E-mail letters, May 24, 2010

Keep existing members
of DMEA board of directors

As the DMEA election approaches one wonders,“What are the issues facing our member owned electrical co-op?”

As a few individuals who have monitored the DMEA board since the mid-90s, we have noticed the existing board has come 180 degrees. The board mentality has changed from a spend-and-build co-op, to a conserve and efficiency-driven mentality.

DMEA has been able to keep rates flat for the past two years, even though wholesale rates have increased. This was accomplished by staff reductions and early retirements.
DMEA has teamed with Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association for a proposed hydro-electric project east of Montrose to generate electricity locally. This will, in turn, keep jobs and taxes in Montrose and Delta counties. Why ship over $42 million a year to a Denver wholesaler, Tri-State Generation?

The DMEA board also has a keen interest in generating electric power from waste wood produced by our local sawmills, from methane gas exhausted from local coal mines, as well as other irrigation canals.

The DMEA Board will refund $1.5 million in capital credits to co-op members in July of this year. The DMEA Board is analyzing a possible merger with San Miguel Power Association that could save the region many more dollars by eliminating duplication of services.

Today, the DMEA Board is leading the way in energy conservation, energy efficiency and innovation, as well as controlling Board Expenditures. If you feel as we do, we urge you to retain the current board:  Vote for Mike Sramek, Ed Marston, and Tony Prendergast.
John Harold, Olathe
Paul Dow, Montrose
Jim Renfrow, Montrose

Mexican government has
little reason to halt illegals

What is wrong with this picture ? The president of Mexico lecturing the United States on Arizona’s immigration law, while it is his citizens who are illegally coming across the U.S. Border in droves.

What was worse, was the standing ovation he got from most of Congress.

To tell us that illegal immigration is our fault is shifting the blame to us for Mexico’s failed economy and lack of control of its citizens. Could it be that the Mexican government has no real interest in stopping the never-ending flow of illegals to this country, and officials are only paying us lip service when they say they are trying to control it? Could it be that the millions of dollars being sent to Mexico by illegal workers in the U.S. are fueling their economy, and it is not beneficial to stop it?

NAFTA was supposed to help both the Mexican and U.S. economies, but has done little or nothing to stop the massive northward flow of illegals.

It appears that organized crime is running much of Mexico and has reached into the United States. Mexico’s president claims, or at least suggests, that the weapons the gangs have are coming from the United States. It is possible that some are, but has anybody who believes this ever tried to buy an illegal, automatic weapon?  Extremely difficult, to say the least.

The only bright side to this is that most of the World War II Veterans who preserved our freedom and way of life have not lived to see our country invaded, while members of Congress sit upon their rears and tells us it wouldn’t be right to do anything like putting the National Guard on the border to stop this invasion.

Let us, as voters, replace all of our representatives in Washington who have wishbones instead of backbones.” We deserve better than what we are getting from them.
Neal A. Ward

Courtesy, common sense
will protect bicyclists

I first started riding up the east side of Colorado National Monument back in 1980, on a cheap 10-speed I won in a raffle at a G.J. Eagles baseball game. I had no helmet (they didn’t exist as we now know them) and wore tennis shoes and cut-off shorts. Several of my fellow classmates and I enjoyed the climb and twisty descent, and no one ever got hurt.

So I am concerned about potential limits to bike access to this wonderful road. I don’t see any new issues here, other than an increased interest in cycling and a greater volume of motorists.

Cyclists always need to watch that they do everything they can to not impede traffic, and motorists need to remind themselves that they do not own the road. Because it provides access to Glade Park, this east entrance has a long colorful history in the courts and in the pages of The Daily Sentinel.

Let’s hope we can now keep the arguing to a minimum, although it must be said that Superintendent Joan Anzelmo could help by toning down the hysteria she seems to exude over bicycle safety.

Her insistence that cyclists carry full lighting apparatus for daytime travel through one short east side tunnel is a perfect example of a government gone wild that Mesa County voters love to hate. And it is not “beyond belief” that no cyclist has ever been killed, it is good news and a compliment to the common sense and courtesy of the motorists and cyclists who use Rimrock Drive.

Let’s keep working together.
Jack Byrom
Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Arizona immigration law
punishes hiring of illegals

Does anybody in the media or politics who spouts an opinion read anything
before they spout?

Ruben Navarrette spouts that Arizona has illegal-immigration problems
because “…employers hire them” (from his column headline in the May 23 edition of The Daily Sentinel.)

Yes, as we’ve all heard, over and over, the Arizona bill does establish the ability for Arizona law enforcement officers to question the immigration and/or citizenship legality of individuals, as provided for in great detail on pages 2 through 4 of the bill.

Has Navarrette read Arizona Senate Bill 1070? Me thinks not! The bill is sixteen

Navarrette goes to great length to quote Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona governor and current Homeland Security secretary, stating that the problem exists because we [the
Arizonians] hire illegals. “We have illegal immigrants because we hire illegal immigrants,” says Secretary Napolitano.

Perhaps both Mr. Navarrette and Ms. Napolitano should read the first half of page 5 of the bill and pages 6 through 15. Those pages (65 percent of the bill’s pages) are specifically written to provide Arizona law enforcement with the enhanced tools necessary to charge, prosecute and penalize employers in Arizona who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Isn’t that a good start? Shouldn’t Arizona be praised for its efforts?

Surprise! The majority of the bill that politicians, media pundits, columnists and self- taught ideologists criticize as being racist and inhumane directly tackles exactly what they say is the ‘real’ problem — employers who hire illegals.

On my ranch, we walk through the corral with our heads down — looking for
the manure before we step in it.
Tom Howe

Matt McChesney has been
great school resource officer

After many years of impeccable service to Mount Garfield Middle School and
Palisade High School, it is time for our beloved school resource officer, Matt McChesney, to be rotated to a new school.

For the last 3 years, I have had the peace of mind knowing that three of my daughters would be completely protected at MGMS. He not only learned the name of every student but took a personal interest in each one. All were greeted by him with warmth and
concern for their well being.

He has been an exceptional role model for the children and has allowed them to realize that officers of the law are to be respected yet reachable and trustworthy. He has been greatly appreciated by staff and parents and loved by all.

We thank Officer McChesney for his service and wish him nothing but the best at his future position.
Darcy Brown
Grand Junction



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