Printed letters, Jan. 17, 2010

Congratulate lawmaker

for his mitigation bill

The Daily Sentinel’s Jan. 12, editorial, “Mitigation bill runs against the current,” struck a very pessimistic tone about basin-of-origin legislation to be introduced by Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo.  It is true that Front Range water interests have usually opposed efforts to offset the impacts of water diversion on the river basin of origin, and maybe they will do so again.

Even so, that political prospect does not diminish the importance of the issue to the Western Slope, or to southern Colorado and the Eastern Plains. Legal protection against being dried up for the benefit of thirsty cities has always been a good idea.  It was a good idea when proposed earlier by state Reps. Mike Strang, Russ George, Ed Carpenter, Tillie Bishop, Tim Foster, Scott McInnis, Ben Campbell, Dan Noble, Bob Denier, Kathleen Sullivan, Danny Williams, Dave Wattenberg, John Salazar, Gregg Rippey and several others.  It was a good idea when Club 20 pushed it during my tenure there, and it is a good idea now.

There is one potentially important difference today. The idea is now being proposed not only by a majority Democrat, but one from the Front Range itself — and one whose constituents benefit daily from the Frying Pan-Arkansas diversion. Rep. Pace may actually have an advantage previously missing from the debate.

So, rather than list the 50 ways it will never work, we ought to simply congratulate him for his leadership on the issue and tell him we will try to help him get it done this time.

GREG WALCHER

Penry helped get Ritter to drop out of the race

While many of us were disappointed that Josh Penry dropped out of the governor’s race, it highlighted his character and his interest in doing what is best for Colorado and its citizens over what is best for Josh.

And it worked!

Gov. Bill Ritter knew the only chance he had at re-election was an expensive, primary-election blood bath between Scott McInnis and Penry. And because Josh was willing to take one for the team, Ritter dropped out.

And while we are also disappointed that Josh won’t seek re-election for his Senate seat, his commitment to helping Scott McInnis become Colorado’s next governor will no doubt mean a lot of sleepless nights for whoever dares to enter the race.

So, Josh, on behalf of all the residents of Mesa County who have lost their jobs, seen their housing value drop or are struggling to pay Ritter’s $1 billion in new fees (aka taxes), thanks!

JANET ROWLAND

 

Not all elected officials give back to taxpayers

Five Mesa County elected officials returned their pay to the taxpayers. Barb Brewer and Monica Todd, by giving to “their favorite charity,” did not give back to the county and taxpayers and probably will get more back on their own personal tax returns.

Sounds good though. They are the real politicians, as far as I can see.

RON ROBERTSON

 

Key pieces still missing in the evolution puzzle

Steve Miller’s letter to the editor claiming evolution is a scientific fact is interesting.

However, there is no known case of macroevolution. There is no known transitional series of fossils from one kind to another among the billions in the fossil record.

Dr. Randy J. Guliuzza, a professional mining engineer and a doctor, gives one of many examples that refutes evolution and supports creation.

Guliuzza stated that in the human body, “the immune system doesn’t have one central dedicated organ — it is a functional system dependent on every other body system, which themselves would not survive without immunal protection. It’s a complex system and every area fights selflessly to rid the body of its foe and cleanse it of deteriorated cells.” As the Bible says, “We are fearfully and wonderfully made” — Psalm 139:14.

HARLAN LARSEN

 

Political definitions key in modern world

Oh boy, another national election year. Aren’t you excited? I am.

In the interest of adding some clarification to the usually murky political waters of undefined terms, I offer the following political definitions:

Conservative: That which is not liberal.

Liberal: That which is not conservative.

Moderate: That which is not either of the other “is nots.”

I hope it is not entirely unlikely that you will now feel better informed by these robust statements.

BILL RAMSAY



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