Printed letters, March 10, 2013

School District 51 seems to be interested in safety measures that are going to have a significant budgetary impact. I have another idea.

What about an airport-like security fence around the property? Staffed gates would control access. Most schools already have fencing around part of their property. Using the airport-black color could lessen the visual impact.

Gates could be positioned and used according to the need at the times of day. The fence might be less expensive to install, control and maintain than electric door locks and increased security staff. The look would not be ideal, but it would limit access to the campus and provide a way to negate some of the concerns over all the doors in all the buildings.

DOUGLAS R. STARK

Grand Junction

Editorial aptly assessed 
flaws of Senate Bill 195

It’s always interesting when, on occasion, a Daily Sentinel editorial position lends particular insight into a controversial subject that enlightens all of us, regardless of our political bent.

Spot-on is a recent editorial describing Colorado Senate Bill 195, the poorly conceived, feel-good proposal to shift responsibility for any nefarious use of “assault weapons” to manufacturers and distributors.

By law, these presumed corporate partners in hideous crimes would be directed to “sell only when they have established reasonable grounds” that a gun won’t be used as the law-writers fear. This is unenforceable nonsense, and we can only wonder how such foolish composition ever made it out of a legislative committee.

The integral problem with this law is that use of the word “reasonable” lends no clarity. The time that legal challenges to this new statute would spend in court is inestimable.

It’s likely that more lawyers have made more money from the word “reasonable” than any other word in the English language.

ALAN METCALFE

Delta

 

Ferrandino misunderstands 
priorities of Coloradans

The priorities set by our current Democratic Colorado House and Senate are becoming increasingly negative to the values of the majority in Colorado. We are quickly moving into the absurd, immoral and ridiculous management of Colorado’s political system.

What are these “priorities”? Civil unions are No. 1, followed by making Colorado a marijuana vacation destination. Then we take on gun control, not tailored to Colorado specifications but a carbon copy of a national, East Coast driven agenda.

The current Legislature will not even discuss Jessica’s Law to impose stiffer sentencing for sexual predators. It is a law that 44 other states have already passed.

We are now quickly moving to require the police to be trained to know what a dog means when it barks. Really?

Mark Ferrandino, our first openly gay House speaker and a New York transplant, said on national TV, “I think we know what’s in Colorado’s best interest.” Ferrandino does not know what’s in my best interest. His priorities are self-serving and do not represent the citizens of this state.

This Democratic Legislature doesn’t seem interested in the almost daily hit-and-run occurrences, addressing the future traffic bottlenecks in Colorado, the rising costs of secondary education or, for that matter, even supporting K–12 education and its rising costs. I hear no discussion of our budget shortfalls and the increasing pressures to maintain a balanced budget.

Ferrandino and his Democratic cohorts are addressing their priorities and have no idea what’s in Colorado’s best interest.

I hope the voters remember the path the current Legislature is taking this state down and correct it.

RANDY LITWILLER

Crawford

 

Ignoring oil shale potential 
an expensive mistake for U.S.

It seems insane to me that we would pursue policies that direct scarce public dollars — even scarcer under the sequester — toward so-called “renewables,” which experts point out cannot even keep pace with demand.

At the same time we seem to be telling private industry that it cannot invest its own money into oil shale on federal lands. Oil shale is an alternative energy source that provides a proven, high-density fuel off a relatively small amount of acreage.

Our nation is the only one in the world that contains oil shale resources — massive amounts at that — and yet is still doing very little to try to develop them.

Instead we seem content to throw tax dollars at subsidizing dead-end, environmentalist pet projects such as biofuel, which uses up enormous amounts of water, takes land out of food production and drives up food costs.

Or we finance solar projects that, time and again, have shown themselves to be financial disasters that fall far short of the wishful hopes of their backers and result in millions of taxpayer dollars being wasted, as was the case with Solyndra.

Isn’t it time we got our priorities straight and allowed private investment to develop our oil shale?

KASEY SMOLHA

Fruita

 

Cover of “Out & About” 
showed dubious judgment

I am returning the cover from the"Out & About” in the March 1 edition of The Daily Sentinel. It sickened me to see it when I opened the newspaper.

You should have it back.

The decision to fill the cover of your news of “what’s happening to entertain folks in the Grand Valley” with a man and his semi-automatic weapon struck me as the equivalent of an obscene gesture. What a waste of your journalistic options.

What if you had reported more deeply on the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day in this country? What do vets in Mesa County have to say?

What if you had followed up on what’s known and unknown about the high rate of suicide in “at risk”  Mesa County?

What if you reported on the percentages of suicide by firearms, on average 60 percent?

What if you had placed on the cover of your supplement one of the posters from the CMU poster competition, CO2, that opened the same day at the Art Center, and then interviewed those young citizens about their views of gun violence?

What if you were to make your own survey of your subscribers or, better yet, all Grand Valley residents, about their views of gun violence, automatic weapons and high capacity ammunition?

If your preconception about readers is that they would get a kick out of your cover, I beg to differ. I challenge you as journalists to find out.

RENA FRANCIS

Palisade

 

‘Halos’ are due to local 
Realtors and agents

We are impressed with the Realtors and real estate agents who serve the Grand Valley.

As sellers of our home, we recently contacted the Realtor who had sold us our home some 15 years ago about marketing our property. We were told exactly what we needed to do prior to the listing date.

Once the house went on the market, we were briefed on how the process works. It worked exactly as we were told.

Real estate agents from a variety of different companies made appointments through our listing company. We had timely notice from the staff.

Every agent who showed our house brought qualified clients during the period of the appointment and provided client and agent feedback to our agent, who kept us informed.

An acceptable offer was received within 30 days from a prequalified buyer.

Various after-sale actions were explained and performed in a timely manner, enabling us to make firm commitments with a continuous care facility on our end of the transaction.

So, “halos” go to all of the agents and real estate companies involved in our transaction. It was a true demonstration of a culture of excellence.

KEN and SHIRLEY DEAL

Grand Junction



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Other nations do, in fact, have oil shale resources; none of these are yet ‘proven’ as commercially viable sources of transportation fuel.

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