E-mail letters, June 24, 2010
Wagner’s attack on Romanoff
don’t make much sense
One must wonder why Rick Wagner would go to the trouble of trying to discourage Andrew Romanoff in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate? I am sure he must realize that no Democrat (certainly none I know) gives two cents for his opinion. So, I am puzzled over his column on June 16h in The Daily Sentinel, “Romanoff continues to be snubbed by his own party.”
Following a sneering and insulting recap of Andrews’ road to the Senate race, this political hit piece finishes with, “All in all, Romanoff might not want to throw out those job applications quite yet.” So, you mean to say, that elections aren’t over until the votes are counted? Really? That’s Rick’s point? Or is he implying that Andrew is overconfident? Let me assure you, that is not the case.
The former Colorado House speaker understands that big money is the single biggest reason our government and our elections are failing us. Andrew is one of only two candidates who are taking no corporate money for their campaigns. This puts him at a huge disadvantage to his patrician opponent, who has millions in out-of-state dollars from banks and oil companies to saturate the airwaves. Overconfident? No, I don’t think so.
Continuing to look for a salient point, I arrived at a “Eureka moment” in “getting” what Wagner is “selling.” I don’t know whom he supports in the Senate race, but I’m guessing it ain’t Jane Norton, who is getting clobbered by tea party fave, Ken Buck. My suspicion is that Wagner sees the writing on the wall. Buck can beat Bennet for the same reasons he will likely defeat Norton, but that anti-insider, anti-big money sentiment won’t work against the only true “grass roots” candidate in the race — Andrew Romanoff
Emotional voting is
a prescription for problems
In the 2008 general election, many voters allowed their emotions to get the better of them by voting for our current president. He could really work a crowd.
Many of those people are now sorry they did. Voting your emotion is like picking a sports team based on the color of its uniform: No substance or facts at all.
When candidates have the same or very similar positions on issues, the only differentiating factor becomes the candidates’ belief system. The 3rd Congressional District race (for John Salazar’s congressional seat) is one of the most critical because there are stark differences between the two Republican candidates running. One is a 30-year businessman.
Also, this year there is the race for Steve King’s state House seat in District 54. There are stark differences between these two candidates as well. One is a 25-year businessman. The other is a 20-plus-year federal government employee.
I hope and I pray voters in this election cycle will do their homework and research each candidate’s background to determine his character. Voters are not stupid, just very busy. But this year’s primary and general elections are critical to the future of our country and to our lives as we know them.
Don’t let a candidate work on your emotion. Investigate the facts. Determine for yourself what a candidate’s deep personal belief system is. I ask each of you to do your research. We cannot afford another election year like 2008.
City should retain
three problem officers
My wife and I feel that the city of Grand Junction should retain the three police officers involved in the recent “transient camp” incident. These young men have committed themselves to this career, and they and the city have a considerable investment in their training and qualifications.
The proper thing to do is to admonish the three officers involved in the incident, provide additional guidance and training for them and the entire force as to the handling of enforcement issues when dealing with these problem miscreants.
Natural gas is important
as we move to renewables
I agree with Charles Ashby’s piece, (‘Ritter’s legacy clean on energy,” June 20) that a foundation has been laid for Colorado’s “new-energy economy” where adding more renewable energy sources will significantly lower emissions and spur job growth. But Colorado will always need a reliable, base-load power source when the sun sets and wind isn’t blowing. Abundant, domestic natural gas is that critical partner to expanding renewables in Colorado — and the rest of the nation — as America transitions to a clean energy economy.
The Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act was certainly a step in that direction. By increasing the use of natural gas, Colorado will reap substantial environmental, economic and national security benefits, including cleaner air, new clean energy jobs, and greater reliance on a homegrown energy source that reduces our dependence on foreign oil.
In 2008 alone, there were more than 137,000 Coloradans whose jobs were supported by the natural gas community, including mine. Natural gas also funnels about $8.4 billion in labor income and $18.3 billion in economic contributions into the state each year. With the increased use of low-emissions energy sources like natural gas, we will see the economic and environmental benefits to Colorado continue to climb.
As the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act creates thousands of new jobs, diversifies Colorado’s energy portfolio and helps clear our air, I hope other states come to recognize how natural gas gives America an extraordinary opportunity — right now — to accelerate emissions reductions, advance our clean-energy future and create good-paying jobs right here at home.