Email letters, Nov. 25, 2011
Mainstream media helps rob children of their innocence
Two observations: John Spendrup, in his Nov. 23 letter to the editor wrote of “wasting taxpayer’s money on useless projects.” One very current example of this is the needless building of a guardrail up on Bean Ranch Road in the Kannah Creek area. Anyone having trouble negotiating that curve would have to be either dead drunk or just plain dead.
As for the Penn State child abuse scandal, the press and the public, rightly condemn such heinous acts. Yet, one might wonder why said public and press, having taken such a moral stance in overt cases such as this, nevertheless anoints the soft-porn vulgarity of pop stars like Madonna and Lady Gaga as legitimate and harmless musical choices (and models) for our youth. Forget prostitutes. Now, the mall stores can readily provide the clothing and accessories for our “prosti-tots.”
Hypocrisy in our media and culture is rampant. Isn’t there enough sexual deviance and robbing of our children’s innocence these days without some of it being packaged as mainstream entertainment?
E-readers don’t allow books to be shared
With the Christmas holidays coming people will be looking at e-readers to buy. What they need to know before buying one is that they can’t loan the e-books out to family or friends. I had a Nook and could not loan any of my 52 books that I supposedly own to my family. So in truth I paid all that money to just be able to read them, not own them. I gave my Nook to my daughter and she lost all my books on it when she registered it in her name so she can buy books also.
The bookseller blames it on the authors, but I believe it’s the sellers because they want to sell more books. If those books belong to me then they should stay on that Nook, as they are registered to that Nook, not another one. I will not buy another e-reader. At least when I buy a book, I’ll own it.
Feedback from OHV users needed
The Colorado River Valley and Kremmling Bureau of Land Management field offices have proposed a Resource Management Plan (RMP) revision and are asking for feedback from the different user groups.
One of those user groups they want to hear from is ATV/OHV users. All of the proposed options will shut down OHV riding trails. OHVs contributed at least $1 billion to the Colorado ’07-’08 season annually (resource: Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition Economic Contribution of Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation in Colorado Executive Summary July 2009). Compare this to the $1.7 billion spent in 2008 by overnight visitors to Colorado related to the skiing industry (resource: Longwoods International). We are gaining respectful ground in helping our state’s economic stand, including local businesses.
These closures will penalize elderly folks and those with disabilities who are unable to hike at high altitudes. Further, local and out of state hunters who utilize their ATV/UTVs will be forced to go elsewhere, taking much needed revenue with them. The White River Trail Runners alone spent more than 250 volunteer hours in 2010 cleaning up area trails. Closing these RMP areas will greatly reduce the difference we make.
We encourage OHV enthusiasts to go to the BLM website, check out their proposal, then send detailed feedback for each specific proposed riding trail closure, including your name, address and phone number to the BLM. Tell them how, when and why you use these specific areas. Printing out a copy of the website maps and sending it along with your personal photos are helpful as well. The comments should be substantive, and not include vague or open-ended questions.
Comment deadline is December 15, 2011 so we must act quickly.
SUSAN NICHOLS-ALVIS, President
White River Trail Runners ATV Club
Oil and gas industry needs more transparency
It seems these days that we are being bombarded from every direction with differing information on the oil and gas industry. It has gotten to the point that there is simply no way to know what is or isn’t the truth. The industry marches to the steady drumbeat of “everything is OK,” while the environmental community wonders if it is as safe as they say. How are we to know?
I recently went on an energy tour hosted by Eco Flight and Colorado Environmental Coalition. The first part of the day, we flew in a small airplane over the Roan Plateau. I could see what seemed like small areas of industrial activities scattered across the landscape. After the short flight, we loaded up into a vehicle to drive to some of the sites we had seen from the air. We were fortunate enough to have an inspector for a major energy company along on the tour with a working knowledge of the industry. I drive by these facilities all of the time, and have no idea what I am looking at.
We drove to a site that was described as a “freeze wall.” A wall of frozen earth is created around the target shale formation then, like in a microwave, the formation is heated and the oil is extracted. I have to say, it was quite an impressive facility. The thing that I found strange was the facility staff behaving as though we had just tried to enter Area 51. A nondescript white pickup raced toward us, driver obviously displeased, asking us who we were and why we were there, followed by the loudest alarm I had every heard. Was this for us? According to my tour guides, the freeze wall experiment is a success. Why then aren’t they showing it off?
We also had the opportunity to look through the fence at the Enterprise gas processing plant that had seemed so small and unassuming from the air. It was equally impressive with its massive shiny towers and maze of pipelines, and the behavior of the staff was equally as strange.
What scares me? It seems as if the largest, most powerful industry in the world doesn’t want us to know what they are really doing.
The bread factory doesn’t sound off alarms and send security teams, they offer tours. They also print their ingredients right on the side of the bag.
Get to know grassroots organizations
To those who are interested about GJResults, the WSCA or any other grassroots organization, please educate yourself with facts. Remember there are always two sides to every story. Find out for yourselves who the WSCA is by attending our monthly meetings at the Grand Junction City Hall the first Thursday of each month (not in Dec however) beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can learn who we are, what we have accomplished, what events we have organized and more by coming to city hall, checking out our web site at WSCAonline.org or following us on Facebook or Twitter.
Cost of corporate greed much more than Occupy events
The Nov. 24 headline, “Occupy events cost U.S. cities $13 million,” offers an all-too-convenient diversion from examining the truly devastating cost to U.S. cities attributable to the Tea Party movement and its Republican fellow-travelers.
Thus, first, $13 million is a mere pittance compared to the multi-million dollar bonuses paid to dozens of Wall Streeters who perpetrated the continuing financial crisis in 2008.
Second, while no one relishes the costs to local taxpayers of the Occupiers’ exercise of their Constitutional right of assembly at a time of budgetary constraints, $13 million is a mere pittance when compared to the millions in lost incomes of laid-off teachers, police, and fire fighters, and in the lost tax revenues their salaries and spending would generate.
Third, $13 million is a mere pittance when compared to the billions of dollars (if not trillions) in costs to the American economy attributable to the Republicans’ obstructionist refusal to subordinate their partisan political interests to the remedies which many nonpartisan economists and the Congressional Budget Office agree could rejuvenate our economy.
Rather, as the traveling circus of presidential sdebates underscores, Republicans remain wedded to a series of false premises which they hope — by dint of repetition — will again persuade a majority of Americans to vote against their economic interests in 2012.
Contrary to Ronald Reagan’s big lie, government is not the problem — especially when it comes to traffic lights, schools, environmental protections and national defense. Federal investment in infrastructure and education creates more jobs than do tax cuts.
Contrary to the tea partiers’ shrill insistence when disrupting Town Hall meetings, there were no death panels and President Obama’s birthplace was never dubious — yet the influence of these smaller lies is still being manifested in the halls of Congress.
And, while Republican demagogues would blame President Obama for our every ill, the bulk of our current debt problem arose from the profligate spending of conservative Presidents Reagan and Bush, and was exacerbated by the latter’s class warfare tax cuts while both funding two foreign wars and expanding Medicare using Chinese credit.
What we really face is a revenue shortage — which some Republicans privately admit, even while publicly rejecting all solutions therefore. But for the abbreviated attention span of many American voters, the Republican brand would already be indelibly marked with a warning message — Caution: voting Republican can be hazardous to your future.
Lack of manufacturing jobs lead to the recession
The deteriorating manufacturing jobs caused the recession, not banks, Wall Street, not deregulation or any other investment group the lower 95 percent usually don’t venture into.
According to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:
In 1960, there were 16,337,000 manufacturing workers. The U.S. population was 183.3 million
In 2008, there were 995,000 manufacturing workers. The U.S. population 301.5 million
RICHARD L STOVER
If I may be so bold as to say, Tom Kelley who’s Nov. 25 pro-Occupy letter condemned Wall Street, should read again and again the letter written by Bob Uhl, also published on Nov 25. regarding Occupy. It is a shame that there are not more with the intellect of Uhl and more yet who would read and listen to his words of wisdom. Also, Kelley might ask the so-called local Occupy leader, I believe his name is Richards, to do the same.