E-mail letters, Feb. 9, 2011

Journalists finding themselves in the line of fire

Kathleen Parker’s column in the Feb. 8 edition of The Daily Sentinel was a sobering reminder of the risks journalists worldwide take to report the news. The recent attacks in Egypt on CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CBS’ Katie Couric, New York Times staff and other journalists from around the world were a reminder that “freedom isn’t free.” Repressive regimes historically try to stifle independent news sources.

According to statistics from The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) quoted in Parker’s column, 850 journalists have died in the line of duty since 1992. More than 500 of them were murdered. And 145 more are in jail around the world.

It’s fashionable to badmouth the media these days. But I, for one, am thankful to these dedicated reporters and photographers who are risking their lives to bring us the news.

KATHY ERBACHER
Montrose

Oil and gas industry is motivated by profits

The Daily Sentinel Feb. 8 reporting on Rep. Ray Scott’s effort and Sen. Steve King’s agreement to alter the makeup of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission leaves me in awe.
It is hard to believe that jobs and the local economy are in jeopardy because of the oil and gas regulations and the makeup of this commission. It is hard to believe that these political minions of the oil and gas industry still foist on the people of the Western Slope the necessity to sacrifice our environment and health for the sake of the petroleum industry’s profit. When did this industry ever loose money?
The health of the community and the environment on which it depends, the preservation of the surface and underground water supply, and the long term viability of the economy of the Western Slope is much more important than the inconveniences imposed on the oil and gas industry thru regulations which are meant to preserve what is essential to us.
Let’s review. The oil and gas industry’s activity (and they will agree) is motivated by supply and demand period. Not by our state regulations which are more liberal than most other places both in the west and east. Consider New York which has gone beyond regulations and absolutely outlaws any drilling in the highly productive Marcellus Shale which underlies the entire basin of their water supply.
The oil and gas industry is a boom or bust industry. It always has and always will be. No amount of regulation or de-regulation will change this.
Oil and gas industry jobs follow the above and not regulations which are meant to protect and preserve the well being of us, the people who live here.
Please, let’s get off this jobs and economy bit and face reality. The oil and gas industry will again flourish when it is economically feasible, read profitable, and not before. Jobs, the economy and the environment be damned.
ROBERT A. TALLARICO
Grand Junction

Carbon dioxide is a natural gas

I am constantly amazed at how easily duped people like Wayne Flick are about global warming, oops, climate change. After all the disclosures of false data and manipulation of data along with many real scientist’s who give real data debunking manmade climate change they still follow the lead of the likes of Al Gore.

They just can’t get it through their heads that carbon dioxide is a natural gas and that our contribution to it is very, very small. The climate-change zealots are really after controlling our lives and economy and telling us how to live.

RICHARD BLOSSER
Grand Junction

Bill will allow all those with permits to carry guns

Kudos to Reps. Ray Scott and Laura Bradford in the Colorado State House and Rep. Steve King in the Colorado Senate for co-sponsoring HB11-1205, “Concerning the Authority of a Law-Abiding Person to Carry a Concealed Handgun Without a Permit.” This common sense legislation is sponsored by Rep. Holbert in the State House and Rep. Brophy in the Senate and has 24 co-sponsors in the house and 11 co-sponsors in the Senate.

The bill is designed to do one thing, allow citizens who are legally eligible to possess handguns to carry that handgun without obtaining a costly, burdensome and bureaucratic permit. One of the chief advantages this bill presents is recognizing that tragedies such as the Tucson shooting could have been prevented or, at the very least, casualties minimized, if just one, law-abiding citizen had been carrying a concealed handgun at the moment the murderer began shooting. While there was one person within earshot carrying a concealed weapon that day, he was too far away to get there in time.

We as Coloradans must take responsibility and be proactive in protecting ourselves and our fellow citizens. As was demonstrated in the Tucson shooting, private citizens can be enormously helpful to understaffed law enforcement during terrorist actions or other violent criminal acts.

Disasters like what happened in Tucson can be stopped from happening here in Colorado. Enabling all law abiding Coloradans to carry does just that. Let’s hope the rest of Colorado’s Legislature joins western Colorado in recognizing the benefits of individual concealed carry without the expense, inconsistent application, and prohibitive nature of the current process.

DAVID COX
President, Pro-Second Amendment Committee
Grand Junction



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