Email letters, August 8, 2014
EPA’s carbon regulations will not impact Grand Valley air quality
Ms. Thom’s letter shows a lack of understanding of the proposed EPA carbon regulations. The regulations as proposed are to affect large stationary-fired boilers and are directed at eliminating coal-fired boilers. Burning coal emits more carbon dioxide than burning natural gas for the same amount of heat. The regulations are set to allow the amount of carbon dioxide released to that generated by burning natural gas.
Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. It is the end product of combustion of any fuel except hydrogen. Pollutants are: carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, trace metals and particulates, and are regulated by the Clean Air Act.
Ms. Thom, we are all emitters of carbon dioxide as we breathe.
The “inversions” in the Grand Valley will not be impacted by the proposed regulations since there is no coal burning in the valley. Our inversions are vehicle and home heating related and will not change with this proposed rule.
However, we will see an impact in our electric rates in fuel and investment costs. As the utilities are forced to switch from low cost coal to higher priced natural gas, the fuel portion of our electric bill will increase. As the utilities shut down, existing coal plants to be replaced by new investments for natural gas plants, the capital related portion of our electric bill will increase.
These regulations assume that man burning fossil fuels causes global warming (now called climate change). This has never been proven, yet some are willing to burden society with increased energy costs.
ROGER MOORE, P.E.
Local conservation plan an example of the coyote protecting the chicken
The Daily Sentinel’s reporting of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s withdrawal of the two beardtongue flowers from the proposed threatened species list brings to mind a Native American description of the coyote.
The locally crafted conservation plan (put together by the Fish and Wildlife Service, the BLM, Rio Blanco and Uintah Counties, and state agencies with the ingenious help of the oil and gas and agricultural industries) is a plan put together to serve the interests of the very ones who are responsible for this species and others being threatened in the first place.
We are putting the coyote, described as a wily and cunning creature by our American brothers, in charge of protecting the chickens. We are confident that the coyote will not harm the chickens while it is currently sated, but when it once again gets hungry it will continue to satisfy its hunger until all the chickens are gone and it leaves.
The conservation plan is one of those ideas that make sense politically in the near term, but is bad science and is inherently wrong and unworkable in the long term.
ROBERT A. TALLARICO
Funding for athletics important in local schools
While I appreciate Jeanette Wicks’ passion for quality education in MVSD-51, I feel compelled to share another view. I am a musician and supporter of the arts, so I am surprised at myself for coming to the defense of athletics funding when I feel the arts deserve more funding than they receive.
I greatly appreciate the opportunity to be generous and share with those less fortunate than myself. Thank you to Rotary and the local churches for working to ensure that all students have what they need to start the school year well.
I know we have spent about $100 per child (I have two children at GJHS and one at West MS) on basic school materials, plus the purchase of a calculator for high school math. Additionally, we paid roughly $90 per high school student and $30 for middle school technology and supply fees. Athletic fees are in addition to this, as are yearbook and meal costs. I do not expect the welfare state to support my children and their needs. I do, however, have compassion for those who could use extra support getting their children equipped for school.
The athletic fields are used for marching band practice and PE, in addition to after school athletics. My son has a personality that resists the structure of education. We have managed to support his excelling at academics by using the privilege of athletics as a motivator. We have found coaching staff to be as concerned about athlete academic performance as they are about athletic achievement and sport safety.
As a substitute teacher, the athletic leaders are often the students who support the substitute and
help maintain order when a peer is not respectful of the substitute (which may surprise you, but not all students are respectful when substitute teachers are in the classroom).
The voters of Mesa County have consistently refused to vote for school bond ballot initiatives or any tax increase to fund the necessary technology and modern teaching equipment needed. Therefore, parents and kids do fundraising, and many businesses in the area donate to school efforts. In addition, the financial gurus of D51 figure out how to spread out services as best they can.
When my son went out of town for track meets, we were expected to send money for most of his meals. The $140 high school athletic fee per sport does not cover all costs. However, if it were higher, many kids would be unable to participate due to family financial insecurity.
I thank everyone in the community who is passionate about having a quality school district, because that helps bring new business into an area. Though our opinions on how to achieve this may differ, I hope we can continue to care about our young people
Illegal immigrants carriers of communicable diseases
The Center for Disease Control reports that many families and children currently being allowed to enter the US illegally are carrying communicable diseases like chicken pox and tuberculosis. These diseases would be grounds to deny entry if these families and children were going through the legal screening required by the CDC. Drug abuse is also being ignored during the screening process.
At least one border agent contracted a severe case of tuberculosis in providing care to these illegal immigrants. These groups of people are being given free healthcare and benefits over distribution to “legal immigrants” trying to gain citizenship.
A DHS report issued last week stated, “Many UAC and family units require treatment for communicable diseases, including respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, chicken pox, and scabies. DHS employees reported exposure to communicable diseases and becoming sick on duty.”
A pen and phone aren’t enough to protect the citizens of this nation as the oath of office depicts, are they?