Printed letters, Dec. 10, 2010

I am writing in response to The Daily Sentinel article about the junkyard owned by Mike Knowles along the Redlands Parkway. When we moved here 10 years ago, I frequently heard the locals referring to Grand Junction as “Grand Junkyard.” I would always protest because I felt I had moved to one of the most beautiful spots in the state and felt lucky to be here. Over the years, however, I have begun to understand how the terrible nickname came to be.

It seems too often property owners feel it is their right to pile junk on their property without regard to their neighbors or to the zoning governing the use of their land. They then apply for “forgiveness” in the form of a variance or fight any action by the appropriate bodies to get them to remove their junk.

All we want Knowles to do is follow the law. No matter how “neat” his junkyard is, the fact remains that it is a junkyard in violation of current zoning and should be immediately removed.

PEGGY SHAW

Grand Junction

Multiple ethical lapses sully the Western Slope

The Josh Penry column, appearing in the Dec. 3 edition of The Daily Sentinel, being his first, deserves some latitude. However, ignoring Commissioner Craig Meis’ transgressions because he is a personal friend should appear in a friendship letter to Meis rather than in an editorial column.

When the report of Meis breaking the law first appeared in the Sentinel, it was next to the picture and story of the funeral and interment of one of our young people who was killed in action overseas serving his country in our military. How sad that an imperious county commissioner should be so offended by a $50 fine for breaking the law when our young men and women are making sacrifices every day, including the ultimate one in defense of our freedoms.

We have dealt with Scott McInnis, Dan Maes and now Meis as self-serving politicians. One wonders who is next, or are they all the same?

This lack of ethics in our leadership is enough to make one want to leave the Western Slope, but there seems to be no other place to go, since the rest of the country seems to be governed by the same and worse.

ROBERT A. TALLARICO

Grand Junction

All Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire

How can Republicans and President Obama be serious about deficit reduction and a balanced budget when they are proposing a $900 billion extension of the Bush tax cuts? Even if they extended the tax cuts for just the middle and lower classes, that would still add $770 billion to the deficit.

If they are serious about reducing the deficit, all of the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire, letting the former Clinton tax rates take their place. During the Clinton tax years, 22 million jobs were created and we had a balanced budget.

During the Bush tax years, we had negative job growth and governments at all levels running in the red.

I always tell my conservative friends that Bill Clinton was the best Republican president we ever had. We had a balanced budget and tremendous job growth. What more could conservatives want?

Pushing for the extension of the Bush tax cuts just shows that today’s Republicans can no longer be taken seriously.

BRUCE BENSON

Grand Junction

Wealthy create jobs, stimulate the economy

I am sick of hearing how the rich are not taxed enough.

Take Warren Buffet for example. He is rich, buys down-and-out firms, in many cases, brings them back to health and expands the business with new hiring and jobs. Then there is the founder of Facebook. His ideas and hard work made him wealthy, but how about the over 400 engineers he has hired to help run Facebook?

Keep taking money away from these people and eventually they won’t have profits to plow back into creating jobs.

Profits = jobs. Taxes = government waste.

R.M. SHERMAN

Grand Junction

Dec. 7 article helped remind people of history

Thank you to The Daily Sentinel for the coverage on the anniversary of Dec. 7, 1941. I can remember that day as if it were yesterday. It is questionable if my grandchildren have any real knowledge of that day of “infamy.”

We all need to be reminded and informed of our country’s history. All gave a little, some gave all.

GINNY MCGRIFFIN

Grand Junction



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