E-mail letters, April 15, 2010

EPA regulations are
stifling business

The Environmental Protection Agency has given itself the authority to regulate any and all people, organizations and activities that produce CO2 — at least if the amount is more
than 25,000 metric tons a year.

Now, despite the fact we all produce CO2, the EPA will demand reports from those it deems to be polluters, which will likely include many, many more businesses and organizations than ever before.  As it gathers information, the EPA will “tailor” regulation and enforcement to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

Think about that for a moment.  Almost any entity or place where something is grown, transported, constructed, mined, manufactured, visited, heated or cooled will soon have to issue reports and probably get permits never before required. In Colorado, it will mean a flood of requests for authorizations to the Department of Public Health and Environment, which is already stretched thin. One can only imagine the delays in new construction, mining and agriculture that will result.

The good news is that states are pushing back, though unfortunately Colorado isn’t one of them. At least 15 are now challenging the EPA’s findings and intentions. Colorado is staying on the sidelines with neither of its senators opting to challenge the agency’s overreaching.

In the meantime — as businesspeople deal with increased regulation and the cheapest ways of addressing it — development languishes on alternative forms of energy and pollution prevention. Why? Because as long as Washington, D.C., and the EPA remain unpredictable as to how or what they will regulate, businesses will simply not invest or innovate.
Carlos Guara
Grand Junction


Norton’s primary plans
lead to suspicion about her

I am writing with respect to Jane Norton’s decision to bypass the normal Republican nominating process in her try to become Colorado’s newest U. S. Senator.  She has been the consummate party insider — a business-as-usual Republican — and to pull out now is beyond bizarre.  Her explanation as to why seems dishonest.
I suspect it shows that she recognizes her weaknesses and hopes to avoid the embarrassment of rejection at the state GOP nominating convention. By avoiding such a loss, she hopes to flood the airwaves and count on name recognition to win the primary election against little-known Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck. Buck is strongly-committed to conservative governance and, support for him has been swelling among the party base.
The last well-known party insider who pulled an end run to the nominating process was Bruce Benson in 1994. He had been state GOP chairman. And while Benson was able to virtually buy the nomination in his try for governor against Roy Romer, his general election campaign unraveled when unsavory personal issues came to light.
I do not know Jane Norton, but I sense that the party faithful know her pretty well and are not happy with that picture.  She does not deserve support and good sense should dictate her withdrawal from the U. S. Senate contest.
Stephen M. Davis
Grand Junction


Leave babies, pets behind
when you take to the river

It boggles the mind to think parents would actually take an infant and a 3-year-old on the Colorado River!  Thank you, Ken Gross, for saving their lives.

I have been floating rivers for decades and, of late, I am always baffled at the armadas that take to the river — complete with infants, dogs and even cats, not to mention boom boxes and even portable DVD players.

The Colorado looks like a docile river, but it still moves an amazing amount of water and has tremendous power, even on “flat” water.

Pulling over for a break can bring many unwanted surprises these days, such as a dog snarling at you or wanting to take your food or you get to clean dog dung off your shoes.  Nothing like floating the serene river, soaking in the amazing formations, only to be interrupted by a baby wailing at highest possible volume or the wondrous boom boom boom of the boom box.  Two Siamese cats were the most bizarre non-native animals I have seen put to the waters. I can’t even go there.
Parents and pet owners — I am both — do everyone a favor and leave the little ones at home. The same for the pets. It’s not all about you. It’s about not putting your children in needless danger and it’s about using common sense and being considerate of all who are around you.

We take to the river to get away from the day-to day-chores. It’s not appreciated when
you bring those chores with you and share them with us.
Saul Forster
Grand Junction

Census irregularities
are cause for concern

I am concerned about the Census taking in Grand Junction. Everyone in our neighborhood did not receive a Census form. Most have had to go get one. What is
going on?

Grand Junction stands to loose if the count is not correct or if it is negligent.

I was told by reliable sources, that two cars of Census workers were sent to Glenwood
Springs to take Census data from hotels (and of course hotels do not give out personal information on their guests). Also, two Census workers were out in the parks early in the morning trying to get info on homeless people.

I am wondering who is in charge there, since the person overseeing it became ill due to the pot growing next door. Then he was dismissed from the Census Bureau.

Please do a survey or check to see how many people really got their forms to fill out. I would sure be interested in knowing if it’s just our area or all over Grand Junction.
Janet L. Moore
Grand Junction



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