Printed letters, Feb. 18, 2011

Thank you to The Daily Sentinel for the recent three-part series, by Amy Hamilton, on homelessness in Grand Junction, and thanks to those who shared their stories with her.

It is hard to imagine the fears that haunt so many of our homeless residents on a daily basis; the act of simply getting up in the morning must surely take a special brand of courage, especially if children are involved.

People who have mental illness, in addition to being on the street, face burdens that most of us cannot even fathom.

Homelessness is a community issue — we are all affected directly or indirectly. The contribution of the Sentinel’s recent series of stories adds greatly to better understanding, which is the first step in alleviating the problem.

KAREN SJOBERG, Director

Grand Valley Peace & Justice

Grand Junction

Richards showed qualities to aid him on council

While reading Amy Hamilton’s recent articles about homelessness, it occurred to me that our awareness of this issue in the Grand Valley would not be anywhere near its present level if it were not for the work of Jacob Richards.

I first met Jacob Richards in the early days of the Iraq War opposition, and have been fortunate since then to have worked with him on various fronts: The Crane Project (which informed and united communities impacted by the mining, milling and transporting of uranium — the Uranium Trail,) immigration justice, watershed protection, and military recruitment, to name but a few.

Thus, I have been in a position to have witnessed not only Richards’ strong community commitment, but also his ability to enfold people from across social, cultural, political, economic and chronologic spectrums into his vision of a better and brighter future.

Richards, I also know, has mastered the art of doing much good “on a shoestring,” a quality that will serve him — and us —well as a steward of the city’s treasury.

Moreover, his unique set of skills, knowledge, and spirit will be a gust of fresh air through City Hall.

I urge city voters to join me in electing Jacob Richards to the Grand Junction City Council.

KATHRYN CHRISTIAN

Grand Junction

It’s good to see Sentinel articles are more upbeat

I’ve been reading The Daily Sentinel for all of my 14 years here in Grand Junction.

It seems to me that lately the articles are much more upbeat, i.e., the stories “A roof, and road back to dignity,” and “Onlookers save boy from man in Clifton.”

Kudos to the staff. I no longer cringe when reaching for my paper everyday.

KARNE JARNAGIN

Grand Junction

Don’t sacrifice our water to the needs of others

Here in Mesa County, we’re fortunate to have a diverse economy that is sustained by our position as a regional center for employment in the sectors such as health, government, education, retail, warehousing and transportation.

Our economic base includes a balance of coal, oil and gas development, tourism and outdoor sports (biking, boating, hunting, fishing, skiing, rock climbing, etc.)

Lately there is more evidence that our way of life is threatened by a shortage of water.

Jonathan Waterman gave a slide show recently at Mesa State College, based on his book, “Running Dry.”

Waterman travelled the length of the Colorado River from Rocky Mountain National Park to almost the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.

His conclusion is that Lake Mead may run dry in the year 2030 and the rest of the Colorado River will face severe shortages before long if action is not taken to protect the water in the river.

Before we allow additional strains on our water supply from commercial oil shale development, we need to ensure local involvement and greater consideration of the water demands and environmental impacts.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who is a fellow Westerner, has pursued a cautious approach that supports that direction for taxpayer-owned federal lands.

That is good news for Mesa County and residents like us, who don’t want to sacrifice our way of life.

BENNETT BOESCHENSTEIN

MARC GUBKIN

Grand Junction



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