Printed letters, Jan. 5, 2010

Because of the Democrats’ frantic rush to push America into socialism, I now think risking my neck in World War II was all in vain.

The America I knew then no longer exists. How very, very sad.


The final story in The Daily Sentinel’s series, “Energy Alley,” features the desperate pleading of a Rand Corporation analyst that we all stop bickering and start backing serious, full-on oil shale, nuclear and coal production. According to this news article, the government should truly reward unknown oil shale technology, universities must start ensuring the development of oil shale, lack of safe disposal sites is no problem for the nuclear industry and coal is a clean energy of the future.

Can anybody else here in western Colorado think of any other possible solutions?

Government subsidies could give a promising boost to tapping into the solid fact of our unlimited renewable energy resources. New energy efficiency standards or conservation measures might be helpful.

We have learned that protecting our landscapes and watersheds actually provides valuable riches for generations. Maybe we could encourage a shift away from reliance on fuels of previous centuries.

Those answers might not sound viable if all we ever read in the Sentinel paper is tired old-industry boosterism. A fossil journalist who can’t even accept human-caused global warming has no business trying to lead us to his own faulty conclusions.

We should go wherever a balanced review takes us. Unfortunately, the Sentinel did not provide that here.



This letter goes out to the planners of the latest downtown fiasco.

I remember when the words “Main Street” brought to mind thoughts of casual shopping along shaded sidewalks downtown. Not any more. That was in the past. With all the streets leading there barricaded, how would I ever get there?

Today, it evokes images created by the promoters of the movie “Jaws”: “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.” Ah, the memories. After the last round of forced beatification, it could now be, “Just when I thought it was safe to go back downtown.”

I have no doubts the finished project will be beautiful, park-like in fact. And, if the planners say it’s something we need, well then, I guess we do. But, when it’s finished, will there be any stores left? Or will the vanishing shoppers and bloated taxes have caused “Lights out”?



Letter writer Chantel Kerr and her neighbors who currently have objections to a group home being built by Mesa Developmental Services are in for a lovely surprise. We lived near an MDS group home for several years and can attest to the organization’s neighborly stewardship.

The home near us was consistently well maintained, with beautiful landscaping, neatly clipped grass and no external signage. There was no more traffic coming and going from the MDS home than with others in our area.

Over the years, we have owned four different homes in the Grand Valley and experienced many different neighbors. While other neighbors have at times disrupted our sleep, neglected their properties or posed other issues, this was never the case with our MDS neighbors.



Is “Energy Alley” a blessing or a damnation? It depends on your perspective.

For the profit-hungry energy industry and a nation striving for energy self-sufficiency, it may indeed be a blessing. For those of us impacted by gas wells going into our backyards it’s a damnation.

In the Daily Sentinel’s series on “Energy Alley,” on Dec. 30 Dennis Webb wrote concerning the vast natural gas resources and level of activity in the Piceance Basin. He wrote of it again on Jan. 1. I am amazed that, as seemingly thorough as his articles were, he did not once mention Antero Resources and its plans to drill 200 gas wells in the Battlement Mesa community. I should think that a driller’s decision to drill 200 gas wells in a populated area comprising less than 1/10 of 1 percent of the gas rich Piceance Basin would be newsworthy. To those of us so damned it certainly is.



The goose that laid the golden egg: “Aesop’s Fables” must not be on the reading list of City Council or the Downtown Development Authority.

Clearly Grand Junction’s downtown is a pleasant shopping park. The council and the DDA need to decide if our downtown is primarily a park or a commercial district. The refurbishment project is not funded by the parks department.

Need we continue to whip this poor goose to lay more park golden eggs at the commercial expense of DDA taxpaying businesses when less street parking leads to less business?

Perhaps when it comes to Internet access, the council should think of the library, and when it comes to events or recreational equipment, the DDA and council should think of the vast expanse of land along the Riverfront Park or other parks in the area. Whitman could use a facelift.

If the DDA leadership insists on cutting open the goose that lays the golden eggs, might we see Pottersville instead of “It’s a Wonderful Life?”



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