E-mail letters, June 2, 2010

Board working to address budget issues

The Board of Education, administration and staff of District 51 have been working to overcome the challenges posed by decreasing revenues and shrinking resources. This commitment was demonstrated this year through a long and collaborative effort which yielded a balanced budget focused on our mission for educating students in our community. Our objective will always be to allocate resources in a way that allows us to provide the best education possible for our students.

Much of what you stated about our economic challenges in your recent editorial is true. However, your reference to delaying the adoption of the math and reading curriculum is incorrect. In fact, in anticipation of the possible state reductions, the Board of Education took the necessary steps last year to the purchase materials and begin implementation earlier than was originally planned. The reduction you referred to will not deprive students of the materials needed for the currently adopted curriculum in any content area. The district will continue planning for future curriculum updates that will align with the newly approved state content standards. As these plans are completed in future budget cycles, the Board will strive to take the steps necessary to support their implementation.

I appreciate the patience of our parents, staff, and community as we have worked through the process to develop the budget proposal presented to the Board last Tuesday. Though the financial picture for funding K-12 education is uncertain, we are committed to working with staff and our community to provide the best possible education for all students with the resources we have.

Superintendent of Schools
Mesa County Valley School District 51
Grand Junction

Thanks to those who came to accident victim’s aid

We were the “other” vehicle involved in the accident on May 28 at the intersection of 12th Street and Orchard Ave. We give thanks to the Lord that only two vehicles were involved and that no one was injured. We are also thankful for those who gave us their names and phone numbers and for the pastor of a local church that stayed with us, prayed with and encouraged us.

We also appreciate the GJPD officers and the CSP officer who took the reports as they treated us with concern, courtesy and respect. For all the reports of misconduct on the part of law officers, we have only good to say about those officers.

In all the years of driving, this was my husband’s first accident and even though there are still somethings to be worked out, we are very thankful to on our police forces the type of police officers who are respectful of the average citizen.

Grand Junction

Salazar’s oil and gas reforms are warranted

As a rancher in Moffat County since the early 1960s, I have witnessed oil and gas development in almost every corner of our county, often with negative or unforeseen consequences.

That is why I support recent reforms to oil and gas leasing, announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. I believe it is in everyone’s interest, including the oil and gas industry’s, to thoroughly understand and discuss the impacts of drilling and concerns of citizens. At present, this doesn’t happen, and the Interior’s reforms would go a long way to fixing this.

A smart, balanced approach to energy development on our public lands is essential to protecting our water, air, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty.


Teaching climate change would show students that it is just a theory

I totally agree with the recent letter noting that climate change is a scientific concept and should be taught in science classes. If climate change were taught, students would learn that climate change is a theory, not a fact.

They would learn that climate is never static but always changing and the earth has experienced periods of both warmer and cooler climates. Students would learn that while the majority of climatologists believe that burning of fossil fuels is contributing to global warming, tens of thousands of scientists doubt that mankind is having any significant impact on climate.

Students would learn that glacial ice deposits show that increases in the earth’s temperature are closely correlated with the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere but also would learn that the increase in climatic temperatures preceded that increase. However, theory holds that the concentration of carbon dioxide actually preceded global warming in areas of the earth not covered by glaciers and the glacial ice analysis merely reflects a delay in the rise of carbon dioxide concentration if the cooler areas of the earth.

Students would learn that efforts in the United States to reduce carbon dioxide emissions will have no significant effect on the worldwide generation of CO2 unless major developing nations including India and China agree to also reduce their emissions. Given the current Kyoto and Copenhagen pledges of for reduction of carbon dioxide emission intensity (i.e., CO2 emissions relative to GDP) from India and China, worldwide CO2 emissions will double by 2050 even if the US reduces its emissions to zero. Hopefully, students would use the knowledge acquired by a scientific course in climate change to conclude, as I do, that the best response to global warming is to find means to accommodate it and not futilely attempt to stabilize climate.


Global warming is just a ploy for scientists to get money

Global warming is not science, as stated by Richard Johnson in his letter to the editor. Climatology, meteorology, astronomy, physics, etc., are some of the sciences associated with climate. Global warming is a theory, a hypothesis of anthropogenic involvement in the climate of this planet and as such it is unproven.

Mr. Johnson might want to check the facts of the matter before making public statements: e.g. “teach what 97 percent of climate scientists, that average global temperature are rising at unnatural rates, drastically and dangerously changing weather patterns worldwide,” etc. These are apparently Mr. Johnson’s contentions because they have no basis in fact.

The average temperature of the Earth has increased by less than 1 degree Celsius in the last century. The synergy between the sun and the oceans control the weather on this planet, not Homo sapiens.
Entrepreneurs and scientists are playing the well meaning, misinformed, easily manipulated, masses of earthlings like the proverbial banjo. Why, you might ask? Because the politics of human-caused global warming offer enormous profit potential.

Scientists are lining up with their hands out for the billions of tax dollars that will fund the research programs that will purport to find a solution to save the planet from human-induced mass suicide. You cannot blame the scientists for adopting a self-serving agenda.
After all, what use would they be without research dollars to fund their efforts? Let me couch that a different way: we are being fed a lie to further a political agenda and promote research to perhaps find a solution to a natural cycle over which we humans have no control whatsoever.

No, the theory of global warming should not be taught to impressionable children as anything but the political attempt to propagandize the masses, for that is what it is.

Grand Junction

Licensing fees have gotten way out of hand

The pricing scheme for trailer licensing has gotten out of hand. I have several trailers for different purposes: a long flatbed used mostly to haul four-wheelers, a short flatbed for a couple of motorcycles, a trailer with sides, a boat trailer and a travel trailer.

The cargo trailers cost $11 to $17 each to license in 2009; in 2010, they cost $37 to $40 each. The travel trailer was billed at $115 in 2008; for 2010 it would be $139.

Some years, I don’t use any trailer but the long flatbed, but with license fees only $11 to 15, I licensed all three cargo trailers. Now, with the increase, I’ll probably sell the two smaller trailers and just use the long flatbed.
I do not license the boat trailer or the travel trailer every year, because sometimes they sit for several years. It burns me up that to license them, I have to pay for the years that they sat in my yard and contributed nothing to wear and tear on our roads. On top of that, I have to pay the $100 late fee ($25 per month, up to a maximum of $100).

With past-due licenses and fees, it will cost $425 to license the travel trailer and about $170 to license the boat trailer — $600 before I even buy supplies.

In November, elect people who will cut costs instead of constantly raising our taxes!


Current DMEA supports new meters

Several letters are encouraging voters not to “fix something that isn’t broken” concerning the election of the board members of the DMEA.  I am not inferring that its necessarily “broken”— yet, but we receive a newsletter in with our billing each month and this newsletter has been informing us that the current board members (incumbents) have decided to replace our current meters, (which must be read manually) with new meters, which will be read and controlled automatically at their office. 

I don’t like the idea of other people having control over the climate in my home.  If a board member one day decides that I keep my house cooler than is necessary, or warmer than necessary (in their opinion) they will be able to change it.
I would greatly appreciate it, if the new competitors in this election for board members, would write to the newspapers with their thoughts and opinions concerning the replacement of these meters and what it will mean to the private control of each person’s climate, in their own homes.

Global warming science if far from settled

So Richard Johnson is another one who has been taken in by the propaganda (“Global Warming is Science…” GJ Sentinel May 28, 2010). The so called “Science” is in no way settled. The propaganda on the subject is a scam to steal your money and your freedom and enrich Al Gore and other wealthy insiders.

For example, the official record of temperature in the U.S. is from a network of 1,221 monitoring stations used by the National Weather Service. Nine out of ten of these do not meet NWS requirements. They are located near exhaust fans, on hot roofs or nearby asphalt parking lots, or near other heat sources. The earth’s temperature is constantly changing so there is a 50-50 chance that it is growing warmer (or cooler) without any human influence. Indeed the climate has been much warmer in the past (Middle Ages) and much cooler (Little Ice Age that ended around 1850) without any CO2 greenhouse gas.

Finally, real Scientists do not belittle those who disagree with their theories, in fact they welcome contrary data, and go great lengths to share their data. The Global Warming “Scientists” are notorious in not being open and forthcoming about sharing the basis for their reports and for squelching any scientist who disagrees with the official line.

“The wise man who is not heeded is counted a fool, and the fool who proclaims the general folly first and loudest passes for a prophet” Carl Jung


Global warming is a scam

I don’t know if global warming advocates like Richard Johnson just don’t want to believe the true data or just won’t don’t the take the time to really understand what is going on.

First, the whole global warming theory is based on incomplete, false or inaccurate data using inaccurate models.

Second, the advocates ignore the fact that average global temperatures are not rising at unnatural rates but have actually been falling for the past ten years. I really does appear that the complete global warming scam is really a political issue to control peoples lives and generate more tax money for the government to waste. Teaching only one side of the global warming issue in school is really just brainwashing of our children.

Grand Junction

Help is needed for National Alzheimer’s Project Act

With an aging baby boomer population at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, the escalating Alzheimer crisis touches a life every 70 seconds.

Today there are as many as 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 72,000 in Colorado. As baby boomers reach 65, one in seven will develop the disease, by mid-century the number of people with Alzheimer’s could be as high as 13.5 million.

A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association, based on a model developed by the Lewin Group, “Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease: A National Imperative” shows that in the absence of disease-modifying treatments, the cumulative costs of care for people with Alzheimer’s from
2010 to 2050 will exceed $20 trillion.

A treatment breakthrough that delays the onset of Alzheimer’s by five years would result in an immediate and long-lasting reduction in the number of Americans with this condition and the cost of their care.

National Alzheimer’s Project Act creates a National Alzheimer’s Project Office and an inter-agency Advisory Council responsible for developing a national plan to overcome the Alzheimer crisis. This office would provide strategic planning and coordination for the fight against Alzheimer’s across the federal government as a whole, touching on a broad array of issues from research to care to support.

Let your voice be heard that we need a national plan now. Contact your legislator and encourage their support of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (S.3036/H.R. 4689).

Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado



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