Printed letters, November 15, 2011

I wonder if all the people who are rejoicing about the Vermillion Basin protection are aware of the fact that the Vermillion contains school trust lands. These are, by law, set aside for the express purpose of producing income for public schools. This recent action has effectively captured the equity of that trust.

The income from school trust lands, if managed effectively, has the potential to play a significant part in education funding in Colorado. New Mexico pays almost all of its education funding from its trust lands fund, while here in Colorado we are more interested in protecting the sage grouse than school funding.

One would think that, instead of seeking more money from the taxpayer’s pocket, Colorado citizens would instead be advocating for the use of these valuable lands for the purpose which they were intended to fill. Taxpayers did not vote against the proposed tax increases because they were unaware or uncaring about school district budget problems. They did so because they are having severe budget problems of their own, especially small businesses.

To increase school funding, we need to grow Colorado’s economy. If we continue the current drive to shut down our vital energy economy that will not happen soon. Western Colorado’s unemployment rate is higher than the rest of Colorado and of the nation. Only responsible energy development will revive our economy and without it schools will continue to see a downturn in available funds.

MARCIA NEAL

Colorado State Board of Education

3rd Congressional District

Grand Junction

There is double standard on sexual allegations

This is about Herman Cain and the sexual harassment allegations that have come to light.

I just would like to ask one question: How do sore-losing politicians have the right to point fingers?

Has anyone forgotten we had a president in office who admitted having oral sex with a certain women? He got caught, lied about it to the judge, committed perjury and should have been thrown in jail for that alone. We would have been. But nothing ever happened to him and he even got to finish serving his term. Talk about two-faced.

So leave Cain alone. He is the only sensible one, and should be president.

GINGER BARNES

Clifton

Firing Gen. Peter Fuller was a mistake by leaders

With the firing of Major Gen. Peter Fuller, the Pentagon and White House missed a major opportunity to send a blunt and direct message to the leadership of Afghanistan. Rather than distancing themselves from the general’s statements, the military and political leadership should have supported him by stating his evaluation was right.

The truth is, his statements reflect the views of most of the military leadership who have had to serve in and deal with Afghanistan, and they certainly reflect a growing majority of Americans’ sentiment.

There are times political and State Department correctness is appropriate, but there are times when a blunt, plain- English message should be given.

The Afghani leaders need to fully understand their self-serving, ineffective, corrupt leadership and threats to oppose America will not be tolerated. Their ungrateful attitude of the many American lives lost, plus the additional lives that will inevitably be lost, the multiple and growing casualties, together with the untold millions of dollars of investment for their safety and betterment of their country deserve a blunt and direct evaluation. A thank you would be in order.

The tribal leaders of Afghanistan understand blunt and to-the-point discussions. That is exactly what the comments by Gen. Fuller demonstrated.

KEN HENRY

Fruita

Chatfield Elementary staff says thank you

Chatfield Elementary would like to thank the members of our community for their generous donation of much-needed school supplies. Our school is very grateful for your generous gifts. We’d like you to know that your thoughtfulness is truly making a difference in the lives of so many children.

JACQUELINE WILSON, Principal

and our team of educators

Chatfield Elementary School

Grand Junction

The public is invited to fundraiser at RMS

I am a sixth grader on the Redlands Middle School fundraising committee. With Measure 3B defeated, schools are without necessary funds. To help ease this problem, Redlands Middle School will be holding a fundraiser on Nov. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The event is open to anyone and consists of a chili dinner, silent auction and musical showcase performed by talented Redlands students.

All of the money earned from the fundraiser goes to school supplies such as projectors, computers and other classroom needs. Without funding, teachers pay out of their own pockets, learning days decrease, schools potentially shut down and the arts and physical education might no longer be part of our curriculum.

Don’t let this happen to Redlands Middle School. Join us Nov. 16.

TIA SEWELL

Grand Junction


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