E-mail letters, Feb. 18, 2010

Communication needed

regarding the body farm

As I read The Daily Sentinel article about the planned “body farm” and the angst of neighbors, I couldn’t help but recall the key to a successful development of any kind — communication.

In previous years I worked for two developers.  The last, in Pasadena, Calif., was very successful due to his realization that prior to starting any project he needed to gather together neighboring property owners.  The intent was to explain the company’s vision for the property and then to listen to concerns and suggestions from those nearby. Thereafter he would consider changes and implement them — or he might decide that his vision was not the right “fit” for the parcel.

When I first heard of a proposed body darm (no location first mentioned), I thought it was a good idea and valuable for research, etc.  However I presumed it would probably be located north (or south) of the city, away from any commercial or residential areas.  So I, as were so many, was astounded when I heard the proposed location, now referred to as a “temporary” location.

Also, I was surprised by the fact that the planning was ongoing without prior hearings or approvals. While Mesa State College is an asset the to the community, it should certainly not have the power to make these kinds of moves

I lived in Grand Junction for over 18 years and now reside in Montrose.  My heart always has a place for Grand Junction and its citizens.

Judy Frantz


Garfield County blunders

should not be overlooked

Regarding the blunders of the water well drilling by Garfield County, I offer the following observations:

The remarks by the representative of the Western Slope Gas and Oil Association were very arrogant and insulting to the intelligence of the general public when he equates the drilling of water wells with the drilling of gas wells. I notice that he did not mention the gas drilling activities of the Williams Co. in the Battlement Mesa PUD that were presumably overseen by the state oil and gas regulators that he so much admires. Nor did he mention the blunders that were made by the county in favor of Williams in regard to this situation. I would call that “not insignificant.” Apparently he did not notice the media attention that was given to this situation either.

I am curious as to his reaction if the county decides to issue a retroactive special use permit as they did in the Williams case in order to cover their mistakes and continue with the water well drilling.

Since the residents around Silt want the county taxpayers to pay them in perpetuity for the small amounts of water used for monitoring to protect their health, they surely would not object to having the taxpayers pay for the loss of property values of the residents of Battlement Mesa caused by gas drilling in the PUD.

I can hardly wait until McInnis and Penry and their ilk get wind of this and propose to do away with the regulations pertaining to water well drilling as they have gas and oil drilling regulations now that one of their major political campaign contributors has equated both types of drilling to the same level.

Garry Evenson


Bennet shows he is

out of touch with Colorado

Sen. Michael Bennet’s insistence on continuing to ignore the wishes of Colorado voters is absolutely pathetic and infuriating. Poll after poll show the majority of Americans, including Coloradans, do not want the Democrats’ so-called health care reform, especially the public option.

It boggles the mind that a so-called representative can be so blind and deaf to the will of the people.  It is plain that Bennet, along with his friends Obama, Reid, Pelosi and Salazar just do not care what the American people think. Their liberal clique believes it can shove its agenda down our throats and convince us later that it tastes good.

Come November, send Bennet, Salazar and their ilk to the unemployment line

Homer Gregory

Grand Junction

Use of natural resources

needed to create jobs

The news everyday is filled with speeches by one politician after another about the need to create jobs. Why is this still being talked about today. This isn’t news. We were in desperate need of jobs this time last year. And why are we finding it so hard to settle on what creates jobs.

This generation was handed a nation built by our forefathers based on everything from agriculture to manufacturing to development of our natural resources.

This generation has lost the work ethic and the business sense to make the family farm work. Corporate farms initially took away the family farm and have since shifted their production to countries outside our borders.

Manufacturing jobs left with the first of the fair trade agreements like NAFTA. The development of our natural resources has been slowing for the past several decades, and have nearly come to a complete halt today. This near cessation has especially affected the western part of the nation after the current administration made exploitation of our natural resources a dirty word. The NIMBY attitude of our “trust fund” generation has provided the complacency that has allowed this to happen.

This generation is acting like spoiled rich kids that don’t understand how their parents made the family fortune, or appreciate the efforts it took to do so. The prosperous county that we were handed was built on the initiative, the inventiveness, and most importantly the sweat and determination of our forefathers. Farming was a staple to our economy, the industrial revolution brought jobs to the urbanizing areas, and development of our natural resources fed those industries and brought prosperity to the west. We cannot sustain this nation if we cease producing our food, send our manufacturing jobs overseas and refuse to develop our gas, oil, coal, hard rock minerals and timber.

Every job source that I know of here in western Colorado has suffered or ceased to exist today. There are few if any jobs in mining, the oil fields or timbering. Without these jobs there is no demand for products from our stores or need for homes for the workforce. Without using our own coal or oil, our utility prices have skyrocketed as has the cost of our gas to get us to our minimum wage job, if we are lucky enough to have one.

The foundation of our economy is our natural resources. What good is it to give tax breaks to our businesses if they have no business? What long-term value is there to helping people refinance their homes if they don’t have a jobto make the lower payment? What value is there in creating “green” jobs if no one has the money to buy the “green” products?

We need basic natural resource jobs so we can feed our families and feed our industry with

the raw materials that it needs to be competitive. Why is this so hard to understand. All the major wars have been fought over the need for natural resources. We have been blessed with more in natural resources than few other nations in the world.

Wake up America. Make NIMBY the next dirty word

James E. Langford

Grand Junction

Paper should apologize

to Rep. Steve King

I think the Daily Sentinel owes Rep. Steve King an apology for criticizing what he is doing in the state Legislature. This paper should do a better job researching what is going on in the Legislature, and an interview or two with Rep. King should be in order, also, before publishing a public rebuke.

King’s recent letter explaining his side clarified much of his work. I think he is doing a good job for the people he represents.

Susan Benjamin

Grand Junction

Immigration reform

is good for economy

The letter from Dana Isham, with the Minute Men, ignores fact in favor of fear-mongering.

It is true that momentum is building throughout the country, and certainly here in Colorado, for comprehensive immigration reform. But what the facts show is that a path to citizenship is smart for economic recovery.

One recent study, authored by a political scientist from UCLA, shows that comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship will generate $1.5 trillion for the U.S. economy in the next decade. Another study from the conservative CATO institute estimates that number at $800 billion, but agrees that a path to legalization is the overwhelming solution.

Legalizing the undocumented will raise wages, increase consumer purchasing, create more jobs and generate greater tax revenues. The alternative of deporting all undocumented immigrants would cost the United States $2.5 trillion simply in lost productivity. This figure does not count the billions of dollars and decades of implementation a mass deportation plan would require.

The American public knows that the status quo is not working and wants a solution that serves all workers, families and the economy. Comprehensive immigration reform is this solution.

Karen Sherman Perez

Western Slope Coordinator

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition



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