Printed Letters: April 28, 2017

Sen. Gardner, support BLM methane rule

The Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Prevention Rule is sensible, sound public policy. Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project released poll results in January 2017 revealing that 81 percent of respondents (registered voters in seven western states) wanted the policy to continue.

As the BLM developed the rule, stakeholder input was gathered during public and tribal meetings held during a two-year period (2014 and 2015.) More than 300,000 public comments were submitted. This is how democracy works.

Using the Congressional Review Act now to repeal this rule would be shortsighted. It would demonstrate disregard for the process of gathering stakeholder input and incorporating public comment. It is no way to conduct representative government. The BLM methane rule promotes responsible stewardship of a public resource by minimizing waste and collecting royalties that benefit taxpayers. It also protects public health by keeping pollutants and carcinogens out of the air and it promotes job creation in the burgeoning methane mitigation industry.

Please join me in asking Sen. Cory Gardner to support the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule.

Grand Junction

HB 17-1321 will ensure state’s outdoor business thrives

I am a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. I enjoyed my teen years in the forests of Michigan and my adult years “living” in Colorado’s glorious outdoors.

After serving four years in Uncle Sam’s military and serving several years overseas, an observant individual comes to realize the incredibly glorious and healthy public lands and waters that our previous legislative representatives put aside, for not just American citizens to enjoy, but for the world to stand in awe at the brilliance of such an idea.

I came to Colorado after the military and after college for the employment opportunities that this state offered. My family and I have lived in this state because of the blue skies, the rivers, the lakes, the mountain trails and the forests that have all been protected by a decision by a man such as yourself.

HB 17-1321 (CPW) Financial Sustainable Legislation will assist and protect all that my family has lived for since my children were born, here, in Colorado. I so want to take my grandchildren someday to places I have enjoyed. The top of Mount Sopris (five times), mountain biking in Fruita and Crested Butte, antelope hunting in Craig and Salida, elk hunting at Camp Hale, fishing the Yampa or Frying Pan, lounging on an inner tube in Rifle Gap Lake, and visiting the humbling area of Mesa Verde.

This bill, in my belief, ensures we all pay our share for “Colorful Colorado.” Please vote yes, to not handcuff, but to sustain Colorado State Parks and Wildlife with the financial resources to address the many challenges ensuring this $6 billion outdoor “business” will continue to be envied by every other state.


Proper planning will 
guarantee vibrant community

Mike Kelley’s letter “City should do more than just repair roads” and the headline the same day of needing another fire station have a common theme — poor “planning.”

“Tin horning” the grocery store at 12th and Patterson added congestion to a dangerous intersection that voters had previously deemed unacceptable — design hasn’t altered that. The map of fire stations with the landing view is shared how? Boxed in needing to navigate Horizon Drive and five roundabouts with confused tourists?

Commercial developers and business thrive on congestion/customers — the mall, Rim Rock, downtown, and “the new geographical center of the city” proclaimed by a past city mayor. He beat it to a more appealing environment — see the pattern?

The Riverside Parkway planned at 29 Road interchange at Interstate 70 touted congestion relief within the city core; reduced response times were expected from the current Fire Station #2, too. There was talk of an interchange at 24 Road and Highway 6&50.

My point is that there aren’t any designs Mike suggests for a small space that will make congested roads palatable for safety or comfort. Some suggestions: finalize the 29 Road interchange to I-70; sell Fire Station #2 and relocate at I-70 and 29 Road; create access to the airport there and improve response times in all directions. Finish the Avalon Theatre, redesign an event center with parking garage(s), finish out the riverfront of invasive trees, eliminating camping for the homeless, and the 24 Road/Riverside Parkway interchange. While we’re at it, do something at Unaweep and 29 Road.

Urban sprawl is so last century. Proper planning, revitalizing the city core for habitation and employment, will guarantee a vibrant and efficient community. We need to develop a 21st century plan for the future not based on previous goals based on expanding sprawl.

Grand Junction


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