Printed letters, January 1, 2014
Casey Sheahan, CEO of the innovative clothing company, Patagonia, Inc., believes the process of fracking will damage human health and the environment with consequences for hundreds of years.
He points to the chemicals used in fracking that are toxic and cancer-causing. His company and he will contribute financial support for a Colorado ballot issue that will ban fracking statewide.
How long has fracking been with us in Colorado? I asked Alan Roberts, who was raised in Texaco’s company town in the Wilson Creek Field north of Meeker. Roberts graduated from Meeker High and then the Colorado School of Mines, and he spent a lifetime in the energy industry. He believes well over 75 percent of wells were being fracked when he first went to work in his home state in the early 1960s. Colorado has experienced fracking for more than 50 years.
Fracking has been prevalent in Texas on a much greater scale. Fort Worth commissioned a $1 million study, completed in 2011 by a Massachusetts firm, to document the health effects of natural gas drilling, fracking and production. Hardly any negative effects on its citizens were confirmed in the 320-page report. Ninety-eight percent of emissions were of a low toxicity, and the measured air pollution levels did not reach any levels that cause adverse health effects.
Fort Worth, a city of 730,000, contains within its city limits roughly one well pad containing multiple wells for each 1,300 citizens. Fort Worth should be Sheahan’s laboratory to validate the Armageddon of illness and disease that he believes fracking has inflicted on their citizens. I believe half a century of history will prove him wrong.
Sheahan should be equally worried about the cancer-causing chemicals in his holiday dinner.
Longtime contributors have right to Medicare
People who have worked most of their lives and are now enjoying the benefits of Medicare have also paid premiums since its inception in 1965. An entitlement by definition is “the fact of having the right to something.”
People who paid into the system with every paycheck for 35 years before deriving any benefit certainly have earned the right for health care in return. In fact, my wife and I, for the year 2013, have paid Medicare more than $7,000 and will pay more in 2014.
Meanwhile, our doctors are going to receive less next year in reimbursement than they have in years past. Isn’t this a wonderful government-run entitlement program?
COPECO story evoked memories for musician
Bob Silbernagel’s Dec. 20 article on the COPECO dance hall brought back several memories from the early 1950s. I graduated from high school in 1951 and Mesa Junior College in 1953.
Most Saturday nights were spent in the various dance halls in the area (Clifton, Loma, Collbran and the COPECO). There was even an open-air ballroom just west of First Street, north of North Avenue.
I wasn’t a fan of western music and avoided most dances with that music. I was surprised to read that so many western bands played the area. I don’t remember many in the period from 1950 through 1953. During 1953 I played trumpet and my wife played piano for a band named Hap Harris, and we frequently placed the COPECO. Our music was very up-tempo, and there were no slow tunes played there.
I last played at the COPECO on the last Saturday of September 1953, and I reported for induction into the Army Oct. 1.
The COPECO was very rough and rowdy until a man named Warner ran the place. There was still a lot of alcohol consumed, but the fighting was controlled. I am not sure of his name, but he later had a kids’ program on KREX television.
MERRITT P. DISMANT
Brooks’ column, article on airport lacked values
I am concerned about the quality of the news reported in The Daily Sentinel. I believe that a newspaper should report, not try to change the beliefs of the readers.
On Dec. 15, the Sentinel ran an op-ed column by David Brooks, suggesting that even though our president has failed with health care and a lot of other issues, we should give more power to the executive branch of the government. Brooks wrote that we are better off if the executive branch is powerful.
We are never better off when ineffective and unethical people have more power. The stance of the writer didn’t deserve the coverage.
Then, on Dec. 23, the front-page headlines questioned whether we would be better off with a manager of the airport who was fired for questionable behavior, that maybe we are going to be sorry that we don’t have all the growth (which actually didn’t seem like much to this reader) without him.
Results do not justify wrongdoing.
I am worried that neither our society in general nor our local paper in particular has any values at all.