Printed letters, May 26, 2010

Protect cyclists with courtesy, good sense

I first started riding up the east side of Colorado National Monument back in 1980, on a cheap 10-speed I won in a raffle at a Grand Junction Eagles baseball game. I had no helmet (they didn’t exist as we now know them) and wore tennis shoes and cut-off shorts. Several of my fellow classmates and I enjoyed the climb and twisty descent, and no one ever got hurt.

So I am concerned about potential limits to bike access to this wonderful road. I don’t see any new issues here, other than an increased interest in cycling and a greater volume of motorists.

Cyclists always need to watch that they do everything they can to not impede traffic, and motorists need to remind themselves that they do not own the road. Because it provides access to Glade Park, this east entrance has a long colorful history in the courts and in the pages of The Daily Sentinel.

Let’s hope we can now keep the arguing to a minimum, although it must be said that Superintendent Joan Anzelmo could help by toning down the hysteria she seems to exude over bicycle safety.

Her insistence that cyclists carry full lighting apparatus for daytime travel through one short east-side tunnel is a perfect example of a government gone wild that Mesa County voters love to hate. And it is not “beyond belief” that no cyclist has ever been killed. It is good news and a compliment to the common sense and courtesy of the motorists and cyclists who use Rim Rock Drive.

Let’s keep working together.

JACK BYROM

Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Internet is a deterrent to good job applicants

I’ve been out of work since March 18. Did you know there are approximately 100 pages of jobs posted for the Grand Junction area on some websites? I know because I have been applying to at least two a day, as well as checking out the Workforce Center.

How is it that so many people are out of work? My opinion: Everything is via Internet. No one gets to meet you and find out more about the person. I am judged by the application. I want to work and apply for anything I feel I can do. I’m either over-qualified, or have no previous experience. Maybe employers should put “life experience” on the application. Maybe employers should at least meet with some of the applicants.

I have a master’s in psychology. I am unable to find work because it’s the “wrong” degree — it should be a master’s in social work, although I have worked in the social-work field since 1999. And my life experience is a long list: construction laborer, horse wrangler, house cleaner, front-desk clerk at a hotel, gardener, house caretaker and more.

I am sure there are many of us who really want to work. However, how does an employer know just by an online application? I’m sure it’s tedious for the employers, since there may be many applicants. I suggest, however, giving some people the chance of at least a face-to-face interview. Many of us also have an incredible work ethic and would not just quit if something better came along. But how would anyone know that from the Internet?

PATRICIA POLIZZO

Glade Park

Matt McChesney has been great resource officer

After many years of impeccable service to Mount Garfield Middle School and Palisade High School, it is time for our beloved school resource officer, Matt McChesney, to be rotated to a new school.

For the last three years, I have had the peace of mind knowing that three of my daughters would be completely protected at Mount Garfield. He not only learned the name of every student, but took a personal interest in each one. All were greeted by him with warmth and concern for their well being.

He has been an exceptional role model for the children and has allowed them to realize that officers of the law are to be respected yet reachable and trustworthy. He has been appreciated by staff and parents and loved by all.

We thank Officer McChesney for his service and wish him nothing but the best at his future position.

DARCY BROWN

Grand Junction



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