Printed letters, June 19, 2012
In response to Robert A. Tallarico’s letter to the editor in the June 3 edition of The Daily Sentinel, I quote the following from Volume Six, issue two of AMAC Advantage, a magazine by the Association of Mature American Citizens:
“While coal is often maligned as the ‘dirtiest’ hydrocarbon fuel, advances in technologies have dramatically reduced coal’s impact on air, water and land. Since 1980, coal consumption has increased in the U.S. by 60 percent, while emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from coal plants have dropped 71 percent.” The listed source is the Institute for Energy Research.
The article says the United States has 497 billion short tons of total recoverable coal resources. This could provide enough electricity for approximately 500 years at coal’s current level of consumption for electricity generation.
Advances in technology continue to provide a cleaner version of one of our most abundant, affordable and available resources.
JUDITH ANN SCHAAF
House Republicans are out of touch on drilling
Our House representatives in Washington seem to be out of touch with what is happening here in Colorado. On June 14, The Daily Sentinel reported about how the lack of gas drilling nearby is because the price of gas is too low — $2.20 per 1,000 cubic feet versus the $4 to $6 needed to make drilling economical (“Forecasts diverge, but 2 gas firms staying put”).
That same day, it turns out, our Colorado representatives — Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman and Doug Lamborn — were pushing bills through the House to require more land to be leased for gas and oil drilling.
The gas and oil companies are already holding leases on plenty of public lands, and 56 percent of those lease holdings are sitting idle.
Requiring the Interior Department’s agencies to issue more leases is not the answer.
Sentinel should zoom inon Tomlinson’s expertise
Kudos to Chris Tomlinson for spotting a smiley face in a broken light fixture at the dump.
The Sentinel should do a “week in the life” feature on Tomlinson, since few of us have any idea how he finds all of his outstanding photos or what a photographer does with his time, apart from his obvious fondness for hiking in Utah and Colorado.
Focus on real solutions for homeless population
The debate about houseless folks camping along the river misses bigger issues. Most important is there are roughly 200 shelter beds in the Grand Valley and 800-plus houseless people.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that with one bed for every four houseless people, some must sleep somewhere other than in shelters. If not on the river, it will likely will be downtown.
The problem is compounded by the fact that the Homeward Bound’s shelter limits guests to 180 days. That means for the other half of the year people have to camp. They don’t vaporize when they run out of days.
Secondly, this conversation misses the real solution, which is housing. Busting camps will not move people into housing, nor will legalizing camps. Housing is and has always been the solution to homelessness. Too bad the city and many service providers can’t see past their own vested interests. This has been an issue for 20 years and will continue to be one for the foreseeable future, unless we focus on real solutions.
Too few people locally chose to honor Flag Day
On June 14, Flag Day, which honors our American flag and all that it represents, few homes and businesses in my area displayed our national banner.
Apparently, many no longer are motivated to make an effort to show our country’s symbol on the special day.
I did note that our national flag was prominent in some areas along Horizon Drive and even at the Nellie Bechtel Apartment Complex. I wonder what Harry Truman would say about this?
JEFFREY C. LAINE
Vet Center due gratitude for serving vets with PTSD
Thank God for the Vet Center in Grand Junction. Thanks to them, Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who were thrown under the bus by the V.A. Medical Center will still have a support group and will still be able to get help from the Vet Center.
I thought veterans were the No. 1 priority at the Veterans Administration. Obviously not Vietnam vets with PTSD.