Email letters, February 5, 2013

McCallister miscalculated weight of pint of methane

Would everyone who thinks a pint of methane weighs a pound please raise your hand? With reference to the article “A rather windy explanation of global warming” by Professor Gary McCallister of Colorado Mesa University, a correction is desperately needed.

In the article McCallister writes, “… humans are producing at least 7 to 28 billion pints of methane a day. Since ‘a pint is a pound the world around’ that is between 7-28 billion pounds, or 14 million tons of gas.”

The editor should have caught this one, using common sense. The saying is referring to estimating the weight of water and does not apply to other lighter or heavier things. As a geologist, I know that methane is lighter. (It bubbles up through the water in swamps).

A little checking on the Internet reveals that methane at standard pressure and temperature weighs about 0.66 kilograms per cubic meter. Rendering this into pints and pounds (using handy conversion factors available on the internet), we learn that a pint of methane weighs 0.00066 pounds.

The other way around, one pound of methane takes up about 1,515 pints. Not anywhere near the same ballpark.

FELICIE WILLIAMS

Grand Junction

By accepting same sex unions, Democrats try to keep God out of government

I hear the Democratic Party in Colorado has a problem defending our state Constitution, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

All three of those name laws that our public officers pretend to take a solemn oath or affirm intent to defend. All three reference capital crimes, or crimes of infamy.

So, by insisting the Democratic Party cannot only legislate whatever they find distasteful out of existence, they want to keep God out of government. They want us all to embrace sodomy and same-sex unions because they have “forgotten God.” Now, they want us to let murderers have rights that they have denied those they murder?

For the state to do its duty under God and dispatch a murderer to that righteous judge to answer for his or her sin once was understood. It prevented a murderer from committing more crimes. It prevented the court system from releasing murderers to do more crime. It allowed the families of those who had been murdered to rest a little easier. It stopped law-abiding citizens such as myself from feeling wronged because murderers are kept alive and treated better than those who do not murder.

This attempt by the Democrats is just more evidence that they are the Party that hates God and the most lawless and evil party.

ROBERT J. BURKHOLDER

Fruita

As a reputable company, Brady deserves fair treatment

Private property is central to the belief or promise that U.S. citizens can purchase a patch of Earth. Part of the perceived promise is the compelling right for each person or company to buy and access what is purchased.

Ownership and access are not guaranteed. This is reinforced when we look at what our community has accomplished on the river. Private industrial garbage dumps have been replaced, over 35 years and by investing $100 million, with a more natural riverbank and community trails.

Allowing Brady Trucking to reindustrialize the lynchpin property between Las Colonias Park and Colorado state land east of the Brady riverfront is against a long-term multi-generational vision to boost the overall standard of life in Grand Junction and Mesa County.

Brady is a good and stable employer that provides good jobs. The Grand Junction City Council has, in the past, spent taxpayer money or given tax breaks to entice relocation of companies. Why is it so difficult to find the money to complete a multi-decade project and spend the money for an appraisal so Brady can sell or trade the land to the city?

Brady’s accessing the questionably-zoned land is not a private property issue, or a jobs issue, but the lack of will by the Grand Junction City Council to complete the vision that converges the past with the future through the preservation of riparian habitat that enhances all our lives.

Brady deserves to be bought out or lands traded instead of waiting for citizens to take the repeated path that voters made abundantly clear in the past that there is no reindustrialization of the riverfront.

Members of the Grand Junction City Council did not do their job, and the cost to Brady, you and me is inexcusable.

B. PHILLIPS

President , Western Colorado Congress of Mesa County
Palisade

Ninth Amendment protects retention of citizens’ rights

There are many problems in the U.S.A., and the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution could solve every one of them.

Hardly anyone seems to know of the Ninth Amendment, as I have asked them. It reads, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

ALAN R. STORY
Fruita

Monument Baptist neighbors should confront Verizon instead

I’m saddened that neighbors of Monument Baptist Church would attack the church for a project conceived and executed by Verizon Wireless. True, the church is allowing construction and operation of the cell tower on its property.

But, why not confront Verizon Wireless directly? Is it because Monument Baptist is smaller and seemingly more vulnerable? Sounds a bit like bullying to me.

Angry neighbors accuse Monument of being a bad neighbor for selling out to Verizon and lining their pockets. Hank Drake’s sign says, “It’s all about the money.” How would he know? Has he attended a business meeting at this church regarding the use of these funds? Is he privy to inside information regarding this perceived lust for “filthy lucre”?

Most American churches are small and exist to worship God, directly and by being good neighbors, not only by spreading the gospel, which is an act of obedience to God and their constitutional right. They also pool their resources, offering health care, education, food, shelter and disaster relief locally and abroad. They seek to be the epitome of the good neighbor.

By the way, does a good neighbor post signs denigrating another neighbor? Would another neighbor be as gracious about it as Monument Baptist Church?

I urge Drake and others to get to know the people at Monument Baptist. I suggest that Drake take his sign to Verizon Wireless and a pot of coffee to Monument Baptist.

JIM MEALLER
Grand Junction

Those who are obese deserve understanding and compassion

Those of you who are thinking of stopping Medicaid or Medicare for people who are obese need to back up and check yourselves.

There are many reasons for being obese. We who are obese are not sitting around eating ice cream and chocolates all day. Many of us have tried numerous diets, up to starvation.

Many have tried exercise. I’m thinking the people who came up with this idea have never had to diet, love to exercise, etc. and have the right genetics for being a normal size.

Something the doctors don’t talk about or tell their patients about is that the medications we take have a lot of side effects. They cause weight gain, enlarged appetites and swelling of the face, legs and hands, etc.

For more than nine months I followed my doctor’s orders and quit eating potatoes, pasta, gravies, sauces, desserts and ice cream, etc. I would lose a couple of pounds. When a family dinner or birthday would come up, I would indulge. The weight would go back on.

Last spring I would walk around Sherwood Park or around our facility with others. I never started to lose weight. It was very frustrating and depressing.

I believe you should find ways that are financially available to those who want to lose weight and check into every individual’s situation, before you talk of taking our lifelines away. Do you not know you can get diabetes even if you are a normal-sized person?

Several years ago, I joined NutriSystem when I was in a two-income household. In nine months I lost 75 pounds. It was great. I was excited. As soon as I was no longer able to afford the program, I started putting the weight on back and more.

Also, for more than two years I have been on the list to have the new lap band surgery. They still don’t have Medicaid coverage here on the Western Slope for Medicaid patients; otherwise, I can’t afford it.

Be compassionate enough to offer a chance to lose weight. Put your money where your mouth is. Offer to pay for someone to go to a weight-loss program. I’ll bet a lot of people who have little income would jump at the chance.

And, by the way, how much money is spent on people with emphysema or alcoholism from smoking or drinking? You are not going to stop the liquor stores or bars or taverns in towns, are you?

Come on, people. Tell me you’ve walked a mile in my shoes.

MARY C. ELHALFY
Grand Junction



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