Printed letters, January 31, 2014

I must respond to Marcia Neal’s comments about environmentalists being entirely at fault for the oil and gas industry leaving the Western Slope.

Regulations are not the main reason the industry is leaving. Economics are the main reason. It is simply more expensive to drill around here.

The extraction industry is always looking out for its best interests. Whenever we see a large run of exploration, we always see a bust. That’s the nature of the industry.

People simply don’t get that on the Western Slope, and I’ve always wondered why. As soon as there are lower hanging fruits to pick, the drillers and miners will move on to them. So, let’s not place the blame on environmentalists. Let’s look to the real cause.

Perhaps after this bust, we will look for a more stable industry to be our economic engine, instead of the extraction industry.


Grand Junction

Don’t think the Pentagon 
gets whatever it wants

Two of the letters in Sunday’s paper caught my eye. One by Marcia Neal was headlined, “Environmentalists deserve blame for dearth of good jobs.” Excellent, Marcia.

The other letter, “Continue to cut military to get more domestic funds,” was from Wayne Flick. I don’t know if Flick ever served in the military, but I suspect if he did he was supremely unhappy. He apparently thinks the Pentagon gets whatever it asks for.

Having worked in the Pentagon and in the budget process in the mid-to-late ‘70s, I happen to know that is not the case. Flick, however, seems to know better. But where are the specifics. Just what programs do we delete or underfund, and where exactly do these dollars go to what specific programs or departments?

Now if he wants to cut the NASA Mars program, I would join him.


Grand Junction






Brutal treatment of woman 
in Kansas must be addressed

For possession of an ounce of marijuana, a 58-year-old woman, driving home to Missouri, was arrested and died on the floor of her jail cell in Goodland, Sherman County, in far western Kansas.

She had been held for two days, deprived of the right to make a single phone call, prohibited from taking the prescribed medications for her serious medical conditions, and then prevented from having meaningful medical care while in great physical distress.

Please read the AP article by Roxana Hegeman on Page 3 of Saturday’s Daily Sentinel and Google this developing investigation.

Whatever your political, spiritual and/or moral beliefs may be, we should all be aghast by such a denial of elementary humanism and our basic individual rights, for which we Americans profess to stand. This incident deserves our attention and our outcry. May Brenda Sewell not have died in vain!


Grand Junction


U.S. must be a ‘melting pot’ 
while we respect others’ beliefs

I read an article, “Indians a rising force in politics,” on page 5A of the Jan. 26 edition of The Daily Sentinel that got me thinking. In fact, it got me mad.

Why do we try to dissect society and break down every vote or issue by race, gender, religion or nationality? Why don’t we let people decide themselves on issues? Let us think and reason ourselves. The news media must think we are sheep and must be led.

Being a first-generation American and brought up in the 1940s, I still remember some of what I was taught in school.

“America is a melting pot.” People from all walks of life, cultures, religions and countries came to our shores to start a new life with freedom for many things. This included religious freedom, freedom from discrimination and so on. We want to make a new and better life for ourselves and for our families. We will pull together as “one nation” to make this dream come true.

I was taught to never forget where my family came from or our customs, but we are Americans first, pulling together for a better America. It seems to me, however, that today everyone seems to try to single out groups of people by race, religion, nationality or political groups.

We need to go back and look at a person based on what he or she stands for, not his or her race, religion or nationality. The inability to see both sides of an issue and intolerance of other views are hurting this great nation that was founded on great principles. Everyone has his or her views. If we all think and act alike, we would live a dull life. We must think for ourselves and respect others’ views and beliefs.




St. Mary’s nurses, doctors 
took special care of toddler

Our two-year-old great-granddaughter just spent seven days in St. Mary’s pediatrics ward with pneumonia.

We wish to extend a big thank-you to all the nurses and doctors who give such special care for these little people, as well as the response and comforting to parents.


Grand Junction


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