Printed letters, March 2, 2010

Think traffic congestion is a problem in Mesa County? Tired of bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-70B as you drive to the Mesa Mall area? Just wait.

Without adequate planning it will only get worse.

Despite the economic downturn, the State Demography Office expects Mesa County’s population to increase 67 percent by 2035. This will affect everyone in Mesa County — whether they drive, ride the bus, ride a bike or walk.

What can you do to prevent stop-and-go traffic from becoming a daily event?

Due to the projected growth in Mesa County, the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee is sponsoring the development of a regional comprehensive transportation plan.

The plan will identify regional goals and improvements to transportation infrastructure and services. All of Mesa County will be included.The most important component of the project is public input.

What do you see as the highest transportation priorities? Your answer is critical to the plan’s development.

In the coming months, a series of meetings will be scheduled in locations around the county.

We’ll notify people of these meetings through various means, including our plan Web site: http://www.2035RTP.com. Please join us and provide your ideas and comments.

What do you think about the condition of our current transportation facilities? What are the most pressing priorities: new roads, adding lanes to existing roads, maintenance, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects?

While the community can’t afford every transportation improvement it desires, by working together we can maximize the use of the dollars available to provide a transportation system that works for all our citizens. You can help us prioritize.

In the weeks ahead, please participate in planning the future of transportation in Mesa County. It’s easy to complain about traffic. Fixing it is the hard part. Join us in finding solutions.

KEN SIMMS,

Senior Transportation Planner

Regional Transportation Office

JODY KLISKA

Transportation Engineer

City of Grand Junction

Comprehensive plan does right by riverfront

Regarding the adoption of the city’s comprehensive plan, I would like to thank the Grand Junction City Council for unanimously voting to incorporate verbiage introduced by Gregg Palmer, which specifically recognizes the importance of our riverfront and the efforts put forth by the community to enhance and continue improving this vital corridor.

Also, the plan encourages future councils and leaders to protect and enhance the riverfront so that future generations may appreciate the scenic beauty, enjoy and expand upon the trail system and continue improving and expanding community access.

I know I speak for thousands in celebrating the spirit of this amendment to the comprehensive plan, the hope that it gives to Grand Junction’s future, the recognition it gives to the work begun years ago and the unwritten promise that someday industrial zoning will not exist on the riverfront.

JANET MAGOON, President

Western Colorado Congress

of Mesa County

Grand Junction

Tea Party participants should be leery of GOP

Be leery of any Republicans jumping on the Tea Party bandwagon. They may promise a stop to big government, outrageous spending and higher taxes. But they are, after all, politicians (many of whom are lawyers).

I urge voters not to choose the lesser of two evils. The Republicans have helped get us in this mess.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stated, “Nothing will become of the Tea Party Movement.” Arnold has done such a great job in California. I hope we can prove him wrong.

The Tea Party is not a political party. It is a movement of outraged citizens who are tired of a government that won’t listen. Politicians, who pretend to listen and then make false promises, will not get my vote.

It is time to make a stand — for our children and our children’s children. Maybe the Tea Party should become a third political party.

KENT OLDHAM

Grand Junction



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