Printed letters, June 30, 2010

Teller Arms thankful for veterans’ business

As on-site property manager for Teller Arms Shopping Center, I am replying to the article by Amy Hamilton published in The Daily Sentinel on June 19.

Teller Arms Shopping Center is, as all strip malls’ private parking, designed for businesses to provide parking for their customers.

The article by Amy Hamilton has conjured the vilification of Teller Arms Shopping Center suggesting that we do not care about veterans. Our close proximity to the Veterans Hospital has been a compatible existence for many years. Who better than Teller Arms businesses to have the opportunity to embrace the veterans? We are privileged to provide a close area to shop. Our businesses have and do cater to their needs, when known. Our thanks and appreciation for their service and their business at the center is always there.

Free parking has long been offered to VA employees, construction workers, visitors and others in designated areas. The response to our asking for help and/or education to all concerned from the VA spokesperson specified that people going to the hospital were parking and encroaching on business parking spaces. Directives sent made everyone move out with the exception of problem parkers.

We have signs posted “No VA parking — will be towed.” We are hesitant to tow cars out of concern that people could be very stressed by having to pay $65 to retrieve their cars.

Some courtesy to the business owners would solve this irritation very quickly.

LORRAINE ERICKSON

Grand Junction

Tiered rates are not revenue boost for Xcel

Rick Wagner’s column from June 25, “Income redistribution is behind new electric rates,”  contains some inaccuracies. Tiered rates is a pricing structure that is relatively new to Colorado, but used in other states and designed to give better price signals to customers about the costs incurred to serve customers.

Customers pay a higher rate for summer usage over 500-kilowatt hours per month and a lower rate for energy used during the rest of the year. Customers can still use the same amount of energy as they did before, however, now they have better information about the cost and can make decisions about such things as appliance efficiency, lighting choices and energy conservation.

Wagner says that this new pricing system is expected to raise $128 million for Xcel Energy. That is plainly not true. The company was authorized to increase rates to pay for the cost of new infrastructure to serve our customers. Those rates went into effect earlier in the year and are unrelated to the tiered rate design that started on June 1.

Tiered rates are designed to be revenue neutral to the company and therefore to customers as a whole over the course of a year. Customer rates from October through May will be lower than they would have been in the absence of summer tiered rates. Some customers will pay more over the course of the year and some less — impacts on each customer are a matter of their individual use.

We are encouraged that customers are looking at their usage with interest and thinking about the ways that they use energy throughout the year.

We sympathize with customers who may have trouble paying their bills during the summer and we have personal account representatives that try and help them find assistance.

KAREN HYDE

Vice President Rates and Regulatory Affairs

Xcel Energy

Denver

Reprimand officers then put them back to work

Regarding the fired police officers, let’s look at the other side: The homeless people shouldn’t have been anyway. Is someone paying taxes on those tents as homes? If they live in a cardboard box with newspapers on the floor, does a cop have to be careful not to damage the box?

If the word “homeless” means they don’t have a home, what are they doing there? This is a long way from going to a home without a warrant. Does the city of Grand Junction have an obligation to keep them out of that area as a matter of safety for the taxpaying citizens?  Has the owner of the property condoned their existence there?

Enough questions. Yes, the police were out of line. Don’t pay them for time missed. Put a letter in their file and put them back to work. Then get the homeless out. Why do we put up with this?

BOB KING

Grand Junction



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