Printed letters, September 6, 2013

Panhandlers should leave if they won’t work

On Sunday morning I was parked in the Walmart parking lot at 2545 Rim Rock Avenue while my wife was doing our weekly grocery shopping.

While watching the people coming and going from the store, I noticed a man and a lady, estimated to be in their early 30s, exiting a car parked in a space behind me.          

The lady, moderately well dressed, walked to and entered the store. Her male companion, who was very unkempt, with filthy, long hair, etc., walked toward the store and sat for a time under the building overhang to the right of the entrance and exit doors.

After several minutes, he returned to their vehicle, a mid-size sedan about five years old with Colorado tags.

He opened a rear door of the sedan, allowing his “sympathy” dog to jump out.  He also removed a moderately large piece of cardboard that turned out to be his panhandler’s sign.  

Walking, he left the parking area to sit, with his sympathy dog, at the corner of the Walmart parking lot access road and Rimrock Avenue.

He flashed his sign at us as we left the parking area.

While I agree with some of the content of Chip Page’s recent letter, “Give to local charities, not to area panhandlers,” which was published in The Daily Sentinel Sunday, I have little sympathy for any panhandler. In my opinion, most of them are too lazy to work.

And, from my perspective, while the various charitable organizations are doing some good, they are mostly enabling the panhandling community. For example, a person does not have to be homeless to get a meal at Catholic Outreach.

I would gladly contribute to a fund to purchase bus tickets to get the panhandlers out of our town.


Grand Junction

Picking winner in Syria 
becoming no-win situation

Would somebody tell me how our president is planning on picking a winner in Syria from three known losers that all hate us?

Hezbollah, al-Qaida and Bashar al-Assad are, all three, anti-American and anti-Israel.

This is fast becoming a no-win situation for the United States.

What if we find out later that the rebels used the chemical weapons on civilians to get us involved? I find it hard to believe Assad would gas his own people when he is trying to gain the support of the same people.

If, in fact, this proves to be true, how will it be George Bush’s fault?




Tomlinson’s keen capture 
of nature is commendable

I want to thank Christopher Tomlinson for the magnificent photos he has presented in The Daily Sentinel through the years, but, especially, the photos, “Droplets Reflect Sunflowers” and “Home to Honey.”

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Grand Junction


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