Printed Letters: July 27, 2014
Jewish lay leaders support Israel
For the past several years, day in and day out, the people of Israel have had to endure rocket attacks coming from the terrorist organization that runs Gaza called Hamas.
This terrorist organization indiscriminately targets Israeli civilians and uses innocent Palestinians as human shields. The world should demand that Hamas immediately renounce the use of violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state.
No one should expect Israel to stand idly by while its citizens are the targets of continued rocket attacks. Every country’s and every government’s primary responsibility is to protect its citizens. The government of Israel and the people of Israel should not be held to any other standard. If we in the United States had missiles being fired onto our innocent civilians from across the border, we would move across the border to stop those terrorists from killing our people and do what we could to prevent those attacks from happening again. That is what Israel is doing.
On this issue, we express our unconditional support for the State of Israel and our solidarity with its beleaguered citizens.
Lay leaders Congregation Ohr Shalom
Oil and water may not mix in Fram drilling proposal
In response to Gary Harmon’s July 18 story, “Group fighting drilling project in Whitewater,” I am pleased that not everyone turned a blind eye to Fram’s drilling proposals on the flank of the Grand Mesa after the BLM and the county resolved some of the traffic concerns. From what I can tell, there remain unresolved and serious concerns with the proposal.
For example, the approved plan envisions allowing Fram to drill wells on a pad above Juniata Reservoir — a place from where we Junctionites get water. The area is supposed to be encumbered by a no-surface occupancy stipulation to protect the watershed, but the approved plan envisions that the operator will be given an exception to that stipulation.
We all know that water and oil don’t mix. I’d feel a lot more comfortable if protective stipulations like those in place to protect municipal water were not subject to waivers and exceptions. Or, at the very least, that the BLM didn’t presume such exceptions would be granted down the road. I’ve got similar concerns with the BLM’s failure to consider additional impacts that this project will cause to already poor local air quality.
Thanks to the Western Environmental Law Center and Citizens for a Healthy Community for staying diligent and holding the BLM to task. We all understand there are economic benefits of oil and gas development, but all things have a price and sometimes the price is too high. I feel better knowing that folks other than the BLM are looking at the costs and benefits.