Email letters, March 9, 2012

Prove oil shale technologies before allowing more land for development

The barrier to oil shale is the same as it has been for 100 years, the rock itself. Yet the oil industry wants more of our land and tax dollars for their experiments.

For more than 100 years, the government and the oil industry has promised oil shale rocks in western Colorado would soon be gushing with oil. Yet, all those promises have rung hollow as every single oil shale project in the state has ultimately failed. Despite that awful legacy, more and more folks are demanding we opening our public lands to oil companies who already use thousands of acres of once publicly owned oil shale lands with promises reminiscent of the past.

Those promises come with little memory of the past or even the present since oil companies are still nowhere nearing commercial oil shale production. Indeed, Exxon has recently said it might be another decade before that may even occur.

Like anyone who has suffered through an oil shale bust, we all know that the barrier to oil shale is the same as it has been for 100 years — the rock itself. Before we start opening more of our public lands to the oil shale development, let’s make the companies who will profit off them prove their technologies. We’ll be better off in the long run.

Grand Junction

Buck for mayor of Fruita

As a council person and most recently as mayor pro tem, Lori Buck has earned both our trust and respect. She is a good listener who makes informed decisions. Mrs. Buck has represented her fellow citizens well, and that is why she has been elected and re-elected to the Fruita City Council by a significant margin each time. People know her and like what she is doing.  Elect Lori Buck mayor of Fruita.


It’s not racist to disagree with the Obama administration

In the March 7 edition of The Daily Sentinel, Tim Pace accused anyone who is Republican and uses the term “Obamacare” as doing so, “because they don’t like our African-American president and that we reflect racist Tea Party values.” Well, my parents are both registered Democrats, voted for President Obama, have used the term Obamacare, and oppose his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare.” They are also supporting his re-election bid for 2012, does that make them racist? I know other Democrats who oppose what the current administration has done and is attempting to do. Does that make them racist?

Hillary Clinton made the following statement when President Bush was in office, “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration that somehow you’re not patriotic. And we should stand up and say ‘We are Americans and we have a right to disagree with any administration.’”

Does that apply to all Americans or just those that support what Democrats believe? Mr. Pace attempted to paint everyone with the same brush and in typical fashion tried to play the race card on anyone who opposes the current administration’s policy. By his standard that would mean anyone of color who opposed what the former administration did or what the current crop of GOP candidates are proposing to do would then be racist as well correct?

If Mr. Pace is so concerned about about the Tea Party then he should be absolutely frightened by the Occupy Wall Street crowd unless of course he’s applying a double standard.

Grand Junction

Impeach Bush to release Obama from his problems

Every president inherits problems from the previous administration, but President Obama seems to be suffering worse than any previous president. For over three years now, we have been hearing him blame former President George Bush for all the problems in the country. The bad economy, unemployment, the wars, etc, etc. The poor man just can’t get things done because of George Bush.

He had problems even when the Democratic Party was in control of both houses. Now President Obama wants to run for a second term and he shouldn’t have former President Bush holding him back. So I suggest we recall and impeach the former president, which would release President Obama and the citizenry from four more years of Bush blaming and he can then lead us into an era peace, prosperity and paying off the trillion dollars or so of debt that former President Bush ran up this past three years.

Kind of makes one wonder why he wants to keep dealing with all those problems left by the previous president and run again doesn’t it?


Support is needed for Republican candidate

Some like country, some like rock and roll, but all Republicans agree we can’t afford another four years of President Obama. Really, we can’t afford it. President Obama’s solutions are old-fashioned Democrat tax and spend on steroids. A 1$6 trillion debt is shameless. Everyone agrees we have maxed out our line of credit. President Obama will try to fool us again into thinking he has the solutions, but if he does, shame on us.

I went to our caucus in Mesa. Most of the ranchers were for Santorum, while I supported Romney. The rancher who spoke for Santorum made it perfectly clear that no matter who gets to be our candidate, we need to fully back that person. We all agreed that this election is for the very soul of our country. Do we want to become more entitlement dependent like countries in Europe or do we want to be more self-reliant and revive the freedom loving spirit our country was built on? In November we will have this stark choice.

It now looks like Mitt Romney may get a chance to bring his experience at forcing efficiencies in business to Washington. Does anyone doubt that Washington is a target rich environment for cutting wasteful spending and job killing red tape? That is strong pro-growth agenda. If you think Republicans can’t unite after a tough nomination fight, think again. Some of us are country, but we all agree our economy needs to rock and roll. 


Hendrickson understands wild horse and burro issues

Callie Hendrickson is a friend of mine. We taught together at Collbran Job Corps. My feedback for the Wild Horse Advocates is to listen and understand the information that Callie brings to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. She is a professional woman with knowledge and experience, that suits this board, and she loves animals and the land.

Callie is just in her decision making process. When the focus becomes so narrow, as in the horses and burros, the other factors are overlooked. This is where Callie’s knowledge and experience in the management of natural resources will greatly benefit the objectives of this group.

My personal suggestion to the people is to get to know Callie, see her as an optimal resource for better management of the land and animals; work with her as an advocate rather than an enemy.

Callie has my vote to make just decisions.




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