E-mail letters, June 8, 2010

Kids playing in street
is a parenting problem

In the front page article, “Dust Up,” in the June 7 edition of The Daily Sentinel, John Kelchner is on track with his statements: “Honestly, kids’ lives are at stake” and “All it takes is one kid not paying attention with a truck roaring around the corner.” But he left out my personal favorite: “How many children have to die before something is done?”

How can intelligent and otherwise reasonable human beings think that allowing their children to play in the street is acceptable? Or that “kids lives are at stake” is a traffic problem or a planning problem, when in reality there is a parenting problem, as shown on the front page of the paper?

I lived in that neighborhood in grade school, when that road was the entrance to the landfill and the hill in question was my playground, as were the streets. I’ve worked in municipalities that actually have “rush hours” and I’ve worked here where we have “rush quarter hours,” helping people who call about “dangerous” roads and fixing issues that could be fixed. I can tell you that one day you will long for the day of just semi-professional truck drivers — when they get done with the gravel and put in the houses with teenage drivers and distracted soccer dads and moms.

Fight with the city and county about whether or not the gravel pit should be there. Get as
many improvements as you can from the developer. Raise your voice, as is your right. But if the parents in the neighborhood are worried about the children, they should look in the mirror and repeat after me “ Kids lives are at stake here!”
Alan Clubb
Grand Junction

Teaching other side of
warming isn’t heretical

It is amazing how true believers in global warming dismiss, demonize and mischaracterize Rose Pugliese’s petition to the school board. It is deemed heretical to even a suggest balance on the subject of man-made climate change.

The resistance to Rose Pugliese is anchored in the assumption that mankind is the root cause of climate change. Especially in the case of global warming, our youth accept human mea culpa due to a lack of exposure to alternative facts or arguments. Rose Pugliese’s goal is not a prohibition of teaching global warming, but simply that we should offer students
opposing perspectives.

The United Nations is about to issue a report stating that saving endangered species is a greater threat than global warming. If you think Pugliese’s petition is sacrilegious, wait until some skeptic questions why saving the sage grouse or Graham’s penstemon should be a priority over energy development or jobs in Western Colorado. The sparks would fly.

I guess the Church of Environmental Science is so sacrosanct that it favors banning books and discussions in our schools. Where is Martin Luther when we need him?
Dana Isham
Grand Junction

Federal regulators must
be held responsible

Here we go again.  The Obama administration appears eager to penalize BP for the spill, which is understandable,  buthow about the inspectors who were neglecting their duty to inspect the drilling rigs?
We keep seeing federal government inspectors failing to do their jobs but don’t see them fired or penalized for failing to perform (S.E.C. inspectors didn’t investigate Bernie Madoff in spite of people reporting him, S.E.C. inspectors watching porn for eight hours a day and no one is fired.)

Do you know any federal agency or department that is doing a good job?  Some of the agencies fail to do their jobs and their executives get really big bonuses (Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae).
We need to hold agency heads and administrators responsible with firings or financial penalties or we will never see responsibility.
Dave E. Brown
Grand Junction

Hot cars can be
death traps for dogs

On Saturday, animal control officers rescued a dog who had been left in a car in the Rimrock Avenue Wal-Mart parking lot for several hours. The temperature inside the car was reportedly 123 degrees.

Dog owners need to know the facts: Hot cars are death traps for dogs. When it is 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 116 degrees within an hour, even with windows cracked. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can climb to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in 30 minutes.

A dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees. Dogs can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a short time before they experience brain and nerve damage, heart problems — and even death.

The “My Dog is Cool” campaign operated by United Animal Nations lets people know that leaving a dog in a car for even “just a few minutes” may be too long.

If you see a dog in a potentially dangerous situation in a hot car, please call your local police department, animal control agency or humane society immediately.

It’s not cool to leave a dog in a hot car. For more information, visit http://www.MyDogIsCool.com.
Alexis Raymond
Sacramento, Calif.



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