Email letters, March 5, 2012

Energy development is necessary

Mr. Koch and I have similar interests. We are both private property owners. Granted, he may own thousands of acres compared to my few, but we both have the same rights. If I wanted to conduct a legal activity on my private property, of what concern is it to others? Does Mr. Koch not have the right to enjoy his hobby as others have with done with their property?

There are various and assorted ghost towns, museums, antique malls, etc. in the area, all conducting a legitimate business. If Mr. Koch wants to put his historical collection on display for his personal enjoyment, more power to him. And besides, will that not provide additional local revenue via workers salaries? Ed Marston and others of his ilk enjoy their private property rights, but continue to protest, through various agendas, the right of others to do the same. Certain business people are engaged in productive ventures but scream like mashed cats if somebody else wants to do the same, referring to the egg farms proposed in the Hotchkiss area. 


Mr. Marston and others do not want to see any energy development. But I bet he would be in line to be one of the first to call the local utility if his gas or power was cut off for any reason. There are continued cries by both the organic and non-organic farmers of what will happen to the environment if there is increased energy production. There are more than ample regulations already in place to protect the environment.

I would like for some economist to conduct a cost comparison between the economics of the energy industry and the agricultural industry as to which one provides for the financial well being of the North Fork. Yes, agriculture is the historical provider for our rural way of life, but if you think there are empty business buildings now, take the energy industry out of the area and see what happens. Grape growers are not going to pay the way. 




LARRY M. HEAD
Hotchkiss

WTF story is too seamy for family newspaper

Gary Harmon’s piece in the March 1 edition of The Daily Sentinel has the math wrong. The equation more correctly should be written: W+T+F = the lowest common denominator. Lowest and common being the key factors in the equation. This more correct equation seems to be the formula the Sentinel has adopted for now.

As a further thought, perhaps the Sentinel should consider spinning off Harmon and his WTF mentality into a separate publication that could be sold alongside the National Enquirer in the check-out stands of the local grocery stores while also soliciting the Denver Post to publish a special Western Slope edition for those people who consider a local paper as the daily historical record of our region and not a record of the seamy side of life.

ROBERT A. TALLARICO
Grand Junction

Group volunteers to do deeds for the sake of doing good

This letter is in response to the letter submitted by Mike Bambino, which ran on March 2: Mr. Bambino stated in his letter that the “godless” in this valley do nothing to help the community, and his statement could not be further from the truth.

I am the volunteer coordinator for a local nonprofit group called Humanists Doing Good. Our primary function is to perform good deeds for the sake of doing good, with no strings attached, including religious strings. I have an amazing group of volunteers who are kind, giving, compassionate and always willing to help out on our various projects, who have actually carried out the majority of the deeds Mr. Bambino listed in his letter.

Our purpose for doing good deeds and assisting the community is simple: We do so because we believe that it’s the right thing to do, not because we believe we will be rewarded in an afterlife, or because something supernatural is watching over us. Certainly our personal views differ from those belonging to a religion, but just because we have different views does not mean that we are any less kind and compassionate than Mr. Bambino considers himself to be.

The world is a big place and there is room for a lot of different view points and ideas. What would truly be a benefit to this community and all of society would be for people to stop comparing themselves to one another and insisting that only they are right and everyone else is wrong. Without the negative finger pointing and insults, we would be able work together to achieve the goals that we all seem to have.

VELVET JOHNSON
Fruita

Denounce fear-based hate and return to logic

The intensity of our political feelings is costing us the ability to address problems rationally. We have replaced logical problem solving with political rhetoric based in delusions that come from hate. Moneyed interests frame issues according to their greed. In the Republican nominating process, each candidate has their own billionaire. It is reported that one of every four dollars spent in the Republican primary is donated by only four families. Meanwhile, we face problems that threaten life as we know it.

When Rush Limbaugh lied about what Sandra Fluke said and called her a slut and prostitute, we should be ashamed. When Sheriff Arpaio says that President Obama is not an American, we should be dumbfounded. When Montana Chief U.S. District Justice Richard Cebell passes along an email saying that President Obama was the product of sex with a dog, we should be disgusted. We have seen a gay soldier booed and calls to let someone die for lack of health coverage at the Republican debates. All of this hate makes reason a casualty and prevents Republicans from producing a candidate with any depth.

We have seen a willingness to trash our economy and bond rating just to blame the president. We have seen long held positions abandoned when the president moved there. In modern history, the wealthy have never had lower tax rates, while the middle class shrinks. We are witnesses to the failure of supply-side economics. We see attacks on middle-class workers, on their collective bargaining, on their pensions and on their wages. The billionaires want a deeper return for their investment. The middle class will have to pay. It is time for principled people, Christians and neighbors to return to logic and denounce fear-based hate.

HARRY MCDONALD
Grand Junction

Family Food Town would be good replacement for closing store

I hope the First Street and Orchard City Market customers will be lucky enough to get a Family Food Town store in place of City Market. Family Food Town in Palisade provides a small-town store atmosphere with good products and service, just like the store that is closing. And every time they go into the store, they see somebody they know, or somebody visiting with somebody else.

There is something about smaller grocery stores that is nostalgic, comforting, as opposed to the mostly mega-stores we have today.

R.I.P. old City Market.

SUE PARKER
Palisade

Beforeplay.org billboard should come down

It is bad enough for me to be exposed to internet advertisements from Beforeplay.org that glorify or make light of inappropriate, unsafe and unhealthy behaviors. It’s worse to contemplate the idea that my children might encounter them when engaged in innocent activity on the web.

It is bad enough for me to be slapped in the face on a daily basis with the disgusting billboard at the corner of 25 Road and Patterson and its implications that sex in just any old relationship is just fine, all about fun, and safe, as long as one takes the right pill. It’s worse to have to make plans for how I will explain it to my young children.

It’s bad to think that all of those advertising dollars are spent with such poor judgement by a completely private organization. It’s worse, though, to think that my tax dollars are going to support this so-called campaign for sexual health. The Beforeplay.org website and every article that I’ve found about the campaign claim that it is privately funded and only “supported” by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In every article about the campaign that I’ve read, however, the main person interviewed and speaking on behalf of the campaign has been an employee of that tax-funded state agency. That means that, at the least, our tax dollars are paying for significant staff time to promote and “support” the campaign. I strongly suspect that other tax-funded resources are going into the campaign, as well.

The billboard company that put up the advertisement on 25 Road should be ashamed of itself for taking money to sell out our community and our children. Our elected officials should be ashamed of themselves for allowing our tax dollars to provide support of any sort and in any form to such a campaign.

The billboard should come down. The internet ads should come down. Our state’s support of the campaign should be disavowed immediately. As Nancy Pelosi likes to say, let’s do it for our children.

MARK VEJRASKA
Grand Junction

Column on joint-bus facility was unjust and misinformed

I have read the column by Charlie Quimby onMarch 4 concerning the joint bus facility and am very disturbed at his lack of knowledge of the facts surrounding this issue. While the title of his column indicates a lack of leadership from the officials involved, he goes on to blame the neighbors, other concerned citizens, and Joe Coleman in particular for unjustly stirring up resistance to the issue.

For the record, I live in a unit on the adjoining property to the proposed facility. To my knowledge, not one resident or any of the neighboring commercial property owners was ever informed of the proposed joint facility planned by the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee (GVRTC) even though it was in the planning stage for almost a year before it was discovered by accident by one of Joe Coleman’s tenants. Once it became public knowledge (thanks to Joe) events happened quickly and decisively.

In just a couple of weeks over 1,000 residents on their own signed petitions against the proposal. At a hastily called meeting of the neighbors and property owners, almost 100 people showed up, all voicing their objections. Not only the resident owners, but also appearing at the meeting were representatives from the commercial property owners in the area including, not just Joe Coleman who owns two office buildings adjacent to the site, but also the mall, the Fisher Plaza and a member of City Council. All Joe did was present the facts and turned it over to the attendees. The result was instantaneous and unanimous as everyone who asked to be recognized voiced their objections. Citizens took it upon themselves to contact City Council, the County, local news outlets and the GVRTC.

Mr. Quimby goes on and makes light concerning the crime aspects of the present Greyhound terminal citing only a few arrests. The facts are there were 824 incidences of police actions over a 3-year period. If this was a bar or fast food outlet, the city would have closed it as a nuisance. Mr. Quimby goes on to chastise and insinuate that those against the proposal are wrong in voicing their objections and elected officials “can’t simply listen to whoever speaks last or loudest” (I thought it was their job to listen to their constituency). It probably has never occurred to him that putting a Greyhound Bus terminal in a residential neighborhood is not necessary or in this case warranted, especially since there are plenty of obvious better locations within almost walking distance of the proposed site that are far better suited and less intrusive to the citizens in the area.

In his brief bio at the end of the article Mr. Quimby states that he has recently moved into the area and he’s ready to “dip his toe into other parts of the local climate.” Let’s hope he does his research and fact finding first before writing opinion articles on subjects that he apparently has not researched and knows little about.

And lastly, thank you Joe Coleman for bringing this entire issue to our attention.

LLOYD HUNLEY
Grand Junction

All religions should tolerate each other

A young man gets miffed about singing a Muslim song and rather than simply quit the choir, he makes it national news. The God of Abraham must shudder at our emotional illiteracy.

During my baby-boomer lifetime, we advanced from a country of WASPs (White, Anglo-Saxon,  Protestant) to Judeo-Christian. The shame of the Holocaust broadened a few minds. Nevertheless, people feared the “Papist” President Kennedy. Today, with born-again support, Rick Santorum may actually bring the papacy to the Oval Office.  ow, Mormons are suspect. Our bigotries dwindle to the tiniest differences.  

In my high school chorus we sang Handel’s “Messiah” and Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” Many of us liked the Hebrew song, “Hava Nagila.” Still, in my Catholic upbringing, we weren’t allowed to sing Shubert’s “Ave Maria” or the Christmas song “O Holy Night” in church because they were written by Protestants. People are so scared their beliefs might be changed.

Democracy, communism and socialism philosophically restrain bigotry — especially the religious bigotry that ravaged the Old World for a thousand years — killings of Catholics, Jews, Protestants and Muslims — thousands, millions. The admired Rudyard Kipling wanted all Irish Catholics exterminated.

Yet after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it took about five minutes for the Eastern Orthodox and Muslim religions to emerge after more than three generations under communism’s atheist rule. I’ve met no one who likes having anyone try to change their beliefs. But believers, of anything, demand “you will believe as I believe.” Democracy’s highest ideal, “tolerance,” continues to be resisted. And the God of Abraham continues waiting for the children of his three religions — Jews, Christians and Muslims — to learn to tolerate each other and all the rest of God’s “children.”

EILEEN O’TOOLE
Grand Junction

Thanks to Udall for protection of Browns Canyon

This week Sen. Mark Udall announced his intention to begin a public dialogue concerning the protection of Browns Canyon. As an Arkansas River outfitter and board member of the Colorado River Outfitters Association, I would like to thank the senator.

A national monument will bring the attention to Browns Canyon that it deserves. The deep granite canyon walls are a spectacular backdrop to the world-class whitewater. In short, rafting Browns Canyon is an incomparable experience.We need to protect and preserve what is best about Colorado.

Permanently protecting Browns Canyon will attract new visitors to enjoy the hunting, fishing and whitewater rafting. This fits into Chaffee County’s plans for its economic future by helping to sustain property values and attract new investment. Thanks to Sen. Udall for taking steps to protect our outdoor heritage so that our children and grandchildren can continue to experience the outdoors the way we have been so fortunate to enjoy.

BILL DVORAK
Dvorak Raft, Kayak & Fishing Expeditions
Nathrop



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Ms. Johnson - I was unaware of your organization until now. Keep up the good work and forget about people like Mr. Bambino, who represents the bigoted, intolerant side of an antiquated and violent religion which is responsible for more suffering and death than any other in history.

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