Printed letters, Dec. 14, 2011

America is taking a phenomenal risk by not developing all available oil and gas resources. We have an abundance of resources, the technology and a huge labor force to accomplish energy independence.

This administration, and our two Colorado senators, are doing everything they can to keep us in harm’s way. Environmentalists they support have captured our means to create jobs and defend ourselves.

They form small anonymous groups that donate $50 each and legally tie up every carbon-based project they can find. These assets belong to all people, not just a chosen few who can afford to file frivolous lawsuits.

In all cases, when stopping projects, the human impact must be considered. It’s not a game. Their actions seriously affect other people lives, as is the case in Montrose County.

The more concerning issue is our lack of energy independence. The Middle East produces 34 percent of the world’s oil and 18 percent goes to the United States. Most oil is shipped through the Persian Gulf, which is bordered by hundreds of miles of Iranian shoreline and passes through the 34-mile-wide Strait of Hormuz.

Iran could shut it down with a Piper Cub airplane and a hand grenade. Any action against Iran by Israel or the United States will do just that. This would spike oil prices and throw the world economy into an immediate recession. 

The Shia–Sunni war continues, as was the case in Iran’s (90 percent Shia) recent attempt to assassinated Saudia Arabia’s (90 percent Sunni) ambassador to the United States.

There are ongoing religious wars, civil wars and periodic bombings in most Middle East countries.

With all the red flags, America’s leadership continues to wallow in ignorance.

WILLIAM F. MCKNIGHT

Grand Junction

Republicans seek to protect the 1 percent

It takes columnist Charles Krauthammer one-fifth of a Daily Sentinel page to get to the point and blame President Obama for creating class resentment. Republicans like Krauthammer are usually first to proclaim that the founding fathers know best, but not this time. 

We know that through the Constitution, our founding fathers intended to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” As Republicans would have it, the Constitution was intended to secure the blessing of liberty only for the very, very rich.

Our founding fathers did not intend to create a plutocracy, with the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few, and at the same time pretend to be a democratic nation. In 1976, it was estimated that the farmer’s income to an executive’s income was approximately of 1–to–6. All you have to do is check out the current ratio to determine who or what are the causes of class resentment. 

If it is not the 1 percent, then why do Republicans insist on protecting them from increased taxation? The answer appears to be money, power and greed. What it portends is not good.

Krauthammer and Republicans will certainly continue to insist that if the very rich are taxed more the demise of the United States is inevitable. It is repeated so often that many of the 99 percent are beginning to believe it.

JOSE U. LUCERO

Grand Junction

 

New Sunday comicsare a nice addition

I want to thank The Daily Sentinel for the additional comics on Sunday. This has always been my favorite section of the paper and it was especially great to see “Hi and Lois.” It’s been years since I’ve seen that one. Thank you again.

LAURA SALAZAR

Grand Junction

 

Transplant appreciates Indiana sports coverage

Thanks for the great article about the Indiana University vs. Kentucky basketball game Dec. 10. Watching the game was a thrill, but reading about it in The Daily Sentinel was a bonus.

This Hoosier transplant is grateful.

GINNY MCGRIFFIN

Grand Junction



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