Printed letters, April 21, 2010

Census irregularities are cause for concern

I am concerned about the census work in Grand Junction. Everyone in our neighborhood did not receive a census form. Most have had to go get one. What is going on?

Grand Junction stands to lose if the count is not correct or if it is negligent.

I was told by reliable sources that two cars of census workers were sent to Glenwood Springs to take census data from hotels (and of course hotels do not give out personal information on their guests). Also, two census workers were out in the parks early in the morning trying to get info on homeless people.

I am wondering who is in charge there, since the person overseeing it became ill due to the pot growing next door. Then he was dismissed from the Census Bureau.

Please do a survey or check to see how many people really got their forms to fill out. I would sure be interested in knowing if it’s just our area or all over Grand Junction.

JANET L. MOORE

Grand Junction

People can’t be counted if they don’t get forms

How can I possibly be counted if I haven’t received my census form to fill out and return?

I called the census office in Grand Junction to see if they would mail one to me and I was told that the man I spoke with didn’t know how to do that.

I went online to the Census Bureau website and called the number listed and did not get an answer.

I’d like to save the government money, but can’t do it if they don’t do their job.

BARBARA MARKHAM

Grand Junction

It’s no surprise many don’t feel over-taxed

The Daily Sentinel’s April 15 editorial, “Taxing thoughts,” taxes my patience with its fairness.

The editorial stated that 48 percent of our citizens believe that the taxes they pay are too high. What it failed to mention is that 47 percent pay no income taxes whatsoever and 40 percent actually receive tax rebates that they never paid.

Why would anyone who pays no taxes believe that their taxes are too high? A more fair and rational statement would be that of those who pay taxes, only 11 percent feel that they are not taxed too much.

Half-truths are more dangerous than total falsehoods because they often have the ring of truth.

HANS CROEBER

Montrose

Lawmaker should ensure payday loans repayment

I can suggest a simple way out of the “outrageous” and “predatory” payday loan problem touted in the April 16 article in The Daily Sentinel. And it doesn’t require any government intervention.

If Rep. Mark Ferrandino will guarantee that there will be no defaults or late payments (sufficient funds in an escrow account will be required), I will gladly offer the loans for 25 percent.

Of course, Rep. Ferrandino will have to cover all office, administrative, and collection costs, so he can tack on any service fee he feels necessary, just so I get my guaranteed 25 percent, net.

By the way, if you really could get 520 percent, as the article claims, an initial investment of $500 would be worth over $7 billion in 10 years.

PAUL KELLY

Delta

‘Free’ spring cleanup is anything but free

“Free Spring Cleanup For City Residents Begins April 26th.”

That announcement is copied from the city of Grand Junction Web page. It leads to this announcement:

“A FREE service for City residential properties.”

It’s “free” except for the city property taxes paid in mortgages or rents for the year since the last cleanup. “Free” except for the sales taxes added to every purchase made for a year.

So, I’d either like a tax refund for all the money I’ve pre-paid for this service, or an apology for lying to me.

Seriously, the idea of anything “free” from the government is an insult to taxpaying citizens who work hard to provide the funds for government.

GENE KINSEY

Grand Junction



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