Published letters, March 14, 2013

I am very disappointed with the recent approval of the Transportation Capacity Payment fee increase that will be added to new businesses and contractors when paying for a permit.

I can hardly comprehend why Laura Luke, Jim Doody, Bennett Boeschenstein and Mayor Bill Pitts would think that, in this economy, it is a good time to raise taxes. This tax increase will directly impact any new business development coming into Grand Junction.

That’s why Diane Schwenke, president of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, Greg Motz, Michael Burke and others were at the City Council meeting March 6 to speak out against the increase.

In a council meeting last summer, it was decided to delay any decision on the TCP and form a task force to discuss the matter. That was never done.

Luke said the reason she voted to increase the tax is because the local citizens were paying 75 percent of the impact. That is simply not true, as Duncan McArthur explained at the meeting.

Luke has said many times she is for business and she will listen and do what her constituencies want and that we are her boss. Are not business owners a part of her constituency? They were there at that meeting and Luke did not listen. The right thing to do was to set up the task force, then make a decision that was informed with public comment.

At the beginning of the meeting, a proclamation was made to make the week of March 3-9 “Women in Construction Week.” So, in appreciation of this proclamation, four council members approved a tax increase on construction building permits. That was rather inappropriate.

I encourage those who are concerned about this increase to view the taped video for the March 6 council meeting on the city’s website.

ROBBIE KOOS

Koos Construction, Inc.

Grand Junction

Duration of TABOR override 
understated by Jim Doody

It is comical to hear Jim Doody defend referred Measure B by stating the TABOR override is temporary.

Doody stated recently that it will be five or six years before any construction actually occurs.

He and other council members have said there will be a need for a bond issue to raise enough money to do the 29 Road extension and the I-70 interchange. Bond issues generally take 30 years to pay back.

Using this logic, I have concluded that the TABOR override will last until around 2048.

Experts who predict how long folks will live say I will be dead by 2048. I hope to prove these experts wrong, but it is likely that, for me, Measure B is forever.

How old will you be in 2048?

STEVE SLAUGHTER

Grand Junction

 

Reject Measure B, bring
new faces to City Council

I am an opponent of Referred Measure B. I totally agree with The Daily Sentinel’s opinion that this issue should not be on the 2013 ballot because excess funds will not be available until after 2015.

In fact, it is likely that it will be 2017 before money will be available to refund or spend.

The fact that the current City Council members could conclude that this vague, misleading wording should be put on the ballot speaks volumes about the qualifications of the people on the council. It is obvious they have no respect for the citizens of this community.

Many of the current council members were serving in 2010 when the decision was made to override the will of the people and put us all into debt without an election to build the new public safety facility.

Both Tom Kenyon and Bill Pitts voted “Yes,” and Laura Luke (who was not on the council in 2010) has voiced her agreement with this form of debt without voter approval.

Another concern regarding the three incumbents is the fact that many of the meetings of the City Council are not recorded electronically nor are minutes taken.

The incumbents not only refuse to change their behavior, they also refuse to explain why they believe better decisions are reached when no record is kept of their discussions.

We have the chance to elect three replacement council members: Phyllis Norris, Marty Chazen and Rick Brainard. All have expressed strong opposition to Measure B, believe that voters should approve all city debt and favor changing the backroom method of decision-making.

In this election, there is a clear choice for voters. I urge people to vote for Norris, Chazen and Brainard.

VIRGINIA BROOKS

Grand Junction

 

Proposed gun laws nothing 
more than smoke, mirrors

After reading the article on gun control and the House bills put forth by our lackluster liberals, one can only conclude they are clueless.

To obtain a firearm, one undergoes a background check with CBI. Domestic violence is grounds to refuse weapons purchase. Classes are conducted about Colorado laws and the proper use and handling of firearms prior to getting a concealed-carry permit. 

Limiting magazines to 15 rounds does nothing to preclude an evil person from an evil act. To pay for the cost of a background check definitely does not put a stop to any violence.

These are all smoke and mirrors to make our government feel as if it did something worthwhile and a good way to get its foot in the door for future controls and bans.

GEORGE KLENK III

Fruita



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