Printed letters, Dec. 29, 2009

Downtown is fortunate

to get bed and breakfast

I couldn’t be happier for the DeRoses. I understand the desire for a historic district. However, in the true sense of the word, that area is not a “historic” area. The homes are wonderful and have a great historic presence, but as I see it, it falls short of a real historic district.

I have always felt that it is sad that only a handful of us are privileged enough to actually see the interior of some of these beautiful homes. Now, at least one of them will be open for the public to enjoy. Downtown Grand Junction is also very fortunate.

The DeRoses are first rate in the improvements they have made to their home at 604 N. Seventh Street. They were very mindful when they updated their kitchen and other areas of the house that everything they did was in keeping with the integrity and charm in a home of that era.

They have a true love for antiques that are tastefully displayed throughout the house. Now, when someone chooses to stay a night or two in this lovely home, they will not only take a walk back in time, but will take home the experience of warmth and gracious hospitality from the proprietors.

JEANNE KILLGORE

Could recent shooting have been avoided?

Regarding the Dec. 17 story, “DA: Officer justified in downtown shooting,” I was just wondering if it could have been avoided.

My reaction as a homeowner would have been quite different compared to a homeowner who is a park ranger and has a service weapon, a 9 mm handgun.

The facts, as explained in the paper, did not put Mr. Olivieri inside the home, threatening the lives of family members. A call was placed to the police. Yes, I would have done the same thing. I would not have gone out into the backyard and put myself in harm’s way.

What was the purpose of confronting a person who was trespassing in the middle of the night? I don’t believe the police suggested he do this. At the address given, only a few blocks from the Grand Junction Police Department, I don’t think that time to react by the police would be an issue in order to remedy the situation.

Was Mr. Olivieri correct in banging on the door of this house instead of the intended house next door? Heck no. However, the full recovery, as mentioned in the paper, with a bullet entering the body 2 mm from the heart, will not be a speedy one. Actually, Mr. Olivieri is lucky to be alive.

I would not want to be either of the individuals involved. I like to sleep at night with no regrets. I wish both a speedy recovery from bad decision-making.

GAYLE SMITH

 

Republicans despise only needless taxation

In response to a letter published Dec. 13 by the gentleman who wonders what is wrong with Republicans who despise taxes: This is not true.

Most Republicans (not the extreme right) pay and are willing to pay for nice schools, police and fire protection services,  and a lot more. The problem comes in when the liberal mentality takes hold.

I came out here from California, where taxes on everything from property, vehicles and general sales are above what they are here. I can guarantee that the police and fire departments do not respond any quicker than they do here. And the results from the school systems there are actually worse.

This shows that taxation and throwing more money at a problem aren’t the solution always. Spending by any government should reflect population growth and inflation. As the population grows, so does the tax revenue. There should only be higher taxes when a special need for the city arises. And I’m sure most Republicans would accept that.

If there were no deductions from your paycheck that occur automatically, and you had to write that amount bi-weekly or monthly, you would be amazed at those precious dollars and would be concerned on how they are spent.

We all are trying to conserve a bit, but the current administration is spending a bit more than it takes in. This is called borrowing or deficit spending. That’s not how you run your household because that would put you in debt. Is that what you like?

CHRIS SUIFFET



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