E-mail letters, Jan. 28, 2011

Mideast riots point to
more oil problems here

I see many of the Mideast countries are rioting and trying to overthrow their governments.

What if they all put in Islamic-run replacements like Iran did? What if they got together and put a moratorium on oil sales to the United States in protest to our support of Israel, as they have in the past? What if the anti-U.S. government in Venezuela followed?

How would we survive, now that we have prevented the oil companies from drilling in most offshore area and even in the remote ANWR region of Alaska?

Even if that does not happen, they are projecting gasoline at $4 to $5 per gallon. Sure does not sound like a coherent energy or defense policy.
Bobby Ull
Grand Junction

Pitkin County supports
DeGette’s wilderness bill

The Daily Sentinel’s Jan. 15 article, “Wilderness advocates size up a changed political landscape,” left out some important details on one of the wilderness proposals mentioned.

Rep. Diana DeGette, a long-time champion for Colorado wilderness, has engaged in broad outreach over the past year on her legislation, and has found areas of strong support.
After extensive conversations with the congresswoman and her staff, the Pitkin County Commission unanimously endorsed legislative designation for the local areas in her bill in September 2010. That endorsement included recognition of the local area’s wilderness values, as well as the recreational and economic benefits that wilderness provides to local communities.

Residents of Pitkin County place a high value on protected land, and that is reflected in the continued support from the county commission. We support Rep. DeGette’s entire wilderness bill, and particularly the local areas, Assignation Ridge and Eagle Mountain.
We will continue to help to see these areas become wilderness, and commend Rep. DeGette for her thorough outreach on the issue in Pitkin County.
Jack Hatfield
Pitkin County Commissioner

Abortion doesn’t solve any
problems, it brings on more

Regarding The Daily Sentinel article Jan. 27 about an abortion study, I think that study is not only flawed but very negatively influential.

Yes, a very small minority of new mothers experience post-partum depression (due to hormonal changes) to a serious degree, requiring hospitalizations. Virtually every woman who experiences an abortion has many serious negative affects, including depression, substance abuse, lack of future fertility, increased risks of breast cancer and more.

Other members of the family — grandparents, siblings, and possibly the father — are also seriously affected, much less the child who is brutally killed.

The pain of a child lost to abortion never goes away.  Please do not allow young women to be misled into thinking they are doing themselves a favor by aborting their children.  Abortion never solves a problem. It doesn’t make the pregnancy “go away,” it just brings a far more severe and long lasting problem.
Carol Anderson
Collbran, Colorado


Picture inappropriate
because film was inaccurate

The picture from “Gasland,” placed on the front page of The Daily Sentinel Jan. 27 was not appropriate. The information in that film has been shown to be false, misleading, and incorrect.
Martin Knauss
Grand Junction

Story on fired welfare
workers short on facts

Mike Wiggins’ front page article on 1/25/11 (“2 Child Welfare Staffers Fired”) is a pathetic excuse for journalism, disparaging the reputations and contributions of 2 long term Health Services professionals.  The budget-driven overhaul of Mesa County Human Services by Director, Tracey Garchar, is not an excuse for failing to report the facts of these so-called “firings.”  Is it possible that their positions were eliminated in the quest to trim the child welfare budget by $1.5 million?

We really don’t know because the facts haven’t been shared.  For credibility, the Daily Sentinel and its reporters should cite facts and use proper terminology to accurately describe events.  It seems doubtful that we’ve heard the end of repercussions caused by the “firings” of long-term contributors to Mesa County Human Services, much less the irreparable harm to their reputations.
Eldon and Kathryn McBride



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