Email letters, May 10, 2013

Administration allowed Benghazi attack

Elijah Cummings of Maryland is one of the “useful idiots” who asked Rep. Issa to drop investigation of Eric Holder over Fast and Furious. I believe Benghazi — and I have not wavered in this — is Fast and Furious on the Islamic Street.

I cannot reconcile the Democratic socialist Cummings to two other members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Patrick McHenry and Rep. James Lankford (on Benghazi). Cummings is quoted as claiming the Republicans have LIED. Well, Hillary Clinton’s signature is on one piece of evidence the honorable Mr. Issa has produced relative to Benghazi.

Cummings said he would not question the testimony given in the hearings, but he made it clear he does think the Republicans will use that for political gain. So? Hillary shouted, “What does it matter?” That clown who is trotted out to speak for the White House said Benghazi was “a long time ago.” There is no statute of limitations for murder.

This administration knew of the risk and did nothing, but it did lie and it did order the military to stand down — and it did NOT send help when it knew its ambassador was under attack.

Thank God for patriots such as Issa and those former military who have asked for honest answers, and thank God for Hicks and other courageous men who did not come out to announce they are gay, but to tell America IT DOES MATTER. Americans were killed. This administration not only allowed it happen but LIED about what happened.

ROBERT JAMES BURKHOLDER

Fruita

Grand Valley politics now a three-ring circus

After having been out of town and now catching up, I see that her royal highness and ex-commissioner Janet Rowland denies being at the meeting, but does remember how Peacock was able to lead her and Craig Meis, who also doesn’t remember the meeting, to jitterbug around the TABOR initiative, and down the road to where?

And now in the other ring in our three-ring circus (politics) we have the evil chamber versus the city council and the no-brainer movement.

Just think, folks, if he were a used-car salesman, would you buy a car from him? Golly, aren’t politics so much fun in the Grand Ole Valley?

JAMES D. OWEN
Fruita

Devotion to alternative energy destroying West Slope economy

The truth about SB252 is not what our Democrat friends would lead you to believe.

I have seen folks claiming that it will provide jobs to rural Colorado. How? Are national solar and wind companies going to flood the Western Slope and build wind and solar farms? The answer is no. Tri-State and other regional power suppliers will end up buying their alternative energy from outside of the state.

We can already see the real impact of SB252 in the shutdown of the coalmine and power plant in Nucla — hundreds more good-paying Western Slope jobs sacrificed on the altar of environmental special interests. These are the same special interests that encouraged Xcel to put a solar farm in DeBeque Canyon. Think about that, putting a solar farm in a canyon! Now we, the ratepayers of Xcel, are on the hook for $10 million.

It is precisely this type of blind devotion to alternative energy that will finally destroy the economy of the Western Slope. Thanks Democrats, for one more knife in the back of the Western Slope.

KEVIN MCCARNEY
Clifton

Urge BLM to adopt alternate plan for North Fork Valley

With its ranches, farms, wineries and small towns, the North Fork Valley is an amazing place.

After coming together twice now, the community has rallied to stop irresponsible oil and gas leasing proposals from the local Bureau of Land Management office in Montrose. Now the BLM is getting ready to release a draft of its revised resource management plan for the region sometime in the next few months.

While the BLM is finishing up its draft of the resource management plan, I have just one request. Please adopt the North Fork Alternative Plan. The ideas in the plan will help to preserve the North Fork Valley, like protecting domestic and irrigation water supplies, critical habitat for big game animals and scenic views.

This is common-sense stuff. Why should we gamble our community values for the unreliable and risky boom-and-bust cycle of oil and gas development? We know that the BLM did a poor job of writing its management plan the last time around, in the 1980s, and unfortunately that plan still dictates how public lands are used here, some 24 years after it was finished in 1989.

So, I hope that our communities can come together again and ask the BLM to do it right this time, and to adopt the North Fork Alternative Plan.

DAVE JACOBSON
Crawford



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