Email letters, Sept. 21, 2011

Oil and gas industry is doing fine

Rep. Scott Tipton shouldn’t be using the economy as political football just to give more handouts to the oil and gas industry. The simple truth is that we can have both responsible energy development and strong protections for clean air and clean water.

In fact, the oil and gas industry is thriving under Obama administration. Drilling activity is nearing a record 20-year high, and that includes a strong rebound in Colorado. Onshore oil production from public lands actually increased by 5 million barrels – the most we’ve seen since 1997.
If Rep. Tipton cared about sound energy policy, he’d end the $15 billion a year in special tax breaks to the oil and gas industry. Companies like BP and ExxonMobil are doing just fine without our tax dollars.
MATTHEW GARRINGTON
Denver

Rep. Tipton works hard for his constituents

I wish to respond to the half-page ad in the Sept. 19 editon of The Daily Sentinel criticizing Congressman Scott Tipton. Rep. Tipton strongly supports seniors and no cuts to their Medicare. He did vote for the Paul Ryan bill, but that bill strongly emphasizes no cuts for seniors 55 and older. 

The current plan is unsustainable without some changes.  If some of the additions to that were never intended in the original Social Security plan will eliminated, such as adding illegals to the plan, aid to dependent children ad nausea, then perhaps it could be sustainable. Rep. Tipton is striving for changes to the tax code. Would that eliminate subsidies to big corporations? Probably so.

Rep. Tipton is not going to give back the contributions he has received. Why should he? Obama is raising $1 billion for his campaign with no Democratic challengers. Where is all his money coming from?

If you don’t feel Rep. Tipton is working for his constituents, then come to one of his many town hall meetings throughout his district. He is willing to listen to each person attendee and make note of any complaints. I challenge anyone to find a U.S. congressman who works harder than Rep. Tipton.  You can’t please all of the people all of the time, but Rep. Tipton is doing his very best to do what is right for the constituents in his district.
JOAN KELSEY
Grand Junction

Jobs will solve our problems

When will the liberals admit to a simple set of facts — jobs will solve the revenue problem and reduced spending will solve the debt problem. Forget the class warfare and blaming others.

L.W. HUNLEY
Grand Junction

Pleasant conversation was had at concert

I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the gentlemen from Loma who sat by us at the Willie Nelson concert. It was a pleasure to interact with them and refreshing to engage in conversation where the strongest words were “gosh darn.” Pleasant conversation with a bunch of young ranchers who were having a good time.

ROB FIEDLER
Grand Junction

Ways to solve Postal Service problems

Solving the financial crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service is quite simple. Just implement these changes.
1.  Raise the price of first class mail to 50 cents.
2. Double or triple the price for bulk mail, except for charities.
3. Double the cost for mailing catalogs and magazines.
4. End service on Saturdays.
You’re welcome.
DICK PROSENCE
Meeker



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