Printed letters, June 12, 2011

I would like to express my deep concern in regard to the school district potentially closing Scenic Elementary beginning with the 2012 school year. The staff and students at this school are true examples of their motto:  “Working hard and being nice.”

The principal, Doug Levinson, is a true leader at his school and his leadership is reflected through the staff and into the students. The teachers and staff at the school hold the students accountable for their actions and teach many additional core values to their students, along with educating them to their best ability.

Scenic Elementary, year after year, consistently shows its excellence in CSAP results and the school district needs to consider everything when considering whether or not to close any school.

We are a school-of-choice family and we chose Scenic for many of the reasons listed above. Along with many other families, we choose to take our children there, regardless of additional expenses of transportation to and from school.

I am certain that no one who has children at Scenic or Broadway wants to see their school close. I am hopeful the school district will look closer at its budget, deduct expenses in other areas and not punish our young children by closing down schools.

JERETT BOND

Grand Junction

Scenic Elementary has demonstrated excellence

I learned recently that Scenic Elementary School may be closed permanently. I do not know the specifics of this recommendation, but can only assume it is because of our economic climate.

As a community member for over 40 years I want to recommend that the school board reconsider that request.

I have been a father, uncle and grandfather to children who have in the past and currently attend this facility. If this school were to be closed, the community would not only lose a fine facility, but also an excellent principal, teachers and staff. They have shown excellence in the education of our children.

Having attended many functions in the district, I find Scenic to be one of the jewels in our educational system. My hope is that we band together to prevent this from becoming a reality. I urge anyone with connections to Scenic Elementary to express your opinions as well.

TED HERRMAN

Grand Junction

Let Tipton determine how to pay his staff

I disagree with The Daily Sentinel editorial regarding Rep. Scott Tipton’s decision to pay his staff well.

Spending money on salaries is not necessarily a spendthrift principle. For example, the city of Grand Junction arguably overpays its employees. Yet, the same employee might be able to work for a different employer for even more money. Naturally, the staff at City Hall will argue that to keep qualified staff after harvesting the cream of the applicant crop, the city needs to compensate them properly. Don’t try to argue that it’s not the same thing, because it most certainly is.

Town administrators, department heads and even rank-and-file employees must have the same type of training, education and experience to work in less-wealthy environments. Police officers, for example, attain the exact same training standards statewide, yet Grand Junction police officers are paid much more than those in any other city on the Western Slope. Consequently, it’s difficult for smaller entities to compete. The same principle applies to fire, public works, etc.

If Tipton hires well-educated and trained staff, he will, according to current administrative logic even at The Daily Sentinel, provide more efficient service. If the government has given him the budget to pay good wages, why not let him run his office without undue criticism, as long as he stays within that budget?

I haven’t seen any recklessness in Tipton’s decisions regarding his own voting record, and apparently his staff is providing him with the service he hired them to do.

Is this just another example of the double standards that are rampant in the media? It sure looks like it.

CARROLL QUARLES

Palisade

Alternative energy is just too expensive

Janet Johnson and Karen Sjoberg’s letter stating that solar and wind energy is cheaper is nonsense. Solar is about 800 percent more expensive and wind is 200 percent more expensive that coal, oil or uranium energy.

They may be cleaner and somewhat safer, but if one furnished this country’s energy needs with wind turbines, there would not be a square foot of ground without a wind generator, and animal-rights gurus would come unglued with all the dead birds.

Solar is great, if anyone could afford it other than the government. We have to go to nuclear at some point and might as well furnish our own uranium.

R.M. SHERMAN

Grand Junction


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