Printed letters, Feb. 22, 2011

In response to the Feb. 17 article in The Daily Sentinel about the Fruita Health Club complaining about losing members to the Fruita Community Center, and allegations there have been backdoor dealings by the city to cause small businesses to close their doors, I have this comment to make.

Building a Fruita community center was in the news for at least three years. It took two election periods to get it passed by Fruita voters and then it took a year to build. This is not an overnight or surprise endeavor.

Admittedly, this is a difficult situation for the new owners of the Fruita Health Club, but it’s because of the timing and not for the lack of offering a quality business in Fruita.

I was a member of the Fruita Fitness Center, now known as the Fruita Health Club, for over four years, and during that time ownership changed and changed and changed again. The facility became run down, there wasn’t toilet paper in the restrooms, towels weren’t being washed and made available during workout hours because the “washer was broke.” Equipment wasn’t being serviced, exercise class hours were changed or cancelled. Those are just the few things I personally knew about.

I then became a member of Gold’s Gym while waiting for the Fruita Community Center to open. I am now a new member of the Community Center and I look forward to my workout days again, plus I don’t have to drive miles to get there.

It’s all about the timing and not the quality, for the new owners of the Fruita Health Club have worked hard to bring their facility up to the standard it was when it originally opened several years ago.

If the owners of the Fruita Health Club could change their program to offer more of a “personalized training program” instead of an overall generic fitness center, possibly that would appeal to those who are into an overall body-building program. Fruita would then have a community center and a fitness club, each offering something that the other does not.

JUDITH CHAPIN

Fruita

‘Birthday Bash’ would disrupt peaceful area

Residents of Fruita and Loma need to be aware of a proposed birthday bash being contemplated by one Bobby Willis.

The site is located off Interstate 70 and Colorado Highway 139. From what I can ascertain, Willis’ plan is to make this a permanent site for continuous concerts occurring throughout the summer months.

If this is allowed to go forward, residents of both Fruita and Loma and even areas of Grand Junction will be inundated with heavy traffic, unwanted disruption of our quiet suburban life and long evenings of irritating noise.

Furthermore, if his plan is not to charge attendees, it will undoubtedly attract a few disreputable individuals who will not respect our privacy, not to mention our property.

I would respectfully encourage any resident in the area to call the Mesa County Planning Commission to express his or her concerns about Willis’ venture.

There is some confusion as to what Willis says and what he does. He indicates his concert or concerts will be free of charge. If this is true, how does he intend to pay the performers and why does his web site list the cost of tickets, parking, RV-sites, etc.?

I sincerely hope residents are paying close attention to this uninvited and unwanted interruption of our lifestyle.

M.E. OUELLETTE

Loma

Fair Tax remains the best solution to financial woes

The solution to all of our nation’s financial problems has been sitting on a shelf somewhere in the vast bureaucracy that is our federal government since 1999, with no action taken.

Our government does not take in nearly enough money to cover expenses. That is why our country is going broke.

We need to abolish the federal income tax forever and replace it with the language of the Fair Tax Plan, which will be fair for every citizen.

It is a national sales tax of 23 percent, which is 1 percent higher than the current lowest tax rate. It would save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — all the entitlements.

It must be enacted to ensure the prosperity of all of our citizens. See the Fair Tax book written by Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder.

J.A. JORGENSEN

Grand Junction

Rep. Tipton voted against protecting water and food

I was reading “How your lawmaker voters” on House Resolution 72. Rep. Scott Tipton voted “No” to protecting the nation’s drinking water and food supply. Must be that dirty water and food is where the money is.

FLOYD SCHNEIDER

Grand Junction



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