Printed letters, June 23, 2010

Teller Arms parking lot has never been very full

This is in response to the complaining about the veterans using the Teller Arms Shopping Center for parking when the VA hospital lot is full:

First of all, Lorraine Erickson should be standing out there thanking the veterans for all the freedoms she has, including the freedom of speech. Maybe she could even help them cross 23rd Street, if they need the help, if she has that much time on her hands.

If it wasn’t for the veterans, she wouldn’t even be managing a shopping center. The government would be doing it.

I have lived in Grand Junction since 1961, so I was here when Teller Arms was built. Even then, the lot was never full and it certainly never is now, especially the lot facing the VA Hospital, behind Hastings.

Maybe instead of complaining, she should try to help or find a reasonable solution.


Grand Junction

Teller Arms businesses should embrace veterans

I am responding to the article concerning Teller Arms businesses upset over veterans using the parking lot to visit the VA hospital.

I am both a veteran who uses the VA clinic and a small businessman. I am amazed that instead of seeing an opportunity, the Teller Arms businesses see a problem.

I have lived in Grand Junction for nearly 30 years, and in all that time, I cannot remember when that parking lot has ever been full.

The business owners and the hospital should sit down and work up a plan that allows parking. At the same time the VA could hand out discount coupons, provided by the Teller Arms businesses, to those who park there, so that they might take time and visit the stores.

We all know that the VA hospital and clinic is a regional facility and that people come from many miles around to receive medical care there. Many choose to use their trip to shop and visit stores that provide products that they can’t get where they live. I’m sure many buy books at Hastings for patients.

So instead of telling veterans, “We don’t want your business,” businesses should embrace the fact that hundreds of veterans and their families are visiting the area every day, and do something to attract their attention in a positive way.

GARY SMITH Grand Junction

County commissioners aren’t tea party members

To the person who wrote to “You Said It” about the tea party commissioners: Sorry, you got that one wrong. None of them are tea party. They may be Republicans passing themselves off as tea party, they may be conservative, they may be 912ers, but they are not tea party.

As many people are finding out, there is a big difference between tea party and Republican. The tea party will support conservative candidates, no matter what party they belong to. Will Republicans support a Libertarian — especially a Libertarian who is running for a seat on the county commission?

How many of the commissioners do you suppose will attend the Patriots Tea Party at Sherwood Park on June 27? Come out and see who does attend and meet the candidates who dare to challenge the party-anointed picks.


Grand Junction


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