Wednesday letters: fire escape, infrastructure funding, wolf counterpoint, masks, etc.

What is the fire plan?

Here is a challenge for R-2 Partners and the city leaders who voted for their apartment project. Put the fire plan on the table before the May 3 vote.

Let voters see how finally, after three major fires, we would all be called upon to respond in an emergency.

Let’s see on paper what the fire department would be able to manage to move people in the event of a fire in high winds.

Let us confidently instill how we will vote to annex 480 Donegan based on the merits of a tangible plan put in place before any kind of major development.

Jennifer Vanien

Glenwood Springs

Funding challenges for Building Back Better

Colorado’s West Slope is unrivaled in its natural beauty, resources and surroundings. The area contains 33% of our state’s land, but only about 10% of the residents call it home. On our side of the Rockies, far from the chaos of the state’s largest metropolises, we are privileged to be able to enjoy the bucolic setting that serves as the backbone of our local economy.

As the voice of the West Slope, the 20 Club is proud to represent our non-partisan collection of members from all sides of the aisle, including small business owners, local elected officials and members of some of the most major industries in our region, such as tourism and energy production.

While we are all committed to maintaining a healthy and bountiful landscape, we also rely on maintaining a healthy economy. That’s why we’re concerned by news that some lawmakers are considering paying for President Biden’s Build Back Better plan through corporate tax hikes, as well as a lesser-known tax called Global Intangible Low. Tax Income (GILTI), which is a tax imposed on profits made abroad by American companies.

Not only are we the only country in the world to impose a tax on the foreign profits of domestic businesses, but these increases would negatively impact businesses of all sizes, not just large corporations.

While we welcome infrastructure development and national investment, these tax hikes would decimate many of the independent businesses, farms, tribes and other main street businesses that keep the West Slope running, as many of them use foreign suppliers and sell products overseas. They would be unfairly forced to pay for any increase in GILTI, as they would be lumped in with larger multinational corporations that can afford such an increase.

We should not add additional financial burdens to Colorado businesses, especially in our current times when many are still grappling with pandemic-related challenges such as supply chain delays and labor shortages. ‘work. The increase in GILTI will impose unnecessary financial restrictions on American businesses, large and small.

Christian Reece

General Manager, Club 20

Grand Junction

Factor all creatures

Questions for Lisa Strand who wrote as a wolf protection lawyer (1/19/22 letters to the editor):

Why worry more about the lives of wolves than of deer and elk? These populations have been decimated by the growing number of wolf packs in the northwestern states. Will we sacrifice these herds as the packs move south?

And what about the ranchers and their livestock that feed the nation? Some keep watch from midnight to dawn to guard their cattle.

Nature is a balance. Remember to include all creatures on the scale, including humanity.

Bev Roseau


Apply choice

The greatest part of life in America has always been our ability to choose; choose who and how we worship, choose which school we want to send our children to, choose what we do to support our families. The list is endless.

I’ve noticed recently people making fun of those who want to defend their civil liberties or their right to choose for themselves what they think is best. A great example of this has been school board meetings across the country. Those who feel it is their civil liberty to choose whether a mask is best for their children are being mocked and told that we want to “harm” their child by removing the mask mandate from schools.

I believe people only discriminate against those fighting for civil liberties when they don’t feel their personal liberties are in jeopardy. In the case of school districts, if school districts across the country decided that no child could enter school with a mask because they were disruptive and inhibited their ability to learn, every parent I met with associates would stand with these parents who are fighting for their right to send their children to school wearing a mask if they feel it is better for their child.

In this perspective, their civil liberties would be called into question, and we would all be on your side and we would fight for your freedom to choose for your child. Most of life in this great country has been about these simple freedoms, and that’s why it’s so important to fight for both sides when civil liberties are in question and not just when you feel like yours are in danger of being removed.

In America, the greatest gift we have is that we don’t all have to agree 100% of the time, but we can unite around each other. The only mandate that should ever be enforced is choice!

Brock Hedberg


Take a break in 2022

“I learned to hold both fear and joy in the same hand, at the same time…and I made peace with joy and fear.” —Lara Plewka MacGregor

My friend Lara had a step back. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, which she fought to achieve remission, founded Hope Scarves in 2012 and began to change the world. In 2014, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and fought until Tuesday, January 18, 2022. She was a mother, wife, and 45 years old.

Among the things Lara has learned and passed on is the fact that we can hold both fear and joy in the same hand, at the same time. What a lesson. Perhaps if we learn this, we can begin to share the joy we have with those around us instead of contagious negativity.

Already, 2022 has been tough. We lost Lara, and I’m watching another friend’s 9-year-old son battle glioblastoma, hoping to reach his 10th birthday in March. I’m exhausted. We’ve all been at a higher baseline level of stress since the pandemic began. If we now start at 5, a little stressor puts us at 8 or 9. We are emotionally drained. We can try, valiantly, to overcome exhaustion and handle things with grace. Sometimes we can succeed. Other times we can’t.

I chose “break” for my word for 2022. Take a break in the hope that the increased baseline stress level can accommodate my next step and also hopefully learn to accept what Lara has share.

There is fear in this world. Fear of the unknown, of losing myself, of losing family and friends, of losing something that is a constant in life. We face fear with the power of love and a healthy mind. I can contain these fears and the joy of being the mother of a rambunctious 9-year-old boy, a human in this world, of serving those around me. It is a balance that we learn.

Joy and fear are not mutually exclusive. I hope that at the same time, by learning that these two opposing forces can live together, I can bestow more grace and kindness on those around me. What if we all learn this and start extending grace and kindness to those around us who we may not agree with?

Caitlin Carey

New Castle

Free our children

Last week there were meetings regarding the masking of our children at school. In two calls, neurologist Dr Brooke Allen read a letter signed by 60 parents. In this document and by the comments of some others, life is good in our valley for their children.

These parents must have some secret sauce or special parenting skills to counter the trends in the world. Around the world, mental health doctors are sharing heartbreaking stories of suicides and depressions they’ve never seen before. It is child abuse to place the burden of society’s protection on our children and to mask our fear of death.

A child must learn to take risks. From a favorite poem — To live is to risk death, to hope is to risk despair, to try is to risk failure.

You have to take risks because the greatest danger in life is not to risk anything. He who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing. He can avoid pain and grief, but he just cannot learn, feel, change, grow, and live. Chained by his certainties, he is a slave. He lost his freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.

Please free our children so they can become amazing human beings. The COVID pandemic is now rampant and we are left with a pandemic of bureaucracy.

Deanna Jackila


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