Printed letters, February 28, 2014

Changes in demographics have created opportunities in all facets of life. Change is difficult to accept because it challenges our comfort zone. We need to recognize these opportunities, overcome obstacles and take advantage by exploring ways of embracing opportunities with vision, strategic planning and innovation.

The economy is ready for growth and will rebound. Growth is coming and better times are in view. Being proactive will forge productive partnerships, encourage people to believe in themselves and enable us to meet challenges head-on in this changing environment. People with innovation and creativity, going through a change together, will experience success and become more comfortable with the change process. We should not only look at the horizon but look beyond and make the horizon tangible and attainable.

Because of changes in demographics, I offer a business suggestion. I propose a Hispanic Plaza, similar to other plazas; think Santa Fe, N.M. This project offers a business investment opportunity.

A Hispanic Plaza would include restaurants, entertainment and retail. A place to socialize and experience diversity, it would have a social and positive economic impact.


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U.S. Farm Bill touches 
everyone in Colorado

The Nature Conservancy and the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts applaud leaders on Capitol Hill for reaching a bipartisan agreement on the Farm Bill and quickly passing it into law. The legislation not only impacts our state’s land, ranchers and farmers, it also touches every one of us.

Colorado’s farms and ranches make up the rural West we treasure, the watersheds that provide our water and an important part of our state’s economy. Yet, development has forced a steady decline in working lands.

The Farm Bill’s agricultural conservation easement program allows landowners to enter into voluntary agreements to conserve the agricultural and natural values of a property. This program preserves agriculture’s economic viability, protects jobs and provides incentives to conserve working ranches and farms. It also protects the grasslands, wetlands and forests.

Coloradans reap the benefits of this program in the food we eat, the water we drink, the vistas we enjoy and our overall quality of life.

Farm Bill programs help orchards around Palisade thrive, touching anyone who enjoys Colorado fruit or wine. Locally, funds helped protect 14 family farms that produce peaches worth more than $3.5 million annually, as well as wine grapes and other crops.

We thank Sen. Michael Bennet for recognizing the importance of Farm Bill conservation programs to Colorado. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, he went the extra mile when he worked to improve the easement program so that landowners in Colorado have better opportunities to conserve their working lands.

We also thank Congressman Scott Tipton, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, who worked to ensure that the bill supports Colorado’s agricultural economy.


Colorado State Director

The Nature Conservancy



Executive Director

Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts



God loves, but there’s 
a limit to his patience

This letter is in response to the letter from Rev. Virginia Taylor on Feb 19.  Yes, indeed our God and Lord, Jesus Christ, is about love. As his word tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, He sent his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish (hell) but have eternal life (heaven).” The commandments and other warnings are also due to his great love for his creation, to protect all of us from bad choices and the dangerous and damaging consequences of those choices.

But there is a limit to his patience, and he also hates. See Proverbs 3:31, 6:16-19, 12:22, 5:8, etc. In Leviticus 18:22 he tells of the abomination of unnatural relations of men (with men) and women (with women). He also warns us again in I Corinthians and Romans of these unnatural acts and the sinfulness and dangers in participating in such acts. He tells us that any sexual sins (including heterosexual sins) are especially serious, as they are a sin against the body.

We can choose to listen to our flesh and the desires from within or we can choose to listen to a very loving father who wants only the best for us. (Read and study the Bible; it is all there.)




Rev. Taylor reminded us 
of Jesus’ message of love

Thank you, Rev. Virginia Taylor, for your excellent letter to the editor published Feb. 19 in The Daily Sentinel.

She reminded us so clearly that Jesus’s consistent message is to love one another. The teachings of Jesus do not include disclaimers or say except the poor, the aging, the women or those with different sexual orientation.

That message has lifted me up all my life. I believe that each one of us has the Holy Spirit within us, and as we are loved unconditionally, we are called to love unconditionally.


Grand Junction


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As Tim Sullivan and Greg Yankee authoritatively opine—“U.S. Farm Bill touches everyone in Colorado”—there is much to like about that recently enacted legislation.
Thus, in addition to ameliorating the cuts to Food Stamps sought by “Teapublicans” (including Scott Tipton), H.R. 2642 – the five-year $956 billion “Agricultural Act of 2014” – funded many worthwhile programs (while cutting overall appropriations therefor),“helped protect” local orchardists and vintners, and (thanks to Senator Bennet) improved the conservation easement program. 

However, as the Sentinel previously reported and editorialized—“Farm Bill yields mixed bag of reform”(January 30, 2014) – H.R. 2642 also aptly illustrated the hidden “costs of compromise” taxpayers must bear to enact sound policies when cynical “conservatives” extort inclusion of bad policies as the price for their votes.

Thus, first, while the 2014 Farm Bill ends the “direct” subsidy program—under which Congressmen receiving payments were required to disclose them, it substituted an even more expensive “indirect” subsidy program—payments from which Congressmen are not required to disclose, thanks to Tipton and his cronies on the House Ag Committee.

Second, with “fraud, waste, and abuse” more rampant in farm subsidy programs than in any other federal “entitlement” program – and with median household income in the U.S. at $51,000 – the law now authorizes subsidy payments to corporate farms and millionaire farmers earning up to $900,000 (after deducting all expenses incurred in “farming”).

Third, H.R. 2642 also protects Republicans’ favored groups (only) from the vagaries of the vaunted “free market”—by creating an insurance program to protect farmers against price fluctuations, while guaranteeing insurers a 16% profit.
Fourth, in order to continue gratuitous subsidies to politically-connected water-wasting cotton farmers, we will annually pay $147.3 million to “bribe” Brazil to suspend its case before the World Trade Organization alleging illegal agricultural subsidies.

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