E-mail letters, July 8, 2010

 
Unemployment editorial
didn’t show Dems’ hypocrisy

The lack of pertinent facts on unemployment funding on The Daily Sentinel’s July 7 Commentary page is an example of why conservatives do not trust the mainstream media for accuracy and balance.

You see, the Republican funding hold-out cited on that page is based on the failure of the majority Democrats to comply with their own 2006 and 2008 campaign promises to do “Pay-Go” funding; that is, to not pass measures without citing revenue sources.

Republicans have identified unused funding from the so-called stimulus program. The Democrats (and the president who also campaigned on Pay-Go) have elected to “print” the money instead, adding to the monstrous deficit.

The Sentinel’s editorial and David Brooks’ column of the same page clarify that most of the stimulus is pet-project pork and, with much of it remaining unspent, it could be re-directed by the same Congress that established it.

I understand Bill Grant not including these facts in his column — same date, same subject — as it would have destroyed the whole premise of his column: “Republicans are punishing the unemployed as part of their economic strategy.” I am faulting the nearby editorial for supporting Bill’s left-wing position.

By not including these facts in the editorial, the Sentinel avoids showing the blatant hypocrisy the president and Democratic Congress are displaying while claiming “lack of compassion” by the Republicans.

Also, Larry Summers, top economic adviser to Presidents Obama and Clinton, has been known to say that further unemployment payment extensions actually works against getting the unemployed back to work (at some point they need to become motivated to change careers or locations). I’ve never been unemployed; I wouldn’t know.

Roland Reynolds
Grand Junction


Citizens must support
law enforcement officers

Grand Junction has fired three police officers. No, I do not know all the details, but what I do know is that their superiors did not support their actions.

The question is why did they have to be at that camp in the first place? Grand Junction is a magnet for panhandlers, homeless bums and transients. This creates an atmosphere for crime.  Law enforcement officers never know what they are walking into or when they may not walk out.

These officers did not harm or kill anyone.  Why were they not just reprimanded or allowed the dignity to quit?
We need to look at the Grand Junction leadership for a cleanup plan to remove these transients from setting up camps on public and private lands.  Plan 1: may be a one-way ticket to be transient elsewhere.
Where is our nation going?
We have those serving in the military who are brought up on charges and have to defend their actions while protecting our nation and their lives.  There are those who are working to defend our borders from drug runners and murders, but end up in prison.

It’s time the citizens of the United States stand up and support our law enforcement officers in all areas from police to military. It’s a sad day when managers are so concerned about being politically correct that they either fire officers or, to the other extreme, do not report suspicious behavior (e.g., Fort Hood).
Sandra K. Caskey
Grand Junction


Cops get little notice
when they do jobs well

In March, I called Grand Junction police for help. It was 2:30 in the morning. The commotion in the apartment downstairs ranged from screaming to wall-banging to cars coming and going in the parking lot as if somebody was giving away free money. I had to get up early to work and wasn’t able to sleep through this racket.
The cops showed up 15 minutes later, and knocked on the door downstairs. The racket stopped. The cops talked to the tenant and his guests for a long time. Quiet lasted for the rest of the night and for the next month. Then my landlord, who was sympathetic to my situation, evicted his tenant.

I never wrote a letter to the editor about this night before now because the cops did what they get paid to do. They handled a disturbing-the-peace call for help like professionals. But these minor incidents don’t make news when cops do the right thing.
While it’s healthy for a community’s residents to speak out when their cops screw up, the finger-pointing in this city has become ridiculous. I am not homeless and cannot vouch for those unfortunate people who pitch tents by the Colorado River, but I am a Grand Junction resident who is very satisfied with local law enforcement.

Having lived in several other cities in many states and also worked as a journalist for 20 years, much of it covering crime and court news in all its ugliness and hurt, I have a suggestion for some critics. Move.

If you seriously think blaming the city administration and the entire police department for the mistakes of a few is legitimate criticism, I am happy to recommend a few cities you can move to. You will find out what real Keystone Cops do for fun and games and may regret ever leaving this city.
Eric Sandstrom
Grand Junction


Maes stories didn’t mention
the history of his accuser

As a Dan Maes supporter, I’ve closely watched Grand Valley media coverage regarding the upcoming Republican primary election between Mr. Maes and Scott McInnis. I’m probably a little biased but it appears that The Daily Sentinel and I have bias in common.

It is very obvious that your political writer is a Scott McInnis supporter. Dan Maes has had very little coverage in the Sentinel, and much of what has been written has been negative press, published on the front page. The only good thing about these articles is that it is obvious to an intelligent reader that they have been written and published to smear this strong Scott McInnis opponent.
 
What is that old saying about living in a glass house and throwing stones? I’ve done a little research myself and found an interesting story about Erik Groves that your readers might be interested in reading.  The article I found was in the March 9, 2009 issue of The Colorado Independent, titled “Ethics Committee votes to ‘admonish’ lobbyist for trying to influence race.”  It appears that Mr. Groves’ excuse for breaking the law was ignorance of the law and that he isn’t willing to extend that same excuse to Mr. Maes

I’m sure people at the Sentinel knew about Mr. Groves’ background, but chose to give him front page credibility, without question. Maybe you need to do a little better job of investigative reporting when a person’s reputation is being put on the line by someone of this caliber. You might want to look at recent articles in The Colorado Independent yourselves. It appears there is more to this story than the Sentinel reported.
 
The Daily Sentinel is the Grand Valley’s only daily newspaper, and we all rely on it to report the unbiased facts. That is your responsibility.
Linda Booker
Clifton


What happened to the
Colorado Courtesy Patrol?

I cannot believe that a stretch of our highway can go without being patrolled for eight hours, especially an interstate highway.

I remember when I was growing up, I kept hearing about the Colorado State Courtesy Patrol. Its job was to patrol the roads to make sure that they were safe for public travel and to assist those who were in need of help. What has happened to this great agency of the past?
Bob Freeman
Grand Junction

Oil and gas development
affects our quality of life

Fram Operating has proposed a plan to develop the oil and gas reserves of the Whitewater Unit, a BLM minerals lease tract running along the western base of the Grand Mesa. The plan calls for constructing 492 wells on 55 well pads on about 90,000 acres in Mesa and Delta counties. About 15 miles of new roads, upgrades to 48 miles of two-track trails, 90 miles of pipeline, and a compressor station are proposed.

This plan deserves careful consideration.

Fram proposes contracting with Grand Junction to supply water for well drilling. This water cannot be recycled. Clean water would thus be permanently removed from Grand Junction’s water supply.

Drilling an oil or gas well requires 1 million to 7 million gallons of water. In comparison, average daily indoor water use for a family of four is 280 gallons, or about 100,000 gallons annually. Fram is thus proposing, at minimum, to use a 10-year supply of water for 500 families!

Normal oil and gas development causes some environmental damage. Soil erosion and deterioration of water and air quality are likely, and native plants and animals are at risk. And accidents do happen, such as the tragic incident in the Gulf of Mexico.

Drilling operations produce much dust and unhealthy amounts of ground-level ozone (smog), harmful to both plants and animals. Such dust and smog would likely aggravate the air inversions that occur in the Grand Valley. 

The Whitewater Unit encompasses a recreational haven for outdoor activities. These activities would be severely compromised by the noise, dust, and odors associated with drilling operations and construction of roads and pipelines during oil and gas development.

Can we afford to jeopardize our water, air and quality of life for what may turn out to be a marginally producing gas field?
Marc Gubkin
Grand Junction


Health care czar supports
wealth redistribution, rationing

Via recess appointment we have an Obamacare czar, Dr. Donald Berwick.
Dr. Berwick has said: “Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate.  Excellent health care is by definition redistributional (sic).”
Berwick on rationing: “Society makes decisions about rationing all the time” and the “decision is not whether or not we will ration care—the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly.” 
But never fear, he praises a United Kingdom effort that “developed very good and very disciplined, scientifically grounded, policy-connected models for the evaluation of medical treatments from which we ought to learn.”
So, not only will we ration care, scientifically, but will also probably have to create that “Death Panel” that was, we were told, never, ever in the plan.  I detect bull-droppings in all the many hundreds of pages of an unread bill.
Creighton Bricker
Grand Junction

 

 



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