Printed letters, September 20

School board elections are to be nonpartisan for a reason. Partisan elections emphasize politics that are not helpful in selecting school board members.

Furthermore, party labels distract voters from asking who has the knowledge and skills to serve the educational needs of students. All party affiliations have a vested interest in local public education.

The strength of our community is directly tied to economic development and to creating a community that attracts more business and industry. Both are directly affected by the training of our future workforce. Smart change is needed.

School Board candidates must work collaboratively as a five-person board to make careful decisions to help our school district improve in spite of diminishing resources. We need a board to create strong schools today to ensure a strong community and a strong America for our future.

We invite our neighbors who wish to work toward smart change to join us in the effort.

RICK LANGLEY

HEIDI HOFFMAN

Co-chairs of Strong Schools,

Strong Community Group

Grand Junction

To avoid injury, cyclists must 
ride respectfully, responsibly

I see in Thursday’s Daily Sentinel that a bicyclist was hit and killed near Lands End Road. I got hit on F Road 35 years ago. I sold my Bianchi and bought a mountain bike. I learned a hard lesson: They don’t watch, and you don’t have a chance. The front rim was tacoed, the seat peg sheared off, the frame cracked, one crank was busted, and I wasn’t any better. Two tons of steel and rubber are very unforgiving.

I moved away, worked, retired and moved back home. People are still riding bikes. I went over the monument once in my one-ton diesel pickup with family from out of town. The bicyclists were rude, cut me off and rode dangerously.

I was going way the hell out of my way to cut them slack and give them room, up to and including driving 10 mph to stay behind them on what I knew to be a very dangerous section up there.

They cussed and flipped me the finger for driving a “clean diesel.” They then rode dangerously at me and were basically rude. They are no better on Broadway and Highway 340. Not all are schmucks, but a majority.

Hey, guys, I used to be one of the original all-bike commuters in this valley. Back when the college was just “Mesa,” I went to school and work on a bike. The Boulder types seem to have brought attitude and lost all civility. Why is that?

I hope one bicylist the other night didn’t think me a jerk. But Dude! Riding Broadway with no bike lights, in flip-flops and a black hoodie? Really?

He’s just lucky I have extra lighting on that hated and feared diesel pickup, and, y’know, if I weren’t such a jerk, I would have given him a ride in the rain.

Fold up your finger, get the hell out of the middle of the lane and buy some lights.

RICHARD BRIGHT

Grand Junction

 

Truck drivers are due 
recognition this week

This week, Truck Driver Appreciation Week, provides us with a chance to recognize the contributions of those who provide us with the essentials of life. Everything in our country, whether it be food, fuel, furniture or anything else, is carried at one point by a truck driven by a professional truck driver.

As examples of their importance, most service stations have fuel supplies of two days or less, grocery stores realize serious shortages within three days, and many hospitals require daily shipments. Trucks are used to meet those critical needs, and truck drivers make it happen. They accomplish this despite challenges such as adverse weather and poor road conditions.

While everyone sees trucks daily, many have never met truck drivers. These people are merely faces behind large windshields.

Few understand the level of training, the complex laws and the challenges of navigating a large vehicle on our nation’s highways. For these professionals, safety is their passion and they are the reason why the truck accident rate has consistently dropped for the past 20 years.

So, who are these people? Many are veterans of our armed forces who appreciate the blessings our country has bestowed. They are hard-working and dedicated individuals. They tend to be strong family people who are generous and give more to charity than others. Truck drivers also are compassionate and when tragedy strikes, they are the first to volunteer.

They tend to be selfless. If there is an accident, chances are that you will see a truck driver stopped and rendering assistance. There are countless stories each year of truck drivers risking their own lives to rescue others.

Go to one of these drivers and thank him or her for bringing all of us the quality of life that we enjoy.

GREG FULTON, President

Colorado Motor Carriers Association

Denver



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