Email letters, March 16, 2012

Robinson had credentials needed to serve District 55

The article in the March 5 Daily Sentinel regarding Dan Robinson entering the race for House Representative 55, was enlightening. Dan is a long time Grand Junction resident. His contributions to our community include past director of Partners, he has been on our School Board, is a member of the Powderhorn Ski Patrol and presently is on the Board of Trustees at Colorado Mesa University.

How fortunate we are to have one with such credentials willing to further serve Grand Junction by seeking the House District 55 seat.

JOYCE D. OLSON
Grand Junction

Let’s bring back civility

Whatever happened to the words, “Thank you, ma’am”? I get so sick and tired of being called “sweetie” and “darlin’ ” especially when I go through the drive-up window at a fast-food restaurant. I am not their sweetie or darlin’. I am an old woman who wants to be talked to with respect.

The managers need to teach them to speak to people correctly. Let’s bring back “Yes ma’am” and “Yes sir” and a bit of civility.

LAUREL GALLEGOS
Grand Junction

Pugliese’s views on important subjects are backward

Some local citizens will be proud that Rose Pugliese’s views on climate change have received national attention. But others will be appalled that her retrograde views on this important subject will bring unwanted attention to Grand Junction and mark us as a backward community.

Ms. Pugliese’s contention that students should be allowed to reach their own conclusions on important scientific matters is of a piece with the so-called intelligent-design position that students should be taught that the earth is only about 6,000 years old and that our ancestors once cavorted with dinosaurs.

Reputable climate scientists the world over have agreed that global warming is real. There are differences in opinion as to the exact role that various contributing elements (e.g., gaseous pollutants, particulate matter, cloud cover etc.) play, but the basic observational data are unequivocal in confirming that global warming is here to stay. How else to account for the disappearance of glaciers around the world, the melting of Arctic ice, the changes in birds’ nesting habits, the earlier maturation of crops in numerous areas and many other changes in natural cycles, other than warming temperatures around the world?

Students should be taught these facts that admit to any rational inquiring mind the reality of global warming. We need not wait for hundreds of years, as Ms. Pugliese urges, to confirm that temperature changes around the world are taking place. Fortunately, Ms. Pugliese’s attempts to persuade the Board of Education last year to hobble the minds of local students on these matters failed. Perhaps she should suggest that students be allowed to discuss and vote on certain legal and judicial matters that are closer to her areas of expertise and do not require her pontificating on scientific matters beyond her evident comprehension.

EARLE MULLEN
Grand Junction

Doonesbury belongs on editorial page

From time to time a request is made to move Doonesbury from the comics page. This should be the last time, as that strip passed all criteria for a comic. This last series is way over the edge for entertainment and has no place as a comic.

I have always realized that Doonsberry is extremely liberal and that is their right, but The Daily Sentinel, if they choose to continue to print it, belongs somewhere else in the paper. Perhaps the editorial page as some newspapers do.

DAVID DASHNER
Grand Junction



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