Printed Letters: July 6, 2014
Carbon tax gives renewables a chance in the free market
Thank you for your coverage of the federal ruling to stop expansion of the West Elk Mine in Somerset. The conservation groups involved and the U.S. District Court judge demonstrated courage and wisdom in their objection to bulldozing through the Sunset Roadless Area to expand a coal mine.
The larger issue is the impact that coal has on our climate, through the methane that would be vented from the mine, and the burning of the coal itself. In today’s world, new coal mining does not make scientific sense, nor does it make economic sense.
Momentum is building rapidly across the country for a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Conservative economists and former U.S. Treasurey secretaries George Schultz and Hank Paulson are among the strongest advocates of such a policy.
Recently, two residents of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District traveled to Washington, D.C. with more than 600 citizens climate lobby volunteers from around the country to meet with congressional staff, including Rep. Scott Tipton’s office, to promote a carbon fee and dividend.
The fee is paid by extraction companies that mine or drill fossil fuels and starts at a low $15 per ton of CO2 equivalent and increases incrementally over 10 years. The dividend is a monthly rebate check delivered to American households, using 100 percent of the revenue, so government does not expand. A recent economic study shows that this policy will grow GDP by 1 percent above the baseline over 20 years and add 2 to 3 million jobs, all while reducing CO2 emissions 50 percent. In this scenario, coal will no longer be viable. Suddenly, renewable energy, efficiency and conservation will have a winning chance in the free market, thanks to the right price on carbon.
Unaffiliated sheriff candidate owes no party any favors
Recent events surrounding the Mesa County sheriff’s race have angered me, frustrated me, and even made me laugh.
Being a career law-enforcement professional takes more than you can imagine. Within law enforcement, there is no room for dishonesty, especially if you are the leader.
In the next couple of days, or weeks, you will probably witness new and never-seen-before tactics by the Republican Party. They have a poor candidate and they know it. Now, what will they do?
One decision is to have the candidate step down. This will allow them to hand-pick another party-trained candidate. This will effectively take the vote out of the voters’ hands and we will have another candidate forced upon us.
The other is to keep the poor candidate on the ballot. However, I have an alternative for you. I am Patrick (Pat) Arotin, the unaffiliated candidate for sheriff. I am a 15-year peace officer, a 12-year military veteran, a current Mesa County deputy, a Fruita resident, a father, a husband and an educated man with a graduate degree in strategic leadership. I have worked at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office for nearly nine years and have experience in every aspect of what the office does.
I have served you faithfully, honestly and openly and now I ask to be your next sheriff. I am tired of the same old political games we see every day. I have no agenda other than to serve the citizens of Mesa County as the sheriff. I owe no party any favors. I have never been dismissed from any job or faced any major disciplinary action in 27 years of public service. I believe in our state and U.S. constitutions, protecting our county lands and, of course, our safety. I urge you to give me this opportunity. Thank you
Fourth of July fireworks enforcement is nonexistent
Let me get this straight. If the fireworks blow up or go up in the air, then they are illegal. Every July Fourth this is put in the papers and broadcast on all the local TV and radio stations. This is all well and good and supposedly to prevent fires and other problems with neighbor complaints.
But please tell me something. Who is even around to enforce any of this? And, yes, I do realize that the police are busy with all the complaint calls, but where are they really?
After having lived out here in Fruita for almost 18 years now and never hearing of — or even seeing any police respond to — a complaint call about those very same loud exploding fireworks and the ones being shot up into the air, what is someone supposed to do? Especially when the fireworks are being set off all night long. Imagine hearing them at 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock and, yes, even 3 o’clock in the morning. And the police cannot find the people responsible for doing that.