Printed letters, August 13, 2010

Communities are strong, yet delicate. They can be slowly built and they can be instantly broken. To participate in a community is to understand and respect this.

Everyone who lives in Grand Junction is a beneficiary of its 130-year history of community building. Community infrastructures like streets, parks, schools, water systems and fire and police protection have been slowly built by citizens and public servants who were concerned not only about themselves, but also held concern for those who followed. These common areas benefit the quality of life for all of our citizens.

In times of crises or unrest, the danger is that we vote out of fear and self-interest rather than out of the best wisdom that we’ve learned through the years. Reactivity in civic affairs runs the danger of creating unintended consequences that can in a moment destroy a century’s worth of community building. This is exactly what is at stake in the ill-conceived “tax reform” measures on the November ballot, Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.

Rather than destroying the home that nurtures us, we need to ask: What is a successful community? How does a community create the quality of life we enjoy? Is the heritage we enjoy just for us, or do we have responsibility to maintain it and grow it and pass it on?

As we consider what kind of community we want, we can celebrate the factions and differences in our midst. When people of good intention enter into honest dialogue, each of those differences will be found to have at least a little bit of the truth we need to develop effective solutions. When differences are overcome through principled engagement, the end product is stronger and more relevant.


Grand Junction

Politicians demonstrate need for amendments

The Aug. 8 report on legislative candidates Ray Scott and Bob Hislop proved the need to pass the three ballot issues: Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. We can’t count on politicians disciplining themselves about spending our money. Voters need to control them with sensible limits.

Both men claim to be fiscal conservatives, but oppose limits on deficit spending in Amendment 61.

Both deplore the illegal tax and car registration hikes recently passed, but oppose Proposition 101’s repealing them and setting yearly car registration fees for everyone at $10 per car.

Both say property taxes are a problem, but won’t agree to Amendment 60’s simple half-page tax reform either.

Both claimed they support the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, but oppose these three moderate, phased-in ballot issues to undo the rampant TABOR violations of raising taxes and debt without voter approval.

Why are they on both sides of every issue? Because they are politicians. Politicans seek power so they can run your life and spend your money without your permission. If they had to obey laws, rather than simply impose them on us only, public office wouldn’t be such an ego trip.

To see why politicians are hypocrites, visit Then ask them why they prefer the bureaucrat’s bloated pay and fat pensions over modest tax relief for your family. Who do they really represent?

If you want tax relief, you have to vote for it. You won’t get it from power-hungry politicians.



Palisade’s change is not all good for taxpayers

I am so tired of all the comments regarding the fiasco that is currently the town of Palisade. The mayor asked for what he is getting at present by not keeping his mouth shut.

Everyone should remember that he alone has not made Palisade what it is. He is one of seven trustees who govern this town. Yes, he may have a hand in what has evolved, but he is hardly the god who waved his staff and made everything happen.

All good things also have a bad side. Not everything has been for the good of the regular person in Palisade. Not everything has been for the benefit of the taxpayers and voters. I am not one of the disgruntled, nor am I one of the ones the mayor referred to as the “Livery drunks.” I am one of those regular, taxpaying voters of Palisade.




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