Printed Letters: Sept. 13, 2016

Leave canals closed to the public
I want to comment on the articles and “You Said Its” about trail use on local canals. Between the Riverfront Trail, trails up on the Mesa and various other hiking and biking trails in the valley, why in the world does anyone need to walk or bike along the canals? Does that fall under “if it’s there I must use it”?

Second, as a former trail host for both the state park system and city of Grand Junction, plus a hike leader for a local social club, I have seen with my own eyes what slobs people in this valley can be. It is nothing to see all kinds of trash that hikers and bikers and fisherman leave on our trails, not to mention large amount of dog feces. Do we really want all this trash and dog droppings left along our canals? If those canal trails are open to the public that is exactly what will happen. I have already read complaints about the trash gathering at the new roundabout at Horizon and I-70.

Do the people who want to use these canal trails think that it will be any different there, or that the people who use it or walk their dogs there will be any more responsible then they are in the rest of the valley? I think not. The only thing that will keep those trails clean is the wind blowing all the trash into the canal, which will create its own problems. Leave the canals closed to the public for the greater good.

RICHARD GERHARDT
Fruitvale


Cyclists and motorists alike should look out for each other
In regard to the excellent editorial of Friday Sept. 7, 2016, “Share the road,” this writer would like to support the ideas expressed in that piece.

The opposing civic clubs, Motorists Opposed to Bad Bicyclists and Bicyclists Against Mad Motorists must set aside their differences in the interest of life and limb (primarily the cyclists’ lives and limbs) and in the interest of common courtesy. (Full disclosure: the writer is a member of both clubs.) Members of MOBB should bear in mind that cyclists are taxpayers too, and most, if not all, own cars. If you (MOBB members) have a surge of anger and resentment that causes you to act carelessly, or with hostility, you could — in the blink of an eye — knock your orthopedic surgeon off his or her bike resulting in serious injury.

Aside from all the paperwork and possible liability, you really don’t want to injure your doctor. It might also be your attorney, your dentist, your pastor or even your mechanic or your tree surgeon. In reality it doesn’t matter who that cyclist is. Take a deep breath and resist letting your emotions govern your actions.

To the members of BAMM, obey the rules of the road. To ignore them is a disservice to everyone out there — not only the members of MOBB but also your fellow cyclists (BAMM members) as well. Courtesy on the part of cyclists will do much to heal divisions between MOBB and BAMM members. In any event, you don’t really want to offend someone in an F350 Hemi dual axle as a practical matter.

In all sincerity, and with those in mind who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in auto-cyclist accidents in our community, let’s look out for one another and treat one another as we would hope to be treated. In short, share the road.

DAVID W. KLEMM
Grand Junction


Club 20 should have included Libertarian nominee in debate
Recently a private club in Grand Junction held a debate for Congressional candidates from District 3. Two-thirds of the candidates, the Republican and Democratic nominees, were invited. Yours truly, the Libertarian nominee, was not.

Club 20 can invite whomever it wants, of course, but by any measure it did not have a legitimate debate without me. While the numbers of Libertarians are rather small, one-third of the voters in District 3 are independents who do not affiliate with any political party. By definition, they are open to something other than what the two major parties choose to tell them.

Club 20 was not interested in what I had to say. Democracy’s loss. I hope others will be and that I will be included in future debates. The voters of our district deserve nothing less.

GAYLON KENT
Hayden


Clinton is one of the hardest workers on Capitol Hill
Hillary Clinton is one of the hardest workers on Capitol Hill. Her schedule is daunting. Most of us would take time off to recover from pneumonia, yet Hillary Clinton is pushing herself to help other Democrats run for office, as well as doing all the requirements of a presidential candidate, all while having pneumonia. I’m 66 and could not keep up with her, yet alone while having pneumonia.

We elected Kennedy when he had a serious back injury and Addison’s disease. Would we elect an FDR today when he had polio and could not stand unsupported? A woman president. A woman who has continued working with pneumonia. History in the USA will never know a more competent woman candidate for the president of the USA.

LESLYE WICK
Delta


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