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.
Vice president, West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association
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.
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.
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.”
Spring House, Pennsylvania