Printed letters, July 2, 2010
Pathway conflict gives inaccurate view of area
The Daily Sentinel’s recent, front-page article of Audrey Marso’s plight is apparently Ms. Marso’s self-reporting next step in her determination to get what she wants in spite of anyone else. It’s interesting that The Daily Sentinel didn’t think that there might be another side to the story, especially since it reported that over 100 area residents have petitioned the city to retain the connecting pathway.
First of all, to clarify for the Sentinel reporter, Lakeside is not an apartment community. There are no apartments in Lakeside. There are several condominium buildings as well as single-family homes and townhomes. All are privately owned. Lakeside is Grand Junction’s first, planned community development and is a wonderful area to live.
Both Lakeside and the Capra Way neighborhoods are quiet, well-maintained communities and are not filled with the horrific pedophiles and drug users that Ms. Marso has continually insinuated are here over the months of her self-imposed conflict over the connecting pathway. It is sad that she has no appreciation for good neighbor relations.
If there is an increase in the use of this pathway, it is because of her belligerence and hostility to our neighborhoods focused on the path. None of us blame the Marsos for not wanting the trail to cross their driveway, but with a 50-foot adjoining easement, there is a civil, neighborly way to resolve this problem and the city has done an excellent job of attempting to maintain this civility.
Also, please check the code violations. Many of them are not related to the pathway issue. In regard to Ms. Marso’s claim that correcting and re-aligning the pathway for the use of our communities is a waste of taxpayer money, we feel it is a bigger waste of our taxes for the city to be bullied into taking several truckloads of single- residence waste, during the city spring cleanup, at taxpayer cost.
This is not a conflict between the city and Ms. Marso, as the article tries to imply. It is Ms. Marso’s conflict with two neighborhoods while trying to use the city as a battering ram.
BEV AND BRUCE DWIRE
Parents must set rules on inappropriate behavior
This is in regard to the article about online bullies. I am so tired of hearing about parents wanting the schools to do the parents’ job. The school did not give the cell phone out, nor did the school teach the student to text.
The first step should be to contact the offending student’s parents and then the police, both of which should be the authority. Parents should always be the first and last authority for inappropriate behavior. If they fail to do their job, then the trained, law enforcement officials should take over.
If the parents were so concerned about the incident, they certainly should not have been afraid to contact the offending student’s parents. If a coach’s child was misbehaving, then they should be concerned as well. After all, a coach is in a position of trust. Even though the phone was supposedly used by someone else, the parents should have been notified and held responsible for the phone’s existence.
Parents too freely hand out these instruments, which can become deadly weapons.
And lastly, “dating in sixth grade”? Give me a break.
Energy cost savings not fueled by conspiracy
To Rick Wagner’s recent column I have this to say: Rubbish!
I am one of those “poor, lower-income people who live in an older home.” In fact, my home is over 100 years old, well insulated by Housing Resources after we bought our home many years ago. That program is still available.
He said the average home uses 687 kilowatt hours of electricity; I checked my latest bill and I used 150 kilowatt hours. I use my computer and watch television many hours a day, but they are connected to power strips that I turn off each night (you would be amazed at the money you will save).
I use ceiling fans in three rooms all day and most nights and my swamp cooler whenever I feel like it. I use energy-efficient light bulbs. I don’t own a clothes dryer. I use the free dryer outside, the same one millions of women all over the world use.
I am not the victim of a conspiracy, government plan or evil utility company. I am a happy practical person who enjoys saving money and energy.