Printed letters, Sept. 1, 2010

Our traffic situation in this town is laughable. The city population is projected to double by 2030, and yet our traffic system has gone back to the dark ages.

What is going on is nothing new. Our city has done its best to screw up most traffic matters, from not making Horizon Drive all four lanes into the city to the joke it made of our first roundabout, to putting speed bumps on north First Street and leaving it two lanes.

Here are just a few examples:

Why have so many perfectly good four-lane streets been turned into two lanes, which is not satisfactory at all?

Why the love affair with turning left on green arrow only? In Las Vegas, those are needed. Here, they are a joke and wasters of time and gasoline.

Four-way stops should be removed — another example of complete buffoonery and inefficiency.

Stop letting the people who live on a street make the decision about number of lanes it will be and putting in four-way stops. It is city property for the use of all.

No speed bumps on streets. I could kick someone’s butt every time I use north First Street.

Spend money on projects that are needed (much of First Street is as rough as a cow path, Orchard from Seventh to 12th streets has huge problems) instead of screwing up Seventh Street with the fiasco downtown, which was fine before and ridiculous now.

The way parking lots are constructed now is a travesty, with all the space wasted for cute little islands of rocks and trees. It puts vehicles closer together and sets up accident scenarios.

I am sure that some of these items are forced down our throats by federal or state mandates, but after a while you wonder: Where is common sense?

TED GARRETSON

Grand Junction

Grant’s ‘disaffected’ folks object to higher fees, taxes

In response to the Bill Grant column published Aug. 25, let me just propose this: If you like to pay taxes (fees, levy, etc. or whatever the Colorado Supreme Court decides is not really a tax), then vote against Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101.

As an independent voter, I suppose that I still fall into Grant’s category of “disaffected minions” because I support the measures that will bring taxation and budgets back into control here in Colorado.

Remember the TABOR (Taxpayers’ Bill Of Rights) Amendment of 1992? Our state government servants (politicians, of both parties) have tried nearly every trick in the book to subvert our right to restrict new taxation via TABOR.

Grant refers to supporters of these measures, saying “powers behind the plan have been shrouded in mystery.” Not so with those who are against the proposals: “Protect Colorado’s Communities” and “Coloradans for Responsible Reform.”

The $5 million plus raised by these groups comes from over 70 contributors, many of whom are from Colorado but not all.

They include organizations from Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, New Mexico, California and Ohio, among others. Twenty-plus is the number of contributing entities from outside our state, including at least two from foreign countries.

This information is from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Elections Center.

What do you suppose these supporters (special interests and their political allies of both parties) will get in return if the proposals fail?

I know what we, the taxpayers, will get.

PETE ROSS

Montrose

Help deployed military receive letters from home

There are over 900 deployed soldiers on the waiting list to be adopted while deployed. This involves sending a letter once a week (not an e-mail) and a care package once a month for the time they are deployed. These are men and women who do not get much mail from home.

Can you imagine going to mail call every week and never hearing your name called?

A weekly letter and once a month care package is not much to ask when he or she is over there so we can keep our freedom over here.

These soldiers need to know that they are not forgotten at home. It raises their spirits, and in doing so, it raises their awareness around them, which in turn helps to keep them safer over there.

People can join Soldiers Angels and sign up for a name of someone to adopt at http://www.soldiersangels.org.

LINDA PINKERTON

Grand Junction



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