Printed letters, Feb. 10, 2011

As an owner of a business on Main Street, I was really disappointed to see the Feb. 5 front-page article in The Daily Sentinel. It’s unfortunate Vintage West Boutique is not surviving, but I don’t believe that tells it like it is.

Despite the construction, Main Street is thriving. My business, Tangle, is a smashing success. Our January sales were up 27 percent from 2010.

It seems unfair that Julie Groll would try to speak for all of Main Street. It paints an unrealistic picture of our collective health and sends a message to customers that we are failing. Main Street is not failing!

I also believe it’s unfair to blame the success or failure of a business on the street being torn up. There are many factors involved in running a successful business, the first being having a product people want to buy. A business needs to be inviting and be properly marketed. Thirty-one businesses are participating in a weekly give-away to offer customers incentives to shop downtown during the construction.

It’s not true that Main Street business owners were not informed about what was going to happen with the construction. There have been multiple meetings and weekly e-mails. The Downtown Developement Association has done an excellent job of keeping us informed and getting the word out to our customers.

No shop owner can blame business failure on anyone (or anything) but themselves.

ALLISON BLEVINS

Grand Junction

Zoo proponents are seeking support

As active members and volunteers within the Western Slope community, Grand Valley Zoological Quest eagerly shares our vision to those who ask about the budding idea of an educational zoological facility here.

GVZQ’s vision is to create a certified educational zoological park that includes enriched environments for all species exhibited. Our mission is the same as all certified zoological parks: education, conservation and research of flora and fauna within our facility.

While monetary support is greatly needed, our only request to the city of Grand Junction is the ability to lease the land on which we hope to build this educational zoological park. Such agreements are standard practice between city parks and zoos. For example: Denver Zoo; Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City; Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb.

Currently, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department supports a variety of public nonprofits, including The Art Center, Botanical Gardens and The Museum of Western Colorado, via the city of Grand Junction’s Commission on Arts and Culture.

There are over 365 undeveloped park acres held by the city of Grand Junction including Las Colonias, Matchett and Burkey. The city estimates they will cost approximately $150,000 per acre to develop. As a nonprofit organization, GVZQ seeks funding for an educational zoological park through state and national foundation grants.

As an asset to our community, we provide educational classes in the field of zoology to local schools free of charge. Our classes are created by licensed teachers and professionals. GVZQ’s zoology classes include state, national and STEM standards for biological sciences.

We readily look forward to discussing the further potential of GVZQ within our community. Please direct your questions, concerns, and support to the GVZQ’S website: http://www.gvzooquest.org.

JANET GARDNER

Executive Director Grand Valley Zoological Quest

Grand Junction

Rep. Tipton has proved he will fight for agenda

Denny Herzog’s Jan. 30 column failed to make a clear critique of Rep. Scott Tipton’s vote to repeal last year’s health care bill. How can Scott Tipton be guilty of pandering to the tea-party right when he made a campaign promise to vote to repeal health care?

Herzog is merely attacking a straw man. However, he is correct in saying that Tipton is a “bright, likeable guy” who “has defensible positions.” I think his vote to repeal health care proves his intestinal fortitude.

We can be proud of our congressman for doing what we sent him to Washington to do.

RON HALL

Grand Junction



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