E-mail letters, May 3, 2010

There is a proposed bill threatening our access to dietary supplements. Please wake up, people.
The government can’t get anything right. The FDA allows MSG — a poison in our foods that has resulted in increased dementia among our populace. It has many more frightening side effects. If it is canned, bottled or in a restaurant, chances are —it has MSG. It has many aliases.
These government agencies do not care about the safety of our food or us. It is all about the money. Don’t let this happen.
Bill O’Reilly of Fox news had a bad experience and broadcast it, stating he wants our supplements monitored. I have nothing against O’Reilly, but I wrote to him and told him to educate himself.
There is a great book entitled, “Prescription for Nutritional Healing.” I used the information in that book to bring myself back from a near-failure of my lymphatic system, resulting in hives and other horrible consequences. MSG was the major culprit. And our lovely government approves of this poison. All it does it trick the taste buds into thinking the food tastes better than it does. And we wonder why the epidemic of obesity in this country? Duh! 
We do not need the government meddling in our food and/or supplements any more than they already do. Tell your congressmen and representatives to butt out. Tell them to vote “No” on the Dietary and Supplement Safety Act. With government-run health care, I certainly don’t need them interfering with the best way I have found to give my body what it needs to stay healthy.
JUANITA R. WILLIAMS
Parachute

We need to recognize drilling limitations
Man seldom recognizes his limitations. While this has created the stage for space exploration and myriad other achievements, it has also opened the doors to disaster. In particular, our lack of understanding, or at least, our unwillingness to own up to gaps in our knowledge, has led to numerous collisions with the world in which we live. The most recent example is, of course, the epic disaster unfolding in our very own Gulf waters.
The larger lesson to be learned from this is not the “black-box debriefing” that will ensue, uncovering what did or did not happen and whether mismanagement magnified the disaster. It is that we always underestimate our capacity for error. We are seldom prepared for the unforeseen consequences of that error, because either we deny that eventuality or we just don’t know today what we’ll come to discover tomorrow. We are lulled into the comfort of “hasn’t happened yet – won’t happen”, and use that as a prescription to continue with complacency. We embrace the “but, technology has improved” argument while misjudging its insensitivity to our capacity to screw up.
Whether it is drilling for oil, bleeding kerogen from shale, sequestering carbon dioxide, managing radioactive waste, developing nuclear power, building dams or marketing aerosol sprays – there are known and unknown consequences. We should never engage in something without first considering answers to the following questions: What is the worst-case consequence of proceeding? Better yet, do we know all possible consequences? Can we live with the scale of that consequence or confidently mitigate it? Are there safer alternatives? Whose interests are at stake? Are those interests worth protecting, and who will protect them?
The Gulf drilling disaster will, no doubt, affect future policy. Will future policy decisions be guided with better understanding of our limitations and environmental consequences?
DAVID CALE
Grand Junction

Concert was, in one word, magnificent
Regarding the May 1 performance of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Western Colorado Chorale, Mesa State College Concert Choir, The Schumann Singers and Teressa Winslow, soprano:
After attending the GJSO’s final performance for the season evening entitled “Magnificat,” I have only one comment: MAGNIFICENT!
Thank you GJSO and local community voices.
LYN CRONK-WEBER
Grand Junction

Deporting up to 20 million illegal immigrants would fruitless
Perpetual immigration-hawk Dana Isham is at it again with a rant about amnesty for those already in the country. He presumes to know what Democrats’ and Republicans’ motives are regarding the entire immigration issue. If it was only that easy and obvious why there haven’t been wholesale efforts to reform the system.
The last specific, and reasonable, proposals to get something done about the problem came from the sainted George W. Bush. Isham doesn’t mention that.
Apparently, the only thing of consequence about the entire immigration issue is amnesty. Supposedly, Isham is referring to the idea that those already in the country illegally would get some kind of pathway opened to them for citizenship. In other words, rewarding them for their illegal flight into this country. Is he really concerned with the illegality or the fact that they are mostly Mexicans involved? A clue might be that he seems more concerned that they might gain the right to vote someplace down the line and they might not vote for his preferred ideological candidates.
So, forget amnesty. Apparently what Isham seeks is a huge deportation program. I see estimates of anywhere from 10 to 20 million illegal aliens in the country. Can he seriously believe that we can find that many people and put them on a bus, never to bother us again in the future?
Have you driven anywhere near our southern border lately? It is crawling with ICE officers. And still the people find their way here. We need an easy to sign-up-for-guest-worker program. My guess is that most coming here to work would use it as opposed to the current bureaucratic nightmare.
Then, maybe calling a rational way to handle those already here something other than amnesty would be more acceptable — Probably not.
JOHN BORGEN
Grand Junction

Color guard’s success deserves attention
I have been disappointed that there has been no coverage in Grand Junction of the Thunder Mountain Civil Air Patrol Cadets winning the Colorado, as well as, the Regional Color Guard competition. The only thing that appeared were pictures sent in by those involved that showed up on the photo page on Thursdays.
This group of young people have worked very hard and have certainly been a great example of some really “good teenagers.”
They will be participating in the National Competition in the state of Oregon in June and it would be appropriate if there was some recognition of their accomplishments and some coverage of the upcoming competition.
CAROL FOUBERT
Grand Junction

Conditions in southern Arizona worse than many expect
I have lived on the Arizona-Mexican border. When I was young, the illegal immigrants would come across and try to steal our cows, not a nice thing to do.
Then in the 1940s and ’50s the border patrol would catch them and place them in a kind of prison in the mountains and these illegals would have to work on roads and forest fires. They were then paid 25 cents a day and after a year they were sent back to Mexico.
That was then, what is happening now is a lot worst. What I, and the people in Arizona, would like to see is all the bleeding hearts take a trip to Europe and leave their passports at home, then see how the borders open up to you. The people in Europe walk around with their passports on their person at all times like we do, but ours is a driver’s license.
What about the Mexican-Guatemala border, do you think that the Mexican government allows people to cross that border? Well ,if you said yes ,you are mistaken. Maybe what people should do is buy property in southern Arizona , then watch it go to hell in a hand basket. If the bleeding hearts have never lived or stayed in that part of the country, then you don’t know what it is like.
FRANK TRANCHINA
Delta

Illegal immigration is a problem in Arizona
I grew up in Yuma, Arizona, one mile from the border of Mexico. I need to express my complete support of the recent immigration law passed in Arizona.
While growing up, my family had many (legal) Mexican immigrant friends. They voted, paid taxes, spoke English and strived for a better community. I learned Spanish, which I used when we crossed the border, and we integrated with little prejudice.
That was 30 years ago. When I visit Yuma today, people choose not to communicate in English and relatives lose work to illegal immigrants who do not pay taxes and can, therefore, afford to work for six dollars an hour “under the table.”
Print and television media are in Spanish and the local school district pays so much for free services that they have laid off 154 teachers this year. It is easy for people to scream “racial profiling” with this law, but that is simply not the case.
When I travel outside of the United States, I am prepared to show my passport when asked and I try to speak in native tongue.
Why is it not all right to ask citizens of other countries to do the same in America?
This law is also being called unconstitutional. Again, not the case. Our Constitution was written for United States citizens and will continue to provide guidance for such citizens. No one likes to see people “cut” in line at the movie theater, which is exactly what illegal immigrants do to those who want to go about American citizenship in the legal and ethical manner.
May I state here that I am a student of cultural and linguistic diversity, and will scream for equality when the need arises? Equality means that others are paying the same taxes as me and are expected to be law-abiding citizens.
Recently, I read that Mexico is “strongly encouraging” its citizens not to travel to Arizona “without legal documentation.” Perfect! That is all that Arizona is asking. Rather than ostracizing Arizona, perhaps other states should embrace its integrity and we, as United States, can stand up for equality.
JOY MANDEVILLE
Grand Junction



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