Printed letters, July 21, 2011

After reading The Daily Sentinel’s article about Walker Stapleton’s visit to Grand Junction recently and his blasting PERA, I need to inform the public about a couple of areas Stapleton apparently didn’t want the public to know.

PERA members contribute the following amount of money to the local economies. Each dollar spent generates $3 for the local economy.

✓ Mesa County — $96 million;

✓ Delta County — $20 million;

✓ Garfield County — $20 million;

✓ Montrose County — $24 million.

I am sure local merchants wouldn’t want benefits cuts when this amount of money benefits them.

My second point is Stapleton’s comment that he can’t get information from the board of PERA. Give me a break. He is on the board. PERA provided The Denver Post with over 20,000 pages of information. So I am sure he can get the information he needs.

RON STONEBURNER

Grand Junction

Families can support others in healthy eating

The growing obesity crisis clearly shows that people just do not know where to start. They are overwhelmed with information about food — just look at the tons of books and magazines — mired in with all the other minutia delivered by our Western culture.

I don’t think the solution to childhood obesity is to remove the child from the custody of their parents. Rather, the entire family needs strategies and support.

That means starting with a few very simple changes, and having people with similar goals to support them.

Rather than the gourmet clubs from the 80s, families could dine with other families a couple of times a month, not to indulge their palates, but to deliver some physical and emotional nurturing — and share information at the same time.

I think it would be a great way to strengthen families, save food dollars and improve physical health by helping each other stay on track.

Ironically, in these crazy times, how and what we eat is one of the few areas where we have total control.

PAULA MASSA ANDERSON

Grand Junction

Financial aim shouldn’t drive teachers, students

I see that people want to raise taxes for education in the valley. Really?

I would be all for it if the test scores were in the top 95 percent of the nation’s scores, but we are struggling.

I would be all for it if I did not keep hearing that the majority of kids don’t know who Abe Lincoln is and what major historical effect he had.

I would love to support our educators if I did not have a suspicion that they are teaching with a liberal view.

Facts: I want history, math, English and science taught with facts. If that is being done, then why are the test scores so average?

I know we want everyone to feel like a winner, but let’s be honest. We are only cheating the kids. There was a time that older/smarter kids helped the ones who were struggling. Isn’t that the time to exploit a young person’s strengths and let them help others?

Why are we paying more average people to teach average curriculum? Maybe we should press our teachers and kids to strive to be better without the fiscal reward. We experience this all the time in the real world of work. Get them used to it and help them strive to be better because you expect it of yourself.

President Obama stated in his first year of office that he expected people to volunteer. Here is the first step. Liberal educators who are retired, here is your call to duty. Put up or shut up!

MIKE PARKER Fruita

Owl picture an example of great photography

Thank you for the wonderful picture of the mob of owls in the July 13 edition of The Daily Sentinel. The Sentinel has some good photos in your paper.  We appreciate them.

JANICE SCHWENER

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