Printed letters, September 8, 2013
Our country is perched on the precipice of making a disastrous decision to pursue a military intervention into a country that is in the middle of a religious and sectarian civil war.
Our president made an ill-advised decision a year ago to draw a “red line” on the use of chemical weapons, and now that it has been crossed, he feels his honor or reputation is at stake, so he wants us to once again become involved in a military conflict that has absolutely no vital strategic interest to the citizens of our country.
His administration is stretching all credibility to make a case for this action, on some sort of high moral standing. What about all its humanitarian compassion over the last two years when more than 100,000 lives were lost, with nothing but some dithering on the part of Obama?
Each and every one of us needs to contact our senators, Udall and Bennett, and our representative, Tipton, and let them know that we are not in favor of any military action in Syria. It may be one of the most important phone calls you can ever make.
Grand Valley cyclists don’t need access to ditch banks
This letter is in regard to the front-page article of The Daily Sentinel Monday, Aug, 26, ” No bridging the differences.”
I congratulate the commissioners, City Council and irrigation and drainage districts for not allowing the ditch banks to become thoroughfares. The ditch banks were never designed for this purpose, anyway.
As for Dave Grossman’s wishes that this community could just be like so many others that allow such access, we are not those other places, and that’s just fine, too.
I, too, enjoy riding just as much as anyone, but I’ve never found it necessary to trespass down ditch banks to enjoy the sport, especially when one considers all that we have now.
Examples are the River Front Trail, Tabeguache Trail, Kokopelli Trail, 16 Road, 18 Road, 21 Road, Lunch Loop, Little Park, Glade Park and Bangs Canyon. Soon, our fragile monument will be a bike path, as well, when it becomes a park.
Once we open this door to public access, we’ll have four-wheelers, dirt bikes, dune buggies, Go Karts and anything else with a lawnmower engine on it sharing your canal bank.
Well, one might say, just limit the access to bikes only. There is no way to successfully enforce such a limit. We haven’t the resources to police the miles and miles of canal roads and the intersecting crossroads. Also, this isn’t the Grand Junction of 25 or 30 years ago, when people actually had respect for private property or anything else.
No, the council, commissioners, irrigation companies and drainage district that provide a very necessary commodity of water to our farmers, fields, crops, lawns and gardens do not need Grossman or me on the ditch banks.
Justman’s column perpetuates attitude of victimhood
This letter is regarding the Sentinel column, “Free-market policies aid county, not green energy subsidies” by John Justman in last Sunday’s edition. While the column is full of mistakes and inaccurate data, it also perpetuates a very lingering attitude of many residents living here that the rural West Slope towns (e.g. Grand Junction) and its people are “victims” of mandates from Denver and D.C. Woe are we!
I have found throughout my career that most mandates or regulations are pretty much earned.As long as we (those that do) continue to exude this attitude and another very prevalent local attitude, anger, I am thinking about something I was taught a long, long time ago; “Don’t be thinking and wishing for things you do not want; they just may come true for you.”
Justman’s comments may “ring the bell” to many here; however, they will do nothing to help foster a relationship with “the other side,” as I have heard the Denver Metro referred to by many. And that, too, may be just fine with some people; however, Mesa County is not the “United States of Mesa” and leadership (both county and city) should just knock it off.
This county, or any other Colorado county, as pointed out in a letter to the editor on Aug. 28 by B. Smith, is not financially (as well as some other services) capable of fully supporting itself without state and/or federal assistance.
To sum this up, I wonder what kind of hypocritical or guilt feeling(s) Justman has as he deposits and spends his (our/taxpayer) $200,000+ in federal farm subsidies he has received, or possibly he intends to repay us all? Once again, “Don’t be wishing…” Oh, and and remember that old value, “Don’t throw stones at a glass house.”
As price of gas shoots up, city should reinstall trolley system
We all know that gas at the gas station isn’t getting any cheaper, and I dread the thought of the time when it reaches $10 per gallon. Anyway, I think that the time is right for the reinstallation of a Grand Junction trolley system. I say reinstall because Grand Junction used to have a streetcar system.
Grand Junction does have a good bus system, but all the buses still run on fossil fuels. Eventually this is going to get expensive, either for the city or for the people riding the buses.
Obamacare will be great, as long as you don’t get sick
I believe the ultimate goal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is to screw up our present health care plans and eventually force us into a single-pay system that will be managed entirely by the government. At that time we will have the world’s best health care system, if you don’t get sick.