Printed letters, Jan. 2, 2011

The city is considering awarding the contract for operation of the Pi&#241on Grill and the Lincoln Park refreshment stand to the city-owned enterprise that currently operates the food services at Two Rivers Convention Center.

It’s hard to understand why the council would give the operation of the golf course food services to people who have demonstrated an inability to profitably operate the business that they currently have.

The operators of the grill have demonstrated that they can keep a business afloat through very challenging times. The Pi&#241on Grill remained open last winter and spring despite the major construction on the Tiara Rado Golf Course and little or no golf traffic.

They have been doing a fine job, whereas the people running Two Rivers have apparently been losing money, requiring a subsidy from the city. While the quality of the food at Two Rivers has been good, I believe the prices are generally higher than you find in many restaurants in the city.

Rather than take the contract for the Pi&#241on Grill away from individuals who have been operating successfully, perhaps the council should consider giving up on running Two Rivers and award the contract for its operation to an independent firm.

JACK KINGSLEY Grand Junction

Change at Pi&#241on Grill may harm nonprofits

We just finished reading the article in The Daily Sentinel regarding the operation of the grill at Tiara Rado Golf Course. If the City Council approves the contract for Two Rivers to take over the lease, a well- run, profitable small business will be out of business and its employees will be unemployed. Is this what the city really wants to do?

We belong to a nonprofit organization that meets at the Pi&#241on Grill on a monthly basis. Our members come early and order good food from the menu, receive excellent service and have a very nice place to meet. We are not charged a fee for using the meeting space. This allows us to spend our hard-earned funds for worthy causes such as restoration of cold-water fisheries and education of youth.

Our fear is that if Two Rivers takes over, we will be another nonprofit organization without an affordable meeting place. If the cost of using Two Rivers Convention Center is any indication, our fears will be a reality.

DAVID & KATY TRIMM, Members

Grand Valley Anglers

Grand Junction

Renewable energy costs taxes and jobs

Before we run out and praise our Colorado politicians for their efforts to fund renewable energy, we need to understand just what it is they did for us.

Renewable energy funds or incentives are a nice way to say renewable energy is a subsidized industry. Without this funding, the industry cannot survive. The cost of renewable energy clearly exceeds traditional methods of electrical generation. In fact, even with subsidies, the cost of electricity will more than double, when compared with coal- or gas-generated electricity.

If you support renewable energy funds, not only are you subsidizing this industry through higher taxes and increasing the national debt in order to provide the funds, but you will also pay a premium on your electrical bill for the higher cost of both electricity and the cost to purchase, install and maintain this “renewable energy.”

But we will create “tens of thousands” of jobs, we are told. I continue to look through the “Help Wanted” sections of Colorado newspapers and fail to see any employment opportunities in this sector. Maybe we are just waiting for the funds to be made available before the hiring frenzy begins. I do know the current push for this is costing real jobs, and we have yet to replace them, let alone create new work.

If we want to discuss renewable energy, let’s get rid of the smoke and mirrors and the sales pitch used to try to convince people this is a good plan. It may be a good plan, someday, but today is not that day.

RANDY LITWILLER

Crawford


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