Printed letters, Nov. 30, 2010

There was a house fire on the Redlands at 4 a.m. on Nov. 13. The fire departments did an amazing job of responding almost immediately upon being called.

Fire officials efficiently set up their light tower, got the next four fire trucks and the 22 firemen to work effectively in assessing the problem, and then solved that problem with as little damage as possible.

Not only that, one of the firemen kept the shivering family updated on what was being done.

This is the job the firemen are trained to do. They did it well. As a neighbor, I know how thankful the family was to be back in their home by Thanksgiving Day.

Thank you to all the fire departments involved for being ever ready to keep people safe and for ensuring that the fire did not spread to the neighbors’ property.

SHERYL FITZGERALD

Grand Junction

Writers’ subject matter not always the most vital

The Daily Sentinel’s editorial page and “Commentary” columnists have passed on some very vital information in the past months.

Denny Herzog flew around the valley and took 600 pictures, he told us. Then, this past Sunday, he wrote about taking a road trip and being eager for the “romance of the open road.”

Herzog did, however, write one recent column on current Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis that was not bad.

Another local columnist, Jim Spehar, let us all know that he used to be a bad guy but is now reasonable and a good guy. Wonderful.

Spehar did, however, write a column on Commissioner Meis that was fairly well done.

We, in this household, sorely miss Gary Harmon’s columns. Each and every one of Harmon’s columns, whether readers agreed or not with the proposition at hand, was interesting and enjoyable.

CREIGHTON BRICKER

Grand Junction

Penry’s new position raises one’s eyebrow

Congratulations to state Sen. Josh Penry on his new position helping energy companies navigate government regulations and handling media relations.

For a while, there, I was afraid Penry might end up being one of those lobbyists working for “special interests.”

RICK MATTHEW

Grand Junction

No need to tear down part of old police station

Keep an eye on our city administrators.

The proposed new Grand Junction Police Department facility, being built under a lease-back arrangement, will not cost taxpayers only the published $32 million.

It will cost more like $66 million, due to interest and payments spread over 30 years.

So far, the proposal for the facility looks decent, but we should wait and see how functional it is and how much icing city officials put inside and outside.

Use of the existing police building for the fire department administration and modifications to Station One make economic and operational sense, but only if the city will build on additional and affordable equipment garages behind the fire station to house less-used equipment.

However, destruction of thousands of usable square feet of the current police building (on the east side of the facility) does not make any sense. While not pretty, that part of the building is functional.

This represents valuable and serviceable space for the city and its taxpayers, now and in the future, and it is paid for.

The administration’s knock-it-down mentality needs to be tempered with a better-use formula, especially in these tough times.

Who knows what the next five to 30 years has in store for us? Leave it up for now.

I urge city residents to tell your council member what you think. It is your tax money, your new debt and it’s your town.

JIM SHULTS

Grand Junction



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