E-mail letters, December 22, 2010

Renewable energy
incentive almost killed

While the news on our economic recovery has not been great, clean energy has been doing its part to create jobs and clean our environment. Despite this success, a critical federal incentive for renewable energy such as wind and solar, an incentive that helped get over 90 job-creating projects get off the ground in Colorado, was nearly dropped this year.

Thanks to the leadership and hard work of both Colorado senators and Rep, Diana DeGette, John Salazar, Jared Polis and Betsy Markey, this program was extended for another year in the tax package, and we will see more projects like the Mor-Storage project in Grand Junction that received over $107,000.

In order to continue the growth of clean, renewable energy and to maintain and create tens of thousands of jobs, the renewable energy industries, environmental community, labor movement and others joined champions in the House and Senate, including both Colorado’s senators and four representatives, in a tremendous push to extend these wind and solar incentives.

Coloradans were lucky last week to have true renewable-energy champions looking out for their clean air, environment and their jobs.

Dana Hoffman
Energy Associate
Environment Colorado

Columnist should stick to
diagramming sentences

In order for America to continue to be considered the “light of the world” and “beacon of freedom,” the type of thinking expressed by John M. Crisp in his column, “Why the wealthy should pay more in taxes,” will need to be exposed as being antithetical to both the ideals inherent in the founding of the country.

It is also antithetical to the higher ideals Crisp touches on when he writes that we “imagine ourselves a Christen nation.”

The founders desired a prosperous nation and free people as does (in my humble understanding) our higher power. Freedom and prosperity are good things to be aspired towards. But Crisp displays the typical false liberal piety when he declares “wealthy Americans owe their money to the country in which they live” and he states “once a person has many millions of dollars more than are required for a decent life, the rest of us shouldn’t be embarrassed to expect a significant contribution to the common good.”

Well, I am embarrassed that we, as Americans, have allowed this type of mentality to ever get a foothold. This pitting of rich versu poor and us versus them is divisive and petty, and leans toward socialism. It’s a shame that not all recognize it as such.

It is also a shame that this man is a teacher of English in a university. Hopefully, he sticks to diagramming sentences and not spewing this drivel to our college kids.
Carson Wood
Grand Junction


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