E-mail letters, November 22, 2010

Tel Aviv should be
model for our airports

Years ago I joked that someday I will arrive at the airport wearing a robe, carrying a bag of clothes, flash the screener and get dressed in the open and press on to my flight. In my 27 years as a professional pilot I would not have thought we would be here today.

What angers me the most is that we have been manipulated to accept being guilty until proven innocent when entering an airport screening area. I have seen our government go down this ill- conceived reactionary path for 10 years, to the detriment of our rights.

The proactive plan that works best is the one in Tel Aviv. The drill is always the same. I call it “20 questions” while the screener maintains eye contact. They are looking for signs. They are highly trained. We would call it profiling. I am all for it and it’s what the airlines used to do until they were handcuffed by political correctness.

Passengers are then re-screened with their carry-on bags. Checked bags go through a compression chamber under the airport. They have had a great deal of success, considering their location on the planet. The passengers fly with dignity, unmolested and safe.

Some say that American market is too big to implement the El Al method. I would contend that there are a few world-class airports that would pose a challenge, but most airports are no larger in traffic volume than Tel Aviv. And considering the billions spent, we can find solutions for the major airports.

Since 1979, the persons that have attacked America and her interests are 18-34 year old Muslim males, not the nun, mother with child, middle-aged businessman or a woman with underwire. Why do we need to be “sensitive” to their feelings while molesting 99.99 percent of American’s?

Common sense has flown out the window and has been replaced with illegal search and seizure. How much more are you willing to tolerate? Your children felt up and/or their naked pictures on the web? For what, sensitivity to the ones who want to kill us? How much more of your Liberty are you going to trade for security? What’s next? Chips?
Detlef Hoffmann
Grand Junction

Meis and Rowland show
need for five commissioners

Congratulations County Commissioners Craig Meis and Janet Rowland. You have solidified the very reason we need to increase the Board of County Commissioners to five members.

Meis has shown his immaturity as a result of his very public statements and actions (“My way or the highway” attitude) and Rowland has been very condescending to the very people who help pay her salary.

These are not the people who represent me and I have lived in Mesa County for 30 years. Regardless of their personal beliefs, they represent Mesa County — all parts of Mesa County.

Having been an educator for 40 years, I find the actions of Meis to be reprehensible in teaching, not only his children, but other children the values of laws and enforcement of those laws. May I remind the commissioners, they work for us, we don’t work for them.
Helen Carlson
Grand Junction


Sharia law is not the same
as Judeo-Christian traditions

How fortunate that Robert Laitres, in his letter of Nov. 16, can write his complaints about the establishment of the laws of our land without a Muslim cleric, or the Pope for that matter, looking over his shoulder. He enjoys the protection of laws written with Biblical guidance in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

234 years of those traditions are what make Americans free and safe. It is just silly to dismiss those important foundations as something we never needed. “Religious laws” per se are not a part of a democracy. The governed, through legislation, determine what are acceptable rules to live by.

I wonder which of the current laws he would like to discard because he’s so offended by past biblical inspiration. Perhaps, stealing, lying, or murder? Not committing adultery is a good rule to live by. The consequences of breaking it in our culture may ruin a family, but will not result in being stoned to death as under Sharia law.

Laitres raises the specter of 40 years of sinister activities by local unnamed “Christian” sects threatening our “freedom of conscience.” I feel no such threat at the hands of these mysterious groups. However, I believe the proponents of Sharia law would do everything possible to destroy the foundations of freedom and democracy established by our Christian forefathers. Equating Sharia law with our current Judeo-Christian traditions is a morally relativist comparison that is truly intellectually dishonest.

He spends several sentences discussing his version of honesty. In a morally relativist world there is no standard of honesty because there is nothing to gauge honesty against. Let us not pass through the open door of moral relativism. Therein lies the real delusion.
Douglas Killerud
Grand Junction


Approving tax hike now
is not the path to more jobs

Fiscal responsibility and jobs were the top priorities of most voters in the past election. These are the new top objectives of current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (who will soon become the minority leader). Where was she the past four years?

Most economists don’t think it is a good time to be raising taxes, but Lame Duck Pelosi is sticking to her guns in her effort to raise taxes on the “rich,” those small-business owners making $250,000 a year or more. She’s saying we can’t afford not to increase their taxes.

This is the very person who led the effort to spend trillions with too few new jobs to show for it.

Most Americans believe that the best way to raise revenue is to encourage income growth in the private sector. Growth is not encouraged by increasing taxes on the very people who create jobs.

Yes, it is all about jobs. The middle class gets it and kicked her out of her speakership. I’ll be happy if the extension of the lower rates is only temporary. It will give the voters something to think about in 2012.

Another top issue with voters was health care. Twenty states have already joined in a suit to stop the individual mandate in Obamacare. The recent elections put new Republican governors and AGs in several new states, including Kansas, Ohio and Oklahoma. These states will likely be joining in this litigation. I bet the Supreme Court will ultimately strike down this bad law.

It is going to take several years and a new president in 2012 to clean up this mess and give us real reform that honestly allows us to keep our current coverage if we want to.

If you are a political news junkie like me, the next two years will not bore you. 
Dave Kearsley
Mesa


County staff in jeopardy,
thanks to Meis, Rowland

Considering the antics of the Dynamic Duo — Craig Meis and Janet Rowland — on our county board of commissioners, the gentleman from Fremont, Neb., who was tapped to run our county health department probably had it right the first time in deciding not to be another victim of our micro-managing county commissioners.

The two commissioners have a reputation for petulancy in dealing with departments in county government, and it certainly has the appearance of causing the loss of valuable employees as a result.
   
Now Rowland tips her hand in suggesting that the commissioners may consider not hiring an administrator in the wake of the fiasco involving the administrator candidate from Florida and just take over the day to day operations of county government services. Yeah, that’s just what we need, operations by committee. It’s particularly ludicrous when you consider that the Duo seems to hate Commissioner Steve Acquafresca, the only sane one of the three.
How much longer do we have to put up with these two? Meis, who considers himself above the laws designed for the lowly peasants, and Rowland, who is constantly running her angry, highly partisan mouth off at the slightest suggestion that she and Meis may leave a lot to be desired in having the temperament to handle the people’s business in the 21st century, are really a burden that citizens of Mesa County shouldn’t have to accept.

Will we have any of the county’s great employees left after these two are finally term-limited out? With our growing reputation, will we be able to recruit great employees in the future?
John Borgen
Grand Junction


Flyover raised concerns
about resource protection

I recently was privileged to fly over the Roan Plateau in order to survey current growth of oil and gas development and prospected land to be acquired.

Flying past Mount Garfield and further northeast, I wasn’t sure when we would hit protected wild land. There was never a time I couldn’t see a drilling platform and/or the necessary access roads. This fragmentation must have had some sort of impact on the wildlife migration
routes that many hunters depend on.

Coming up on the surrounding headwaters, the conversation shifted to water. I was accompanied by trout fishermen concerned about the impacts this development could have on the hydrologic system. The initial concern I formulated was associated with silt loads from construction, road formulation, and native plant removal.

We then began to notice abandoned sludge ponds on closed wells, that could have been leaching into the groundwater (and therefore into the river system) or draining right into the river system. Increase in silt and nutrient loads can affect water quality, temperature and depth of sun penetration, thus impacting the habitat of trout. I also know, as a farmer, that silt is a huge nuisance and cost for those using conservation irrigating methods

The final concern developed when we passed over the oil shale research buildings. I became informed of the significant amount of water that may be needed for the extraction and processing of the shale. It was significant enough, in my opinion, to impact municipal water and agricultural needs here throughout all of Colorado dependent on the Colorado River (Front Range and Western Slope).

I agree with taking oil shale research slow until it proves to be efficient and can exist with prospected urban growth in Colorado. We should be preparing our infrastructure for renewable sources so that other resources can be saved.
Ben Wilke
Palisade


Herzog’s column adds
to forces dividing us

Regarding Denny Herzog’s Nov. 21 column, “Silliness abounds on both national and local news
fronts”:

It seems to me that his column greatly adds to the silliness. I do not know Herzog, but am trying to figure out his writing. I do know he is so far left he might fall over.

Is he trying to be funny and not succeeding? Does he not know that this kind of column typifies the problem we have in the United States of being divided?

Does he wish to offend at least one-half of his readers (which would probably be five people)? Does he think his column unites, or does he not care?
Lavonne Wilson
Grand Junction


Tiara Rado was perfect
to host high-school reunion

On Oct. 1, the Class of 1960 at Cedaredge High School chose to hold our 50th class reunion at Tiara Rado Golf Course Club House. We were a smaller group, and selecting a site was not as easy as it may sound.

I want to say that we had the best experience at Tiara Rado, and I want readers to know that we were given a wonderful evening there by the staff.

The facilities were so pleasant on an early autumn evening. Fun was had by all and the food was excellent. I would highly recommend it to any group.
Thanks again Tiara Rado. Great Job.
Don Haase
Grand Junction



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