Email letters, September 11,  2013

Taxpayers deserve better return on investment on per-pupil spending

This letter is concerning the statewide sales tax increase for the public schools. One figure that seems to be brushed aside most of the time is the investment per pupil per year.

According to the figures published in the Sentinel, a conservative statewide average would be $6,000. Based on the multiplication tables I was required to memorize while I was still in elementary school, by the time the pupil graduates high school, taxpayers have invested at least 72,000 into this kid’s education.

Also, according to the Sentinel, more than 40 percent of high school graduates who want to continue to college have to have remedial classes to learn how to read college textbooks. If you give them a paper and pencil and ask them to work out a math problem, they have no idea what to do.

So, what are the taxpayers getting for their big investment? A young person that can’t read or write very well and can’t do math unless he or she has a calculator.

It seems to me that the public schools need to deliver a little more education for the money they receive. I vote “No” on the tax increase.

ROGER D. BENNETT
Delta


Opening canal banks would invite invasion by hordes of bike riders

I own two bicycles. I ride them. I am not some anti-bicycle nut.

When I moved here more than 40 years ago, one saw all sorts of the use of canals and their banks, including vehicles pulling water-skiers on them. That stopped when the irrigation company saw too many trespassers.

I live on one of the main roads in the east end of the valley, which is used for every bicycle tour of the valley. At times I have seen more than 500 ride by my house on a Saturday morning. I can’t complain about their using the roads, but I take exception to their stationing an observer at 34 and G Road, directing riders to deliberately run the stop sign at that intersection, particularly when dragging a baby cart behind them.

Open the canal banks to bicycles, and the first thing the bicycle rallies will do is direct riders down some canal bank. If my property abutted a canal, I sure as hell would complain about 500 of the spandex crowd riding through my backyard. Direct the next rally to Boeschenstein’s backyard. Let’s see how he likes that kettle of fish.

D.D. LEWIS
Clifton

Support MPACT64’s efforts to improve rural highways

Finally, a group, MPACT64, which includes Club 20 as a member, is leading an effort to secure more funds for our deteriorating state highway system. 

Out here in western Colorado, we hear of millions being slated for freeway or urban improvements, and wonder if our turn will ever arrive. Hundreds of miles of rural state highways lack shoulders, guardrails and passing opportunities, and they include poor curvature and dangerous intersections. Many miles have not been improved since constructed 60 or more years ago, back in the days of Model A Fords and 1 1/2 ton trucks.

Some fall into the category of “paved wagon roads,” built originally with bulldozers and motor graders and later paved, never really engineered.

Earlier this year the boards of county commissioners were furnished a plan for modernizing the state rural highway system. First, a cost estimate for bringing all rural state highways up to current standards would be developed.  Then, a program would be established to complete the modernization in a set number of years, similar to the way the interstate highway program was set up. The program would probably take 20 years or more, depending on how much money would be dedicated yearly. 

Here in Meeker we must depend on State Highway 13 for shopping or visiting medical facilities in Rifle, Craig or destinations beyond. We have no choice of an alternate route. We must travel over long stretches of an obsolete and dangerous highway. Our situation is not unique; thousands of drivers over rural state highways face the same threats.

Residents of rural Colorado should support the work of MPACT64.


DICK PROSENCE
Meeker

Racism underpins lack of support for Obama’s position on Syria

There is racial bias going on here.

Ten years ago, Americans blindly followed an idiotic, white man into a senseless war, over imaginary weapons of mass destruction, oil and revenge. Protesters to this war were labeled unpatriotic.

Now Americans refuse, with open eyes, to follow a meticulously methodical black man into a sensible military action in defense of children and families. Are protesters to this military action unpatriotic? No. I contend that they are simply racist.

These same Americans, rather than giving their black president the support and loyalty he needs and deserves, would rather empower the Soviet Union leader, Vladimir Putin, to ride shirtless in, as a “white knight,” to save the day! This is disgustingly racist.

Until this country can acknowledge there is a problem, nothing is going to change.

BRENDA ST. JOHN

Grand Junction

Sentinel correct in noting false argument about PERA

Thank you for presenting the facts about PERA and the school finance initiative, Amendment 66.

If voters approve the initiative in November, funds raised would not be diverted to PERA, plain and simple. It’s unfortunate that some have forgotten all about the PERA reforms passed in 2010 to ensure the long-term sustainability of the retirement system that injects $104 million every year into the Mesa County economy. (And $310 million annually for Club 20 member governments.)

Kudos to the Sentinel for appropriately calling this false argument a “red herring.”

JO ANN REZEN

Fruita

In aftermath of collapse of towers NIST overlooked major evidence

As we pass the 12th anniversary of 9/11, it’s clear the government explanation of these events is false.

After the two jet liners impacted, the National Institute of Standard and Technology purposely overlooked overwhelming evidence of controlled demolition by ignoring the lack of deceleration as the collapse progressed from floor to floor. It also overlooked the symmetry of collapse as the towers fell perfectly into their own footprint through the path of highest resistance; the numerous eyewitness accounts of explosions prior to collapse and even prior to the initial impact of the planes; videos of blown-out windows and exploded elevator shafts in the lower floors before the collapse; enormous pools of molten iron in the rubble of the towers; and incontrovertible proof that the area surrounding the plane crash holes was not hot enough to soften steel. There is video of live victims peering from the wreckage holes.

Active thermitic material commonly used in controlled demolitions is proven to exist in four different samples of dust collected from sites surrounding the towers. Perhaps most damning to the government explanation is the free-fall demolition of a third skyscraper not hit by any planes.

This horrific and treasonous event has ensured public acceptance of dramatic changes to the U.S. government, including adoption of unconstitutional legislation such as the Patriot Act, creation of the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration, and police state, warrant-less surveillance by the National Security Administration.

We are subjected to endless calls to war that have killed thousands of our military and simultaneously exploded the national debt. If we are to return to prosperity and peace, we must find those responsible for these attacks and bring them to justice. More than 2,000 architects and engineers recognize the physical impossibility of the NIST report. We need a real investigation. Go to http://www.ae911truth.org

DAVID L. COX
Palisade


Archery hunter congratulated for turning in S.C. poachers

In my opinion archery hunters are the cream of the crop when it comes to hunting ethics. They take great pride in “do it yourself,” “fair chase” hunting. When it comes to picking up trash in the woods, most archery hunters are packing out more than they packed in.

Kudos to the archery hunter who turned in the South Carolina poachers and to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s successful investigation. As an archery hunter, I hope the wildlife commission will give these four thugs a lifelong ban on hunting rights in Colorado. They earned it.

BRANDON SIEGFRIED
Grand Junction

Carbon industry jobs to return once global warming is debunked

I read the opinion piece by the executive director of Citizens Climate Lobby, Mark Reynolds, on Sept. 8. In it he expressed his concern about the loss of coalminers’ jobs in a transition to clean-energy jobs.

According to Reynolds, currently 88,000 coal-mining jobs are in the U.S. and the Department of Energy predicts that by 2030, 20 percent of our electricity will be produced by wind, creating 500,000 jobs.

So, let me get this straight. It is going to take 500,000 “clean” jobs to produce a portion of the energy produced by coal miners. Plus, where will all of these 500,000 jobs be created? China? India?

Germany is starting up more coal-fired power stations than in any time in the past 20 years, as the country advances a plan to exit nuclear energy by 2022. Why not use solar and wind? Japan is also seeking to replace its remaining nuclear power plants using some efficient fossil-fired stations. It appears that we may still need some coal yet.

But, even in the face of the fact that global temperatures have remained flat or beginning to cool over the last 15 years, Reynolds claims the biosphere above the coal miners is slowly roasting. Yet the Arctic Ocean, which was supposed to be mostly ice-free by this year, according to a 2007 prediction by the BBC, has added more than a million square miles of ice this year.

The biggest fallacy of the column, however, is the use
of a “revenue neutral tax on carbon” to offset the increased costs of creating power through solar and wind.

My mind can wrap itself around a thought that they want to tax coal, gas, etc. more to promote other kinds of
energy production (which costs considerably more) in an effort to deal with a problem that is proving to be one we don’t have.

Finally, after the global-warming sham is finally exposed, I am sure there will be jobs in the carbon industry for even the director of Citizens Climate Lobby. We can also stop wasting money on the Solyndras, reduce our country’s deficit and quit stealing from our grandchildren.

MICHAEL HIGGINS

Grand Junction

Convicted S.C. hunters should be banned from hunting anywhere

After reading The Daily Sentinel article on Sept. 11 about the four South Carolina hunters (cowards and crooks), I cannot understand the plea agreement of banned hunting for four years in Colorado, although the article also says they might be banned from future hunting in Colorado and possibly in 38 other states.

I am sure I can speak for all hunters in Colorado by saying these men should have been jailed immediately and should be banned from any hunting anywhere. They do not deserve to own or use a weapon. They admitted to having been hunting with these illegal methods for 20 years, and they have never taken the time to read or abide by the Colorado hunting laws.

I sincerely hope the Department of Wildlife will punish these men to the maximum extent of the law, which they deserve, but to also send a message to all hunters that this type of activity will not be tolerated. Hunting is a privilege, not a right.

To the Colorado DOW: Please do not let these men hunt in Colorado ever again.

BRUCE MCKAY

Grand Junction



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