Printed Letters: Aug. 1, 2017
Sad to see Boy Scouts apologize for president
A simple oath “on my honor, I will do my best….” This is the oath a young boy scout learns by memory, by heart.
I wish that young boy was sitting in the Oval Office because he is also taught the importance of being “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent”, some things that the current president seems to lack.
Why, of all venues, would someone who holds the highest office in the land, use it to vent such vile political rhetoric? Why would he encourage young people to “boo” the former president of the United State of America? How does this make “America Great Again”?
In the 1990s, Boy Scout members thought the president’s conduct was not of good character and was not a good role model for America’s young boys. It was the protocol of the Boys Scout to make the sitting president the “honorary” president of BSA and have his signature appear on the Eagle Scout certificates, but Clinton’s signature was removed from the Eagle Scout certificate and replaced with the “real” president of scouting’s signature. This came about because BSA council offices all over the country received thousands of complaints following the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment proceedings. Members threatened to quit if President Clinton’s signature wasn’t removed and rightly so. At that time President Clinton didn’t display the values the Boy Scout Organization promoted.
It was sad to see that the head of the Boys Scouts had extended an apology for Trump’s inappropriate rhetoric at the jamboree. Instead of everyone having to apologize for Trump, maybe the only way to stop Trump’s inappropriate behavior is by not “inviting him to the party/events” until he understands how to be truly be more Presidential than any Commander-in-Chief except Lincoln.
Retire ‘You Said It’ column — Wagner, too, while you’re at it
Your editorial, “More levity, please,” was welcomed with cheers in our household! As long-time subscribers, we have grown weary of You Said It.
Your description of the entries to this column was spot on — it is indeed a “grinding, snarky complaint forum.” Why waste space on mean-spirited attacks by individuals who prefer to remain anonymous rather than take responsibility for their opinions?
While on the topic of sarcasm and mean-spiritedness, I would also like to address Rick Wagner’s column. Mr. Wagner may be a fine attorney, but his column is consistently nasty, sarcastic and in poor taste. I realize he intends to be humorous, but his approach leaves me cold. Sarcasm is rarely humorous, even in the most skillful of hands, and Mr. Wagner lacks the skill to pull it off. Please consider substituting something that adds value (conservative, liberal or non-political — makes no difference to me) as a substitute for this nasty vitriol. Personally, I would be happy to see both You Said It and Mr. Wagner’s column disappear from The Daily Sentinel.
Grand Junction deserves better than this, and I, for one, am willing to sign my name and own this opinion.
Gov. Hickenlooper’s action on climate change to be applauded
At a time when the country is reeling from the nastiest, most sarcastic, partisan and ad hominem political scene this 70-something citizen has witnessed, we are treated to what can only be described as a snide op-ed in the Sunday paper by our state Senate president, Kevin Grantham.
Mr. Gratham’s topic is Gov. John Hickenlooper’s joining the U.S. Climate Alliance. Grantham argues that only 13 other states have joined the alliance. He lambastes the action as unconstitutional (no treaty, no foreign powers), claims only the state legislature could change emission targets, questions whether the governor is going to monitor compliance by China, asks if Colorado will “make good” on the $3 billion in payments Obama “committed to” in the Paris accord, and states that “All that’s missing from this picture is a prospect of puppies and cotton candy for all.”
In fact, the governor’s order “Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition” declares “that it shall be the goal” of the state to reduce specified emissions. It directs state agencies to work toward these goals. This is exactly the province of the executive branch. Gov. Hickenlooper does not purport to change laws. Moreover, as Grantham notes, the Paris accord is not a treaty. Thus no country is technically bound by its terms. Naturally, Colorado’s association is also voluntary.
While Colorado may be only one of 14 states in the alliance, Grantham ignores the fact that more than 300 mayors, university presidents, and businesses have similarly pledged to work towards the Paris accord standards.
So, Sen. Grantham, in his desire to score some kind of political point, totally misses the real point. Climate change is a dangerous reality, one that every country in the world save Nicaragua and Syria (and now the U.S.) recognizes. Gov. Hickenlooper’s action is a step in the right direction, to be applauded, not derided.
Public must understand threat to watershed posed by drilling
This is a letter from a concerned citizen of the Grand Valley, concerning action proposed by the Bureau of Land Management, Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO), concerning the Updated Whitewater Unit Master Development Plan (WMDP) for oil extraction.
The development of up to 108 drilling wells on 12 new well pads, plus new roads and pipelines, across a 26,000-acre project area, producing an estimated 8.7 million barrels of oil or gas over the 20-year life of the project.
The fact that BLM, is planning on many acres for drilling in the Whitewater-Palisade area of Mesa County, is one that needs to be brought to people’s attention, so the populace is aware of the negative effects it will bring to our beautiful land, air and the effects and closeness to the city Of Grand Junction’s watershed.
There will be extensive roads and truck traffic that these 108 new wells will need to operate. That will make this beautiful remote area devoid of its natural beauty, its visual strength. It matters little what route the BLM and Fram choose. Of the three route alternatives, all will have many trucks, emitting exhaust causing air pollution, which affects all people’s health, for we all need to breathe to live. The trucks will also degrade the area with their passage affecting the area’s roads and lands. It would take decades to restore the area from the effects of 108 well and trucks and roads needed to access them.
All this activity will happen at the base of the Grand Mesa, which will be degraded by Fram oil wells and the roads needed to be put in place to access those wells. Lots of truck traffic in this area will occur, which ever of the three road alternative is chosen for Fram. Much water will be needed for fracking and other related activities.
The citizens of Grand Junction, Palisade and Fruita need to be aware and respond, to this action that is now under consideration by the BLM and Fram Operating LLC’s Whitewater Master Development Plan. Comments need to be submitted by Aug. 28 to the BLM: at http:bit.ly/2ttMDMH
GJHS alum urges support of ballot measures for schools
In 1947 I was in the graduating class from Grand Junction High School in the old school building.
The teachers did a great job in preparing me for Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. And I did graduate from NU in 1951. Although I did not actually accomplish what I started out to fulfill. I did end up just fine. Two nice jobs, a lovely wife, three great children who are presently living in Colorado, Washington state and Illinois. Also a handful of grand kids.
Now I am retired and do want to come back to my hometown. I love my hometown and tell everyone what a great place it is to live and retire. Nice weather, the college, sports, the beauty and on and on.
Education is a key and a fundamental building block for any person in this world. If you don’t have it, you have a huge problem. I absolutely agree with Megan Fromm and please vote yes to fund the improvements on the schools. As an old GJHS Tiger and hopefully a future resident again,“Make me proud of the residents of Grand Junction.
John McCain distinguishes himself from other politicians
We have a mug at our house with big John Wayne’s face on it. As you tip the mug to drink you see a comment written on the inside that says: “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”
I can imagine John McCain probably had some thoughts along that line. He is facing the biggest battle of his life, and for his life against brain cancer.
The day before he urged his fellow congressmen to remember why they were there and who they should be working for. His speech was about forgetting personal agendas, vindictiveness and to care and serve the greatest nation on the planet. I haven’t always agreed with him, being a lifelong Democrat by philosophy. However his speech and his courage to vote no to repeal the health-care law made me very proud. Perhaps our representatives will take a moment to pause and see the difference between being a statesman and a politician.