Printed letters, May 23, 2010

City can’t afford to make field pretty

Having read the article in The Daily Sentinel May 18 regarding the upgrading of Suplizio Field to make it look pretty, I felt compelled to respond.

The responsibility of School District 51 is to educate the children in our community, not to make the baseball field look pretty.

Mesa State College is already overextended and its responsibility is to educate productive citizens to society, not make the baseball field look pretty.

As far as our city, it desperately needs a new public safety facility. Why would city officials even consider pouring money into making the baseball field look pretty.

Am I anti-community involvement? No, not at all. Am I anti-JUCO? Not in the least bit.

Am I for common sense? You betcha!

HELEN CARLSON

Grand Junction

Sheep industry should face problems, stop blame

This is in response to the Bonnie Brown’s May 16 letter to the editor, “Sheepherders’ bill collapsed due to bad data.”

The sheep industry, not unlike the oil drilling and financial industries, is loathe to acknowledge any need for regulation of its business. The industry is entitled to its opinion. But rather than argue the merits, it has pursued a relentless attack against Colorado Legal Services.

Colorado Legal Services works with sheepherders to address their legal problems. It is difficult for such herders, from faraway foreign countries working in very rural areas, to even reach our office. When they do, they usually come to us through another agency, such as the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of Homeland Security, the Peruvian Consulate or even local law enforcement agencies. We have talked to sheepherders who have lacked sufficient food and water. Some sheepherders have called and said that they have been denied access to medical care.

As a nonprofit that helps farm workers, sheepherders make up a small percentage of the farm workers we represent. But these sheepherders keep calling because the abuses unfortunately continue. Yet the industry would rather label their complaints as “erroneous” or “bad data” and sweep them under the rug and continue business as usual.

The sheep industry apparently believes that by doing its job, Colorado Legal Services is engaged in an “over-zealous attack on the industry.”

Rather than blame our organization, the sheep industry should realize the legislation failed because of the lack of good will of the industry to take a hard look at its problems and address these labor and human-rights issues.

JENNIFER LEE

Managing Attorney

Migrant Farm Worker Division

Colorado Legal Services

Denver

Climate legislation will boost government control

I feel a need to respond to Wayne Flick’s letter to the editor in the May 14 edition of The Daily Sentinel. Yes, it is tragic that lives were lost in the explosion at the offshore oil rig and at the coal mine explosion, but I don’t think that means we should stop drilling wells and mining coal.

Lives are constantly being lost in car crashes and airplane crashes. Should we stop driving cars and flying in airplanes?

Mr. Flick and too many others think that government has the answers to all of our problems. If Congress would just pass some more legislation that would fix everything.

There is absolutely no evidence that climate change is caused by humans. There is abundant evidence that climate change is caused by natural processes. Passing legislation will not change the climate one little bit, but it will give the federal government control over another large portion of our economy.

JACK ROADIFER

Grand Junction

Teaching is no longer a rewarding profession

I am a retired teacher who left the profession two years early due to disappointment over political correctness and bias toward teachers who lean more to the right.

In western Washington, we were welcome to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but could no longer hold a Christmas program. In the staff lounge, if you countered anyone on the political left, you were ridiculed. If you taught too much substance, you were criticized by the principal because kids weren’t having enough fun.

Take it from someone who lived and breathed teaching — it is not longer so rewarding, and I am not talking about salaries. Money is not the problem in education, as the Democrats or the unions would have you believe.

The issue is lack of parenting, broken homes, lack of standards and, most of all, the inability for teachers to discipline. No amount of money will correct that.

On top of all this comes another great suggestion from the feds: Standardize K-12 curriculum across the entire county. Whatever happened to local control and states’ rights?

Glad I am not there anymore, even though I love teaching kids who are in school to learn. If tenure is to be decided from someone with bias toward any given teacher and the hand-picked pets get the kudos — God help theteachers.

CAROL ABBOTT

Parachute



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