It’s a poor use of money to keep patching GJHS

I am a graduate of Grand Junction High School. My first career was as an officer of the U.S. Coast Guard, and I subsequently became a teacher and principal in this district for 18 years. It was a privilege serving the students of this community.

I agree that student academic growth and achievement should be the most important focus of the district. The community should continue to expect this, but it is beside the point as it relates to this proposed bond.

I feel compelled to lend my voice in support of this bond because it is critical that our students — your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and neighbors — have adequate facilities in which to learn, grow, and succeed, and that teachers and administrators have safe and updated buildings.

This bond will focus on several timely and crucial elements, including bringing all the high schools into the modern era. We cannot continue to have so many access points and expect our children to be safe. In addition, the bond will return our town’s namesake school to one which our community can be proud of. It is poor use of our money to keep patching GJHS.

It is up to our community to rally behind our students and show them that we believe their education matters — from modern technology and instructional improvements, to safety and new buildings when needed. Currently I travel around the nation to coach and train educators. When I arrive at a school, it is evident if schools are a top priority in that community or not. Our school district is asking for a very reasonable amount to provide for the needs of the current and future generations in our valley. The cost of one new high school I work with was $154 million with fewer students. This bond is asking for much less for a new GJHS. At an average cost of $6 per month to each household, this is an easy choice to make.

The handling of the last bond in terms of use of funds, cost savings, and transparency of reporting has been stellar. Anyone can look at the progress reports of how that bond and mill levy have been used. This level of public accountability is noteworthy and commendable.

I encourage you all to support our community’s children and vote Yes with me on ballot measure 4A.

BRIG LEANE

Grand Junction


GJHS will only get worse without support of 4A

My daughter is a student at Grand Junction High School, and I have been mostly very happy with the quality and dedication of her teachers. However, the physical environment of the school is another matter. It is gross and unsafe, and will only get worse the longer we as a community delay making the investment in building a new school. Please vote “yes” on 4A.

HANNAH HOLM

Grand Junction


Don’t be fooled: Carbon fee and dividend is a ‘shell game’

The bill H.R. 7173 currently before Congress to establish the Carbon Fee and Dividend program is touted as a balanced, sensible and effective approach to combat climate change. It is none of those, but instead is a stupendous fraud being perpetrated upon the citizenry.

Here are a few reasons why.

* CFD is not a “free market” response. There’s nothing “free” about a program operating by force of law, which establishes punitive taxation powers as manipulative substitutes for unimpaired choices otherwise available to the people.

* The “dividend” is nothing more than an exotic shell game. Its objective is to shift money confiscated from fossil fuel miners and drillers to consumers who are openly acknowledged as harmed by those very actions, which arise from CFD in the first place. The assertion that these transfers will compensate for resulting consumer price increases is flawed on two grounds: (1) The first use of those collected funds is to pay CFD’s operating costs, and (2) consumers will also suffer higher prices from an inevitable ripple effect flowing through the economy, representing new input and compliance costs arising at every stage of the supply chain.

* The “dividend” will be taxed as “gross income” by the IRS, a fact rarely, if ever, cited by advocates. This renders the “revenue neutral” claim false on its face, since monies collected as income taxes flow back into the U.S. Treasury as general funds.

CFD’s end game, freely discussed among some advocates, is destruction of oil, gas and coal industries. It is a shrewd sleight-of-hand scheme to mask the creation of a powerful taxing authority with virtually unlimited power to reach into every corner of commerce and personal consumer choice. That objective, if achieved, will wreak havoc on our economy, our national security and our fundamental way of life.

BUD MARKOS

Grand Junction

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