Printed letters, December 18, 2012

Kudos to the Garfield County commissioners for taking a stand against the obstructionist green lobby and its complicit federal agencies.

The BLM’s decision to withdraw the vast majority of oil-shale-rich land from even being considered for potential leasing was an ill-thought-out, knee-jerk reaction to a handful of folks who oppose any viable energy production.

The BLM decision was a slap in the face to Garfield County residents who had dared to hope for a bright economic future for themselves and their children. It was another example of professional environmentalists, few of whom actually live where this development would take place, dictating to the “little people” how we should make our livings and what opportunities should be available to us.

Thank goodness our county is blessed to have elected officials such as Tom Jankovsky and John Martin. They responsibly represent the best interests of their constituents. They have the guts to stand up and say “No!” to a heavy-handed bureaucracy that takes its marching orders from people who care more about advancing an uninformed political agenda designed in Washington, D.C., than they do about struggling families who are their neighbors.

MARILYN ODEN

Rifle

Now is time to tackle 
water storage problem

I am really worried about the water situation here in the Grand Valley. We may be in deep trouble if there isn’t sufficient snow or rain this winter. We need to find a solution to make sure there will be enough water for residents next year.

Every year more residents move into our area and the need is greater. The time is now to find a solution, not when it is too late. Let’s face it. The reservoirs are way down.

I’m not sure if this is the province of the City Council or not, but local government is responsible in the end. Hurricane Katrina and the last disaster, Hurricane Sandy, are prime examples of the government failing to be prepared. New York had a good week’s notice that a disaster was about to happen and it did nothing. Plenty of water, but no power supply for weeks to fill their needs.

Repairing or building new roads or roundabouts and parks should not be priorities this year. However, maintaining life should be. Our homes and property aren’t worth anything without sufficient water. We must educate our residents to not waste precious water.

Is the solution to this problem building another reservoir or maintaining deep wells? Let the experts or people with just plain old common sense figure this out now. Don’t wait!

ROBERT G. SMITH

Grand Junction

 

Sentinel should lead push 
for federal case on Kemp

I am thankful a judge recognized as unjust the illegal actions of two Colorado State Patrol officers forcing entry into the Kemp home and the failure of a sergeant on scene to intervene. The judge voiced his opinion this was even more egregious due to the minor nature of the traffic violations involved.

The most recent editorial on this case in The Daily Sentinel suggests to me the remaining issue to put this matter to rest is some administrative reviews or sanctions into Troop 4A’s culture.

I am a retired police lieutenant and believe the Sentinel has missed the most important part of this situation. Yes, the Kemp family will receive some sort of financial compensation from the state for the actions of two of its former employees, but it is small consolation for their tragic loss.

The violation of civil rights while acting under the color of authority by these former troopers is the much larger issue, as the rule of law must stand as a deterrent for future actions of all law enforcement officers. To blatantly ignore the citizen rights afforded to us all under the Constitution of the United States must not stand.

The greatest issue left unsettled is the prosecution of those former officers in our federal courts for their blatant violations of a citizen’s Fourth Amendment rights and the resulting execution of Kemp. The Daily Sentinel has stood the test of time as a watchdog in our community. Taking a back seat now runs contrary to the stance your paper has taken during my tenure as a public servant for decades in our community.

Edmund Burke stated the issues in this case best. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” This applies directly to your paper and its failure to push for a decision from the U.S. Attorney’s office on its failure to weigh in when a judge has aptly pointed out the illegal entry and resulting killing of Kemp was a miscarriage of justice and these former officers have yet to be held accountable.

ROBERT J. KNIGHT

Fruita

 

Thanks to community, 
fallen heroes again honored

Once again, our “Wreaths Across America” program for the Western Slope Veterans Memorial Cemetery was a large success, due to all the businesses and individuals that came forward and sponsored wreaths for the cemetery to honor our fallen heroes.

I want to express my deepest appreciation to each of you for helping the Western Slope Patriot Guard Riders to make this a success for another year.

ART (GROADY) EDWARDS

Western Slope Assist State Captain

Colorado PGR/Wreath Coordinator

Grand Junction



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