Email Letters: August 22, 2017

The peace of Palisade is being dismantled for profit

The peace and gentle nature of Palisade is being dismantled piece by piece by those who can profit.

The newest blow is the planned gas station complex, which will raise the noise level and traffic in a now peaceful area. The distant sound of vehicles on the highway has been tolerable in our lovely quiet courts off Elberta and First Street. The ingress and egress off the interstate is congested in busy times, especially when traffic is rerouted through town due to canyon or highway closures.

Further, to place a gas station complex we do not need that will draw away business from those in town, right next to residences and irrigation canals is unconscionable. It reeks of personal gain and pocket lining, whether through bonuses, investments or any other means.

Why is it so important that this town’s and community’s whole nature be changed further by the irresponsible self-interest of a few?

Driving home from Denver last evening on Interstate 70 past two locations near DeBeque and more, the putrid odor of the marijuana growing barns and facilities filled the air. I suppose our kind townspeople were seen as bumpkins and the promotions pounded and geared to manipulate the vote for retail marijuana.

You are on a track to destroy the proverbial goose to lay your personal golden egg. Then you move on to the next target, leaving the mess behind with no care or conscience for your acts here. You may laugh, but the joke will be on you and your families and children to come and you decimate their futures by destroying others’ lifestyles and property values no matter where you go. Your responsibility is really about people, residents, not promoting for dollars.


We must keep our American promise to dreamers

I know a few dreamers – adult children who arrived in the U.S. when they were babies. Every one of those fine folks that I have met with are the cream of the crop. They are strongly and courageously working toward careers in the medical, teaching, and other promising fields to make America greater.

They are bilingual (at least) and are fluent English speaking. They are part of the promise for our future as America. Please join me in keeping our American promise to them.


Western Colorado Congress continues to call foul on Fram project

This past week Western Colorado Congress took several individuals, members of the community and media to the skies to survey the proposed land for the Fram Whitewater oil development project. I find it ironic that a group who continually protests and tries to block responsible oil and gas development projects in our region hopped in an airplane and burned 100 gallons of gas in an effort to battle yet another economic driver in our area.

The Fram project is expected to produce 8.7 million barrels of oil in the next two decades and produce more than 70 jobs in a depressed economic market. WCC continues to call foul on this project, claiming their first concern is its closeness to the Grand Junction watershed, despite the fact Fram has removed all drilling locations from the watershed area.

During a recent television interview about the Fram project a WCC spokeswoman claimed their group is not an anti-oil and gas group. Really? They consistently team up with the Sierra Club and groups like them. They have an entire section on their website title “Gasfield Justice” and
just last year they created a map which they refer to as the “Oil and Gas Threat Map.” If they’re a friend to the industry, I’d hate to see what an enemy looks like!

No matter where oil and gas development goes, their minds seem to be made up – they want to keep it in the ground. Their recent eco flyover was nothing short of an ironic publicity stunt to call attention to the project ahead of the BLM public commenting deadline.


Fire department potentially puts residents in danger over gas leak

On Aug. 21, I called the non-emergency number to report a gas leak at the intersection of Mesa Avenue and Willow Road and they dispatched a fire truck to check out the supposed gas leak. When they arrived, they stopped at the stop sign on Mesa Avenue, stayed there for about two minutes, and then drove away, never even getting out of the truck. My wife and I were standing on the corner watching this. We called non-emergency again and they kindly told us the fire department investigated it and didn’t find any thing wrong. We told them what the fire department did and they dispatched them to the scene again. This time they got out of the truck and detected a gas leak. By not doing their job the first time, the fire department potentially put the residents in danger.

Grand Junction


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Anybody else wonder who employes, or used to employ,  Mr. Roberts, above? Are we humans trying to enjoy our existence and depending on others for our supply of goods and services? Or are we here to put money in the pockets of business men and we are their pawns on the checker board of commerce? Makers or takers? Are we consumers of things we need, first and foremost, creating demand or is this a Field of Dreams world where you make it and they will come? Why do the :makers” invest? For profit and if the demand isn’t there they don’t invest. So much for the “makers” driving the bus! Which side is Mr. Roberts on? Driver or passenger?

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