E-mail letters, April 21, 2010

Romanoff photo collage
sparked phony controversy
An April 20th letter by Elizabeth Clark in this space alluded to a phony “controversy” that related to a photo collage depicting people who attended a rally in support of Andrew Romanoff.

The collage was composed entirely of photos of people who attended the rally in support of Mr. Romanoff. The collage was obviously an artistically stylized composite of several photos, including dozens of people. No one’s face was edited onto anyone else’s body, as alleged in Ms. Clark’s letter. As a matter of fact, everyone in the collage was rendered the same shade of blue, which is hardly indicative of an attempt to feign diversity.

It’s shameful that supporters of Michael Bennet thought it was an appropriate strategy to make up this phony controversy and try to artificially inject racial and ethnic division into this campaign.
Peter Fisk
Fort Collins

Cameo plant could
showcase green energy
Why shut-down the Cameo power plant, when it could be a showcase for green energy?

The Cameo power plant now has a $6 million solar farm. If it were also powered by natural gas, which is in great abundance nearby, the Cameo plant could set a new precedent for power plants throughout the United States.

The natural gas pipeline feeding the Cameo plant could also be used to fuel natural gas filling stations for automobiles along I-70.

These ideas will help our environment, and boost jobs and tax revenue in Colorado.
Will Trump

Column left out some
important information
I read with interest the April 19 column by Denny Herzog about me, and I would like to correct some possible misperceptions the piece may have left with your readers.

If my memory serves me correctly, I was in fact a run-of-the-mill reporter, brash, unseasoned, and at times deeply unreasonable, when Mr. Herzog agreed to take me under his wing nearly three decades ago. And it was only through his guidance, encouragement, top-of-the-game editing skill and passion for journalism that I was able to conceive of or write even a single article in my time as a Daily Sentinel reporter, for which I am deeply grateful.

The other real talent at your paper? Bob Silbernagel, whose profound understanding of the West made him as superb a reporter as he now is as your editorial page editor.

Michael Moss
New York City

China has it half right
on government interference
My wife and I recently visited China on a tour sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

China is not the same country it was twenty years ago when it switched from a planned economy to a market economy. The growth is phenomenal. Their markets in some ways are more open then ours. The government’s primary role seems to be to spread the new wealth. It would make liberals proud, although there are three distinct economic classes.
However, the government is anything but liberal. My office is located in the Alpine Bank Building and our windows are covered by pigeon droppings. I noticed there are no pigeons in the cities we visited. The government doesn’t allow them. There is law and order. There is no significant drug problem. Dealing in drugs can be a capital offense.

Shanghai is hosting an international business expo, May 1, which is appropriate.  That city is one of the most beautiful in the world. Many of the huge office buildings and condos are new. The new highways are crowded with new mid-sized cars. Their new airline terminal makes any terminal in this country look shabby. China is on the move.

Our guide pointed out several times that in China there is only one party. Government isn’t an obstacle to economic growth, but it clearly severely limits personal freedoms and individuality. I’ll put up with the pigeon droppings in order to enjoy my personal freedoms and privacy. In the USA our lives can get messy, but we still believe bigger government isn’t a good idea. China has it half right. They have freed up their markets.
Dave Kearsley
Grand Junction



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