Printed Letters: September 12, 2017

Funding public safety a 
community investment

I’ve been a small business owner in this valley for over 30 years. I am now I semi-retired and living on even less income, so I understand the financial concern over adding more taxes. However, I also have grandchildren here.

They and I both have a lot of years ahead of us and I will continue to invest in my community for however and for as long as I can.

I support 1A, because 37 cents on a $100 purchase isn’t too much to ask to support our Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and public safety officials. This tax will not apply to groceries, gas or prescriptions, which makes it less of a burden for everyone, especially families and anyone living on a fixed income. Some things are worth a little sacrifice or better yet, investment.

I love this valley and there’s no place I’d rather live, but you can’t expect this to remain a great place to be if we are not willing to put anything into it. I’ll be voting yes on 1A for my grandkids. I hope everybody considers this and will Back the Badge!

SYLVIA GRIMSLEY
Grand Junction

Sen. Gardner’s CMU town hall in sharp contrast to Bennet’s

While I was pleased to see Sen. Cory Gardner come to a town hall at Colorado Mesa University, the contrasts with Sen. Michael Bennet’s town hall at CMU last March were stark. Sen. Bennet asked people to sign in and give their email addresses so he could send his regular updates. For Sen. Gardner, we were treated to police, security guards, bag checks and metal detectors. I asked one of Sen. Gardner’s staff why all the security. She told me that it was because the town hall was on a campus. When my wife quickly pointed out that Sen. Bennet’s town hall was also held on this same campus, without the heavy police presence, the staff person was literally speechless. Sen. Bennet’s people passed a microphone to speakers. Sen. Gardner’s people held their mics tight while you asked your question. I don’t know what they were expecting.

CMU President Tim Foster also saw fit to deliver a condescending warning about maintaining a civil tone (I had a flashback where I was momentarily worried about having to go to detention after school or getting a bad mark in my permanent record). I recommend he peruse “Revolutionary Dissent: how the founding generation created freedom of speech,” by Stephen Solomon.

Both of these gentlemen should have a little more awareness of the general intelligence of their audience. Gardner, responding to a discussion on corporate taxes, referenced the statutory rate structure when it was plain that the questioner knew that the actual tax paid (if any) was dramatically lower. Despite whom we have for a president, the electorate is well versed on the issues and knows how to conduct itself in public.

FRANK HOLT
Fruita

Who is griping about proposed tax increase to fund schools?

One must wonder if the same people griping about a proposed tax increase to fund schools are the same people that supported lottery money going to Parks and Recreation? The $2.7 billion put into that fund from the lottery would have gone a long way towards helping education/schools. We should not have dumb kids going to great parks.

Are these also the same people that did everything they could to shut down oil and gas exploration in Mesa and Garfield counties? There’s no accurate data on the loss of revenue from shutting down this industry but I’m assuming it’s quite substantial — revenue lost that could have gone to the schools, perhaps negating the need for a tax increase

DON MCCLUNG
Parachute

North name change will 
financially burden businesses

As an owner of a small business on the west end of North Avenue, I am opposed to the name change that City Council is imposing on my business. I do not believe that changing the name of a street will have any effect on the community. This will, however, be a burden financially and I will spend many hours changing everything that pertains to this decision. You may have a donation for the cost of the signs, but when the signs are replaced this issue will not die. The cost and inconvenience will continue for the business owners of North Avenue for many months to come.

To suggest that this name change has merit for the city, citizens, etc. is ridiculous. This screams political favor. If it looks like a duck, talks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it is a duck. Diane Schwenke with the chamber has publicly stated that letters were sent out to the businesses on North Avenue with information about getting some help. I have never received any letter.

The City Council seeks approval from the voters when they want to be elected but are indifferent to the voters after they are elected. I believe that this issue should be sent to the voters to decide.

JACKIE AGUILAR
Grand Junction


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Frank Holt is correct about the stark difference between Sen. Bennet’s town hall meeting and Sen Gardner’s. I was at both meetings, too. I simply walked into Senator Bennet’s town hall and took a seat but noticed s significant police presence both inside and outside Gardner’s event. There was no security check at Sen. Bennett’s town hall, but we got frisked far more invasively than TSA to get into Sen. Gardner’s meeting. I wonder why Gardner harbors such a high level of mistrust towards the same citizenry as Sen. Bennet? I also noticed Sen. Gardner had his statistic wrong when he said the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. United Arab Emirates is first. And once you factor in loopholes, deductions and other expenses, American corporations don’t pay anywhere near the statutory rate.

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