Email letters, February 10, 2014
Front-page article on report on jobs, ACA was appreciated
Thank you for publishing the piece on the federal report that explains the truth about jobs and the ACA. And thank you for putting it on page 1.
Surely some of the local folk will be calling you liberal media over it, but we feel it just proves to us once again that you are, if nothing else, there. We appreciate that.
MEG and DAVID COOPER
How did Seahawks so quickly deduce Peyton Manning’s code?
It appears that sneaky Pete Carroll put one over on foxy John in the recent Super Bowl. According to Seattle safety Richard Sherman, the Seahawks cracked Peyton Manning’s hand-signal code at the line of scrimmage in the first quarter. So, their defense knew the nature of every play as soon as the Broncos on offense did.
We can believe they cracked the code, but the claim that they did it during the first quarter is a stretch. How about during the two weeks prior to the game? Otherwise, how did the Seahawk players learn what those plays were, and what their role was and how to counter them while the quarter was in progress, and they were already destroying the Broncos’ offense on every play?
And how did sneaky Pete manage to stack the stands with his “12th Man” trained seals to force Manning to rely on hand signals to communicate with his team? Come to think of it, how did Seattle destroy Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in two games? Just Dembach, or more stolen signals?
It appears there’s something rotten in the state of Washington – and in the NFL, if it doesn’t do something about it.
Dog attack raises thoughts on citizens’ responsibilities
On Feb. 2 I witnessed a shooting in the Albertson’s parking lot. What I witnessed was a woman with a large female pit bull. After the dog barked/lunged at me as I walked through the parking lot to my car, I noticed the dog was intently focused on the man with his two young daughters approaching the store.
The dog was barking and lunging. The owner tried to restrain her dog but was unable to do so. The dog started going toward the two young girls. As the dog reached the girls, it appeared that one of the daughters was bitten in the hand. The dog slipped her collar, and the woman lost control of the dog.
As the dog went after the girls, the man pulled out his pistol and shot the dog, severely injuring it. The woman screamed for him to shoot the dog again, which he did.
Right after the second shot, as the dog was dying, the gentleman called the police. The dog owner took the badly shaken, scared and crying little girls into the store.
I am convinced had the gentleman not had his gun with him, too young girls would have been horribly mauled or dead. This is a perfect example of why, as Americans, we have the right to bear arms.
I am a dog owner and an animal lover, and I don’t own a gun. It was horrible to watch this poor animal have to be shot because the owner could not restrain it.
It seems that if people want to have dangerous dogs, that is their right, but they should keep them at home. If, however, these animals need to be out in public, it seems to me a responsible dog owner would harness and muzzle their animals to the protection of the community.
Thank you to the officer who responded within a few minutes.
KAREN E. MELKUS
Relay comments on rules to air quality commission
Colorado has always been a bellwether state and has shaped many outcomes across the West. We are positioned to wield that level of influence again with new oil and gas rules that will help clean our air and keep our climate from overheating. Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission will conduct hearings Feb. 19-23 on thoughtful and cost-effective rules to substantially reduce leakage of methane and other volatile organic compounds from oil and gas operations.
Methane is one of the most damaging greenhouse gases and VOCs form ozone known to cause respiratory problems and damage to agriculture. The proposed common-sense rules will require more frequent inspections of production facilities and more rapid repairs of malfunctions.
The benefits of the proposed rules have received far too little discussion to date. Thousands fewer people, especially kids, will suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses. That also means those families will save money from medical expenses. Cleaner, healthier air will make our state a more appealing place for businesses to locate because they will be able to attract employees who demand a high quality of life. Finally, reducing methane will help make natural gas less damaging to our climate than coal.
You may comment in person from noon to 3 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. on Feb. 19 or call in your support from 3 to 5 p.m. that day if you register ahead of time at https://jsp.premiereglobal.com/webrsvp/register?conf_id=8290071.
These rules demonstrate a standard for surrounding states, which is what bellwether states do.
Director, Lands Program
Western Resource Advocates
Senators supported treaty that would been ‘perfidy of liberty’
This letter is addressed to my fellow American citizens who love liberty and the sovereignty of our beloved country.
Although not reported by the “independent” news media, a recent vote by the Senate turned down ratification of the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, which was pushed hard for by the “freedom loving” President Obama.
This is good news for all of us who love freedom except 46 senators who swore to uphold the Constitution voted to ratify this perfidy of liberty. Colorado’s two Obama-lackey senators, Bennet and Udall, voted to put your personal, private firearms and ammo under an international gun registry.
Bennet and Udall voted for a treaty that contains Point No. 11, which calls for “Member States To Support Weapons Collection And Disarmament.”
My friends, it is past time to clean house, get rid of these two enemies of liberty and elect senators who respect and adhere to our beloved Constitution.
Bennet and Udall put out a lot of propaganda about “doing good,” but “actions speak louder than words.” They voted to allow a bunch of UN thugs to have authority over sovereign United States citizens. Let’s get rid of them.
It is time for chamber to get out of the political arena
On Feb. 1, I opened The Daily Sentinel to see that the Chamber of Commerce has given the Business of the Year Award to Home Loan and
Investments. Do we have to run a retread around the block again? No other business was deserving of this award that had not been recognized before by the chamber?
Then I read on to see the Grand Junction Rockies is awarded the Small Business of the Year Award. This is a business that is open three months of the year, has its payroll subsidized by a multi-million dollar corporation on the Eastern Slope, spends upwards of 50 percent of its budget while on the road in other communities, has little or no cost for health insurance because most of its employees are part-time and still on Mom and Dad’s insurance policy. So, just how many full-time, year-round employees are there?
I think it’s time that Diane Schwenke and the chamber get out of the political arena, drop membership in the “Good Ole Boys Club” and get out there to meet the companies and their owners that really make this community what it is.
Please sign petition to improve Voting Rights Amendment Act
The Voting Rights Act is one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation Congress has ever passed. Last year’s Supreme Court decision weakened critical provisions of it. Right now, Congress can restore those protections by passing this important bill. Rep. Tipton should support this effort by cosponsoring, voting and fighting for a strong bill
That’s why I created a petition to Rep. Scott Tipton, 3rd Congressional District, which says: “Please cosponsor vote and fight to improve the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014.”
Will you sign my petition? Click here or paste into a web browser to add your name:
Enstrom made great candy, was respected legislator
Regarding Enstrom’s Candies and the Legislature, the current speaker of the House has no taste.
I served on the Legislative Council staff for a number of years and as a lobbyist for the University of Colorado. I also had the privilege of knowing Chet Enstrom, who was a thoughtful, respected and talented senator.
Enstrom made the wonderful candy that exists today and provided thoughtful solutions to problems, unlike the current crop of legislators we have today. Just send them a Valentine card. They have no taste.
Column on Manning, Leno eased Super Bowl distress
I confess I don’t always agree with the opinions expressed in Josh Penry’s columns. Sometimes I find his column heavy on generalizations and short on balanced perspectives and creative solutions. But I do take time to read it to learn of what some of the local folks are thinking and to be fair-minded regarding the public discourse on issues affecting our community.
But fair is fair. I was impressed with Penry’s Feb. 7 column about Peyton Manning and Jay Leno. After the sour taste left by the Broncos’ Super Bowl loss, I had been looking for something positive to help me get over the disappointment. I think I found something promising in his column. In fact, it’s rather profound and insightful.
It’s easy to deal with life when everything is clicking just right, but what about the way we handle ourselves when we face adversity? Just like we hear that the two things certain in life are death and taxes, so is adversity. It’s when we face adversity that our real character shows.
Yeah, I agree that all the records set by Manning and the team gave us a sense of pride, but seeing the character of the man in the way he handled himself through adversity is just as, if not more important, a life lesson on which all of us can reflect. It’s certainly a lesson worth sharing with our youth.
So, thanks, Josh. Not only did you encourage me to look up the word “ignominy” and helped me see a positive life lesson that can be derived by Manning’s and Leno’s predicament, but you also reminded me that even when we don’t always agree with the opinions of others, there’s still something to be learned from each other.
Newcomers dissatisfied with life in the valley need not remain
I was born and raised in Colorado. I did manage to live in other places off and on and never have I moved to a different community and try to tell the locals how they should be running their cities and counties. My question is what gives people, or makes people think they have, a right to move into a community and tell the locals how to do things?
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you move to a new place that you find to be lovely. The people who have been there for years or generations are what made the place so desirable. They developed the land, the businesses, the community spirit and all those things you found to be so admirable.
As for those things you don’t care for: The Indians who occupied this valley for a few hundred years used fire for heat and cooking. There have been forest fires for all time, and the valley has had seasonal inversions forever. The farmers for generations have used fire to burn the noxious weeds and nasty bugs. The gas and oil industry has continually worked to try to make all the whiners happy, with little success, and yet that industry contributes far more to the economy than any newcomer does or ever has. The tourists come and then go.
You might expect my response to your constant complaining would be the standard “Love it or Leave It.” I won’t say that, but I will say, “Love it and leave it alone.” People whose families have been here for generations and made their life here really do not care what you think.
If you cannot leave it alone, then please go home. Only fools would move to a place that continues to make them so miserable they have to complain constantly. Think about all the people who get real tired of listening to you complain. You are making their life miserable. You really are not welcome here if you are not happy here. So, please go home.
Government interference takes the life out of businesses
Harmon Lisnow of Loma obviously never created a business, contributed to the success of a company or put forth any more effort than he needed to for anything.
For the record, the reason that so many businesses fail, so many people don’t attempt to start one, and so many have to work twice as hard with half the people they need is government.
It takes a perfectly smooth-running operation, legislates it out of existence and then tells us we owe more because some slack-jawed lazy somewhere thinks it isn’t fair.
People are voting for a living and out-numbering the those that work for a living! Wake up!
Democratic speaker of the House blocks Jessica’s Law
Mike Ferrandino, the Democratic Speaker of the House for Colorado, is doing a lot more harm to our state than just snubbing the generous gift of Enstrom’s wonderful toffee.
He has for the past and present session blocked Jessica’s Law from being voted on by our lawmakers by sending it to kill committees. Reps. Libby Zsabo and Jared Wright (sponsors of the bill) have worked hard to get it passed, but Ferrandino and his cohorts stand squarely in the way.
Jessica’s Law is a measure to lock up convicted child molesters for a minimum of 20 years, according to the discretion of the district attorney. Forty-seven states have already passed this common-sense legislation. It has worked well to protect children from repeat offenders.
Jessica’s Law was developed as a response to the case of a little girl who was kidnapped in Florida a few years ago. Her tormentor raped and abused her for a week and then buried her alive. He was a convicted child molester who was wearing an ankle monitoring device and on parole for other sexual crimes against children at the time.
Because this is such a serious matter, please notify Ferrandino that you want him to support this important bill and not block it. This is not an issue that has any partisan aspects. The children of Colorado deserve our protection. It is long overdue.
Blame wood-burning stoves, not drill sites, for bad air
Regarding concerns over air pollution in the valley, I agree the air is dirty. If you go out doors on certain evenings, all you can smell is wood-burning smoke.
The clean air is at the drill sites, the coal mines at Paonia. We had the Cameo power plant and, if you wanted clean air, it was there also.
Back in the 1950s thru the 1960s, Colorado had an auto inspection program every six months. It was nothing but a racket to bleed the public. In today’s cost, for our computerized cars to be inspected it would probably cost at least $125 for the inspection only. For sure, they would always find something to replace for a total of $500 every time.
Also, I don’t see the coal trains blowing coal dust off the cars. I see dust blowing from the Bookcliffs when the wind blows; the dirt has been loosened up all over out there.
RAFAEL A. SALAZ
Constitution’s raison d’etre was to take power from states
David Cox said he wants to “end the corruption of our federal government and return to state-focused and controlled Constitutional government.” He promises to eliminate “cronyism and criminality at work in our Capital.”
He must be unaware that the Constitution was written to take power away from the states and the primary reason was to be able to tax the public, rather than the states, in order to pay our war debts. The Confederated States at that time didn’t want to pay their bills.
As for “cronyism,” didn’t he get together with his cronies to take guns to a public meeting to make a statement to intimidate, bully and absolutely scare people into doing what they wanted? If he thinks this and “criminality” didn’t exist before, now his naïveté is hitting the skids. He needs to update his high school history lessons.
James Madison, probably the slickest and most brilliant politician in our history, compromised, wheedled, called in favors and did just about anything other than shoot people to get the Constitution passed. When some states wanted a Bill of Rights or else they’d withdraw from ratifying, he wrote them as amendments to the Constitution and sent them back to the states to ratify.
As for the Second Amendment, Madison most likely wanted to appease his own constituents who were trying to make Kentucky a state, to sell what they
reluctantly ratified. The two top reasons people didn’t want to ratify the Constitution was paying federal taxes (the reason it was written) and the absence of a religious test in Article VI, both of which remained.
The most amusing thing is that these ten amendments, as we adore them today, weren’t actually established as the Bill of Rights until 1947.
Government employees provide services and support economy
A simple idea that seems reasonable to some is that government jobs do not add to the economy because they do not make anything. Unfortunately, simplicity often neglects reality. Most businesses are not manufacturers.
They buy manufactured items from anywhere and sell them for more money plus sometimes adding services or labor. These businesses are exchanging money for money, not making something. Grand Junction’s worth is measured by more than manufacturing.
Those who have jobs producing service in business (employees) also spend money, but they also are not manufacturing anything. Their wages help the community by circulating money.
Government employees provide various services. Police keep an orderly society. Teachers prepare the next generation. Firefighters protect us from fire. The Colorado Department of Transportation keeps the roads working. Local government workers pick up our trash, keep our streets clean, keep courts running and perform a host of other things. That may not be manufacturing, but all of those jobs do something regular jobs cannot. The add value to the community. Their wages also circulate in the business community. In addition, government wages, pensions, etc. do not collapse so quickly in economic crashes. That mediates the effects on the whole economy.
Good government is we adding to the collective benefit of our country in a way we individually cannot. It makes nicer places to live and contributes to upward mobility. Good government is corrupted through indifference and antipathy when we believe that it gives nothing to our lives. Good government makes our country better for all. Misunderstanding government’s
role and benefits allows government to drift into third world status regarding service to its populace.
Cars, burning of fields cause much of valley’s polluted air
I feel that I must respond to Jerry Nelson’s letter about what the main causes are for our poor air quality here in the Grand Valley in the winter.
Having grown up in the L.A. Basin during the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, I am very familiar with smog caused by ozone reacting with sunlight. Automobiles mostly caused the smog.
Very few oil and gas wells are here in the Grand Valley. Most of the poor air is caused by people driving or people burning fields and tree/grass cuttings, coupled with the inversion.
If one drives from Grand Junction on a bad air day through De Beque Canyon toward Parachute and Rifle, the air quality is just great. Many oil and gas wells are in this area, but the air is fine.
I suspect that Nelson is just anti-oil and gas and uses any argument to attack the industry rather than just using any common sense.
How does government come up with number of illegal immigrants?
I admit that sooner or later the immigration problem must be addressed and I believe that if both sides sit down, there is an acceptable solution.
I am wondering, however, where the government gets its numbers. For years now, it has kept saying we have about 12 million illegals in this country. How do officials know? That also presumes that over the last four or five years the number has never increased, so, therefore, our border protection is working. Who can believe that?
Secondly, another question must be asked. It is always presumed that all the illegals are Hispanics or Mexicans. Surely we have other illegals in this country, some from countries that want to destroy us. Do we offer them a path to citizenship also?
Prayers are with Glenn Greenwald
“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing,” Thomas Jefferson once noted.
The Thomas Paine of the America these days is revolutionary journalist (and civil rights attorney) Glenn Greenwald. He’s every little person’s hero, whether you’re a tea partier or an occupier.
The dude with cojones the size of Texas who took on the NSA brings transparency and sunshine to Obama who has secrets to hide which, in turn, make the limousine liberals in DC overreach.
Prediction: If Obama arrests Greenwald when he returns to accept the Polk Prize in journalism, Greenwald will win the Pulitzer. And Snowden the Nobel.
Problem for Obama: Greenwald and filmmakers Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill are backed by a billionaire “outsider” who has issues with the “Divide and Conquer” the elites practice.
LOL about the irony: E-Bay founder Pierre Omidyar went to school in Paris where they still believe in things like democracy, freedom of assembly and habeas corpus, instead of endless wars and Wall Street crony capitalism.
Glenn, our prayers are with you, and therefore we pray for the First Amendment in the land called America.
Power to the people.
Proposed air quality regulations make sense, should be adopted
Regulations for stricter control and monitoring of emissions from gas and oil industry operations to be considered for adoption Feb.19 by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission deserve the support of all Western Slope residents who want economic prosperity, as well as a healthy environment.
Keep in mind the pollutants trapped by the recurring inversions we have experienced in Mesa County and elsewhere on the Western Slope. Smog and dirty air deter desirable businesses from locating here. Failure to control emissions now will leave little margin within permissible limits set by existing state and federal standards for further industrial development of any kind.
Thus, any businesses and chambers of commerce (not to mention county commissioners and our civic leaders) interested in the growth and economic prosperity of the Western Slope should be in the vanguard of those advocating effective air quality protection and the adoption of the proposed stricter emission controls.
So, the proposed regulations approved both by major energy companies and environmental organizations make sense and should be adopted. Continued oil and gas development, such as the 108 well project in the works near Whitewater, without the proposed regulations will needlessly foul the air and dim the quality of life and the economy of Western Colorado.
Enforce current laws before enacting new ones
So, we don’t enforce the laws that we already have about tobacco, smoking age, and all the other laws that are here and not enforced and yet we keep coming up with new laws for the same thing.
So, who’s going to enforce these laws that are about the same laws that weren’t enforced before they were changed? Why don’t we just enforce the laws already passed? We wouldn’t have to pass new laws that probably won’t be enforced either.
Let’s not waste time coming up with new laws that are already laws but are not enforced, or just enforce the laws we already have. Then politicians can use their time on more important issues.
Western Slope deserves improved air quality status
Those of us who live in Grand Junction don’t need an air quality monitor to identify air pollution. Every winter we smell it and taste it. Smog burns our eyes, noses and throats. We suffer from upper respiratory and sinus infections more often, and they last longer than normal.
I cough for months and feel dizzy. Every year during the inversion, my physician insists I take antibiotics, because my sinus infection won’t clear out without them. I think antibiotics add to the problem, but physicians don’t have any other tools.
Air is our most basic, most fundamental need. Clean air must not be subject to the whims of agencies, officials, politicians or uninformed bureaucrats. Employees and students, struggling to stay healthy in order to work, should not have to compete with illegal woodstoves, malfunctioning automobiles and volatile organic compounds.
Since 2006, the nation’s premier air pollution scientists who advise the EPA have been writing letters to the agency, condemning it for allowing politics to overwhelm science in setting those standards. For years, virtually every major medical organization in the country has been calling on the EPA to make national air quality standards stricter.
Hundreds of new medical studies demonstrate smog’s adverse health effects, even if air quality is well within the EPA’s current guidelines.
Does the Western Slope, and all of Colorado, deserve improved air quality safeguards? Or will we settle for second-class status?
Before its meetings in Denver Feb. 19, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission needs to know how you feel about Grand Junction’s inversion and smog. Please ask for safe, statewide air standards on the Western Slope.