Printed letters, March 29, 2013

The editorial, “The Right Way to Fight Gun Laws,” was well-written and right on point. I believe the sheriffs of Colorado who have made these statements are only demonstrating their local county positions on gun control. I have never seen a law enforcement officer not try to enforce a law.

However, there are many ways to fight ridiculous laws that will have no effect on the terrible crimes we have witnessed. The real right way to fight gun control is at the polls.

We have nobody to blame but ourselves for letting the liberals grab control of both houses of our Legislature. Link these liberals with a sympathetic governor, and they are drunk with power.

You can’t convince me that these liberals are not aware of the fact that the Republicans, Libertarians and independents are gearing up to make significant changes in the Legislature and governor’s office in the 2014 elections. In the meantime, these Democrats are going to jam every liberal, special-interest-group issue they can into law, before they are replaced.

I personally never thought I would see the day that Colorado and California were lumped into the same crazy, leftist, liberal mold in conversations around the country. It is truly embarrassing.

JAMES O’MALLEY

Grand Junction

Gas agency can’t reach goal
without ‘energy-savvy’ people

If the state is to keep energy-savvy people off the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, how can the commission “foster the responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources” as its goal?

To put it onto a level playing field, shouldn’t they also exclude all other entities that may have a conflict of interests, such as any environmental and other tree-hugging groups?  An equal number of each is needed to come to a reasonable and common-sense plan.

New laws and regulations such as this and setbacks have driven out energy firms from our state, and more are leaving for more friendly states annually.

Colorado was not made just for environmentalists, backpackers or do-gooders who have nothing better to do than complain about anything. It should be available to all of us, with good-paying jobs considered also. We are going beyond reason.

R.M. SHERMAN

Grand Junction

 

Story didn’t mention group
at highest risk of suicide

The article in the March 20 edition of The Daily Sentinel,  “Giving help, giving hope,” did not address one of the largest populations in Grand Junction that is at the highest risk of suicide. This is the group of young adults who are gay and lesbian.

When I hear about middle- or high-school students committing suicide, I know that they are often from religious families and not able to reconcile their feelings and their religious beliefs. It doesn’t matter if they were on the football team or were valedictorian.

Not acknowledging this group in our town only makes it more difficult for these young adults to feel validated. They suffer academically in school, experiment with drugs and alcohol and maybe even become promiscuous. They might act out in many ways.

The thing that is for certain is that articles such as “Giving help, giving hope” negatively affect them, when they are overlooked and marginalized.

MARGARET EVERSOLE

Grand Junction

 

Many in community deserve
thanks in blast’s aftermath

Amid all the chaos, injuries and displacement to great numbers of residents along the North Seventh Street corridor after the explosion and subsequent complete burning of two residences, along with damages to some surrounding buildings, I must certainly come forward —  both for myself and for my three other residents of our four-plex, as well as the majority of the surrounding neighborhood — to give heartfelt thank-yous to so many people who endeavored to keep us safe and save our residences.

Our sincere thanks and gratitude go to all the public entities, private companies and generous individuals who eased the burdens for residents in this corridor with caring assistance.

We witnessed a miracle in Grand Junction March 19, in that there were no fatalities involved in the incident and also that the injured college boys will recover from their burns. For this, all of us are grateful, as well.

Having witnessed the blast firsthand, and having had interaction with the burn victims, it is very hard to put in words our thanks for the recovery process of the young boys and for the patient, kind and understanding assistance rendered to us by all the entities and individuals who undertook the Herculean task involving vast numbers of people and difficulties.

Grand Junction is truly a wonderful place to live. I have lived here for 26 years. Oh yes, we have our hiccups now and then, but overall we come together as a community.

Another blessing that came from the entire incident was the opportunity to meet neighbors here whom we only greeted in passing prior to the incident. We bonded through the ordeal, and our neighborhood is a better place because of this.

Again, to all who assisted us in so many different ways, thank you and many blessings to each of you.

CAROL J. DU KETT-COTTS

Grand Junction



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