E-mail letters, Feb. 22, 2011

Illegals are replacing
Americans in some jobs

In reply to Tom Buick’s response to my letter, I never said illegals stole jobs, but that
they took jobs American workers could have had.

I also never hired illegals myself, but contracted to have work done. When a contractor shows up, I do not ask to see his workers’ IDs. Also, there are probably zero union workers in the construction area here.

I do think they do a good job, but they are replacing American workers. How would he like it if one took his job and he was out of work?
Bob Ull
Grand Junction

Oil shale development
would harm fragile Piceance

The Piceance Basin in western Colorado is blessed with one of the most abundant and diverse wildlife populations in North America. It’s a place where hunters can find animals such as elk, mule deer, antelope and mountain lions. The area is home to one of the largest migratory deer herds in the nation and one of the country’s largest elk herds. The Piceance is critical winter range for big game and other wildlife. In addition, the
White River — located near the heart of the Piceance — is home to several endangered fish, including native Colorado cutthroat trout.

In the midst of this irreplaceable big game and trout habitat, energy development is occurring at an unprecedented rate, and the vast oil shale deposits in the Piceance Basin are no secret. Oil shale development uses vast amounts of water — up to five barrels of water for the production of just one barrel of oil. The BLM estimates that large-scale oil shale development would result in the permanent loss of up to 35 percent of Colorado
River cutthroat trout fisheries.

In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, Colorado voters were asked about the best way to solve the energy crisis. They chose renewable energy over oil and gas by a margin of 54 percent to 21 percent.

As a big game hunter and former Air Force officer who cares deeply about our country and its rapidly dwindling wild lands and wildlife, I’m cognizant of the fact that 65 percent of the world’s known oil reserves are in the Persian Gulf; the United States has only 3 percent, but we account for 26 percent of the world demand.

More drilling or oil shale development in western Colorado or anywhere else in this country will not do us any good long-term. It’s simple fifth-grade math and common sense.
David Lien
Colorado Springs

Surgery was splendid
at Family Health West

When I finally came to grips with the fact that I needed to have a total knee replacement, I was given a choice of medical facility for this surgery and hospitalization. My physician, Dr. Huang, let me choose, and when I picked Family Health West in Fruita, he was complimentary of my choice.

All of the pre-op was done at Family Health West and it took no time at all.  The morning of the surgery, the staff was waiting for me at the door and welcomed me with warm smiles and comforting words.

The surgery was completed in the state-of-the-art operating room complete with the highest quality instruments and technology. The cleanliness of the facility is not because it is new. It is because it is cared for by a staff that is meticulous and dedicated to the health and well being of the patients.

My recovery and subsequent hospital stay was better than any I have experienced in my lifetime. The staff was attentive to my needs and came quickly with the push of a button. The nurses, physical therapists and Dr. Huang were not only concerned with making sure my care plan was carried out, but they did it with empathy, concern and attention to my personal comfort and well being. The physicians, nurses and all staff members took great pride in their work and I was impressed with the kindness and generosity that was shown to me all hours of the days and nights.

My family was equally impressed with the facility and the staff at Family Health West.
Stephanie Tartaglia

Health Fair is off
to a wonderful start

The 2011 Grand Valley Health Fair is off to a great start with the completion of last week’s early blood draw. Over 1,800 people took advantage of this convenient and inexpensive way to monitor one’s health.

All of it is made possible by the volunteer efforts of area Lions Clubs, RSVP, and the Medical Reserve Corp and the promotion provided by the area print and broadcast
media including The Daily Sentinel.

It’s a wonderful community effort and we’re looking forward to the actual fair scheduled at Central High School, March 18 & 19. Thank you, Grand Junction, for supporting good health!
Karen Levad
2011 Grand Valley Health Fair
Site Coordinator
Grand Junction


GOP leaders have
betrayed tea party

I would like to make clear to all the folks who believe these budget cuts will someday lower our taxes: That simply won’t happen. The last thing John Boehner wants to see is a fiscal success from the Obama administration.

Republican leaders are riding a unicycle on a razorblade trying not to alienate tea partiers, who could split the party in 2012, as well as traditional Republicans, who may not approve of the more outspoken “new right.”

These are delicate times, for at some point the tea partiers are going to realize there are no tax cuts. That Republican leadership has betrayed them.

How ironic that Republicans fear Sarah Palin far more than Democrats.
John A. Ijams
Grand Junction

Xcel’s cut in solar rebate
hurts economy and energy

As a small business owner, employer, and proud resident of the state of Colorado, I used to also be able to say I worked in the No. 2 state for solar jobs per capita in the United States. That was until Xcel Energy inexplicably decided to cut its entire solar compliance plan last Wednesday, reducing its rebate structure by more than 90 percent for the state of Colorado.

Not only did Xcel reduce the rebate, effective immediately, but now the solar industry is in a holding pattern until the PUC rules on the validity of this reduction, with no new applications for solar allowed with Xcel Energy.
When asked in an informative meeting held by Xcel the day after the announcement if they had considered loss of jobs when they made this decision, an Xcel representative blatantly said, “No, no we didn’t.”
Colorado voters have sent a clear message that they want to increase clean energy use to help promote economic development in our state. Allowing Xcel to control its own solar program is a conflict of interest. As a monopoly utility, Xcel has a financial stake in disrupting and delaying solar growth in a state where voters have made a strong voice in support of renewable energy.
The PUC needs to stand strong in support of small businesses that are looking to lose 2,000 to 3,000 jobs by year’s end if resolution does not come in this matter.

Considering the prospect of $4 to $5 per gallon cost of gasoline as conflicts continue to flare in oil-rich areas, renewable energy should be the last thing on the chopping block.
Heidi Ihrke
High Noon Solar
Grand Junction




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