Printed letters, June 17, 2010

Citizens came first in gravel-pit ruling

We would like to thank the Grand Junction Planning Commission for the action taken at its June 8 meeting. At that meeting, planning commission members made the decision to briefly set aside their strong belief in the free-enterprise system and property rights in order to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of its citizens would be their first consideration when making decisions.

The action taken by the Planning Commission has certainly strengthened and, in some cases, renewed our faith in the established process. It has most certainly reinforced the belief that the city, its officials and specifically the Planning Commission, are listening and citizens really do have a voice and can be heard.

The decision to deny the Schooley-Weaver request for a conditional use permit for a gravel pit took a good deal of thought and courage on the part of the Planning Commission. On behalf of all the families that could have been impacted in a negative way had the gravel-pit request been granted, we want to say thank you. Thank you for listening. Thank you for caring. Thank you for your service to the city.

JIM and JACKIE BISHOP

Grand Junction

Maes is the one candidate who can turn state around

I would just like to express to the people of Colorado the importance of the governor’s race this year.

For the past four years, we have had the policies of the progressive left of more spending, taxing and regulations. Our state is now in decline due to these policies. That is not a partisan statement, but fact. If the Republicans follow that plan the same thing will happen.

Unfortunately, the state cannot print Monopoly money like the federal government can. We have limited resources with which to run our state. And those who were the largest monetary supporters of our state, i.e. the oil and gas industry, are leaving.

We have three choices for governor right now, with two on the Republican side going to the primaries in August. The Republicans must choose the candidate with the principles and the belief that the people are the backbone of our state, not the government. One of those candidates has run his whole campaign on that belief and proved at the Republican State Assembly that money to get elected is really not how it is going to happen this year. This is the year of the people, not corporate money.

Dan Maes hasn’t the bank account of Scott McInnis, but he has the heart of a founding father. He has traveled over 70,000 miles to talk to the people of the state, not the party of the state. He believes in the Constitution and understands that that is the law of the land.

This election is too important not to participate in, and I hope people will research all these candidates and educate themselves about each one. To me, there is only one candidate who will turn this state around and I hope others will come to that conclusion.

Don’t concentrate on the candidates’s money, but the quality of the candidate. That is the secret to this election.

WENDY COX Bayfield

Don’t allow JUCO to overshadow D-Day

The June 6 edition of The Daily Sentinel featured a full section with multiple articles regarding JUCO. Featured in another section was a full page of wedding dresses.

In the Sunday “Comics” section, there was a muted photo of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, with troops, that could have been taken any time during his command. The caption said “June 6, 1944 ... to remember.”

To those of us who do remember D-Day, the slight mention was a travesty. If it hadn’t been for this day in our history, it is questionable whether baseball games and wedding ceremonies would be able to be observed as we now observe them.

Shame on The Daily Sentinel! Without your continued coverage and guidance, our citizens will never be aware nor reminded of the cost of our freedoms.

VIRGINIA MCGRIFFIN

Grand Junction

Parents are responsible for children’s vandalism

It is the time for Mesa County and the cities in the county to publicly advise parents that they will be held financially responsible for all damages caused by their children under 21 years old.

Liens could be placed on their property and other means could be used to ensure that parents pay for vandalism damages caused by their children. The message must be clear so that parents will get the message and let their children know the consequences.

Parents will then (hopefully) tell their children that their allowances, college money, gasoline money etc., will be taken to pay for the damages they cause.

It is time parents take their responsibility; time to teach young citizens that they are responsible for their actions.

DAVE E. BROWN

Grand Junction



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