Printed Letters: August 16, 2017
It’s time to provide FRAM drilling permits
The energy project proposed in Whitewater is one of the most studied and thoughtful drilling programs in Western Colorado. In Texas, a company can acquire a drilling permit in a week. In Ohio, a permit takes a month.
In Western Colorado FRAM has been trying to acquire their permits for over 10 years. And despite a decade, the BLM process still drags on.
Local activist groups like Western Colorado Congress are now bringing activist groups into the fight in an attempt to keep our nation’s energy in the ground. But at some point, one has to ask, if 10 years of study weren’t enough, what amount of time would be? From storm water protections and cactus conservation measures to the fact that the entire project has been removed from the city of Grand Junction’s watershed, FRAM has gone above and beyond trying to address the concerns of Western Colorado Congress Activists. But the organization never has and never will support any drilling project because they are opposed them all.
So its time, after 10 years, to provide FRAM the drilling permits they paid for over a decade ago.
Reminders of past atrocities keep us from repeating history
In the news today was an issue that concerns me and I think us all, not directly but indirectly. It has to do with our country’s history. We cannot erase our history, the past, or what happened generations ago. However, we can remember it and try not to repeat it.
I’m not an “alt-right” or an “alt-left” person — if there is such a thing. I’m more a center kind of person, which allows me to look at all sides and make decisions on issues that work for me.
After the Civil War, the Confederate states and the Union states built statues and memorials in remembrance of their military leaders and heroes. The very thought of slavery — black slavery, white slavery, child slavery, any act that would put another person in harm’s way — is repugnant to me.
That brings me back to history. Many southern states are in the process of removing any and all symbols of the Civil War — the flag, the statues, and the commemorative memorial — in the mistaken belief this will erase the history of what each of those symbols represent. We need those reminders; we need the reminders of all atrocities, the same as we need the reminder of Hitler. We need those reminders not to celebrate the memory, but to let next generations be aware that this really did happen so that we don’t repeat those horrific actions our countrymen did to one another.
I think an injustice is being done by not giving our Southern citizens enough credit or benefit of the doubt — there’s that center thought speaking — that they’re not supporting an evil but supporting an historical fact. These things did happen, and removing, deleting, and not speaking of it will not make it go away. History happened and it can be repeated.
MarillacHealth embraces role in stemming dental disease
Thank you for promoting the importance of dental care in your editorial, “Get thee to a dentist.” Based on dental visits, Colorado ranks 11th in the nation for children’s dental care and 18th for adult dental care. There is room for improvement. According to Mesa County’s 2015-17 Health Needs Assessment, the percentage of residents not seeing a dentist in the last year is significant: 31 percent of children and 48 percent of adults 21-64 years old. Lack of access to dental care and poor self-care contribute greatly to unnecessary pain and suffering, tooth loss, worsening of chronic health conditions and ultimately, higher costs. Delta Dental’s new insurance policy for children and their investment in training more registered dental hygienists are steps in the right direction.
MarillacHealth is a long-time partner with Delta Dental. Our most recent project is a resounding success. With grant funding from Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, MarillacHealth has placed registered dental hygienists in the busy pediatric practice operated by Primary Care Partners as well as our own county clinic site. These hygienists placed at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates/PCP and MarillacHealth-County perform brief visits with children to examine their teeth, apply fluoride varnish to prevent decay and offer valuable reinforcement and education. Embedding hygienists on medical teams has allowed MarillacHealth to serve approximately 2,200 additional children over the past 18 months. In addition, children who do not have a dentist are urged to visit Marillac’s dental program or get started with another local dentist. Naturally, the sooner a patient develops a relationship with a caring dentist, the more likely s/he is to seek routine care. This is especially true for youngsters.
MarillacHealth has long accepted Medicaid and also has a pediatric dentist on staff. As Mesa County’s only federally qualified community health center, MarillacHealth embraces its role in stemming the rampant dental disease in Colorado’s youngest population while welcoming patients of all ages.
DR. TOM LAVERY
Chief Dental Officer, MarillacHealth