Email letters, March 26, 2013

COGCC can’t reach its goal without ‘energy-savvy’ people

If the state is to keep energy-savvy people off the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, how can the commission “foster the responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources” as its goal? 

To put it onto a level playing field, shouldn’t they also exclude all other entities that may have a conflict of interests like any environmental and other tree-hugging groups?  An equal number of each is needed to come to a reasonable and common sense plan.

New laws and regulations such as this and setbacks have driven out energy firms from our state, and more are leaving for more friendly states annually.

Colorado was not made for environmentalists, backpackers and hikers or for do-gooders who have nothing better to do than complain about anything. It should be available to all of us, with good-paying jobs considered also. We are going beyond reason.


Grand Junction

Letters to editor indicate residents are willing to discuss alternatives to burning

In this valley this is the season when we start hearing complaints about the effects of open burning in the local media. With the horrors wrought by this winter’s temperature inversions still fresh in our minds, the difference this year is that, judging from recent letters I’ve read in The Daily Sentinel, we’re also hearing about some alternatives. So, we’re already off to a good start.

The most popular—and, to my mind, no-brainer—of alternatives is that of composting. And, indeed, many communities, rural and urban, have already devised strategies that make collecting compost material as commonplace as sending trash to landfills. Surely, the combined brains of city and county officials—-or perhaps of a few enterprising common folks or non-profits—- could capitalize on this, yet to be addressed, opportunity, bringing this community closer to the model it attains to be.

Further, while energy-efficiency standards and innovations have lessened the particulate matter spewing from automotive and residential exhaust pipes, the numbers of those pipes seem to be ever rising. Once we solve the open-burning problem, we will still have to contend with the problem of the pipes.

Fortunately, as we go about solving those problems, we also get to employ more people in the green-commerce sector, which will make us not only a cleaner and greener community, but a more prosperous one, as well.

Grand Junction

Councilman contradicts himself in Brady zoning issue

Councilman Sam Susuras said, “The primary waste dump we had on the river is now Los Colonias Park, which we still need to ensure is no longer harmful to our citizens before developing.”

Yet, he is in favor of allowing another industrial company to inhabit the riverbank. Really, Sam?

Grand Junction

State disregards federal MJ laws, but sheriffs don’t have similar option

I have two quick related points, if I may:

1} A few days ago an editorial in The Daily Sentinel lambasted sheriffs in Colorado for declaring that they would not enforce the recent gun-control laws passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor.

I couldn’t agree with this more. Smaller governmental entities have no authority to pick and choose what laws passed by superior governmental bodies they will enforce. Those laws must be enforced, just like the way Colorado follows the federal marijuana la ... er ... never mind. I guess that “no right to disregard” stuff only applies to laws YOU agree with.

2} I was with the “welcoming committee” for the governor on Saturday. Your reporter said there were “about 100 people there.” That is about as accurate as saying about 1 million people live in Colorado. We were 2-3 deep along the west side of 12th Street from the entrance to the parking garage to well past the stop light to the north.

Sure, after the announcement that Gov. Hickenlooper had slipped into the back and we entered the lobby of the building, only about a hundred might have been left, but that is far from the original crowd.

No wonder the Sentinel has trouble reporting the true facts in stories when your reporters can’t even count accurately.

Grand Junction

Humans don’t have choice in their sexual preferences

Regarding the Supreme Court case on same-sex marriage, I am reminded of a story told of Abraham Lincoln. When someone accused him of being “two-faced,” Lincoln reportedly responded, “If I had two faces, do you really think that I would use this one?”

If humans had a choice in their sexual preference, do you really think that homosexuals would choose to be unique?  Marry someone of the opposite sex?  Heck, when I was growing up Catholic, it was suggested that marrying a Protestant was terrible.

Free at last, free at last. Thank Gawd Almighty, soon we may all be free at last. Thanks. I am.

Grand Junction

Writer wrong about pond on Brady Trucking land

I am writing to request that city residents vote yes on Referred Measure A.

We can have jobs, and we can have a riverfront area that allows for quiet enjoyment of the outdoor beauty that surrounds us.

I was initially confused when I read a letter to the editor from Penny Huescher on the subject, indicating the property rights of the residential neighborhood south of the Brady Trucking property should supersede the rights of Brady Trucking. Immediately south of Brady Trucking is a river, not a residential area.

Then it hit me. Huescher must be referring to the area across the river and at a much higher elevation than Brady. Does she live near there by chance? And, if that is the case, how far does she think?

She also referred to a pond that had previously been available to wildlife that Brady allegedly filled in. I did some checking and discovered Brady did not fill in the pond. It had simply dried up, as sometimes happens with the ebb and flow of water in the West.

I think that Heuscher is forgetting that the view used to be a rendering plant.

I urge a “Yes” vote of Ref. A.


Taking experts off COGCC is like asking a hairdresser to overhaul one’s vehicle

I see the Democrats want to take the conflict out of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission by removing the people who know what it takes to drill a well.

These politicians need to send their car to a hairdresser for an overhaul. Not to pick on hairdressers, but I wouldn’t expect them to overhaul a car engine, as this has nothing to do with their profession.

But then, anyone who has environmental ties shall be excused from the COGCC also. That leads me to believe any politician who has special interests should be excused from introducing bills on the floor of the Senate or the House of Representatives as he or she is in a conflict of interest.

These politicians need to start thinking before they speak or introduce bills.


Grand Junction

Article fails to mention group at high risk of suicide

The article in your Wednesday, March 20, paper, “Giving help, giving hope,” did not address one of the largest populations in Grand Junction who are at the highest risk of suicide. This is a group of young adults who are gay and lesbian (LBGTQ).

When I hear about middle- or high school persons committing suicide, I know that they are from religious families and not able to reconcile their feelings and their religious beliefs. It doesn’t matter if they were on the football team or valedictorians.

Not acknowledging this group in our town only makes it more difficult for these young adults to feel validated. They suffer academically in school, experiment with drugs and alcohol and maybe even become promiscuous. They might act out in many ways.

The thing that is for certain is that articles such as “Giving help, giving hope” negatively affect them, when they are overlooked and marginalized.


Grand Junction



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