Printed letters, October 24, 2012

In a recent letter to the editor, John Leane expressed concern over another business leaving Grand Junction. We all regret that loss.

This county tried to stimulate business moving here by giving free property to them. Taxes were forgiven and no payment asked. Just move here, enjoy. When it came time to pay taxes, those same businesses moved rather than pay. No roots holding them here.

Leane suggests more of that same — $5,000 of hard-earned, county emergency money. What would hold those businesses here? This is just a bribe, with taxpayers footing the bill, again.

I recall Leane pushing the county jail. It was built over an old landfill, against the advice of the planners, against the wishes of neighbors, against many security concerns. But there it sits.

A comment in this paper after massive repair due to the faulty site said; “Due to the settling and sinking of our new jail facility, I would like to thank its founders for the foresight of painting the roofs green so it will blend with the grass in a few years.”

Hundreds of thousands of dollars were needed to repair that facility. It remains an eyesore, a threat and detraction for the community.

Needed are foresight, planning and goals for this community. Who brings that? John Justman.

Justman brings to the table a lifetime in this valley. He has walked the walk, and he knows what we need to proceed into the future. His restoring an energy future of “all of the above” makes sense. His plan of changing the rules to allow businesses to thrive from the start by lowering beautification requirements and those substantial costs make sense. His experiences as planner, water board member, administrator and employer speak for his qualifications.

John Justman is our man.


Grand Junction

Gerow’s leadership skills
make her the best candidate

We first met Jana Gerow when she joined City Market, Inc. as manager of construction and maintenance. This was in the early 1990s, a time when City Market had undertaken a major store expansion and remodel program. She pursued her duties with competence and enthusiasm.

Her responsibilities included managing construction of six stores and remodeling existing stores located from Alamosa and Buena Vista to Rock Springs and Rawlins, Wyo. She was responsible for complex construction projects such as the store in Vail, which involved building 67 housing units, an underground parking garage and 60,000 square feet of retail space.

Simultaneously, Gerow was committed to community-interest nonprofit work with the Blue Ribbon Campaign, “Don’t shake a baby,” to prevent child abuse, and she represented City Market in organizations such as Associated Builders and Contractors and Western Colorado Contractors Association.

Gerow exhibited the ability to multitask, problem solve and work collaboratively with different interest groups such as store management, subcontractors, governmental agencies and our customers. She kept our projects on schedule and within budget.

Gerow has strong leadership and business management skill to bring to our county. We heartily endorse and recommend Jana Bingham Gerow for Mesa County commissioner.


Grand Junction


Grant and Pramenko 
use left-wing playbook

I really don’t know why Bill Grant and Dr. Michael Pramenko bother to contribute to the newspaper. After reading their contributions for a few years, I finally realized two things: Neither one of them has an original idea. If you read their writing, it is all — word for word — right out of the left wing playbook. A person can read any other left-wing writing and get exactly the same information.

They both are also very guilty of providing only a portion of information on an issue. The best example is their musings on Obamacare. For example, there are already accounts of what amounts to “death panels.” If you don’t believe this to be true, as neither of these writers do, then just wait until you turn 70.

In defending Obamacare, they do not bother to discuss the financial issues involved as a result of implementing the plan. This is one of the biggest problems, not whether it provides good health care for all. Nor do they discuss the tremendous number of rules and regulations that people and medical facilities must follow just to get reasonable care. Both of them are so guilty of tunnel vision and bias that they, either by choice or lack of information, ignore the real problems with Obamacare.

That these two are so flippant about the actual problems with the new health plan is aggravating. It does a disservice to those who read their columns thinking they might know something.

If either of these writers is paid for his contributions to The Daily Sentinel, it is a waste of my money to support the paper. As I said, a thinking person can read the writings of all the other left-wing writers and get the exact same half story. If they are not being paid for their biased contributions, then the paper could use the space for other things of interest to subscribers.


Grand Junction


Tim Menger will serve voters, 
not parties or special interests

Here’s why you should vote for Tim Menger for House District 54. Nov. 6 is Election Day, but it will also be the day I have been married to Tim for 36 years.

Over those years, I have known this man to be one of the most caring, logical and hard-working men ever. Tim has spent his working life in many different fields. He has seen the good and bad sides of both working for the government and private sector.

He has learned there are two sides to every story and has been fortunate to help negotiate disputes between two factions on numerous occasions. He has a logical mind. He can look at a problem and figure out what is the right thing to do. He has always given 110 percent to every employer that he has worked for.

He cares so much for this state that the resources and beauty it offers are always on his mind to protect. But he is a logical environmentalist. His goal is to use resources in Colorado wisely, with an eye on how it will affect our public lands for ours and future generations.

Over the years, he has helped send many good people to elected office with the belief that he could go back to his personal life and expect the officials to protect the needs of the people they represent. Then, a month or two into their terms, something happens. They start voting or writing bills that only special-interest groups could come up with.

I can promise you that when a bill comes across his desk, he will not look first at what letter is by the name of the bill’s sponsor. He will read it thoroughly and examine whether the bill will be constitutional and help or hinder his constituents in House District 54.

He is so fiscally conservative that he has refused numerous offers to take money for this campaign. He believes that when you take money from special interest groups or even your own party, you are then bound to listen to their needs first and not the people who put you in office one vote at a time. Tim will work for you, not a party or a lobbyist.

It is time we start taking our county back. Remember you are the government, not the people you elect. They are to represent your needs.

Please look at Tim not as a third-party candidate, but as the man who will work for you, your family, Mesa County and our future generations. Vote for Tim Menger for Colorado House District 54.




Digital aficionado prefers 
print version of Sentinel

I have been a daily subscriber of The Daily Sentinel for over two years now. While I used to view, I much prefer the print edition to the electronic. Some view print as old-fashioned, and only those without access to electronic means are ones who subscribe. But I disagree.

I am 29 and immersed in the digital world. Many things I do every day involve electronic communication, but I still believe a printed newspaper is far better reading than an online source. I don’t like getting out a smart phone and scrolling through just to read a story, nor will I sit down at the computer to do so.

While some say printed news is going away, I see a place for daily news in hard copy for many years to come.


Grand Junction


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Seems in this community you must be GOP or you are from the far left. The same people who replaced Bernie Buescher with Bradford.  In other opinions there is NO compromise as well…...frack anywhere regardless of the consequences, and the hell with health reform?  Now some of these same people want us to support Wright and no matter what return to the Industrial Age?  Seems okay we are spending nearly $2 billion on an election with the powerful money moguls giving as much as $34 million to a campaign….....the American way… your way to political gain.  Ridiculous!

David Shrum hit the nail squarely on its head.
In his guest column titled, “Facts have been lacking in the 
political debate on health care,” in the October 11, 2012 edition of the Daily Sentinel, apparent socialist Dr. Michael J. Pramenko said: “We can’t wait ten years for a new way forward. All Americans must accept change…” If that type of “ve haff our vays of making you obey” Nazi-ish autocratic thinking doesn’t scare the beejeebers out of any red-blooded lover of individual freedom and self-ownership, I don’t know what will.
The very term “affordable health care” is a serious deception. “Affordable”, like “value”, is in the eye of the beholder. Why not talk about “affordable” Ferraris or “affordable” Lamborghinis? “Affordable” health care simply means doctors get to work for less money. Of course, following that idiotically self-destructive anti-free-market line of thinking, forcing doctors to work for free would be even more “affordable”.
The hidden implication in Pramenko’s open socialism is that people such as he are a higher form of life than the rest of us, and that they are smart enough to run a national economy by controlling wages and prices. To any Economics 101 aficionado, that is an arrogant crock of bologna on its face.
Fortunately, nowhere nearly all docs share Pramenko’s views. As libertarian doctor, Mary J. Ruwart, has pointed out in a video titled, “How to Reduce Healthcare Costs by 80% Overnight (Without Spending $2 Trillion)” ( the cost of health care could be reduced by 80% overnight by abolishing the FDA and letting little pharmaceutical companies compete fairly with politically connected Big Pharma.
Another idea whose time has come, and which would significantly reduce health care costs is a “Freedom To Self-Medicate” amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving the individual the legal right of access to the same tools and medicines the docs have to medicate ONLY himself (NOT third parties). Any number of alternative doctors have said that 95% of what docs do in their offices, a person could easily do for himself. Isn’t it time to relegate doctors to the important stuff like open-heart surgery, compound fractures and competent medical advice?
Precisely because Dr. Pramenko, despite his own opinion of himself, is not smart enough to run my life for me, I don’t want him to “build a health care system” to take care of me. I just want him to get out of the way and let me take care of myself. And, after all, isn’t that the difference between nanny-state tyrants and individual freedom lovers?
It’s not rocket science, folks. Want to understand health care? It’s easy. Follow the money, and who has got their lobbyists in Congress. It’s sure not the health care consumer.

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