Printed letters, Jan. 23, 2011

I was the lone unaffiliated panel member, business owner, involved in the selection process to evaluate applicants bidding for the concession contract on Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park. I would like to inform all concerned that in the meetings that I attended, I didn’t observe any favoritism toward the city-owned entity, Two Rivers Concessions. Not ever!

I felt during the whole process everyone involved had only one agenda, and that was to select the best vendor for the job. Our whole objective was to best serve the golfers and the golf course.

We, as a panel, only had three to choose from: Pi&#241on Grill, with a track record and history; Venema, a new start up; and Two Rivers.

Don’t get me wrong. I would have been the first to choose private sector over public. However, all things considered, Two Rivers was the best fit. Through economies of scale, it has the ability to better staff larger events. Two Rivers owns concession trailers to take out on the course during large tournaments. It can buy food in larger volumes, hence offer potentially better pricing. It turns larger volumes, so the food should be fresher.

Since, it is a city-owned entity, there would be more synergy between the restaurant and golf-course operations. Lincoln Park has always been treated as the illegitimate step child, mainly because of profitability issues. The golfers there deserve better service. Two Rivers would be better able to accommodate this.

It’s not just about profit for Two Rivers. If it breaks even, everybody wins. Think about it from a common-sense or cost-benefit standpoint, putting the golfers and the golf entity first. Also, it was discussed that Two Rivers hire most of Pinon’s staff so as not to displace private-sector jobs with city employees.

Shame on The Daily Sentinel for publishing only one side of this story. I met with a staff writer who had written previous articles on this subject to see if she might want to print this side and she declined. The articles never sought out the other side’s perspective.

Our panel was heavy with parks and recreation people? Doesn’t the Parks Department have jurisdiction over the city golf courses? Shouldn’t Doug Jones, golf course superintendent, be on the panel? How about Robb Stonger, head pro? Robb Shoeber, director of parks and recreation?

All prior articles made it sound like there was a hidden agenda and all the data in the selection process was manipulated. The only agenda was to pick the vendor who could provide the best service to the golfers at both golf courses, nothing more.

JIM BILLINGS

Grand Junction

Herzog’s distaste for Sarah Palin is palpable

Denny Herzog, that crack ex-reporter, expounder of facts and retired executive editor of The Daily Sentinel, just can’t get facts straight. The Sentinel had to print a “Getting It Right” regarding his Jan. 16 column. Shame on Herzog, for a couple of reasons.

He twice said Sarah Palin put crosshairs over Gabrielle Giffords’ photo. Perhaps he got this from Daily Kos or some such leftist organization.

Second, he dumped on Sarah Palin by slyly saying, “none of us know whether Sarah Palin’s use of crosshairs … caused Loughner to go berserk. Nor does anyone know whether it had anything to do with it at all.” Nice dodge, but the point was made.

He later dumped again with the second crosshairs allegation and a reference to the freedom to do so in the Constitution. The jab with that comment was: “It allows you to do that, just as it allows your detractors to write about you in a manner you find unbecoming and about which you complain, with much volume and frequency.”

After he implicated Palin as much as possible, he then went on about First Amendment responsibilities. His distaste for Palin is palpable and he does a nice job of blaming, but not blaming, her for a nutcase’s actions that had nothing to do with political crosshairs that were also used by the left.

CREIGHTON BRICKER

Grand Junction



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