Email letters, January 29, 2013

Societal illness lies behind gun violence

A metal device tells itself to load, point and pull its own trigger. So, our wise leaders will ban the metal devices, their scapegoat, just as they believe throwing more money at education will boost student achievement.

This logic could be used to place a ban on automobiles instead of targeting drunk drivers. The liberals are looking for an easier scapegoat than to address the root cause of a problem. Just a point of interest is the statistic that shows Israel in a ten-year period losing only eight children to violence. Israel allows teachers to have weapons.

Contrast that to the gun-free school zones in the U.S. in which 323 school children have died. More than 84 million responsible gun owners in America killed no one yesterday. Our press did not report 2,500 violent crimes stopped last year by legal weapons carriers before police arrived.
   
Notice, too, how our mainstream media ignores the most basic reason of all for our Second Amendment, which is our own protection against a too powerful government that has gone corrupt and evil. Compare us against other countries and realize our Constitution has given us more freedom and inherent rights.

Young people in particular need to chew that one over and take remedial history. Now, as to the core issues behind violence, we have a cultural slide away from traditional values and morality. We coddle criminals, and young people are glued to violence from movies to television and video games.

Christianity is under attack. Because it is a sick society and sick people are behind the killings, we find the scapegoat. Human behavior issues are not as easy to fix. There is evil in this world. Contrary to far-left thinking, gun control will not legislate that away. Evil finds any way possible to kill.

CAROL ABBOTT

Parachute

Taxpayers won’t find it taxing to help fight MS

At a time when many people remain challenged by the economy, Colorado¹s nonprofit organizations are working diligently to continue providing services to communities throughout the state. The need is greater than ever.

Once again Coloradans can make a gift of support using Checkoff Colorado, the program that allows taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to their favorite charitable organizations when they file their state income tax return. This year taxpayers can donate to 15 funds listed on the 2012 Colorado 104 individual income tax form.

The Colorado Multiple Sclerosis Fund is one of the funds eligible for check-off donations this year. The fund supports the vital work of the Colorado-Wyoming chapter of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Colorado has one of the highest prevalence of MS in the nation. I encourage our generous community members to check line 46 on their tax forms, which will help provide one-on-one assistance, resource connections, educational programs and financial assistance that significantly impact the lives of the more than 95,000 Coloradans whom MS affects.

Thank you in advance for your support.

CARRIE H. NOLAN
President, Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National MS Society
Denver


Longer school year means less time spent reviewing

Those who are railing against a school calendar that possibly starts in August should perhaps talk to some parents of kids who go to schools where this happens (as well as staff, too).

Both the coveted Caprock Academy as well as Christian Community Schools begin school in late July or early August. As a parent with a child who has this school calendar, I can tell you I think it’s fantastic.

My daughter loses much less knowledge over the summer, resulting in less time reviewing when school starts again. Being able to take a vacation in October when many tourist attractions are less crowded is also very nice.

While change is always scary, frankly I am so happy my daughter’s school went to this calendar two years ago. I hope the school doesn’t do away with it. Some District 51 schools used to have a year-round track, and parents who used it were upset when it was done away with.

I would just recommend not running away screaming from a schedule in which kids start school in early August.

JENNIFER SCHMALZ
Grand Junction

If status of monument a mere name change, why so much hoopla?

I see in the Jan. 28 edition of the paper that Tillie Bishop says that making the monument a national park only amounts to changing the name.

If this is true, why is there so much hysteria and push to get it designated a national park? 

There must be more to it than the Grand Junction elitists are divulging to us common folks.

In God we trust.

NEWT BURKHALTER

Grand Junction

Businesses by river could add to pollution in fog

Brady Trucking zoning should be reconsidered as a contributor to air-quality. Reading about the inversion, I came upon information for consideration. 

Placing any businesses along the river and adding diesel exhaust, steam or VOCs are poor choices for economic development or zoning, it appears. The radon gas hazard trapped within the fog along the river is actually why the pile was moved; we’re adding to a bad situation.

Utah’s air-quality division identifies liquids in the air fog and pollutants as the primary culprit. In California it was marine haze, but the result was the same. The primary pollutants in Utah are soot from coal-fired power plants (primary), diesel, wood burning and cars.

Flying into Grand Junction yesterday at 9 a.m., I could see the pollution mingled with the fog—not in Vail, Glenwood or Rifle, where the air quality index was very low (good).

From the American Lung Association I read, “Reducing particle pollution will prevent heart attacks and asthma attacks, and will keep children out of the emergency room and hospitals. It will save lives.”

Also from ALA, “Particulate matter, also known as particle pollution or soot, is a mixture of liquid droplets and solid particles made of toxic chemicals, metals and smoke. These particles are small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs and even into the bloodstream, leading to tens of thousands of premature deaths, heart attacks and asthma attacks every year. Particles come from wide-ranging sources, including coal-fired power plants, industrial boilers, diesel vehicles and wood stoves. “

Maybe our new county commissioners could adopt wood-burning bans, and maybe the planning department could zone against truck stops and businesses along the river that would contribute to the problem.

Maybe it’s time to start making informed decisions instead of blaming winter and change what we can control.

PAUL MULDOWNEY

Grand Junction

 



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Mr. Muldowney, while we are at it why don’t we just make everyone who lives or has a business within, say, one mile on either side of the river just move out. Of course they would be responsible for returning the area to it’s true pristine state. We also need to close D road, there is altogether too much traffic on it and of course there is Haliburton, and the new brewery that will not cause any traffic or pollution from their operation.
I could go on with the list of businesses that would necessarily have to go but I think you get my point.

This entire Brady Trucking affair is about private property rights. I had a business very close to the area thirteen years ago and it was not pretty down there. There are a lot of other businesses in the area that pollute also and nothing is said of their work trucks, vans, etc running in and out and sitting by idling while they load and unload.

Brady has done a great job and have bent over backwards to get along with the city and the neighborhood. They have offered to donate land, build a wall, do the maintenance, and about everything else imaginable. What more do you want? If they are forced to shut down will they be allowed to return the site to same state it was in when they bought it? I am sure the neighbors would much prefer that over what they have now.

Stop the Agenda 21 land grab.

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