E-mail letters, August 26, 2010

Habitat for Humanity should be buying homes

Here we have a glut of homes for sale and in foreclosure because of the economy, yet Habitat for Humanity is happily building new ones. Why can’t they buy one of the many sitting on the market and rehab if necessary? Seems like it would be cheaper and therefore they could help more people and it would help those trying to sell.

CYNTHIA BUTTERMORE

Clifton

Herzog has it wrong on NYC mosque

I read Denny Herzog’s Aug. 24 column in The Daily Sentinel. After I read his comments, I sat back and said to myself, “What is wrong with this picture?” I came to the conclusion that I completely disagree (not even respectfully disagree) with his comments. As far as I am concerned, it is high time that America stops trying to prove what it isn’t and start proving what it is. God bless America.

HELEN CARLSON

Grand Junction

Sentinel is too bias toward the right

For some reason I subscribe to The Daily Sentinel. Lately, it has become more like the John Birch Society newsletter.  I realize Republicans are a majority in Mesa County and it would not be good business to print opposing viewpoints. But, is the Sentinel in the news business or the GOP/Tea Party pimp business?

I submit letter after letter and none of them are printed. Why? Letters opposing the president and John Salazar are printed daily. Why does The Daily Sentinel editorial staff fear opposing viewpoints?

Scott McInnis gets caught taking $300,000 from a Middle Eastern Islamic faction in what is an obvious attempt to circumvent campaign finance laws. Again. And no one asked what they were buying. Why would wealthy Front Range Muslims be interested in the governer’s race in Colorado? I think it’s safe to say they aren’t interested in water. So, what is their interest? It is the job of an unbiased press to ask these questions. The key word here is unbiased.

This question and questions along these lines need to be asked. And answered. However, The Daily Sentinel staff lacks the courage and civil responsibility to do so. In my opinion, the Daily Sentinel editorial staff has lost what little creditability they had prior to the sale of the paper last year.

Either way, it looks like Scott McInnis will have enough money in his campaign check book to keep his wife grossly overpaid until the next election.

Some things never change. At le

ast if the Daily Sentinel has its way.

JOHN A. IJAMS

Grand Junction

Fruita is inhospitable to businesses

Fruita: the most unfriendly place to try and conduct business. This town makes it very difficult to conduct business.

They want no signs that will help you advertise your business, unless you have commercial property, so you can pay higher taxes. They require that if you conduct business within the city limits, you must have a business license. I have found no other city that makes this claim. I run a mobile business and have no office but what is in my van.

Fruita is in need of a wakeup call. I would think that during these economic times they would open their arms for new business, but instead they run them off. They need a new sign “Fruita, businesses not welcome.”

STEVE MENZIES

Fruita

Colorado needs safer energy than nuclear power

Congressman John Salazar has endorsed nuclear power as one way to address Colorado’s energy needs. Coincidentally or not, a recent proposal seeks to build a new nuclear plant near Pueblo, in Salazar’s district.

Nuclear reactors present several problems. First, they are expensive (the Energy Department estimates $9 billion each). No U.S. reactors have been ordered since 1978 because Wall Street stopped investing in them, and utilities have tried unsuccessfully to get Congress to fund new construction.

Second, they take a long time to build. About 10 or 12 years are required to plan, construct and test a reactor before it could produce electricity. Energy needs in Colorado require more prompt solutions.

Most importantly, reactors present a health risk to local residents, creating over 100 chemicals found in atom bomb explosions. Each causes cancer, and is most harmful to infants and children.

Reactors create massive amounts of radioactivity, which must be stored in deep pools of constantly cooled water. Any loss of water, from an accident or terrorist attack, would mean a meltdown, and many thousands would suffer from cancer or radiation poisoning. In addition, some radiation routinely escapes into local air and water and enters human bodies.

Colorado’s only experience with nuclear power turned out badly. The Fort St. Vrain reactor north of Denver lasted only 15 years, and was closed for repairs much of that time. In 1989, the reactor shut permanently, and the local infant death and child cancer rate fell 15 percent and 12 percent in the first two years after shut down.

Colorado deserves an energy policy that meets people’s needs promptly, inexpensively and safely.  Products can be made more efficient, people can conserve more energy, and safe renewable windmills and solar farms can be built quickly.

JOSEPH MANGANO MPH MBA

Executive Director

Radiation and Public Health Project

Ocean City, N.J.



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