Printed Letters: September 7, 2017
We should support our ‘at promise’ children
Recently I attended the Southwest Regional Conference for Delta Kappa Gamma. One of the main speakers told about being born on Kauai Island in 1955 and was considered an “at risk” child. The book entitled “Overcoming the Odds” by Emmy E. Werner and Ruth S. Smith tells of this situation.
The speaker had a good support system from her grandmother and many different school/community personnel and has had a successful life. She proposed that we should look at children as “at promise.”
There have been many situations where the local community can view our children “at promise.” The Mesa County Fair had many super 4-H and FFA projects that involves children the year ‘round. The children practicing for soccer at Canyon View Park a few weeks ago were really putting their hearts into the game. The manager of Anytime Fitness on Orchard Mesa told me that he had more than 100 individuals between the ages of 14 to 18 working out at the gym this summer. I have witnessed the result of an elementary school that send pen pal letters to senior citizens and shut-ins in this community. They have done that for several years.
Vote yes for 3A and 3B on your November ballot. Keep an eye out for all the “at promise” individuals in Mesa County. You will be overwhelmed. Support the future of this community.
12th Street better suited to be University Boulevard
While I have no strong opinion about changing or keeping street names, I do think it odd that the city decided to change the name of North Avenue to University Boulevard rather than giving that name to 12th Street. Visitors coming to our town and thinking a street named University Boulevard will take them to Colorado Mesa University are going to be much better served if that name is on what is now 12th. The simplest I-70 exit for getting to CMU is Horizon, where the visitors and families will find lodging and eating options. The drive on Horizon to 12th is very easy to follow. The drive from Horizon to the campus on 12th passes many beautifully landscaped areas, leaving an impression of Grand Junction as a thriving city. It takes the traveler right past the athletic complexes, the parking garage, and the Performing Arts Center. Twelfth Street is also a direct path to Stocker Stadium and Lincoln Park.
People coming to CMU thinking that University Boulevard (North Avenue) will get them there will first need to know that they must get off the highway at Clifton. Then they will need to navigate a confusing and dangerous maneuver onto University (old North) where traffic is merging and exiting from various directions. Then they will drive almost the full length of the boulevard, which will give them a great opportunity to see lots of run down buildings and parking lots.
We need to face the fact that there is little that can be done to make North Avenue beautiful that is within a reasonable budget. Maybe some day we will. When that happens we can give it a new name, maybe something else that works for the university, or something that celebrates it historically.
EMILY C. WITTE
Hurricane the latest in a flow of warnings about climate
Has anyone noticed — in this day of climate change believers and deniers — that Hurricane Harvey, one of the most devastating hurricanes on record in terms of loss of life and property, came ashore with destructive force and flooding severe enough to wipe out over half of the petroleum industry along the Gulf Coast? This industry produces the product, which is a major source of the pollutants that cause global warming and the dying of our planet. Is Mother Nature telling us something?
This hurricane is the latest of a continuous flow of warnings being sent to us: extreme weather, melting of the ice caps, rising temperature of the oceans, death of the coral reefs, ocean dead zones off our coasts, mass extinction of animals, fire and drought, etc., etc.
By failing to take heed, are we as a species genetically stupid?
ROBERT A. TALLARICO
Mesa County should live up to its potential for solar energy
Mesa County has so much potential. After reading “Groups question oil, gas leases in BLM ‘solar areas,’ ” it had me questioning why we don’t already have more renewable energy development in Mesa County. As the article points out, “the BLM statistics indicate it has approved enough renewable energy projects to power 7 million homes (nationally), and that BLM-approved projects that have become operational since 2011 have provided 9,000 construction and operations jobs and $13.8 billion in capital investments.” Let’s get some of that here!
Colorado is a leader in renewable energy, with investments in wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and small hydroelectric. Let’s get on board with renewable energy development so we can see the benefits in our community. With 300 days of sunshine, what a great place for some more solar panels! I would hate to see Mesa County fail to live up to that potential for more solar energy.
THERESA V. OTERO