Email Letters: September 8, 2016

Arts, culture, and quality of life investments key to city’s economic recovery

The city of Grand Junction’s cuts to arts and cultural organizations, as discussed in The Daily Sentinel’s recent editorial, was shortsighted and is in conflict with the city’s newly adopted economic development plan. The plan emphasizes arts, culture, and quality of life investments as a key to our economic recovery.

When the city’s Finance Department finalized the books for 2015, an additional $1.1 million was discovered. City staff recommended allocation of these funds to various projects, including CMU campus expansion, the Grand Junction Housing Authority’s assisted housing project, and others.

A possible category, left unfunded, was the Arts and Culture program. Now, thanks to the Western Colorado Community Foundation, which is making $14,000 available from its Community Fund, programs such as the Centennial Band concerts, the Riverside Educational Center, and the Art Center may be restored. Even though our economy is struggling, and some
cutbacks are necessary, arts and culture projects remain important aspects of our community.

This letter represents my views and may or may not represent the views of the rest of City Council.

BENNETT BOESCHENSTEIN
Grand Junction City Council member
District C
Grand Junction

If you think America has gone downhill, Trump offers a better choice

Hillary Clinton’s primary issue with Donald Trump is his temperament. Trump’s image is fixed in many minds by his reality show persona. A better way to make a judgment about his temperament is to look at his children. Together they run a successful business by bringing projects in on time and on budget.

Middle class workers have been adversely impacted by trade deals. Trump says he is better equipped to make those deals. He will put American jobs first. His business experience will also help him to take a close look at government spending and cut waste. It helps that he is not beholden to special interests.

In foreign affairs Hillary led our retreat. Trump projects strength and those who threaten us will think twice if facing him. He will rebuild our weakened military. We will be safer under Trump leadership.

Has America gone downhill the past eight years? If you think so Trump offers you a better choice.

DAVID A KEARSLEY
Mesa

Support rules addressing economic waste and pollution from natural gas development

On September 7, the Board of County Commissioners for Gunnison County sent a letter to BLM supporting the agency’s adoption of a strong natural gas waste rule to protect Colorado taxpayers and our air. The bipartisan letter, signed by all three commissioners, notes that more than $26 million worth of natural gas in Colorado is wasted each year from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands. The BLM does not assess a royalty on wasted natural gas, which cost Colorado upwards of $36 million in royalty revenue between 2009 and 2014. The County also urged BLM “to enact a strong final natural gas waste rule and to protect the people’s resources you are legislatively charged to safeguard.”

Gunnison County rightly recognizes that public lands are owned by the American people, and any natural gas development on these lands should be managed responsibly. On the other hand, Representative Tipton’s continued statements in opposition to the rulemaking are out of touch with the desires of his constituents as well as local officials from Gunnison County, San Miguel County, La Plata County, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, and elsewhere. A 2016 poll by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project found that 81 percent of registered voters in Colorado support common sense rules that cut natural gas waste on public lands. High Country Conservation Advocates thanks Gunnison County for supporting reasonable rules addressing economic waste and environmental pollution from natural gas development.

MATT REED
Public Lands Director
High Country Conservation Advocates
Crested Butte

Global warming alarmists forecasting doom and gloom with no credibility

President Obama and his “global warming” supporters must have celebrated Labor Day 2016. He has kept his promise – there are 83,000 fewer people employed in coal jobs since 2008, and 400 mines have been shuttered, keeping his pledge to bankrupt the coal industry (The Daily Caller, September 5, 2016).

The Daily Sentinel article on Monday, Sept. 5, titled “Obama leaves large energy, pollution legacy” describes a 10 percent reduction in U.S. carbon dioxide levels (a colorless and odorless gas vital to life on Earth). For some reason the relationship between the Earth and the sun is not in the equation when it comes to global warming.

In an interview with Andrew Orlowski of The Register, Dr. Freeman Dyson, a world-renowned theoretical physicist, mathematician, and U.S. government adviser, believes (climate change is not a scientific mystery, but a human mystery and carbon dioxide does far more good than harm). Part of the mystery is about (money) using scare tactics to promote public and government support and (a kind of collective yearning for an apocalyptic doom). Another problem is conflation of pollution (a genuine problem that can be solved) and climate change (a natural phenomenon beyond mankind’s ability to control).

The article “Plants wither in simulated warming test” (The Daily Sentinel, Sept. 7) describes a test, simulating what the future (2050) would look like and established that additional heat trapping gas, carbon dioxide, and extra warmth did not contribute to additional growth or greener plants. The point of the article is to prophesy the importance of reducing carbon dioxide and then humanity will be better able to influence the Earth’s warming cycles. Or maybe cold cycles?

Global warming alarmists are very good at creating wealth at the taxpayers’ expense, forecasting doom and gloom with no credibility, demeaning those who disagree, and creating a larger class of unemployed.

RICHARD CONKLE
Grand Junction

Presidential endorsement by Dallas Morning News is enlightening

A letter to the Sentinel editor earlier this week stated that Hillary Clinton has done nothing except be married to Bill.

For anyone who believes that, it might be enlightening to read Wednesday’s presidential endorsement by the Dallas Morning News. They list a few of Clinton’s accomplishments, including the fact that many of her legislative bills had Republican co-sponsors. They state that they have not endorsed a Democrat since before World War II. However, “Resume vs. resume, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest. We recommend Clinton.”

Think Clinton has done nothing? That she has bad judgment? That she is not honest? Google “Dallas Morning News Clinton” and learn a bit of history. Thanks for reading.

DON BELL
Grand Junction


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For some reason, Mr. Conkle doesn’t cite any climatologists in his denialist rant. Climatologists are the scientists who actually study the climate. Freeman Dyson is a physicist, not a climatologist. That’s basically like asking your plumber for advice about car repairs.

Mr.Bell,


Hillary Clinton’s 20 resolutions and bills that were passed while she was in the US Senate.
S. 3625 (110th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 245 North Main Street in New City, New York, as the “Kenneth Peter Zebrowski Post Office Building”.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Sep 26, 2008
Passed Senate: Oct 2, 2008
S.Con.Res. 63 (110th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the need for additional research into the chronic neurological condition hydrocephalus, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Dec 19, 2007
Passed Senate: Jan 22, 2008
S.Con.Res. 26 (110th): A concurrent resolution recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and commending recipients of the Purple Heart for their courageous demonstrations of gallantry and heroism on behalf of the United St
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Apr 12, 2007
Passed Senate: Jul 31, 2007
S.Con.Res. 113 (109th): A concurrent resolution congratulating the Magen David Adom Society in Israel for achieving full membership in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Jul 21, 2006
Passed Senate: Aug 1, 2006
S.Con.Res. 39 (109th): A concurrent resolution to express the sense of Congress on the Purple Heart.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: May 26, 2005
Passed Senate: Jul 28, 2005
S. 272 (109th): Caribbean National Forest Act of 2005
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Feb 3, 2005
Passed Senate: Jul 26, 2005
S. 2839 (108th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 555 West 180th Street in New York, New York, as the “Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda Post Office”.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Sep 23, 2004
Passed Senate: Oct 10, 2004
S.Con.Res. 123 (108th): A concurrent resolution recognizing and honoring the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death because of his standing as one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Jul 12, 2004
Passed Senate: Nov 18, 2004
S.Con.Res. 112 (108th): A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: May 21, 2004
Passed Senate: Jul 22, 2004
S. 2334 (108th): Caribbean National Forest Act of 2004
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Apr 22, 2004
Passed Senate: Oct 10, 2004

Ms. Patton

Mr. Bell, Part 2,

S. 1108 (108th): 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemoration Act
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: May 22, 2003
Passed Senate: Apr 7, 2004
S.Con.Res. 40 (108th): A concurrent resolution designating August 7, 2003, as “National Purple Heart Recognition Day”.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Apr 30, 2003
Passed Senate: Jul 25, 2003
S. 538 (108th): Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2003
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Mar 5, 2003
Passed Senate: Apr 10, 2003
S.Con.Res. 103 (107th): A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Better Hearing and Speech Month, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Apr 30, 2002
Passed Senate: May 1, 2002
S. 1983 (107th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 Main Street, Lake Placid, New York, as the “John A. “Jack” Shea Post Office Building”.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Mar 4, 2002
Passed Senate: Jun 3, 2002
S. 1777 (107th): International Disability and Victims of Landmines, Civil Strife and Warfare Assistance Act of 2002
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Dec 5, 2001
Passed Senate: Sep 13, 2002
S. 1721 (107th): A bill to designate the building located at 1 Federal Plaza in New York, New York, as the “James L. Watson United States Courthouse”.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Nov 16, 2001
Passed Senate: Apr 30, 2002
S. 1637 (107th): A bill to waive certain limitations in the case of use of the emergency fund authorized by section 125 of title 23, United States Code, to pay the costs of projects in response to the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City that
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Nov 6, 2001
Passed Senate: Dec 20, 2001
S. 1622 (107th): Extended Unemployment Compensation bill
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Nov 1, 2001
Passed Senate: Dec 20, 2001
S. 584 (107th): A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 40 Centre Street in New York, New York, as the “Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse”.
Sponsor: Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY, 2001-2009]
Introduced: Mar 21, 2001
Passed Senate: Aug 3, 2001


So after eight years in the Senate, Clinton’s legislative accomplishments boil down to two relatively small grant programs.

Ms. Patton

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