Printed letters, March 9, 2011

I have read twice in The Daily Sentinel where Fred Eggleston with Xcel Energy has suggested that the city of Grand Junction chose inferior street lights for Riverside Parkway over Xcel’s objection. That is not how the lights were selected.

Xcel presented the city with a catalog of Xcel approved lights. The city chose the lights from that catalog. At no time did Xcel ever say that the lights chosen were inferior, defective or that Xcel was unable to maintain them.

It has been more than four years since most of the lights were installed. Xcel should not only replace the defective lights, it should also refund the city the value of the lost service.

JIM SHANKS

Grand Junction

Lights along parkway better than elsewhere

The “Let There Be Light” article in the March 7 edition of The Daily Sentinel points out the seemingly random way city officials deal with lighting issues. There are state laws and local ordinances for outdoor lights, but it appears that they are not uniformly enforced by the city.

I’d like to compliment the architects of the Riverside Parkway. It’s a rare example of a city project with good lighting design. The lights used on the parkway and sidewalks are full-cutoff fixtures with minimal glare.

Compare this good design to the ridiculous, three-tiered lighting scheme on 24 Road, or the new “acorn” style drop-down lights installed on street lamps near the airport.

These locations have excessively-bright lights that do more to blind drivers and pedestrians at night than to light their way.

With three sets of lights, the energy wasted is obvious, but somehow I doubt Xcel Energy will be troubled by the excess of lamps as they collect their monthly fees for each one from the city of Grand Junction.

JAMES MCSHEEHY

Grand Junction

Health Fair is off to a wonderful start

The 2011 Grand Valley Health Fair is off to a great start with the recent early blood draw. Over 1,800 people took advantage of this convenient and inexpensive way to monitor one’s health.

All of it is made possible by the volunteer efforts of area Lions Clubs, RSVP and the Medical Reserve Corp and the promotion provided by the area print and broadcast media, including The Daily Sentinel.

It’s a wonderful community effort and we’re looking forward to the actual fair scheduled at Central High School, March 18 and 19. Thank you, Grand Junction, for supporting good health!

KAREN LEVAD 2011 Grand Valley Health Fair Site Coordinator

Grand Junction

GJHS version of ‘Wizard’ was put together perfectly

Many raves for the “Wizard of Oz” put on by Grand Junction High School recently. This 70-plus woman was as excited by all aspects of the play as were the children of all ages among whom I sat. What a production. All the many technical parts went together to perfectly support the actors.

Dorothy, played by Ellie Gossage, was a perfect reincarnation and made even more perfect by Toto — a real, live dog. Thanks to someone for taking a chance and making the dog a part of all the scenes. He never panicked at any of the escapades being enacted.

Then there were the other players: Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion were all perfectly acted by Lane Mellot, Tate Hegstrom and Aaron Jenkins — not a missed line, nor out-of-character moment.

If that wasn’t enough, there were the Munchkins. What they were able to do by dancing while on their knees was a feat to behold. And the flying monkeys — their movements, noises and costumes were otherworldly.

This was a production for all to be proud of that includes all dancers and others on stage and around it, making it all flow perfectly. We should ask for an encore of the whole production.

EULA BOELKE

Grand Junction

Press awards deserved by Daily Sentinel staff

I feel I need to write to tell you how much I enjoy your paper. The awards that were given to the editors and reporters are deserved.

There has been such a difference in the paper since the change of ownership. Dean Humphrey offers such a wonderful choice of pictures. The Daily Sentinel’s choice of funnies are just great. I love them.

I believe the Sentinel covers the local news in a just way. That is important.

The one person who I enjoy so very much is Penny Stine. She is my favorite. She is real.

I am an 83-year-old widow living alone and happy with life. I own no computer. Newspapers have always been my choice of information.

Thank you again for your good work in Grand Junction.

BONNIE NEWTON

Grand Junction



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