Printed letters, May 25, 2010

Revamped Main Street is wonderful to visit

My husband and I had the pleasure of walking the new Main Street recently and all I can say is, “Wow!”

I can actually push his wheelchair up and down the handicapped ramps without having to tip him backward, as I do at some of the other corners.

A drinking fountain? Great idea. Moving the fountain from Fifth to Third? Wonderful.

Although the plantings aren’t finished, I’m glad to see the scruffy, half-dead pines gone and the lovely sycamores still in place.

Although the merchants had a tough time of it last winter, I think that the new look will draw many more people into the area. Also we parked in the parking garage, the car stayed cool, and we had no trouble getting in or out.

Thanks,  Grand Junction, for updating Main. Can’t wait for the other three blocks to be finished.


Grand Junction

Obama disparages nation’s police officers

President Obama recently made some nice remarks at the Police Day Memorial. Isn’t that special? Those words would have meant something if he didn’t take every opportunity during the rest of the year to slam or slur the police.


No. 1: The Harvard professor incident, in which he said, “The police acted stupidly.” This after stating that he didn’t have the facts of the case. He just automatically made the assumption that the police are stupid.

No. 2: Recently, about the Arizona Immigration Law, he said, “a Hispanic family that goes into a store for an ice cream is subject to harassment by the police,” implying that the police are wannabe Gestapo agents.

Has he read the law? Doubtful. Attorney General Eric Holder hasn’t. I have. It took about 10 minutes.

I’m a 39-year veteran of law enforcement and I deeply resent having a commander in chief who is so prejudiced about a segment of society dedicated to the protection and preservation of this society and nation.



Don’t allow government to make decisions for us

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had about all I can take of government expansion. It was bad enough before President Obama. Now it’s insane.

I do not want the government telling food companies how much salt they can put in my food. I don’t want the government making restaurants pay for scientific research (and therefore having to raise the price of my meal) so they can prominently publish the nutritional information of my meals.

I know a Big Mac and French fries are loaded with fat and calories, and anyone not smart enough to know that is probably not smart enough to make decisions by looking at a calorie-defined menu.

My health care is none of the government’s business. It is between me and my doctor. I do not want my health records in a government database. I do not want the government telling my doctor how much he can charge. If he can’t charge enough, he won’t be there when I need him.

What gives government the right to make these decisions? We do, by being silent! So speak up!

And I say “Hurray for Arizona!” At least one government is looking out for its citizens.



Coverage has been unfair to Central High School

I am a 10th-grade student at Central High School. I have a problem with all of the negative comments about our school in The Daily Sentinel.

My first concern is about the Sentinel of April 14. It said that the fights that were happening at our school were allowed by teachers. It is not fair to say that the teachers would go against school rules and allow these fights, because they did not.

Second, just because something like this happens at our school doesn’t mean the Sentinel should print it. By doing so, the Sentinel is only focusing on the negatives and it makes our school look bad and it hurts the population of Central. Every school has fights. Why does the Sentinel only focus on the negative?

Almost all of our academic and athletic teams are ranked fairly high in the state, with the exception of a few, and we barely hear about it in your paper. We only hear about our teams when we lose.

My second concern is that the Sentinel isn’t getting the story completely correct. When I read The Daily Sentinel on the subjects of our school, it seems the information is not concrete. I go to Central High School, so I know when the stories sound too sketchy to be true.

To fix this, I suggest that you try a little harder to get the story right. I just want to know that when my family members or I pick up the paper, we know that the stories are 100 percent true.




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