Printed letters, January 8, 2014

In its Jan. 3 editorial, The Daily Sentinel questioned whether there would be increased availability of marijuana to school-age children now that recreational pot shops have opened in Colorado.

This is a ludicrous question, since the Sentinel daily documents arrests in the blotter that show increased teen arrests for marijuana. You have also published many articles about the dramatic increase in school expulsions since medical marijuana shops opened in 2008.

Now that the floodgates have been opened, how can you continue to wonder what the outcome will be on youth? The Colorado Sheriffs Association and Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper warned us that if you normalized a behavior you will get more of it.

How will law enforcement be able to deal with the “black market” when people who possess receipts from legal sales are able to use them as a front for transporting their illegal pot?

The legal shops will only serve as a way to expand the customer base of addicts and advance their agenda to legalize all drugs in the United States.

For those who still believe the tax revenues will be a benefit to our state, they should read the Columbia University studies that show that only 9 percent of the social and medical costs related to alcohol and tobacco use are covered by tax revenues from those two legal substances. Why would we ever want to pile on more problems by legalizing more of this kind of stuff?

Most addicts will continue to buy off the street because, with illegal dealers having little overhead and no taxes or regulation, it will continue to be cheaper — a very significant issue to druggies.

For a paper that opposed Amendment 64 to legalize pot, the Sentinel certainly devotes a great deal of front-page space to its promoters.

DIANE COX

Palisade

Young more likely to buy pot 
than to sign up for Obamacare

Could not help but think that probably more young people stood in line to buy pot in Colorado than have signed up for Obamacare. They must think it’s a greater bang for their buck.

L.W. HUNLEY

Grand Junction

 

Radical greens should 
reflect on ice-cold December

I’m wondering how the greeny zealots think they would have had heat and light during this past December, when the sun didn’t shine for days and it was bitter cold. Without evil drilling and fracking, we would not have cheap, clean and convenient natural gas to keep us warm, with no effort from us.

And lights! Without coal, natural gas and nuclear generation, there would have been no lights and no energy to pump precious heat around our houses.

I urge greeny zealots to think of these things before they unequivocally say, “Ban fracking!” or “Ban coal mining!” They should try to imagine what life would be like without the comforts they take for granted. And no provable harmful effects have been derived from fracking for the last 60 years.

NEWT BURKHALTER

Grand Junction

 

Headlines on energy stories 
don’t reflect fair reporting

Is Dennis Webb — or the editor who writes his headlines — an environmentalist disguised as a Daily Sentinel journalist?

Every headline for every article he writes about oil and gas appears deliberately skewed to make the reader think the worst of each situation and give the impression that quantities involved are more than they actually are.

An example is “tens of thousands of gallons” instead of actual barrels. The reader gets the distorted view in the headline only to find the real truth on the back pages.

Here is an idea for the Sentinel’s editors. How about some fair headlines for your agenda-driven environmentalist?

GARY ENGLAND

Grand Junction

 

Mesa County residents again 
generously aided food bank

Mesa County residents have traditionally been generous supporters of the Community Food Bank around the holidays, and 2013 was no exception.

Tommy Rocker (deejay from Townsquare Media’s 95 Rock station) lived in a dumpster in the Rimrock Wal-Mart parking lot for three days prior to Christmas to encourage people to donate food or funds. This was his 14th year helping us in this way. This year, he raised $4,470 in monetary donations and 3,155 pounds of food, which will feed nearly every person who seeks our assistance this month.

The Community Food Bank provides a three-day emergency food box to local individuals and families in need. Last year, we served 16,918 hungry Mesa County residents — enough to fill all seats at Suplizio Field, the Mesa County fairgrounds and the Grand Junction High School Auditorium twice. Most of our recipients are the working poor, who struggle to make ends meet between paydays.

With the donations we receive from local restaurants, stores, churches, businesses, individuals and organizations, the Food Bank helps Mesa County families to bridge the gap and evade hunger.

We are so grateful for our generous community.

KRISTI ADAMS

Board President

Community Food Bank

Grand Junction



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