Printed Letters: March 30, 2104
Religious puppet show foisted on kids at dinosaur museum
I have held a family museum membership for several years. This past fall I was upset by an incident at the Dinosaur Days exhibit in the Fruita museum, but was initially reluctant to speak out. The recent attention to church advertisement in a District 51 school compels me to write this letter now. I hope the lateness of this statement does not minimize this important issue.
The schedule of events included a puppet show, which obviously I assumed would be related in some way to dinosaurs. The announcer introduced the puppet troupe as hailing from a local church. This was not mentioned on the schedule but did not initially concern me. However, it became immediately apparent that the show consisted solely of religious themes. Every song performed was a Christian song. There was zero content regarding dinosaurs, aside from a dinosaur on the puppets’ shirts. The show both began and ended with an invite for children to attend the church. Children stood at both doorways, offering flyers for the church as attendees left the room.
I was incensed to have a religious presentation foisted on my children in disguise as a learning experience about dinosaurs. This was proselytizing at its most blatant. The fact that the show was not advertised as being Christian in nature is most concerning because it seems designed to trick families with children into attending.
It is highly inappropriate for any type of religious indoctrination in an environment in which families come to learn about science and enjoy a museum. At the very least, the show should have been described on the schedules as containing religious themes, so parents could make the informed decision on whether to attend, based on their choices about how to present religious information to their children.
Efforts by Udall and Gardner to hasten LNG exports lauded
We commend Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner for promoting faster approvals of liquified natural gas export terminals. Their leadership will create markets that are more free and a world that is more stable. While detractors can reasonably argue the merits of energy exports, one point can’t be denied: LNG exports are critical to the Western Slope economy.
Vast new reserves of natural gas have been discovered locally in the Mancos Shale. Our community, as a result, now has more natural gas than we could have ever contemplated, even five years ago. This extraordinary development has only one downside: New markets are needed for newfound local energy products. The new national abundance of natural gas is a boon to the nation but major headwind to our regional economy. Experts show that LNG exports may displace just enough natural gas to get local rigs drilling again without significantly raising energy prices on consumers and manufacturers.
The potential for such a balance is clearly understood by Gardner and Udall. We hope others in the U.S. Congress follow their lead. As Western Colorado awaits a report from the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and Colorado Mesa University on what LNG exports might mean for our own economic development potential, our organizations will continue supporting elected officials who show leadership on this issue.
The Mancos Shale has potential to shape and boost our regional economy for generations while also helping insulate European allies abroad from military and political aggressions. For this reason members of Western Colorado’s business community are doing all we can to help Gardner and Udall in their efforts.
Executive Director, Club 20
Executive Director, West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association
President and CEO, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director, Western Colorado Contactors Association
Make Caprock controversy dialogue, not screaming match
Why are people angry at Caprock for having rules? We need rules. A driver going 25 miles per hour over the speed limit will be ticketed. There may have been a reason for the excess speed, but that is settled in the courts. Caprock’s school board has addressed the concern and settled it.
Anger and accusation will not help promote a good learning environment or experience for either the staff or the students. It is sad to know people have “threatened violence against the school.” How is this helping a learning atmosphere?
Please step back and breathe before doing or saying something regrettable. Rules are there for a reason. Let’s make this a dialogue — not a screaming match.