Printed letters, January 5, 2014
I have always thought of Grand Junction as a safe city with a low crime rate. However, based on the increased number of concealed weapons applications, apparently many residents view Grand Junction as a very dangerous place.
I have concerns about the thought process of making our world safer by acquiring even more guns. Look at the recent incident in Colorado Springs in which a man inadvertently shot his stepdaughter. In Montrose, the wife of one of our county commissioners forgot she had her gun in her purse and tried to go through security at our airport.
Some complimented her because she carried a gun. Would they have done the same if she had forgotten she had a gun in her purse at a social function and some kids had found it?
At this point in time, many of us lead very busy and sometimes hectic lives. There are numerous opportunities for accidents to occur when carrying a gun. I think in most cases, carrying a gun creates more potential for deaths and injuries to occur than it does in preventing incidents.
Melting Arctic sea ice is to blame for erratic weather
Regarding The Daily Sentinel’s Jan. 2 editorial titled, “Mother Nature proves she’s still unpredictable,” a little research can help explain the erratic nature of the weather patterns in North America for the last few years.
Much of the change can be attributed to declining Arctic sea ice, which is a result of global warming, whatever you happen to believe causes that. The reduction in Arctic ice affects the flow of the jet stream and causes irregular weather patterns.
In a blog entry published on April 2, 2012, on the website, Weather Underground, Dr. Jeff Masters stated, “Earth has seen some highly unusual weather patterns over the past three years, and three new studies published this year point to Arctic sea loss as a potential important driver of some of these strange weather patterns.
“The record loss of sea ice (in) the Arctic in recent years may be increasing winter cold surges and snowfall in Europe and North America, says a study by a research team led by Georgia Institute of Technology scientists Jiping Liu and Judith Curry. The paper, titled ‘Impact of declining Arctic sea ice on winter snowfall,’ was published on Feb. 27, 2012, in the online early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
” ‘Our study demonstrates that the decrease in Arctic sea ice area is linked to changes in the winter Northern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation,’ said Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, in a press release. ‘The circulation changes result in more frequent episodes of atmospheric blocking patterns, which lead to increased cold surges and snow over large parts of the northern continents.’ “
A variety of other sources also support this conclusion.
Ricky Clark deserves his new set of wheels
On Tuesday, the last day of 2013, The Daily Sentinel printed a photo along with a paragraph describing an event. It was about a man named Ricky Clark, who is a military vet and an employee of Larchwood Inn.
Three businesses and two community clubs had pooled their resources to give this fellow a “new” used vehicle to better enable him to get back and forth to work. I was amazed and so grateful that all these folks did this for him.
For, you see, a few years ago my parents lived for a while at Larchwood Inn, and I witnessed firsthand what a valuable person Clark is. He would go way beyond his duties of “floor-man” by talking, joking, caring and always smiling for the residents. It was pure joy to watch his interactions.
Here’s a big thank-you to all of those who helped Clark with the car. And, Ricky, thank you for being such a blessing to those you serve. Have a happy and healthy new year!
Local businesses thanked for helping Scouts sell trees
As scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 303, I would like to publicly thank local businesses for their generous donations of time and materials for Troop 303’s annual Christmas tree sales fundraiser, located next to Community Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center.
This annual fund-raiser allows our troop to fund summer camps, merit badges and other troop activities throughout the year. After paying for the trees, 100 percent of the funds raised goes toward Boy Scout activities.
We thank local businesses for their dedication to our Boy Scout troop as these young men and women develop life and leadership skills that will serve our community well in years to come.
We’d also like to thank all the community members who helped our troop by purchasing Christmas trees at our lot. Our troop sold 750 trees in 11 days. We offer a special thanks to our supporters who return year after year to make our Christmas trees part of their family holiday.
Boy Scout Troop 303