Printed Letters: September 1, 2017

North name change will upgrade our image

To all of you who suddenly object to the North Avenue name change to University Boulevard, I have a question: This discussion has been going on for over four years and only now you complain? Were you at the City Council meeting on Aug. 16? It was published. You had notice.

If you had been there you would know that Colorado Mesa University graphic arts students have offered to help businesses make stationery and business card changes for little or no cost, (or make the changes on your computer), that the chamber and post office will assist in making the address changes as needed and that this name change does not go into effect until March 2018. The post office will then still continue to deliver mail that is addressed to North Avenue for another full year. That gives everyone at least 18 months to get things changed.

The North Avenue Owners Association has worked long and hard with the city on upgrades and improvements. Many business owners have taken advantage of available funds to remodel and make their properties more attractive.

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing but not much on which to base a business decision. Businesses change names, ownerships, and addresses all the time. The city of Grand Junction, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and the chamber are trying to raise the image of this area after a devastating recession. Reality is 99 percent perception in many cases.

In this case, University Boulevard gives visitors and interested investors the recognition that we are a university town with an educated work force and the amenities that go with a thriving community.

North Avenue will always be North Avenue in your teenage memories. Changing a street sign will not change memories. A plaque can be placed recognizing the street’s historical significance but let’s upgrade the image as well as the medians.

SHARON SOLLENBARGER
Grand Junction

Reader appreciates 
recent piece on wine

I don’t often read the Sentinel’s “Food” articles, but Dave Buchanan’s piece on Aug. 30, “Wine Openers,” was a pleasant exception.

I agree with his general theme that perhaps restaurant wine pricing is getting out of control. OK, drinking wine with a meal imparts (or is portrayed as imparting) a certain elegance, and maybe even sophistication. There’s little question that the industry’s promotions have been successful in separating wine drinkers from the shot-and-a-beer crowd. But, there’s such a thing as too much already, and the painful reality of almost doubling the final bill because of wine is beginning to create an “ouch factor” that tends to take some fun out of eating out.

That said, the article itself was nicely balanced. Assertive but not aggressive. Full bodied but not pushy. Pleasant with no bitter after taste. Satisfying without overpowering the Sentinel’s other offerings. Imparting an unmistakable hint of careful oak barrel aging. Wait — scratch that last sentence! Well done, Dave.

BUD MARKOS
Grand Junction

Columnist epitomizes negative ideology on climate

Generally, I pay little attention to Greg Walcher’s columns in the Sentinel’s Friday editions, as they mostly tend to conclude with the same takeaway: regulation is bad, and only the “invisible hand” that guides our economy can deliver solutions to our most pressing problems.

Perhaps because his topic on Aug. 25, climate catastrophe, is one close to my heart, I gave it a closer read than usual. And my takeaway is that Mr. Walcher, in his public expositions, epitomizes the ideology that has, over the past several decades, steadily and stealthily captured our economy, media, civic mindedness, and the Republican Party — and that is on course to edit democracy out of the U.S. Constitution in the not too distant future.

By now, some of the Sentinel’s more astute subscribers have already read Nancy MacLean’s deep dive into the above-noted conspiracy, “Democracy in Chains: The History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.” If not, I advise that you, including Mr. Walcher and the Sentinel’s editors, run at full speed to your nearest bookseller or library. Professor MacLean, a historian by discipline, has gifted us with a brilliant and meticulous piece of scholarship that, if luck is with us, might yet enable those of us who hold democracy in high regard to beat back the bogeyman that has invaded our hope for peace and prosperity, and our shared public spaces and social benefits.

As for Mr. Walcher’s prospects, however, I must hold a dim view. What tipped me off to his probable membership in this grand conspiracy to begin with was his near word-for-word use of the conspiracy’s disinformation campaign on climate change (which, itself, was lifted from the tobacco industry’s earlier success.) I fear he may have already drunk far too much Koch Kool-Aid to ever be rehabilitated into the community working our hearts out to restore the environment, public spaces and functions, and our own humanity to a fuller integrity.

KATHRYN CHRISTIAN
Grand Junction


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