Printed Letters: July 30, 2017
Industry furthers dialogue on air quality
While most of the coverage of air emissions issues tend to focus on the more densely populated Denver Metro area, we on the Western Slope have a great deal of familiarity on the issue given our history of oil and gas development.
That’s why I’m hopeful the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s new “Clear the Air: The Facts on Climate, Emissions and Ozone” campaign maintains a statewide focus and serves to further dialogue on how we optimize our air quality everywhere.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and I think we’d all be well-served to use this as an opportunity to come together and find solutions that are not only effective in improving our air quality, but in keeping our statewide economy on a positive upward path. I applaud the industry for getting this conversation going.
Name change not the panacea for our problems
About every two to three years, we go through this changing the name of several key things in the town. And now once again we’re back to North Avenue being changed to University Boulevard, and 12th Street to Maverick Way. And we’re being persuaded by some that this is the panacea for our problems, and that by doing this people will flock to Grand Junction and our university by the thousands, and thus an economic boon will happen. Get serious! This is a want, not a genuine need, and it’s certainly not our salvation.
People move here not for boulevards named after some university, nor our sprawling highways and byways named after obscure individuals or animals. When asked, 90 percent of transplants respond to why they moved here, as being the “small town atmosphere, close-knit community, beauty, and low crime rate,” the latter of which is worsening geometrically, as evidenced by Sunday’s front page article on the “Satan’s Disciples” gang terrorizing a neighborhood. This is what happens when you call attention to yourself or town. And now we have air service to L.A. Wow! Now the cartels can fly their drugs in as well as drive them here on Interstate 70.
People move here to get away from the very thing that so many are trying to turn us into – another Denver, L.A. or Chicago. If that’s what you want, please feel free to move there. Now of course only a fool blocks the wheels of progress, which this name change is not, and only a moron lets those wheels run over history and traditional values. So once again, if you truly cherish what we have here and moved or live here to escape the boulevards, stay off the radar, or the next name change will be when city fathers rename Grand Junction to Denver West, and the boon becomes a boondoggle.
Carbon fee and dividend a free-market solution
“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we …[need to] leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” – Lyndon Johnson.
Never were we more in danger of failing at this as now. Colorado is a paradise. But we are increasingly living in a tinderbox. One in 14 trees is dead in Colorado forests according to the State Forest Service’s annual survey released last February. This is an increase of 30 percent since 2010. Our forests are being devastated by the mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle, insects that used to be kept in check by our long cold winters, but no more.
We need to pay attention here. We are at risk of destroying not only the beauty of our state, but our ability to live here at all. Do you know that 80 percent of Coloradoans rely on forest watersheds for their drinking water? Global warming is real and it is in our backyard.
We need to urge our lawmakers to take action. I think the best idea out there is the Carbon Fee and Dividend plan. (See https://citizensclimatelobby.org). It is bipartisan and practical. It will help us develop clean energy and move away from fossil fuels without lots of government regulation.
Please encourage our members of Congress (Rep. Scott Tipton and Sen. Cory Gardner) to investigate the carbon fee and dividend proposal. It’s a free-market solution that will address climate change.
DEBORAH LYCAN, Ph.D.
There is no government- imposed religion in America
Mr. Cox, if invoking God’s name at every opportunity solves all our problems, why has it not worked in the past? Wrong God, wrong prayer, wrong religion? And if so, who gets to choose what God, what prayer, what religion?
In America at the present time that choice is yours and mine. There is no government-imposed religion as was once the rule in Europe and as is still the rule in Iran. Pray for me, pray for yourself, but keep it to yourself.
DANIEL H HARRIS