Email letters, March 8, 2012

Government needs an efficiency consultant

With the our government engulfed in out-of-control fiscal failure and school districts forced to compromise budgets beyond all reasonable bounds, could there be a common sense solution? Companies facing financial problems improve profitability and performance by reducing unnecessary overhead costs. Common practice is hiring efficiency consultants to examine all aspects of the operation and make recommendations for eliminating unnecessary expenses.

If not a business organization, isn’t the United States government the nation’s largest enterprise with dire need to avoid further failure? With the fed, there’s no consultant expense, because retired former businessmen would gladly volunteer to simply apply common sense and good business judgment.

Top-heavy management is often apparent. President Obama’s czarist aristocracy of 30-some experts is a blatant waste. Titles such as “Auto Recovery” and “Stimulus Accountability” suggest that simply reviewing job descriptions and resumes would justify termination of most, probably all.

Evaluation of all 14 departments the fed’s organizational structure relative to their alleged functions is essential. Does Housing and Urban Development develop anything? Does Transportation provide transportation? Does Agriculture produce crops? Does Energy generate energy? Does Commerce stimulate trade?

While not the most costly, the Department of Education might be the best example of unnecessary bureaucratic overhead overkill. Its continued failures offer justification for disbanding this burdensome government entity with its thousands of employees and distribute its budget proportionally to the states suffering most financially from budget restrictions and government programs that waste more than they produce.

What an ironic, but constructive, concept of Obama’s spreading the wealth. Contents of this letter was inspired by two web sites which I invite you to visit: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/07/list-obama-administration-czars/ and http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Overview (The Overview is pure “propaganda.”)

Conclusion: Is using good business management practices too complex for our federal government?

RICHARD DORAN

Parachute

Bible passage comments on sin and society

Romans 1:18-32 is our society today. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth. For even though they knew God they did not honor him as God, or give thanks;but they became futile in their speculations and there foolish hearts darkened. Professing to be wise they became fools. and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image of corruptible men. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of there hearts to impurity, that there bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for there women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper. Being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” Need anymore be said about our society and sin.

RICHARD RENO
Grand Junction

How far must we go to prove we are culturally diverse and tolerant

When the Grand Junction High School music teacher asked his choir to sing a Muslim worship song, he was very insensitive to his Christian students. God states in the first commandment “Thou Shalt have no other gods before me.” Christ also says if we deny Him on earth, He will deny us before his Father in Heaven.

Cultural diversity should be encouraged. Most Christmas songs, for instance, describe the events surrounding the birth of Christ. Surely, there must be Middle Eastern music with words that do not involve our young people in exalting Allah as the only true god. Followers of Christ believe there is only one God and He and Allah are not the same.

No one should have to worship another god to prove cultural diversity or tolerance.

CAROL JEAN AAMOLD
Grand Junction

Where are the natural-gas-powered vehicles?

There are 5.8 million BTUs in a barrel of crude oil.  Natural gas is priced in dollars per one million BTUs. Today, Brent crude is going for $123.31 per barrel. Today, natural gas is going for $2.31 per mmbtu. That makes the crude oil equivalent price of natural gas equal to $13.40 per barrel (that’s 2.31 times 5.8). $123.31 for a barrel of crude versus $13.40 for a barrel of natural gas.

A barrel of natural gas will do the same work as a barrel of crude. It’ll push a big rig down the road the same number of miles. It’ll push a car down the road the same number of miles. It’ll generate the same number of kWhs of electrical power.

So why aren’t we using more natural gas? Where are the natural gas powered big rigs? This was Boone Pickens idea.

Where are the natural gas powered cars? Yes, we would need to build some infrastructure, but the backbone is already there. What, we can do infrastructure anymore? In the meantime, why can’t we make cars that run on both gasoline and natural gas like the rest of the world?

Natural gas prices have been low for a long time when compared to crude and yet there is no real movement towards a natural gas powered economy. Whatever your views on the safety of natural gas production, the market should have responded by now. I can only conclude that the free market
doesn’t seem to be functioning very well when it comes to energy.

TOM PHILLIPS
Palisade

Move combined bus terminal more to the west

For some reason Greyhound wanted to build their new bus station together with the new Grand Valley Transit transfer station across near the mall on 24 1/2 Road. Why? That location is OK for a city bus station, but wouldn’t somewhere a little further west on 24 Road be better? It would have direct access to Highway 6&50 and Interstate-70.

JEREMIAH HABECKER
Grand Junction

It’s time for government to step out of the way on oil shale development

Reading the story in the March 2 edition of The DailySentinel regarding Shell’s exciting new developments in its oil shale project in the Piceance basin of western Colorado, I could not help but imagine what sort of progress could be made if the federal government were to step out of the way and allow the innovative energies of these companies to flourish.

For years we have been told by the environmental lobby that oil shale was merely a pipe dream, and that it could never be produced on a large scale. This story goes to show that, if allowed, our American energy industry can not only produce this extremely important resource, but do so in a way that protects the environment and the water table. I highly doubt that other countries with oil shale resources, like China, are anywhere near as concerned about environmental safeguards as Shell is proving to be here in our own backyard.

This story also shows that there is no longer any excuse for our federal Government agencies to continue to block development of oil shale. With gas prices steadily rising, and the geopolitical situation in the Middle East growing more tenuous every day, isn’t it well past time for us to do everything in our power as a nation to develop our own energy resources? Oil shale adds to a balanced approach toward energy independence for many years to come — and we now know that it can be done. 

It is time for the federal government to step out of the way, and allow these companies to do what they do best — produce American energy, with American workers, responsibly, on American soil.

BRAD STIEG
Fruita

Democrats should stop crying racism

“Obama supporter sets Democrat’s caucus tone” reads the headline in the March 7 edition of The Daily Sentinel. The story outlines Mr Pace’s objection to the term, “Obamacare.”

Democrats should object to the use of the term from Republicans who use it “because they don’t like our African-American president” and reflect “racist tea party values” Pace said to applause from the group. I notice that whenever Democrats cannot win an argument with facts, they resort to charges of racism.

In my opinion, those who see racism everywhere are the true racists. And the fact that the Democrats at the caucus applaud this behavior only shows where they stand as racists. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Democratic Party could try to win disagreements on policy with intelligent and forceful arguments instead of crying racism at every opportunity.

MICHAEL LOWENSTEIN
Grand Junction

Supporters using race card to help get Obama re-elected

Tim Pace is wrong. I don’t dislike President Obama because he is african-american. As a matter of fact I don’t dislike President Obama at all. However, I very much dislike the policies that President Obama and his progressive administration is forcing down our throats.

I don’t want our country turned over to the United Nations and our personal rights stolen from us. I don’t want our Constitution destroyed. I don’t want a continuation of the tax-and-spend policies that are driving the national debt sky-high and I detest the class warfare pushed by President Obama.

I understand why Tim Pace has to use the race card because he sure can’t use President Obama’s
record to get him re-elected.

RICHARD BLOSSER
Grand Junction

Half-truths aren’t helpful in discussion regarding Beforeplay.org

A big shout out and thanks to Mark Vejraska for his piece regarding Beforeplay.org in the March 8h edition of The Daily Sentinel. Before reading this editorial piece, I had never heard of Beforeplay.org, nor had I seen the billboard on 25 Road that makes note of this organization. But, now that Mark has brought it to my attention with his invective, I have found another reasonable entity to support.

It is hard not to support a public-health initiative whose self-professed goals are getting people “talking, thinking, and planning.” What is a little disconcerting about Mark’s editorial piece are the implications that Beforeplay.org is a cabal created by public monies; one that suggests that “sex in any old relationship is just fine, all about fun, and safe, as long as one takes the right pill.” You would have trouble finding any of this on the website. Wild statements have gotten Rush Limbaugh into hot water so I would suggest Vejreaska take care with the half-truths. Often they startle thinking people, and drive them 180 degrees away.

DAVID HOFFMAN
Grand Junction

Both sides are guilty of slinging mud

It appears that American politics as usual has sunk from mud slinging to manure slinging. Last week Rush Limbaugh used the words “slut” and “prostitute” to describe a woman. There was an immediate outcry from the left demanding everything from an apology to a hanging, sponsors dropped Rush like he was infected with Ebola, and every mainstream media outlet eviscerated him. Rush subsequently apologized, but that didn’t get much coverage from the media.

Bill Maher, on his show, used the filthiest of filthy words to describe Sarah Palin, and crowed about not having to watch his language because he is on HBO — no sponsors to please. Where was the outrage there? Not a word from the left, no demands for apologies and barely a whisper from the mainstream media. Be assured, if Rush had used the word Maher used, he wouldn’t have a show left. Maher then proceeded to strut around the stage bragging about the $1,000,000 contribution he made to Obama’s campaign.

It seems it might have been a smart move for Mr. Obama to decline the contribution and express his distaste for manure slinging, no matter which side of the fence it comes from. Like many good opportunities to make himself look like a real leader, he missed it.

My point here is, the manure slinging comes from both sides. Neither is better than the other when it comes to crawling around in the filth and saying anything to hit the shock button. America used to be better than this and “we the people” need to insist that our talking heads return to a higher standard.

KAREN GREEN
Grand Junction



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