Email Letters: July 27, 2017

Elliott family invaluable to local tennis community

The Elliott family deserves our thanks. By pouring their lives into creating opportunities to play tennis, they have made Grand Junction a better place to live and recreate.

For decades, they have successfully run the Western Slope Open (formerly Taco Bell) tournament, which wouldn’t take place without their dedication to giving our citizens of all ages a chance to compete.

Elliott sisters Kathy, Sandra, Carol, and Tish run drills for adults twice weekly. Under the sisters’ positive and knowledgeable instruction, I have been able to improve my game while making new friends as a bonus.

Kathy also skillfully coordinates the USTA and city leagues – no small task – and some of our area high school tennis teams have been lucky enough to have talented Elliotts as coaches.

My 5-year-old son has seen my excitement over the sport, which inspired him to ask if he could take lessons. Who did a friend recommend? Mesa County Tennis – a program run by Ron Elliott, his brother Dave, and the capable young instructors they recruit.

Tennis is a great positive outlet in my life, and it wouldn’t be the same without the opportunities for play that the Elliotts provide. They are not only great instructors, but also fun, kind, and hard-working people. We are lucky to have them as a part of our community, for tennis and beyond.

HANNAH BOU-MATAR
Grand Junction

Oil and gas industry furthering dialogue on how to optimize air quality

While most of the coverage of air emissions issues tend to focus on the more densely populated Denver Metro area, we on the Western Slope have a great deal of familiarity on the issue given our history of oil and gas development. That’s why I’m hopeful the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s new “Clear the Air: The Facts on Climate, Emissions and Ozone” campaign maintains a statewide focus and serves to further dialogue on how we optimize our air quality everywhere.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and I think we’d all be well-served to use this as an opportunity to come together and find solutions that are not only effective in improving our air quality, but in keeping our statewide economy on a positive upward path. I applaud the industry for getting this conversation going.

JES ECKHART
Grand Junction

Carbon fee and dividend a free-market solution that will address climate change
“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we …[need to] leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” – Lyndon Johnson.

Never were we more in danger of failing at this as now. Colorado is a paradise. But we are increasingly living in a tinderbox. One in 14 trees is dead in Colorado forests according to the State Forest Service’s annual survey released last February. This is an increase of 30%= percent since 2010. Our forests are being devastated by the mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle, insects that used to be kept in check by our long cold winters, but no more.

We need to pay attention here. We are at risk of destroying not only the beauty of our state, but our ability to live here at all. Do you know that 80 percent of Coloradoans rely on forest watersheds for their drinking water? Global warming is real and it is in our backyard.

We need to urge our lawmakers to take action. I think the best idea out there is the Carbon Fee and Dividend plan. (See https://citizensclimatelobby.org). It is bipartisan and practical. It will help us develop clean energy and move away from fossil fuels without lots of government regulation. Please encourage our members of Congress (Rep Scott Tipton and Senator Cory Gardner) to investigate the carbon fee and dividend proposal. It’s a free-market solution that will address climate change.

DEBORAH LYCAN, Ph.D.
Durango

Hiking program for at-risk youth should be applauded

I would like to thank you for writing the uplifting story “Stepping Up: Hiking trips encourage At-Risk youths toward new heights” published in Lifestyle on July 16.

What a joy it was to read a positive and hopeful story about people who are taking steps toward really helping our at-risk youth by empowering them with education, responsibility, and a true sense of accomplishment. For so many of these youth, their lives have been about failure, disappointment, lack of acknowledgement and punishment. The facts stand that punishing them more does not promote their future success.

The Grand Mesa Youth Services Center Adventure Club through the Colorado Department of Human Services should be applauded! Fantastic that they have developed a program for rewarding positive behaviors with a personal challenge that builds self-awareness, teamwork, and a sense of pride in reaching a goal.

In these times of ever invasive and pervasive bad news, it brought tears to my eyes to read something hopeful and inspiring and honest.

Perhaps your next story about this program can provide readers with a way to support the program through financial or equipment donations.

DR. ANNE B. JACOBS
Grand Junction

Tell your government officials to stop spraying poisons

It just kills me when we all fail to put two plus two together and not get four. Or we fail to recognize the universal law of cause and effect.

We scratch our heads and wonder why one out of 20 small children suffers from diabetes, cancer, respiratory problems, or autism. One out of every four adults either has cancer or will soon get it. Meanwhile, as we sit in wonderment, we watch large spraying trucks filling our streets with clouds of toxic poison mixtures to kill mosquitoes, even though more people die by getting hit by lightning in Colorado than die by West Nile virus.

Our farms and roadsides are constantly under the barrage of poisons by entities from federal, state, county, and city programs, being sprayed at intervals for a few weeds that we are supposed to fear. Food crops are soaked with glyphosate poison to kill a few bugs. These poisons have eliminated all forms of animal life that naturally occur in open spaces. Remember pheasants? How about foxes and songbirds? Most are gone now from open fields in which nothing lives but poisoned crops. Yet we keep spraying incessantly because the nice man, who sells us poisons and toxins by the truckload, says it’s OK.

If you are a tax-paying citizen, then every government official and government employee works for you. You are their boss. If you don’t like poison in your every day life, tell them so. Tell them to stop spreading it all around. At least fill out the paperwork to make your home and neighborhood exempt from the invisible toxic onslaught. Golly gee folks – figure it out!

TIM MENGER
Whitewater

There is no government-imposed religion in America

Mr. Cox, if invoking God’s name at every opportunity solves all our problems, why has it not worked in the past? Wrong God, wrong prayer, wrong religion? And if so, who gets to choose what God, what prayer, what religion?

In America at the present time that choice is yours and mine. There is no government-imposed religion as was once the rule in Europe and as is still the rule in Iran. Pray for me, pray for yourself, but keep it to yourself.

DANIEL H HARRIS
Fruita

We need to make the switch to carbon fee and dividend structure

The National Academy of Sciences says climate change poses “the most immediate and important threat to human survival.” According to Nature, the world’s most highly cited peer-reviewed science journal, we must “bend the greenhouse-gas emissions curve downwards by 2020” to avert the worst effects of global warming.

Scientific American: “Have We Passed the Point of No Return on Climate Change? Greenhouse Gas Cuts Must Begin Soon or It Could Be Too Late to Halt
run-away global warming and not even know it. Worst-case scenario? All the oceans could boil dry (National Geographic).

We need to tax fossil fuel corporations out of existence and give all that tax money to the taxpayers in equal monthly checks. Consider “carbon fee-and-dividend.” Fossil fuels pay the fee, we get the “dividends” in equal monthly checks. The fee increases annually and so do your dividends. Switch to solar/wind and you don’t pay the fee, but you still get the dividends. You’ll save more every year as they’re now as cheap or cheaper than any fossil fuel (Fortune) and they’ll continue to drop in price as they scale up (Bloomberg). This will create millions of jobs and increase GDP $75-80 billion annually (CitizensClimateLobby.org)

PETE KUNTZ
Northglenn


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Mr. Menger, Glyphosate aka Roundup is a herbicide, not a pesticide.  In other words, it kills plants, not insects.  If one were to, “soak” our food crops with glyphosate it would kill the plants.  Maybe a few bugs would drown if “soaked”, but I can guarantee you that is not what is happening.

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