Email letters, Dec. 12, 2012

Salazar’s plan commendable in light of boom/bust history

The op-ed articles in Sunday’s Daily Sentinel by Mike King, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and Brad McCloud, executive director of Environmentally Conscious Consumers for Oil Shale, give good views of both sides of this issue.

Interior Secretary Salazar should be commended for taking a smart approach to oil shale, by requiring oil companies to do research first to know the impacts to our communities, water and rivers. Those of us who lived here in the 1980s remember the great oil shale crash on the Western Slope and the thousands of lost jobs, foreclosures, bank closures, air pollution, vacant houses and uncompleted subdivisions that resulted. That is why I favor a go-slow approach to oil shale.

No one knows just how much water oil shale companies would use or pollute, but we do know oil shale speculation poses an unacceptable risk to Western families, rivers, wildlife, farmers and ranchers. By asking companies to show their work first, Salazar took a more common sense approach.

Oil shale development has been a controversial issue in the West due to its long history of failed projects, despite billions invested by taxpayers and industry. To turn oil shale rock into oil, the rock must be superheated to 700 degrees or more over a period of months or even years. This could require enormous amounts of electricity and water to develop and also impact waters such as the Colorado River.

After experiencing our worst drought in a decade, now is not the time to jeopardize Colorado’s water supply and rivers with costly oil shale speculation. Oil shale companies should prove the economic viability of oil shale and that it can be produced in a way that will not ruin western water and air resources prior to commercial leasing on public lands. Salazar has adopted a smart plan that protects our water from costly oil shale speculation.


Grand Junction

Thanks to community support, fallen heroes once again honored

Once again our Wreaths Across America program for the Western Slope Veterans Memorial Cemetery was a large success, due to all the businesses and individuals that came forward and sponsored wreaths for the cemetery to honor our fallen heroes.

I want to express my deepest appreciation to each of you for helping the Western Slope Patriot Guard Riders to make this a success for another year.

Western Slope Assist State Captain
Colorado PGR/Wreath Coordinator

Increasingly permissive society robs kids of childhoods

What’s happening to morality in America? It’s melting away before us. Some of us have lived long enough to see this nation sliding farther and farther into the sickening state all around us today. They call it “permissiveness.”

But, whatever it’s called, every facet of life is affected, most notably TV and movies. There was a time once when TV was suitable for kids, any time, day or night. Sadly, not any more. Characters and story lines feature subjects once taboo. Each day we’re bombarded with adultery, children born out of wedlock, homosexuals, lewd innuendo, on screen nudity, etc. You name it. If it boosts ratings, it’s OK to air. Subjects once reserved for the schoolyard are common on TV. Even commercials reek of them.

Judge programs do a great disservice, spotlighting low-life characters in the name of entertainment, implying somehow that their behavior is normal. It’s the ultimate in stereotyping.

We’re spoon-fed immorality disguised as free speech. Opposing any of it makes one a bigot. Once words such as Christ, Lord or God weren’t offensive to anyone; we honored the flag and those who fought for it; we wished people “Merry Christmas!” and swore on the Bible to tell the truth. Some even attended church. I wonder how much longer that can last?

The ones most affected by, yet least aware of, this degeneration are the children who, with each passing school year learn more “touchy-feely” stuff and less basic knowledge. As example, I’ve seen letters written by youngsters with numerous misspellings, though I’m sure most could tell you how to use a prophylactic and prevent the spread of AIDS.

Some slippage in the constraints of morality is to be expected, especially with regard to advancing technology. But I believe this “rush to do it all now” is forcing kids to grow up too fast. Same sex marriage, legalized pot, what’s next?

But there’s one thing we can be sure of: As long as we keep buying what gets shoveled our way, it, and more, will keep coming our way.

Grand Junction

If winter parade had honored Christ, would it be popular?

What a nice turnout for the Parade of Lights!

I have to wonder, though, how many participants and spectators would there have been if the theme was the “Christ of Christmas” or would that not be politically correct?


Grand Junction

Federal workers unwilling to forego better medical plans

Our president has been espousing for fairness and wants to tax the productive rich and spread it around. Could this be hypocritical and unfair in the following ways?

• Why did the president, Congress and government workers exclude themselves from Obamacare, keeping their own medical plans that are better by far? Our president could have shown real leadership by signing his own family as the first joiner of Obamacare, then Congress.

• Why didn’t the same group go under Social Security like the rest of the country? They have a far superior retirement plan than Social Security and have spent the contributions made to secure the future of Social Security, and all we have are IOUs from our government.

• Why hasn’t our leadership tried to equalize government wages and other benefits to private industry?

• Since we have to pay for all government, in fairness why aren’t Congress and workers paid for what they accomplish, not what they say they’re going to do? As they say, never listen to politicians … only watch what they do. Our broadcasting industry has a fairness doctrine, so why not our government?

Grand Junction


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