Printed letters, November 16, 2011

People want services, but don’t want to pay

A letter to the editor on Nov. 11 specified that the people have spoken regarding school funding. Unfortunately, from my perspective, what we said is that we want services from the school system we will not pay for.

The cover for this perspective is that the shortfalls are a product of waste, fraud and bad leadership. No hard decisions are necessary.

I suggest fraud in the school system is minimal, waste is primarily a product of unfunded mandates imposed on the system and, on an everyday basis, the leadership is forced to cope with the bad hand they have been dealt.

Ultimately, the school budget shortfall will not be met with elimination of waste and fraud, but from diminishment of core programs. Worse yet, the hard-pressed leadership will not be allowed to cut costs where they think most prudent, but from an analysis of where the mandates are the weakest. It has come to that.

JIM CAGNEY

Grand Junction

Protecting wilderness must be bipartisan effort

I applaud Timothy Wirth’s Nov. 6 column on new wilderness designations. I want to reinforce the point that support for wilderness is consistent with support for economic enterprise.

We know that JUCO is a major draw of visitors to our valley. I have a friends from Missouri I met through JUCO. Their JUCO affiliation is over now. What’s going to bring them back to Grand Junction? The beauty of the desert that I was able to show them while they were here for JUCO. It will be the desire to see yet again our majestic desert creatures.

By protecting our precious wild lands, we preserve such wildlife that continues to entice repeat visitors to Colorado and other parts of the West. I also believe support for wilderness can be, should be and is a bi-partisan issue. I’m not sure why so many people assume support of wilderness is limited to members of the Democratic Party.

Look at Teddy Roosevelt. I’ve been delighted to meet members of Republicans for Environmental Protection in Grand Junction. The San Juan Wilderness bill has wide support from western Colorado hunters and ranchers, many of whom I’d guess are life-long Republicans. Together we can protect the land that we love.

JANICE SHEPHERD, Member

Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Grand Junction

Cain attacks reflect badly on country’s news media

The recent media frenzy over 15-year old allegations against Herman Cain is a good example of what ails America. Personally, the frenzy produces far more distrust of the media than the candidate. The shadowy motive behind leaking allegations, whether true or false, is what America should fear.

Human resource managers understand many sexual harassment allegations are based on a victim’s interpretation of a comment or behavior. They understand that another individual may not interpret the comment as harassment. Furthermore, they understand that some harassment allegations are merely a dislike for one’s supervisor and have no basis.

Severance agreements are confidential to protect the company or organization and are not “hush money” to keep the employee quiet. These agreements are intended to prevent employees from accepting a cash severance package and then filing a civil action against the organization.

In 1992, I accepted an early retirement package from IBM. I was required to sign a severance agreement, stating that I wouldn’t later bring a civil action against the company. Any large organization will require a confidential agreement with a severance termination, regardless of the reason.

The frenzy over Herman Cain was motivation for me to examine why he is leading all candidates in the polls. As I researched, I found myself trusting him and fearing the media. If all the media can uncover on Cain is 15-year old allegations, maybe he should run for Pope instead of president.

HAL MASON

Grand Junction

County should consider prohibiting open burning

Please consider banning the burn. There are better and more environmentally friendly ways to get rid of yard clippings, garden clean-up and left-over field cuttings. They can be tilled into the ground instead of being burned. Burning always causes air pollution, it smells terrible and makes it harder to breathe.

Retraining ourselves to be pro-active about taking care of our environment will create a win-win situation for all of us, now and in the future.

Breathe deeply and enjoy the ride.

BARBARA E. PARISH

Grand Junction

North Fork district thanks voters for support

The board of directors for the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District wants to thank everyone who supported Ballot Measures 5A and 5B. Going forward without the constraints of the TABOR Amendment means our financial situation will reflect an improving economy, when that time comes.

In the meantime, know that we are committed to safeguarding the community of the North Fork Valley and will continue to strive to bring the best, safest and most cost-effective mosquito control to you. Thank you for your support, especially in these economically challenging times.

KEVIN PARKS, President

and other NFMAD board members

Hotchkiss


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