Printed letters, March 4, 2012

It is clear that Kroger, aka City Market, is staying with its heartless corporate decision to abandon its loyal customers at its store at First Street and Orchard Avenue in Grand Junction. Since we can’t convince them to maintain a store there, let’s try to convince Whole Foods to put in a store there. How great would that be?

Whole Foods, are you listening? 

CHUCK BUSS

Grand Junction

Customer is thankful to City Market employees

On behalf of myself and other customers who have shopped at the City Market grocery store at First Street and Orchard Avenue, I would like to express my appreciation for the kind, thoughtful and helpful service that present and former employees gave to me during my 30-plus years of shopping at that store.

Thank you, gals and guys. You will be missed.

I wish you all the best in your future employments or retirements.

DOUGLAS C. SAWTELLE

Grand Junction

There is enough land for oil shale research

More often than not, The Daily Sentinel takes a level-headed approach to energy. However, the paper’s recent editorial on the Salazar oil shale plan misses the mark.

If anything, the plan opens up too many acres of taxpayer-owned public lands for speculation, including nearly half a million acres in the West.

The energy industry already has access to 265,000 acres of nonfederal lands with oil shale deposits — 200,000 of which are in Colorado. By comparison, Shell’s Mahogany Project, located on private lands in Colorado, takes up a whopping 17 acres. 

Chevron just walked away from 5,000 acres of “prime real estate” for oil shale, with backers claiming the land held five billion barrels of producable oil, worth $500 billion.

Or perhaps the land wasn’t worth much at all.

If 750,000 acres is not enough for speculation, the oil industry will never make oil shale work.

MATT GARRINGTON

Co-Director

Checks and Balances Project

Denver

 

Where is the story on the airport gate?

There is a term for someone who sells acceptance for financial comfort. This being a family-friendly paper, if not fair and balanced, I will avoid the term. I’ll get right to the point:

Where is the fair-and-balanced report on the situation involving the gates at Grand Junction Regional Airport that many people have been waiting to see for months?

BOB CASKEY

Grand Junction

 

Sentinel editorial on Utah wrong about federal lands

The Daily Sentinel’s editorial in the Feb. 29 edition is biased and misinformed.

The commentary starts off by poo-pooing the efforts of the Utah legislature to take control of their state’s public lands as “doomed to failure” because a federal judiciary will not uphold such actions. The editorial substantiates this claim based on the Supremacy Clause. However, this is absolutely false.

The Supremacy Clause is applicable only to the enumerated powers ceded to the federal government. To say that all federal law supersedes conflicting state laws is either deliberately disingenuous or extraordinarily ignorant.

Historical precedent is clear in supporting state’s ability to nullify unonstitutional law, starting as far back as 1798 and 1802 when the Alien and Sedition Acts were nullified.

Current law offers numerous examples of state’s authority to override un-Constitutional actions. Look no further than medical marijuana, where federal law has been nullified in 13 states, or Obamacare, which has been nullified in North Dakota.

The Utah Legislature’s move to assume its constitutionally guaranteed authority to manage the state’s public lands for the maximum benefit to their people is a laudable effort and should be encouraged, not written off using deceptive reasoning.

DAVID L COX

Palisade

 

Always money for pols, never for education

I find it interesting that our state lawmakers can make more in daily per diem than most of us make for our wages. In the meantime, there is never enough money to educate our children. Shame, shame, shame!

GARY CONKLIN

Grand Junction



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