You Said It Column December 21, 2008

Today we offer something different: Readers’ comments on, The Daily Sentinel Web site.

• Headline: “Grand Junction airport chief says new security rules ‘scariest’ yet”

“Phred”: TSA (Thousands Standing Around) time after time continue to impose unsubstantiated security measures that have no real value. The burden of this is on the individual airports both in terms of manpower and money. This is bad for airports in several ways. It raises the demands on existing personnel, increases operating costs at a time the airlines can least afford it (yes, they are the ones that will ultimately pay for this) and further limits the airport from carrying out practical security measures because it is knee deep in trying to comply with each new measure that comes out. If TSA was truly innovative, they would find ways to streamline security responses to what they consider threats and provide relief to airports through federal funding. These unfunded mandates need to stop and the public should be outraged as it will drive airlines away from smaller airports and hurt those local ecomomies.

•  “GerSan”: This has been in effect for at least a year, with the deadline in a couple of months. I think the GJ airport simply ignored it until the last minute and is now claiming it’s a last-minute rule change. It doesn’t matter what you think of TSA ... this is a basic responsibility that every airport should want to cover: making sure they (the airport) know who is out on the airfield with access to the planes. That’s not something you let the airlines handle and naively expect they are doing properly. I think any person who takes even one plane ride in their life would want that level of protection.

Headline: “Education one of a few bright spots in grim economy”

“John”: Wait till the state starts to lose tax money from the oil and gas companies due to decreased demand and production.
I can’t believe the idiocy displayed this election with regards to both state and federal spending. We’re destroying this country from within with our reckless spending.

“Rusty”: ...just wait until housing crashes. Property taxes will be greatly reduced. Do you think the school districts will do without?
I grew up here and saw the opportunities in the oil/gas field. I would have been a fool to keep making GJ wages (10/hr) when there was 30/hr out there.
Now I would be a fool to stay here after the Dems have killed the drilling industry. I am moving to N.D.
Mesa County can kiss my six figure income and associated taxes goodbye.

Headline: “State parole system belongs on probation”

• “Memberof21stTEA”: FINALLY! Finally the system that wants to immediately send someone back to prison for a minor violation is coming under a microscope themselves. What can we who have loved ones trapped in the system say other than it’s about time! It’s about time that the same people who want to hold everyone so tight to the rules start to follow the laws themselves.

Headline: Citizens tell why they rejected new police, fire stations

• “Rod”: When was the last time the city ASKED the people what they would like BEFORE putting it to a vote.
Oh, the city will say they had “public” meetings and such, but not many people have the time or interest to attend them.
Instead of asking “why” AFTER being shot down, seek more input BEFORE sending something to a vote.
Another point is: STOP wanting so much money all at once.
I would be willing to bet that more voters would give the city, and the school district for that matter, the same amount of money in increments rather than one large pot.
Granted, it would probably cost more in the long run because of increased costs, but at least you would probably get your funds.
Oh, and by the way, any government should put functionality over form, substance over style, in other words: MAKE IT SO IT WILL WORK, not make it so it looks pretty!

• “cynic”: Since the city is most likely annexing a good portion of Clifton, why don’t they find a vacant building on the east end and put in a substation. Half of the staff could move out there leaving plenty of room in the old building for the rest of the staff. The communications center could also be moved to another location, freeing up space in the old building. CSP dispatchers work out of Montrose. Fire Administration could also find a vacant building somewhere and leave the downtown station for the firefighters and their apparatus.


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