Printed letters, Oct. 27, 2011

It has come to my attention that some members of our community seem to be against more funding for our schools. Being a seventh-grade student at Redlands Middle School, this concerns me. With less funding there will be less educational resources and fewer school days.

I can infer that some people don’t care because they may not have any children or their children are out of school and don’t feel like they can benefit from the funding. I do know that if we vote “No” for more funding it would be an economic problem for all of the unemployed citizens of our county.

When big corporations or others are seeking to open offices and businesses, if they are wise, they will most likely look at our educational system. If they see that the community doesn’t care about our education, they will probably look elsewhere. I know, being a child of a business owner, that the employer wants well-educated employees.

Next, extra-curricular activities will most likely be either more expensive or cut. Funding for the arts and music classes will dwindle and sports through the schools will be very expensive. I know for a fact that extra-curricular activities are more expensive this year than last and will continue to get more expensive if we do not vote for Referred Measure 3B.

I understand that we are currently in an economic crisis and there will be more taxes if we decide to fund the schools. But voting against more funding will hurt our community’s economic system even more in the long run.

Less funding means less school days, less arts, less materials, less extra-curricular activities, less college acceptance and lower graduation rates, less local and nonlocal businesses and, finally, fewer jobs. The two things I can say are likely to increase if this isn’t passed are crime and unemployment.

Vote “Yes” for 3B.

MIRA MERCIER

Grand Junction

Senate Democrats have displayed their cowardice

With relatively little fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, supported by every Democrat in the U.S. Senate, including Colorado’s Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, shamefully invoked the so-called nuclear option so as to avoid having to debate President Obama’s jobs bill.

Never mind that the president himself had been demanding for some time that the bill be passed immediately, and that debating the bill would logically precede such a vote.

This historic act of cowardice on the part of Senate Democrats sweeps away over two centuries of debate and democracy-preserving tradition, as the previously inviolable protection of both majority and minority voices in the upper chamber has now been breached.

With the nuclear genie having been let out of the bottle over such a trifling issue, Udall and Bennet will regret their treachery whenever the inevitable happens and the GOP regains control of the Senate.

VAUGHN PARK

Grand Junction

Tipton, others in Congress seek to protect the rich

How may people earn a million — or a billion — dollars a year in our Happy Valley? How concerned should we really be by the prospect that they be taxed at a significantly higher marginal rate?

Even a 60 percent tax would leave a lot of loose change jangling in a millionaire’s pocket.

Our 3rd Congressional District representative, Scott Tipton, wants to protect the rich from paying their fair share. Instead he is countenancing continuing home foreclosures, unemployment without benefits, poverty and perhaps even debtor’s prison for the rest of us.

With income disparity between the rich and the rest of us more extreme than ever, and with real earnings of the middle class actually declining for the last decade, it’s time for 99 percent of us to become perturbed.

It’s time to stand up against people like Scott Tipton in our Congress. You may say “class warfare,” I say, “Bring it on.”

NEVILLE WOODRUFF

Grand Junction

Good Samaritan helped boy who was hit by car

Recently, our home phone rang. Caller ID indicated it was our grandson. But a woman’s voice asked if we knew the owner of this cell phone that belonged to our grandson.

He’d just been hit by a car and was being taken unconscious to St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance. She’d tried “Dad” on the phone, but couldn’t get through, so she tried us. We immediately called our son’s company to notify him.

It was a long weekend, but our grandson came back from a severe concussion and lesser injuries

Our eternal gratitude goes out to the outstanding staff at St Mary’s, and a special thanks to an unknown, but very special lady, who took the time to make sure the family knew of the situation.

GARY & MARION ANDERSON

Fruita



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