Printed letters, August 11, 2010

I was pleased with The Daily Sentinel’s Aug. 2 article about Jen Taylor and COPMOBA’s efforts to build three mountain-bike skills parks here in the valley.

Some of our neighbors may not be aware of the huge potential of mountain biking to boost our local economy. People come from all over the nation and the world to ride our superb single-track trails. This not only draws tourist dollars, but also contributes significantly to the quality of life here, and that encourages the leaders of business and industry to locate their operations here.

The recent development of the first free-ride mountain bike trail on public property in the nation, as well as an internationally attended mountain bike free-ride competition known as the Ranchstyle, hosted by the owners of Grassroots Cycles in Glade Park, has drawn the attention of the mountain-biking industry.

These new mountain-bike parks are not only a great way to provide a healthy activity for our children (and grown children), they are an investment in the economic future of our home. I hope that the staff members at the city of Grand Junction will see it that way, too, and do everything in their power to help Ms. Taylor and COPMOBA get the necessary approvals as fast as possible.

JESSICA KIRKPATRICK

Grand Junction

Look at Arizona law from fresh perspective

For all the fair-skinned people out there who think profiling wouldn’t be a problem with the new Arizona immigration law, try changing the “profile” to a perspective that many here in Colorado seem to be deathly afraid of.

Hypothetically, what if a law were passed to crack down on right-wing militias and that said “anyone who owns a gun would create enough suspicion to warrant arresting any gun owner until the legality of that possession could be checked out.” Now that would create protests regarding profiling. And yes, I know these groups aren’t illegal. This is hypothetical.

A long time ago, I had a teacher who said being able to argue for both sides of an issue creates the best debate.

American employers have always wanted the cheapest labor, beginning with slavery and indentured employment, then moving into Irish, Italian, Jewish, Chinese and Mexican immigrants. (One can marvel that American Indians have usually been walked away from any type of slavery or servitude.)

Then unions came along, as did better working conditions. During the 1950s, it was considered shameful that American migrant labor prevented children from going to school, so laws were changed regarding child labor. It was also considered shameful for American citizens to migrate around the country working as farm laborers. And workers wanted more money, so Mexican labor was encouraged.

Now, it’s shameful for an American citizen to not have a college degree and the lowest American citizen must earn at least $20 per hour, but much of corporate America doesn’t agree with that attitude, which is why we have illegal immigration. They aren’t taking our jobs. We’re just too spoiled and pampered and corporate America is still living the 18th century dream. The old Pogo quote rises again: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

EILEEN O’TOOLE

Grand Junction

Calamity Mesa was fun for uranium-crew kids

I enjoyed the article that Zebulon Miracle wrote about Calamity Mesa. I spent the summer of 1951 up there with my parents and siblings.

My dad, Rodney Evans, was a driller for Union Carbide and was there drilling for uranium. We lived in one of those stone houses where the snakes crawled in and out of the rocks. We lived in very primitive conditions, but we kids had a good time — and there were a lot of us. A lot of single men stayed there as well as several families.

We took a trip back up there in 2000 and our house was still there, even the tree beside it.

JEAN ROATCAP

Clifton



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