E-mail letters, Feb. 11, 2011

Tri-State line difficulties
foreshadow wind, solar

If Tri State Generation and Transmission Association is having problems finding an acceptable swath of land to run a 13-mile-long transmission line, imagine what will happen when we start trying to build more wind and solar farms.
Those are going to require huge chunks of land, maintenance roads, and even more transmission lines.
Between local, state, and federal government regulations, wilderness areas, wilderness study areas, roadless areas, state parks, national parks, endangered plants, insects, fish, fowl, rodents and larger mammals, I have to wonder where something on the scale of
a wind farm or solar farm can possibly be built, not to mention the cost
involved in environmental impact studies alone.
David Foster
Grand Junction

Who cares about
rising oil prices?

You can be a conservative, liberal, or just plain stupid and it won’t make a bit of difference in the next 12 months regarding the rising price of a gallon of gasoline. You can also agree or disagree with the energy polices of the state of Colorado and the policies of the federal government: Your choice.
If it makes you happy, you can join Interior Secretary Ken Salazar standing outside a Denver sporting goods store watching geese fly overhead as he announces a new
wilderness policy that restricts drilling on all federal lands.
Our two Colorado senators don’t care if another oil or gas well is ever drilled in Colorado.
The natural resource severance tax has billion-dollar revenue shortfalls and unemployment in Mesa County is 10 percent. Several oil companies have reduced
drilling plans in the Piceance basin for 2011 because of new state regulations.
This will be a headwind for economic recovery on the Western Slope.
It is, however, the growth of the middle class in developing world economies that has put upward pressure on world oil prices. Soaring food prices and social networking are also factors in the growing unrest in the Middle East. The events in Egypt are just the beginning.
America imports 67 percent of its oil needs, of which 18 percent, comes from the Middle
East. Our national security is at risk as oil prices continue to rise.
The liberals have the conservatives tied up in court and are strangling them with more regulations for drilling new wells. This confrontation leaves America’s oil policy in the hands of the just plain stupid group, which includes the current administration.
William F. McKnight
Grand Junction

Obama must show leadership
in resolving health care dispute

The health care law was President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.  Now, during the implementation phase, Obamacare is mired in controversy.  The administration, both during passage and since, has not provided the American people with a comprehensive explanation of how it will affect our health care system.
Members of Congress and the media have stepped into the vacuum created by the administration with claims and counterclaims on a range of issues. These claims cover
program costs, the constitutionally of the individual mandate, the granting of waivers exempting groups from the law and whether the law will inhibit firms from hiring

These issues have been brought front and center by the letter to President Obama from 26 governors requesting expedited review of the constitutionally of parts of the law
by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The president, now, has an opportunity to demonstrate leadership by taking
responsibility for resolving these issues in a timely fashion, and at the same time ensuring that the American people are informed how the law will change our national
health care system.

Failure by the president to act at this critical juncture is unfair to the nation. And from a practical, it will create a minefield of issues that the Republicans can exploit in the 2012 elections.
Peter Rekemeyer
Grand Junction

Some expect too much
from restaurant servers

Regarding   John Pomaski’s letter of Feb. 8, there are several points he made that need addressing. And, as one whose occupation required eating in restaurants all over this country for years, I am quite familiar with servers and customers alike.

Some individuals do not belong in any position that serves the public. That includes waiters and waitresses.  However, there are also customers that should never go to restaurants as they do not know how to behave in public.

When walking into a restaurant and being served, some apparently are of the opinion that entire world should begin revolving around them and that they are the only ones being served.  If so, they are expecting what is not the case.  One is still obliged to wipe the drool from one’s own chin.

Many people will blame the waiter or waitress if their food is cold, improperly prepared, etc.  If such is the case, they are not at all observant, as that is the fault of the kitchen, not that of the server.  They should take that up with either the kitchen staff or the manager of the establishment, not merely to complain, but to advise management that there is a problem in need of addressing.

The writer also whined about the 20 percent added to restaurant tabs. But that is a direct consequence of the many individuals who, while demanding exceptional service do not want to pay for it.  They then look for any excuse not to do so.  That is something which is all too common, even in some of the most exclusive restaurants.

Most waiters and waitresses work very hard to please customers but, for some, there is no pleasing them and they will always find fault. That is all too easy to do. Some of us have learned, and a long time ago, that nobody is ever perfect. And that includes our own person. If that is the case,  what right does anyone have to expect it from anyone else?

As to the oft-repeated mantra about “my hard earned cash,” some need to drop it. They are not the only ones who have worked hard for their money or “cash.”  Most people have done the same.

If the gentleman finds that he cannot afford to eat at restaurants, he should eat at home.  In that way, he would avoid both the necessity of paying for service and the frustration at not finding the “exceptional service” to which he believes himself entitled.
Robert I. Laitres

Evidence is mounting
against global warming

Wayne Flick should come in out of the cold and the snow before his brain freezes.  It is truly amazing that anyone could put together such a fairy tale of things to come.

The Clean Air Act, global warming, polar bears, affecting all life on Earth as we know it?  Let’s get real. Even Al Gore, who started this lunacy, his personal get-rich scheme, has shut down the majority of his offices throughout the country. Most people are beginning to wake up to the truth of the matter. Let’s explore some facts.

In August of 2007 the Royal Meteorological Institute concluded that water vapor, not carbon dioxide, is responsible for 75 percent of any green house effect. The Western Business Roundtable said in 2008 “more than 31,000 American scientists recently signed a petition” disclaiming global warming.

Newsweek published an article on April 28, 1975 predicting global cooling, a new ice age.  This story was backed by some of the same scientific groups that now support global warming.

If you look at the Mean Annual Temperature Series from the Steamboat Springs station in Colorado from 1885 to 2006, the annual mean temperature has fallen from 42 degrees to 38 degrees.  Recent satellite data from the U S National Snow and Ice Data Center shows that the world’s polar sea ice extent is above average extent for early May since satellite records began in 1979.

But global warming is affecting animal life around the world? It was reported on June 17, that 500 rare African penguins froze to death due to the extreme cold weather.  And in Chile millions of fish, turtles, reptiles, and birds have died when river temperatures dropped from a normal 20 degrees Centigrade to 6 degrees.

No matter what side you support, the facts are that if the Clean Air Act is fully implemented little if any environmental impact will be made.  According to Myron Ebell the director for Energy & Global Warming Policy, “Although global warming has been described as the greatest threat facing mankind, the policies designed to address global warming actually pose a greater threat. The Kyoto Protocol and similar domestic schemes to ration carbon-based energy use would do little to slow carbon dioxide emissions, but would have enormous costs. These costs would eventually fall most heavily on the poorest people in the poorest nations in the world.”

A clean environment and a sound economy is something we are all striving for. We can all do our part to achieve both. Let’s just not forget one for the other.
Randy Litwiller




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