Printed letters, July 8, 2010

Where was State Patrol when truck was stalled?

The recent headline read, “Cops say cones truck driver placed on 1-70 contributed to accident.”

Further, the truck had been disabled since 6:45 that morning until the accident. Where was the Colorado State Patrol during that time?

It seems that they did not contact the driver until after the accident occurred. Why didn’t they contact the driver and assist him to do the proper things?

First, to arrange for a tow-truck service to move the cab and trailer over. If that was not possible, then to arrange for traffic control via the appropriate agency or themselves.

Second, if the emergency cones were not properly placed, why was the driver not told? I am sure that additional cones could have been brought to the location and set up with the instruction of the State Patrol.

Someone dropped the ball here. I drove by at approximately 6:15 p.m. en route to Grand Junction. There were five state trooper units and the De Beque town marshal’s unit there. Where were they earlier?

ALEX VARAS

Grand Junction

Longtime nurse was inspiration to siblings

Regarding the article about Grace Gregor on June 21, an important fact was missing. Grace also has a younger sister — me — who admired my sister’s career choice of nursing so much that I too became a registered nurse.

I loved hearing the stories Grace told, when she came home on weekends and holidays, about what she was learning and doing at school so much that I knew nursing was the career for me, as well.

My husband, Tom, worked two jobs to finance my education, and in 1983 I graduated from Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Mich. I have been in many fields of nursing over the past 27 years and love helping others get and stay healthy. I look forward to retirement next month.

I have already renewed my license this year, never knowing what retirement may bring my way. Grace also has a younger brother who is an LVN as well. Nursing seems to be in our blood.

JANET C. VIOLA R.N. Hurst, Texas

Article, charts highlight problems in this nation

I sincerely hope Robert Garcia’s pie-charts and Charles Ashby’s article on the front page of The Daily Sentinel July 4 are absorbed and considered by all. I feel they underline some important roots to many of our country’s present- day festering problems.

For example, the third chart very clearly shows that we almost all feel that our elected leaders, once in office, are much more concerned with doing whatever it takes to stay in office than in doing well what they were sent there to do.

Mr. Ashby discusses the Tea Party. I had hope for its possibilities when it first showed up, but it appears that, more and more, it is being used as another propaganda tool for the far right.

I’ve hoped, and still hope, they will find a wise, honest, effective leader to lead them into developing a doable plan to bring cur country back to the intent of our Constitution. Just riding a temporary gravy-train — free hair cuts, free lunches and/or airplane rides, etc.  — ain’t gonna get ‘er done!

Our wise founding fathers gave us the vote, all the power we need to get our country back. But we must find the wisdom, the courage, and the determination, to get out from in front of the TV and use that vote.

We can’t possibly get enough information to reasonably judge, for even a day, the performance of even one of our elected leaders. All we really have to go on is the way we see that they run our country.  If we like it, we might consider keeping them.  If we don’t like the job they do for us, can new people do worse?

RAY LASHLEY

Grand Junction



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