Printed letters, September 12, 2013

The Club 20 meeting concerning health care, held Sept. 7 at the Two Rivers Convention Center, was the epitome of a public meeting. The guest speakers were knowledgeable and articulate. The audience was interested and inquisitive. The facilities and luncheon were well-staffed and appointed.

Health care is a subject that affects all of us, and this meeting was very informative for individuals, small businesses and large businesses alike. The conversions that took place during the question-and-answer portions of the program were intelligent, meaningful, polite and heartfelt.

All of us have different thoughts about the Affordable Care Act, and it will affect us in different ways. Staying informed is the first step in understanding the ACA and managing our own health care budgets.

The Club 20 meeting was an excellent venue for learning how the ACA will affect us, as well as what we need to do in the coming months. Thank you to Club 20, all the speakers, the Two Rivers Convention Center and the audience for a job well done.


Missing Link Health Care System

Grand Junction

Club 20 members spread
misinformation on PERA

I was appalled when I read the headline in Saturday’s's Daily Sentinel: “CLUB 20: No on tax hike for schools.”

It is bad enough that Club 20 has voted not to endorse the tax hike for schools, but to disseminate false information to the voters as its reason is unconscionable.

Phil Vaughn of Rulison stated, “A lack of safeguards allows the money to be used for purposes such as shoring up what Club 20 called the ‘ailing’ retirement fund for teachers and state employees.”

PERA is not ailing. In fact, it is one of the most solvent defined-benefit pensions in the country, and has been for many years. Club 20 needs to make sure its members have their facts correct when talking to the public.





City Council urged to adopt
proposed urban trails plan

Once again the Urban Trails Committee has been frustrated by the city planning commission and council, without a commitment to serve the growing needs and wishes of the people living in this area. This is all because of the fear, intimidation and shortsightedness of the local canal companies.

There are many examples of the integration of canals and drainages within cities that have worked to the benefit of both citizens and companies. An example that I was actively involved with in my younger days was with the city of Northglenn, as chairman of its Greenway Trails Committee, a special committee to the planning commission similar to the Urban Trails Committee of this city.

At the time, the city and canal companies worked together to sound the ditches and other trail components as open space, similar to city parks and county facilities.

This cooperative effort allowed the governmental entities involved to provide insurance coverage, police protection, planning, improvements, maintenance and a myriad of other benefits that would never have occurred had the canal companies dug in their feet the way local canal companies do.

Canal companies must realize that the future is not the past, and, as time goes by, the cities and counties will continue to grow and increase pressure and incursions on the canal system. There are not enough signs and fences to keep residents, including children and adults, off the canals, and an accident, which is the major fear of the canal companies, will happen.

I fear when that happens a New York attorney will divest the ownership of the canals and their water, no matter the defense of the canal companies. I urge the City Council to adopt the Urban Trails Committee plan as proposed.


Grand Junction


Off-road cycling event greatly
assisted community food bank

Thank you for the coverage you provided to the Grand Junction Off Road cycling event this month. What a wonderful way to showcase the beauty of our community — in our landscapes and our people.

Epic Rides generously selects a few nonprofit local organizations to benefit from each of its cycling events, and Community Food Bank was honored to be selected for this inaugural Grand Junction event. Along with monetary donations we received from registered Epic riders, we also collected cash and canned goods at the expo and Cracker concert. Then, the expo vendors shared even more at the end of the event, including 76 pounds of produce and 185 pounds of nonperishables, snacks, vitamins and more.

The Community Food Bank provides a three-day emergency food box to local individuals and families in need. Last year, we served 16,918 hungry people in Mesa County — more than 11 percent of our population. We are truly grateful for any contributions of food or funds, but it seems especially sweet to have our locals benefit from contributions made during this wonderful event.

We appreciate all who made this happen for our community. We look forward to welcoming Epic Rides back to Grand Junction next year.


Board President

Community Food Bank

Grand Junction


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