Email letters, Dec. 16, 2011

Tourism brings in secondary money

Regarding The Daily Sentinel’s front-page article in the Dec. 15 edition, “Outdoors jobs bolster economy, study shows” and the two related letters on the Commentary page: One thing that is never adequately stressed in these discussions is the fact that although the recreation and tourism industry brings a lot of money into the local community, it is all secondary money. It is a redistribution of existing wealth, but it contributes no net increase.

There must be an underlying economy based on natural resources and primary industry to generate the new wealth that is absolutely essential to provide the base economy on which the tourism and service industries ride. The net new wealth that natural-resource development and primary industry create is the very foundation on which any viable economy rests. The entire edifice of the service economy will collapse without a sound underlying primary economy. No sizable community, and certainly no state or nation can survive for long with economies based on tourism, recreation and service industries alone.

Holder had violated our Constitution

Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking to disallow individual states from requiring voters to provide a photo ID as a prerequisite to casting their votes in each election cycle. Why would Holder be opposed to states requiring a valid ID in order to cast votes?

You know, like the IDs that all legal citizens are required to present everyday on things like cashing a check, making purchases with credit cards, purchasing or applying for hunting and fishing licenses, opening a credit card or bank account, etc. Isn’t it somewhat tempting to believe that perhaps Holder’s real intention here is to more easily enable illega’s to vote, and encourage many left-leaning voters to vote more than once, ala the way that the Obama supported Acorn group did in the 2008 election cycle?

And I wonder just how many folks are aware of the recent finding that in a tightly contested primary with Hillary Clinton in the 2008 cycle, that an as-yet-undetermined quantity of Obama supporters engaged in voter fraud, by forging the names of many unknowing voters, in order to get Obama on the ticket? And now, knowing that the majority of Americans have wised up to Obama’s hype and change, this top law enforcement officer of America wants to provide even more opportunity for voter fraud in the 2012 election cycle, to improve Obama’s odds of re-election, rather than to actually create a level playing field for candidates of both major political parties.

Considering Holder’s obvious ineptness in the corrupt fast-and-furious operation, his dropping of the New Black Panther voter intimidation scandal (even with video evidence and a plea agreement in hand), his suing individual states for having the gall to pass illegal immigration laws in order to protect their states and its citizens, his pressing to prosecute war-time enemy combatants in civil courts to give them a fair trial and other violations of our Constitution, one can only wonder how many more times can Holder be allowed to violate our Constitution without serious public outcry?

Grand Junction

Wyoming wells were not properly cemented

I would not take too seriously the report on water-well contamination in the Pavilion, Wyo. area. My personal experience with water-well drillers and the energy production companies in the area during the late ’60s through the late ’80s indicate that one of the major problems with the Pavilion water wells was that they were never cemented to protect the well from surface water contamination.

One major water well drilling company properly cemented all water wells they drilled. Many did not, they mixed a few sacks of cement in a wheelbarrow and dumped it around the casing in hopes it would fall enough to seal the pipe in place.

There have been problems in this area for 50 + years, mainly to water well drilling procedures and existing natural surface gas.

Also, the EPA has an agenda.

Grand Junction

CMU is a deserving recipient of FML money

I was pleased to see the Federal Mineral Lease board show true leadership and make an investment in Western Colorado that will last for generations to come. I am also happy to see that Colorado Mesa University has stepped up to provide training for the energy workforce.

The $1.6 million investment in CMU will provide for more applied research, work-force development and will mean more dollars stay in the region. This was a good decision and a smart vote on the part of the FML board.

Thank you to all the folks who worked diligently to get these dollars where they are needed.


Mesa County and CMU show good leadership

It wasn’t too long ago that Gov. John Hickenlooper was out here promoting his “bottom-up” economic proposals for each county. Well, Mesa County took the challenge from Hickenlooper seriously and crafted a plan that would invest dollars into commonsense programs that last forever.

Mesa County could have made a plan and then put it on a shelf – but they didn’t. They showed active leadership and came up with a targeted list of organizations that would utilize the dollars. Not surprisingly, Colorado Mesa University topped the list.

They have done so much in terms of revitalizing the school and the path forward. They have assessed the needs of this valley and have taken action to provide increased programs that meet the ever changing needs of the area. CMU is a school that has also shown true leadership and ingenuity. 

The dollars from the Federal Mineral Lease fund will help keep tuition costs low and increase the amount of educational opportunities for a vast cross-section of students and residents.


Resident is for land swap

My name is Kay Tennison and I am the former owner of Crystal Meadows Ranch. I would like to respond to Ed Marston’s editorial comments in his letter of Nov. 21 in regards to Crystal Meadows Cafe and Resort.

First, I never considered my restaurant a cafe. It was a resort. What this business has to do with the ensuing discussions on the proposed land exchange by the Bear Ranch is beyond my comprehension.

Since Mr. Marston brought up the subject, I would like to respond. The property was on and off the market from 1999 on. I sold the property. I never sold my CMR business. I knew it would be closed to the public and I went to great lengths to inform my clients. It was my business, my property and my decision. I still live on CR#12 and have been there ever since 1987 — nearly 25 years. The area is not less attractive. There have been many improvements and I, for one, and the neighbors,take great pride in CR #12.

I’ve written to the editor previously and I still support the land exchange to Bear Ranch. I believe this land exchange is good for Gunnison County, Delta Count, and for all of us who use public lands. Mr. Koch has given support to our local communities and activities. Let me name a few: assistance to the local Fire Protection Districts, Paonia Library Campaign, Outdoors Alive, Inc., an ambulance to Delta County, and the annual Cherry Day’s Parade activities.

Mr. Marston wrote: “At this point, this proposed exchange is so damaged, and so little in the broad public interest, that it should be abandoned.” Perhaps, Mr. Marston might want to abandon his attacks on Mr. Koch and Bear Ranch. What does the new road, the new construction, and the warehouses in Paonia have to do with the exchange? And I am sure that “CMR” has nothing to do with it. Change is a part of life. Nothing is forever; let’s keep moving forward.


Museum thankful for continued funding

One thing most of us have in common right now is feeling the strain of a poor economy. It pinches us, some harder than others, and as it does we oft time forget what we do have instead of what we don’t.

While budget woes headlined the news for the Museum of Western Colorado the past couple of months, we remember that it is the community we serve and it is their voice that matters. We have heard from so many of you this year and most recently you’ve sent numerous emails and letters to the Mesa County commissioners voicing support for the museum. It did make a difference and we thank you.

In a very difficult budget year the board of Mesa County Commission have continued their financial commitment to the museum for 2012. This along with the nearly $1 million raised by the museum will allow us to continue to provide the excellent programming, tours, exhibits and resources that are so valuable to our community.

Thank you all very much and best wishes for a joyous holiday season.

ED GARDNER, Board President
Board Members of the Museum of Western Colorado
Grand Junction


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