Printed letters, July 11, 2010

I was grateful to read The Daily Sentinel’s editorial in support of, and encouraging some in our community to help raise private funds towards the development of Los Colonias Park. I hope they are successful.

The Sentinel is correct that it has sat vacant for 13 years, but so too have the Matchett, Horizon and Saccomanno parklands. Burkey Park land was given, not by the state as was Los Colonias, but by a generous and prominent family in 1967. For 43 years, it has been an unfulfilled promise of a place for neighborhood children to play safely.

We need to continue to seek funding sources to finally develop these future jewels. Parks are one of the greatest assets of any community, and to have these lands languish, as the editorial put it, is a shame. Be it a special tax, a budget commitment or a partnership of some sort, it is time we as a community decide to invest in our undeveloped parkland, and our future.


Grand Junction

Maes hasn’t demonstrated administrative abilities

I’ve heard Dan Maes say being governor is an executive position. He is the executive of his campaign and after reading The Daily Sentinel July 6,  I would say he is doing a poor job.

Dan talks about how he has fixed broken companies and that qualifies him to be governor. When he is “fixing” these companies he can hire the people he wants to do the job. The governor can’t hire the legislators he has to work with. He takes what the voters elect to office. I think that Dan hasn’t figured that out.

Dan talks about the Second Amendment, but he really doesn’t understand it at all. It’s not about deer hunting.

Recently, he said that there should not be West Slope-Front Range issues. If he is governor, it’ll be Colorado. The West Slope can’t send the high-altitude water to the Front Range and use the lower quality water that is left over for our use. There is the 1922 water compact that needs to be followed, but has Dan really said that the compact needed to be changed because it’s outdated? There is more to water than turning on the faucet in Colorado.

We need to elect Scott McInnis governor. Scott understands that water flows down the river, the Second Amendment and, with his past experiences, how to lead Colorado forward from where we are now.



Maes story didn’t mention history of attorney

As a Dan Maes supporter, I’ve closely watched Grand Valley media coverage regarding the upcoming Republican primary election between Mr. Maes and Scott McInnis. I’m a little biased, but it appears that The Daily Sentinel and I have bias in common.

It is very obvious that the political writer is a Scott McInnis supporter. Dan Maes has had very little coverage in the Sentinel, and much of what has been written has been negative, published on the front page. The only good thing about this is that it’s obvious to an intelligent reader that they have been written and published to smear this strong Scott McInnis opponent.

What is that old saying about living in a glass house and throwing stones? I’ve done a little research myself and found an interesting story about Erik Groves that readers might be interested in reading. The article I found was in the March 9, 2009 issue of The Colorado Independent, titled “Ethics Committee votes to ‘admonish’ lobbyist for trying to influence race.” It appears Groves’ excuse then was ignorance of the law, but he isn’t willing to extend the same excuse to Maes

I’m sure people at the Sentinel knew about Groves’ background, but chose to give him front-page credibility, without question. Maybe the Sentinel needs to do a little better job of investigative reporting when a person’s reputation is being put on the line. The Sentinel might want to look at recent articles in The Colorado Independent. It appears there is more to this story than the Sentinel reported.

The Daily Sentinel is the Grand Valley’s only daily newspaper, and we all rely on it to report the unbiased facts. That is your responsibility.


Cops get little notice when they do jobs well

In March, I called Grand Junction police for help. It was 2:30 in the morning. The commotion in the apartment downstairs ranged from screaming to wall-banging to cars coming and going in the parking lot as if somebody was giving away free money. I had to get up early to work and wasn’t able to sleep through this racket.

The cops showed up 15 minutes later and knocked on the door downstairs. The racket stopped. The cops talked to the tenant and his guests for a long time. Quiet lasted for the rest of the night and for the next month. Then my landlord, who was sympathetic to my situation, evicted this tenant.

I never wrote a letter to the editor about this night before now because the cops did what they get paid to do. They handled a disturbing-the-peace call for help like professionals. But these minor incidents don’t make news when cops do the right thing.

While it’s healthy for a community’s residents to speak out when their cops screw up, the finger-pointing in this city has become ridiculous. I am not homeless and cannot vouch for those unfortunate people who pitch tents by the Colorado River, but I am a Grand Junction resident who is very satisfied with local law enforcement.

Having lived in several other cities in many states and also worked as a journalist for 20 years, much of it covering crime and court news in all its ugliness and hurt, I have a suggestion for some critics. Move.

If you think blaming the city administration and the entire police department for the mistakes of a few is legitimate criticism, I am happy to recommend a few cities you can move to. You will find out what real Keystone Cops do for fun and games and you may regret ever leaving this city.


Unemployment editorial ignored Dems’ hypocrisy

The lack of pertinent facts on unemployment funding on The Daily Sentinel’s July 7 Commentary page is an example of why conservatives do not trust the mainstream media for accuracy and balance.

You see, the Republican funding hold-out cited on that page is based on the failure of the majority Democrats to comply with their own 2006 and 2008 campaign promises to do “Pay-Go” funding; that is, to not pass measures without citing revenue sources.

Republicans have identified unused funding from the stimulus program. The Democrats (and the president who also campaigned on Pay-Go) have elected to “print” the money instead, adding to the monstrous deficit.

The Sentinel’s editorial and David Brooks’ column of the same page clarify that most of the stimulus is pet-project pork. With much of it remaining unspent, it could be re-directed by the same Congress that established it.

I understand Bill Grant did not include these facts in his column — same date, same subject — as it would have destroyed the whole premise of his column: “Republicans are punishing the unemployed as part of their economic strategy.” I am faulting the nearby editorial for supporting Bill’s left-wing position.

By not including these facts in the editorial, the Sentinel avoids showing the blatant hypocrisy the president and Democratic Congress are displaying while claiming “lack of compassion” by the Republicans.

Also, Larry Summers, top economic adviser to Presidents Obama and Clinton has been known to say that further unemployment payment extensions actually works against getting the unemployed back to work (at some point they need to become motivated to change careers or locations).

I’ve never been unemployed; I wouldn’t know.


Grand Junction


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