are $20 trillion in debt. So, all sound economics aside, we must not lack money for anything. Law enforcement and education are critical pillars of society, but one is preserving our nation, the other is trashing it. The two nastiest “American” swamps needing to be drained immediately are academia and the heretical faction of the “Christian” church. We have been besieged by intellectually dishonest professors and phony, anti-intellectual preachers who must have Satan kicking back on his recliner enjoying a cold beer.
A portion of Cidney Fisk’s lawsuit against a Delta School District claims they violated her right to “free exercise of religion.” That’s right! Neutrality is a myth! Just because Fisk dismisses the God of America’s founders, doesn’t mean we escape having to endure the consequences of her godless ideology. If atheists were consistent, they would insist their religious ideology also be separated from the state. Robert Fisk recently rewrote verifiable American history and law with the omniscient certainty of a God! But I don’t want him or anyone else attacked, silenced or shouted down. Give atheists every opportunity to proclaim and defend their world-view to us, as comprehensively as possible minus the regressive attacks on theism.
The Daily Sentinel is mainstream media that could inspire positive change. I encourage readers to ask that this forum be thoroughly revised. Maybe devote an entire page and call it “Win the Argument.” Insist that evidence rather than personal attack rules. If space is a concern, delete not only “Letters to the Editor” but also “You Said it” and columnists a la George Will and EJ Dionne. Seriously, why do we need over-articulate fools in Washington misleading us any further?
Story of youth’s indomitable spirit was deeply moving
I was deeply moved by Erin McIntyre’s heartwarming story of Mark’s indomitable spirit during his short life here. Thank you Orchard Mesa Middle School staff, Orchard Mesa Lion’s Club, and all who were involved with the memorial to honor this “gentle soul” and keep his legacy of courage, resilience, and love of learning alive. There are angels among us.
Community serves as example of what health care can be
When I read Katie Langford’s article on how much School District 51’s partnership with Community Hospital has benefited district employees, (“Health costs drop for school district employees,” Sept. 20) I was struck by how lucky we are to have a health care organization like Community Hospital here.
Most of the headlines around the entire country concerning health care are about how premiums are skyrocketing, and how people everywhere are paying more and more for health care. The political atmosphere in Washington D.C. makes it seem less and less likely that the two parties will ever come together to find a way to fix our health care system and make it affordable.
And yet, here in our little corner of Colorado, we have Community Hospital, which has managed to provide insurance to a major employer, cut the costs of deductibles and premiums, and forge a partnership with a big-city hospital to provide a full suite of services at a discount. That they managed to do all this in the shadow of a larger competitor just adds to their credibility.
Community Hospital serves as an example of what the health care industry can and should be, and gives us hope that we won’t need to rely on Washington for health care solutions.