Printed letters, Jan. 15, 2012

This is an answer to Denny Herzog’s “Science is anathema to the right” column in the Jan. 8 edition of The Daily Sentinel: It’s the left who fears real science and touts bad science.

Climategate is a real scandal based on the exposure of what was essentially a U.N. conspiracy to destroy the economies of the Western countries. There is no conclusive evidence that proves anthropogenic climate change is real.

The assertions that extreme weather events are proof of climate change is absurd.

Drought and extremes in seasonal temperature have always been with us. There’s been no significant change in frequency or intensity of hurricanes or tornadoes. There’s been no change in soil moisture. Ice sheets have been melting and minute changes in sea levels have been occurring since the last ice age. The rate of the rise in sea level has slowed in the last 100 years. And the Earth has been in a cooling trend since 1998.

The article referred to skeptics of global warming as “dim bulbs.” It’s the left that hates innovation. Any technological advancement that increases freedom and human potential, such as bio-engineered agricultural commodities, designed to increase crop yield, enhance drought-and-disease-resistance, are roundly condemned by liberals.

Gas and oil exploration technologies that minimize surface impact, extract resources from the Earth where it was previously impossible and create jobs, are vilified by the left as “killing the Earth.” But the left has an odd affection for the decaying technologies of old-world Europe. Think Holland and windmills.

Denny Herzog may want to step back and take an objective look at the real science of the time, and not simply the “spin” science of political causes.

MARJORIE HAUN

Grand Junction

We can’t trust Taliban to engage in peace talks

Peace talks with the Taliban? We’re actually giving them legitimacy?

While the United States is sitting around the campfire singing “Kumbaya” with them, our throats will be getting cut.

GLENN MENARD

Grand Junction

 

Powderhorn tubing hill too expensive for families

It’s too bad the newly improved Powderhorn Mountain Resort was not greeted this year by an early, large snowstorm to celebrate the mountain’s new improvements. Some things you just can’t control. 

My family and I were pleased to learn of the recent opening of the tubing hill and were completely disappointed to learn of the cost of enjoying it.

Fifteen dollars an hour. Are you kidding me? Fifteen dollars a day, or even a half day, makes much more sense.

It is my understanding that ticket holders get a $3 discount. Really? A $3 tube rental is appropriate.

I’m no marketing expert, but it seems to me that the resort has more to gain by making the cost more affordable and getting families and teens up there on the mountain where they can enjoy themselves. Then maybe they will hit the lodge for some cocoa, visit with friends who do have ski passes and even find a love for skiing and purchase ski passes in the years to come.

I’ll be interested to see how this comes out.

LINDA MARTINEZ

Grand Junction



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