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.
Grand Junction City Council member
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
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.
Public Lands Director
High Country Conservation Advocates
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.
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.