Printed letters, March 26, 2013

Once again, experts and scientists have confirmed the environmentalextremist movement’s worst fears – that oil shale is a viable energy resource that could fuel our nation and our economy for well into the future.

Oil shale can provide a “bridge” fuel if necessary and free us from foreign sources of energy, especially from volatile regions such as the Middle East.

For starters, Dr. Jeremy Boak, from the Colorado School of Mines, debunked the environmentalists’ myth that oil shale would use huge amounts of water, pointing out as well that some of their beloved green energy sources — such as ethanol — use far more water than any oil shale operation could even begin to think of using.

In describing oil shale as having grown out of its infancy and entering adolescence, Boak affirmed that this is no longer a dream resource, but a reality waiting to be tapped.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that our government seems to want to do everything in its power to keep that from happening, such as taking 90 percent of America’s oil shale land off the table for commercial development.

Meanwhile, other countries around the world, such as Australia, China, Israel, Estonia and Jordan, are actively and successfully developing their own, much smaller, oil shale deposits.

If Jordan and Estonia can figure out how to do it, I am quite confident that the United States, which landed a man on the moon and invented the iPad, can surely find a way. A good first step would be to follow the advice of the people who know what they are talking about when it comes to oil shale and remove the artificial obstacles that have been placed in the way of developing this valuable resource.


Grand Junction

Wiggins’ assessment 
of lawsuit ‘spot-on’

Mike Wiggins’ column regarding the importance of a transparent government is spot-on.

Nine years ago, the misconceptions about the board of trustees lawsuit often overshadowed the bigger picture, but Wiggins said it best: It was always about the process and never about the person.

It wasn’t about what Tim Foster could do for Colorado Mesa University or the community. I (and others) just wanted the process to be open and honest. As a Grand Junction native and proud CMU alumna, I am always thrilled to return and see the university thriving.

Requiring our government officials to conduct the public’s business “in the sunshine” is not just good practice —  it’s also the law in Colorado. And holding our elected officials to that standard is journalism’s highest calling, not a personal attack.

Doing so simply means we are doing our jobs. And complying with Sunshine Laws means officials are doing theirs.


Mesa State College Class of 2005

Ramstein, Germany


Liberal agenda dominates 
state legislative session

Congratulations to Gov. John Hickenlooper. He finally outed himself for who he really is, the dyed-in-the wool Front Range Democrat that he always was and always will be.

The liberal agenda put forth by the Colorado Democratic Party has found nothing but a willing participant in him. He spends a lot of time touring the state and playing nice with the people on the West Slope, including drinking fracking fluid to show he is one of the “good ol’ boys.” His heart, however, remains in Denver with all his liberal friends.

The liberal agenda of increased social spending; anti-oil, gas and gun; criminal coddling; unrestricted gay rights and the marijuana “smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” that was allowed on the legislative floor pretty well sums up the total agenda of the 2013 Colorado legislative session. Daily Sentinel columnist Bill Grant must think he has died and gone to liberal heaven.

A liberal agenda, and, yes, even a far-right agenda, are what happen when the good people of Colorado allow one party of politics to completely control the Legislature. Be it left or right, no party will represent the majority of the people if given unfettered access to make laws.

I urge all West Slope residents to remember that at election time. In the meantime, businesses and county officials here need to let the governor know that we would appreciate him staying in Denver and not polluting our air with his liberal vocalizations.




Grand Junction again shows 
its capacity for kindness

Amazing! That is what I keep hearing about Grand Junction. My nephew is one of the students affected by the house explosion and fire last week.

He has had so many offers from friends, the university and the community for assistance in a place to stay, clothing, food and money. The community has wrapped its arms around these young men.

Their lives have been impacted by the tragedy, but will continue to be changed for the better by the good people of Colorado Mesa University and Grand Junction. Hooray for Grand Junction and many heartfelt thanks!


Bloomington, Minn.


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