E-mail letters, April 12, 2010

Reports of drilling spills
are quite disconcerting

I was perusing the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission database the other day, doing research for a college paper, and I discovered that records of spills and other releases of potentially harmful chemicals are publicly available. Many of these are quite disconcerting.

EnCana alone has reported 245 of these incidents since October of 2002, the earliest date for which electronic summaries are available, and a majority took place in Garfield
and Mesa Counties. A number of them cite contamination of surface and groundwater. Others, like this one, note damage to important wildlife areas:

“A production pit containing drilling liquids and petroleum hydrocarbons overflowed sometime in the spring of 2007 and ran down into a wetlands area at the base of the DCU-35 well pad. Encana was notified by the Forest Service of the incident on June 12, 2007. The quantity and date are unknown.”

I encourage those concerned about the environmental impacts of
this industry to take a gander at these reports.
Kara Gibson
Glenwood Springs

Hislop’s career, experience
show he’s best for Dist. 54

Candidates for public office should stand on their reputation, experience and ability to positively effectuate change for the future. Only one candidate in the GOP field for Colorado House District 54 has what it takes to be a voice for western Colorado in the General Assembly.

Bob Hislop has a reputation of impeccable character and in his first career he was entrusted with the task of protecting the life of the president of the United States. His reputation is quantifiable, because we know that every three to five years, the United States Secret Service conducted a full background check for renewing security clearances.

Hislop’s education and experiences include a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration, but much more impressive is his service in the Secret Service, protecting five different American presidents during his 20-year career.

In his other career, as a vice president with Paul Mitchell — a hair and skin care product manufacturer and distributor, which retails to over 100,000 salons in the United States —he greatly contributed to increasing the company’s profits by over $700 million per year.

Through his experiences and reputation, Bob Hislop has demonstrated he can take ideas and actually move them from paper to implementation. His positive, optimistic outlook on life, along with his charismatic persona, will go far in advancing Hislop to leadership positions within the Colorado Legislature.

It is for the above-stated reasons that I encourage my fellow Western Coloradans to support Hislop and vote to send a dedicated workhorse to Denver!
Matt Soper

Integrity questioned for
two Dist. 54 candidates

The Republican race in House District 54 has two candidates who seem to be lacking in integrity, Bob Hislop and David Cox.

Mr. Hislop claims to be a Reagan conservative, but he has connections to Web sites and organizations supporting a host of liberal Ideals. He has offered six different explanations for his ties and seems to think that this does not matter.

Mr. Cox was pulled over and investigate for the suspicion of DUI. While no charges were
filed due to lack of evidence, Mr. Cox was not cooperative with the police officer and refused to take a breath test. When the news broke in The Daily Sentinel, Mr. Cox seemed to treat it as somewhat of a laughing matter and did not think it would effect his candidacy.

These things do matter. Mr. Cox’s traffic stop and caviler attitude toward it shows he lacks the maturity to hold public office. Mr. Hislop’s inability to tell one story about his posting to a liberal Web site is reason to question his integrity to hold high office.

The truth matters. Integrity matters. The Republican voters of District 54 have the chance to show they really do.
Kevin McCarney

Top-notch care provided
at St. Mary’s Hospital

I was recently hospitalized at Saint Mary’s Hospital for a few days and I want to thank all of the people there. The services from the doctors, nurses, nurses’ aides, food servers, janitorial people, and anyone I’ve missed were all top-notch.

These people serve our community well and deserve more recognition. I’m recovering nicely and thank them all, as well as my family doctor, for the expertise and care they have given me.

Kim J. Crane
Grand Junction

Express your opinion
without angry rants

Lately, I have found myself on the receiving end of people’s opinions of President Obama while running errands. These opinions are laced with violent threats against the president and it concerns me to live in a community where people feel comfortable enough to express this to strangers.

I understand that there are major changes occurring in our country concerning health care and nuclear weapons and that change is often frightening for people. But the comments I have heard concerning the president are quite troubling.

Not only are most of them mired in illogical and misinformed thinking, but some go as far as to insinuate that any violence against the president is deserved. This is a sharp contrast to the time when negative statements toward the Bush administration were seen as wildly unpatriotic.

It’s easier to say something won’t work because this way we can reap the benefits if it succeeds and not be held accountable if it fails. It’s much harder to have faith that the ideals we voted for will be upheld in the wake of such negative talk.

As a person who has been affected by gun violence, lost friends to the war and felt the financial stress of providing health care for my loved ones, I have a personal stake in working toward a nation where these troubles might be lessened for future generations.

Maybe in the meantime, while we take baby steps towards this reality, we can all express our opinions with intelligent compassion instead of angry rants based on the misinformation spewed by fanatical talk radio pundits whose main agenda is spreading fear.

Perhaps it is time to turn off the radio, get informed through unbiased news sources and remember to have a basic respect for human life and the future
of this country.
Anne Weaver

More could pay taxes
if rich weren’t so greedy

In recent articles in our local newspapers it has been opined that our tax system excuses a large portion of our population from paying any taxes at all. I found myself agreeing with the sentiments expressed in these articles. All should share in supporting our country.

I remember that in the 1950s and 1960s, when I was getting started on earning a living, I paid taxes each and every year, even when I was in graduate school, had a wife not working and a child. Yet we had enough to live on and a car, could pay for medical care, etc. It seemed that back then everyone was prospering.

Yet working class people now are having a hard time, even with full-time employment, making end’s meet. Part of the problem may be that there is an increasing skewed distribution of wealth in our country.
Worker productivity has gone up quite a bit in the last 20 years. In the past, this increased productivity went into increased wages for workers.
But in this last twenty years all of this increased wealth went into the pockets of the very rich, especially the absurdly rich.
Wages for workers, in real dollars, have not advanced for these two decades while costs for education, medical care, housing, etc. have gone up considerably above cost of living increases.

If the rich would not grab so much of the pie for themselves and we would re-establish a more equitable distribution of wealth we could more reasonably expect the less affluent among us to pay taxes.
Robert Warehime
Battlement Mesa




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