Printed Letters: June 20, 2017

Supporting Plunge shouldn’t mean devaluing oil and gas

The Palisade Plunge is almost entirely funded by Colorado’s share of natural gas royalties. Western Colorado’s local natural gas association endorsed the project early on, and supports the Plunge today, for many reasons outlined in last Sunday’s Sentinel editorial.

But we still believe it’s imortant for the Sentinel to inform readers that the Plunge, Las Colonias Park, the Cameo Shooting complex and the Avalon Theatre are a few among countless projects in our community funded by royalties from actual natural gas production. This fact leads our association to believe the Grand Valley’s economic sectors are interdependent with each other, and that promoting one at the expense of the other isn’t necessary or thoughtful.

Energy, agriculture, medical, higher education and outdoor recreation all bring different strengths to our community — and all help offset limitations of the other. Using statistics from one sector to de-elevate another isn’t necessary. Instead, promoting the strengths of each, and advocating the needs of all, to develop a strong and diverse economy, is the best path forward for western Colorado.

RICHARD WHITE
Vice president, West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association
Grand Junction

Best wishes to Grand Valley’s gentleman entomologist

Several years ago I was convinced I’d come across a Brown Recluse spider.

How did I know that? It was brown, it was in a dark corner of the linen closet, which is pretty reclusive, and it looked very spidery. I captured the critter and took it to Bob Hammon at the CSU Extension Service for what would be an official but routine confirmation.

Through careful examination he clicked off his findings. “Hmm, doesn’t seem to display so-and-so description. Double hmm, doesn’t show any such-and-such markings or evidence of ABC-XYZ characteristics. Here, take a look through the microscope and see for yourself. And incidentally, Grand Junction isn’t their habitat, and for that matter one has never been found anywhere in the entire state of Colorado.”

There aren’t many people who could deliver the news that you’re 100 percent wrong, and do it so tactfully that you don’t want to hide under the table.

Bob, a complete gentleman in the old-line sense of that word, did exactly that, and I remember it to this day.

Adios, Bob. Best wishes in your new endeavors.

BUD MARKOS
Grand Junction

Request for law enforcement funding is reasonable

I just finished the article in the paper about the sheriff requesting a tax increase to fund his department and the DA’s office.

I don’t think it is an unreasonable request. Where is the Grand Junction chamber on this? I have not heard much from them. Thank you to Scott McInnis for standing up for the increase. As a business owner, I hate to see more taxes, however, this one is needed. Maybe something can be done to reduce the amount of vagrants that plague our city and county. I get tired of picking up used needles, trash, beer cans, human waste, from the area around my business. I have had to call law enforcement a couple times to help deal with belligerent vagrants. We need more officers on the streets, in the schools, and in the jail. This is not just an enforcement issue but a societal issue too. With a tax increase going to enforcement, then hopefully more money can go to helping those that need it in mental health and hospital services.

Having said this I do worry that a tax increase may be used for other than law enforcement. I don’ t like to give my money to greedy politicians who think “Yahoo, we got it, let’s waste it!” The tax increase — 0.37 percent — is just pennies in your pocket.

Look in your car, count up the change floating around on the floorboards and cup holders. Do you pick up pennies from the street? My point is it’s minimal when you consider the benefits.

CHRIS MENZIES
Grand Junction

Tax implications of treasure may keep discovery secret

After reading the story of the pastor from Colorado, who is missing in New Mexico along with the Canadian who died from the search for the treasure, I think it would be prudent for the federal and state taxing authorities to decree a tax-free status on the treasure.

The treasure may have been found and due to the person worrying about the share that will be taken away from all the taxes, that person would possibly remain silent.

All these people risking their lives for a great treasure would be done so in vain, let alone the cost of rescue and or recovery for those injured and hurt.

I respect what these souls are doing in the search for this fantastic treasure and I think it was a masterpiece of marketing by the writer to keep his works selling and the adventure going. There needs to be closure, and a hero that feels safe to come out into the open with the “prize.”

JOSEPH MALLOZZI
Spring House, Pennsylvania


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Some letters, and the supposed thinking they represent, simply astounds me.  Mr. Mallozzi’s letter is a classic case.

Here we have two (2) human beings who have died, and the gentleman thinks only of avoiding paying taxes on what is found.  Some of us have to ask where this individual’s priorities are and what “core value” he is operating with.  It certainly is not humanism, now is it?

One of my favorite questions when confronted with a difference of opinion on an issue is the following.  “Did you look?”  The real problem is that most really don’t.  True, they have an opinion (and on almost everything) but to actually begin asking the hard questions as to the “why” is not the strong suit of most people.

Mr. Menzies is upset by the number of vagrants and what they do around his business establishment.  He has a right to be.  But then he makes the statement that if law enforcement were better funded, that we would then have more money for mental health facilities and other services to assist those individuals. 

Well, the gentleman appears to have his priorities reversed.  He should instead concentrate on the latter and many of the problems associated with vagrancy might go away as that would be addressing the cause(s), rather than the symptoms. 

I doubt if Mr. Menzies would be satisfied if, when going to a doctor, the doctor would prescribe only for symptoms instead of making an attempt to ascertain cause.  If that is the case, then why is he doing exactly that when dealing with societal issues?

This also has absolutely nothing with the local union referred to as the Chamber of Commerce.  It has to do with one’s own personal obligations and responsibilities.

Once again Delta’s faux-philosopher proves that he isn’t 1/100th as smart as he thinks he is.  Here is a writer, Mr. Mallozzi, who tries to provide a way to save human lives and Laitres accuses him of not having “humanism” as a priority.  What is humanism if not trying to save human lives?  Again, Laitres proves he doesn’t have a clue when he goes in circles chasing his philosophical tail.  Perhaps he should ask himself “did you look?” or “why?” before he spins his BS as those questions certainly demonstrate that they are not his strong suit.        Rick L. Coleman

Mr. Coleman might deserve a reply if he understood what is meant by the word philosophy. But, as he does not, then any attempt to discuss any subject with him would be totally futile or, it would make me a modern day “Don Quixote”, flailing at the wind.  That being said, I would not want to deprive the gentleman of his “freedom to talk”, “freedom of speech” being something altogether different.

Mr. Laitres,  I do understand what the word means and I used it in referring to you facetiously because you are no philosopher as you seldom, despite a huge volume of words, make sense.  Your swelled head must require special doors to allow you to pass, but all it is filled with is gas that you expel daily in this forum and who knows where else.  I encourage you to keep it up as you have earned the moniker - laughingstock.            Rick L. Coleman

Mr. Coleman, while you may believe you know what philosophy is, most don’t have a philosophy, of anything, although they may use the term (quite liberally).  In fact, as my first professor of philosophy said “Even teachers and professors of philosophy don’t have a philosophy”. Therefore their lives are not guided by any type of philosophy, but by what is referred to as a “core value”, the two being “humanism” and the other “materialism”, they will then select those beliefs which support that “core value”.  It is also true that most are materialists, and for very good reason.  It is that such is the only thing they know and can therefore understand. They will then set about measuring, not only their own worth in such terms, but measure others by that same standard as well.

Perhaps many need to remind themselves that they are only human beings just as is every other human being instead of attempting to be something else, usually more than that and doing nothing more than erecting monuments to themselves.  Humanity would be better off.

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