Printed letters, Dec. 3, 2010

The community of Glade Park is skeptical about hearing that the trailer intended for our Post Office is going to be “temporarily” sent to Como, Colo., until spring. However, it is encouraging to hear Al DeSarro, spokesman for the Postal Service, quoted in The Daily Sentinel in the following manner:

“The wait for the trailer will be worthwhile,” DeSarro said. The trailer is being equipped for lights and electricity, services not originally contemplated for the Glade Park trailer, DeSarro said. “We’re spending some bucks on this,” he said.

That sounds great. We were previously told electricity was up to us. Since there were no funds, it was not in the plans. Glade Park is unincorporated and has no source of funds for that.

We were concerned about the postal contractors who bring the mail up, sort it and provide some limited window service. They have gone beyond the call of duty, and we felt bad about not being able to provide heat and restroom facilities for them while they are there.

It is our hope that those “bucks” will keep coming, will include an electrical hook-up, and will pay the monthly electrical bill. As DeSarro said, all of that was “not originally contemplated.”

Otherwise, it would be like promising an Eskimo an igloo out in the tundra that is wired for heat and electricity, but telling him he cannot have it until spring. He has no way to utilize the wiring, and knows that by spring the whole thing will probably melt down anyway.

Please excuse our skepticism, but the history of our negotiations with the Postal Service is even more complicated than the newspaper story described. We hope they finally mean what they say.


Glade Park

Police officers right to enforce speed limits

This is in response to letter writer Jim Langford’s concerns about the speed traps he encountered.

We, too, traveled through Delta and Montrose over the Thanksgiving weekend. I am quite familiar with the speed traps to which Langford refers.

I have found these areas to be well marked as to the speed limits, with plenty of time to slow down to meet the new speed.

I have also been passed by cars being driven by people who feel that the speed limits must apply only to other drivers.

In addition to the speed trap(s) on North Avenue — and I can only hope that our police department continues its enforcement there, as well as on Riverside Parkway — I would like to suggest a couple of other speed traps: Northbound Redlands Parkway where it expands to four lanes should have one, as well as 24 Road north of F (Patterson) Road.

I think that police officers enforcing traffic laws argues well for the cities they serve. If Langford and other speeders would use their brains as the governing organ rather than their right feet when they drive, there would be no speed traps.


Grand Junction

Why does Xcel dictate number of solar panels?

I recently bought a home in downtown Grand Junction. Being a first-time homeowner, I was very excited about the possibility of installing a solar array.

In my head, I envisioned my entire roof covered in solar panels for all to see. This would completely obliterate any need for me to ever again pay a power bill and, though admittedly not in the forefront of my fantasy, I would be doing my part in the battle to keep our environment clean.

My dreams were to come crashing back to Earth, however. Xcel, which provides my area with power, apparently has authority to dictate how many solar panels each dwelling is allowed.

The company looks at your home’s last 12 months of power usage and allots you enough solar power to provide 120 percent of the power you need, no more.

I do understand that homeowners will get enough to earn money in the long run. I even understand that the power companies’ primary concern is to stay in business and if everybody has enough solar power to supply a city block, companies like Xcel will soon be obsolete.

What I don’t understand is why they have the power to dictate such things. Is the environment not more important than Xcel’s bottom line?

If everyone did, in fact, go solar, with no limits on the amount or size of the individual systems, wouldn’t that free us of our dependence on carbon-emitting sources of electricity we currently rely on?

I have no expertise on this subject, I simply don’t understand why we continually let those things that are most important to our future be controlled by those who stand to lose the most by their success.


Grand Junction


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