Printed letters, April 26, 2011

While I agree that dogs should not be allowed to run wild at the Downtown Farmers Market, I question the time spent by City Council and staff on such a trivial matter. I especially question a quote by Councilman Gregg Palmer as reported in The Daily Sentinel.

Palmer said, “What it’s gotten to be is pit bulls and muscle shirts.” Would Palmer like to expound upon his thoughts or should we draw our own conclusions as to what he meant? Perhaps Mr. Palmer believes that people who wear muscle shirts and own pit bulls are far too unsophisticated to attend such a prestigious event.

Maybe Palmer meant no ill will with his stereotyping, but I cannot think of a situation where his statement could be construed as a positive thing. I am growing weary of politicians opening their mouths without thinking of what words are coming out.

By the way, I don’t wear muscle shirts, nor do I currently own a pit bull. Yet I was offended by his statement.

MARK PAINTER

Grand Junction

Health Department offers help on teen pregnancy

The Mesa County Health Department monitors health trends, brings awareness to the community and offers solutions to community problems. In honor of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May, I want to inform our community about teen pregnancy in Mesa County.

Historically, Mesa County’s teen birth rate for 15-19 year olds has been higher than the state’s rate. This is a complicated issue that requires a community solution.

Parents, educators, public-health and medical professionals and community organizations all have a role in reducing teen pregnancy.  As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, preventing teen pregnancy is a priority because of its huge economic, social and health costs on teen parents, their families and our community.

Mesa County Health Department’s goal is to decrease unintended teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections through science-based sexuality education, parental involvement and family-planning services.

We have dedicated, knowledgeable staff available to provide education, training and workshops. For more information please visit our website at http://www.health.mesacounty.us. Please join me in helping prevent teen pregnancy in our community.

JEFF KUHR, Director

Mesa County Health Department

Grand Junction

GAO found evidence of government bloat

A March 1 General Accounting Office Report uncovered billions of dollars in Washington bloat.

Here are just a few examples: Fifteen different agencies oversee food safety, 20 separate programs help the homeless and more than 80 programs aid economic development. According to the GAO, the redundant and potentially ineffective programs can lead to a mishmash of policies and rules.

The agency found 82 federal programs to improve teacher quality, 47 for job training and 56 to help people understand finances. Estimates of potential taxpayer savings from consolidation and eliminating duplication range from $100 billion to $200 billion per year.

What do you think are the chances of that savings happening?

GEORGE E. CORT

Montrose

Grant less than civil with comments on King

I agree that the debate on immigration policy must be civil. Our national policy is hurting many people, citizens of the United States as well as illegals.

Here is my question to Daily Sentinel columnist Bill Grant:  If it is witless, insulting and dehumanizing for Rep. Steve King to use a simile that compares illegals to “stray cats,” why is it OK for Grant to use the same type of language regarding Rep. King?

I am referring to Grant’s concluding paragraph, where he wrote, “Putting a muzzle on King ...”  I may be mistaken, but isn’t that a reference to a dog? Let’s just be consistent.

JIM WELCH Montrose


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