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.

JES ECKHART
Grand Junction


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.

DUANE HARRIS
Grand Junction


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.
Durango


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
Fruita


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Prior to introducing “god” or religion into the minds of others, that individual should first have learned to think for him/herself, then make the conscious and deliberate choice as to whether to believe in one or the others.  Unfortunately, most are not afforded that opportunity.  They are, almost from “birth” told that there is a “god” and that it needs to be worshiped.  That is done, not only by the supposed results around them, but by the theists in such things as Sunday schools, and the study of religious texts.  Those can be the “bible”, the “Quran”, the “Talmud”, etc. Along with that, these “students” are always taught that believing in one or the other somehow makes them superior human beings to others, thus actually denying that “other” thing which many claim to believe in, but actually do not, human equality.  There reasoning is rather tortured and that is seen in many of their arguments:  “Yes, I believe in human equality but….”, with the “but” allowing them to rationalize that sense of superiority over anyone that does not believe as they do, thus actually denying “humanism” itself.  It is also quite fascinating to note that once that “sense of superiority” is established in an individual or group, it spreads to other areas as well.  “I am a superior human being because I have more money, know what others do not know or can do things which others can’t do.” 

Such individuals need to remind themselves that whatever they believe in matters of “god” or religion, it is only a human being that believes it, and nothing more than that. That is quite difficult to do once those individuals have become convinced that they are superior as then they would have to forego that sense of superiority with which they have become suffused.

Mr. Harris is quite correct in his counsel to these theists that while they have the right to believe what they will, and practice whatever religion they choose, they should practice on themselves and not on others. That, they do not have the right to do as, by doing so, they are violating the human rights of others, and the most private of rights, freedom of conscience.

What such individuals need do is concentrate on where they are and what needs to be done now, and not “look” for something beyond that.  And the “here and now” is humanitarian concerns and humanism, something which far too many of them, in their zealousness’ for one “god” or “religion”, have elevated themselves above others, and dismissed humanism and even humanity from their minds.

Those who have succumbed to the belief that they are somehow superior to anyone else because of their “religious” beliefs, have done so because of one thing, and one thing alone, the satisfying or their ego and even super-ego.

Jes Eckhart should not give those in the energy industry too much credit for “introducing” discussion on the industry as that has been a subject of discussion for a very long time.  The individual should also keep in mind that they have their own point of view, based primarily on their own economic self-interest, dismissing all other views and opinions.

If the individual were more aware of that, he would have paid close attention to a recent article in this very newspaper “Study disregards many drilling benefits”, where the author essentially dismissed the concerns of citizens who are concerned with the activities of the energy industry in favor of the views an energy industry lobbyist and promoter, Mr. David Ludlam, who claimed that those who disagreed with him did not appreciate the benefits which, to him, are immediate and economic.  That is a false claim as everyone is very much aware of those.

The difference is that those who disagree with him also keep in mind the real “costs” associated with the activities of that industry, both long and short term.  It is the latter (the real costs) which Mr. Ludlam all too frequently fail to recognize, or admit to, in many of these “industry sponsored” studies.

When someone places a title or academic designation after their name (such as Ms. Lycan did with a Ph.D) some of us wonder what field that refers to, what area of academic endeavor that pertains to where they were given that “degree”, and whether that has anything to do with what is under discussion.  If it does not, then why use it.  And, some of us, when that is not designated, will not allow that to lend any further credibility to that individual’s opinion than we would any other.

Dear Lonely Mr. Laitres:  Just for fun I entered Deborah Lycan PhD into “Google” and look what came up! https://college.lclark.edu/live/profiles/178-deborah-e-lycan
Maybe instead of endlessly pontificating on the most trivial of matters you should learn to look them up yourself.

Mr. Meyers.  While some of us will look at what others have to say this individual is a classic case of someone who, while versed in her field, has little, if any, expertise in economics.  Something which she therefore is not qualified to reach the conclusion that, and I quote:  “It’s a free-market solution that will address climate change”, as that conclusion is totally outside her field of expertise. Thus, my criticism still stands.

LOL!  An what pray tell are you qualifications in Economics?

Robert Laitres must be very lonely today. He is on his soap box.

Mr. Myers— An excellent (and easy) piece of detective work on Deborah Lycan,Ph.D.  Surely an accomplished individual as demonstrated by her extensive and very impressive bio.

LOL, Mr. Markos, thank you.  That little search took maybe 5 seconds!  People who will whine and complain about something when they could look it up themselves amaze me.
I love having access to the biggest library the world has ever known.

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